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Battling Dragons

Why do you think they call them firewalls?

The dragons of technology that seek to hoard all our time.

Knight in armor vs Dragon on laptop
My Internet Service Provider suddenly quit letting me upload files to Mindful Webworks website. Going on day 3 now.

The image above was posted on my "Other People's Stuff" blog. That's my workaround for the meanwhile.

The thumbnail image will just be repeats of already-uploaded thumbnails in the interim.

Can this be blamed on the Kung Flu epidemic panic?

This is just one of several different technical dragons I’ve been battling in the past week or two.

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Mindful Webworks at 24

The blog is old enough to buy alcohol.

Before March, 2020, becomes a memory, here's a reflection on twenty-four years of webworking. I would have had this post up on the day, but, in my discombobulated way, I had some new webworks that took priority. (See all webworks.) As commented on the Ace of Spades Art Thread on March 17, illustrated:

But is it art?

ON THIS DAY, IN 1996, I published a webpage for the first time.

Days of ink and staples

CynicalmanAt the time, my hobby creative outlet was mini-comics, as inspired by the great cartoonist Matt Faezell, creator of Cynicalman. ( Mini-comic: One sheet of typing paper, print both sides, cut, fold, staple = 8-page booklet. It was a format that was a good fit for my simplistic doodles and short-attention-span stories. Sometimes I got fancy and did 16-pagers.

My audience was limited to handing out or mailing copies to friends, neighbors, and relatives (most of whom were polite enough not to say anything about them). I did have a 'display' at ChicagoCon, once - a fellow in the independent publishers area let me have a corner of his table. Other than that, well, even with small 'press runs,' I have a whole big bunch of copies left, here in this shoebox.

Big Potato #1 coverWWWOW! signal

I thought, this new web thing might be a good place to advertise my little comics. I put up a list. I even created a VRML 3D old-fash-looking comics 'spinner' to display them. (Alas, poor old VRML, we hardly knew ye.) I had fun, anyway.

Then I decided to put up a sample.

I took the original artwork on one mini-comic, scanned it with my 300dpi hand-held grayscale scanner, and created the GIFs (hadn't yet learned about .PNG) using good old Deluxe Paint IIe. Colored in with a sixteen-color palette.

All in Your MindThe moment that full-color "sample" page was uploaded, it hit me — this — the wwweb — was the new framework for everything. Text, pix, audio, video, 3D-VR, all in one system. No more trips to the photocopy place. No more black-and-white printing, cutting, folding, stapling. No mailing lists or stamps or wrappers! I went out of the self-print-publishing business and proceeded to scan and color and upload all my comics. Then made new ones. "Print is dead."

Income comes in where?I addressed the copyright and income issues in a brief attempt at a daily comic, Mind Fuel. I realized there was no protection from data theft, no paywall that couldn't be breached or reached-around (!). It's been amusing, over the subsequent two dozen years, to watch 'real' publishers try to deal with matters I figured out immediately. (Well, before the web there was CompuServe, which had its limits, but still taught me about the universal accessibility of web stuff.)

The PayPal donation button does work.


Twenty-four years, and some twelve hundred webworks.

The old website has not had as much new stuff in recent years as in the past, as personal and computer problems have been seriously thwarting me. I still have many short and tall tales to tell.

I do hope to spruce the place up a bit before the big 25 next year.

Guru Radd Dadd sweeps


"Please don't take it personally, but your site kinda sucks."
logprof on Ace of Spades
October 17, 2012 12:20 AM


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Unexpectedly, December, 2019!

First of the month fun and features

One year ago was the first "First of the Month" post. I've now come full-circle 'round the sun. Re-posting last year's, with some updates and improvements. (Although a year ago I wasn't cross-posting from Other People's Stuff.)
Happy New Month!
December Month of

New editorial 2019:
December the Tenth Month?

Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec; Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten. Which made no sense after they added two months… at the beginning. They couldn't have added them at the end? Guess they didn't want to have Eleventober and Twelvthember. Still, if January were the eleventh month, swiftly-passing little February would be the last month. Then March 1 would be New Year's Day again. That might be a nice change. (Sure, it sounds simple at first, but in implementation, this could get more confusing than Daylight Saving Time!)
The Zoodiac signs
for the month of December are
Sohilarious (until December 21)
Zodiac: Sohilarious
Catchacold (December 22 onwards).
Zodiac: Catchacold

Click here to see the complete set of Zoodiac signs.


December has the solstice, when daylight begins to grow and hope is renewed at last, at least in my hemisphere. Your hemisphere may vary.

2019: Christmas on Wednesday this year. Strangely enough, New Year's Eve is exactly one week later. So, with two mid-week holidays, expect the holiday world to be useless from 5pm Friday Dec 21 through 9am Monday Jan 6. Perhaps useless is too strong a term. Of limited productivity, then.

This is from, 2017:

Christmas Cheesecake
Christmas Cheesecake
Repeating this warning from 2018:
Note to websearchers: If you image-search on the term "December," be sure to have your safe-search setting to "Safe," unless you want to see multiple images of "Miss December."
Followed my own advice on this when searching this year for "December Girl 2019." Mostly came up with "December Girl" t-shirts and mugs and merch. Should've guessed it'd be a thing. So I kept this gal.
Winter Girl
Then I ran across this classic Varga work, so I couldn't resist including it, too.
December is a lovely month
when cynics stop and pause
And after they have looked at me
Believe in Santy Claus!

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Deep Face

Smiling at you

National Gratitude Month [citation needed]
National Pomegranate Month [dead link c/o Wikipedia]

"November" derives from ancient Babylonian, 'novambrium,' transliterated as "bright star of illuminated lightedness," an approximate translation might be, "No wonder!" Of course I just made that up, but it's better than saying the same thing about the four *-ber months: another holdover from the old calendar, "November" meant the ninth month, until it became the eleventh month but kept the name. Cut, paste, edit for December.
Your hemisphere may vary.

Nov 3, 2019 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.
Time and Date

Nov 4 - National Candy Day
I suppose that's when the
Halloween haul runs out?

November: noted for… the 22nd…
JFK and Jackie, Dallas
Dealey Plaza and the JFK Assasination
The Journey of My Feet

followed closely by… the 24th…
Jack Ruby kills Lee Harvey Oswald

Plan ahead:
2024 will be here before you know it!
In the USA:

Thanksgiving days
Thanksgiving turkey holiday dinner

And don't forget
Thanksgiving Day Parade,
harbinger of holidays ahead

Santa in Macy's parade

The Zodiac signs for the month of November are
 (through Nov 22)…
Zodiac: Phlimplham
Sohilarious (Nov 23 onward)
Zodiac: Phlimplham
Click here to see the complete set of Zoodiac signs.

Angelica Bridges
This is Angelica Bridges.
She was in Baywatch (1989).
She was born November 20, 1970,
she's a redhead,
and November 5 is National Redhead Day.
IMDb's handy list of naturally redheaded actresses.
You never know when that might come in handy!

Image sources:
Top pic, autumn trail:
Month pic:
Rockwell Thanksgiving:
Halloween haul:
Angelica Bridges:
This post also published at Mindful Webworks' Other People's Stuff blog.