So I never finished Candymania. Shocking, we can all agree. I just couldn’t come up with anything poignant about that Zagnut bar, other than the obvious Beetlejuice reference. I’ve already made Zagnut/Beetlejuice references so many times.
Then, in a fit of trying to find motivation through clean sheets, I started messing around with my Tumblr theme. Ended up buying one of the premium versions, thinking it was customizable and easy on the eyes. It was neither. When I tried to switch back to the original, I came to the fun realization that I’d neglected to save it anywhere. So, for the moment, I’ve cobbled it back together as best I could. Just need to relocate that image of me looking sad, in clown makeup.
My work schedule has relaxed, finally, and most of what’s on the immediate horizon is “homework.” So I’m trying to get my head back in the game. This Tumblr is a side toy; the main site is the bigger issue. I’ve been purposely neglecting it because it badly needs a revised design. My main issues:
1) That whole top header area is obsolete. Like, way obsolete. I’ve had it since 2005 and while it still looks okay, it just feels old. Plus, nothing in the navbar links to anything useful. Mostly dead pages. I don’t need a “links” page. I’m a hermit. I don’t need a “downloads” page for a bunch of ‘80s commercials in WMV format when they’re all on YouTube now, anyway.
2) The UGO button. I’m no longer part of the UGO network. (If one still exists? I see the site is still up, but know they merged with IGN. Don’t know if they’re continuing as separate entities permanently or what.) I don’t necessarily care that I’m sending the site’s former ad supplier four hits every six months, but it still shouldn’t be there.
3) The main content table width. It’s wide enough to work, but not as wide as I want it to be. The annoying thing is that I’d be fine with a content table even an inch or so wider, but with the way the design was built, that’s impossible to do without a complete and total gutting.
4) …and to that end, the way the whole thing is coded is unbelievably, uh, antique. My pal Brian did an amazing job with the core design (especially for those who remember the site’s main page), but it certainly wasn’t intended for what I want out of X-E now. Even so, the core code was built like seven years ago. It’s a miracle that I can still do anything with it at all, but it’s unforgivingly uncustomizable.
That and so much more. I’ve gotta hire someone to help me with this. In theory, I could choose a theme that better suits what I want and slug it in temporarily, but the fact that anyone could grab the same theme and make the same hacks would drive me batty. I’d rather have the ugly thing if it’s unique. It’s why I always picked the nastiest hamsters with the bluest fur.
I’ll probably throw in the towel and just work with the current design for a while longer. What I want to do won’t happen overnight, anyway.
There really wasn’t much need to post this. Here’s a pink monster with issues: