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Kevin Cheng  

#BADFAD

September 26th, 2003 by Kevin Cheng :: 4 Comments

Lynda Weinman gets the first celebrity mention on OK/C this week. I don’t think she feels like she’s stating anything that a halfway intelligent designer hasn’t already figured out but as we explain, there are some monkeys who don’t know until they are told: the majority aren’t using 256 colours anymore and thus the constraint is no longer applicable. Dithering is a word that’s hardly heard these days except to talk about how irresolute someone is. An experience we’ve all had when deciding what restaurant to eat in with a big group, or deciding what feature to not implement when a release is upon us. Now you have a word for it.

English lessons aside, Lynda also mentions companies which still look at the web-safe palette as a badge of honour. If you should happen upon such a company, smirk at them as I would, laugh really hard inside at how they blindly follow guidelines without any intellectual input of their own into the whys and wherefores of these guidelines, then proceed to find a company that actually hires people with some component of their left brain functional.

You’ll notice our site is still rather bare at the moment. We’re looking into backend solutions to automate our processes and we’ll get there soon. Until then, I do appreciate the notes people have left me about the broken copyright link that was in the footer. As you can see, the fastest way to fix a problem is to eliminate it altogether. Who wants to copy us anyways?

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Tom Chi  

Take the Hex from My Lex

September 26th, 2003 by Tom Chi :: Comment »

Though at times web safe felt like a terrible burden, there is such a thing as too many choices. Back in the day it was possible to have favorite web colors that people would recognize, like the beautiful 336699 and 6699CC… the gutsy FF9933 (boo anyone?) and the very neen 99FF33 (wired). Now there is incredible freedom, but for me that just means more time spent picking - and really it’s not my forte. I’m probably just selectively forgetting how unfun it was to consider dithering algorithms or to handblend microtexture color grids from the period table of web colors, but there will always be a bit of nostalgia for the good old days.

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Tom Chi  

About the trash

September 26th, 2003 by Tom Chi :: 1 Comment

Not really sure why Pika and the PS2 are in the trash. KC wanted to drop some trendy stuff in there, but Pika is timeless, no? And I drink Crystal Pepsi everyday — the drinks are free here, afterall.

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Kevin Cheng  

RSS

October 1st, 2003 by Kevin Cheng :: Comment »

We’ve set up Movable Type on the site now. The comments page is still a bit messy and the comic navigation could be improved upon but one benefit it does get us is an automated RSS Feed. I personally like to use the Trillan Pro news reader plugin for reading RSS. Getting the backend up also means we will be able to post more easily and once we put it up, Searching and Mailling list capabilities will be available as well.

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