Today is World Photo Day! I am away this weekend and am unable to participate, but photography is very important to this website, so I still wanted to acknowledge the day. Take a moment to visit the World Photo Day website, and while you are there, donate what you can to their Cerebral Palsy Alliance fund raiser.
Two Jigidi puzzles today, the two Casper sticker sheets that I suspect were a prize of some sort. I never did find out for sure, nor did I find out any more about the unusual characters depicted. If you have any information on these stickers or characters, please leave a comment below!
To see all of the Harvey Mercheum puzzles, use the “New Puzzle” post category on this website:
or visit the HMCurator creator page on Jigidi:
It seems that I am very good at making busy work for myself. I decided that even though http: versions of hyperlinks to the Harvey Mercheum website will redirect to https:, the redirect is an extra step and slows the process down, so I should correct them. While I had to edit all the URLs anyway, I decided to set up campaign parameters to help me track visits in Google Analytics. Once I did that, with the help of the Google Campaign URL Builder, the URLs were long and ugly, so I decided to shorten them using my long-ignored Bit.ly account.
Sorry for the lack of posts as of late. There are a number of things going on right now, some of which directly impact the Harvey Mercheum. I hope to resume posting this weekend, but may not be able to.
In the meantime, today is World Wide Web Day! While browsing the Web today, remember to visit the World Wide Web Foundation, and learn about how they are working for a world where everyone has the same rights and opportunities online.
I was just reading this excellent post by Troy Hunt about why even a static HTML website should use HTTPS, when I was reminded by The Hacker News that today is the day Google Chrome starts marking all non-HTTPS websites as “Not Secure”. I am very glad I spent my 4th of July making the switch.
Well, another birthday in the books, but today I am continuing the celebration by posting one of the most recent acquisitions for the permanent collection. I did not even have this item on my want list, because it is so rare, I never thought that I had a chance at owning one. Now that I own it, I would love to rip it open and play with it!
I recently had an email discussion with the support team at WPBeginner about my problems finding a replacement for my custom taxonomies menu widget. It turns out that WordPress‘s standard menu functionality picks up custom taxonomies, so the need for a specialized widget has been eliminated. I did want the menu to have “accordion” ability, and the standard WordPress menu widget does not provide that, so I am trying out a new plugin to provide that functionality. One feature that has been lost is showing the count of the number of exhibits each particular selection will show, but I consider saving screen space worth the price. Please try navigating using the new tree, and leave a comment below or use the “Contact the Curator” form to let me know what you think!
Once again, my wife Jennifer and I volunteered to help man their Artists Lounge. We were happy to be able to support our local convention, and I was able to spend some time speaking with Chad Burdette. Long-time readers of the Mercheum blog may recall that Mr. Burdette interviewed me for his newspaper blog, The Comics Multiverse, back in 2016. Is it really that long ago already? Where does the time go?
I have gone through all 115 exhibit pages and fixed all of the image links from http: to https:. Once again, if you notice broken links, missing images, or any other unexpected behavior of the Harvey Mercheum website, please leave a comment below or use the Contact the Curator form to let me know about it. Thank you for your patience.