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Believe It Or Not, This Made Me Cry
I'm sure a lot of college basketball fans were perversely delighted when ESPN's Dick Vitale was forced to have surgery on his vocal chords earlier this year. But I've missed him. Despite his inexplicable affection for Duke -- counterbalanced by his only slightly more explicable affection for North Carolina -- I have, to paraphrase Rex Harrison, grown accustomed to his voice. Indeed, I grew up with it, like so many other ESPN-watchers.

Vitale knows more about basketball than his critics like to think and conveys a lot more of that knowledge than they are willing to admit. Plus, he really loves the game. And that counts for a lot with me. It's not like he's one of those Bob Costas-types -- nothing against him, either -- who does sports of all stripes. With Vitale, it's basketball or nothing. And that's why I'll be glad to have him back. There's humor in his statement on getting cleared to return to work, but also something sweetly poignant:
For the record, I am so proud baby! That's right, I kept my mouth shut for almost four weeks. Now my wife Lorraine is off-duty from her role transcribing my handwriting. I will stop writing notes on the dry erase board now!
Remembering all too well the gruesome month, shortly after arriving in Tucson, when I was forbidden to speak because of acute laryngitis and had to communicate with pen and legal pad, I teared up at Vitale's words. I realize that has as much to do with my past as with his present, but what in life doesn't involve that sort of temporal tangle?

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flw From: flw Date: January 14th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Don't cry!

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 14th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Don't cry!

How did you do that? It sure is cool. I worry, though, that you might be guilty of having hacked your way into something. . .
flw From: flw Date: January 15th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Don't cry!

I did it with the magic of "html".

No hacking... but I do feel a little "dirty" for some reason.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 15th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Don't cry!

Were variables involved?
flw From: flw Date: January 15th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Don't cry!

No. I used several things-a-ma-bob. Firstwise, I clicked the "Don't auto-format" box which turns off the "insert a <p /> with every return" feature, and the "turn every 'http://...' into a link" feature. Then it was 25 <img /> tags in a row with a <br /> every five. Your reply, like that of a mystified peasant confronting a steam train on the steppes of Russia amuses me greatly.

Try it:

<img align=left width=100 height=100

All you need do then is go to a User's icon page... for instance...

This Guy

Pick an icon and insert it in the src tag's "" area, and BAM! You're makin' cake, baby... html style!

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 18th, 2008 07:13 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Don't cry!

Ahh. My impersonation of said peasant derived from the fact that I didn't realize that userpics were public in that way. I get the HTML. But I thought you had to do something extra to extract the pics themselves.
flw From: flw Date: January 18th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Don't cry!

I figured... it seemed odd.

People have these odd notions of what they retain control over. Once you put it out there, it's out there. The funny thing is that one of the purposes of the web was to have a place to put things in one place. Everyone who wanted it would go to that one place and get it. It would always be there. The "U" in URL meant "it is here and it always will be." But of course, like offices full of computers which were supposed to eliminate the need for paper, people started DL'ing and transferring all of their cute cat videos instead of the links to the ONE cute cat video. Next thing you know, we have 1 million people filling up terabytes of space with the same crap over and over.

Remember, if it's visible, and it's on the web, it "belongs" to everyone. That includes... things like...
In order for your userpics to be "protected" they would have to have a system that changed the pics filename daily (or every time the page loads for that matter), and it would also have to change all the html that refers to that picture... a nightmare for something like eljay.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 18th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Don't cry!

I must have been having a brain freeze. I know that images are public, as you say. Though access to them can be restricted, once the URL is out there, it can be found. I just didn't think of the LJ icon pictures as being standard images, for whatever reason. A stupid reason, certainly.
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