Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Design and other things

Dave McKean's art

I spent some time yesterday and setup a new design for the blog. A new background and a slightly larger font.

I'm thinking about changing the image at the top, but anything other than Dave McKean's art just doesn't look right. The man has an unparalleled style. Perhaps I'm egotistic in using his work, but I think it fits.

The reason for the change was I felt the old layout was too dark. It wasn't inviting. I'm not sure I'm totally satisfied with this layout, but I want to see how it works. I think it's more accessible.

I've been toying with the idea of buying a new ipod recently. I would like to replace my stolen one, but I'm not sure which one to get. I still have my 1 GB shuffle as I mentioned, it satisfies much of my portable music needs. I'm tempted to get a 120 GB ipod classic. They're somewhat bulky by today's standards, but for that size they're quite nice. That would allow me to take a good chunk of my music (about 1/3) and not have to limit my playlists. The 16 GB ipod nano is another contender--it's a much smaller hard drive, but also a smaller ipod (easier to travel with) and a $50 cheaper.

Other things that I've had my eye on include the Batman "Knightfall" series, in which Batman gets his back broken by Bane, and "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" which is about the death of Batman, written by my favorite author, Neil Gaiman. The "Knightfall" series came out in 1993; "Whatever Happened..." comes out in July. It's not like either will be out of print anytime soon. I'm personally not a big fan of Batman or the traditional superheroes (except Spider-Man) because they seem too perfect. I know they're not; Green Lantern went nuts and killed a lot of people, for example. There's just this untouchable, unrelatable air about them. Spider-Man I always identified with because he has the agility and isn't quite as perfect as the other more "seasoned" super heroes. (Yes, I know Spider-Man has been around almost as long as many of the others. To me he feels different though.) Still, I want the "Knightfall" series and the "Whatever Happened..." because they're well done graphic novels; more self contained and less never-ending series.

Then again, I might just crack and buy Chrono Trigger for the Nintendo DS. It would cost about the same as the "Knightfall" series.

1 comment:

--jeff * said...

compared to superman, batman, and (i think) the green lantern, spider-man is considerably younger....

i've always thought it would be fun to get the "knightfall" series (and whatever the one was where bruce wayne came back), as well as the whole "death of superman", "funeral for a friend", and "return of superman" sagas. but they'd just sit on my shelf, and i'm happy having "bone".