55 thoughts on “Why, Yes, I Am Fiddling With the Background Again

  1. Okay… So I’ve got the season and the fruit wrong. Idea #2: How about using some of Athena’s illustrations from her stories?

  2. Actually, anonymous, I was originally going to post a piece of Athena’s artwork as the background. And I still might, later.

  3. I notice you also seem to have acquired one of those funky-fresh “favorite icon” thingies, complete with an massive, ominous “W”.

  4. I like the font for “Whatever”, but this background makes me feel ….. all swirly inside…and..(Ohm, Owmp)…. I held it in. No worries.

  5. I could debate him at length with the art history minor – oh, and someone else doing my work so I could sleep enough to think straight. I just think VVG is… common, popular, cliched perhaps? I mean, frigging beautiful too and starry night just makes me frak out with it kineticism and beauty.

    How about skulls? Who doesn’t love skulls? No one’s doing much with skulls these days. Except goths. Metalheads. Rappers. Christians. Buddhists.

  6. I think Chang, who gets something for having an Art Minor, means it really isn’t germane. Anybody could have Brother, Lend Me Your Ear on their blog or website.

    Skulls are cool. Buddhists do amazing things with skulls. You could also find skulls and possibly flayed cats if you looked at the late Soviet Polish Poster artists.

  7. Flayed cats: teh ewwwww.

    I tell you I like the color scheme, perhaps not the VVG. The blue is nice, but then I gravitate towards that (I am also Dutch like VVG. Perhaps crazy, too). I see you returning to something celestial with this, just not in the VVG mode. Also, the deco font is killing me. It’s done. Cliched. Please don’t hate a chang because he’s right.

  8. I like that the background doesn’t move. It makes it so I’m not glancing around looking for borders and sharp edges.
    But it is your site, and if I hate what you do with it, I can wait a week and it’ll probably change.

  9. Well, we’ve had Photorealist, Deco, monochrome and, now, Impressionist.

    H’mm.

    How about 60s-style psychedelic day-glo? Some old Fillmore West concert posters, now; that oughta drive your 30-and-under readers totally mad.

  10. The colors are pretty good, but you have to see Vincent’s stuff in person. It is truely mind blowing and CMYK and RGB just can’t grasp the energy of the original. And opposite of VVG, but another example of having to see the things in person, is Wyeth. I saw a exhibition at the Canton Museum. The paintings were gorgeous and rich. The catalog sucked mighty-ly.

    CaseyL, I have a whole book of those posters. I had to knock an old lady down to get it (last copy at the RnR HoF in Cleveland). It was worth it. I love that type and form.

  11. I have been using some of your site CSS as and example for re-designing a blog of my own, and all this “background changing” is making it harder to relate the CSS back to the appearance. Stay on target. I mean, I bet you never thought of all the possible effects of your background changing, did you? :)

  12. Can I request Elvis on black velvet for the next iteration of the Whatever The Heck Is That?

    (This isn’t meant to badmouth Vincent, and I have a couple of Van Gogh prints around my own house, but I’m just suddenly craving Elvis.)

  13. Thank god you got rid of the black/maroon with two white stripes. It looked like somebody’s sweatpants.

    I like colors (I loved the original vertical color stripe!) but I like scrolling, too… Better a break where the pattern wraps, sez I. I can scroll based on which part of the image I want to focus on, then…

  14. I just have one question.
    How did you get the picture from the back of my eyelids on your website as a background?
    Hmmmmm…
    Curiouser and curiouser..

  15. I like it, one vote yes. Although the suggestion to use the Chinese Magazine cover would be teh awesome too I think.

  16. I was thinking the Scream as more appropriate as well. However, that is even more overdone than Starry Night. In the alternative, I suggest:

    http://www.postershop.com/Chagall-Marc/Chagall-Marc-Le-champ-de-mars-7600003.html

    and:

    I was looking for a specific painting by Chagall, but now I can’t find it. Maybe it is in seclusion, because I saw it in a Sotheby’s (or Christy’s) catalog 20 years ago. I think it was Chagall, and it had a blue background with a red angular devil playing a flute on the lower left, and on the right was a tree of some sort. There were lovers or women dancing around (or above?) the tree, and in the upper right there was a red crescent moon. But it doesn’t appear to be online, or perhaps it isn’t by Chagall. But it is really cool looking.

  17. I know I have been rather negative to your last versiones of background, but this one is really nice. It’s special – it’s colourful, but not hurtfully so, and it fits with your books (it makes me think of the earth seen from space).

  18. I like this background! John, I started reading you right before Christmas in response to the article about you in the U of C alumni mag, I’m class of ’82.

  19. I’m glad for the change. It’s easy on my eyes. I loved the crabapples and leaves here when I first started reading. I thought that particular look was striking and original.

    Obviously you’re having a ball with this stuff and though people seem to be full of advice, I will only recommend that you continue to have fun with everything on Whatever.

  20. Been a reader of He-Who-Tapes-Bacon-To-Felines for about a year and am answering the call to arms, as it were. Hopefully the Hardbacks, Trade Paperbacks and Mass-Market Paperbacks can set aside their differences and come together for the sake of the kids. The video last week was…appalling. In all seriousness, this is a great thing you’re doing with the donation Mr. Scalzi. Your blog rocks!

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