Saturday, March 25, 2006

OK Nanc, let's try again.





The text doesn't work well in the avatar sized images.

They're too "busy" and have too many hues.

Suggestions?

Something different?

For it to work well the image needs a ratio of about 3:4 , taller than it is wide.


Update:

Two more images: (whoops! One more something happened to it when it was uploaded)







The other image has a darker background.

I rescaled the image and cropped it so the forward figures appear bigger. I changed the type of siren to one that is more commonly recognized and lightened the background to bring the foreground out.





Another idea. I cropped more of the image and added some color and texture. Also got rid of the guys hand that was in front of her feet and replaced it with some water and rock.

54 comments:

nanc said...

well - thank God you can still see my knees and zither (?) or is that a harpsichord? two of my very best features! bock...

Warren said...

Lyre!

nanc said...

well, if my son were up - he'd have told me that! we purchased him a violin today. he always self-teaches before he goes for formal training on all musical instruments. strange, but true.

nanc said...

p.s. do you say "liar" or "leer"?

Warren said...

liar

lol

nanc said...

just a test! we're watching "braveheart" right now. my favorite movie - perhaps of ALL time. one of my favorite lines, "it's MY ireland!"

yours?

please go read my last post at next article down, re: nouns for last names...

Warren said...

right click on one of the larger images to get the URL from the properties box.

I've only seen parts of the movie.

I want to see it, just haven't had the time.

Rosemary said...

Okay, I'm stupid. What is that thing on her face? lol.

nanc said...

i'm a siren, rosemary! get it?

Always On Watch said...

Warren,
Here it is. I think I used the larger file.

I love what you did. Thank you, friend!

I can't wait to hear what my students say about this!

Warren said...

Nanc, maybe I should have used a firetruck siren, its more obvious what it is. Don't be afraid to tell me its not what you want or if you want to try something else.

I rushed myself, I can do better.


AOW, I checked, you used the larger file. You are going to get more geeky if you mess with images very much! You not only have to be concerned with the picture, you have to know how HTML handles images.

Rosemary, thank you. You pointed out a problem. Back to the drawing board!

:^)

Always On Watch said...

Warren,
Next on my book-purchase list is a book on HTML. But first I have to pay my heating bill. Sky high, of course. And we've got the thermostat set to 60 degrees!

Email me if you think that I need a book other that Idiot's Guide.

Warren said...

"Idiots Guides" are great. I use them for quick reference.

I'm waiting for "The Idiots Guide to World Domination". ;^)

nanc said...

no need to apologize to me warren, if there's one thing i'm not - it's to be in a hurry about these things - i have some things cooking in my brain also - betcha you can smell the smoke waaayyy up there!

this is family day, so don't have much time for blogging today - we need to make a larger enclosure for "cheeseburger" the calf. i can hear my husband out there as we speak driving posts and of course, me being the woman, must go out and tell him how to do it. give him a moment of ordinariness! let him see what he's missing - bwaaahhhhh!!!

i just couldn't go about my day without checking on you all. have a great evening.

F.B. Jones said...

wow that is hot.
our friend jukes emailed me. She thinks I am a closed minded hypocrite, because I bash liberals and quote scripture.
it doesn't bother me I just though it was kind funny.

nanc said...

calf pen going smoothly.

jacob - i believe jules may be a stalker. and i will e-mail you tomorrow and give you some nancadvice. but, for now, don't respond to her e-mails and if she keeps it up block her. don't encourage her. i've been at the receiving end of a stalker and eventually had to send my brother and his goon friends to threaten missing body parts! guys like their body parts much better than they like women - ha! go figure.

Always On Watch said...

Last term, my public-speaking class used Idiot's Guide for that subject. It worked!

I'll get Idiot's Guide for HTML.

My grandmother was a computer programmer. I have the techie gene, but haven't exercised it very much.

F.B. Jones said...

I sent her two emails before I got your advice. I am not to worried about her. I will forward you her email. no wait I deleted it. oh well.

F.B. Jones said...

I will allow one song per person in the family. The catch is. you actully have to visit my blog. I will lift my ban on certain bands as a peace offering. I will even allow a rolling stones song. I will be posting a place for this sometime tomorrow. Untill then get your best choice ready. when I have 8 or 9 songs I will begin playing them the following week with a special message just for you. So get to it.

nanc said...

jacob - do you know what happened to the last person who bossed me around? i'll send you a copy of their obit! hehehe

MissingLink said...

