Review of

Reviewed: Bubs
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Note: I am reviewing skin 7, “My Doodleblog”.

The first thing I see upon getting to your site is the doodle, smack-bang in the middle. Not such a bad thing, as it’s a cute doodle – but I think it dominates the screen. The layout is lovely, and the colours simply drift into each other, I don’t think the doodle should be allowed to detract from that. My suggestion is to decrease the size of the doodle, or link a thumbnail version of to a pop-up or the archives so we can see the full version *if* we want to.

The layout works. I don’t can’t think of a better way to put that sentence. The layout just works. Despite using a variety of colours, the pale pastel shades fit well together and give the page a unique and relaxing look. You text is appropriately sized, and I’m glad you used verdana – it seems to “fit” with pastel shade layouts, because of its chunkiness. The fact that you’ve used different sizes in the sidebar, and different link effects is ‘cute’ – it makes the page more appealing, and less ’static’ – change is good.

The page loaded at a reasonable speed, and although you’ve got a few images here and there, I think they complement the layout – especially the day headings for the weblog entries. Certainly something I’d not seen before. I am glad you’ve got your own set of smilies – especially designed to fit the line height too, great stuff!

I don’t like your navigation. When the skin first loaded I assumed the navigation would be on the left-hand side with all of the other menu content, and it wasn’t. My brain did not register that the yellow-green row was anything other than a divider, to split the doodle from the rest of the content. Also, the link initial is confusing – I don’t like having to hover to find out where I’m going. I think this really lets the rest of the layout down.

Once I got used to the navigation, I found your content. You have some great content, and I love the way you’ve set things out – the little pink bullet is *too* cute. However, I am curious as to why you’ve indented the start of your paragraphs in your Autobiography, yet in Love there is no indentation. On the rest of your pages you’ve indented the whole paragraph or nothing at all. I think you should stick to indenting the first line of each paragraph on the pages with large amounts of text, because it looks better. It adds to the consistancy and overall perfection of the layout too.

Talking of layouts, I want to know why you’ve not used “Image 9″ from artwork in a layout (skin)?! It’s one of the cutest images I’ve seen on your site, and would work so well with pastel pinks and something chunky – big fonts, etc. This is merely a suggestion, of course.

On your ‘Random Facts’ page, you’ve spelt cigarette wrong. It is cigarette, not “cigarrette”. On your “Love” page you have typed “we” twice – “was the night before we we left for college”. On “Reading Material” under “The Perfect Guy”, you use chat speak, which makes you appear less intelligent than you really are – you’ve also misspelled appreciate – “or even if they r bad u appreaciate the effort to make u laugh”. On the same page under “Insanity” you’ve missed the hyphen from co-workers (“your coworkers address you by your wrestling name”). Also on the same page, under “Feel Better”, the comma after ‘world’ in the first sentence is not needed, nor is the comma after ‘you’ in the fifth sentence. You’ve combined every night to “Everynight” – add the space. On the 14th line, replace the comma after them with a semi-colon to be grammatically correct.

You’ve got a good amount of content – it is obvious to me that you like/respect your visitors. I think it’s quite generous of you to offer your groovy smilies, and those adorable webpage goodies. Your list of downloadable fonts is nice – do you have permission from the creators to redistribute them? On that topic, have you ever thought of making your own font? You have lovely handwriting! Check out I love your Radio Blog – I’ve never seen that on a website before.

Looking at your coding I felt quite ashamed. I don’t have any right to be reviewing you – you are really quite talented! You’ve mastered XHTML, CSS (and tableless CSS), PHP, and more. I checked your validation results on as many pages as my poor little hands would allow, and I can’t find *any* errors – round of applause to you. I tried to find errors, and was left speechless – you’ve done a fabulous job.

With the exception of a few spelling/grammar errors your site was a pleasure to read through, colourful yet pleasing to the eyes and very well coded. Try and do something with your navigation though – it is really quite frustrating. Overall, I loved your site, and adored the fact I didn’t have to critique your coding. Well done.

In The Paper

Because of strikes at the place Karl works at, I wrote in a letter (supposedly for the letters page) on Monday telling the strikers that I think they’re being selfish, and not putting the children first — which is what teaching is about. Anyway, i’ve been looking out ever since Monday, waiting for my letter to appear.. and Karl just rang me telling me it was printed, but not on the letters page.

I made the front page. :o

See the article

Happy 2004!

Happy New Year! (In 2 minutes 50 seconds…)

Cross-posted from Livejournal

oh, the week keeps getting worse…

Either our group assignment was destined to fail from the start, or stupidity is contagious (sp?).

I have been working my fucking ARSE off all bastard morning to get this God forsaken Multimedia assignment as finished as we can make it ready to hand in today, because Peter wants it back over Christmas. How lovely of him.

Anyway, I started working on the actual presentation, which was all going great.. added quite a few slides. Vicky was working her butt off finishing the storyboard completely, doing the test plan, etc.. which the two lads helped me write up some information. This was splendid.

All this work was being saved in pieces on various U: drives (on the network, U:\ is our personal drive). So, as Peter suggested a couple o’ weeks ago, we put all of the work grouped together in a folder on the W drive. Unfortunately, this is shared by all students in the college but most are usually respecting of others work.

Anyway, did a ton more on the presentation, and went to save when I encountered an error about file paths or somesuch. I checked the W: drive and some cunthead had changed the name of our folder. I think I knew straight away it was either Tom or Chris from year 2. Turns out it was Chris.

So.. eventually he stops doing it, and we continue on. 15.. 30 minutes later I go to save again (I have been saving in the mean time, but they saved no problem..). It gives me another error, so I check the drive and our folder is gone. So, I flick back to the presentation and because of the stupid fucking error, PP has crashed and i’ve just lost all of my fucking work. At roughly the same time and for some stupid reason, Vicky deletes the new storyboard thinking it’ll be fine on the W: drive before realising it’s not ON the W: drive.

To cut a long story short, several documents were lost, and I had to spend the last 30 minutes of the lesson re-doing parts of the old storyboards to catch it up to steam and correcting every other moron’s fucking errors. Why is it that people are so dense? I ask for nothing from my friends other than to put their full effort into this presentation, and it’s like asking a fucking 1month old baby the difference between cheddar and edam. (Stupid.. impossible even?).

Thanks to Chris-I-don’t-know-when-to-stop-a-joke-that’s-not-funny & wank-stain Will’s original errors, I’ve lost a ton of work, my on-time mark for this assignment & my temper.

Add this to the fact I still can’t get to my mail, Simon has been trying to talk to me all morning about passports and fuck knows what else, today has gone rather fabulously. Oh, and Livejournal is being an arse and slower than i’ve seen it in a long time. What was that about abolishing invite codes being a good thing..?

*sigh* I want Karl.

Is it possible to get Monday Blues on a Tuesday? Today shall be named Tantrum Tuesday. :P