CSS for MLA and APA Style Works Cited Entries

Authored by Jeremiah Alexander Henry

This is a useful bit of CSS I came across for getting the hanging indent working correctly for Works Cited or Reference entries in HTML. Here’s the CSS:

p.reference {
padding-left: 2em;
text-indent: -2em;
}

Now the HTML, for example:

<p class="reference">Sturluson, Snorri. <em>The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology</em>. Trans. Byock, Jesse L. London: Penguin, 2005. Print.</p>
<p class="reference">Tennyson, Alfred Lord. <em>Idylls of the King</em>. New York, New York: Penguin Putman Inc, 1983. Print.</p>

Generates…

Sturluson, Snorri. The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology. Trans. Byock, Jesse L. London: Penguin, 2005. Print.

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Idylls of the King. New York, New York: Penguin Putman Inc, 1983. Print.

Alternatively, you can do this styling in-line with your

tags as follows:

<p style=”padding-left: 2em; text-indent: -2em;”>Sturluson, Snorri. The Prose Edda: <em>Norse  Mythology</em>. Trans. Byock, Jesse L. London: Penguin, 2005. Print.</p>

And you still end up with …

Sturluson, Snorri. The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology. Trans. Byock, Jesse L. London: Penguin, 2005. Print.

Thanks to the work done on this page for the help here. Happy trails :)

Being a Modern-Day Renaissance Man Means Being a Professional Schizophrenic

Authored by Jeremiah Alexander Henry

For years I procrastinated on creating a home page for myself, and for the longest time, I could not quite articulate why. I’ve long had the technical knowledge to do it, and, being a photographer, I could have certainly borrowed concepts from that art form and muddled through site layout and design. Being a writer, coming up with all of the copy text in order to communicate what my home page was all about would be an easy task. Being a musician, I always thought it would be fun (and effective) to bring the web to life with sounds and music in a way that was tasteful, not distracting. The problem is really in my answers though: being, being, and being. And I still struggle with this.

Any time I’ve tried to come up with a home page for myself, I could seem to figure out what I wanted it to do in order to be representative of me and what I do. Do I want my home page to help me advertise my photography and sell services and prints? Yeah, I want that. Do I want my home page to help me advertise my music, to promote and to sell it? Yeah, I want that. Do I want my home page to advertise, to promote, and to share my writing? Yeah, I want that. What about having a portal for people to connect with me on social networks and YouTube? Yeah! I want that, too! So how do I come up with a single, professional website that can unite these various artforms and services into one focused front? This is where I begin to feel like a professional schizophrenic. Should I split these artistic personalities into distinct entities or attempt to integrate them into one web-personality?

The best answer I’ve come up with is the use of subdomains. I presently run my personal blog through blog.jeremiahhenry.com (as you can see), and I’ve had thoughts to expand on that idea and push my photography through photography.jeremiahhenry.com. If I ever want to move forward with the music side of things, I can always work with music.jeremiahhenry.com, and it wouldn’t be difficult to move any of these subdomains to a proper www.mydomainname.com if they really commercially took off.

Out of the Ash

Authored by Jeremiah Alexander Henry

Out of the Ash Writers’ Guild

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. I have no idea how well it will catch on, but I’m hoping some local writers, not limited to existing personal friends of mine, will take interest in this. The idea is pretty simple, yet it could go a long way toward making the emerging voices of Fresno even stronger.

Aside from that, it feels really good to continue to utilize my web host. It’s been a while since I’ve worked with the phpBB system. Like wordpress, you’ve gotta love open source freeware.

Finally, the Headers

Aside

I’m pleased to announce that I finally got around to uploading some of my own images as header images for my own blog. It’s only fitting for a photographer to show their own work; I’m embarrassed it took me this long.

A Customer Service Success Story

Authored by Jeremiah Alexander Henry

There have been quite a number of big name firms that had received bad press over the last several months, and Netflix was among them. The trouble with Netflix that most people heard was with regard to a modest price increase for their service. In fact, according to an article written on readwriteweb.com, in the months following said announcement from Netflix, they lost over 800,000 subscribers. While the price increase annoyed me, like any increase in prices tend to annoy all of us, I was among a smaller group of folks who ran into trouble with Netflix a little bit before this announcement hit the Internet.

After being the victim of a Stage 5 CPU/Motherboard meltdown (that’s geek-code for “computer crash”), I built a new system using the–at the time–brand new Sandy Bridge i5 Core 2400 processor. I went with this processor because it was supposed to be really good with encoding media (helpful for my graphic, sound, and video editing work), and it had this brand new feature that allowed the chips onboard graphics processor to run in-tandem with my external graphics processor…kinda like multiple brains working for the same graphic output. All of that ended up working great. The trouble with Sandy Bridge, however, came in the form of built in (D)igital (R)ights (M)anagement aka DRM. That feature prevented my computer from playing streaming media from Netflix because the hardware thought that I did not have the “right” to play the media, even though I was a legit Netflix subscriber. I called Netflix about it, they said they were aware of the situation but had no fix for it, so with much woe did I relinquish my Netflix subscription. About a month later I followed up with their customer service. The representative said he knew exactly what I was talking about but that there was no pending fix for the issue. At this point, Netflix was a dead leaf on my media tree. Spring came early tonight though, and that tree of media grew a new Netflix leaf.

I called customer service once again. This time, “Jake” answered, and when I explained my previous issue, he politely explained to me that it’s very likely no longer a “Netflix” issue but either a Microsoft Silverlight issue (the software that actually plays the steamed media)Netflix or an Intel issue. Both of us having a strong IT background, we were able to strike up a pretty in-depth dialogue about how this problem came to be and what potential solutions might be. After considering updating software, drivers, etc., I had the thought to disable the Intel based graphics processing unit (iGPU) altogether and just run my computer through my external graphics adapter. He immediately said that he felt that would work and offered to enable my account for another 31 day free trial so that I could troubleshoot it. As it turns out, it worked. My computer now plays streaming media in full HD quality–no annoying error from Silverlight saying that “You do not have the digital rights to play this media!”

I’ll be subscribing after my free trial runs its course. Of the 800,000+ customers Netflix lost, one customer service representative, Jake, won me back. Cheers!