21 December, 2005

Firefox extensions

I've finally gotten around to adding my extensions, so here's a list of the ones I have now.

EditCSS
This is a great extension that allows a page's CSS component to be modified on the fly. While the changes won't automatically be saved and published, it's great for anyone who has to make webpages. It was very useful with making some tweaks to this blog.

Compact Menu
This is the second best extension I've seen for Firefox. It allows me to chose which elements appear in my menu, and let's me shrink my menu down to one button (as I don't use the menu often this is fine for me), allowing me to free up more screen space. This is one extension I can't live without.

Antipagination
This lets multiple comic pages (that are in a row in a comic's archive) to be displayed in one page. I've never gotten the Slideshow to work, and many webcomic archives simply aren't suited to it, but it is useful for those few that are suited to it, nonetheless.

Ook
A bug in Firefox means that anytime the right-click button is pressed when in the bookmarks menu, the bookmarks menu then becomes inaccessible until Firefox has been restarted. However this extension puts a bookmarks menu in the context menu, so I can still access them that way. Very useful for me.

Greasemonkey
The extension that caused all the problems for me earlier today, but THE most useful extension I've got. It allows people to create "extensions" in JavaScript (that can be installed and uninstalled without restarting Firefox) for specific pages, or the web in general. It's main feature is editing content on a website server-side. I've used this to replace many of my Firefox extensions, but there are many user scripts that just aren't available as extensions by themselves.

07 December, 2005

Twilight Agency returns

Twilight Agency has been on a hiatus for a couple of months as the married Team Dean and L. Graf created a small buffer and dealt with life. Well they're finally back and things are off to a great start.

A little bit of background info can be found here, but in a nutshell, it's set in an Earth where in 1992 (that was in the future when they began work on the comic back in 1991 ;)) where Earth began to be warped into resembling it's counterpart Fey, a parrallel world where mythical creatures such as elves, giants and centaurs are common place. The comics follow the adventures of Nick, Nathan and Zee as they try to live life in a reality that has changed from what they once knew. In the comics they've formed a small business that takes on small jobs (such as dealing with pest infestations of a "mythical" kind). And to help them travel from job to job, is their A.I. controlled vehicle that is made up from nanobots and has state-of-the-art technology.

However a new member recently joined the cast. The A.I. that controls their state-of-the-art vehicle has only been pretending to be a lowly A.I., but is in fact a digital djinn. Whatever that means. And just before the hiatus the comic ended with a kaboom that could possibly kill two of the main cast members (yeah right ;)).

So I've understandably been interested in finding out what the heck the digital djinn is, and how the main cast members survived the kaboom. Well I'm getting one of my two questions answered (the main one really, because main cast members not dying is pretty old hat). And that brings us to the latest updates for Twilight Agency. We're getting the background of the digital djinn (Mphee or Morphy is his name), and we'll presumably find out how he went from being a regular old djinn (which is kinda like a genie, except there's no lamps or wishes) to a digital one. It should be quite interesting.

Twilight Agency consists of two types of stories. The webcomic which has been one continuous story from day one, split up into chapters. And text stories, which deals in the background. Because Mphee's origin story is a background one, we're stuck with text stories. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy the text stories, a lot more info can be put into them, and they're well-written. But... well they're text. I'd just love to see them told as a comic. But, as long as it's updating, I'm not going to be too picky. So go check it out, the latest text story requires absolutely NO prior knowledge. It sets itself up extremely well. You won't be sorry for giving it a go.

05 December, 2005

A Schlock Milestone

A hell of a lot of things have been happening in the webcomics happening in the webcomics community lately, so I'll be spending the next few days commenting on them.

One of those things is Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary reached his goal of 2,000 continuous days of posting a webcomic the other day. That's posting a strip every day for over 5 years. That's dedication. And quite frankly, I don't know how he managed it. He had to create 7 strips a week (with three times as much content on Sundays), go to work (he's now managed to make a living off Schlock Mercenary, and rightly so), spend time with his wife, and being a morman I assume he went to church on Sundays at the very least, so that killed Sunday mornings to work on the comic. How he managed to find the time in a day to do the strips and all that other stuff I don't know. Many other webcomic artists have tried and failed at 5 days a week, some such as Penny Arcade have managed to keep a regular schedule of M-W-F, but even they had to resort to filler some of the time.

But not Howard Tayler. No matter what's been happening in his life, he's updated every single day for over 5 years now, and there's no sign he'll stop. The only person whose come close to updating every single day is Chris Crosby of Superosity. I believe he managed 2,163 continuous days before finally missing an update. But there's no indication that Howard will suffer from the same fate, so once he reaches that milestone, I think he'll hold the title of most days updated continuously.

But to merely comment on the fact Howard reached a milestone wouldn't do that day's strip justice. Because he revealed he is going to address an issue he had previously left hanging. An issue I really want to see addressed. I won't say what that is, to find out you'll have to start reading Schlock Mercenary. You can start at the latest "book". Howard's good like that, in that you can pick up with any book, and the previous things that happened that you need to know for that book will be explained. But for the full-effect, it's really best you start at the start.