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Getting violent with the King

I'm finishing up a few behind-the-scenes tweaks to this blog, mostly to add proper styling information to some html elements I never thought I'd use but have decided I'll probably use after all. These tweaks came about mostly as a result of a few pictures I took last night and wanted to post. I didn't have a way to make them look decent without reworking the stylesheet a little, so I did so.

Before I get to the pictures, I just want to say how much I admire the work of Dan Cederholm. Dan has an eye for making web pages simple, elegant, and workable while not sacrificing content for either humans or browsers. I try to do the same, and I've owned Dan's books Bulletproof Web Design and Web Standards Solutions for a few years. They are excellent guides for the intermediate web designer who wants to focus on simplicity, accessibility, interoperability, and standardization instead of being on the bleeding edge of the latest and greatest. Content is king and always will be — and today's new hotness may fade into obscurity in a matter of months. Using standards-based design techniques makes your content more future-proof, and in the rapidly evolving world of the web, I think that's a very important goal.

Now without further ado, here are the pictures and some commentary about same.

No photography
Our adventure was at Burger King, where photography is apparently prohibited. Of course, I had to get a picture of the sign stating that fact. I did this because I wanted to thumb my nose at the King, who is just creepy, and I wanted to see if the workers in the restaurant would throw me in the King's dungeon or ask me to leave or something. They didn't.
Hundred dollar burger
I guess when you're the King, hundred dollar burgers are the norm. Oddly enough, the regular Whopper is the usual price, as are the double and triple Whoppers... not to mention everything else on the menu.
Angry burger!
I've been seeing more and more of this lately... violence in our food products. Hardee's has a few "monster" selections, Dairy Queen has "cheesequake" Blizzards, Taco Bell has a line of "volcano" items, and Burger King is apparently "angry." Here's some signage for the "angry" Whopper.
Angry chicken!
Again, more angry food. So what's this all about? Are we going to have insurgent ice cream, nuclear noodles, tornado turkey?

Apparently this trend is working somewhat, otherwise restaurants wouldn't be copying it from each other. There must be a segment of society which enjoys violent imagery enough that fast food restaurants can translate it into dollars. If it's in movies, sure, I'll buy it — I like a good action flick. In fast food, though? Come on.

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