August 1st, 2006

Animals: Cat (Black & moon)

New Site Scheme - Again

LJ have revised the beta site scheme in accordance with some of the feedback received.

1. It should work on 800x600 without objects stepping all over each other.
2. The redundancy of links has been minimized. The links under "View Your" have been integrated into the menus.
3. Many of you said that FAQ search was something that you often used, and that locating the link only in the footer was an inconvenience. We didn't create a new menu for it, but we integrated FAQ search into the global search box a few weeks ago.
4. Many of you said that you really missed having the friends filter readily available, so we added that to the Friends menu.
5. The pencil is back! YAY. Removing the pencil was always intended to be temporary because we wanted to fit in the feedback link, but so many of you were worried about the pencil, and we were really moved. :)
6. As for the looks, there were a lot of differing opinions,. Some people loved it. Others hated it. The text is too big. The text is too small. It's too blue. It's not nearly blue enough. WTF Arial?!! Eek. We took a shot at making some improvements. Hopefully, it doesn't turn you into stone when you look at it.

The fact that they won't create a new menu for FAQs strikes me as being very odd indeed. I for one do not believe that it's intuitive to toddle off to the search box to search the FAQs. If you want help, a lot of the time you're not really sure what you want until you see the list of possibles. Yes, you can do that, by going to the bottom of the page, but if you're on a laptop or need a lower resolution, then it won't appear on the screen, you have to scroll. I know that a lot of people look for FAQs as part of their 'first impressions' of a site. So given that they did seem to incorporate a fair bit of 'many of you said' items, I'm surprised they didn't do it with FAQs.

For more details go here: The New Site Scheme is official. Or, if you just want to see what it now looks like go to Browse Preferences and select 'Beta Navigation'.

I still do not have a definitive answer as to whether XColibur and Dystopia will continue to exist. I asked burr86 if he could find out, after he said he didn't know for certain, and it's gone silent on that front. To me that answers the question, but as I said before that could just be my cynical mind at work.
Animals: Cat (Black & moon)

Book quote meme

Snaffled from about half my f-list :-)

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

'The inferior border corresponds to the point of unction of the base of the trochanter with the outer surface of the shaft; it is rough, prominent, sightly curved and give attachment to the upper part of the Vastus externus muscle. The anterior border is prominent, somewhat irregular, as well as the surface of bone immediately below it; it affords attachment by is outer part to the Gluteus minimus. The posterior border is very prominent, and appears as a free rounded edge, which forms the back part of the digital fossa'.

This is from Gray's Anatomy by Henry Gray F.R.S. (which happened to be on my desk, hence it was the nearest book!)
Animals: Cat (Black & moon)

Fanfiction Meme

Snaggled from lonelywalker.

Ask me anything you want about any of my stories: how I thought of the idea, what I did to write it, what I was thinking when I wrote it, what I feel about it now, what I wish I'd done differently, etc. Or ask any of the characters from particular stories something you want to know, and get an answer from them. Or both.
Animals: Cat (Black & moon)

Story Links - July 2006

July was a very lean month on the story front :-(

Herewith links to the stories I wrote in July 2006. All are slash.

I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

PAIRING: Gibbs/Ducky (NCIS)

TITLE: Together

SUMMARY: Gibbs really is Ducky's life. An established relationship story.

WARNING Major character death.

TITLE: Earth To Earth

SUMMARY:  The past does tend to catch up with one. An established relationship story.

WARNING Major character death.

TITLE: The Little Things

SUMMARY: Sometimes it's the little things that touch us most of all. An established relationship story.

TITLE: Foreshadowing

SUMMARY: Abby has a dream. And Gibbs and Ducky have an unnerving experience on the streets of Washington DC. Could there be any truth in what both people claim to have 'seen'? An established relationship story.

TITLE: Counting The Cost Part One Part Two

SUMMARY: Gibbs overhears something about his oldest friend that will change both of their lives forever. A first time story.

WARNING This is not a light, fluffy story. It has a fairly strong homophobic content.