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September 3rd, 2010

There is a Horse in the Apple Store

Around these parts, there are always ponies in Apple Stores. I don’t know about where you live. Sure, I’m jaded but every so often I snap out of it and, hey, yeah. Wow.

July 12th, 2010

RIP Harvey Pekar

Pekar was, as the cliche goes, a complex man of contradictions. Famed for his self-portrait as a cranky, anonymous everyman.¬†Widely-respected as a legitimizer of comics and pioneer in autobiographical comics, all of which he made in collaboration with a variety of artists. Pekar was one of the standard-bearers of the blue-collar intelligentsia, which has a long low-key tradition in America and especially in the Rust Belt where he spent his life. Fans of his comics are probably not aware of the many essays and reviews he’d written about music, politics, and literature, while his literary readers probably considered his comics a quirky attention-getting sideline, at best.¬†He’s missed already.

January 4th, 2009

Cloudiness uses very large words

This site’s redesign is largely the product of bashing stylesheets over a post-New Year’s weekend. No real design strategy aside from wanting something less dry than the old version. About all I could say about the size of the text has already been said better in Wilson Miner’s Relative Readability (and the rantier, nuts-and-bolts 100e2r by Oliver Reichenstein). I’ll add only that now I’m old and feeble enough to require bifocals I’ll cheer on anything that claims whacking huge typography will become a fashionable design trend.

Aside from that, I’ve been wanting to bring color into the site in some form, and the old version of the site had lain dormant for long enough that moving the furniture around and giving cloudiness a fresh coat of paint might be what it needs to get me engaged in it again.

The nuts-and-bolts version of the cloudiness redesign will be in a pending post. As I write this not all the fitting’s been trimmed, nor all the bolts yet tightened.