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Fundraiser for CSS Framework Design Contest

A week ago, I received a $250 donation for "AppFuse Development". This is a significant amount of cash, and unfortunately the committers can't do a "beer at the local pub". We've decided that a good thing to do with the money is to use it to buy a prize for a CSS Framework Design Contest. The AppFuse Logo Contest went well, but I also gave away an iPod to the winner.

This contest will be a bit different. First of all, the CSS Framework is not AppFuse-specific at all. It's just a structured bit of XHTML for page layout, and a number of CSS files for positioning. What's missing is a number of good-looking templates to make this framework look even better. I have aspirations of creating something like CSS Zen Garden - but with more of a web-application flavor. Hopefully we can use the same submission guidelines as well as offer the contest's themes for anyone to use. The CSS themes from this contest should be usable in corporate intranets, as well as customer facing applications. Sure, wacky designs are cool, but sharp and clean are better.

I hope to start this contest as soon as I've raised some funds for good prizes. Of course, donating good prizes is most welcome too. In order to provide some motivation, I'm going to do something that will hopefully inspire you to donate. It's butt-ass cold in Denver this week, and it's not warming up anytime soon. Here's the current forecast from the local news channel:

Forecast: 2/19/06 - 2/24/06

So to try and raise money, I'm going to ride my bike to work every day this week. Will this inspire folks to donate? I don't know, but it's worth a try. I'll try to be in the office by 9, and won't be home before 5. This should ensure that it's good and cold out. Furthermore, I'll blog about my ride everyday, and hopefully snap some pictures as well. It's supposed to snow tonight, so this should be good.


Remember, anything will help - and all donations will go to a good cause. I plan on starting the actual design contest next week sometime. Now it's time to donate using the button below - and watch me freeze my ass off this week! ;-)

Posted in The Web at Feb 19 2006, 09:34:39 PM MST 9 Comments

Put something really warm on your head when you bike! I've done some biking in really cold weather, and once did it really late, around midnight. Woke up in my bed in the wee hours with the worst headache of my life. Rolled around in my bed for about an hour before mercy put me to rest again. It was absolutely awful.

Posted by Mats Henricson on February 20, 2006 at 07:45 AM MST #

Butt-ass cold?! That ain't nothin. Last Friday it didn't get above zero, and Saturday barely made it to 10F here in Minnesota. And I have at least one coworker who still bikes into work!

Posted by Lance Lavandowska on February 20, 2006 at 02:05 PM MST #


Posted by Erik Weibust on February 20, 2006 at 02:43 PM MST #

I will definitely be contributing a CSS/XHTML template(s).

Posted by Geof Harries on February 20, 2006 at 03:01 PM MST #

You should have started doing this last Friday! It was crazy cold here in Denver last Friday (and Saturday). :)

I've thought about riding to work on a regular basis (I have a recumbent) but there isn't a good bike path that goes directly to where I need to go (in DTC). I'm certainly not gonna start this week with that forecast.

I raise my mug of warm coffee to you, sir.

Posted by Sean LeBlanc on February 20, 2006 at 05:44 PM MST #

I am rooting for ya Matt but I have to agree with Lance, you think it is cold in CO, you should have seen the temps last week in MN! Most of the days it didn't even get above 0 without the wind chill. :)

Where can I submit an entry?

Posted by Kurt Wiersma on February 20, 2006 at 07:17 PM MST #

Kurt - I'll be putting together a site to host the contest as soon as I'm done raising funds.

Posted by Matt Raible on February 20, 2006 at 08:41 PM MST #

You are such a dumbass. Make sure you document the date as well. We'd also like to see the medical bills that will pile up due to hypothermia.

Posted by Justin on February 21, 2006 at 04:52 AM MST #

Thanks for the vote of confidence Justin (you jackass)! ;-)

Posted by Matt Raible on February 21, 2006 at 05:09 AM MST #

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