The best part about working on a blossoming project like “This is Pi Day” is that with a moderate amount of success, lots of interested readers, and a modest amount of user participation, is that I can try new things and (a) have more than just myself and a few family and friends enjoy it and (b) not worry about breaking something that is going to cost me money or a job.
This is just a web comic with a few hundred readers after all.
But as to point “a” the modest success of This is Pi Day has encouraged me to rehash part of an idea from a project or two back. I do this all the time: start some project, write some code, draw some pictures, churn out some copy, and then if it sticks (which it usually doesn’t) I work until it burns out my interest and move along. At the end I’m left with a few lessons learned, some archived content and occasional some technical assets.
In the last couple weeks I’ve dug out some old code I wrote about year and a half ago and re-purposed it for a version 2 of This is Pi Day’s website.
See, eighteen months ago I had this idea about writing an interactive “news explainer” website for kids. It would take important news, simplify it down for (in essence) the person readers of this comic know as “The Girl” and anyone else and… voila? I started to hit a solid stride and then… well… the whole USA election meets fake news meets controversial media debate started, and so I dropped my efforts like a hot potato.
Even so, I’d written a pretty slick little custom content management system: basically a web site app with user accounts and point collection and interactive games and all sorts of full (and half) developed features.
And what do you know? It took about five hours of effort to retool it to work with my comics. So, officially I’m treating it like an alternate-beta-experimental side version of This is Pi Day, but… you never know. A little more development work, some content migration, and… maybe a brand new way to enjoy This is Pi Day.
Check it out at blueberry.piday.ca
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This is Pi Day is an independent web comic about fatherhood, running, video games, science, art, independence, integrity, imagination and just generally ... family adventure. It is created, written, illustrated, and promoted by Brad Salomons from a quiet suburb of a remote Canadian city called Edmonton, Alberta.
Looking for more pi? We regularly celebrate at the great circle of math, science and technology culture. This is Pi Day has been calculated as the product of one geeky dad, one curious kid, and an irrational volume of corny dad jokes.
New full strips are published on Saturday mornings (and shorts, appearing randomly whenever I draw them). This is Pi Day will always be free to read on this site, but if you enjoy it please help me out by sharing the link on social media or supporting in other ways.