timely or late…
…makes all the difference.
I am talking about how quickly and/or timely news gets released, as these days news about everything – with or without graphic illustrations – is out all over the interweb within a minute or two after things happen.
At times it even looks like news gets released almost before things happen, as if all is programmed beforehand and someone just has to push the right button at the right moment to make incidents and twittering about them coincide perfectly. Yes, I am pretty sure that's how it is actually done sometimes.
It should not matter who is first out with news, or how many
minutes it take to release first hand news or copy those who do. Some seem to be
hung up in the time‐factor though, and seem to stay on line continuously
with direct links to all available channels, keeping track of everything minute
Ouch! What a life.
Once news is out, regular “carbon copies” pop up everywhere.
Sometimes copies come with appropriate references and links to the original, but also plenty without any real references – maybe because those who copy have no clear idea who released the news first, or they just left to software to copy and paste various newsfeeds indiscriminately.
Also at times difficult to follow time‐lines, as lots of stuff on line end up without proper date/time written on it. Lack of date/time may of course be deliberately used to make stuff appear “timeless”, but for readers it is easier to call it “worthless” when the all‐important date/time is missing.
Plenty stuff released on the interweb end up in the “worthless” category because of missing date/time for when it was written and/or updated. Programmatically stamped dates can not always be trusted, and knowing when something was written and/or released is important when checking relevance.
Unless I happen to stumble upon some news by accident, I am always late in reading as well as writing about it. It is deliberate, and suits me just fine.
On the other hand: when I do write about something, I hardly ever fail to put the date it is written on it. That is deliberate too, and makes it so much easier for me to know when I put something in writing.
What I hardly ever know or can remember, is when I first thought about it. It may be weeks, months, years, even decades ago, so I usually forgive myself for that.
Generally I have as little interest in keeping track of the latest news, as I have in becoming an integral part of it. Something bad has to happen to me if I am to end up in the news, and I am not particularly interested in having bad things happen to me, or others.
If something is newsworthy enough to stay on front pages for a few days, weeks, maybe months, then it is probably worth looking into. If it isn't I may as well let it pass more or less unnoticed.
last rev: 09.nov.2013
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1: Just finished a “timely” upgrade for this web site. Thought a “skip to navigation” link would fit in somewhere high on my pages on regular screens – just as on mobiles, and, for the moment at least, such a link is positioned prominently in the upper right page corner where I think it fits in well.
2: have successfully “forked” CSS to act equally well for proper HTML5 marked up pages as for XHTML 1.0 marked up ones. This page isn't really following any of those standards, but plenty others on site that do.
The CSS “forking” is far from finished, as selectors are pretty messy and overloaded at the moment. No big deal for now, but I am looking forward to the shaving‐off and cleaning‐up process.
3: IE8 (and older) has lost styling for proper HTML5 marked up pages, as its CSS hasn't been “forked” to cover new elements. Shim is in place, but without CSS that doesn't do much.
The only reason some old browsers have gotten some styling on my site, is that I now and then have had time on my hands to do it. Haven't decided if I want to spend time on propping up old browsers right now. They are after all “old news” so no big deal.
4: Apart from being slowed down slightly by the “forking‐overloaded” and therefore pretty heavy CSS for regular screens, my site seems to work and render well across various screens and devices.
CSS for mobiles actually became lighter than before – it is half‐way cleaned up, and both my own testing and incoming reports for mobile browsing across my site are positive.
life is good…
…or so I am being told. I can not come up with any really good reasons to complain, so I won't – at least not right now.