Archive for 2007

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One Place to Submit Your News

If you have anything you would like to get the word out about, we have crafted a centralized news submission form. Are you looking to sell a puppy or are you helping the disadvantaged? Did you win a fancy award or just get published? Do you know somebody who knows somebody who knows something big? […]

Panoramas Get a Home

We gave all of our new 360° panoramas (previously) a centralized home today. We are kicking the new section off with 19 totally new panoramas and plan on adding more in the next few months. I think my favorite of the bunch is the panorama of a Ceramics class in session. We hope that this […]

Panoramas Aplenty

A brief review We recently purchased a one-shot panorama apparatus for our camera that would, in theory, allow us to quickly create 360-degree panoramas of locations around campus. In practice, the set up has proven itself remarkably capable of capturing high-quality images with a modicum of effort. Although it’s hard to eliminate the somewhat tedious […]

Corpse Flower (Titan Arum) Webcam Vista Sidebar Gadgets

If you have been following the Corpse Flower webcam and are currently running Windows Vista, we have some exciting news for you. We have created a sidebar gadget for each of the three angles featured on our webcam page. Webcam A Webcam B Webcam C Note: to use these gadgets you must be running Windows […]

Senior Class Gift Website

We’ve been working with the senior class gift committee and have put the 2007 Senior Class Gift website live. You will be able to find all of the information you ever wanted to know about the senior class gift. We tried to make it feel friendly and inviting, so hopefully it comes across that way. […]

Office Hours Now on Schedules

After a brief period without office hour information in the schedules, we are very happy to announce the re-addition of office hours and other non-course information (such as department meetings, lunches, and research times) to schedules. We hope that the schedules will be even more informative and useful than ever with this non-course information. Scheduling […]

Linking in Style… CSS3 Selectors for the Win

Today, we made a couple subtle but visually helpful additions to hyperlink styles in our site-wide CSS. We used some advanced features of CSS3 to isolate off-site links, to add an extra background image and padding to the link, based on how MediaWiki handles off-site links. We also added a mail icon to mailto: e-mail […]

Automatic Pull-quotes with Behaviour and CSS

Our new favorite toy around here is automatic pull-quotes using Javascript and CSS. We wanted an elegant and aesthetically pleasing way to add interest, gravitas, and improve the scannability of some of our pages, especially when an image is unavailable or inappropriate. After a little digging around, we discovered that Roger Johansson at 456 Berea […]

Shaun Inman’s Widon’t Ported to Javascript

I was working on some pull-quote magic today (more on that later) and needed to de-widow a string in Javascript a la Shaun Inman’s Widon’t. So I ported it to Javascript. Here’s the magic: String.prototype.widont = function() { return this.replace(/([^\s])\s+([^\s]+)\s*$/, '$1 $2'); } // end widont() To use this simply call the widont() method on a […]

Browsing Schedules

Starting right now, you can browse through schedules using the handy new “previous week” and “next week” links. If you ever lose your way while browsing, simply use the “this week” link to jump back to the current week. We’ve been planning for this feature for a while and are happy to see it go […]