Almost About

The author is an award-winning programmer and poet (how’s that for pretentious?). He’s the author of the O’Reilly book Dead Fish.

The author has stumbled into a reluctant love affair with the JavaScript language. Frankly, it’s embarrasing.

A Note From the Author:

I’d like to warn you that I’m a compulsive editor of old posts. Anything can happen. I tighten up phrases. I fix code. I make little jokes to myself. For this reason, you should ignore the new posts and just read the old ones that have aged properly. The code is more likely to work and the writing is apt to be better.

I had a terrible time editing the “A Challenge” post. Every time I made a change and saved, all the HTML strings would be unescaped. Hope I don’t forget about that next time I’m tempted to edit that post.

And now, due to popular demand, some more personal information

I’m Rhett Anderson. I started programming in High School–the same High School Marilyn Manson went to. (No, I didn’t know him, but my brother did.)

I worked at COMPUTE! Publications, Dynamix and JTP (divisions of Sierra Online), Pipeworks, and Sony. For the last few years I’ve been doing PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

My JavaScript blog:


The strange way I made it into Wikipedia:

The less-strange way I made it into Wikipedia: 


and once more in German: 

and, as a bonus, now in Italian!

Heavy! You can buy a used copy of Mapping the Amiga at Amazon UK for 141 pounds. That’s like a million US dollars!



  1. gabriel said,

    May 29, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Great to find another developer in Bend… It’s a small community.

    Enjoy your technical write ups and your commentary.

  2. StooneLek said,

    December 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Amazing post, did not thought reading this was going to be so stunning when I saw the link!!

  3. Vaso said,

    October 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    What a beautiful blog! It took me a bit to find your contact info, so despite the several minutes set-back in tracking down the Almost About, I wanted to let you know that this is a really cool-looking blog. Bonus points for awesome content.

  4. TwistOneUp said,

    August 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    your “eliminate duplicate strings in javascript” is daBahm! and thanks for sending it – saved me a nested loop (ugh). you are so DaMan!

    but what, no “Donate” link? well, anyway, thanks again!

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