What’s That Header Image?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

In case you were wondering, the header image is a tweaked version of the first comic book panel I read and still remember to this day. It’s from Legion of Super-Heroes v3, #2, the second comic I ever read (I believe - it’s not impossible that I’m getting the order of the first two comics I read mixed up). That’s Keith Giffen’s art, a depiction of the Legion of Super-Villains using Last Supper-style imagery. The whole issue is burned into my brain, but the LSV section was particularly memorable for me, especially the next page, with Sun Emperor killing a servant girl by kissing her and burning her to death.

I’ve now got this issue in digital form, trade paperback, and single issue. I decided to use this image for the header because I wanted *something* wide and Legion-y, and this did the trick. I cropped it down, badly wiped Lightning Lord’s dialogue bubble, and substituted in my own text, using GIMP. I may try to clean it up further at some point in the future - we’ll see.

Random Notes 7/30

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Things I discovered in my domain’s access logs:

  • In the last month, I’ve gotten over 3000 hits via Myspace. No, not for my blog: for a picture of a baby panda in a plastic container. It’s adorable, I’ll give you that, but apparently a bunch of people on Myspace have put it on their…Myspaces? Whatever the hell you call that crap. I’m debating whether to screw with them by changing the image to something utterly random instead.
  • In the last 14 hours and 22 minutes, there’ve been 1,124 attempts to post comments to my old blog, and 635 attempts to post trackbacks. These all get 404s in response, since I shuffled the old blog well out of the way. I’m wondering when, if ever, the comment spammers will realize that the old blog doesn’t exist any more.
  • There were still people subscribed to my RSS feed! Well, that won’t really come as a surprise to most of you: I’m betting the odds are pretty good that most of the people who’ll actually see this post are legacy subscribers from back in the day. I redirected the old MovableType feeds to the new WordPress feeds this morning, so you’re getting the new stuff now. Enjoy.

Worst Thing About Blogging Again?

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

I *know* I’ll be spending an obscene amount of time fiddling with the look of the pages, and it’ll never come out right. My kingdom for a nice minimal theme… Seriously, design is hard. My old blog had a layout I lifted from a friend with my old classic Viking lander image in the background - but I’m not in the mood for that again. I want to get some header image up there, ‘cos the current wanktastic gradient is, well, wanktastic, but I don’t have any images I like that would fit there. Meh. Maybe I’ll just go ultraminimalist and optimize for Lynx.

I do like this tagging thing quite a bit, though. Categories are a bit too regimental for what I want to do - I’m far more interested in stream of consciousness bullshit than filing things properly, and tags fit that mentality nicely.

This ain’t no party

Friday, July 25th, 2008

…this ain’t no foolin’ around…yeah, so, for whatever reason, I’ve decided to start blogging again, and I’ve decided to go with a new name. I may well change it, but for now, I’m going with This Ain’t No Disco, a line from Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” that I’ve always loved for some reason. At the moment, it’s hitting me because I’m in a kind of rejectionist mood - I’m at San Diego Comic Con, and there’s no there there.

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