Friday, April 29, 2011

Well, I thought it was funny

Image: I cross my arms at the girl watching TV in the armchair, and say "I thought you said that show was crap"
"What can I say? It's Hippotising!" replies the girl-turned-hippo that is in the armchair.

No artist's notes for this one. It just came to me and I drew it.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Web Standards

Image: Frank-the-mouse glues a poster to a wall using a long-handled paint roller. The poster is divided like a web page layout, each area of the layout contains a sample of the HTML code to generate it.
Two weeks ago, I got a commission to design a website.
What? you do that too?
Oh, hush up.

I learned to do web pages back in the year 2000, when everyone thought frames and Flash™ would rule the web. The only other widely-known method to structure a web page was putting all the text in a table, and using its columns to put your stuff where you wanted it to be.

In January 2009, in one of my courses, we were assigned to create a website as part of a project, and asked to make sure the website was compliant with the web standards. This was the first time I had ever heard there was such a thing!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Hamelin's motto

Image: a white circle with several spiraling lines leading up to two, intersected, blue bootlaces, surrounded by the words "Selbständige Stad das Hameln – Nunquam disputus rodentologist".
Caption:
Seal of Hamelin, depicting a grindstone.
Around the top, in German, is written
"Independent City of Hamelin."
Around the bottom, in Latin,
"Never dispute people who
study rodents."
I still remember when I discovered that Hamelin was real. I always thought the name had been invented for the Pied Piper fable, since it seemed like little more than random consonants.

Formally the große selbständige Stad das Hameln (or Greater Independent City of Hamelin) the town has actually founded way back in the 9th century! The tale of the Pied Piper arose as an explanation for why, in 1284, the town had no children.

The people of Hamelin have taken the story of the Pied Piper to heart, and it has permeated every aspect of the city. Indeed, the entire economy of the city is based around tourism of people who come to see the place where the legend was born. Attempts were made to industrialize the city in the 1940s and 50s, but they all failed. This is actually what has allowed the city to stay preserved in its 13th century state!

Perhaps the most visible influence is in the city's motto: Nunquam disputus rodentologist; commonly translated from Latin as "Don't argue with one who knows his rodents," showing that the people who wrote it didn't quite get the lesson from the Pied Piper's tale.

Though it's pretty handy for me, isn't it? After all, what I've done on this blog has made a rodentologist.

Frank-the-mouse clasps his hands together, and smiles, closing his eyes cutely.