Archive: April 24th, 2003

Sci-fi skin

I’ve been laid up with a nasty cold since yesterday, probably due to the schizophrenic moodswings in the weather lately.

I haven’t just been snuffling, moping and feeling sorry for myself, though. I decided to channel my somewhat sapped energy into creating a new theme for this site.

This time, I’ve been inspired by my slowly expanding DVD collection. Specifically, I’ve been rediscovering the wonder and excitement of good science fiction.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… the sci-fi theme.

I grabbed some of the most arresting images I could from movies like Alien, The Matrix, Attack Of The Clones and Lord Of The Rings. Grabbing screenshots from DVDs isn’t easy either. Most system screengrabbers refuse to take pictures of DVD movies.

Luckily for me, there’s a really handy little app for OS X called Image Well. It sits in the menu bar and lets you quickly and easily edit pictures and even FTP them to a server. It also has a built in screengrab function that works on DVDs.

Once I had the images I wanted, I still had a lot of Photoshop work to do. That was actually a lot of fun. I’ve been messing around in Photoshop a lot lately and I’ve come up with some pretty nifty effects that I’ll share here soon.

Once I had the images looking exactly the way I wanted, it was time to do all the CSS for the new theme.

It was a breeze.

When I think back to what it used to be like, kludging tables and trying to get everything to work on browsers like Netscape 4… *shudder*

I’m pretty happy with this theme. I was even able to get in a little nod to another classic science fiction movie by having the navigation reside in a monolith.

Oh, by the way, the usual disclaimers apply about this site being in no way affiliated with Lucasfilm, Warner Brothers, Newline Cinema, yadda, yadda, yadda.