Archive for the ‘e-tomfoolery’ Category

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One Possible Look

October 17, 2007

Having recently changed hosts for wordstudio.net, other things are on the move in its wake. For one thing, I’ll now be hosting The Gist on my own site, with my own (precious, precious) MySQL databases. This means I won’t be hindered by the restrictions of the (still magnificent) free hosting at WordPress.com. This also means it’s time to redesign all the sites of the Wordstudio family. re:Paper just got a new look. I spent most of this afternoon cutting and lifting the face of this blog, too. Only, not here.

Check out the rough sketch of the new blog over at the future home of the new blog:

thegist.wordstudio.net.

(Note: That’s wordstudio, not wordpress.) Don’t update your bookmarks yet, though, because I’m not settled on that look yet (I’m not sure, but I think I may actually hate it) and might go through a dozen more changes before I settle on something.

Opinions are mandatory. What do you think of the new look?

Music: She Wants Revenge, “First, Love”

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re:Paper Anew

October 13, 2007

Whew. After a rush to get it done in time for the fall festivals, I’ve finished the redesign of Sara’s website for re:Paper. (That, you’ll recall, is her hackbooking and photography operation.) The new site has its very own URL (www.re-paper.net), a newly modified WordPress theme, Etsy widgets, and everything. For the little time I had to spend on it, I think it turned out all right. (Though I still have a lingering commenting problem to sort out.)

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More Email Tomfoolery, But Also Updated

October 10, 2007

Update!: That was quick. I input the DNS settings right away, and wordstudio.net is already back up and, uh, standing around. You’ll see a lot of changes there in the coming days, now that we have a host we can do some e-commerce through. (Did you see that? That was lingo.) Until then, some links are dead as code and files shift around beneath them like tectonic plates in fast-forward. Or something. The point is, ‘sbusted now, but’ll be fixed.

You can still reach me for a short time at my gmail account, which I’ll continue checking for a few days, and will then forget about. Otherwise, please resume using my four-letter first name [at] wordstudio [dot] net as the address for anything you would ordinarily be sending me. Unless it is spam, in which case, you go to hell.

In other brief news, the WordPress theme I used as the basis for this page design is apparently no longer available. So I have to redesign this page from the ground up for its move to the new site. I’ll roll this into the complete redesign for RePaper pages, too. But what should I be doing differently? More colorful? More stuff on the page? A flaming logo? I’m taking suggestions. Hit that “Comment” button.

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About “Lair”

September 24, 2007

Tonight I’m listening to John Debney’s soundtrack for Lair1, one of the much-hyped titles unique to the PS3. The score is excellent — evocative, textured, exciting without being immature — to the point that I went to check out whatever I could find about the game’s setting at the official website. Go there, click on the Behind the Scenes link and see what may be the best concept art gallery I’ve ever seen on a video-game’s website. It’s not just pretty, but informative. It really makes me want to know more about the designers were intending for the game to be (since their testimony is the closest I’ll probably ever get, since I vow to never buy a PS3). Dragon-riding sky-knights duking it out in a war-torn, post-apocalyptic fantasy world with a full orchestral score? Sound’s terrific. Too badaboutthe game, …though.

Music: John Debney, “Elegy”

1. I wouldn’t have known it was even released if I hadn’t searched for it, since iTunes does such a lousy job of listing, cataloging, and announcing their soundtracks.

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The Zen of Miss South Carolina

August 29, 2007

CNN used the phrase “Internet Sensation” to describe the much-linked-to clip of Miss South Carolina, Lauren Caitlin Upton, responding to a pageant question. I suppose this is accurate. Most Internet Sensations are about celebrating stupidity and pretending to be ironic about it. Certainly Miss Upton is an Internet darling, for now.

You’ve heard of this already, no doubt. Because I have a blog, I am obligated to write about this Internet sensation. Those are the rules.

Rather than give you another YouTube link, I’m offering you a transcript.1 Miss Upton was asked why a fifth of Americans are unable to locate the US on a map of the world. This was her response:

“I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uhmmm, some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and uh, I believe that our, I, education like such as uh, South Africa, and uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, uhhh, our education over here in the US should help the US, uh, should help South Africa, it should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for us.”

I recognize a lot of the words, but…

Here’s the thing, though. I think this is brilliant. This is a moment of clarity, a petty epiphany. She has become like unto a zen koan. Upon being asked the question, she became the question. And the answer.

Meditate on that, grasshopper.

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Why I Am A Bad Employee

August 6, 2007

I am at least three of the people at this table.

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Testing the iTunes Paranoia

July 26, 2007

On Monday, the Logan’s Run TV series came up at work. On Tuesday, I discovered it’s available on iTunes now.

Today, at the comic shop, I mentioned to Craig that I really do intend to buy the Johnny Quest DVD set at some point. Tonight, I discovered it’s available on iTunes now, too.

So, to test the limits of my TV-show-summoning powers, I now type this: If Max Headroom were to become available on DVD, I’d buy it.

And now… we wait.