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This is pretty much how I feel about FaceBook right now
(28 Nov 2007)

http://www.gapingvoid.com/Moveable_Type/archives/004357.html



I've cut way down on quoting and referencing Hugh MacLeod over the past year, partly because I want to get my internet wisdom from as many sources as possible. But the man still has a remarkable amount of clout with his comics and his bloggishness, and it's really heartening to me to see him echo my own thoughts regarding something I actually kind of care about.

There's a lot to FaceBook that seems really cool, really useful, and I'd like to see it expand in a direction that involves more flow of actual information, more like LiveJournal. And it would be really cool if the company would be a little more decisive about whether or not they are actually breaching their customer's privacy rights, but I'm sure that'll work itself out eventually. But the part about FaceBook that has been slowly pissing me off more and more and really actually driven me away from it is that I cannot opt out of those stupid god-forsaken invites to add applications I do not want.

Click on the link above to read Hugh's take on it.

Posted by Fenmere

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A Breakdown of Coffee
(18 Nov 2007)

With almost no context for you yet, here's a breakdown on the subject of coffee. You might be able to figure out what I'm doing here based on the order in which I list these, but I'm going to be tinkering with it in the next couple of weeks so it'll be different:

Improvized brewing
Normal drip brewing
Various types of brewing
- drip
- turkish
- perk
- espresso
- etc.
Importance of grind
Quality of equipment
Cleanliness
Blend
Growing Coffee
Roasting Coffee
Buying Coffee
Politics
Economy
Customer Service
Tips v.s. Gratuity
Humor
A Business Plan
Advertising
Branding
Hiring practices

Actually, I quite like that order.

Posted by Fenmere

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Major Site Redesign
(07 Nov 2007)

Well, I've gone and done it!

I've taken the plunge to completely restructuring the Harmless Free Radicals website.

Part of the reason for this is that prior to the Summer of 2005, I had created several story arcs that I could not bring myself to finish. And while many of my readers have been waiting long years to read the end of these stories, I find that to continue doing the comic at all I had to drop them. Sort of.

They are all still there, saved in the master folder. There is still a website structure for viewing all of them. So there's no reason to panic in that regard!

Furthermore, I am currently in the process of retelling all of those stories, right from the very beginning! So, if all goes well, we will eventually get to see them resolved!

But the main Harmless Free Radicals website now features only those comics that were specifically designed with newspaper printing in mind. They are all of the same format, the same size and shape, and they are all primarily gag based. Though, they are also all cannon, as far as any Harmless Free Radicals comic is cannon.

More importantly, and part of the reason for the site redesign, through ProjectWonder.com I am now offering ad space for sale! It has worked very well for me in bringing new traffic to my site, and I'm really excited to see what kind of advertisers might be attracted to my comic.

And yes, the big ad to the right has what looks like a high minimum price. That price is the amount of profit I make when I print one of my comics in a newspaper. And I am currently using that space to advertise my own books. So that is how much it is worth to me. I'll give it up for $10, but no less. If somebody takes that spot for $10 or more, I won't need to advertise my books. At least not that much.

So, anyway, enjoy! And, please do give me plenty of feedback.

I'm not quite done tinkering with it.

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Mallard’s Ice Cream and Bluewater Comics collaborate on “10th Muse” Coconut Ice
(07 Nov 2007)

I just got word from Darren Davis of Bluewater Comics, that Mallard Ice Cream is officially unveiling their "10th Muse" Coconut Ice! Due to hit the streets November 14.

This is really cool! Mallard is some heavenly awesome stuff. Best stuff west of the Mississippi, even (it's documented):

1323 Railroad Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 734-3884
http://mallardicecream.com/

While you're down there checking it out, you might as well pick up a pint of "Harmless Free Radicals" Mint Mocha Chocolate Chunk as well. That's been around for years and is a local favorite.

Posted by Fenmere

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Letterpress Grunge!
(29 Oct 2007)

That's it! That's what I was trying to put my finger on!

OK, this style I've been complaining about today, it's really prevalent in Bellingham at the moment. As I described it to a friend, it's got old fashioned clip art, baroque fonts, subdued colors, and lots of overlapping layers, as well as found textures and "modern" design elements.

It's indy, and it's messy, and it looks really different from anything that was around just four years ago.

And now I remember when I started to see it blossom in town. When Bison Book Binding & Letter Press got up to full steam!

Most of the designs that follow that look are done there, and it's a particularly easy way of designing things with what a letterpress company has on hand.

And the reason I think I have this sense that it's going to begin to change, or be replaced, is that it revolves around one production company. As other designers in town start to pick up on it, that company will strive to push their art in a different direction in order to distinguish themselves again.

Also, it's the nature of hot Bellingham businesses to vastly improve on what they are doing. If they don't, they tend to peter out and die, sometimes very quickly. Knowing Bison Book Binding, I'm wagering they're going to work hard to offer something new.

Of course, I could be wrong. But I hope I'm not.

Posted by Fenmere

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