Monthly Archives: July 2006

WuCoco 0.10.1

WuCoco 0.10.1 is a small update that adds IE7 compatability.

Please don’t download IE7, though. Seriously. Internet Explorer has been an anchor tied to the leg of the web design community for years. CSS3 support is just around the corner, and it’s going to start all over again with the hacks and the new features that are supported by every browser but IE. Firefox is great, Opera is great, Safari is great. There’s really only one wrong answer, so do your part to make the web a better place and switch today.

Anyway, all ranting and no downloading makes Jack a dull boy. Get the one-column layout, the two-column layout, the three-column layout, or the image sources in Gimp XCF format (which haven’t changed since 0.10.0). Read the project page for the latest downloads and more information.

Wucoco 0.10.0

During the development for 0.9.0 I thought I was ramping up for the big one-oh release, but as I dig deeper into the theme I’m finding that there are a few more cycles of disruptive development before I’m ready to settle into a maintenance cycle. WuCoco 0.10.0 features…

  • The much requested three column variant. I’d like to thank for generously sponsoring the development of this feature.
  • A completely revamped layout engine, based on the Octopus Engine from Dragon Labs. Now that WuCoco no longer relies on faux columns it’s much easier to adjust column-width, and I no longer have to maintain separate graphic assets for the different variants. As an added bonus, it’s possible to easily switch to independent column heights if you choose.

The new layout engine involves a lot of changes under the hood. It’s quite possible that rendering bugs have been introduced, so speak up if you find one. By now, you know the drill: Download the one-column layout, the two-column layout, the new three-column layout, or the image sources in Gimp XCF format. Read the project page for the latest downloads and more information.

A Tale of How

Check out the amazing animated short available from the Blackheart Gang, A Tale of How (low-res youtube version). It feels grand and beautiful and immediately evokes a kind of childlike wonderment that’s all too rare in the adult world.

The short is often and aptly compared Terry’s Gilliam’s animation for Monty Python’s Flying Circus and to anything by Tim Burton (WFMU says: “I’m sure they whip a stapler across the room every time someone goes ‘Tim Burton.'”), although it’s denser and more surreal than either (yes, more surreal than Tim Burton). The most apt comparison I can make is to the little known work of Patrick Woodroffe. I first encountered Patrick’s drawings when I was a child through the very collectible The Second Earth: The Pentateuch Retold, which confused and intrigued me with it’s simple but striking story and fantastically detailed imagery.

There’s not currently a lot of information about the Blackheart Gang on the web, but Motionographer does have an informative writeup including links to two additional BHG audio files that I haven’t seen posted elsewhere. Update 5/7/07: Siouxwire has an interview with the Blackheart Gang.

Via WFMU’s Beware of the Blog (Update 2010-10-18: The original story at WFMU has disappeared, linking to their front-page instead).