Heartfelt thanks to Robert O. Landry, one of North America’s preëminent broadcast engineers, who has offered guidance and kept mondo marion running since 1995. Thanks also to Dan Benjamin for the free PHP script that rotates the header image.
The site’s “low-tech” look reflects a considered choice. I want mondo marion to work in any standards-compliant browser, to translate well under text-to-speech systems, and to degrade gracefully in older and text-only browsers. It has been tested in Lynx, Safari, Konqueror, Camino, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera, and under Mac OS X, Ubuntu, and other flavors of Linux.
Note that mondo marion is usable even in tiny mobile-phone browsers—more than can be said for many sites that cost millions of dollars to develop.
The words “mondo marion” are set in Ugly Qua by Manfred Klein. The images come from many sources, including the imprese (emblems) of Andrea Alciato. A few are associated with cities I love (Torino, Firenze), people I admire (Aldo Manuzio, Garibaldi), or critters and mythic figures on whom I dote (including Proteus.)
I chose most, though, because I found them mysterious—helpful reminders of my ignorance.
Though no great believer in arcana, I’ll take any good magick that the talismanic images may bring!