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I’m trying to design a new theme here, I’m not too sure what I want to do. I may do a bento theme with my own images if, when it gets here, my Razr has a decent camera because my digicam is horrible, lol. It was cheap, though!

Speaking of bento, I’ll have time to make bento tonight so stay tuned for pictures!

P.S. Superbowl today! I’m more interested in the Transformers sequel trailer than anything else, and the trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will be playing today during the commercials!

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Lazypants

Jan. 15th, 2009 10:34 am
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Argh. I’m finally forcing myself to get in gear and redesign this thing. No, I’ve got nothing against the current layout, but I tend to go slightly insane if my themes don’t reflect my own work. It’s a personal preference thing — and a snob thing, I admit it.

Of course I’m now one hundred percent tired of the theme I’m working on, which means once it’s up I’ll have immediate issues with it. The problem, I think, is I’m doing a pixel landscape and it’s taking *forever*, so I’ve been staring at this thing for waaaay too long.

At least I’m going again, even if I’m really not motivated. I’ve been so busy I just haven’t been able to push myself to do anything, not even things I want to do. When work’s over I just want to collapse on the couch and sleep for a million, billion years. I’m exhausted as I type this. I don’t know what’s with me.

Maybe I’ll get some quick oats at the store today or peanut butter and crackers to boost my mood, make myself feel better.



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Nude Blog

Apr. 9th, 2008 08:07 am
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Yes, my blog is going nudie. It’s a nudie blog! Actually Shibuya is stripped down today for CSS Naked Day!

If you don’t know what is, go and check out all the neat facts check out the official CSS Naked Day website and don’t forget to sign up for next year!



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Ohh, this is neat – I’m checking out envelope printing from Envelope Printing Online. They’ve got a decent selection, a bit on the small side for an online printer, and the prices are pretty good for anyone who – like me – doesn’t live anywhere near a Kinkos but could still use a service like this. Overall it’s a nifty site, my only complaint is that their selection is very corporate, and I don’t blame them at all for that. I’m sure corporations are their number one customer, but they do run a business online and if they’re going to compete they’re going to have to branch out into more fun, artsy and even cute designs to keep up with the big boys like Vista Print. It’s a nice site, though, and they’re definately worth checking out. I may refer my boss there, the designs look like they’re right up his alley. :D



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Ooh, nifty… Design Diva’s got some gorgeous fabric, just beautiful stuff, some of which is hand painted Egyptian cotton with asian prints, a few of the tropical ones, of course, caught my eye and they’ve got discount Scalamandre fabric that’s just to die for. One of the things I noticed immediately was that they had brocade – brocade! That’s like the sound of Angels singing to a former Goth, well, once and future Goth, lol. I love rich fabrics and colors, and the amazing array of gem tones means I have to figure out how to hold an online store up at gun point – or just make more money so I can buy my lovelies, lol.



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Okay, I’m not usually swayed by designer handbags, mostly because I tend to think designers charge entirely too much for their products, but Bolzano has some beautiful stuff at their site. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but since when is designer anything going to come cheap enough to sell at Small Mart? I’m especially attatched to the City Stitch Gianina tote, in it’s gorgeous white and green, with such clean lines and beautiful tropical colors. I hate not having a billion dollars, because I need a billion of those, or whatever a billion divided by two hundred is. I’ve confused myself, lol.

I just adore some of this stuff, it’s one of those things I can trick myself into saving up for, lol. Generally, my bags cost about one dollar and I have to mend them somehow. I keep thinking, what would I do with a designer handbag, though? I never go anywhere, but I buy jewelry and make up that I never wear, so I don’t see how this is any different, lol.



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Ahhh, SelectBlinds.com is neat! Besides just being the one stop window coverings shop for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and even to spite that fact, they have some really beautiful blinds. They boast window shades, mini blinds, faux and real wood blinds as well as my favorite item on the website, the absolutely stunning Tropical Isle Bamboo shades in Manaca Cocoa, a beautifully rich cocoa color that would look fabulous with the dark sage green in my bedroom. The best part, though, is that if you aren’t sure how your new blinds will look, you can order a sample for free – including free shipping – to find your perfect match.



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Ugh! I’ve had it! I’ve been working on a new layout for Shibuya for upwards of three days, of course, no luck. Aren’t I supposed to know how to do this? Pew. I can’t make anything work, I’ve started to blow when it comes to color. The thing is, I want to do something pixel-y, I even went so far as to start single-pixel-drawing an amusement park. Of course, that didn’t work and it would look rediculous if it had.

On top of this, my work sched. has left me moody and sleepy. RAWR.

In the small miracles catagory, Netflix has finally sent Wishing Stairs, a film which I’ve only waited a short four months for them to finally send. It’s been on Long Wait status forever and a day, and I should be getting it sometime today so expect a review of that.



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New layout, as you can see I’m getting back to my old self a bit. It really didn’t turn out like I wanted it to, because the typography just didn’t come together so now the site title and tagline are so generic looking I want to gouge my eyes out. But at least it’s more like ‘me’. That’s something.



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Mojo-Jojo

May. 9th, 2007 08:49 pm
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I forgot how much I love Kar Yan Lam. I just got finished watching Koma and, holy shit in a hammmock, is that a good film! It’s one of the few I’ve seen recently that isn’t a Yurei flick, and I’m just insane about it. I’ll review the bastard when I get some time, atm I’m just flyby blogging since I’ve gotta go outside and shovel mud. Thank the Gods the trash collection actually took the garbage this time! They didn’t last week and the flood water washed it all over the damn place.

