Addicted to the ampersand

I love using ampersands (“&”)

Given the right font face they’re more elegant than “and”.

The term ampersand, as Geoffrey Glaister writes in his "Glossary of the Book," is a corruption of and (&) per se and, which literally means "(the character) & by itself (is the word) and." The symbol & is derived from the ligature of ET or et, which is the Latin word for "and."

[From Adobe’s type topics.]

If you’re one of those Twitter users, it’s 1 character instead of 3…

Wedding website and Virtual Earth

For the benefit of the spiders, and those of you who come in through the kitchen instead of the front door, Coral and I have a wedding website at I made it all by myself, and it was not a lot of work!

I learned a bit of the Virtual Earth APIs. One beef: I wasn’t able to figure out how to display a VE collection without loading (VEMap.LoadMap) a North America map first. I didn’t want anyone to see that, so I set visibility:”hidden” on the div containing the map DOM until event passed in VEMap.ImportShapeLayerData(theVEShapeSourceSpecificationRepresentingTheCollection, event, 1) is called, then I set visibility to “visible.”

That works, but I presume a North America map is still rendered in the hidden part of the DOM. That likely slows down loading of the map I WANT people to see, is a waste of bandwidth, and I’m sure the VE tile servers are quite bored with that particular map, and we wouldn’t want that.

If you know a more efficient & less boring way to do this, you tell your people, have them get with my people, we’ll have them get some synergies going, share shared learnings with each other, and congratulate each other both pre and posthumously, while you and I sit around and eat all the cake.