astrofish.blog https://astrofish.net/blog Laeti edimus qui nos subigant! Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 https://i1.wp.com/astrofish.net/blog/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/bar31-54f32b48v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 astrofish.blog https://astrofish.net/blog 32 32 86008595 Aquaman https://astrofish.net/blog/aquaman/ https://astrofish.net/blog/aquaman/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:00:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=10775 You are here

Aquaman

Saw it this other weekend, early morning show. Should’ve been a matinee price, but for some reason I’m not old enough for senior discount.

There was some essence of the mostly green screen production, maybe all of it was movie studio green screen, but there was essence of old mythology. Mom, split by an arranged marriage? No, that wasn’t it.

Woman, actress, goddess, sent to the underworld? Comes back, alive?

No, not it either.

Gods mating with earth dwellers for love?

No, not the mythology I was thinking about.

Part way through the movie, I realized that there was a specific mythology at work, only I couldn’t recall, and in the moment of the movie, I did recall. Didn’t take notes. Guess I should’ve.

Aquaman

In theatres now.

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No Sunscreen for the Dead https://astrofish.net/blog/no-sunscreen-for-the-dead/ https://astrofish.net/blog/no-sunscreen-for-the-dead/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=10773 astrofish.net/blog

No Sunscreen for the Dead

No Sunscreen for the Dead – Tim Dorsey

As seen here, No Sunscreen for the Dead.

No Sunscreen for the Dead

With an anti-hero who seems to rattle on and on like the manic and disturbed person that he is, it’s still amazing how compact the prose can be. So much in such small spaces.

There is the mastery of the words, then there’s the notion I can giggle at something on most pages. Wry observations of modern life, and a dedicated sense of place.

Perhaps Texan Larry McMurtry summed it up in an early collection of essays, “Being a writer and a Texan is an amusing fate, one that gets funnier as one’s sense of humor darkens. In times like these it verges on the macabre.” (Larry McMurtry In a Narrow Grave.) Seen here.

All about that sense of place even if they think Florida is more whack than Texas.

No Sunscreen for the Dead

“… view the inside of an actual senior-citizen terrarium…” Page 42.

Dialogue, observation from the protagonist. Really, an anti-hero, but early in the story, always appears like a protagonist.

There’s always a sense of justice that I like in the main character’s fitting choices for punishment.

Karma, man, you know?

You know, or how I can, legitimately say this is a really good book to read?

“I’m authorized.”

No Sunscreen for the Dead

No Sunscreen for the Dead – Tim Dorsey

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Inside the Writer’s Mind https://astrofish.net/blog/inside-the-writers-mind/ https://astrofish.net/blog/inside-the-writers-mind/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=10743 astrofish.net/blog

“But sometimes the writer is blind to what s/he has produced, especially when it comes to the cumulative effect.”

In a previous post, I referred to grammar guides as writer porn, or maybe just word porn — but the same applies to Fowler’s blog, as it is successful and talented writer’s blog.

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Not a Hill I Want to Die on https://astrofish.net/blog/not-a-hill-i-want-to-die-on/ https://astrofish.net/blog/not-a-hill-i-want-to-die-on/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=10488 Capricorn

Not a Hill I Want to Die on

In summation, not a hill I want to die on

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Rethinking Design https://astrofish.net/blog/rethinking-design/ https://astrofish.net/blog/rethinking-design/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:55:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=10746 You are here

Rethinking Design

You are here

You are here


Recent article I glanced through online suggested some notion that timeless design doesn’t bow to current trends and tragedies thereof. As this weblog is totally bound by the terms, “Experimental and experiential,” with a little Latin tossed in for good measure, I hit upon a design that looked — pretty much — exactly the way I wanted it to behave.

The question being, a big, splashy graphic, that burns up both metaphorical bandwidth and actually time spent downloading a huge graphic file, or my preferred, more simple route, just text.

I toyed with “golden ratio”
numbersgolden ratio.

There was one, and the site design still resonates, and while I like the idea the golden ratio numbers, and, to a certain extent, I use those numbers for typesetting the sites, I find the width numbers might need to be a little different. Like the idea; don’t like the execution.

Golden Ratio Type

Thesis Theme for WordPress:  Options Galore and a Helpful Support Community

To me, the current blog is very pleasing. The way I hammered the left-hand nav column together, and making it skinny? Just appeals to me. Swapped it out for the right hand, just because, especially with the blog, this is merely content-driven. Simple, and easy to see the proper navigation tools. Kind of small and out of the way, but clearly marked as “there.” Or, my favorite? “You are here.”

Rethinking Design

It’s an endless question, to have a “splash page” or not. Called “Landing Pages,” by some authors, and the current hot topic? “Lead Gen.” As in, “generating leads (for business),” and frankly, not what I’m interested in. I’m more interested in displaying text based material in a way that is pleasing, runs across as many platforms as possible, and requires as little effort on my part to maintain.

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Really think that’s the most salient point: requires as little effort on my part to maintain.

The digital “nuts and bolts” are easy, as I tend to run on a WordPress backend. When I started this shift, more than a dozen years ago, it was harder to make it look like it wasn’t “WordPress,” but the skin I use, as noted, it provided a suitable — malleable — cover that works for me. Akin to “window dressings,” as it were.

With “window dressings,” it’s easy to slide a curtain off the curtain rod and replace it with a different hued curtain, changed fabric, alternating textures, contrasting shades.

Elements are easy enough to manipulate into what I see in my mind’s eye. The bonus, is that all the WordPress stuff scales up for volume, and across platforms for screen size. Visible on a flip-phone, smart phone, and movie screen-sized desktop monitor. Same data, different displays.

