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Okay, more housekeeping.

The new layout: For those of you just joining us, the goal was to make the layout, particularly the comment posting boxes, more accessible to anyone with visual impairment. I threw "November Day" up here just to have something clean and legible for the Oscar liveblog, but... now I actually like it. I went through every single other layout LJ offers, tested more than a dozen of them full-size, and kept coming back to this one. In fact, I don't even think I want to go back to Component now; it looks cluttered and small in comparison. Problem: This layout does not have an option to change any of the colors. So we're staying with it in teal for this week, and then foresthouse and I are going to work on the CSS code over the weekend and shift all the hex codes to purple hues. I had a few people who said they liked the teal better (if it weren't an issue of persona, I'd actually be perfectly happy with it myself), but I also had people who were touchingly distraught at my non-purple existence. So we'll at least see what it looks like changed, live, so we can tweak it. Here's what a screencap of the current layout looks like with the hue shifted in Photoshop and lightened/desaturated a bit, both a warm purple and a cool purple:

I think it's time for a poll.

Poll #1712184 OMG LAYOUT

Which layout should we go with?

The new layout with the default teal colors
The new layout in warm purple
The new layout in cool purple

On the upside, my parents are both down for the count with a third iteration of Death Blarg, but somehow, I have managed to dodge it this time. I am hoping that better health and weather will lead to an improved awesomosity forecast.

That said, we had a freak hailstorm yesterday:

Here's what fell out of the sky on Twitpic

A quick linkspam:

Jane Russell, prominent actress in the 1940s, 1950s, dies at age 89 in California.

Want a free copy of Diane Duane's fantasy novel "A Wind from the South"? Last chance!

Snackfood Deathmatch starts today.

@SuperHeroHype Hathaway Says She is Definitely Catwoman as Well.

After this whole Oscars business... I am not looking forward to this.

Re: the Oscars: @justinpie: @cleolinda My favorite part was when Billy Crystal cast his Patronus Charm in the form of Bob Hope.

Superman Reboot Targeting Viggo Mortensen For General Zod Role?

ICYMI: Hailee Steinfeld told us she's met with The Hunger Games director Gary Ross to talk Katniss.

Now on Twitter: Director Chris Weitz! Lyra should be pleased. ("@chrisweitz: They play dance music in the bathrooms of the airplanes on Virgin Atlantic, to remind you that you are awesome.")

Updated and Possible Storyline for Tarantino's Upcoming Spaghetti Western. 

Check out this year's Oscar winning short film, God Of Love. 

Christian Dior to fire designer John Galliano after he made anti-Semitic remarks, fashion giant saysNatalie Portman (the face of Dior Cherie perfume) speaks out about Dior chief John Galliano's racist rant.

And finally: After you go see the PG-13 cut of The King's Speech, come back and watch this gif.

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Um, I think that both images link to the same one.

omg why is my life SO HARD


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I need for you to be purple again. D:

I feel oddly proud of myself for making it into your linkspam with my glorious gif. (or rather not mine...just something I randomly found on tumblr)

I like the layout just as it is, but the purple is nice too. (Personally, Im more of a blue person than purple). I hate all the LJ default layouts, however, there are tons of communities out there that give out custom code for layouts. I like using those the best. I can generally find something that is close to what I want and then I tweak the colors and background/header to my liking. Its super easy.

I can give you layout communities recommendations if you want them! =D

I like the cleaned up side navigation a lot!

Yeah, I think that's what's really drawn me to it. That, and the jaunty calendar. Not thrilled with the entry icon being on the far side of the screen rather than at the beginning of the text, but you can't have everything.

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that's so funny because i am EXACTLY the opposite! i prefer cool purple overall but i think warm purple is more "cleo"


I am a definite fan of the more blueish purple (and let me suggest making your default icon the same purple as the final layout purple). Is there anything wrong with using your old repeating purple lady background instead of the solid border? I could do that if you want?

I mean, how else will you spruce this place up for Halloween?

Edited at 2011-03-02 01:49 am (UTC)

Yeah, I can adjust the icon to whichever color we end up with. I don't know if the old background would really look good, even in a small capacity, with this layout, though. I can use it as an icon now and then if I want to. Basically, I think we're going to try to get as far as changing the colors before we look into anything more complicated. It's entirely possible that we might put a larger header in later, if I can think of something I'd like.

I just think the teal is a good contrast to your icon. The one I often see uses a purple/magenta/

Personally, I like the cooler purple, but I think the warmer purple is closer to your original layout.

Y'all have been having some crazy weather down in Alabama, haven't you?

Yeah, it was 78 degrees the day before. It got a little cooler yesterday, and then BAM! Ice cube storm.

Warmer colors are more welcoming, as well as being more "you" in my head, since I seem to remember your old layout being a warm purple. So I vote warm!

Also, I am sad about Galliano. He was one of my favorite designers and then... this. It sucks that somebody who makes such beautiful things can be so horrifying inside.

I like this layout. It seems easier, somehow. But, yeah, it is throwing me off that you are not purple.

Hailee Steinfeld = Katniss
Anne Hathaway ≠ Catwoman

I really like the new layout! And I voted for warm purple, but the cool purple is nice too.

The PG-13 King's Speech thing just makes me so ANGRY. It's such an obvious money-grab, and it's not even necessary. Anyone who hasn't seen the movie yet either never will, or will want to now that it's won Best Picture. It's just...ARGH.

Also, yeah, I like the new layout! I'm cool with all three color choices, so that's neat.


BUT it means that my dad will actually go see it without my having to convince him that it's not a "bad" R-rated movie.

He has a ~conviction about R-rated movies, I can't even.

I like the cool purple best, but I think the warm purple is more the Cleolinda colors.

This is kind of funny in a coincidental sense. I just recently felt the need for change of my journal style and also went through every style LJ has to offer (for free accounts, at least). November Day was the very same one I liked the best (though I'm partial to the sidebar on the left), but I didn't keep it on because I wasn't crazy about the teal. I know hex codes well enough to tweak it, I just hadn't thought about it I guess (or maybe style tweaks aren't an option for free accounts? I don't know). But this style has everything I wanted, component wise, so I might go back and try again!

Do we know which version of The King's Speech will make it to DVD?