Monday, November 1, 2010

Lawn Dogs (1997)

Once upon a time, there was a village where everything was nice and clean and tidy. Everybody were polite to each other, nicely dressed, living in houses that were always newly painted, lawns that were always freshly mowed, and nothing really bad ever happened.

At least on the outside.

Inside the walls of the perfect houses, the people were not so nice to each other at all. The brighter the image they wanted to project, the darker their secrets.

Nobody would ever know though. Everybody kept up appearances, and the facade of perfect living seemed unbreakable.

The perfect people had others to do their dirty work.

Others to unleash their darkness upon.

Others to mow their lawns.

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5 comments:

  1. Lawn Dogs may be interpreted as the tension between social classes or even the perception of sexuality of a child in an adult world but I prefer to see it as innocence under attack. In a world thriving in filth, it is hard to appreaciate the quiet dignity of a lotus- innocent and pure

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  2. Wow, fascinating way of looking at it.

    Thank you for commenting. =)

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  4. Sure thing. Since it was a lot of work to get it to look just like this, it's very nice that someone would notice. =)

    After trying out a few different services, I actually ended up using Google's blogger.com service (previously blogspot.com) with a lot of plugins and code from other services. Just the right sidebar alone has tons of extra code, and I spent a lot of time removing all links to blogger.com that "cheapen" the look.

    The reason I chose blogger.com was that I found it is faster and easier to get started with than most others, and even with my very limited understanding of coding, I was able to manipulate premade themes into what I wanted. I've used this service to make several other webpages, and my goal is always to "hide" the fact that it's a blog, and make it look more like an online library or web archive, where you can easily browse from one topic to another no matter if they were made yesterday or ten years back.

    A small downside to using this service, is that google will occasionally make essential changes to their setup, which means that I have to rewrite parts of the code every other year or so. Still this is probably not an exclusive issue with blogger.com, and anyway it happens so rarely that it's hardly a big annoyance.

    I actually feel the site has outgrown this look since I made it some years back, and would love to renew it with a more dynamic and userfriendly design, but again my lack of free time and limited abilities as a webdesigner, means the way it is now will have to suffice. Because what it all comes down to is that no matter how nice your design might be, content is king.

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  5. As a perfect example of things which have changed with blogger's setup, which I noticed right now with the comment I just made, is that the text suddenly extends a bit too far to the right. Not a big deal, but it gives an indication of things that have to be fixed from time to time.

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