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Image Format Decision Tree

I published a more serious article about today's cartoon. It still includes some tongue-in-cheek questions, but the idea was to make it less of a joke and more of an useful thing for people:

A decision tree titled 'What image format should you use in your project?'
A more serious version of the decision tree

The article also includes additional information on why some formats should or should not be used, when we should consider using a video instead of an animated image, and a love letter to BMP... well, not that last part. But I miss BMP.

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The Pomodorito Technique

You may have heard about the Pomodoro Technique, a time management method that consists of repeating work and break intervals to help keep focus while getting some needed rest. It is pretty popular in the US among tech employees.

The origin of the name is funny: the method's creator used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer to control the work/break blocks (Pomodoro means tomato in Italian). So that is why each work block is called a "Pomodoro."

The method is simple. First, you pick a task and then:

  1. Work for 25 minutes.
  2. Take a 5—10 minute break.
  3. Repeat steps 1—2 four times.
  4. Take a more extended break of 20—30 minutes.

I find this a productive time management method. I follow it often and keep a couple of timers at my desk while I'm working (although they are not tomato-shaped.)

The Pomodorito Technique

Alternatively to the Pomodoro Technique, I introduce you to the tongue-in-cheek Pomodorito Technique (not Lay's affiliated):

  1. Eat Doritos for 25 minutes.
  2. Work for 5 minutes.
  3. Repeat steps 1—2 four times.
  4. Take a more extended break to go to the store and buy more Doritos (you probably ran out at this point).

Alternatively, if you have a big stash of Doritos at home, you may use step 4 to take a nap. All that eating is exhausting, and some nice sleep will make digestion easier.

Graphic comparing the pomodoro and pomodorito techniques side-by-side
Not Lay's affiliated

While the Pomodorito Technique is more of a joke, it may be a good burnout index. If you find yourself trying the Pomodoro Technique but quickly spiral into the Pomodorito Technique, it may be about time to take some vacation... or start looking for a new job!


Article originally published on AlvaroMontoro.com

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Four combinators walk into a bar...

Today's comic strip is about CSS combinators (and the universal selector). But, what are they? A CSS combinator is something that, combined with the selectors, gives them a relationship.

There are five CSS combinators (but one is at risk of not making the cut to the standard):

The universal selector (*) selects everything (and that's why everyone in the bar cheers when the next round is on the universal selector.)

This was just a simple introduction to the CSS combinators. For more information, check the following MDN resources:

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Mafalda-inspired cartoon

There is a classic Mafalda comic strip (by Argentinian cartoonist Quino):

Cartoon showing a little girl (Mafalda) saying (in Spanish): 'La sopa es a la ninez lo que el comunismo es a la democracia' (translation: soup is to childhood what communism is to democracy)
Image copyright by Quino

"Soup is to Childhood what Communism is to Democracy!" is a political message (cartoons can/should be political at times) that could have different interpretations depending on the perspective.

Based on it, I drew something simple. And because it uses CSS variables (custom properties), it is easy to change the colors to something different:

Cartoon showing a man in front of a computer saying: 'My CSS code is to Web Development what Communism is to Democracy'
A little homage to Mafalda and Quino

But I liked the black-and-white version betters, so I published that one. Also, I added more details before publishing it on Monday (the table and t-shirt could use some extras).

Here is a video of how this cartoon was drawn from scratch to its (almost) final form:

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Accent Color

Today's comicstrip is about accent-color, so let's talk about it on today's blog post.

As the comic strip indicates, accent-color has nothing to do with the ability to write colors in different languages. What it does, when supported —and it is widely supported now—, is allowing setting up the "primary color" for some HTML elements and form controls.

This CSS property allows for a little standardization of the styles. In the past, each browser would style the HTML elements differently (they still do); but now, developers have some control over how they will be displayed (at least, on the color.)

Browsers allow to set up an accent-color in the following HTML elements:

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...So it begins

I've been doing CSS art for a while already. So it was a matter of time that I combined the CSS art hobby with something I also enjoy, like graphic novels, comic books, or comic strips.

This website is my first attempt at building a place to put all the CSS cartoons I came up with and create an actual series. Hopefully, the comic strips will come weekly, but that will depend on many factors.

I have to thank Temani Afif for the encouragement to put this site together... and for coming up with the name comiCSS. I probably would have delayed the creation of this website until I got a good name, and he came up with a great one in no time.

Let's begin. Ad astra!