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May 30, 2007

Update Done

There, most of the heavy lifting is done (I may change the link colors at some point). This is how the site will look for a few months, or at least until I get fidgety again and change it. Yes, it's very green. I like green. Deal. The background image, incidentally, is actually my lawn, very deeply treated via Photoshop. It doesn't look like this in real life (in real life, it looks like a lawn). Be that as it may, I find there's something very early 60s about the design which I find appealing. I like it. Which, of course, is what counts around here. Bwa ha ha hah ha!

Anyway. Here's your new look. Enjoy.

(Note to people viewing this well after 5/30/07 -- there's a chance that the background you see does not match the background I'm currently describing. Work through the pain.)

Update: Huh, someone noted the background file is, like, huge, which is odd because when I saved it, it was under 200kb. I may have to go in and fix that.

Posted by john at May 30, 2007 01:03 PM

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Tania | May 30, 2007 01:10 PM

Marimekko. The background reminds me of one of the Marimekko wall hangings our office used to have.


Jeremiah | May 30, 2007 01:12 PM

Green is my favorite color. This looks cool! Yay

Tim of Angle | May 30, 2007 01:13 PM

This is what I should imagine the bloodstream of a wooden typewriter would look like.

chang, myspacier than ever! | May 30, 2007 01:22 PM

Ungh. It's very... green. Like worms in green

Phil-Z | May 30, 2007 01:23 PM

Since I use a text based browser on my steam powered cipherin machine, this is all lost on me.
Your writing is as good as ever though, and that's why I visit.

Zeynep | May 30, 2007 01:24 PM

Yes, it's very green. I like green.

First Kermit reference in 5... 4... 3...

(Seriously, though, I like the texturing very much.)

Shawn Powers | May 30, 2007 01:30 PM

You might want to consider using .PNG for your background image format. I think IE 5.x might choke on PNG files, but you'd save half a megabyte or so in file size.

Just my 2 cents. Not quite worth it's weight in copper.

John Scalzi | May 30, 2007 01:42 PM

Huh. That's weird. When I originally saved it, it was 158kb. It's why I saved it as a .gif in the first place.

John Scalzi | May 30, 2007 02:03 PM

All right, resaved it as a .png.

PixelFish | May 30, 2007 02:26 PM

I want to know what filters you sent it through. Normally I can identify what was done to a picture, but this seems pretty far removed from it's subject.

(At a guess I'd say, noise, rough pastels/paint daubs/dry brush, and tiles, although not in that order and not necessarily comprising all of them. Motion blur could also duplicate part of the streaky, sponged look if one were to sharpen edges afterwards. There are multiple ways to get something approximate to this look....I'm just curious as to what you did.)

John Scalzi | May 30, 2007 02:29 PM


Actually, the streaky part is an artifact of saving it as a very lossy .gif file -- I liked the effect. Other filters would be stained glass, inverting the color and then shifting the hue 180 degrees, film grain (minus the grain) and a few other things I can't remember at the moment. I'm not entirely sure I could replicate the effect.

PixelFish | May 30, 2007 02:39 PM

I can see how the gif/png saving would create that effect. Hrm. This is giving me ideas for creating some filter wars....it would be fun to post a filterised photo and the original and see who can get the closest to the filterised version. Plus it would work out all that filter aggression.

*skibbles off to see a man about a filter*

Kate | May 30, 2007 02:40 PM

It's really awesome. I like what you did with the font of the whatever title too.

I haz a jealous.

Ted Lemon | May 30, 2007 02:40 PM

I don't like it. Put it back.


Actually, the background is kind of cool - how did you make it?

Jeff Hentosz | May 30, 2007 02:46 PM

...something very early 60s about the design...

Just so. It looks just like the pattern on the glossy-vinyl-covered seats of the kitchen chairs my grandmother had back when. She was the type of old-school grandma who gave you a choice: let her cook you something (anything, anytime), or be threatened with a smack in the pants (never delivered, of course). Thanks for the memories.

Todd Stull | May 30, 2007 03:20 PM

I'm not seeing a new background. At least I don't think it's new. Whitish flowers on a blue background. Same as I remember.

PixelFish | May 30, 2007 03:28 PM

You may have to refresh the page to see the new background. And if that doesn't work, then go into the browser tools and dump your cache. :)

Michelle K | May 30, 2007 04:27 PM

Is it just me, or is the text a bit blurry?

(I'm using Firefox on Windows XP. Just checked, also looks blurry to me in IE 6)

John Scalzi | May 30, 2007 04:31 PM

It's not blurry here.

Chang, for rizzle. | May 30, 2007 04:36 PM

I was walking back to my desk from the can and I left the Whatever on the screen. It looks good from a distance. Subtle, pleasing and simple.

Like me.

Michelle K | May 30, 2007 04:44 PM

It doesn't look blurry on my widescreen laptop running Vista, but does look blurry on my Desktop running XP with 19" monitors. (The Desktop is actually the newer/faster/better computer.)

Nathan | May 30, 2007 04:45 PM

I like it...but what's up with all the spirochetes?

Karl | May 30, 2007 05:43 PM

I like the new design.

critter42 | May 30, 2007 06:43 PM

Is the first two inches or so of the post body supposed to be a black-to-blue gradient?

John Scalzi | May 30, 2007 06:59 PM

No. You're doing it wrong, Critter42!

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