Welcome to brumm.com: the Blue Phase


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    Please report any problems you might encounter to me using this email link, or the link on the email icon at the bottom of any page's (lower) navigation bar.

    One must absolutely have CSS and javascript enabled in order to adequately use the browser and navigate brumm.com, there is no guarantee otherwise on the results you may obtain. I have designed the site to work best with screen resolutions approximately 1200 pixels wide or larger, though that is somewhat less of an issue if you don't mind scrolling.

    Some features that are being used may not be fully utilized in your browser until later generations of the software emerge, but hopefully these are included in a way they should not make much difference. On this index page you may get a message that your 'browser does not support this type of audio.' Ignore it.

    I try to test these pages with several browsers, using a PC running Windows XP. Older versions (6 and earlier) of Internet Explorer may encounter some difficulties (even IE 7 and 8 can be very funky when implementing CSS; fortunately, fewer and fewer people are using Microsoft's arrogant browser as a main browser).

    On pages that encompass a lot of content which will make the vertical height of the document fairly long, near the bottom of the page and near the left margin, you should find a lightly colored link with the word "top" and an arrow. It's a link back to the top anchor (the top of) of the same page:

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    The History of www.brumm.com



    The latest incarnation/redesign of the www.brumm.com web site was begun in September 2010.

    It was a surprise to me that I even have attempted this. After some rather dire health concerns and major surgery in 2008, I haven't felt like attempting anything particularly time consuming and difficult, certainly not as stressful as web page design tends to become.

    As the last couple of years have progressed, I do feel better, and there are so many things that are relatively new and fun to attempt with web pages. So I again got the idea to attempt this insanity. Many of these new things do things I would have liked to have done years ago, but the constraints and reality of the internet were much harsher then.

    www.brumm.com was begun in 1996, and first hosted on a server in Fremont, California, at zoom.com. Later I transferred the domain to he.net (short for Hurricane Electric). Still later it was on a late friend's server space that she and her husband leased at he.net. When they decided to dump that expense, I tried a cheap and dubious hosting service for a few months. It proved to be a big mistake! My pages got hacked, and they wanted more to fix the "damage" so I could get back up and running than they were going to charge me for rental over 3 years. I moved again in 2008 to sonic.net, in Santa Rosa, California. It may cost a bit more, but it is not a fly-by-night operation like so many cheap web hosting services really are.

    I am very much "pleased as punch" with sonic.net. They are one of the rare companies that have managed to stay around (at least) since the mid 1990s, remaining un-swallowed-up by the rush of big corporations into the internet fray. Sonic.net gets high customer satisfaction ratings. Indeed, I've only needed to call them once, and the tech support I got then was also excellent. This sounds like a commercial, but it isn't meant to be. So much of what passes for corporate culture these days is such a disaster, it's just a pleasant surprise to find oneself happy about any of them.

    In The Blue Phase version of my web site, certainly as "useful" as they all have been, I hope to include a few things I put away in the back closet in the more recent versions. I want to dust some of them off, update, and re-upload. Probably that will happen over the course of time. I am also including, of course, a few things I have regularly kept going, and new versions of things as well. I hope you enjoy it. As I tend to have a fairly unique perspective on things at times, perhaps it will inspire people to consider some alternatives they never thought of before.

    Report any errors or difficulties to me at brumm@brumm.com. Use that link or else the email icon on the (bottom) navigation bar on any page.


     
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    The navigation bar on my home page uses what are known as "CSS sprites." Various "states" of a link are exhibited when a mouse reaches a link (colors change). As you mouseover (hover state); click on it (active state) are two of these states; if it is darkened a bit it will no longer link to anything other than the page you are on. All the color changes are accomplished using one single image. Differing parts of the image are "called up" depending upon what the user is doing with the mouse. The image for the entire upper navigation bar (highly re-sized smaller) is this:

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    Almost all of the page design layout is accomplished with CSS (cascading style sheets). The html code on the page is relatively simple, and much of the work is done behind the scenes, as it were, in the CSS file (which is simply a text file).

