Sep 1, 2010

The Verdant Dude 3.0...a work in progress

So I've made some changes around here, as you can see. Or as you might see. Some of you are reading this from your feed readers. If you are, then head on over so you can see what I'm talking about.

Everybody here? Okay, let's continue.

It's not exactly done. I'm not thrilled with the header pic. I love the actual pic that I took it from (courtesy of Hank), but it's a low-res pic and it's a bit fuzzy and pixel-ated when expanded to 760x300. So I have some work to do there. Or you could do it for me! Hey, that's a great idea. If you have a great idea for The Verdant Dude header, send a 760x300 copy over to me ASAP. Thanks!

EDIT: Mucho thanks to Dave2 for cleaning up that header image for me.

Ahem...anyway. The background image is what whiskey looks like under a hi-powered microscope. Cool, huh? And crazy psychedelic. I'm not 100% on board yet, but I kinda dig.

Also, I changed some stuff on my sideboard. Got rid of the list of books that I should be reading that was taunting me. Also the Blogger Follower widget. Sorry if you were into that, but I don't follow 90% of the folks that were following me and I felt guilty just looking at it. Deleting it was easier than following 50 more blogs.

And I'm instituting a little order around here.
  • Every 1st Monday of the month will be for a new feature I wrote about a while back. An issue of a mid-70's Marvel comic-book, and my recollections about the time and place and whatever.
  • Every 2nd Monday of the month will be for movie reviews. Old movies, new movies, porn...whatever.
  • Every 3rd Monday of the month will be for beer reviews. I know I've been letting you all down with my lack of beer reviews (yeah, right!), and I promise to bring the goods.
You can find links to the archives for each category over there on the sideboard.

The rest of the time it will be business or crap as usual. I'm also thinking of changing my avatar to a real-live pic of yours truly. Then again, I've been thinking about that for about two years now.

So, still working on it, but it's a beginning.

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Note: Remember to play the Badgerdaddy Trivia Challenge every day. My recent comment widget isn't working either. Gotta fix that.

26 comments:

Poppy said...

Whatever you write, I'm reading it.

And I'm blaming you for Hurricane Earl's increase in ferocity. Nice job. :p

Mrs. Hall said...

the whiskey on the sides is too busy for me. but, enjoying the de la soul pix.

it's good to mix things up every now and then. score!! :)

i am the diva said...

i like the psychedelic whiskey!

Dave2 said...

If you've found a header you love, I wouldn't dream of doing something different. But I'd be happy to spend a minute trying to clean it up for you, as I agree it's a beautiful image... :-)

http://www.blogography.com/earl/VerdantDude.jpg

The background, however, is a bit distracting... my eyes keep bugging out as I try to read the text. But maybe that's what B.E. Earl is going for? :-)

SK Waller said...

The background reminds me of a bad night I spent on the bathroom floor after taking some dodgy acid back in 1969, but I'm here no matter what you do with the place.

Paticus said...

Digging the new look. Psychedelic whiskey, I like the sound(and look) of that!!

B.E. Earl said...

Poppy - Thanks. I know most people read this stuff in their feed readers. The changes are mostly for me.

Holly - I'm feeling the same way about the background. Busy. I just like the idea of microscopic psychedelic whiskey.

Diva - See?

Dave2 - DUDE! YOU ROCK! And yeah about the distracting/busy background. Not sure what I'm going to do there.

Steph - Sounds like a bad/good night.

Paticus - Had a feeling you would dig. :)

white rabbit said...

Oi Earl! There's a bloke with a tree growing out of 'is 'ead at then top of your blog.

Someone should have a word...

B.E. Earl said...

Wabbit - he's the titular Green Man, er, Verdant Dude, er...huh? Yeah.

sybil law said...

Well, I love it!!!
Except how it reminds me how much my own blog sucks.
Anyway, I do love it!

B.E. Earl said...

Sybil - Aw thanks...

Slyde said...

if you want to use a picture of my junk as your masthead, let me know and i'll send you one.

i mean, ANOTHER one...

Mrs. Hall said...

now that you've widened the center panel, it is better with the crazy psychedelic whiskey.

but, maybe you can tweak the colors so they are more green in spectrum?

B.E. Earl said...

Slyde - The name of the blog isn't Wee Man, so I'll pass.

Holly - I haven't widened the center panel. ???

Kevin Spencer said...

I like it. Some serious crazy psychedelia going on in the background there mate. Woah.

savannah said...

far out, man ;~D xoxoxoxox

Avitable said...

I'm a fan, and I like your new blogging plan. Man. Stan. Klan.

B.E. Earl said...

Kevin - It may be temporary, but I'm gonna leave it up for at least a little while.

Savannah - yeah, well...far out!

Avitable - It always winds up with the Klan, doesn't it? ;)

Mrs. Hall said...

that's weird. at work the center panel's all wider. at home it's smaller.

:)

Always Home and Uncool said...

Why's the Jolly Green Giant got a tree sprouting from his head? Ho, ho, ho!

B.E. Earl said...

Holly - different browsers/settings is all.

Uncool - It's a personal hygiene issue. He doesn't like to talk about it. Congrats on coming in #1, by the way! I tried to vote every day.

Kate said...

I like the fresh new look! Nice.
Your devotion to Monday blog themes is impressive, too.

B.E. Earl said...

Kate - well see if I can stick to it. ;)

hello haha narf said...

mmmmmmmmm, whiskey! (way cool. it looks good on my browser here at work. i mean not at work. i'm ummmm....yeah...ummm. well, it looks good on this machine!)

(i gotta start blogging again so i can get my happy ass back on your blog roll. bad, bad becky!

B.E. Earl said...

Becky - See what happens when you stop blogging? YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS? Ahem...hi!

marty mankins said...

I like the whiskey under the microscope background. It's distracting is many ways, but since it's alcohol, that's not a bad thing.. is it?