Hi! Do you remember blogs? Well, this used to be one. Now it just serves as an archive for my multiple Twitter accounts.

26 September 2004

www.garoo.net — version 1871.0g

You didn’t dare say it out loud (which shows a restraint and politeness I didn’t expect of you… so that probably means you’re actually just bored and uninterested), but the previous version was quite ugly. So I decided to get to something more elaborate.

First step, checking the web for references. I shouldn’t provide a link, because my new layout will appear far less pretty when you compare it to its model, but the main inspiration here is Justwatchthesky. The sidebar’s back because it just looks empty without it, and I definitively (for now) give up flexible width, even when there are big pictures: from now on they’ll be shown in popups. It’s less ergonomical, but flexible width layout is really too constraining for a designer.

Second step, because I wanted to make something really graphical and not just make do with a filtered photo or a quick, crappy monochrome logo, I spent some time on symbols.com to check out what could represent the garoo’s excellence. And here’s the result. A few layers, some lighting effects, a Photoshop checker pattern for filler, and there you go. Definitely more welcoming than the previous few versions.

No idea why the NiceTitle script (displaying link information under the mouse) recently started bugging in Mozilla, but I intend to rework it extensively someday.

As for the minilog display glitches in Explorer (unpredictable line heights, displaced underline borders), I’m aware of them, but you should just switch to Firefox, because you should anyway, and because I don’t think there’s any solution to solve the bug while keeping the layout’s elegance.

All that’s left now to do is putting the archives code back in. But I don’t feel like it right now.

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