I had written back in February about how I had had problems with the new WordPress block editor, Gutenberg, and about how I overcame these problems by changing all my content to “Custom HTML” blocks, with “More” blocks as required. I have now gone back through the 425 posts that make up the Mercheum Blog and made better use of some of the other block types available by default.Continue reading →
It was exactly a year ago that I commented on the Roboto font’s popularity, and now I am pleased to see that Roboto made it to Vistaprint’s Top 12 Easy to Read Fonts. I knew it was a Google font, but did not know it was created for Android (specifically 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”) or used in the Chrome web browser.
I use Vistaprint for business cards, both personal and for the Harvey Mercheum, and have been very pleased with their quality. Some day I need to have these cards redone with “https” instead of “http”…
Anyone who has read anything I have written knows that I have a strong sense of personal nostalgia. Looking back at my childhood, to when I first started collecting comic books and my father reading them along with me, that was a good time in my life. I usually feel a touch of sadness while looking back, and sometimes I worry that this sadness is bad for me. Well, I need not worry, according to this post from the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of The Intelligent Collector magazine:
Readers of the Mercheum Blog know that I am very concerned with the preservation of the content I have created. I do not feel that hobbyDB is a perfect fit for all the Harveyana that the Harvey Mercheum embodies, especially the various bits of corporate ephemera that I have promised to share with you. I am, however, very pleased to learn about the efforts that hobbyDB is making, and I still need to investigate how I can contribute.
I just read a great post on the Intelligent Collector website:
While some of the people interviewed were concerned with the value or authenticity of items purchased, I liked the quotes that emphasized buying what you care about. Shortly after I started the Harvey Mercheum website, I started buying every new Harvey-related item I could find. I quickly ran out of money, and did not even put a dent in the list of items I had found. I now buy items I feel are unique or otherwise important parts of the history of Harvey Comics. In short, I try to buy items that I care about.
I reached the same conclusions they did. I spend money on web hosting with Siteground, and on domain name registration with namecheap, but use the free Weaver Xtreme theme, free plugins, free CDN services from Cloudflare and free SSL from Let’s Encrypt. This seems to be a reasonable balance to me.
It was just over two years ago that I switched the Harvey Mercheum website’s theme from Suffusion to Weaver Xtreme. Weaver Xtreme supports certain Google Fonts, and I chose Roboto Slab for titles and Roboto for text (Roboto Condensed in the sidebars). Kinsta just posted on their blog that the Roboto font family is the most popular on Google Fonts, with the Condensed style sixth, and the Slab style thirteenth. I guess I made a decent choice! My original inspiration for the combination was Brian Garnder’s post Top 5 Google Font Combinations (from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine).
Earlier today, Greg Erhbar posted an in-depth look at the records PolyGram made for Harvey under their Parachute label on the Cartoon Research website. The article mentions that there were five of the 33 1/3 RPM LP’s, of which three have been featured as exhibits here on the Harvey Mercheum website:
and Surprise Party!Continue reading →