Field of Science

Redecorating

I'm trying to personalise my blog a little more, so that it doesn't look the same as all the other blogs written by people who like olde-style parchment. I made a bit of a change a few months ago, when I expanded the size of the actual writing area, but unfortunately it left me with a weird dark line down the right hand side of the page that I would love to get rid of.

I got the new background from squidfingers which has a lot of really great tilling patterns in case anyone else was thinking of doing some blog redecorating. It's pretty similar to the old one, but let me know if the repeating little white lines make anyone's eyes go funny!

So there might be some changes over the rest of the week. I'm really looking for a new parchment-style background that I can fit under my words (without the dark line - I got that by just repeating my current template sideways), preferably with some kind of ornamental line under the "Lab Rat" title. I'm also considering a wholesale move to black and white. It might be cleaner, but I think I would miss the gentleness of the browns. Besides, my partner once told me that if I was a colour I would be brown. (I'm still trying to work out if that's a complement - I've always seen myself more as yellow, which I guess isn't that different...).

What I think would be great is a little picture in the top right hand corner (opposite the "Lab Rat" title) but I have no idea how to do that, and I don't quite have a suitable picture. I'm tempted to push a little more of the money I don't have towards Alice, to get an awesome spiky-haired rat in a lab coat. Maybe once I get a job.

Anyway. There probably won't be another science post this week, because I've only technically got one week of my project left *FLAILPANIC*. Times like this you really wish the ligations had worked.

If you miss the science, head over to researchblogging.org. We've had a sudden rush of new people joining due to the Awards getting publicised!

7 comments:

Hannah said...

If you want an image up there -- you could also make a header image with your title and such. I was a pro at messing with HTML on blogger in high school, so let me know if you want any help. (No promises of success, though)

Good luck on your project!

Toby said...

If you want to have an image on the right you'll probably want to get the hang of using float and clear. Something like the following in your template where the header-inner div is:
<div id="header-inner">
<div style="float:left;">
<div class="titlewrapper">
<h1 class="title">
<a href="http://madlabrat.blogspot.com/">Lab Rat</a>
</h1>
</div>
<div class="descriptionwrapper">
<p class="description"><span>~occasional insights into the life of a lab rat.</span></p>
</div>
</div>
<div style="float:right;">
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jepoirrier/422469518/"><img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/127/422469518_46967ba194.jpg" height="75"></a>
</div>
<br style="clear:both;">
</div><

Mason Posner said...

Good luck with the end of your project. Does it continue on next term, or is this it? Science on a deadline is always challenging.

Lab Rat said...

@hannah Thank you! I'm going to try Toby's suggestions first (time permitting!) but I might resort to a header if I get too confused.

@Mason Posner: Nope...this is it! One week left, although I might end up having to come in during the holidays to actually get some results. Need to have it all written up by April though.

Lucas Brouwers said...

I love how digital redecorating doesn't involve buckets of paint and cleaning up the mess afterwards!

Good luck with the final work on your project!

Alan said...

Ligations are the WORST- they can grind a project to a halt... I'm not sure what you're using, but I've had good luck with the rapid ligase kit from Roche. Of course, after I left the lab, a friend figured out a DIY recipe for making your own rapid ligase kit. It's just standard T4 DNA ligase with a different buffer. (Recipe is on BenchFly- justsearch "rapid ligase" if you're interested)

Best of luck completing the project and solving the image problem! Site's looking sweet!

Lab Rat said...

@Alan: Thanks! Unfortunately the procedure that happens between ligation and results is about two weeks worth of work, so there's not much chance of redoing it. I'm just going to have to write up what I've done so far.

Glad you like the new site design!