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Celebrating the non-legacy of “Fight Club”


fight-club-2In August 2001, the world seemed to be settling down to be a pleasant, boring place. America had won the Cold War, and Russia was a democracy. The economy was fundamentally sound, and most Westerners were not questioning civilization’s survival. Only in such a pre-9/11 bubble could one treat the movie “Fight Club” (1999) as more than entertainment. Now that “Fight Club 2” is pending rollout as a comic-book series starting May 28, Americans should be thankful the franchise’s impact upon society is minimal.

“Fight Club” was “The Catcher in the Rye” for Generation X: The story of a well-to-do, alienated young man rebelling against a phony existence. Taking cues from “A Clockwork Orange”, the anonymous protagonist, a 30-year-old desk jockey, sought distraction through increasingly extreme violence and gang activity. Complaining he was addicted to effeminate consumerism and the “IKEA nesting instinct,” he established illegal, bare-knuckle “fight clubs” to reclaim masculinity, and then recruited converts into “Project Mayhem,” a covert, nationwide campaign to destroy corporate capitalism.

To its credit, “Fight Club” was visually impressive, and director David Fincher (“The Social Network”, “Se7en”) improved upon Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel. Fight scenes were realistic, and the movie had a few stunning monologues, the greatest of which was delivered by Brad Pitt:

We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War is a spiritual war. Our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods and rock stars. But we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.

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Delay loading images with HTML5 data- Attributes


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Intro animations (e.g., my Pure CSS3 Sliding Title) can appear jerky on pages loading a large amount of external data. If numerous images or Iframes immediately compete for resources, they initially can can bog down the page. Fortunately, you can delay the loading of those resources with a special combination of pure JavaScript, (jQuery 1.4+) and the HTML5 custom data attributes. This solution requires no AJAX.


HTML and jQuery Library:

< !DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en" xmlns="">
<script src=""></script>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <title>Pure CSS3 Sliding Title</title>
  <h1>Loading-Delayed Image</h1>
  <img class="load-delay" src="" data-original="" />


$(document).ready(function () {
      setTimeout(function () {
        $('.load-delay').each(function () {
            var imagex = $(this);
            var imgOriginal ='original');
            $(imagex).attr('src', imgOriginal);
    }, 3000);


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Pure CSS3 Sliding Title

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What it Does

This professional sliding title uses only CSS3 and HTML. CSS3 animation moves the title from left to right, while CSS3 -linear-gradient properties create a partially transparent css3color gradient. The slider floats over other contents (paragraphs, headers, divs, etc.) if they have a z-index of less than 1000.

How to install It

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Making a Webpage fade-in with jQuery (Cross-Browser Compatible)

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Using lessons from my jQuery class, I added a jQuery fade-in effect to my company’s homepage: It greets visitors with a white page quickly resolving into a site menu. This fade-in effect works on every browser version I tested, including the earlier, opacity-challenged versions of Internet Explorer (IE). It also gracefully degrades if the visitor has disabled JavaScript.


Initial searches on Google and Stack Overflow presented a host of possible solutions, but not all combinations of them worked. Some suggested

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Bioethicist Richard Dawkins: Morality, Society Can Be “Intelligently Designed”

Richard Dawkins addresses a crowd of 1,200

This article I wrote on Richard Dawkins’ presentation got featured on Richard Dawkins’ own Website.

Richard Dawkins addresses a crowd of 1,200

Richard Dawkins addressed a crowd of 1,200 on Sunday, Apr. 2012, in Bellevue, WA. --Photo by Venice Buhain, editor of Bellevue Patch.

Famed British bioethicist Professor Richard Dawkins, a leader of the New Atheism movement, encouraged a crowd of almost 1,200 people gathered at Newport High School on Sunday to “take back American values” and become a more influential force of American culture.

“True American Values. The values of Jefferson and Madison  …  Let’s intelligently design our morality rather than trying to read what’s right and wrong in a 3,000-year-old book. Religion has hijacked morality for centuries,” Dawkins told an audience that ran the gamut of ages from pre-teens to senior citizens.



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