DON’T PANIC: Changing Designs

I’ve decided I’m officially bored with Whatever’s design, which has been the same for about two years now. I’ll be making some changes today, effective around 3pm Eastern. Between then and whenever I’ve said I’ve stopped, the blog may look weird or wonky for a bit, and features may disappear, reappear, or otherwise flicker and shift. Don’t worry, I’ll figure it out.

40 Comments on “DON’T PANIC: Changing Designs”

  1. Not that you asked, but it would be WONDERFUL if you changed your profile picture. I didn’t especially like it the first time I saw it, and it really wears over time. Remember that this is practically the only time most of us see you, which means that you are etched in our minds with one eyebrow raised perpetually.

  2. Which youth hostel in the outer spiral arm of the Milky Way makes the best Harvey Wallbanger?


    You said “Don’t Panic!”

  3. I should note that I am likely not to be paying attention to recommendations at this point — right at the moment it’s all about me fiddling with the details.

  4. Fiddling with details while Whatever burns.

    Actually, I quite like how it is at the moment. Maybe I’ll like the next iteration even better. Who knows?

  5. I don’t like Change.

    Ps. the Post comment button is missing when using IE as a browser (work computer)
    Also the website is running extremely slow since the switch over.

  6. It occurs to me that it’s very sad Douglas Adams did not live long enough to see the release of the Portal games, because I think he’d have loved them dearly.

    “Good news. I figured what that thing you just incinerated did. It was a morality core they installed after I flooded the Enrichment Center with a deadly neurotoxin, to make me stop flooding the Enrichment Center with a deadly neurotoxin. So get comfortable while I warm up the neurotoxin emitters. “

  7. I was the same as you, then I’ve changed my blog’s theme at least twice this year. I’m enjoying the change though =)

    Enjoy the switch!

  8. “Watching the days go by….Same as it ever was, same as it ever was.” — Talking Heads

  9. I’m currently reading this with IE8. The text of reader comments is laid out in a box that’s roughly centered on the page. When I have my browser window fairly narrow (looks like 1200 pixels or so), that looks fine, centered between the comment author section and the pinkish-gray bar on the right.
    But when I expand the page to full width, e.g. 1920 pixels, the text boxes are wider and farther right, underneath the pinkish bar, which starts about 2/3 of the way across the page. That also made it a bit tough to enter this comment, since its box is partly underneath the pinkish bar, and so was the “post comment” button.

  10. This time I’m reading it with Firefox 17.0.5, and the layout works fine with a wide window, though with a narrow window the pinkish bar vanishes.

  11. I think that anyone commenting before you’re finished fiddling is a little like putting newspaper down on a freshly waxed linoleum floor so you can walk across it, which, if you were alive in the fifties and your mother used liquid wax on the floor to make it shiny [but you got confused and thought the floor was just wet with water], makes the paper stick to the floor like Superglue — so much so, that the newspaper has to be removed with a scraper. I’m just sayin’.

  12. I want to put hugelkultuered garden beds and swale paths on your hillsides. Just sayin’ neither here nor there, only your new header photo makes me think about it. Love the updated design here.

  13. Is it just me or do the post headlines look REALLY BIG? Often stuff like this is just me (well, my browser), but otherwise I really like the new design.

  14. Don’t imagine too many folks will pick up on an obscure Apollo 12 reference, stoicjim, but I still liked it. :^)

  15. At the moment (in Firefox and in Chrome), the headlines make me think John is shouting in excitment about *everything*. :-)

  16. So the jsbg.jpg thing made me think that my laptop screen was broken, since wiping it clean didn’t make it go away. Well played.

  17. @stoicjim, Canyon42: just goes to show the importance of all-weather testing.

  18. This new theme looks like it’s mobile-enabled.

    I’m not sure how I feel about that – it tends to leave my iPad browsing experience looking like a blown-up iPhone.

    Then again, comments appear to work much, much better in this incarnation – no more disappearing text box!

    But the preview shows over dark green, not white, making it hard to read.

    Keep up the good work!

  19. @studer: I had the exact same thing happen to me many months ago. I’m glad I’m not the only one.

    Ditto on preview showing over green instead of white.

  20. It needs to be more flat. Or less flat…or more skeuomorphic. Or less. I dunno, what’s Jony Ive say about it? He’s not busy right now.

  21. Looks good. I like having the comments link at the bottom of the post, instead of the top. It was slightly annoying to have to scroll back up to see the comments. (If that’s how it was. If not, I’m thinking of somewhere else and you can ignore the previous sentence.)