IMPORTANT: Retired Blog is Retired

14 August 2018 | Hisham | |


This blog has been retired and a new Wordpress blog has been installed in the main html folder of Hishgraphics.

No new articles and images will be posted here.

Click here to visit the new HISHGRAPHICS blog's main page.


Happy 10th Anniversary To This Blog

01 May 2015 | Hisham | |, Recent News

This blog is now 10 years old.

I don't belieeeve it!

That means it nearly time for Vin and Sila's 10-year anniversary.


Hishgraphics Gallery v3.0

27 March 2013 | Hisham | | Artwork,
The Louvre... or something

If you hadn't noticed, the gallery on this site had been out of commission for many, many months. Any links to it, such as the one at the top of the left column of this blog's index page, points to the DeviantArt gallery instead. It died because of my monkeying around with the v2.0 gallery's Coppermine CMS.

I have now rebuilt the gallery using Zenphoto, and have spent all last night and this morning populating gallery. I've also ensured that there are links to released products.

It's not nearly finished. There are some more customers'  gallery to set up and populate. Click here to check it out!

What's v1.0 gallery, you ask? It was the one before the Coppermine gallery, which was made from HTML files that I wrote. I remember at the time being sad I did not have any artwork I could post that anyone paid me to draw. I've been moderately busy since, and so I am very grateful that most of the work in v3.0 are all paid work.


What Happened at the Coral Reef?

14 April 2010 | Hisham | |

Well, she does!I wrote, dedicated and presented this book to baby Eva - currently less than half a year old - at the gathering last week. I hope some day Mei & Andrew will be able to read to Eva, and she will wonder what a crazy nut Uncle Hisham is for writing this book.

Eva Goes to the Beach is now on sale on

It's a perfect book to vex 4-8 year old young 'uns with a simple storyline involving a trip to the beach, a swim around the coral reef, an undead shark and ice cream.

I asked earlier what happens to the little girl who was diving at the coral reef?

Check out the following image for a continuing image, and click here to purchase Eva Goes to the Beach at

Believe it or not, the book has a happy ending!


Secret Library Revamped and Re-released

10 September 2009 | Hisham | |

New CoverAfter a long time taken out of the market, I've finally re-released the old The Secret Library children's book as Irfan's Secret Library.

The story is basically the same, with some edits to the body text. There are no new artwork. Everything is from the older version of the book.

It's up on the Products page here. You can see samples of the interior at its Lulu page here.

It's been a while since I worked to create a brand new children's book. I should get back to it. The next one should concern animals or dinosaurs or something.


Tagging The Entire Weblog

06 July 2008 | Hisham | |

I seem to be on a roll this weekend. Yesterday, I spent some hours trying to fix the layout in Internet Explorer, as noted by Sila in the previous article's comments. This morning I've started to activate the Pivot weblog's Tag feature. This should help further categorising the articles herein, and to search them based on the Tags. I find that its more versatile and faster to implement than the Categories feature.

I will leave the Categories feature on the left column for the time being. If it still feels redundant to have it on after some time, I will remove the Categories block.

After tagging the last 80 entries, I have discovered that the tag cloud looks like this:

A cloud of tags

Click here to see the new Tags page on the weblog.


The Layout Goes South

23 June 2008 | Hisham | |

I've been trying to code the CSS file for the weblog all morning. I woke up and thought, how nice it would be if the site was optimised to a width of 1024 pixels.

So I tinkered. And after altering and jury-rigging a bit of code here and a snippet of script there in the CSS file, I have arrived at a temporary solution before I needed to stop working on it.

Here's how it looks like using three different browser types on a 1200px by 800px screen:



Safari 3.1


and finally... Internet Explorer 7.0 (sigh)


The left column is still there. It's just overlaid by the centre column. I shall return to fix this for IE users.


Dreadwind Rising: A Blog Upgrade

22 June 2008 | Hisham | |

Many, many months after the latest version of Pivot had been released, and remember that this weblog uses the Pivot content management system to... manage its content, Hishgraphics blog has finally been upgraded.

It was for a very long time running on version 1.30 codenamed "Arcee". As of yesterday, this blog has been upgraded to version 1.40.5 codenamed "Dreadwind".

It feels great performing the upgrade manually - uploading files individually and rebuilding everything - instead of using some automatic upgrade application. After about 4 man hours or so, it's back in business.

Not that it really matters for the regular visitors of the blog, but there you go.

As a behind-the-scenes bonus, here are some pop-up images of the administration interface:

Manage Media - Thumbnails

The Gallery Is Upgraded

27 April 2008 | Hisham | | Artwork,

After a long time of uploading images and hard coding the html (and later php) files into the Hishgraphics Gallery, I've now deleted the old setup and replaced it with a proper Coppermine Gallery CMS. It took some time to get the hang of the system, but I think I have it down enough to get by. There are still a bunch of stuff from the old gallery still not updated to the new place, but I'll fill it up as time goes by.

Sorry, I don't intend for the gallery to be a community site - that's what this blog is for - so comments and ratings are disabled. Just enjoy the stuff I got on there.

Dark Finale and Symphony of Light

Finally Playing with PHP

08 May 2007 | Hisham | |, Recent News

Referring to some help sites and pulling back the curtain to look at source codes, I finally got the nerve to save some text files which I wrote on a text editor as php files, which I usually always do in html! Not really ground breaking stuff; all I did was to include the navigation and the footer parts into the main files from separate php files. Later I'll see about learning to link the php files to a (gasp) MySQL database!

