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Do something this weekend!

If you're in or around London this weekend, don't forget to hit up the UK Web and Minicomix Thing this weekend. Exhibitors include Scary-Go-Round's John Allison, Weebl, and Roger Langridge. Last year's was fantastic; this one should, therefore, rock down all manner of house. (Not that I get to find out -- I'm ill in bed!)

Random Chick Tract Generator

Creating your own hilarious Chick tract, or rewriting the dialogue for an existing one, rarely ever works as well as you think it might. It's difficult to come up with effective subjects that haven't been worn smooth by uncreative teenaged Discordians. And, if you're going to roll your own, which of the art styles do you use? (There's at least three main ones.) Which lettering phase seems just right?

So, is it just me...

I keep up with most of the Achewood blogs on a regular basis. The perennially hateful Pat threatens to lose me with his hair-trigger bitterness, but he manages to go over the top and win me over by the end of each post. (I'm sure he'd block me if I reacted poorly, anyhow, especially given his feelings towards women.)

bOINGbOING cited an LAist post today which made me wonder: is Pat distracting himself from his guilt over shooting Cornelius by threatening the drivers of inappropriately parked cars? The Beverly Hills note is especially telling.(He would use the same template as the SF blog, too. Sigh.)

Learn Dharma Through Comics

Once again with the stuff boingboing got to first: the Ramayana in graphic novel form! (And a matching lesson plan, to boot.)

Be Distracted With Cute

Illustration by RPin

Tired of election tension? Not an American? Be distracted! With cute! Via Ping's Webcomic Finds: Webcomic Tans are SD personifications of webcomic entities. (Tans started out as representations of operating systems, but concepts have a way of evolving.)

Comixpedia's in there; it's one of RPin's. I'm all melty. Melty.

Wired Article on Advertising in RSS

Now more than ever, syndication need not mean loss of ad revenue. Wired checks into the rise of advertising amongst RSS feeds run by commercial interests. More proof of concept than anything.

This comes via an entry in the Six Apart Professional Network weblog. Anil Dash notes, "All the advertisers moving into the new medium would do well to be cautious in addressing the blogosphere. An audience that's willing and able to publish their responses to the whole world demands a thoughtful approach to marketing." (I wouldn't go so far as to assume that audience is just bloggers, mind. I have horrible visions of forum flamewars, rampaging ceaselessly, jumping from phpBB to phpBB like graceless, Kong-sized acrobats. This may be long USENET history rearing its ugly head, though.)

Mozilla Firefox 1.0PR Released

If you were dithering about adding an RSS feed to your comic's website, now's the time. Support for the syndication technology is now a part of Mozilla Firefox as of yesterday's 1.0 Preview Release. The browser will attempt to autodetect an RSS feed when you visit any given site, and pop up a little orange icon in the status bar should it find one. From there, you can click on the icon and subscribe to any feed it discovers (and you get a choice when it discovers several). You then follow the update status of your subscribed feeds in a sidebar. It's not the first attempt to integrate the RSS reader and the browser, but it's arguably the first one likely to reach the mass market.

Windows users in particular are switching to Firefox (registration possibly required) at a brisk rate, given both the stagnation and rampant security issues which plague Internet Explorer. Even Microsoft-owned Slate recommended this strategy back in July of this year. But it's not just Firefox you'll be contending with if you want to captivate users in this fashion; Safari 2.0 will have rather yummy-looking RSS support when it ships with Mac OS X Tiger early next year. (Much to the consternation of us Panther users, I might add...)

I keep saying this, and it's true: there's no good reason to make your readers keep refreshing your index page, waiting for an update, when you can bring the update notification to them.