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Jill Elizabeth has read 2 books toward her goal of 150 books.

Guest Post (and a Great Reference): HTML Canvas Tutorial and Cheat Sheet, Courtesy of

Today I’m pleased to bring you a helpful tool for blogging, thanks to the good folks at I certainly can use all the help I can get, and this free cheat sheet is a great reference. There is a LOT of information here, with quick references and shortcuts. Good luck and happy coding!


HTML Canvas Tutorial (and Cheat Sheet!)

Realize the full power of Canvas with this HTML Cheat Sheet
Due to the changes HTML5 brought like the HTML canvas element and evolution of cascading style sheets, old commands have been replaced by new ones, and more efficient commands to let you create graphics on the fly or add images are available. Recent changes with HTML5 and its
integration with JavaScript means that what the average programmer and web designer learned in college a few years ago is no longer correct. Since many web developers are still learning about canvas, a quick cheat sheet is a great tool to learn to use the new element.

One of the best HTML cheat sheets available has been designed by, a company that provides insights on various web service providers. This cheat sheet is great for beginners trying to learn about HTML5 and canvas elements in particular. It is also a good choice for an advanced web designer who needs to learn about HTML canvas.

What can you do with this cheat sheet?

For example, it describes both the HTML and JavaScript variables and their attributes necessary to create a canvas element. This cheat sheet gives you the commands to create shapes like rectangles and paths. It provides information on how to set the style and color of the canvas element and specific fill colors.
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Book Review: Hell’s Gate by Laurent Gaude

“We no longer believe in anything. And in order not to depress ourselves we call that progress.”

Oddly, this one was a slow start for me, but I’m so glad I stuck with it… The opening is rather banal – and then suddenly quite horrifying (I have a toddler) – and as I had not read the blurb recently, and couldn’t recall precisely what the book was about, I was having a hard time getting invested in the story as a result. Then I went back online to check the blurb – and knew I’d have to keep reading. I’m immensely glad I did. The book was a glorious tale of love and faith and the lengths we will go to for our families – both the ones we are born to/with and the ones we make. Giuliana and Matteo suffer more than any people should have to – and keep suffering long after one would expect the capacity of human suffering to allow… But ultimately they are each saved through their own, individual, brand of faith and it allows each of them to achieve their own, individual, form of redemption.

I certainly didn’t take any comfort in Gaude’s vision of the afterlife – this is not the fluffy clouds of Renaissance heaven or the choose-your-own-adventure of Matheson’s What Dreams May Come… This is a brutal and harsh vision of What Comes Next, with no differentiation between the good, the bad, or the indifferent. Continue reading Book Review: Hell’s Gate by Laurent Gaude

Book Blurb – The Book Class by Louis Auchincloss

(As I believe I’ve mentioned before, I am an Insider on BookBub Buzz – if you don’t know it, check it out. It’s a great resource for quick and dirty reviews, recommendations, and links to books. I post there regularly – much more so than on here, since those are a lot shorter and easier/faster to write than full-on posts. This is one of those. I know I owe you a real post, but today’s a snow day – life, in the form of weather, keeps interfering with my plans…)

“If there is any significant difference between the sexes, it may be that a woman can talk as she listens, while a man hears only himself.”

I am loving this one!! Found it quite by accident at the library (was looking for Paul Auster, this was next door) and started it this morning… Witty, snarky, wry, and full of delightful characters – Auchincloss captures a moment in time and society with wit and aplomb. I looked up reviews – he’s gotten some “why didn’t he write THIS instead” comments, slamming him for “only” talking about the upper class when he claimed to be writing a book about women. To me, this is ridiculous feedback – it’s fiction, he wrote what he knew (he was, after all, a hereditary Vanderbilt as well as a Beauvoir step-brother!), and this is the book he chose to write. I think he does a marvelous job presenting a snapshot of lives of society women in early-to-mid 1900s Manhattan – warts and all. The book is a loving homage to the strength these women brought to bear – despite appearances, no one’s life is perfect or without flaw, sadness, or discontent (at least not at times), and Auchincloss does a very good job at pointing this out with humor and delicacy… I can’t wait to look up his other novels now!

Sorry About That…

Quite the delay, even for me, between posts – first we had no power for several days, due to an insane wind storm, then we had no cable (i.e., no internet service) due to the aftermath of said storm… I’ll be back soon, promise – everything is back online, I just need to get a little organized after my unscheduled hiatus!

Book Review: The Guide of Time by Cinzia De Santis

I was contacted by the publicist about this one – knowing my proclivity for books related to time, I was especially pleased to see it in my inbox. There is a great construct here – I really like the idea of “guides” whose job it is to make sure humanity stays on track and develops and advances throughout the timeline. This concept raises a lot of interesting questions about God/a prime mover, alternate timelines, predestination, historical integrity, fate, and choice that I find intriguing. I was immensely curious to see where the author went with the concept, and whether those questions would be raised directly or addressed by inference and interpretation. I dug right in as soon as I received the book, eager to see what would develop.

It took me a while to get into, I must admit. There are two distinct narrative tracks – one is a jump-skip through the highlights of human history and scientific development (starting with Ice Age man, a character you don’t see often in contemporary fiction, to say the least) and the other is a more traditional story about an orphan girl raised in a Maltese orphanage in the current century. I had a hard time with these as back-and-forth concepts for quite a few chapters. I’d just about get into one or the other storyline, and that chapter would end and the other track would kick in. It felt a little like reading short stories, of which I’ve never been a fan… I put the book down and picked it back up a number of times, before Ariane’s story finally developed enough to keep my interest through the historical interludes, and before I started enjoying said interludes purely for the information they presented (since they didn’t seem to be developing into an interlaced story line, beyond the consistent presence of a guide in each). I was clicking along, when suddenly it ended. Literally in the middle of the action (such as it is).

I hate that.
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