the slop bucket that holds it all

Colophon for

Palenburg, OH – May 09, 2014. is now nineteen (19) years old.

Posted today, is v8.x of the theme design code named “Cocoa Oracle.” It is based on the colors of a favorite image here.

Tweaking of this sow’s tail will continue until she improves her fashion sense – lipstick seems OK, but pillows and lace? I dunno…

heraldic logo


A bestiary, or bestiarum vocabulum is a compendium of beasts. Such collections were first made popular in the Middle Ages as illuminated volumes that described various real or imaginary animals, birds and mythological creatures.

Stories and pictures within the bestiary provided each creature’s natural history in an allegorical format as well as an interpretation of the moral significance or lesson each animal was thought to embody. is a modern version of such a collection. It is single–minded because it only discusses pigs. And its moral lesson: “Sometimes, the path of enlightenment leads through the pig pen.”

clown and pig

Same pigs, different circus

The v8.x theme design is a continuing evolution of those before it, and a near total re–write of the theme code behind the v7.x site.

As with previous upgrades, almost all past posts, pages and information have been included, albeit often re-formatted to satisfy the design requirements of the new theme. Much new information continues to be added as well.

web arts

Sages and Pilgrims

I have been inspired by and adapted the ideas from the web designs, tutorials and publications of many intelligent and generous professionals. Their print and web resources have enabled me to build my vision — a pig web site with information arranged in alternate streaks of fat and lean.

I do not know any of them, we’ve never met, but what works here is because of their guidance. What fails is because I lost my way in the haymows during the hog days of summer.

I consider these folks some of the fittest hogs at the trough. Because of them, the web is less a Paris and more a Porkopolis. Thank you: Jeffrey Zeldman, Eric Meyer, Dan Cederholm and all the folks who write for and maintain A List Apart.

And, most important for the current site version is Justin Tadlock and the forum members at ThemeHybrid. Justin’s Hybrid Theme Framework is the basis for’s new v8.x design.

Also, much of my research has been made possible by the great expertise of the librarians and staff of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, especially the folks at the Poland, Ohio Branch.

snout in bucket

Epicurious, Pig? is built and maintained on a Windows PC. It is written in XHTML, PHP, HTML and CSS. The site is tested locally on an XAMPP Apache web server.

Starting with v6.0, switched from a static HTML site to one using WordPress as the power behind a content management system for the majority of the information presented here.

When this sow’s belly itches, I scratch her with: WeBuilder, TopStyle, Photoshop, IrfranView, HTML Tidy, Notepad and some terrific extensions for the Firefox web browser: Web Developer, Firebug, HTML Validator and Total Validator.

oink 8.0


I hope the design is enjoyable and efficient, but it is what it is… I have only one version of the site so every browser gets the same code. Your browser–of–choice must decide what to do with it. You should know that the pigs and I prefer the discretionary judgment of the Firefox, Opera and Chrome browsers.

Unless some errant swine has rooted up a page recently, all this site’s pages validate at the W3C Markup Validation Service —–validator for CSS and at for HTML and XHTML.

Ah, that being said, the thorough rooters among you will notice some CSS and XHTML do not actually pass validation. This is because I have included some progressive enhancements in my code and the ThemeHybrid design focuses more on what works correctly and on semantics rather than than validation. So again, it is what it is.

pig snouts in truck


I have attempted to insure that sources of original copyrighted images and content have been contacted. I am grateful to all those who have responded to my requests and have allowed me to reproduce versions of their material here.

Copyrighted material should be credited. Please notify me of any omissions. Some modification or editing may have occurred in order to accommodate size or design requirements. This is usually noted as “adapted from” in the credits.

fairy and pig

Colophonem adidi!

This project was completed under the protection of the sorceress Circe, the daughter of the sun, in whose halls I have feasted, and before whom I will always bow, enswined in the allure of porculation and the animality she has shown me in my own being.

It is with the pleasures of the Circean Cup that I have pledged Circe my service and dedication to her belief that an insufficiency of pigs is one of the great faults of all that the gods have made manifest to man.

I look upon this design pridefully, for I believe it is pig punditry true to the Porcine Muse’s honor; and I thank the gods that I have completed this project!

Little pig, big pig,
Root, hog, or die!

Daniel E. Schultz,
   Editor, Curator and Swineherd

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