I’m trying my damndest to re-design Beautiful Sin, but it’s just not working. My old habits creep back, but something’s got to be done about it because it’s so plain it’s hurting my face. I may go with green/blue/orange, but I really don’t want it to end up looking like a buisiness site which is what happened last time and why the temporary layout is only half finished.

I’m really trying to steer clear of hard colors but it’s making my designs look incomplete, and that annoys me to no end. My problem is that I do the graphics then work backward from there, and that always ends in muted shades. I may do some experimenting with Shibuya’s layout before I do anything drastic over at BS just to flex my color muscles a bit. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I used to be so into rich colors and now I couldn’t work up a decent colorscheme if I had a gun pointed at my head. Maybe I just need to get my mojo back. No use being a snob without that, right?



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I know, I suck. I’ve been gone too long, but I have a valid reason! My net was literally gone for a few days and now that I’ve got it working again, it’s so slow that it takes almost an hour to completely load my Netflix queue page so it took me 3 days to upload this layout.

I apparently don’t know when to stop it with the new layouts. Not my best work, but I’m obsessed with pink and I’ve got, like, no net connection so this is what you get, lol.

It’s harder than I thought it would be to use stock photograph’s, since so many times they just don’t have the clarity I’m used to and I end up with something I’m just not happy with. I need to find some new royalty free resources with decent, medium or higher quality stock images of Asia and the tropics ( Hawaii, Bermuda, The Amazon, ect. ), and hopefully something better will come of my work.

So, there’s another few movie reviews on the way, and I’m running out of Asian horror films to see, so if you’re a buff, too, and have a favorite, please comment or email me. I’m starting to panic, I don’t think I can get through the summer without at least 2 or 3 A-Horror films a week, lol. By the way, does anyone know where I can get a decently priced copy of the Japanese version of Red Eye?



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New Layout

Apr. 18th, 2007 09:34 am
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Finally got this layout finished, I think I’m starting to get the hang of this whole wordpress and valid coding thing. I have to admit, I’ve got a seriously long way to go before I’ve got it down, though. At least it’s coming easier now, lol.



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Not a hell of a lot to post, since I’m trying my damndest to get my backgrounds back up and downloadable but Beautiful Sin‘s finally up and running, meaning the brushes are back up, wordpress is themed up and valid ( whoo hoo! ), and I’ve started work on the new templates which, as it turns out, is a lot easier than I thought it would be.

Just a random sidenote: The Riches is farging awesome, and I’m amazed that it’s made me a fan of Minnie Driver again, even though for the past decade I’ve wanted to rip every hair out of her head with my bare hands, lol. And who gave Eddie Izzard permission to be man-sexy instead of woman-sexy? I didn’t say he could do that, and now I’m confused, lol.



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Good Day

Apr. 15th, 2007 03:10 am
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Aside from waking up with a wicked pain in my back, heck and arms like usual, my day thus far has been surprisingly good. I get most of the day off, for once, and due to said free time I’ve had a chance to mess with my CSS, font sizes, colors, ect. I may redesign Shibuya again, entirely. I kind of want to do a pixelled nautical theme with, like, anchors or ships in a harbor and a lighthouse but every time I start working on the harbor water I always instictively want to write “RINGU” in red right smack dab in the middle of the graphic, lol.

I’m working on Beautiful Sin every chance I get and once I get a layout finished for it, I’ll have my brushes and backgrounds back up for you guys because, though almost nobody said a damn thing when they were up, since they’ve been down I’ve gotten loads of nice email asking for them back. While I’m appreciative of the nice comments after the fact, I would have been far more open to bringing them back had anyone so much as commented on them almost at all while they were around instead of linking directly to them and claiming the brushes as their work. So, yes, that would be stealing the brushes, the credit AND my data transfer. Nice! Sunshiney, even.

I don’t want to bring the templates back until I’ve had time to validate them and get a decent, seperate theme for that site. If I don’t do these pretty things, I’ll kick the shit out of myself later.



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Well, I have 1 ERROR. 1, from eXentrique.com. Now, normally I’d let this go, but now that I’ve validated this website, I’m anal retentive about keeping it that way since it took me so long, lol. So, no more eXentrique.com link code for me. I’m going to have to use a plain link, here’s to hoping they understand!

Speaking of websites, I’m still messing around with valid xhtml and table-less layouts ( thanks to Jem @ Tutorialtastic ), I’ve decided to try my hand and making valid templates, so look for those in the future. For the time being they’ll be straight up templates, no skins, but if you’d like to see themes for cutenews, wordpress, ect. please let me know, I’d be happy to give it a try! Psst: Please also let me know what subjects ( beside the abstract pixel stuff I’m so fond of ) you’d like to see on said templates.



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Newy new layout! I finally got my ass in gear and validated this sumbitch, which means that my site meter and a lot of my links and whatnot had to go, since the scripts fucked with validation.

Validation, as much as most people who preach it protest, is not an easy business. The basics are pretty simple, but any little thing like, oh say, a script or plugin that isn’t at one hundred percent will fuck your validation up. Now, I like the way the validated xhtml looks and works, and for a first timer with table-less CSS and divs I think I’ve done a bang up job, don’t you? But the facts are that I don’t believe validation is right for everyone, especially if they only run a hobby or blog site. Even fansites shouldn’t be required to use it, but there are purists out there ( loads of them, they’re like Christians, they’re everywhere ), and they’ll disagree. It’s a good thing I don’t know them and don’t have to care, lol.

I will be trying to stay validated from now on, on this site if no other just to have 1 valid link that I can toss at people who think I’m not a validation elitist because I simply can’t do it, lol. Anyway, my rant beith over for now.



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