Jul. 22nd, 2006

Firstly, on July 7th last year, someone linked to [livejournal.com profile] tyrell, who linked to [livejournal.com profile] lithium_doll, both were collecting quotes about the London attacks. She said "don't friend me if you want interesting, friend him, I'm boring" or words to that effect. But, y'see, she lives in Exeter, so I friended her anyway. She was wrong about the boring. Y'know why?

Make your own icons easily

She was bored today, it seems, so she played around with some php scripts (something I still can't get my head around, then, I'm not really trying). She made this, fairly simple icon maker. It'll insert text, greyscale, border, etc. All the things you want from an icon, in one easy place.

If anyone has bases or simple images that make good all round icons to share, give her a shout, she'd definately appreciate it. Me? I've used it to finally update all my category icons, I'd been sent decent copies of the Fineas art awhileback, now I have all my categories back in non-teeny versions. I also have, um, about 15 alternates saved, witht he same text on different pics. I may have got carried away. I'm definately not going to go back and start doing other things in a few minutes. No, not me. Not at all.

Livejournal announces (belatedly) project to improve User Interface

Let's face it, the LiveJournal userinterface and navigation system, well, sucks. After [livejournal.com profile] freddiefraggles pointed me at it, I've got used to the new beta navigation layout, it's a lot less ugly than Dystopia, although I still hate pop up menues. But, they're now going to give the whole site a going over, to make it easier to use and find your way around. Don't know about you, but I get lost, regularly, when trying to do stuff I don't use that often. I hate certain aspects of how it works. That post is rather long, and contains the usual amount of "we don't like change, it was good enough for me when I started" bollux. I have no doubt, whatsoever, that I will dislike some of the changes they end up making. I have no doubt that some of them will be worse than the existing method. I also suspect they'll fix bits like that fairly quickly.

But, overall, LJ is very difficult, at times, to use, and it breaks a number of usability rules in places. So, a tentative thumbs up to the project. I will, of course, bitch about the details.

In the meantime, I have a new userpic for this post. D'you like it?
Hmm, glad I don't work in US-based marketing or PR. [livejournal.com profile] scalzi wrote a post about bad marketing techniques (with a contrasting good technique). As a result of which, the responsible person at the PR firm got fired.

The power of the blog. Well, actually, given that it was a PR firm specifically marketing to bloggers, it's not really evidence of the power of blogging, merely, well, evidence of incompetence.

The question is, was it "Nadine"'s incompetence, or was it the overal strategy that was flawed?
Both Christy and Jo have posted lists of things that have made them smile today. So, well, it's not a bad idea for a meme, right?

Good things
  1. Via Rohim in a thread at [livejournal.com profile] pickledpolitics I discover that odds are I'm not allergic to sunlight, instead I probably suffer from Photic sneeze reflex.

  2. One of the two annoying obnoxious downstairs neighbours has been moved out. Unfortunately, it was the aggresive stupid one not the loud stupid one, but she's been given a fina warning

  3. My upstairs neighbour managed to find a charity shop selling traditional ice-cube making trays, so I don't need to keep buying bags to make them any more - how insane is it to rip up plastic bags to make ice, all that packaging waste? I like the upstairs neighbour

  4. The summer pressure cooker at work is almost over, now I've merely got to concentrate on keeping the clients happy and not costing the company too much money. assuming the heat doesn't get to me, I may be back to a sensible modd soon

  5. I have friends that are happy. I can do silly little things to make them happy without saying a word. This is good.

  6. Bell's Whiskey over ice, sometimes with lemonade. For this discovery I thank [livejournal.com profile] aliannurai

  7. I'm reading again. The last two weeks I've finished Fforde's The Big Over Easy and Reynold's Century Rain, both of which were very cool. In addition, [livejournal.com profile] nadriel will be pleased to read, I've nearly finished [livejournal.com profile] flemco's Pedestrian Wolves, which is sick, wrong and entertaining, which is what you expect from Mr Grant, right?

  8. The heat may be dying down, at least for a bit. We'll see

  9. Both [livejournal.com profile] theweaselking and [livejournal.com profile] freddiefraggles have actually made me smile by posting pictures of cute animals. I don't do cute animals, so why did it cheer me up?

Overall, I've had two lazy days off doing very little. I had intended to tidy the flat, do some shopping, do some reading, etc. Meh, one out of three is ok, I'm relaxed and calm after a few stressful weeks...
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