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Wiggles the Wonderworm

If you read mezzoblue regularly, you'll know that Dave Shea is one of the nicest blokes in Canada. I can say that with the greatest confidence, despite having met only a handful of Canadians. Dave, in his spare minutes, tends the CSS Zen Garden, asking nothing in return.

I am captivated by the Zen Garden. I can tiptoe through it for hours at a time, gazing at the delicate flowers cultivated therein.

But there is something about Dave's prose, which is indubitably well-written and engaging, that nevertheless gives me an itch to lampoon. I don't know why, I think it's a problem with me. Some of you will know that I have already scratched the itch once, when I developed the Miracle Cure. It was great fun, and a great honour to enter the ranks of the Zen Gardeners.

But damned if the itch didn't come back. The Miracle Cure didn't work, I guess. So I went industrial strength; if this doesn't cure me, nothing will. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Wiggles the Wonderworm—a delightful comic book character who made his first and only appearance in March 1945.

Please suggest titles for the design, if anything comes to mind. Your assistance in debugging/aesthetic direction would also be much appreciated.

Link: Wiggles the Wonderworm: A wannabe CSS Zen Garden.

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Wait, can I keep going? This is kind of related. I got the source images for that Zen Garden from the public domain, and substantially modified them. I wanted to return the altered images and my CSS to the public domain, so I made a trip to Creative Commons.

Relinquishing something into the public domain is significant in terms of the degree to which you are abrogating your present and future rights, so Creative Commons quite properly makes you earn it. Once you have selected a Public Domain Dedication, you have to submit a few details about the work, and wait for an email. You then click on a link in that missive, and arrive at a confirmation page. Which contains a button marked "confirm", with the text I'm just about to blockquote above it. I want to show it to you, because I've never before read such beautiful legalese. I was genuinely touched:

A dedicator makes this dedication for the benefit of the public at large and to the detriment of the Dedicator's heirs and successors. Dedicators intend this dedication to be an overt act of relinquishment in perpetuity of all present and future rights under copyright law, whether vested or contingent, in the Work. Dedicator understand that such relinquishment of all rights includes the relinquishment of all rights to enforce (by lawsuit or otherwise) those copyrights in the Work.

Dedicator recognizes that, once placed in the public domain, the Work may be freely reproduced, distributed, transmitted, used, modified, built upon, or otherwise exploited by anyone for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial, and in any way, including by methods that have not yet been invented or conceived.

Joseph | 13 Apr 2004

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