(Note: Facebook and Google Reader viewers will have to actually go to the blog to notice the changes.)
A few days ago Blogger unveiled its new tools; some enhanced and customizable templates, new layout capabilities, and a few other things. You can read all about it here, if you’re so inclined. I love Google, and I love playing with Google’s new things, so I had to try out Blogger’s (brought to you by Google, of course) new stuff. The result? I think it’s obvious.
I really like the monochromatic tones of the page, and I picked green because, well, it’s always been my favorite color. The checkered background wasn’t my first choice, I wanted something with hatching or cross-hatching, but those designs were unavailable. The more I look, though, the more I like the checkered pattern. I really like the addition of a tab bar below my header. I’ve wanted these for a while, and now I finally have them. The gadget boxes look good to me, too. I also redesigned a header, though I take no credit for the image, as it was found doing a Google Image search. The most difficult choice was the font colors, but I think they turned out okay.
So for now, this is my revamped blog. It looks much more professional (though this is by no means professional in any sense of the word) and mature (again with the fickle words). I’m excited about the tab bar, and I’ve put together a few things for the current tabs.
Now, to change gears, I thought this was a pretty clever little utensil. The titanium spork. Take it with you camping. Bring it to school or work and reuse it, over and over, without the hassle of actually carrying two separate pieces of silverware. Mind blowing, I say. What more could you ask for? More info here. The write up is actually pretty funny.
The cruise draws nearer. Only around 45 days until we’re radiating pure happiness in the Eastern Caribbean.
Sofie got spayed yesterday, poor little thing. We’ve had her for 3 or 4 weeks now, and her and Stella are getting along pretty good. Plus, the house-breaking of the new dog is improving tremendously, though there are still mishaps to deal with. But, having two dogs is fun, even if it’s occasionally annoying.
The autographed Pat Rothfuss book contest ends this Sunday. Currently I have 12 entries from 7 different people, but no ones done the super easy way to earn 3 extra entries. You know, the “send me an email explaining why you should win” entry. I don’t need a long thesis-defense type explanation, a sentence would suffice, but if you went longer, that’d be fine, too. You can make it up, telling me that you want the book for the dying orphan that lives down the road and this is his “Make a Wish” wish. Or you can be honest. Or you can bribe me. Or you can threaten me. Whatever. The email is like Only the Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy’s contests, which ask the entrants for a snarky comment, only I’m not ‘necessarily’ looking for snark. (Speaking of snark, I did have the best snark from the last contest, so I got 3 bonus entries for a future giveaway.) Anyway, just thought I’d throw that out there.
For now, I move onto a blackened world, filled with the neon colors of drainage areas and the pea greens of contour lines. I got another piece of dark flash fiction for tomorrow that I really like.
Oh, and if’n you wouldn’t mind, let me know if you have any problems with anything on the new layout of the blog. I know if any of you are using IE6 (really?) then you might be in for an adventure.