October 1, 2006


October descends on us once again, and my site rises from its shallow grave to welcome the turning of the seasons. Why break such a fun tradition! Here we have the fourth annual October Edition of this site (you may need to disembowel your cache). I’ve traded in the past bloodbath for a bit of dust and absinthe. This year’s costume is loosely inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe (a dear favorite); the idea being an arcane tome printed many years ago. There should be a rash of posts this month with October and Halloween goodies to ring stab in the best month, season, and holiday the year has to offer. For now, I welcome you to exhume the graves of Octobers past. I’ll leave you with a few Poe-related links to darken your day: short stories and poems, further prose, The Ingram-Poe Collection, and the Poe Museum in Richmond, VA (which I would love to visit someday). Enjoy!

Commentary (29):

1. steve says… oct 1, 2006 | 11:33 am

love the new look! awesome work as usual.

2. Julian Schrader says… oct 1, 2006 | 11:44 am

Very nice! I like it…

3. kumar says… oct 1, 2006 | 12:49 pm

I’m loving the book cover… very nice touch!

4. Glen C. says… oct 1, 2006 | 1:33 pm

Nicely done.

5. Joshua Kendall says… oct 1, 2006 | 1:43 pm

Wow. I like the new look.

6. Kate Bolin says… oct 1, 2006 | 5:04 pm

Oh, this is lovely!

All that’s missing is a roaring fire in the parlour and a thunderstorm in the distance…

7. Andy budd says… oct 1, 2006 | 5:10 pm

Nice work fella

8. James John Malcolm (AkaXakA) says… oct 1, 2006 | 5:36 pm

Looks great Jason!

(And Kate’s too polite to spam, but you should see her horror site too!)

9. Ian says… oct 1, 2006 | 6:52 pm

Dude. Drop caps. Dude…

10. matthew Smith says… oct 1, 2006 | 9:25 pm

You should check out the Poe Projects in Philly. Great Mural of the dark writer as well! Nice design man. I especially like the ornate drop cap!


11. Jared says… oct 1, 2006 | 9:44 pm

Neato Bandito!

12. Merc says… oct 1, 2006 | 10:05 pm

Very well done. The drop caps are beyond cool. Can we expect to see a “how ya done it” post in the future?

13. Erika says… oct 1, 2006 | 10:18 pm

exquisite. the previous “costumes” we’re as nice too. i like your choice of colors

14. Jason Santa Maria says… oct 1, 2006 | 10:52 pm

Thanks to everyone for the kind words!

matthew Smith: I have been by that wonderful mural many times… just today in fact!

Merc: I don’t know if there is much to post about as far as a how-to. Just lots of research for the right look as far as time period, finding the right texture and ornaments, and the putting it all together. The drop caps (which I love) are just gifs that I hardcoded in with classes.

I actually like the dropcaps enough with my layout that I may make them a permanent addition. Although, not this font. I will find something a bit more suitable to go with my site’s normal designer after October.

15. Dan Mall says… oct 1, 2006 | 11:22 pm

You never cease to amaze me. Wonderful work yet again!

16. Marko Mihelcic says… oct 2, 2006 | 2:47 am

Great work Jason, love it!

17. Bramus! says… oct 2, 2006 | 3:59 am

Had to clear my cache / hit ctrl+F5 before seeing the changes, other than that great work!

18. Eoghan McCabe says… oct 2, 2006 | 4:23 am

Ah ha! Looks great. :)

19. Smallest Photo says… oct 2, 2006 | 7:23 am

Simply stunning.

20. Michael McCorry says… oct 2, 2006 | 8:18 am

Simply beautiful. Better than the bloodbath edition, and dare I say it, perhaps better than the regular design too! Love your work.

21. Jason Santa Maria says… oct 2, 2006 | 9:23 am

Michael McCorry: I actually don’t think I like it better than the regular design, but that’s because I know that one feels more like me. This October edition does feel nice and comfortable because it’s a fresh change, but I think I’ll still be going back come November 1st. Don’t worry, this design will be archived for posterity like previous versions :D

22. Nick Whitmoyer says… oct 2, 2006 | 10:21 am

Excellent work!

23. Ranjani says… oct 2, 2006 | 11:48 am

It’s beautiful! The faded leather textures are both innovative and appealing. Excellent job :D

24. Matt O. says… oct 2, 2006 | 11:49 am

Lovely… I really dig the texture of the worn bookcover. The use of ghoulish green for the links and the subheads is a nice, subtle way of conveying an absinthe vibe, while also brightening things up a bit with a little contrast. The dropcaps are top notch. Kudos!

25. Sharif says… oct 2, 2006 | 3:40 pm

Quoth the Zeldman… nevermore.

You should have mentioned your Poe-philia when you were in Richmond last spring. We could have swung you by the Poe museum… it’s just a few blocks from the AdCenter.

26. Lisa says… oct 2, 2006 | 9:13 pm

I swing by this site on a semi-regular basis.. always lurking, never talking…Just wanted to mention that I adore the new design here. Beloved Poe../sigh. Perfect for October!

27. Sam Howat says… oct 3, 2006 | 12:22 pm

At first I forgot what link I had clicked on and my first thought upon seeing the new design was, “dude! someone just ripped Jason Santa Maria’s design… really well…”, then I looked at the address bar.

Great work sir!

28. Khoi Vinh says… oct 3, 2006 | 2:35 pm

I really like this, a lot. It seems very tight, and the drop caps are really nice. My only reservation is it’s not as fun as the normal look, so in that respect I don’t think it does as good a job of reflecting who you are.

29. Lea says… oct 3, 2006 | 5:29 pm

Very classy. And less “obvious” than a general hack and slash October revamp. Thumbs upsky!