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This site is dedicated to the memory and legacy of the great John Coltrane. The main attraction here is my academic thesis, wherein I explore the evolution of Coltrane’s increasingly avant garde style from 1960 to 1965 by comparing four different recordings of "My Favorite Things."

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Scott Anderson

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iPhone-optimized version now available

I’m pleased to announce that an iPhone-optimized version of this site is now available. If you view the site on the iPhone, you’ll automatically get the iPhone experience. The content is the same, but the presentation is slightly altered to better handle the strengths and weaknesses of the iPhone’s web interface.

Although I’ve owned an iPhone for over a year, and use it extensively to browse the web, up to now I have not really put much effort into optimizing the interfaces of my own websites to suit Mobile Safari. But with some client projects requiring an iPhone-optimized interface looming on the horizon, it seemed like good practice to work on it here.

For the most part, the regular interface for this site works just fine on an iPhone, but with the body content inside an internally-scrolling block, and no scrolling on the page itself, it seems impossible to read these pages in the iPhone’s interface. I learned, quite by accident, while preparing this new version, that in fact the iPhone can scroll internal blocks with the same two-finger scrolling technique that works on MacBook trackpads, but there’s no intuitive indicator that this is possible. In short, and not to seem a braggart, but if I couldn’t figure it out, I can’t expect many other iPhone users to know about it either.

Essentially, I’ve squeezed the general look-and-feel down to something that is better suited to a 320×480 screen, without needing to scale the page. Scrolling is still a major issue, and I may introduce pagination on the Thesis page to make that a bit more manageable.

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A note to Internet Explorer 6 users

This site probably looks pretty awful in your browser. But that’s because IE6 is 8 years old, and it doesn’t support a lot of the modern features web designers use today. It’s also full of security holes.

The good news is that you can upgrade. It’s free, and easy. Just run Windows Update to get Internet Explorer 8, the latest version of Microsoft’s web browser. It has excellent support for current web standards and is much more secure.

An even better option is to download Firefox. It’s free, it’s secure, and it supports a lot of cutting edge features that IE8 doesn’t. Get Firefox now…

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Welcome to the new John Coltrane website from room34.com!

If you’re a regular visitor to this site, you’ll notice there have been some big changes! At the moment they’re mostly visual, but I plan to expand and update certain areas of the site over time. The most notable addition at the moment is this post itself… I have added a blog to the site. It’s not certain yet how often I’ll be posting to the blog, but if there are site updates or if I happen across an interesting Coltrane-related item, this is where you’ll find it.

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