People passing awayWithin the first three months this year, two persons I really liked passed away, and with that at the back of my mind, I can see no better way to spend my life than with my loved ones, cherishing life as much as I can.
WorkI don't want to go into details, but certain things at work has made me lose the lust for the moment, hence a break is so very well needed. My hope is that I'll come back more motivated this fall, and that some factors have changed a little. Only time can tell.
BloggingTo be honest, I've been quite pleased with my blogging these last months. Bringing up interesting topics and good discussions, and it just goes to tell how important blogging is to me. Please go through the Archives of all posts to find out more. While I'm happy with almost everyone of them, I'd personally say that, for now, my favorite blog posts and code releases this year are:
- Thoughts on developing with the Adobe AIR framework
- The ultimate getElementsByClassName, anno 2008
- Improve your web site performance - tips & tricks to get a good YSlow rating
- Interface Developers have to be available from start to end in a project (and work with real live code)
- A CSS class hero
- Whatâ€™s your level of code assertions?
Jaded and tiredAs most of you know, I've put a lot of work into DOMAssistant. I'll be completely honest and say that that has left me with three general feelings:
- I'm quite happy with he results we have accomplished!
- I'm very grateful to have gotten to know such talented and dedicated developers.
- I am bitter (true honesty now, right?) that if someone like John Resig would have released it, it would've had about 500 000 downloads by now (and no hard feelings about John, he's a true genius and a nice bloke; what I mean here is rather getting the exposure, PR etc).
Being at homeWriting this, I have actually had two weeks at home with the kids already. I've kept on blogging and releasing things, since there were a number of ideas and code I wanted to get off my chest before my leave; and since I refuse to use the computer when anyone else in the family is awake, it has been quite a few long nights as of lately. I am currently the poster boy for sleep deprivation... :-) During these two last weeks I've learned that, when being out on excursions with the daughters, as soon as we say hi to a complete stranger, wave to someone driving by or something similar, the conversation with Emilia (the oldest) almost always goes like this:
If mom indeed does know the name of every man stranger where we live, I think mom and I need to have a little talk... ;-)
- Dad, what's his name?
- I'm sorry honey, I have no idea. - I'll ask mom; she knows.