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That feeling when you fully recognize the Obscure Cultural Reference on a Judge John Hodgman episode.

("Edict of Worms"; the reference was featured on an MST3K episode)

Took a bit more work after the stream, but my Over The Edge “Spring Break” dice have been dealt with.

I should really set up a startup script to make sure this instance actually comes back up next time the server needs to reboot...

The floppy disk, Bell phone, and envelope icons: Because design teams realized that if we updated them to their modern equivalents, every single icon ever would just be a blank rounded rectangle with varying widths of bezel.

There are surprisingly few people who would know why I drew this, but I drew it anyway.

There are very few times in my life I've legitimately had to use the word "palanquin". One of them is planning certain events in this chapter of the comic.

Am I the only one getting tired of how the answer to any lagging business model these days is "just throw more booze at the problem until profitable"?

Movie theaters losing out to home viewing? Serve beer.
Arcades doing poorly? Install a bar and some taps.
Bookstores losing business? Serve wine in-store, why not.
Tabletop gaming stores need a boost? Half your staff are craft brewers, right?

Dateline: Distant future. Interstellar travel is real, humanity makes contact with lifeforms from distant stars.

"Hold on, a sec, human. Our sun — the thing with numerous planets orbiting it, each with countless lifeforms, cultures, histories, and civilizations — that was all just *a point on some guy's BELT* to you?"

Today was a minor cleanup day, mostly to get rid of some useless junk and clear out visible space in the apartment. A large amount of what I tossed was homework, notebooks, and projects from junior high through college.

Instead of looking over the actual content of the notes to see what I forgot over the years, my attention was mostly drawn towards the doodles I made in the margins. I've apparently improved over the years.

(no pictures available; I WAS trying to toss stuff, after all)

Next step of the website tweaks, the calendar colors. I know I said the shades-of-grey thing wasn't working with colors, but then I figured, what if I just dropped the colors altogether? Well, apart from the active date, which is now green and has an outline. The whole thing should be more readable, at least.

In other news, yes, the site CSS has a name, and it's "Monolithic". If you have a browser/extension that allows you to change CSS stylesheets, you might also see "Spamtastic", designed to replicate what the site looked like before I did Monolithic.

If I redo the site again, I'm definitely NOT keeping up the mutliple-stylesheets thing. That's ridiculous to maintain in the long run.

I should do some DoM site tweaking. The ol' Monolithic site CSS has some weaknesses. For instance, the shades-of-grey backgrounds sort of disagree with... well, just about any color, really.

I've already changed the visited link text to be a bit brighter (works better with the black background), but I think there's a lot more to do there.

And maybe I'll also get some more arty experiments going. Always a good idea to diversify talents and do something out of the ordinary, right?

Almost done. Then I go into hibernation to recharge the comic buffer and plan out Chapter Nine. THIS time it'll be a multi-story chapter. I've got some loose ends to revisit. One of which I'm about to make in this chapter.

DoM updates will likely pause after the whole Cy-discusses-Lucien bit as I stop to recharge the buffer for what'll be the last part of Chapter Eight. And then I get Chapter Nine planned out. More to come!

Since my little personal Mastodon instance seems to be functioning normally, I should at some point add in a header image for my account, as well as thumbnail, hero, and mascot images for the server itself. And then maybe futz around with the CSS.

And, as usual, it's not TRULY the holiday season until the santahat starts appearing on VLC's icon.

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