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Monday, September 26, 2005

Dude Gets Technical

Okay - I want to get a few boring things out of the way today.

1. I am soliciting informative comments on how I can spiff up the ole Blog. In particular, I was hoping to do three things . . . I want to create a cooler looking banner for the top. I want to include a picture link along the side that shows what book I am currently reading and I was also hoping to activate the links section. I am a borderline idiot on HTML, so any easily followable helping hints would really be choice.

Thanks in advance on that.

2. I have to pass on a link that has been eating up my freetime. I just get such a kick out of it.


It is a comic creator using the Redmeat comic characters as a framework.

(Be warned that it gets a tinsy bit addictive.)

Here are a couple of my own submissions -



(The Management)

Ben O.


Blogger NYPinTA said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

11:51 AM  
Blogger NYPinTA said...

In your template is where the "I power blogger" icon is located. Under that, you can create more buttons following what they have for theirs but with a picture of the book instead.
I was going to post an example but it keeps regecting my post because of the html.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Spinning Girl said...

If you'd like a snazzy logo for your blog, maybe my pal over at bloglogo can help you!
Thanks for visiting me!

1:47 PM  
Blogger Mrs.T said...

OH! it will all be oo-la-la! Tell me how you do it once you get it all done.. and no techno mumbo jumbo, speak english please ;)

1:51 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Nypinta - did you delete the first comment? Just askin. Please give me some additional info on how to create more buttons below the ipower blogger button.

Sounds cool

Ben O.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Spinning Girl said...

do you know how to link in text? Click on the link symbol in your composer window & paste all the http:// blah blah stuff in there. Then you can make your own title for it in your text, like this: build some meat!

2:08 PM  
Blogger Spinning Girl said...

oops, I screwed that up. But I hope you get the point. It works on the bloglogo one.

I'll go now.

2:08 PM  
Blogger NYPinTA said...

Yeah, I deleted the first post. Stupid typos.

I keep trying to just add an example, but it won't let me. Stupid blogger.

2:55 PM  
Blogger NYPinTA said...

Email me what book you want to link and maybe I could email you back the html text to just cut and past into your template, since I can't post it in the comment section.
Again, stupid blogger!

3:02 PM  
Blogger holli said...

I just don't have the energy to spiff up the old blog.. so if you had blogger block last Friday - maybe you're internally rebelling and you don't know it!!

yay for internal rebellion!!

I'm a web designer for a half a billion dollar medical company and I haven't done a damned thing with my blog. I'm tapped out.

Just say to yourself - pretty on the inside. :)

Oh wait - you're a guy.. that might be too feminine. Dammit - do it anyway.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

See, that's why they have blog templates - so lazy people like me don't have to get clever with html an' stuff.
Sorry, I'm no help at all. Just stopped by to say hello :-)

1:05 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Terri - hello . . . you're no help


thanks all for coming by - regardless of the level of so-called "help"

I don't know why I suddenly got embarrased by the lame look of my blog - I guess one of the reasons I started the thing in the first place was to improve my knowledge of html and all the other "behind the scenes" internet things.

What better time to start than now?

Ben O.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

Um, yeah, I started mine so I could share photos & stuff with ppl back home... and somehow it morphed into an outlet for me to voice some of the sh*t spinning around in my head.
HTML is the least of my worries.
Although I GOTTA get rid of all that PINK sometime!!!

1:28 PM  
Blogger Johnny Retail said...

I'll give your banner/logo a whirl. I just did a couple tonight that I posted on my site for other bloggers.
I'll start yours tomorrow night.

My mission is to have no one using the lame template banners.


5:50 PM  
Blogger Lingo Slinger said...

Dude... Lovin the meat link!! Thanks a lot... Gives me something else that I don't have time for do do in my "free time" (which isn't really free and I shouldn't really be doing what i'm doing with it).

BTW - I dabble in web & graphic design (although my blog is a standardized Blogger one). I do business cards for people and have designed flyers for clubs and stuff. If you want me to do you a banner graphic for the top of your blog, let me know... I'll do it for free... No charge, and it will look stellar. Just shoot me an email let me know what look and feel you are aiming for and i'll do a couple of mock ups and fire them back to you.


5:59 PM  
Blogger Laylah Queen of the Night said...

Procrastination Station should be the name of mu blog...it'll definetly be on my tombstone...

5:59 AM  
Blogger aughra said...

look at spinning girl, getting down with her bad self!

I am hopeless at most of that stuff. I have a friend do my stuff for me, but she is retired from other people's blogs...

Good luck.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Lingo and Johnny - Actually, I am a decent artist, but I have no clue how to put a redesigned logo into my page. Any help here would be great . . .


Queen of the Night - you can certainly use the name for your tombstone. I would never refuse a dying woman's last request.


Aughra - Why do I get a little hot under the collar when I read your comments? Could it be your naked profile image? Yep, that's it.

Thanks for all the help everyone - I promise to keep working on getting the page up to date.

Hipness is next to Godliness, right? Isn't that how the saying goes?

Ben O.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben, I have no advice regarding sprucing up your site. Just wanted to let you know that "Life as a Box" was hacked on Saturday 9/24 to the point where I had to delete the site. The people who hacked me then took my old url and put up that obituary thing. They also created a duplicate profile and went around the blogosphere posing as me and putting really vulgar and racist comments. This was initially how I discovered the hack job. People were coming to my site wanting to know why I was saying such things. Luckily it appears you escaped unscathed as many who commented on my site were not as lucky. Just wanted to let you know and also tell people to be really vigilant about changing passwords regularly (something which I was lax in). As of today no word from blogger. I've only email them about 15 times so really I expect to hear back any day now. Yeah right!

12:58 PM  
Blogger Lingo Slinger said...

First you need to host your image (header) somewhere... I host some of mine at http://www.imageshack.us/

Upload your new hosted image header. Then grab the IMG tag code and insert it into your Blogger template. Make sure you use the "direct link" html code from Image Shack. Just copy and paste the code into your Blogger template and you're good to go... You may have to preview a few times to get the positioning right, but you can clear your edits if you're not cool with the positioning.

Hope that helps?

7:50 PM  
Blogger arkie said...

Speaking of links, Ben, do you mind if I link you on my blog?

8:26 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Sure thing, Arkie. Go ahead and link away.

Lingo - I am currently working on it in another window . . . we shall see.

Thanks -

Ben O.

9:28 PM  

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