Tag Archives: website design

comments back on & header fixed

nervously i am turning comments back on. spam karma 2 has been catching all the trackback spam, so i’m going to try it out on the regular comment spam. crossing fingers, knocking wood, and steadfastly refusing to walk in front of my black cat.

also, i fixed the header problem. i still claim that the site renders imperfectly in every browser thus far tested. but it renders less imperfectly than it did, thanks to avedon carol / sideshow who psst’ed about the header in her link. safari & firefox ignored the problem completely but i loaded up in IE and sure enough there was a series of error messages instead of a header. the perils of not browser-testing every time you tinker w/ layout & plugins are demonstrated again.

a history of the bush website

georgewbush.com: one website’s story

  • 1999-may-21, the bush campaign thinks “[t]here ought to be limits to freedom” (at least for website satirists gwbush.com) [but see georgewbush.org which bravely soldiers on]
  • in 2004, the bush website looks like it was designed of, by & for microsoft products
  • in 2004, the bush website put up the popular but short-lived bush-cheney sign generator [“the sloganator”], which was rapidly appropriated by the administration’s critics, even though the administration’s web team had cleverly thought to ban some potentially troublesome words (like “dumb, stupid, fascism, evil, lying, scum”. The campaign took down the sloganator but luckily a number of galleries & archives of signs were created and an offsite sloganator live on. So popular was the hacking of the sloganator that the anti-Kerry folks used the idea to develop a Kerry Sloganator.
  • in 2004, the bush website uses colin powell to demonstrate its “compassion”
  • 2004-10-26: the register and netcraft report that the bush campaign website has blocked international access. (The 51st state is apparently permitted access, although plans for conquest have not yet been publicized/finalized.) 10-28: the bbc reports that it was a DDOS that caused the security response.

Compassionate Bush

Salon.com’s WarRoom blog had this posting on the 14th, based on an LA Times op-ed piece by Lawrence Weschler (registration required, grr). The author goes through the G.W. Bush reelection website. He looks at the various tabs — economy, health care, compassion — and then looks at the compassion tab and the attached photo album. It’s a bunch of pictures of Bush with African-Americans who have bravely endured Bush compassion hard times. Amazingly enough the pictures include Colin Powell. I guess you could say that Colin is having a pretty hard time in the Bush administration, as a conservative who is nevertheless not entirely insane.

And can I just ask: is this site just entirely designed by M$ designers? It’s really unattractive. john kerry’s website isn’t nearly so corporately ugly. … also, get a load of the lamest website quiz ever on the gwb website: “How many working families are benefiting from President Bush’s Jobs and Growth Act? 12 million – 23 million – 34 million – 18 million” Notice how they mix the numbers up — just to keep it fun!