Whats News (February 2012)

Hieroglyphic Stamp Kit

GreatScott!com has always been a way for me to try new ideas for educating. One idea that I've wanted to do for a long time is to use of rubber stamps as a way to 'write' Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Even in ancient Egypt, writing each hieroglyph took time. The use of rubber stamps to imprint hieroglyphs speeds up the process up dramatically.

The problem has always been cost. Each rubber stamp requires a lot of labor to make. To create a set for the entire alphabet takes even longer.

I finally came up with a solution to keep the cost down. Working with a local stamp maker, I came up with a do-it-yourself kit.

I have a limited number of Hieroglyphic Stamp Kits. I have not begun actively promoting them yet on the site, but they are available. The price is $15.95 + $3 shipping.

For more information about the Hieroglyphic Stamp Kit.

Hieroglyphic pages redesign

The original Hieroglyphs pages were created in 1998. Back then, there was no Dreamweaver. I created each page by typing out HTML code, then testing in a web browser. It was a slow process of two steps forward, one step back.

The Hieroglyphs pages have served millions of visitors since 1998. The content is still good–hieroglyphs haven't changed much in 2000 years. But since I created the pages, internet technology has changed a lot. Computer monitors have gotten bigger and HTML, CSS and Javascript have all advanced. By today's standards the Hieroglyphs pages look dated.

I've already redesigned the appearance of the pages, but reworking the Javascript interactivity is the most difficult part. I am a graphic designer by trade, not a programmer. Hand coding HTML was slow and painful, but hand coding Javascript is even worse. Dreamweaver is great, but if you want interactivity that is beyond the off-the-shelf drop down menu, it's back to hand coding.

I don't have a timeline for when the redesign will be finished. Like many people, I have a day job that pays the bills and that takes priority. I continue to work on the Hieroglyphs pages as time permits.

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