Thursday, October 06, 2005

My holiday

It’s been a good week off so far. Getting up at a descent time for a change and actually filling the day with stuff rather than just lyting around has been a good move, I actually feel less of a useless lump. So far I’ve done no writing which is annoying but I have been drawing which makes up for it. With a bit of luck my illustrations will be appearing a fanzine in a month or so. Coming up with pin ups has been fun and plan to do a few more. I will post them when I get my scanner sorted.
I’ve decided to do a little redecorating with the blog and have run upaginst my lack of programming knowledge. The templates available are nice enough but I’d like to do a little more and none of them let me do what I want. Things might change as I try and figure out how I can mess with things. Actually I’d really like to sort myself out a proper website, somewhere I can fill with links, artwork, writing and my feeble musings. Another ‘project’ to add to the list.
I forgot to give Spiral Bound a bit of blurb, so here it is - wonderful, charming and made me feel like a kid again. Dav Pilkey and Lemony Snickett gave it good reviews which is all the recommendation you should need.

13 comments:

Nimiwey said...

I like the new look, very spiffy (and Nimiwey's Vanity-esque!), very nice. I fucked around with the template and wound up making the links to my previous posts monsterously large. I don't know how to fix it...I find that doing things with my blog are very time-consuming and require undivided attention, neither of which are in my reach.

Did you see "Series of Unfortunate Events"? My brother said it was trying to be like Burton's "Big Fish" which I really enjoyed. What did you think?

paulhd said...

It did look a little Big Fish-ish, but I much prefered BF. Shame really as I love the SOUE books.
Thanks for loaning me your look!

paul said...

hm, playing with your template, definitely on holiday then...!

btw, if you're thinking about websites again i'm still up for lending a hand, although possibly not for a couple of months while i spend some quality time sitting on my current projects.

Danny said...

Anyone know how to either a) put together a blogger template, or b) get hold of a decent one? I like the one I got now, but I get kind of restless with them...

Nimiwey said...

And Danny, the code I have to type in to post a comment is getting longer and longer LOL it was like "lqtvrxylmn" today!

Gopher said...

Can you not call web mark-up code? It offends the real programmers out there! If it doesn't compile, it isn't code IMHO. *Storms out in protest*

I can lend a hand if you like, web mark-up is like drawing stick-men with crayons...

Gopher said...

Oh and templates are easy. You just make a web page and use the specific meta-tags they use for their system.

Basically design a page that looks like a blog page and then replace the actual content with Blogger tags (if your template is for Blogger and not for another proprietary format).

I have my own servers so if anyone does need hosting for web sites, or e-mail, feel free to contact me.

(BTW: I hope you appreciate the crayon analogy)

paulhd said...

Cheers Paul, I think I'll take you up on that offer. It'll probably take me a couple of months to sort out all the stuff at my end anyway.
The trouble with templates is they all seem to follow the same basic layout and I want a little bit more. Sorry Gopher, I realise that you're talking English but I understand very little of what you're saying! Although I did like the crayon analogy - maybe that's a look I should go for with my site design?

Gopher said...

Meh...

Okay, web pages are too simple to make, ergo programmers don't write web-pages, ergo it's not actual "programming". I'll leave the technical reasons alone...

The talent in web pages is all in good design... a 9 year-old illiterate child can write one (I've seen proof!)

I've got Bill Thompson from the BBC to antagonise now so I'll leave the technicals for him!

paulhd said...

I did pick up a book a few years ago about 'programming' web pages and it did look obvious and easy, but, as I probably said at far to much length to Paul at the time, I'm just to busy with other things/lazy to look at it properly to take it in and put it into practice. Also my interest is in the design aspect of it and if someone is willing to do the other stuff for me (thanks again Paul!) then I happy to let them. I did do some artwork and design layouts for a site, I should probably dig them out.

Gopher said...

I feel I'm pretty useless with good looking designs, even though the mark-up is easy, so I keep hiring graphic and web designers to do it for me... then I hate what they do and stick with my poor attempt instead.

5 more sites being launched this weekend... finally...

reeseporter said...

GOPHER said: "so I keep hiring graphic and web designers to do it for me... then I hate what they do and stick with my poor attempt instead".


customer's always right...

Gopher said...

True. I still pay them for their efforts. Sometimes I keep the designs, but then within the first month I get bored of them and decide to start again...