    Several scripts (javascript) also run depending upon what action you take upon reaching the page. Along the top navigation bar you will see some bubble-tip information when you mouse over the links. That is accomplished by using a script known appropriately enough as "bubble-tooltip." Another script opened this window. Such widgets are not at all uncommon on web pages these days.

    Still other scripts will be found on other pages; most of these also refer to their own style sheet (CSS files) to format the layout of their output. They're a lot of what makes web design fun again for me.


     
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    Dennis W. Brumm



    Height: I once was 6' 4½", but in the past years I've shrunk about an inch. When I was very young and silly, I wanted to be over 7 feet tall.

    Shoe size: 13, though, since the Chinese have begun to make all our shoes, it seems to have increased to 14, at least sometimes. Some maternal cousins have upwards of 15 and 16.

    Weight: Recently shrinking. If I write a rant on the American diet (and its sub-cults) sometime, I will explain what I've been up to.

    Colors: Blue eyes, but sometimes bloodshot while designing web pages. Hair, grayer than ever, originally blondish, then brownish.

    Family: My parents are both dead (my mother since 1967, my father in 1986). No siblings, so I'm an "orphan" these last 25 years.

    Friends: I have many, and many good ones.

    First memory: Apparently before age one. My mother had a bout will Bell's palsy shortly after I was born, and I remember seeing her face a bit "contorted." When I mentioned this once to my father, he informed me I couldn't possibly remember that, as I was too young. But, despite his naysaying attitude, I do. I remember bits and pieces of a 3rd birthday party, when my Uncle Paul brought me a used toy tractor to ride (like a tricycle) on the sidewalk. He'd taken off the rust and painted it, and fixed it up nicely. Many other very youthful memories.

    Last memory: Typing the word "memories" in the above paragraph.

    Where I've lived: New London, Iowa, until age 18, then Ames, Iowa, until age 25. and finally San Francisco, California, since then (1978). I've lived in the same apartment in San Francisco since 1980.

    Travel: I had a touch of the travel bug when I was in my 20s. I went to Europe twice. I haven't been on an airplane since 1990, so I guess the bug was exterminated. Nowadays I am not the biggest fan of the airline industry. Global warming and all...

    Health: I was a sick kid, getting a lot of colds, ear infections, as well as the usual childhood diseases. I missed a lot of school some years. By the time I was a teenager, this improved greatly, and I rarely get sick now. However, as I have survived 2 aortic dissections (see the "Bad News" Section), and since I have a titanium aortic valve and some plastic arteries, I wouldn't say I'm the healthiest human on the planet.

    Hobbies: I spend a lot of time on my computer. It shows. I began an interest in genealogy in about 2000. It meshed nicely with the computer interest. I studied piano as a kid and some in college and have a great interest in music. Composed some for awhile, and was obsessed with making video once upon a time. I have one cat left (there were three just a few years ago); he is not a hobby but my good friend.

    Other interests: I have an interest in where culture is going, and why. Additionally I have dabbled lately in evolutionary psychology, but I am not "adept" in knowledge of it.

    Education: New London (Iowa) High School, graduated in 1970. Attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. No degree, all sorts of things happened during that period (see the gay liberation section of "Schools.")

    Work: I have been on disability since May 1998 from the aforementioned aortic condition. Not working has kept me alive. I previously held a number of interesting jobs, ranging from janitor to chemical technician to the middle manager boss of ten folks in the accounting department of a produce company. I didn't expect or really want an early retirement, but thus crumbled the cookie. We can't always get or have what we want, even if your spiritual advisor tries to convince you otherwise.

    Irritations: These change periodically. Presently they are cell phones in public (disruption of the commons), cell phones regardless of location (to some extent all digital addictive media, though I am an addict as well). I get pretty angry sometimes at the entitlement felt/exhibited by those who push baby carriages on local sidewalks and stores (baby carriages are the SUVs of the sidewalk). Often I get irritated by those who accept unfounded myth in the face of all evidence, and the rationalizations they make in the supposed reasoning of their beliefs. However, I have come to believe this latter trait is probably a natural human phenomena, evolved as such, and try to just let my irritation go about it whenever possible. I can still feel some astonishment without the irritation and get along better with the world.


     
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