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January 08, 2007

Housekeeping

Just a couple of housekeeping notes:

* Astute observers of the Whatever will note that the band of color on the left side of the page, which was apparently loathed by many, has been replaced by something a bit more monochromatic but which, I must admit, is at least slightly easier on the eyes. See? I listen.

* Also, now that I'm back at home I've caught up with all the e-mail that has come in over the last several days, but there remains the possibility that something might have slipped through the cracks. If you've sent me e-mail for which you're expecting a reply and you don't have said reply by close of business today, go ahead and shoot me another e-mail.

Posted by john at January 8, 2007 09:04 AM

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Chang, who gets nothing! | January 8, 2007 10:05 AM

Aw, I liked the test pattern ban.

That font, though. That can go.

Francis | January 8, 2007 10:16 AM

For what it is worth (very little I suspect) I'm seeing an odd repeat of the "Whatever" graphic at the top of the image using Seamonky (a.k.a. Mozilla Suite) - also to my bemusement the colour of the background blue is darker than it is when I look at the same page in IE 6

Annalee Flower Horne | January 8, 2007 10:26 AM

I didn't loathe it so much as it amused me that it moved.

But hey, the white's nice too. Usually when I'm looking at the whatever, it bears striking resemblance to my livejournal friends' page. I only come over to the site proper to comment.

I think the white matches the header better, now that I look at it.

Justfred | January 8, 2007 12:28 PM

Looking very art deco now. Maybe you should move to Miami Beach.

Lars | January 8, 2007 01:31 PM

That's amazing, I hated that stripe with a passion but never thought to say anything. I thought I was alone. I'm glad to see you're so in touch with your readers' needs.

Tania | January 8, 2007 02:07 PM

I think the current look is very much vintage Broadway - picture Ziegfield Follies girls, vaudville acts, etc...

I would like to apologize to Mr. Scalzi for spilling pozole on page 168 of my husband's copy of OMW, it was an accident! I didn't want to quit reading while eating dinner last night, and there was a little accident. Sorry. However, I would like to point out that all the good books in my house are stained from people refusing to put them down when engaging in activities that could be detrimental to the health of the book.

Oh, it was the trade version of OMW, not that trophy-read whippersnapper of a mass market.

Gordon | January 8, 2007 02:34 PM

Diggin' the new look. Kinda retro, and I like that. I think it's something about the way the lines aren't clearly defined that does it for me.

Ike | January 8, 2007 03:20 PM

I like the site redesign. It's better than the berries and leaves. Those hurt my eyes, and I didn't visit as much as I was previously. I feel like there's something missing from the sidebar, though. Seems unfinished.

Jude | January 8, 2007 03:24 PM

It doesn't matter that I'm not especially fond of the current appearance of the blog because, as anyone who's read your blog for a few months can attest, you will soon tire of it and change it again, and the odds are that I'll like it then. I recommend that you never get a tattoo, because they are reportedly more difficult to change.

John Scalzi | January 8, 2007 03:33 PM

No worries there, Jude.

Nick Stump | January 8, 2007 03:54 PM

I'm glad to hear you get bored with your blogs appearance. I'm sorry, I love this blog, but the old Art deco typestyle is a stake slowly pushing into my heart. For me this typestyle is remembered from the late 60's or early 70's, when for a short while, Deco came back into style. Except it was never beautiful graceful lines that you'll see if you go to old parts of Miami--it was this same damned typestyle. It was on everything. Band flyers, including my own--Ladies Night--same typestyle--Ladies clothing--half off--same typestype. I became alleregic to this Type as it permeated society, and even now may have to take a small drink of Kentucky corn wine to stop the hives.

I will face this, I promise. I will keep reading, and just pretend Satan is loose on the land, but that every thing will be OK when you decide you're tired of the new look, and Satan will return to whatever office building near the White House he is working out of these days..

John Scalzi | January 8, 2007 04:05 PM

Well, you know. I associate it with the roaring 20s more than Studio 54 myself, but I can see why it would bother some folks who were more engaged in that latter era than I.

Sharon M | January 8, 2007 05:12 PM

For those with difficulty reading some of the more colorful versions of this site (or other sites), may I recommend the Zap family of bookmarklets?

They should work in Firefox or IE. I use Zap Colors every day - no more white text on black backgrounds! no jumping multicolored lines! no red on green to hurt my eyes!

Ahem. Highly recommended.

Anonymous | January 8, 2007 10:38 PM

Hey Jude (sorry, man, I had to do it)

I recommend that you never get a tattoo, because they are reportedly more difficult to change.

Not so fast - look, Scalzi-friendly tattoo ink! I'm seeing a new sleeve ink job to match each new Whatever theme!

Soni | January 8, 2007 10:39 PM

That was me. And the link didn't seem to take. The new tattoo ink is here:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/12/24/MNGLLN35S21.DTL

Bobarino | January 8, 2007 11:44 PM

Me, I very much like the Art Deco motif, and particularly the title type font. Mucho posh.

Nick Stump | January 9, 2007 11:00 AM

Like the typeface or not, I come to this site for the reading and there's some might fine writing here from you and your fine group of subscribers.

I discovered this blog in the middle of the 2006 election. At the time I was working netroots for a Senate campaign. After a long day or night of working different political blogs or flogging the news for my man, Whatever soon became the doggie treat I gave myself at the end of a day, and what a treat it has been. Better than a big drink, though it goes very well with a big drink, Whatever is one of the dozen blogs I read on a daily basis.

These days, I'm doing the same sort of work for a non-profit group, trying to get the word out about the high death rates of rural soldiers in Iraq. Not a easy thing to do, as most people aren't very interested in rural America one way or the other.

I always find something here that grabs my interest here. Reading Whatever has become my small daily vacation. Please use any typeface you wish. I'll still be reading. Content is King and you have quality content in bushel baskets here. Please continue.

Nick Stump | January 9, 2007 11:07 AM

Like the typeface or not, I come to this site for the reading and there's some might fine writing here from you and your fine group of subscribers.

I discovered this blog in the middle of the 2006 election. At the time I was working netroots for a Senate campaign. After a long day or night of working different political blogs or flogging the news for my man, Whatever soon became the doggie treat I gave myself at the end of a day, and what a treat it has been. Better than a big drink, though it goes very well with a big drink, Whatever is one of the dozen blogs I read on a daily basis.

These days, I'm doing the same sort of work for a non-profit group, trying to get the word out about the high death rates of rural soldiers in Iraq. Not a easy thing to do, as most people aren't very interested in rural America one way or the other.

I always find something here that grabs my interest here. Reading Whatever has become my small daily vacation. Please use any typeface you wish. I'll still be reading. Content is King and you have quality content in bushel baskets here. Please continue.

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