I should have started to learn this stuff earlier. It would have gone a long way in teaching me stuff that would help me in my project paper for college. But in the meantime, both the Hishgraphics Gallery and the workplace website are now fully php-ized!

Yeah, they look the same from 2 days ago, but the Legos I used to build up those two sites are all different pieces now. Trust me.


This Weblog Is China-Friendly

16 March 2007 | Hisham | |, Trawling The Net

We are China-friendly, see?It's been in the news since last year that China has been censoring internet into the country. So, thanks to a website called, I am able to test whether the subject matters of Hishgraphics blog entries are forbidden to be view from within China.

Apparently, we're not blocked! Yay! (Or, who knows, perhaps because of this post we will be before long, heh.)

Greetings to everyone reading from China! Peace, y'all!


Two Views Of The Same Page

05 January 2007 | Hisham | |, Linux, Recent News

Because I've using Firefox on Ubuntu 6.06 LTS to surf the net, here are two different looks of this website's index page. I have no preference on which is better looking, but apart from the fonts, there really isn't much difference, thanks to Ubuntu not being able to display the Trebuchet MS font. The original screen resolution is 1200 x 800.

The top is the WinXP Firefox with the Aluminum Kai 2 theme; and below is the Ubuntu Firefox on Ubuntu with the Ubuntu Tangerine theme.

Click on the thumbnails to view the larger images.

Last night however, the home desktop died a fiery death and I can't reinstall any OS. Not WinXP, not Ubuntu. (Thankfully, God created work laptops.) Thanks to a suggestion from Kris Vanderwater the Atlantean, I'm now downloading Knoppix ISO file to see if I can run the Knoppix Linux-based OS off the CD. However, if the old hard disk drive is physically damaged, I don't think I can install anything into the systems partition of the first hard disk drive... which means desperate measures (translation: money to be spent) will be required.



26 June 2006 | Hisham | |, Recent News
This is the first entry after the site was hacked and evil and vile javascript and php codes were written into the blog's templates and database files.

Many thanks to Fairiz Jafar of EasyNet Interactive, our webhoster, for noticing and monitoring the trouble almost a full day before I contacted him for help. His help on a Sunday was very much appreciated, getting the site back up. Two of the most recent entries were lost, but it's no big deal. The Hishgraphics web journal is back online.

Click here to read a description of what happened in the Pivot Support Forums.

It was a long weekend, needless to say.

But I said it anyway. *sigh*


Random Banner Images

17 May 2006 | Hisham | |
Now thanks to Pivot's Rotator v1.0 extension, the weblog's banner up at the top of the page randomly rotates through a bunch of images I made up just for the occasion. More images will be uploaded for quantity's sake. Refresh the page, or just read the entries to see it in action.


New Blockquote CSS

10 May 2006 | Hisham | |, Star Wars

I noticed that like the old comments style, the blockquote style for this website is just a bunch of indented paragraphs. So, to ensure the blockquotes are easily seen, I've added a bunch of lines to the css file, causing anything in blockquotes to resemble:

Click here to watch the Robot Chicken representation of how Palpatine reacted to Vader after the first Death Star blew up.


A quote from my recent post from this thread in the Holonet Forums.


Browse by Categories

19 April 2006 | Hisham | |
After a long time I finally got around to reading up and writing a "Categories" block for the weblog. Now, you can check out the last 15 posts (or less, if the count is less than 15) what Sila and I have written in whichever categories it's listed under. See? Over there. It's in the left column, just under the "About" block. Second block from the top. See? Neat, eh?

Oh, and I still haven't gotten around to trying to fix the missing pajeri terong post. Stay tuned for more reports of my failure to restore the entry.

Edit: Rejoice! For the Pajeri Terong entry is back on the weblog! Many thanks to hansfn and Bob from the Pivot Support Forum for their suggestions.


Holy Crap... I Broke Something!

17 April 2006 | Hisham | |
Specifically, by altering some php code manually on the file, I seem to have caused Sila's Pajeri Terong entry to disappear, or perhaps eaten by cacodemons at the very least. The PHP file is still there in the database directory, but somehow I can't get it to be published on the weblog. Damage control is currently being carried out. Hopefully we get to see the pajeri again in the near future. God knows we need more images of pajeri (aubergines or pineapple) on the net.


New Comments CSS Code

30 March 2006 | Hisham | |
I've jazzed up the blog's CSS code for each journal entry's comments. It's now, um... well, comment to this post to discover how it looks like now (or you could just check out any other entries possessing any sort of comments).

I hope it would not only look aesthetically pleasant, but differentiating individual comments would be much easier now.

Comments for the comments in the form of kudos, critiques and exploding toilets would be most welcome.

And by the way...


Second Hishgraphics Book In The Works

29 December 2005 | Hisham | |
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult - After The Flesh

Many moons after the release of The Secret Library, I've now finished writing a 12 page children's book, a much simpler one this time. It's about a child that imagines camping out on his or her bed with a blanket. There will be rhyming. There will be animals. And the best part is the idea hit me after playing make-believe campout on the bed with a blanket.

Still have to revise the text and proofread before I start illustrating and laying out the book.

So.... anyone knows what rhymes with "sasquatch"?

This Blog Is Worth...

21 December 2005 | Hisham | |

My blog is worth $4,516.32.
How much is your blog worth?

Now show me the money! Show me the money!!!!!