Yes, it does look good.
Of course one has to know that you are a siren to fully appreciate it.

drummaster2001 said...

fb:

NEVER, under any circumstances, allow any rolling stones music to be played within a 3000 mile radius of where you are.

Warren said...

I second that emotion!

Warren said...

Nanc,

I think you are misunderstanding what to do. You put the URL of the "Large" pictures in, as your personal photo inside your personal profile information in Blogger. Then blogger automatically resizes them for your avatar from the larger image.

For instance: Beaks avatar is actually 269 pixels wide X 408 pixels tall, but on his profile page it is 75 X 115, in his posts, it is 60 X 91 and on his blog it is 53 X 80. But its all the same picture.

My problem is that I don't know what size the avatar will finally show up as, so I am trying to maximize a very complicated image so it will show well and be discernible even in the smaller sizes.

Right click on the image you want to choose and the click on properties, expand the properties box to a full window then highlight the address and copy it.

The address for the last image I posted is:

http://host.jwcinc.net/610407/siren3d.jpg

All of my stored images begin with:

http://host.jwcinc.net/610407/

The last part is the name of the image and what type of file it is, (file extension).

Open your blogger dashboard and click on the "edit profile" link toward the upper right hand side of the page.

The "edit user profile" window will open the scroll down the page until you see the, "Photograph" text and in the box that says "Photo URL", right click and paste the URL that you have copied from the image.

Scroll on down toward the bottom of the page and click the orange "Save Profile" button and you will be ready to go.

Its just a question of your personal preferences and which image looks best when you post.

And would you please give me an Email Addy so I can ask you these questions and answer yours without posting them?

You can find my addy in my personal profile and my address will tell you something you've probably been wondering a bock bock.

:^)

nanc said...

do i detect strolling bones haters? come on...they nearly started it all. actually, today i had the pleasure of listening to a fairly old (?) cd of jamiroquai - love them - kind of a stevie wonder crossover mawhozit. mick jagger has outworn his usefulness - time to be grandpa! have you no sympathy for the devil?

that used to be my favorite pre-concert warm-up song. i remember as a teen in san diego going to concerts and seeing my step dad (who was a sideline get the band to the venue guy) backstage schmoozing with the big names and not being affected at all. i must be the most fortunate person on the planet. it was yucky to be seen with your parents then!

you guys take that back!

leon russell was hot back then.

Warren said...

I just keep getting this image of Jagger and David Bowie in bed together ~~shudder~~.

nanc said...

WARREN - go wash your mind out with soap!

nanc said...

i have a great idea for a blog - still in progress, but if i do, the first siren with the bock, bock, bock will do peachy! because i am, after all, a siren and that line works wonders.

drummaster2001 said...

warren:

that is a very f****d up thought. go do what nanc said and wash your mind with soap.

nanc:

i don't care what anyone says, but clapton started the movement of rock. the true innovator of Rock-N-Roll was none other than the legend himself of James Marshall Hendrix.

nanc said...

i love clapton - the clapton, beck and paige album is one of the finest. i said album, didn't i? well that's what it is. the first time one of our kids saw albums and a turntable at a yard sale, our son said, "that's a big cd and cd player!"

hendrix is great in his way, but ANYBODY can get next to clapton - how do you feel about john mayer?

Warren said...

DM Nanc, the problem is that it isn't "my" thought!

In 1988, when David Bowie's ex-wife filed for divorce, she testified under oath that she caught Bowie in bed with Mick Jagger...is there a worst mental image than that?

She later recanted but I heard an interview where she was asked about it and she was so matter of fact that I would doubt any recantation.

The interviewer asked her how she felt about it and she said that she was glad it wasn't another woman! ~~shudder again~~

Warren said...

What would you do with a pup out of that litter?

