Who Killed Print?

We all know print is dead/dying/coughing up blood. But until recently I never knew who to blame. Then I discovered the ugly, shocking truth which I will now share with you all. Print didn’t just die. It was killed… by cats. Yes, cats. Frigging cats! Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

Who killed print?…


Let’s take a closer look at this dirty deed.


Save it for the litterbox, lady.


Um, no, since you’re pointing to a mouse, not a word. In fact, you’re illiterate. You’re a cat!


Not as scary as a giant black and white polka dot tie with a red striped shirt. This is your designer?


That copyeditor looks like he needs some catnip or he’s gonna start shredding the manuscript. Give the poor guy some yarn at least!


Actually the copyeditor (copycat?) really said, “Here’s another !@#$%! mistake!”


Of course, the printer was in China so the production director should have said “良好的厚纸!”


Seriously, an ascot? Since when did Charles Nelson Reilly do prepress?


OK, fair enough.


I think the prepress cat is going to kick some tail when he hears this crap.


Why are these cats so relaxed when the book is totally screwed up? Can’t they see the deadline right behind them? Sure enough…


Sigh. This is not going to end well.


Assuming there is a next job.


I think a few whiskers ended up in the F&Gs.


Uh, yeah. But instead of going out and selling the book, the cats started a website filled with photos of themselves with silly misspelled captions. And they all got rich and never made another book again.


And then little kitten fell asleep, wishing for an iPhone.

The end.

PS If you want to know where these images came from, check out Who Killed Print, Part 2.

Book Report: The Art & Science of CSS

I was at the library today and snagged another book that I’m excited about: The Art & Science of CSS by an Australian publisher called Sitepoint. It’s written by a team of 5 “visionary” Web designers, one of whom lists mass.gov in her portfolio. It’s definitely not for anyone new to CSS. It assumes you already know all about selectors and properties. By page 12, we’re already into JavaScript for sIFR.


I already have and love Eric Meyer’s Cascading Style Sheets. But this one has the advantages of being somewhat easier to read, newer, bigger (8 x 10) and with color examples. It’s definitely not as thorough as Meyer’s book, which can’t be beat for covering every last detail, as O’Reilly books always do.

But The Art & Science of CSS feels fresh, as does the Sitepoint website. If nothing else, it gives me a break from the look and feel of the O’Reilly and Peachpit (Real World and Visual QuickStart Guides) books, which I’ve been reading for the last 10 years. And thanks to one of the author’s links, I learned my Blogger code:

B1 D+ T- K S+ F+ I O++ X- E L- C– Y1 R- W- P+ M2 N- H

I’ll assign myself the book report on this one and come back here with anything truly shareworthy.