Below you find the last seven QuirksBlog entries.

Thidrekssaga XI: Sigfrid’s death

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Just now I published part XI of the Thidrekssaga: Sigfrid’s death.

The story now switches to the Niflungen and Sigfrid. First Sigfrid’s youth is treated — and it sometimes seems a parody of the traditional hero’s story. Then the Niflungen are briefly introduced and Hagen loses his eye. Then the marriages of Sigfrid with Grimhild and Gunther with Brunhild are related.

Finally, Grimhild and Brunhild quarrel, and Hagen decides to kill Sigfrid. This sets the stage for Grimhild’s revenge.


Thidrekssaga X: The battle of Gransport

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Just now I published part X of the Thidrekssaga: The battle of Gransport.

After helping Attila and Erka, Dietrich asks for their help to return to Bern. He sets out with a large army of Huns and battles Ermenrik at Gransport. His brother Diether and the two sons of Attila and Erka die in the battle, and Dietrich is so upset that he returns to Soest without following up on his (apparent) victory.


Driver or mechanic?

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The tools vs knowledge argument goes something like this:

Random web dev
You don’t have to know CSS. Or basic JavaScript. I mean, our great toolchain has all of that covered, right?
If you’re a web developer you should know something about CSS and JavaScript. What if your tool doesn’t support your use case? Or what if they are terrible for performance?
Random web dev
Nonsense. I’m much more productive with my trusty tools.
But having some basic knowledge is part of being a professional web developer.
Random web dev
I mean, if you drive a car you don’t have to know how it works, right? You just drive it.

Over the past ten years I have heard this drive a car analogy more often than I care to remember. Superficially, it’s an interesting one, but I found I disagree with it.

This article has been translated into Russian.

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Thidrekssaga IX: The Wilkinen wars

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Just now I published part IX of the Thidrekssaga: The Wilkinen wars.

Whilt etaying at Attila’s court Dietrich fights in a few of his wars and saves queen Erka’s honour (and head). Attila and Erka are grateful, and in the next chapter they are willing to help Dietrich in return. Also, this part contains a realistic report of a siege, and the only heroic deed of Wolfhart, Dietrich’s nephew, who plays a rather large role in other Dietrich sagas, but not in the Thidrekssaga.


user-scalable=no and suppressing zoom suppression

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The story goes as follows: Once upon a time there was a meta viewport property called user-scalable=no that suppressed pinch zoom on the page it was on. As a result users could not zoom in, even if they needed to. This was obviously a bad idea, and therefore browsers stopped supporting it.

At least, I thought that was the story. Turns out it isn’t.

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Thidrekssaga VIII: Dietrich’s flight

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Just now I published part VIII of the Thidrekssaga: Dietrich’s flight.

Dietrich’s uncle Ermenrik, egged on by his evil counselor Sibich, starts killing his family. To avoid being captured and hanged, Dietrich flees from Ermenrik’s army to king Attila in Soest. Witig and Heime have curious and badly-explained roles.


Thidrekssaga VII: The tournament in Bertangaland

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Just now I published part VII of the Thidrekssaga: The tournament in Bertangaland.

When Dietrich has gathered twelve heroes it’s time to do something heroic. They decide to challenge king Isung, his eleven sons, and his banner bearer Sigfrid to a tournament, which forms the climax of part I of the saga and an important turning point.

Before reading this article, make a guess how this tournament ends.


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