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Quickie Newtcam Graphic I made for sweetalyssm‘s banner exchange (bottom link on the right, above subscribe)… until I can gather some artistic resources and produce a better one. Not bad for three minutes’ work.

I wish I could say the same for my website. I’m dissatisfied with it, design wise, but I really don’t know in what direction I want to go. I’ve built and scrapped about 20 designs now. My trouble is that I don’t want it to be too graphics intensive, and I don’t want it to look “too typical”… but there’s only so much you can do with words on a page… especially if your graphic arts skills are weak, at best. I’ve wandered from “cave motif” to just earth-tone colored text, to an “entertaining the first visit, annoying the third” hand-drawn on the palm style. I contemplated having my Livejournal as my homepage, and just tweaking the Flash “Road sign” there to point to the rest of my site.

All good-ish ideas… perhaps I’m just being too finicky. There’s no real deadline to produce the design of the page… but I feel like it’s overdue. Perhaps I need to assign myself a deadline, just so that I’ll act on it… not like I can’t change it again later. Perhaps I’ve been doing too much code… very little artistic goodies like writing or any crafts…. I need to pick up the recorder again. Clear the cobs of colors and sounds, and let the math and structure centers cool down a bit.

I’ll think on it from a more horizontal position… perhaps something will come to me in a dream.

Nigh night, dear journal.

Regarding the Pet Psychic and the Crossing Over guy.

My personal opinion (and I could be wrong, this is just a first impression) is that they are entertainers, using the same routine many, many showmen have used before them. Both are friendly and charismatic, and offer a nice production though my gut says “Nope”. I’m a skeptic, but not a cynic… I’ve seen folks that I think are more intuitive than others, and I believe that the unknown is out there.. and some folks can tap into that… but these two don’t ring true on my inner “paranormal meter”.

That said… whether you buy into their psychic powers or not (or anyone’s, for that matter)… they do bring comfort and happiness to people, and I think that’s far better than what 99.9% of what television has to offer. If they make a million advertising dollars making people smile, and soothing hearts then more power to ’em. Beats television news and Jerry Springer with a blunt object, repeatedly, in my book as long as they’re not leading anyone down a path of real social or spiritual folly.

Well, I’m back, showered and fresh for the day.

Not a single one detected. By the way, all you ‘l33t’ people… the plural is viruses.

Moment of Zen-

However deep your
Knowledge of the scriptures,
It is no more than a strand of hair
In the vastness of space;
However important seeming
Your worldly experience,
It is but a drop of water in a deep ravine.

– Tokusan

Like I would fall for this stuff…

Just got this in the mail… interesting… I seem to have received it a couple of times in my bulk mail box, and one made it through my junk filters to my primary box… I also got it in the form of “A very excite game”, “how are you” and “A IE 6.0 patch “… I don’t recognize the name in the header addy of it, so I can’t write them and let them know to kill the worm. I’ll be interested in seeing if I get it again tomorrow when whoever it is reboots.

I don’t think that I’ve downloaded it, but just to be safe, I’m running the weekly scan I do every Friday again this morning. Well, I’ll let this percolate while I go for my walk. Until later, dear journal.