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Paper-Writing Season = Time for a Layout Change!

We’re coming down to the wire on this semester; only two weeks left to finish up (aka write) those final papers and do those last projects. And we know what that means! Layout change! It’s like a Pavlov’s dog scenario, for serious. Anyway, I’ve actually been messing around with the layouts for a while, but I kept getting roadblocked from what I really wanted to do by my lack of PHP knowledge. But mostly what I wanted was to be able to do was highlight video clips, and I finally found a layout template that had enough space in the sidebar to manage. I can never decide how many columns I need, so this one that lets me sort of have both two and three at the same time is perfect!

Of course, the real reason I needed to move to something with wider sidebars is so I could display my brand spanking new Xbox Live Gamertag. I tell you what, the thing is eating my life. In a good way. Mostly. I’m now addicted to getting achievements, which is encouraging me to replay Call of Duty 2 at the highest difficulty to get more. I never do that. I used to just play games through on Normal difficulty once and then quit; yay for increasing replay value! I also finished Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, which was so great I’m very close to naming it my new favorite RPG, even over Knights of the Old Republic. And that’s saying something. It’s saying a lot, actually. Now I’m lusting after Mass Effect, but I’m going to wait and give it to myself as a post-semester reward. In any case, if you have Live and know me, add me! I don’t know very many people on Live, so I need friends.

It also lets me put last.fm‘s radio widget in there instead of the playlist one; I no longer have full control over the songs, but they’re all recommended based on my musical taste and they’re the full songs rather than the 30-second preview. I think that’s better. Plus I don’t have to feel guilty that I haven’t changed the playlist for months.

Let’s see, anything else new and interesting? Or at least new? Nope, not really. Back to last week’s Grey’s Anatomy. It has Seth Green! I swear, I’m getting to the point where I recognize half of the guest stars on TV. Eliza Dushku was on Ugly Betty last week, which was awesome. I miss her. Did I ever post about the show she and Joss Whedon are working on? I don’t think I did. But they’re working on a new show, and I’m so excited. Okay, rambling now.

New look

My paper due tomorrow is done, the one due Tuesday is only lacking two pages (out of 22, so percentage-wise…) and what I’ve got is looking good, so I took some me time to play with my layout. I’m having trouble keeping both sides of my brain working–when I worked at the bank, the creative/imaginative side got no play (hence the scurrying back to grad school in English), but now that I’m spending 3/4 of my waking moments reading and writing about literature, the analytical side is feeling left out. Coding layouts helps that. (Oh, and dude, I worked on The Frame some, finding a way to incorporate inline media players and such, and I can now totally code html tables in my sleep. I always relied on DreamWeaver’s WYSIWYG interface for that before, but no more! So much more control now.)

Anyway. I’ve been eyeing this layout for a long time–it’s really clean and bright, but it took me a while to sit down and figure out how to smash everything that I had in a three-column layout down into a two column. I did try at first to make this one into a three-column one, and though I was moving in the right direction, my PHP/CSS skillz aren’t quite up to that yet. Now I just have to make a custom banner for the top…I sort of like the default one, but it’s not mine, you know? But that’ll have to wait until the next time I need a procrastination project. You know, nobody’s going to ever believe that I actually do study, because all I ever post about is taking breaks from studying…ooh, did I mention that I was playing Midnight Club 3 and won a race by less than 100th of a second? Seriously, check it out:

Midnight Club 3

I know, right? Awesome. I made so many mistakes that run, too…it was raining, couldn’t see a thing, plus I’d just upgraded my car (Lotus Elise–the thing rocks out), and it always takes a little getting used to the new power and handling.