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25 August 2003 @ 09:09 pm
I am a sheep! I now have the Component LJ style just like everybody and his dog. But it is cool, not just popular, so that's why. I spent most of the early evening redoing my colour scheme too - not a hint of purple in sight. This one is because I thought the just off-white and the dusky grey-green would make nice colours for our living room (if we ever get round to re-decorating). So I made an LJ colour scheme as it's far less effort. I'm aware that there isn't enough contrast between the followed and un-followed links, which is why my webpage still has default link colours - I need to think about that a bit more if it's for public consumption (which my LJ style isn't really).

I've put a bit about what books I'm reading this week in the sidebar in the hopes that it'll make me update stuff (even if not my LJ) more often ;) Weeks run Sun-Sat in my world, in case you were interested.

I've had an odd weekend apart from that - J's been at this karate course and I've been working for a bit of it. When my boss gave me time off for my birthday and for Ellen's visit she didn't realise about the bank holiday, so I've done a half day on Saturday and a half day today just so when she says something about that then I can say I've actually worked the equivalent anyway. Saturday was actually useful - I got quite a bit done, although the main experiment (everything else was just set-up for this week) didn't quite work in that although the samples look OK the positive control wasn't positive and the negative control was neither negative nor positive. So I spent a little time this morning setting up something to check that I'd not just screwed up what things I put in what tubes on Saturday. Of course, if I didn't screw up then I have no idea at all what's going on.

The other thing I was trying to do today was some stuff with pictures I'd taken down a microscope over a couple of days last week. But it'd exported them from the fancy Zeiss image format into tiffs in black and white. I think I've sorted out what was wrong but then when I was trying to re-export them the network was being pants and the PC was being pants and I got all fed up and decided to get an earlier train back to Ipswich rather than faff around for another hour waiting for it. Think I might need to talk to the guy in charge anyway - see what he recommends I actually do with these as I'm not that hot with Photoshop and I dunno any of the other programs they use at all.

When I got back from Norwich J and I met for lunch (we went to the evil Costa as Vagabonds was shut), then pottered around town for a while. I stood in WHSmiths (as J was CD shopping) looking at the art supplies. I love looking at the boxes of paints and pastels etc - I don't tend to buy them coz I'd probably never do anything, but they're all colours and stuff so I keep looking at them. I used to love getting new sets of felt-tip pens when I was little, and things like the complete starter art box are just a grown up version of that. Which is probably why I re-did my colour scheme this afternoon - I may not be able to draw but I think I have a good colour sense.
Current Mood: restlessrestless
Current Music: Mansun "Attack of the Grey Lantern"
Ceci n'est pas une viemarble on August 25th, 2003 01:26 pm (UTC)
Your scheme is very bright (at least it seems so coming from mine).

I used to love getting new sets of pens too :)
Margaretpling on August 25th, 2003 01:48 pm (UTC)
Like I said to Chess - I think of it as pale not bright, but given your colour scheme is very dark the contrast is probably quite startling.

And yay for pens ;)
Michellechess on August 25th, 2003 01:30 pm (UTC)
The problem is, because of S2 your style *is* for public consumption, at least on the comments page.

It's not terrible, but it is a little bright for my tastes :).

I wonder if they've had 'we really need an 'override comment page style' checkbox' suggested yet.
Margaretpling on August 25th, 2003 01:47 pm (UTC)
Apparently there is going to be a way to set it so you get the comments style from your journal not the person's journal. Which I will set as soon as I know about it - there are people whose colour schemes I can't read on my screen (too dark, and too little contrast between text and background).

The only thing that isn't right with mine is the link colours, I regard the 'to bright' bit as aesthetic differences ;) Though tbh, I think of it as pale, not bright, but I guess if your style is all dark then the constrast will be startling.
Margaretpling on August 25th, 2003 01:49 pm (UTC)
I could also do with spelling 'too' right. Bah.
Michellechess on August 25th, 2003 02:07 pm (UTC)
It's not so much the contrast as the 'aagh, too much brightness!' effect on tired eyes. I like muted tones on black when I'm on a computer when I should be asleep...
Margaretpling on August 25th, 2003 02:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, different people like different things (obviously ;)). I find muted tones on black quite hard to read when I'm tired - I have to strain to distinguish the text from the background ...
An unexpected Haggishaggis on August 25th, 2003 02:50 pm (UTC)
I like the colours, they look like lemon sherbet!
Margaretpling on August 25th, 2003 02:52 pm (UTC)
Yay :)
Philvento on August 27th, 2003 04:24 pm (UTC)
That's a great LJ style. I must fiddle with mine, I'm still using the bog-basic one.
Philvento on August 31st, 2003 05:47 am (UTC)
How did you get that 'component LJ' style? When I go to Edit Styles it says that I don't 'own' any styles - do I have to download it from somewhere, or are there instructions as to how to set it up?

Hope you had a great birthday btw :)
Margaretpling on August 31st, 2003 07:43 am (UTC)
You don't want Edit Styles - you want http://www.livejournal.com/customize/ and it's an S2 style, so first you need to choose to use S2 then it's one of the possible styles.

Edit Styles is for creating your own style like J has, not for using one of the pre-done ones like I do.
Philvento on September 4th, 2003 10:26 am (UTC)
Done it - thanks :)