the dissident frogman

3 years and 4 months ago

I forgot to mention it could do that

I thought you'd be happy just looking at the luscious colors, but you had to go and click on everything, heh?

the dissident frogman

Necrothreading much?

Article content

Article copy

I did say “Go ye and clicketh on everything, and then asketh questions about it.”

And so you did.

And so I answereth.

what token?

I bet you didn’t know you had one:

My password token is not valid?

Without more details on what happened to you exactly, I can only speculate:

  1. Something is horribly, horribly broken and we are all going to die1 because it is the end of the world2.
  2. The password token expired. They do die too, but I mean expired as in past its validity date. Yeah, like Nancy Pelosi.

I’ll assume that we’re talking about the password reset process—there are other “tokens” involved in the inner workings of this site, but I’m quite sure that’s the only one instance related to passwords.

Again, I’m only speculating as I would need more information to figure out what happened, but there are two things to look out when resetting a password:

If that doesn’t do it, please contact me by email, with as many details as possible. Because it might be the end of the world after all.

Install who?

Perhaps I’ve just been elected something somewhere.

Or I simply need a chair:

What is the “Install the Dissident Frogman” that now comes up on my Chrome options?

PRAISE THE LORD! I could kiss you, on the mouth3 just for asking that question.

As I was writing, reading, and re-writing the return announcement post, I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that I was forgetting something in the product description.

There it is.

—So what is it?

—It’s PWA.

—What’s PWA?

—It is Nerdish for Progressive Web App.

—That doesn’t sound any less Nerdish to me.

—You are so right!

PWA is a set of technologies used to make a web app—or site—work a bit like a native mobile app and there is no getting out of Nerdish, is there?

In short—and hopefully not too Nerdish terms—this lets you “install” parts of the site on your device (computer, phone, tablet), and use it in a separated instance of your browser and even—in some cases—when offline.

These things can be quite sophisticated indeed, as their goal is to provide both developers and users with an alternative to the so-called “native” apps that are, for one thing, dependent on the good will of Apple and Google if you want to get on their phones (hello Gab & Parler), as they can only be obtained and installed from their app stores. But that’s beyond the scope of this site and this article.

My implementation of this technology is not that extensive—quite the contrary, as I’ve only set it up for the most basic features (no, sorry, you won’t be able to see the site when you’re offline).

When you install:

You then use the site normally. Bit of a let-down, I suppose.

Here’s a few screenshots (on a Windows 8.1 PC)

PWA installed in Windows Start menu
PWA pinned on Windows Start screen
PWA running on Windows desktop

In addition to providing its own dedicated window and launch icon, this PWA also install a very small amount of resources (images, stylesheets) required to display a distinctive page when you’re offline (rather than the stupid and unhelpful error that any web browser returns when it can’t access anything), as well as a second page of which I won’t say anything because it’s kind of an “Easter egg”4 and I was hoping you’d find it by yourself and by accident and would be a bit entertained and now I’ve kind of ruined the surprise anyway.

So what will happen if you Install the Dissident Frogman? Not the end of the world, for sure (it’s already started)


Any color you want, so long as it is black:

I much prefer black text on a white background.

Yes, I suppose I did pull a Henry Ford here, didn’t I?

In my defense, I can only say that everything you see here, the coding, the graphics, the writing and the rest is a three (unpaid) men’s job—me, myself and I—and with human resources of such magnitude at our disposal, we had no other options but to make hard choices when it comes to… Just about everything throughout the development process.

Developing two diametrically opposed designs just wasn’t in the realm of the possible for little old me.

I understand your disappointment however, and the only suggestion I can offer is that you switch on your web browser’s Reader View (or the equivalent on your browser. It’s called “Immersive reader” on Microsoft Edge, for instance). You will lose all the new design’s flourish, but the text will be black on white.

One top tip for Firefox users, as I’ve found it to be rather fickle with whether it chooses to offer the reader’s view option or not. You can force the Reader View on any page by prefixing the address with:


Here’s a real example: to force reader view on this post, type (or copy and paste) in Firefox’s address bar the following:


You will then see the page like this:

Forced Reader View in Firefox
My eyes! My Eyes!
  1. We are. Eventually.
  2. It does look like it is.
  3. Assuming you were a reasonably attractive female. And of course, consenting #YouTo.
  4. Note that you don’t have to “install” the frogman to find the egg. You can stumble on it while using the site normally. Though what you’ll do with a frogman’s egg is your own problem.



the dissident frogman's avatar
the dissident frogman

I own, built and run this place. In a previous life I was not French but sadly, I died.


To reveal my email address, find the 3rd  number in the code and enter it in the challenge field below.


The Wise knows that Cities are but demonic Soul-tearing pits that shall not be entered.

More options


For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6:12


Commenting as

You're presumed to have read and abide by the comments policy, but here's the gist of it:

Silly or serious, you are responsible for what you write. I slay trolls. Thank you for your comment.

Comment author avatar
Max. 300 characters
An email address is required.
It is never published or shared.

As in "valid" email address...

Once posted, your comment can't be edited. Feel free to (ab)use the Preview!

The Wise knows that Cities are but demonic Soul-tearing pits that shall not be entered.

Comments thread (4)

5149 - martywd

Comment author avatar

Sort of OT to the password issue but ,fwiw, I couldn’t believe my incredibly vulnerable password (now changed) still worked when I logged in yesterday for the first time in many moons. For me the password update in my profile was seamless. Nice!

And. Re: the ‘Dark Theme’ / dark background. Up until now, the use of the dark background or dark themes used on most websites has always made reading the text difficult, for me atleast. But, for whatever reason, on TDF this is not at all an issue for me. I.e., nice work, again.

Thanks DF!


5155 - Stepperg

Comment author avatar
  • Stepperg California USA

Welcome back Dear Frogman. You have been missed. We need your guidance and direction. I shall attempt to find your horse.

5162 - Quoth the Raven

Comment author avatar
  • Quoth the Raven Alone, in the mountains, occasional contact with people I love, surrounded by snow but still, with lots of wood available for the fire. And lots of ammo. Oh yes.

I think little white letters in a sea of darkness is an excellent metaphor for our times. I am one of these little white letters, or perhaps just a jot or tittle. I let my tiny light shine as much as I can although I much prefer cursing the darkness, by way of general sport. I agree with our penguin friend martywd - something about this website and knowing our own Grenouille is back amoungst us makes this all easy on the eye.

Thank you for caring enough about your devoted acolytes to arrange a more regular visitation. Black on white, white on black, it matters not. As lady Stepperg says, "we need your guidance and direction".

5168 - Quoth the Raven

Comment author avatar
  • Quoth the Raven Alone, in the mountains, occasional contact with people I love, surrounded by snow but still, with lots of wood available for the fire. And lots of ammo. Oh yes.

I have to say….that white page version of the blog…..terrible, just terrible. It loses all the sense of gravitas and foreboding.