8 Responses to “Rainy Saturday”

  1. A K Haart July 7, 2012 at 16:22 Permalink

    It’s pouring and I’m sitting here by an open window. Earlier we sat outside in the sun, so the best of both worlds really.

  2. Geoffrey S July 7, 2012 at 18:17 Permalink

    Who are you? How do you know all this stuff? Don’t you sleep? This site is the most varied, cultured and learned I’ve ever seen. Thanks for everything

  3. James Higham July 7, 2012 at 18:30 Permalink

    AKH – yes.

    Geoffrey – thanks. Regarding the variety of topics, I think it’s a few things. Firstly I’ve had many years to pick things up, then I think that, being from academia but not a true academic, I got into the research habit.

    Then there is the jack of all trades but master of none [except possibly sailing]. So I tend to look far and wide and try different things.

    Then look at the co-authors – they’ve expanded my knowledge hugely by continuing to bombard me with new things to post. Then look at the quality of the commenters.

    Actually, far from knowing a lot, I realize just how little I do know and these are not just words. Let me be specific. There was a commenter here called Xbrl or Xxxl and he knew his stuff, there’s Fabian Tassano, a blogger who used to call himself the Pedant-General-in-Ordinary and one who occasionally comments if he’s riled called Deogolwulf.

    Closer to home, there’s AKH, Dearieme, and Nigel Sedwick, not forgetting Wolfie and Rossa – now I’ll be in trouble for leaving people out. These people actually know things and what’s more, they know my limitations.

    I retort that one can’t know everything.

    ………..

    By the way, the change of header was because there were complaints about the all-grey look.

  4. CherryPie July 7, 2012 at 23:28 Permalink

    I rather liked the header that you had yesterday it was quite appropriate for lots of things that are going on, not least the weather.

    But there again I always like to fit my blog header to the seasons, or my current postings. So I am probably a little biased…

  5. James Higham July 8, 2012 at 00:57 Permalink

    I liked it too but it had complaints. So now I’m trying to find the tone which is not too oppressive, not too bland and washed out. Not easy.

  6. CherryPie July 8, 2012 at 01:19 Permalink

    Maybe use the photo with a sepia effect which gives it a warmer tone?

    Just me the photographer speaking…

    I think it might work though ;-)

  7. James Higham July 8, 2012 at 10:20 Permalink

    I have this in reserve and will play with that photo for sepia and other effects. It took a lot of constructing because the bird was too large for a header and when reduced, not only the length of the pic was now half the 1088 pixels required, which meant I had to screenshot the rain and reduce it to precisely the same length but the size of the bird’s rain [if that makes sense], had to be aligned. To reduce the bird further – desirable – would have meant a second seam.

    There was a join I blurred beneath the writing – hence the tagline which was only to hide that join – two joins would look messy. Anyway, I’ll play around with it. The current one, though it cuts the girl in half, is nevertheless simple and lends itself easily to surrounding colours and you can see the train coming.

    That’s the thing with photo headers – they need to 1. be simple enough and uncluttered and b. say something, which the bird undoubtedly did. If I added a tagline “waiting for justice” to the current header, it would make it more relevant.

    Thanks Cherie and I shall look at that.

  8. CherryPie July 8, 2012 at 10:42 Permalink

    Well the one you have now is very nice, I like it :-)

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