ROTFLOL!

nanc said...

now i go wash my own mind out with soap - things that make you go blechhhhhhhhhh - eeeeooooooh...

nanc said...

warren said, "What would you do with a pup out of that litter?"

nanc says, "bowed out stones!"

nanc said...

i am lmao right now warren - apparently you were posting as i was at the same time and i've missed your long post to me ALL day! will do. look for a message.

drummaster2001 said...

nanc:

i have said it before, but i will never understand john mayer. i know for a fact that he can play a mean guitar when he wants to because i have seen him do it on 'chappelle's show'. but for some reason all the songs i have heard of his are mediocre mainstream pop rock, which i hold to be sub par. point being- he could do better.

drummaster2001 said...

speaking of david bowie, ever since i saw 'life aquatic' [which is probably 4 or 5 times including the one viewing in theaters; a kick ass wes anderson film if you haven't seen it] i have had a few of his songs stuck in my head and on my ipod- "life on mars?" and "queen bitch".

nanc said...

i've never really understood bowie, nor cared to, but have always imagined being a queen!

drummaster2001 said...

nanc:

do you mean you a queen or bowie a queen?

Warren said...

DM go over to http://www.johnmayer.com/launchpad.html

And play "Who did you Think I was"

It will probably start playing in flash right off the bat but if not, its in the Media> Video section.

Tell me what you think.

nanc said...

isn't bowie already a queen of sorts? nancqueen - yeah!

john mayer is hot. he must be because i enjoy his music and so do my teens. but of course we like benny goodman too...

nanc said...

who with sons or daughters could argue with these lyrics:

JOHN MAYER LYRICS

"Daughters"

I know a girl
She puts the color inside of my world
But she's just like a maze
Where all of the walls all continually change
And I've done all I can
To stand on her steps with my heart in my hands
Now I'm starting to see
Maybe it's got nothing to do with me

Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Oh, you see that skin?
It's the same she's been standing in
Since the day she saw him walking away
Now she's left
Cleaning up the mess he made

So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Boys, you can break
You'll find out how much they can take
Boys will be strong
And boys soldier on
But boys would be gone without the warmth from
A womans good, good heart

On behalf of every man
Looking out for every girl
You are the god and the weight of her world

So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too [x3]"

this is a hard one for fathers of sons. sometimes it's not about the tune, although mr. mayer is an excellent axeman.

drummaster2001 said...

warren:

if i recall correctly, the riffs mayer played on 'chappelle's show' were even better than this song. the guitar tone and sounds were very Hendrix-esq although i think he uses the rythem knob up instead of treble and less distortion.

nanc:

i don't like that song daughters. mayer acoustic to me is not who he really is musically.

Iran Watch said...

I need to change my avitar ...it doesn't make sense unless it gets enlarged a couple of times.

nanc said...

warren - did you see this:

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060329/D8GL7P580.html

try getting this cat on the 'cue!

warren does appear to be avatar guy.

nanc said...

warren - can you put these together for iran watch?:

http://www.sas.upenn.edu/home/support/Eyeball-p9.jpg

put a couple of these on it:

http://www.umass.edu/linguist/about/whisc/whisc-2005-03-31/dfmc-legs.jpg

and one of these hanging out of a pocket:

http://www.dalveydepot.com/DalveyFHW.jpg

Warren said...

Nanc, did you see this advertisement right underneath the story?

"Cat Scratching Problems? - Use original Soft Paws nail caps. Veterinarian recommended & approved
www.SoftPaws.com
"

Poor Lewis! LOL

Warren said...

Iran Watch,

Seriously, what do you want? Do you have something in mind, do you want me to fix your Avatar so its desernable, do you want something new...?

Always On Watch said...

Nanc: warren does appear to be avatar guy.

No doubt!

Hey, Warren. Stop by my announcement of the avatar you created for me and see the link which Jason dropped in the comments section. LOL.

Esther said...

Cool shots at least. :) You do good work, Warren!

MissingLink said...

Bowie in bed with Mick Jagger...is there a worst mental image than that?

Yes, both of them in bed with Nureyev (who died of AIDS in 1993).
In real life only Jagger shared his affection although luckily for Mick before Nureev got the bug.

Warren said...

Esther, thank you. :^)

Missinglink, I didn't know that and all I can think to say is, eeeuuuuooo!

Iran Watch said...

thanks Warren. I'm looking for something like one of the anti-Mohammed caricatures but most of them are being used repeatedly. It just needs to be something that represents "strength". Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks for offering. Maybe even a Triton missile launch.

nanc said...

what warren said and i just came to have a gander at my prospective avatar. evening everybody.