June 12th, 2009


Penn is my favorite Libertarian, I think ...

As I've noted, I've avoided posting videos because, frankly, I tend to never watch them when other people post them ... but I came to the realization that 70% of why I didn't watch videos posted to LJ was that they are typically put up "pig in a poke" fashion (i.e., with no introductory copy explaining why I should bother to watch them) and with LJ's bad habit of not refreshing the image on videos (honestly, I never know what has been posted because LJ shows the same damn 4-6 images - for a while there I was wondering why everybody was posting the same stupid music clip, until I discovered that they weren't, and it was just the way the images were being served/cached on the Friends view - if I clicked through to the comment page the image for the video is almost always different from what's on the FL page!) it is impossible to tell what the video really was about from what was showing up on-screen ... and about 30% of my finding it very hard to multi-task through a video.

That said ... this is the latest from Penn Jillette's "Penn Says" series of video blogs, in which he deals with the Libertarian / Free Speech implications of Wikipedia banning updates from know Scientologist IP addresses:

... I think Penn has encapsulated the issue brilliantly ... I don't think I've ever heard him propose a Libertarian stance that I didn't strongly agree with!

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Need some coding help ...

OK, so here's the deal ... I'm trying to put together a Ning page that will have my many far-flung bits of web blitherings into one central node ... and so far that's been working just swimmingly except for Twitter, for some reason.

I was using iFrames for everything, being the easiest (and, OK, "oldschool") way to bring in other sites. However, with Twitter it brings in the background for my Twitter page, and for a split second the content flashes when the page first loads. Somehow there's something in the Twitter code where the content isn't "sticking", just leaving the background image.

Now, I'm thinking "OK, so iFrames are deprecated, how about Object?" ... and re-coded a test page for bringing it in via an Object call. Same result. So, it's not an "iFrame problem", but a "Twitter code" problem.

Anybody have any ideas of how I could get around this? What's happening in the Twitter code where the content falshes up for a split second and then won't display, yet my Twitter page's backgound is showing up just fine?

I'm sort of hoping that there's some add-on bit of code that I'm missing in the iFrame/Object call that would convince the Twitter page to actually show up!

Here's the code snippets I've been using:

<iframe src="http://twitter.com/BTRIPP" width="100%" height=
"750px"><p>Your browser does not support iframes.</p></iframe>

and ...

<object id="page" type="text/html" data="http://twitter.com/BTRIPP" width="100%" height="750px"><p>Oops! That didn't work...</p></object>

Note: in neither case did the code "fail" and have the fail text appear.

Anybody out there have an idea of a work-around on this?


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