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Well this, at least, actually got done. You may need to refresh your browser's cache in order to get it to display properly if you've visited before. I'm going to try and make the banner text a bit thicker, but the basic image is a satellite photo of the National Mall circa 1988 and I think it looks pretty cool. I may try and get the Begging To Differ people to let me see their code and turn it into a randomly changing series of blue-treated satellite images.

January 10, 2005 | Permalink


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Hate to rain on your parade, but even after emptying my caches and reloading I'm having trouble viewing your redesigned blog with both Internet Explorer 6 and Netscape 7 (on a Windows XP computer).


Internet Explorer 6 -- I don't get the neato-keeno satellite photo in the banner nor the new light blue color scheme, but all text seems readable.

Netscape 7 -- The banner and new light blue color scheme appears fine, but the left margin of the main text column is screwy, cutting off about 30% of the text.

Posted by: Bill | Jan 10, 2005 2:38:01 AM

Put the banner text in a box with a thin black border and some form of solid, single-colour background, white or blue being the obvious candidates. That sat-photo, though way cool, is infinitely too busy for any text superimposed on it to be legible.

Posted by: schwa | Jan 10, 2005 3:14:51 AM

"Internet Explorer 6 -- I don't get the neato-keeno satellite photo in the banner nor the new light blue color scheme, but all text seems readable."

FWIW, although the redesign looks great in Safari, the glitches mentioned above also happen when using IE for Mac (and I know some people who still use that because they haven't made the leap to OS X).

Posted by: Swopa | Jan 10, 2005 3:41:05 AM

Ditto to Schwa about legibility, etc.. In Firefox it looks lovely. In my IE 6 the Left Hand Side Navbar (About/Recent Entires/Blogroll/Professional Work/Blogads/Ad/Your Photo) is all shoved to the bottom below all the entries, and the left hand side blue box itself is empty.

Your new photo reminds me of someone, but I can't figure out who. Thanks, that will keep me up a while longer. . .

Posted by: Saheli | Jan 10, 2005 3:44:42 AM

The link to Crescat Sententia doesn't appear to work.

Posted by: JJF | Jan 10, 2005 4:23:09 AM

You can look at our code anytime you like, Matt.

Posted by: David Weman | Jan 10, 2005 5:32:07 AM

This change looks worse than the previous one. Instead off worrying about the look, you might want to pay attention to the content.

Posted by: raj | Jan 10, 2005 6:14:41 AM

Put the date separators back.

Posted by: EG | Jan 10, 2005 6:39:12 AM

I've looked at the re-design in Firefox (1.0), Netscape Navigator (7.0), and Opera. All have a fairly large and unnecessary black margin on the right. Netscape 7.0 is hopeless. I can't even read the postings using that browser.

Get rid of the margin.

Posted by: Stuart Levine | Jan 10, 2005 6:58:39 AM

In IE 6 again: agreed about the business of the banner jpg. However, you might fix that by just fading it out a lot.

More pressing, the sidebar appears below the main content at the bottom of the page.

The picture looks less "16" though. Good job!

Posted by: B. Ryan | Jan 10, 2005 7:45:09 AM

i demand credit for your now uberprofessional and serious-blogger headshot.
just kidding. it all looks very nice.

Posted by: catherine | Jan 10, 2005 8:12:51 AM

It worked in Opera after a refresh, but I'm not
crazy about the photo and purple right border.

What's with the shadow for the Washington Monument?
It looks like the sun is to the north, which is not

Posted by: Hedley Lamarr | Jan 10, 2005 8:29:22 AM

Oh, and, by the way. Unless your "redesign" is going to do comments in a fresh window, don't bother with the redesign.

Posted by: raj | Jan 10, 2005 8:40:29 AM

Is there a reason why the Washington Monthly is taken off the blogroll?

Posted by: ? | Jan 10, 2005 8:50:12 AM

Oh, and, by the way. Unless your "redesign" is going to do comments in a fresh window, don't bother with the redesign.

Raj, right-click the comments link and select "Open link in new window"....

Posted by: Chris C. | Jan 10, 2005 9:00:28 AM

why do you hate america? don't you know that publishing aerial photos of sensitive sites (the capitol building for god's sake!) is just helping the terrorists?

Posted by: defender of the homeland | Jan 10, 2005 9:30:42 AM

Yeah, the beard definitely makes you look older, but I'm not certain that's a good thing. You had a certain cache with that precocious-cherubic-innocent look you had going. I thought it worked for you. Now you look more like Josh Marshall - so serious. Well, hey, go with it for a while and see if it's really you.

And it's good to see you're drinking steadily.

Posted by: The Navigator | Jan 10, 2005 9:57:05 AM

Nasty. Try again.

Posted by: Brian | Jan 10, 2005 9:57:20 AM

Nice work. The toggle code does wonders for the sidebar material, eh?

Posted by: Kriston | Jan 10, 2005 9:58:07 AM

Let's see—no banner in IE, but I notice in that browser that there's a border on the left that one doesn't see in Firefox. The left column seems skewed pretty far left for a centrist such as yourself, but I think that even if the effect is unintentional you should try to preserve it.

Posted by: Kriston | Jan 10, 2005 10:01:03 AM

Chris: I usually do do the right-button-click bit after I've discovered that the blog proprietor doesn't have the slightest idea how to make it convenient for his customers.

Defender: I was wondering about that myself. On the other hand, notbody would miss anything if the stuff in Matty's pic were to go boom.

Posted by: raj | Jan 10, 2005 10:02:53 AM

Huh. I had the Washington Mall when I first loaded up the page. Now that I refreshed the cache, it's gone. But at least now the blogad and picture are not stuck waaaay at the bottom. But I thought that the sat-photo was very cool, even if you were, what, 7 or 8 when it was taken...?

Oh, and is your picture meant to be all blurry? Is that supposed to be arty or something?

Posted by: Al | Jan 10, 2005 10:11:02 AM

in Firefox the right half of the screen is entirely black; in IE it's less than half but still a wide swath ... is that a political comment?
in IE the About/Recent Entries/Blogroll etc appears way down at the bottom, while in Firefox it appears at the top of the blue band just to the right of the main text.

Posted by: o | Jan 10, 2005 10:12:56 AM

Matt, just let me know, and I'll send you whatever you want via email.

Posted by: BTD Greg | Jan 10, 2005 10:31:32 AM

Left third is cut off for me in firefox.

Posted by: Glenn | Jan 10, 2005 10:34:41 AM

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