So, I finished updating the look of my website. The structure still needs some serious work, and I want a series of random banners, but for now what’s there will be fine.
So here are some questions:
- Does everyone feel an irresistible urge to dance in his or her apartment alone when listening to Björk’s Post album? Because, yes indeed, I do. And I’m wondering if I’m the only one. (And the Homogenic album does it to me too, but less.)
I think I wrote about a hundred hours’ worth of SF game stuff while listening to Björk’s music, by the way. Most of it was during the time when my friend Kat and I were running and online game called Stellar Region. I’d say that about 80% of my emails were written listening to this one tune I used to put on repeat, because of its edginess. It was the song “Pluto” from the album Homogenic… it used to make me write this really harsh dialogue, and think up the craziest alien logic and technologies. Just ask Kat, if you don’t believe me.
It strikes me that the Stellar Region setting would probably work okay for a play-by-blog RPG game online, but I have no time to set something like that up now. I have my fingers in too many online (and too few offline) pies already.
- I was looking up the Safavids, out of curiosity, because they’re a group that is mentioned, but not discussed, in the novel I am reading right now. So anyway, I looked them up online, and while reading an article titled Women in the Timurid and Safavid Dynasties, I ran across this picture, which I think is just lovely. Don’t you agree?
The painting, by one Riza Abbasi, is titled “Youthful Lovers”, and I think it’s just exquisite. The author of the article claims that Safavid art was very influenced by Timurid art, but I also think it’s important to note what he goes on to say about how some powerful unmarried women in Safavid society were profoundly important to the arts. Something in the painting struck me as to cause me to think, ah, of course! when I read that note about female patronage of the arts in Safavid society.
Anyway, I think it’s a wonderful painting.
- Applying massive structural changes to a blog is, as one of my online friends commented to me, not different from building a whole new website. There are always dozens of little things that go wrong and need to be fixed. I am hoping to make some changes in the general structure of my webpage’s components so that later updates will be easier… but it’s always a challenge to think of every possible contingency. However, the fresh feeling I get from checking out my new post with a new background behind it is enough for me to update every few months, despite the trouble it costs me…