At the blink of a moonbat

Last night a friend called and told me to run outside because there was a partial lunar eclipse. I ran outside, and sure enough, there was. So I ran inside, grabbed my digital camera (which suffers from a lack of a high power zoom), and snapped this photo:


It's a full moon, by the way (not that a half moon would appear in the horizontal position) and an hour later it appeared to be normal.

Perhaps it was the eclipse, because it isn't every day that I am called

"a living advertisement for birth control and why Michael Totten is disgusted by the dems."
(Maybe I should use that on my marquee!)

Well, obviously, the commenter did not understand my sarcastic reply to the following request from Stephen Green:

What's the No War Crowd's answer to this story?

Saddam Hussein's government is believed to have buried as many as 300,000 opponents in 263 mass graves that dot the Iraqi landscape, the top human rights official in the U.S.-led civilian administration said Saturday.
Sandy Hodgkinson said the administration has been sending forensic teams to investigate those grave sites reported to U.S. officials. So far, the existence of about 40 graves has been confirmed.

"We have found mass graves with women and children with bullet holes in their heads," she said.

I offered this answer -- which I thought was obvious humor:
We were right all along about the deadly U.S. sanctions, weren't we?
Fortunately, one of blogging's greats spotted the satire and came to my defense.

All anyone needed to do was read Stephen Green's question. I thought I had. James Lileks advised a return to "blink tags."

I am more of an idiot than usual, and my ignorance is showing. How does one do that? Use blink tags? I looked it up, and saw that all you have to do is put the word "blink" (with the open/closed html <<>> carrots) on each side of whatever text you want to blink. And if it works (as I am about to find out),

this is what you'll see!

Did that work? (The tags are correct, and the text of the tags does not appear.)

Apparently not -- at least, not in Movable Type.


I think I might need a plugin or something.

Maybe just use this:


posted by Eric on 11.09.03 at 12:57 PM


The wink would work. The blink tag is proprietary and a relic... repeat, relic, of old browser-side HTML. I think has never been part of the HTML specification as per W3C.

OF Jay   ·  November 9, 2003 5:20 PM

Thanks! ;)

Eric Scheie   ·  November 9, 2003 10:16 PM

"Blink" doesn't work in Internet Explorer. I can see it is the version of Mozilla Firebird I have, though. (It works in Netscape and Netscape-derived brwosers.)

The equivalent to an old tag like that for Internet Explorer is "marquee." This one enables you to make a word or sentence go from one side of the page to the other. That one doesn't work in Netscape or Mozilla.

Andrea Harris   ·  November 10, 2003 3:51 AM

Argh. I can see it (the effect) in Mozilla Firebird. Must have coffee.

Andrea Harris   ·  November 10, 2003 3:52 AM

Actually, I see it in Netscape 7, which I never thought to open.

Eric Scheie   ·  November 10, 2003 6:10 AM

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