sudofox's journal

Austin Burk's journal, where I share little snippets of my writing, code, and dreams.

Pop Happiness and PHP Girl


I was trying to find licensing information for f:id:austinburk:20210611051702p:plain and found that Fontworks listed a particular piece of manga in their "real-world usage" section that caught my eye.

The cover page mentions id:mackerelio (a monitoring platform operated by Hatena) and it's referenced in the table of contents (this is what caught my attention). In the book sample on Amazon, there seems to be representative characters for different web technologies.


I can't really read the descriptions in the book, so I decided to come up with my own ideas for what they're like.

  • HTML Girl wears a white dress and has blue hair. (Without styling, many default browser styles will show things like links in blue). She can talk for hours about literally anything to literally anyone who will listen.
  • CSS Girl is dressed up very nicely and has all sorts of frills and accessories. She's always trying to improve her looks and spends hours reading through fashion catalogs such as Codrops.
  • I love JavaScript Girl. She knows she's hot stuff because she makes everything work behind the scenes. She's reliable, focused, and rather single-minded, but she'll get really mad at you if you make a Promise and don't keep it. Her hair has the colors of Netscape Navigator -- is this a callback to how JavaScript was initially created by Brendan Eich when he was working with Netscape in the 90s?


  • I'm projecting my feelings for PHP onto PHP Girl. JS Girl makes things work on the frontend, but without PHP Girl, nothing works at all. She doesn't have a mind for aesthetics or presentation -- in fact, she'd rather dispense with those things -- and people judge her unfairly for it. She works hard all day, and she is far more capable than people take her for. Sometimes her home is super clean, and sometimes she's stepping around piles of laundry to get from the kitchen to her little office space to get back to work. She's lonely.

Web Design

I've really started to love doing web design things, more than ever before. If only I could get paid for this stuff, haha. But life seems to have me stuck where I am. I want to make things that people enjoy, things that bring people together. One of the things I love doing is taking something that exists and reimagining it in an all-new way. I wonder what it'd be like to work at a place like Hatena? The only way they'd hire me is if my usefulness and reliability far outweighed the detriment of my less-than-stellar handle on the Japanese language. Nihongo ga hanasemasen. Unfortunately there's no way to prove that... unless....?


I am lonely again. I search for people in places with no people. Empty parks, empty fields, standing by the river watching the ducks, there's nobody around. Hopefully more people will get vaccinated soon.


My stolen mower has not been recovered.


I had a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch for breakfast.