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Comic Update: I’m With Squirrel

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Today’s comic does not precisely plumb the depths of the web standards world. There’s no CSS compatibility joke, no HTML5 politics, and not even a dig at Opera. Which, I know, is a major drag for you all.

It serves two purposes. The first is to look back at the fun I had participating in SitePoint’s podcast “HTML5 is a (Beautiful) Mess“, and pay homage to the gentlemen I had the pleasure to speak with: Canadian Kevin Yank (as one of the fellow speakers put it, is there a Kevin Canuk in the US somewhere?) and Brits Ian Lloyd & Bruce Lawson. Such fun, idyllic moments like debating HTML5′s wrecked politics are too delightful to go unchronicled.

The other purpose relates to Kevin’s first joke in the podcast. He asserts (falsely) that we’ve gathered to discuss the recent troubles plaguing NBC’s late night line up, in particular the Leno vs O’Brien issues of the Tonight Show. This joke threw Ian and Bruce, who aren’t plagued daily with American late night talk shows, but it sparked in me the remembrance of a tweet I once received from one @GeekGamerGirl that made my heart sparkle: CSSquirrel is The Daily Show for web designers. Don’t stop, we need you to make up for all the bitchy little girls out there.

So today’s comic is more of an announcement. I am in the process of devising a “late night” talk show that the Squirrel will host, featuring interviews with cartoon representations of various web designers/developers/standardistas. It’ll draw from the mighty traditions of the Tonight Show, The Daily Show and Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, and in theory will be a plug-in free experience brought to you in part by HTML5, JavaScript and vector tree-climbing rodents.

So, screw Leno or Coco. I’m with Squirrel. (For those who miss the reference in the last panel, it’s a play on the “I’m With Coco” badge by artist Mike Mitchell).

Yes, the shameless self-promotion is concluded. Enjoy your day.

The Squirrel in Crisp Audio! SitePoint podcast “HTML5 is a beautiful mess”

Friday, January 15th, 2010

On Wednesday I had the honor and pleasure of participating in a podcast recording session with HTML5 Doctor Bruce Lawson, Beginning Web Design author Ian Lloyd, and SitePoint’s Kevin Yank in a discussion about HTML5, and whether it’s just exploded over all our face.

The end product, “HTML5 is a beautiful mess” is now up at SitePoint. I’d be tickled pink if you took the time to listen.

As you may recall, I discussed ranted about this subject on Monday with the strip The HTML5 Show (AKA a Mess) and the related post.

Mostly, HTML5′s a mess in the political sense. The organizations behind it (W3C and WHATWG) are increasingly in conflict with one another. Additionally, in my opinion, Ian Hickson is increasingly disregarding any attempt at a legitimate process and simply putting what he pleases in the spec, as he pleases.

The podcast touches on that matter, and spins out to the state of the actual implementation of HTML5 itself, whether there’s a challenge in getting designers and developers to start using it, the issues of accessibility in <canvas>, and how delightful it’d be to move past plugins.

If I have one beef with the whole podcast, it’s the fact that I’m talking with a pair of Brits. Which, as every movie-going American knows, instantly sound more clever due to their crisp accents. Also, if the transcript is any guide, my sentences tend to roll off the rail quite a bit, inflicting casualties to adherents to the English language.

So, if you have the time, please go have a listen, and then please come on back here and post any thoughts you had at my butchery of verbs, the points that the participants brought up (or even better, the points we didn’t) and how lovely Bruce Lawson’s voice is.