September 22nd, 2006


playful robots in the picture palace

Use Livejournal's Scrapbook function? Infuriated by it? Me, I routinely end up swearing about its inadequancies, and not only because LJ treat their scrap-book users as an informal beta testing group for unpopular new features*.

All hail the great and glorious tinyjo, then, for making my scrapbook look decidely groovy. In fact, I think it's now ahead of my main journal in looks and useability ... of course, there's no fixing the irritating back-end "features", but it's amazing how much less annoying they are when the end results are pretty and functional galleries. Anyone else fancy cleaning up their scrapbook? Easy-to-follow implementation instructions are here. It's based on Expressive, so all of the expressive designs are available -- that night sky one, the cityscapes, the zen thingy, all of them. Note: it's got a lot of customisation options, so you'll need a cup of tea and a clear 20 minutes.

In other news, I finished that pirates book. Next job's probably to re/read those Neal Stevenson books. You know, the really fat ones ... best discovery of the book was not a pirate at all but a notorious whore of Port Royal, name of Mary Carleton, the self-styled German Princess (you'll have to scroll down a bit to get to her story). Somehow I don't see her getting her own documentary any time soon, though. Torture, rape and murder, after all, are fine entertaining tea-time fare -- but prostitution, bigamy, swindling and "fair high breasts"? Oh dear me no.

* OK, maybe that was just the once, but I didn't even get so much as one extra userpic to make up for the horrendous blinding inconvenience of having a broken Rich Text Editor foisted on me.
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