A FEW WORDS ABOUT BREAK MY FACE’S 2006 MAKEOVER...
In early December 2005, I decided it was time to add some new background images to
Break My Face. Several years prior, I'd rounded up a handful of great 1950's paperbacks
with face smashing themes. I dusted off Photoshop (thanks, Boris) and slowly eliminated
the book's original cover text and created background images. My attempt to fix a
single image to the page background began what became a line-by-line
re-coding/re-scanning/re-writing of the entire site. With invaluable assistance
from sites like w3schools.com and mandarindesign.com, I arduously
assembled the pages using CSS and HTML 4.01 protocols. Along the way, I purchased
an extremely helpful code checker at
htmlvalidator.com which I highly
recommend for all DIY coders. I rarely if ever spend money on programs, but the
Standard Version was worth every penny of the $69 I paid. There's a free version
with fewer features available, too.
Like all good punk fliers, the assembly of this site was 100% cut & paste and
trial & error. One of the most frustrating aspects of designing web pages is
that a page will look different on everyone's screen depending on their monitor,
their settings, their browser choice (I'm really digging Firefox), their browser version, and
on and on. I've beefed up the image quality and quantity and added MP3's figuring
high speed connections are much more common than when Break My Face first went online.
I believe I've made the code backward compatible with older browsers, though luddites
may miss out on some of the cool background images. I don't have any use for Flash
or animated goblin GIF's or pages that automatically play songs... in fact, I hate
that shit. I've formatted under the assumption that most people will view using either
a default "medium" size font setting or one smaller (ideal for viewing BMF as intended).
On my beloved ancient monitor, I see only a small portion of the background images
whereas friends with 1024x1280 resolution get to see the whole thing. If you can't
see the full extent of the facial rearrangement going down, have a look at the source