Invisible Fonts are Real

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If you have ran a diagnostic on your blog or webpage load, you are familiar with this message –

Ensure text remains visible during webfont load

Ok, you say to yourself, why isn’t my text visible? What is blocking it from the viewport?

FOIT is blocking it, my friend. What is FOIT you may wonder?

Hold on to your hats, FOIT is a slithery, stealthy and silent invader …

Flash of Invisible Text

Yes, your text, in an instant (of the human eye) … an eternity in the computer world, enters the screen … invisibly.

What the frankennoodle???

Have we been inducted into a spy agency with supplies of invisible ink? No, no … (or have we????)

Well let’s get to the issue – font files are

H….U….G….E

no exaggeration, and of course they have to load first right? So, what does your viewer see while these enormous files are loading? I would prefer we all see kittens and puppies with lollypops but sadly no, What we see are options like  jerky screens, half images or at its worst a white screen of impending eeek! 

Alright so now we know what it is, and we know we don’t want it … now, if we have it … how do we get rid of it?

Put on your safari site hats and let’s go!

We need to lay down the rules …

“The font-display API specifies how a font is displayed. swap tells the browser that text using the font should be displayed immediately using a system font. Once the custom font is ready, it replaces the system font. (See the Avoid invisible text during loading post for more information.)”  (from our friends at Web.dev) Preload web fonts #

Use  to fetch your font files earlier.”

Pretty cool, right? The preceding helps us with communicate to the “wild animals” that we are not their enemy, that if they want to talk with us, they no need to use this language … (i.e. the font you want rendered.) But what about that stealthy FOIT? The proceeding is the answer …

From the internet guide book written by the all time adventurer GOOGLE himself we have this excerpt –

“The easiest way to avoid showing invisible text while custom fonts load is to temporarily show a system font. By including font-display: swap in your @font-face style, you can avoid FOIT in most modern browsers:

@font-face {
  font-family: 'Pacifico';
  font-style: normal;
  font-weight: 400;
  src: local('Pacifico Regular'), local('Pacifico-Regular'), url(https://fonts.gstatic.com/s/pacifico/v12/FwZY7-Qmy14u9lezJ-6H6MmBp0u-.woff2) format('woff2');
  font-display: swap;
}

****** DO NOT COPY and INSERT - THIS LINE or BELOW ******
AND THERE YOU HAVE IT !
INTERNET SAFARI SUCCESS !!
Sláinte!

The Wonders of Toy Trains

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In preparation for an upcoming series of illustrated train books; Poetic Pastries offers up an excellent article to get us in the chug chug toot toot mood … All aboard!

“Toy trains have long been a favorite selection for gifts among young children. For centuries, these tiny locomotives have brought smiles to many faces of little ones on birthdays and holidays. All the same, that little of pleasure faded as the years went by, and have been replaced by video games, computers, cell phones, and different toys of these days. But toy trains have continued to keep a place on toy shop shelves, although they’re not the exact same old fashioned ones from generations ago.

There are many famous trademarks in contemporary toy trains. American Flyer toy trains are however a favorite display item at contemporary toy train conventions and shows, and can normally be discovered at the middle of heated auction bidding. Though finding pieces from American Flyer toy train systems are not involved, you’ll be able to anticipate to pay full price for these classic toys. Even American Flyer catalogs are hot items up for sale and bidding at auctions and online. Little ones still enjoy playing with toy trains created by American Flyer, if you can to locate these classic yet entertaining toys.

Another popular trademark in modern day toy trains is Brio. While Brio toy trains are notorious for getting produced with wood, it certainly doesn’t make them any less irresistible to young children. Brio produces wooden toy trains in a selection of styles, shapes, and sizes. You can find contemporary toy trains, complete with all the alarms and whistles of other toy trains, but still made of timber. You can also come across wooden toy trains that are simple and take you back to your days as a kid. This is precisely what makes Brio as common as other businesses – the out of date twist on a modern-day appeal.

