Sir Arthur’s Den is read like any other website and any other blog. Afterwards some indications are provided on the way in which contents are organised, on the resources needed to contact the admin, on everything is useful to know about copyright and the reuse of the above said contents and on which to blame for having helped me to setup the website.
The published posts are automatically collected in the most appropriate categories, with the four main “macro-categories” available at any time by following the navigation bar under the logo. Now, if categories like “News”, “Guides & Reviews” (No panic!) and “In Depth” are explicit and intelligible per se, maybe some further consideration is useful for the category “Babel fish”.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy , certainly the most notable book ever printed by the great publisher of Ursa Minor, so describes the Babel fish: “(…) it is small, yellow and leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe . It feeds on brainwave energy received not from its own carrier but from those around it. (…) It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious thought frequencies with nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain which has supplied them…“.
If the practical upshot of all this, in the original version of the most strange invertebrate of the Galaxy, is that if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language, on this blog the Babel fish acts like a mental interface between Sir Arthur and everything that happens around him, conscious, unconscious, practical, theoretical or any other type of thing it is.
In brief, the “Babel fish” topic contains all the stuff that cannot go inside the remaining macro-categories and that isn’t strictly correlated to computer science and technology. The original Babel fish is rather useful, indeed, also to demonstrate, beyond any possible doubt, the non-existence of God, but this is a target too far from this walkthrough’s scope. And the non-existence of God, however, is something of which every person with common sense should be persuaded of his own, yet.
I say it with no doubt, on Sir Arthur’s Den advertising does not and will never exist in any form. I’m an happy user of the Adblock Plus Firefox extension years by now, thanks to which the Web has returned to be a decent place for me to visit without fear of crashing the browser, waiting for the “providers” of that trash called “advertising” by someone doing as they like with my connection or even worse risking to get one of those malwares changed into epidemic just thanks to the easiness with which net advertising is pushed like a homeland savior and a resolver for the hosting costs of websites.
I’m an anti-advertising tool user, so I expect that my readers do the same for the safeguard of their net experience, too. Therefore it would be hypocritical to justify some banner with the need of “covering the hosting costs” and other childish apologies of this sort. Maintaining Sir Arthur’s Den on-line has a cost for sure, but it’s a cost to which I must provide myself without begging to blog visitors.
It’s an ethical choice rather than practical, so it’s in countertendency: nowadays any “portal” contains more advertising than contents, and this is not progress but it’s a loathing instead. And it’s a loathing that personally I have no intention to contribute to feed.
For any message you would like to send to Sir Arthur’s Den the proper contact page is available. It’s trivial, but there’s not so much to say about that.
Copyright and acknowledgements
The true enemies of copyright are the morons claiming to be their most brave advocates. Established this illuminating truth of life, perhaps is useful to report that the exclusive contents of Sir Arthur’s Den are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License, and must be ascribed to Alfonso Maruccia as the sole owner of the related copyrights.
The images taken from Ultimate Ghosts’n Goblins are © Capcom Co., Ltd., and are used here without lucrative intents. If Capcom would go crazy about that I will be really glad to answer to any censorial request of theirs. But I will begin to hate them from the bottom of my heart, I swear. Sir Arthur’s Den is based upon WordPress, and uses – slightly adopting it – the GNU-GPL Revolution Blog theme created by Brian Gardner.
The icons, the graphic elements and the non-exclusive, digital multimedia reproductions hosted on Sir Arthur’s Den server, if not directly related to a specific story and then used for the right to report or fair use, come in the majority of cases from Wikimedia Commons. The “Guides & Reviews” category spotlight comes from Yellow Icon: Free icons. The “No Ads!” badge displayed on the homepage has been created thanks to the website Fresh Badge Generator. The Italian flag included in the header comes from the website World flags.
Last but not least, I thank from the bottom of my heart the ones who helped me, practically speaking or with their advices and their free availability, to setup Sir Arthur’s Den. A thank you goes in particular to Pasquale “Pacopas” Casella for the logo, the advices on how to modify the header, the style sheet and for much more; and to Emanuele “Engelium” Buda for having
ruined my life provided valuable information about the right plugins to install, the importance of a “SEO-powered” management of the contents and so on.