Same data, different displays, and the design elements remain constant.

Rethinking Design

There is no coherent consensus on left/right, top/down models. Two standards seem to stand out, though.

One is the “F” model of reading, as in, start at the upper left corner of the letter “F” and the eyes naturally follows out to the right, then down the left hand column, and then out shorter.

The other is the “Z” pattern, where an eye scans the page for data in the shape of the letter “Z,” wherein it’s straight across the top, then down, and across again, with the hotspots being that first eye scan across.

Both suggest that the left hand is the best place for the most important data. Left hand content, right hand sidebar.

Amusing, to me, is that several websites suggested this is a direct result of the rise of the “blog,” that ugly portmanteau, which is about quickest way to get thoughts onto pages — not a fan of the term, big fan of the motors that drive this process.

The source of amusement is that the “blog” motors introduced the preponderance of “Main Column Left, thin right-hand navigation” models, and one need look no further than that ever-present oracle, Google, for a lead on what shaped that design.

Rethinking Design

While Rethinking Design, the ever-present question about a background check popped up in my mind. On numerous occasions, I’ve seen this handled well, especially with the idea of tiled piece of vellum in the background, make the page “feel” like parchment. Old-time vellum, or even just parchment, or paper-like feel is appealing to me. Towards that end, in a small way, the background on my various ithings (iPad, iPhone, &c.), I use a picture of old-school Moleskine grid page; although, I do tend to skew the image a little, just so that none of the lines are perfectly aligned. Suits my humor. That’s a background on an electronic device, but for a page?

After testing several, I found that — for me — right now — the background image doesn’t work well. Just black text on a white page. For the horoscopes? Left-hand nav. And this blog? Right-hand, but remember, this is all experimental, and subject to change.

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Grammar Girl https://astrofish.net/blog/grammar-girl/ https://astrofish.net/blog/grammar-girl/#comments Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=10671 astrofish.net/blog

Grammar Girl

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing – Mignon Fogarty

The line was from a previous post, spurred the idea, grammar guides as word porn.

I have several different text, maybe a half-dozen, and Grammar Girl is just the most recent. Plus it’s bedside at the moment. No Karma Sutra, but a text about grammar?

Doesn’t speak well to some of my activities, but then, in other words, it does.

Sure, it started with the Elements of Style, and I have to include the sentence one, too.

The Grammar Girl is a half-price books treasure, price-tag sticker still in place.

Grammar Girl

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing – Mignon Fogarty

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips)

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Black’s BBQ https://astrofish.net/blog/blacks-bbq/ https://astrofish.net/blog/blacks-bbq/#respond Sun, 13 Jan 2019 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=10669 astrofish.net/blog

Black’s BBQ

It’s really a Sky Friday type of image, but, never mind. Doesn’t really belong on that site, either, but I’ll give it an honorable mention.

The purpose of the excursion was to try the new Black’s BBQ in New Braunfels. Meet Bubba, and he had a novel he wanted me to read, so the nominal reason for the trip was the grab that copy of a book. It’s an Advanced Reading Copy, art will show up soon enough.

JAB arrived late, just in commentary, “Yeah that call this ‘BBQ Boulevard’ now,” referring to three exemplary BBQ places in a single city block. Cooper’s, now Cooper’s Old Time. Rudy’s (New Braunfels), and the latest, from the oldest family, Black’s.

Of the three, Black’s has the best heritage as far as BBQ goes, hailing from Lockhart, TX at once, the “Capital of BBQ,” with several internecine boardroom BBQ wars fought, with the clear winner being the customers. Smitty’s, Chisolm Trail, Kruez, and, of course, Black’s.

The Black’s BBQ Legend

Same family, since 1932. Never mind there were lawsuits and patriarchs, and pit master is sometimes that new gig.

Black’s BBQ

I put the coordinates into the phone, and had it gave me directions. Super simple though, just head west from the highway on that main New Braunfels thoroughfare, and there is it, the old Rudy’s. I didn’t realize it until I walked in, the last time I was at that very location, it was a Rudy’s, and there was long discussion about why it was better than most of the other Rudy’s because they smoked their own stuff there.

Rudy’s (the Worst BBQ in Texas) is the victim of another internecine, boardroom battle of some sort, as there are two or three originals, then Austin-area legal spin-offs then the franchises.

When I wandering into the new New Braunfels Black’s, I was stunned. Not much of the floorpan changed, nothing changed but the label on the store. And the product.

Best. BBQ.

My first measure, cf., Two-Meat Tuesday, of BBQ was Green Mesquite in Austin, on Barton Springs. The idea I lived in a trailer park and could smell the old Green Mesquite pit? There is that.

Then, too, it was superlative, and I didn’t realize how spoiled I got with good BBQ right there.

Black’s BBQ

Black’s BBQ. Best. Braunfels.

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Toxicity https://astrofish.net/blog/toxicity/ https://astrofish.net/blog/toxicity/#respond Sat, 12 Jan 2019 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=10663 astrofish.net/blog

Toxicity

“I’m sorry if I was ever a toxic person in your life. Through the years, I struggle to be a better person.”

  • Who are we kidding?

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Cowgirl https://astrofish.net/blog/cowgirl/ https://astrofish.net/blog/cowgirl/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:00:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=10720 You are here

Cowgirl

Cowgirl: a better looking cowboy with brains.

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Video Surveillance https://astrofish.net/blog/video-surveillance/ https://astrofish.net/blog/video-surveillance/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=10646 astrofish.net/blog

Video Surveillance

“This website is under Video Surveillance for the protection of the driver.”

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