HO toy trains are a top-selling item from the toy educate sector. There are many factors why HO toy trains are desired among modern trademarks. 1 of the understandings is as a result of the unique construction and engineering of HO toy trains. HO toy trains are jagged and are scaled at 1:87, making them the perfect starter electric educate. Appearance is in addition a major aspect in buying HO toy trains. Though this trademark of current toy trains appeals far more to teens and adults, they are even now a widely famous selection inside the toy train sector. The flawless detailing gives them a realistic appeal, making them an attractive addition to any toy train system. The Marklin HO toy trains resemble the Z gauge in that they are built from diecast metal. The majority of the frames and wheels are constructed from 100% metal. The engineering of HO toy trains is also quite brilliant. The wheels in the freight and passenger cars have a low center of gravity to avoid derailment, creating them a reliable addition to electric systems.

These are just a few of the hottest trademark names in modern-day toy trains. New toy trains are forever being developed, so keep an eye out for new trademarks looking to make their home in this timeless market.” Courtesy Post  –  Arthur A. Benner.

The Little Sprout – Poetry Book for Children

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 The Little Sprout

The fairy tale begins deep in the magic woodland. The story unfolds in poetic form as The Little Sprout tries to find his path in life. What will he decide to do? What will he become? What would you do,  if you were a sprout?  Fully colorized, featuring art by Muse.

Rated 5 out of 5

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Enigmatic Evolution – Prose of Heart and Soul

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Enigmatic Evolution

A woman’s heart is laid bare here. Motivation and inspiration abound, all written from personal experiences. A mysterious menagerie of fledgling poetry and intimate prose waltz from light-hearted romps to veils of darkness; to love’s salvation. Readers will be moved by the many facets of the Muse’s soul. Prepare for a journey, a metamorphosis where goodness reigns supreme, a true Enigmatic Evolution. The Muse asks that you “read well and judge lightly,” and hopes her readers will find within this book her unexpected gift.

Rated 4 out of 5

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~ Medusa’s Meadow – Poem by Muse ~

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Be still the moonlight in harbor’s dim
A tepid mongrel soul does serendipitously swim.
I flutter neath life’s mortal sleep ~
Faithfully keeping secrets of the deep.

Long ago in ages of innocent youth
A heart was tied, entangled ~ not aloof.
My love was given as the wind ~
Freely floating without end. We danced in meadows filled with green
Our private clover guarded and unseen.
We planted seeds that broke the soil ~
Some were fruitful ~ others spoiled. Two souls united ~ or so I thought
We dwell in sunlight where we ought.
Dark social noblemen shunned from our sight ~
Nary did we mourn our peasantry plight. The days passed as days must do and our love
Was discovered and was tested for the truth.
It was Medusa in her garden of blackness bitter born ~
Who whispered to her lover, ‘I shall attack at morn’.

So she bade us welcome with her serpent’s demonic hiss
We recoiled instantly with a sight such this.
Medusa whispered in your ear all your hurts,
your horrors, your fears.
United we stood firmly in the light ~
Daring not to pass from our meadow into Medusa’s black of night.

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She watched us with beady eyes that swayed a reptilian dance
Little by little, I felt your body waver in a metronomic trance.
She smiled wickedly and with a darting of her tongue ~
She softened her hissing to a liar’s preening hum.

She sung to you all your joys, your wants, your hopes and spoils
And your love flickered but for an instant ~
but indeed the deed was done.
For in that one moment of betrayal, Medusa’s seduction
had now won.
She pulled you to her meadow where pestilence was seed ~
And harvest was the human hearts from which we all bleed.

I stood at the meadow’s gate mourning in the sun ~
While you my love were gnawed upon the deceit of the one.
With sword in hand I charged forth ~ To grapple in the bleak ~
To traverse all of hell for the true love I seek.
But nay…my victory was not to be ~
For as I raised my blade, your voice contently bade me stay ~
Your hands unyielding, held my armament at bay.

This tale will not find me in Dante’s dark abode ~
And though I am dead, I am no longer alone.
For Neptune and Poseidon, gave me shelter from the green.
I await the gates of heaven as I swim within the sea ~
And though I am forgiven ~ From your love I shall never be free.

(muse)

Midnight Dancer Poem from Anthesis

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“~ i cried alone ~

~i cried alone ~

‘neath the milky moon of home

the music played and languished

upon the midnight clouds

and yet, i lay grieving

in my widow’s shroud …”

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poetry slice from the work entitled “Midnight Dancer”

from Anthesis book of Love Sonnets by Muse

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