Okay, I know it's hopelessly, ridiculously, irredeemably silly, but I can't stop playing with the fat dollmaker. Why do I want to dress her in the most sluttish costumes? Why?
For any of you who were following the CSS experiment in trying to use a body border as a background for a sidebar, headsfromspace has done the legwork on this (bless his polyvalved little alien heart!), and, as I feared, there's not much to be done about the problem in IE5, but he's come up with an alternative using a wrapper, and it's just as easy and simple as the original idea. Have a look at "Daughter of Bodyborders". It looks like this should work just about everywhere.
I've been far too into the blue/brown/grey/green muted thing lately, I think, so I wanted to come up with something pretty and lighthearted and a little exotic. I'm very happy with the results of my efforts in the set "Sea of Stories". I think these are pretty damn charming, and what's cute is that when you stack the first and third tiles, you get a little scalloped edge, as you can see in this example box.
I also need to mention that Anne has tipped me off to a great little pattern toy called Image Styles which you can download and try out. I've been having a party on my screen playing with it, though I've only scratched the surface of possibilities, I think. You can generate backgrounds with all sorts of effects with this, and you can also load up an existing image or pattern and go to work mutating that, with lots of fun results. It would have taken me quite some time to figure that out, though, so I'll quote Anne on how to do this:
"Start with a background tile of any size. Open a new image in the program the exact size of the background tile. Next scroll down the "effects" window on the right and click "image file" click image file again at the top of the new box and load in the background tile you're using. Next, click "add" at the bottom, then scroll down the effects list to "kaleidiscope" and click that. Now play with the sliding bars. As you make a change you can see what it would look like on a web page say, by hitting preview. To get out of preview click the esc (escape) key. Isn't it cool?"The answer is "Yes!". Way cool.
Everybody loves creepy dolls. It's just an immutable rule of the Internet. We love creepy dolls and kittens. So go play with Scotland's Odd Wee Babydolls Who Just Aren't Quite Right from Shane. Silly, silly boy.
All right, now I'm just being silly. Inspired by artist Hanoch Piven (mentioned yesterday), I decided to give myself the challenge of creating a scene using every object in the Ontological Museum Department of Objects, except for the three drawings at the end of the list. My self-imposed rules were that I could rotate the objects, but not reduce or enlarge them in relation to each other, and I had to use the whole object - and not just cut out a piece to use for an arm or a head, for example. I did pretty well with with this; I only cheated with the sun (from the nautical chart), and I used everything except the recipe booklet cover. Yet, that didn't go to waste, either, for I have named my masterpiece "60 Ways to Serve Ham".
Ronald McDonald Arrested for Indecent Exposure
The well-known burger spokesman was taken into custody in a city park in Cleveland yesterday after repeatedly urinating in public view. Park officials said the red-and-yellow clad clown lowered his trousers and invited onlookers to "visit the golden arches". McDonald is being held on charges of public indecency, and an unnamed source at the District Attorney's office has suggested that the clown may also face prosecution related to the McDonald's "I'm Loving It" campaign. Further details as they become available.
Hello, and welcome to your Monday! I Have a couple little things to cheer the gray, cold passionless drear of the M-word day, and the first is my new absolutely-love-it ravefave pattern "cocktail hour". I'm just mad about this one, so I used it along with another spiffy new pattern, to make one more tabbed example set. On this one I gave the series an opening title page and used two .gifs with transparency on the corners to give the opening page box rounded corners. Just peruse the source to see how I set that up. What I really wanted to do was to figure out how to make the actual tabs on the inner pages rounded, but once I got started I realized that it will take more time than I have to play around with it. We'll save that little treat for another Monday. Unless one of you figures out a way to do it first. That would be cool.
And one more thing to add a little distraction to your day: 20 Questions to a Better Personality . I really like this quiz - probably because it concluded that I am "a WRCL--Wacky Rational Constructive Leader. This makes you a golden god." Any quiz that recognizes that I am a golden god is okay in my book. Here's my arithmetic:
Next up, the "You're Too Sexy For Your Blog" quiz. Okay, not really. I just made that up. (But it would be fun to make the link graphics for that one, eh?)
I have a couple of links today that I suppose everyone in the world has seen except for me: The terribly, terribly wonderful Fly Guy (from the same lovely genius who gave us Tile Machine), and the wonderfully, wonderfully terrible My Cat Hates You. If you've seen these (and you probably have) - sorry! (but isn't this a nice chance to visit again?). If you haven't, you can send your thanks directly to me in the form of frankincense and myrrh, because I've just about run out. Especially the myrrh; running really low.
And the new kids on the block today are a set of fun little flippy patterns called 52 Pickup.
Surprise! I finally filled in the information on my "about" page - I just pretty much went with the TypePad template on this, because I figured if I waited to design my own page it would be at least three more months before I ever got around to it. Actually, it's kind of a shame that I went ahead and bit the bullet on this, because I had this nice image all set up to put there. I've been trying to find the site where I made that, but in the meantime, you can have fun with Ryland Sanders' Church Sign Generator, or the Caution Sign Generator, the Prison Road Sign Generator, or the Fortune Cookie Fortune Generator (yum. here's mine), as well as many more from Spare Some Change, a site serving as a resource search engine and portal for the homeless.
Did you know about Kao-Ani, or little Japanese animated avatars, sometimes called "blobs"? I really didn't until I read this Metafilter post (every letter in the first comment leads to a different kao-ani site). There's a nice explanation of the basic idea of kao-ani here, and the Metafilter post has a link to a kao-ani maker. You can find another nice kao-ani creator at Blinkiemakers (click "enter", then view fifth link: IE only).
How do you like this gorgeous beast? If you find him as appealing as I do, you can visit a vast menagerie of cross-cultured creatures at Tedmus's Gallery, which I found via B3taPaper (the place to go when your eyes are bored and your desktop is taking itself way too seriously).
In other news, you know I couldn't just post such a calm and soothing group of patterns as yesterday's "Lullaby" without experiencing some withdrawal symptoms, so of course I had to sit down and immediately come up with something psychedelic-insane. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Sweet Alice. (Example box here.)
Okay, I'm going to take advantage of the wonders of instant blogging to say that I just checked my Junk mailbox file (where all the filtered spam gets sent), and found an email with the subject title "Be a Love Hammer for the weekend archenemy" which just raises all kinds of questions. Do they mean that I'm the archenemy, as in "Be a Love Hammer for the weekend, archenemy", or do they mean that I should be a love hammer for "the weekend archenemy" and why would I want to do something like that? I'd much rather be a love hammer for a close friend. Plus it's only Wednesday.