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New day, new look.

January 21, 2012

So, as is obvious to anyone who’s been on here in the last week – not many btw – I’ve changed the layout, look and general feel of the place. Martin felt I needed to change the look in order to make people want to stay longer and actually read my stuff. I felt I needed to change the look to actually make me commit the time to keep up constant updates rather than leaving weeks or months between them as I’ve done before. There’s still a lot to do and I’ve got what I think is a really nice idea of what to put in the side bar but I’m happy with the top banner and I hope you all like it as well. It actually started off looking like this:

I know it looks like I didn’t change that much, but it did take a while and I’m pretty happy with the result especially as it was my first time using GIMP.  I’ll improve on it or upload something completely different at some point in the future but it’s staying for now.

I also took down my poetry and photography links.  I don’t feel that they were contributing anything at the moment but might add them back again at a later date when I can think of a better way to implement them.  Other than that, everything else is pretty much the same for now.

I didn’t get up to a lot today apart from redesigning things here but I did complete another circle of Hell in Dante’s Inferno.  I’ve been taking the game slowly as it’s actually really entertaining but apparently very short i.e. short enough to complete in one or two sessions.  I don’t have the time to sit down at my Xbox for 4/8 hours right now so I’m happy that it’s split into 9 handy little segments.  It really is a good game though and I highly recommend you pick it up as it’s pretty cheap these days if you buy it pre-owned.  Martin got pretty (scarily) excited when I told him there are dead babies with swords for arms in it so yeah, if that gets you going then buy the game.

I also watched the last episode of Sherlock today and now that the second season is finished, I have to say that I enjoyed it just as much as, if not more than the first.  I don’t know what it is about it that really draws me in, it’s just a really entertaining show and the jokes just hit on my type of humour I suppose.  It’ll be interesting to see where they go with it in the next series which has already been given the greenlight.

I’ve also been reading Dragon’s Den: The Perfect Pitch and I have to say that it’s actually pretty interesting.  I’m not planning on pitching a business idea but it’s still a really interesting read and I think it’ll help me when it comes to doing the huge project I have to take on for college over the next couple of months.  Apart from offering advice on presenting a good pitch, the advice can be carried over to other aspects of your life e.g. a lot of one of the early chapters describes different personalities, what makes them tick and how best to use that to your advantage which is always useful.

Also, for anyone interested in bullshit EULAs, have a quick google for “iBook Author”.  The news is everywhere so it won’t take you long to find out what I mean.

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