Joe Crawford
Web developer & user interface engineer
Tinkering with the web since 1996

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San Diego, California, USA

August, 2016: 49 posts.

A little bit of my art used in a video

One of the joys of putting art up under a Creative Commons license is that sometimes there are fun usages of it! Watch this video:

It was this piece that gets used for a small segment:

Alice Street Sign


Super fun to see people making stuff. It’s the best part of the web.

from Instagram


Quote of the Day

Whoever intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the Senate, Member of the House of Representatives, Delegate from the District of Columbia, or Resident Commissioner, at any election held solely or in part for the purpose of electing such candidate, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

From 18 U.S. Code § 594 – Intimidation of voters

Springfield Punx has a lovely rendition of Eleven from Stranger Things


From tumblr: This image has been removed at the copyright holder’s request.


Oh look I’m posting and old

Nobody reads blogs anymore. Nobody blogs anymore. Nobody writes anymore.

Except people do. Kottke does, still, and regularly. But in the corners of the blog world old favorites still blog (e.g: Tony Pierce, Suebob, Peter-Paul Koch, The Militant and many others). I know this because I follow things in my RSS Reader, powered by Tiny Tiny RSS which I run on my hosting setup. Shared setup because I am not cool and no virtual servers and am not “serverless” and pay good money for system administration thank you very much.

RSS is still great. RSS/Atom, whatever it takes.

Oh, did I mention I’m old? Well I am I guess. I’m 46 and continue aging. I can see my eyesight failing tiny increment by tiny increment, as a Gaussian blur takes shape year over year at things distant and close.

But physically I’m better than in a long time. I can walk father and am stronger than I’ve been in a long time. How? By being physically active regardless of how incompetently I am physically active. I take walks. I wander. I swim. The same ethos that has me drawing on the regular (draw a lot and poorly to get better) it has turned out works for exercise. I don’t call it art, I don’t call it exercise, and it’s tolerable and worthwhile.

Meh. This was a blog post in 2016. Look at that.

SHRIPP! Adam Warren on sound effects in comics

shripp I love Adam Warren’s work so much. His comic Empowered comic manages to be satirical and yet dramatic, ridiculous and yet science fictional and superheroic. He also has a penchant for cyberpunk and pop culture, which is wonderful. Quote of the day is from him on sound effects, contemplating his work on Empowered Volume 2, Page 56:

Note that I always use “SHRIPP” for a sound effect when Emp’s suit tears—and never something like “RIPP,” which to me veers dangerously close to a literalistic sound FX like “RIP.” I have an overwhelming and not entirely explicable antipathy for literal, concept-based sound FX like “LEAP!” or “POINT!”—even in a theoretically humorous basis. This might be because I was rubbed wrong by early parodies of manga that leaned heavily on the misbegotten, misguided joke of “LEAP!” and its ilk, which completely miss the point that manga sound FX are, in fact, sound FX and not conceptual in nature. That is, we’re “hearing” a phonetic katakana approximation of the noise made by someone leaping—akin to the sound FX “THAPP” I often use for someone launching off the ground—and not a g-d kanji character representing the concept of a leap. Note also that the crappy exclamation point in “LEAP!” adds a crappy cherry on top of the crappy sundae, as I also despise punctuation in sound FX with the fire of a thousand suns.

If this is of interest, DEFINITELY you should check out where he’s posting pages of his comics and his thoughts on those pages – his regrets, thoughts on process. It’s really moving to see someone work so hard. I’m still kicking myself that I decided I could not afford a commission from him in 2015 at San Diego Comic-Con. He’s great.

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