Advertising mattness

If you are looking for high-quality photo prints in sizes from 13x18cm to 50x75cm
(that is 5×7” to 20×30”), then mattness.net is
where you should be heading right now. American customers might want to order
from my deviantART Store instead to save
on shipping (but with fewer size options). Please note that not all photos that
are available for printing are uploaded to all sites — all pictures in
my deviantART gallery can be made
available for printing.

Also, if you have modeling ambitions, or would just like to have some nice photos
of yourself taken, why not send me your model application
and book that plane to Germany?

deviantART.com, the sane way

To sanitize the layout of deviantART.com, put this in your user stylesheet
(userContent.css in Mozilla/Firefox, use the ChromEdit extension).

/* deviantART: sanitize layout */
body#deviantART { padding: 2px 4px !important; margin: 0 !important; }
body#deviantART div#head h1 { padding: 0 !important; height: 20px !important; }
body#deviantART div#head h1 * {
    height: auto !important; padding: 0 !important; margin: 0 !important;
    font-size: 12pt !important; letter-spacing: 2px !important;
    font-weight: bold !important;
}
/* Remove ads */
body#deviantART div#sponsors { display: none; }
/* Move Journal / Settings / Profile links and Search box */
body#deviantART div#deviosity {
    position: absolute !important;
    top: 5px !important;
    left: 150px !important;
}
body#deviantART form#devart-search {
  position: absolute !important;
  top: -20px !important;
  right: 0px !important;
}
/* Remove Christmas bar */
body#deviantART div#bar-countdown { display: none !important; }

This sizes down the header, removes the ad block (though AdBlock is better for that),
and the christmas notice, and finally moves the deviosity block
(Journal | Profile | Settings) and search box back into the header.

Impressive Links

Are you tired of people making their URLs look so important?
Do you hate to hear them brag how cool and memorizable their URLs are?
Then this site is for you: Make An Ugly Link – making short URLs look more important since, um, 2004.

They lied about CSS

You may or may not remember the ‘good’ old days of 1998, when
HTML Tables were new and the technique of using transparent 1-pixel GIF
images was a proper means to create HTML layouts. Luckily, those days
are long gone now, even though sites like the Internet Archive remind many of us about the sins of our youth.

After that ugly era of tables and capitalized HTML tags, the
wonderful age of CSS came into view, heralding great promise. You might
remember when they said CSS would rid us of table-based layouts once
and for all. Guess what, they lied. While you can technically design
pages using only CSS, there’s still a lot lacking. You have to jump
through hoops to properly get float: left|right items to
show. It’s near impossible to do something as simple as having a body
area that takes up at least the full window height, which before was a
matter of saying <table height="100%" width="100%"> and some well-placed <tr>s.

Granted, browser bugs and inconsistencies are responsible for a lot
of the hassles you’re going through with CSS at the moment, but if
you’re creating HTML for a business website, you don’t have much of a
choice other than supporting Internet Explorer version 5.5 upwards at
least. With private websites, you don’t have to bother making it all
shine, it’s sufficient if it doesn’t break (for example, the navigation
on the right is position: fixed and thus breaks on IE,
but it’s still usable — just that it doesn’t scroll with the viewport).
If you have the time, you can hack it to work in other (read:
non-compliant) browsers. I don’t have that time.

The reason for this rant is some fun I had helping a friend on a web
page. The seemingly innocent and simple task of centering the whole
content area of a website already requires CSS hacks for IE. At least
this time, validity was not impaired.

Someone should make Gecko mandatory.

Mattness

I’ve brought Mattness, my photography site, into a working-good-enough state.
It finally features a portfolio and a contact form, and thus has the functionality it needs to ‘go public’.
Next on the list is distributing the model wanted flyers.

In case you’re from Germany or the BeNeLux area and interested in modeling, check Mattness.
And in any case, have a look at my deviantART gallery.