Shooting Richness; My new wallpaper and web design

Over the last few days I’ve been doing a little tinkering with my blog layout, trying to find something to elevate it a little, make it more eye-catching and just generally more aesthetically pleasing.

I think I’ve succeeded with this background! Once I’ve finished making all the files I will put these up for download in a variety of different resolutions to suit all desktops.

I made them using the GNU Image Manipulation Program, making specific use of the motion blur filter and the erasing colours to transparency with a gradient.

blue green purple red

And a purple one for you mesanna – hope it’s the right purple!

Edit: these files can now be found in the artwork section here.

Design tweaking

As you may have noticed, in the last few days I’ve been tinkering with the design slightly, bringing it slowly closer to the finished article.

If you like the background, expect to see more of it when release it as a wallpaper. I’ll be doing some colour variations and possibly some Linux badges may find there way on somewhere.

My big question now though, is do I make the main content black to match the rest of the page or leave it as white to stand out and ensure it’s easily readable?

Love to hear your comments.

Tweeted this week 2009-06-07

  • Five minutes with Bill Bailey; slight recompense for missing his tour this year http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8073976.stm #
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  • Finished work for the week – whoop whoop! Two whole days off… cue contented sigh. Time for a beer (I say ‘a’…) and some Benjy time. #
  • Ridley Scott to produce CC licensed (BY-SA) prequel web series to BLADE RUNNER http://digg.com/u14qw1 #
  • WhatTheFont: Great service for finding that elusive font http://bit.ly/Fw2TK #

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It's all iphone, iphone, bloody iphone

Good god if I hear anything more about this damn phone I’m going to scream! I’m sure it’s lovely to use and packed so full of features you’ll never find half of them; but I’m just sick and tired of hearing about it or the latest gadgets available.

Perhaps I’m just being churlish here since I don’t have one (and have no plans to change that fact) but it just seems to be everywhere at the minute. I’m signed up to several of sitepoint.com’s (usually) great newsletters but I received one today that consisted entirely of iphone information and links to archived iphone articles.

I don’t care about the bloody iphone!

They are quite expensive as phones go, surely I’m not alone in not having it? Come on sitepoint, there are far more interesting, audience-including, topics to cover – so tell us about them – not a phone!

Rant over.

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It’s all iphone, iphone, bloody iphone

Good god if I hear anything more about this damn phone I’m going to scream! I’m sure it’s lovely to use and packed so full of features you’ll never find half of them; but I’m just sick and tired of hearing about it or the latest gadgets available.

Perhaps I’m just being churlish here since I don’t have one (and have no plans to change that fact) but it just seems to be everywhere at the minute. I’m signed up to several of sitepoint.com’s (usually) great newsletters but I received one today that consisted entirely of iphone information and links to archived iphone articles.

I don’t care about the bloody iphone!

They are quite expensive as phones go, surely I’m not alone in not having it? Come on sitepoint, there are far more interesting, audience-including, topics to cover – so tell us about them – not a phone!

Rant over.

Normal service will be resumed shortly…

Linux Mint Generated Button

Linux Mint Button

After a little discussion and some information about how wordpress.com functions from mesanna I’ve quite quickly made the first demo version of a generated button. And here it is.

So far it’s really just proof of concept, and its code is a little limited but could very easily and quickly be improved, depending on what information you actually wanted to share. The reason I’ve put the date in for now is because it’s the simplest way to show the principle involved here. The date comes from the php function of the same name in this case I used:

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Linux Mint Promotion

Clem, the man behind Linux Mint is looking to do a little promotion for what I think is a pretty damn good distribution of Linux. With the recent release of Linux Mint 7 “Gloria” the OS is really moving forward with some great intuitive additions to the Linux Mint installer as well as their synaptic equivalent.

But I’m not here to start reviewing Mint… yet.
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