29 October 2008



Well, I've got the hump today. It's one of those humps without real reason, well only minor reason, so I'm optimistic I can dispell my hump quickly and quietly. Rudyard Kipling had a rather interesting take on how the camel got his hump as well as how the leopard got his spots and the elephant his trunk. If you're interested, I direct you to his 'Just So Stories', a book I loved as a youngster.

Anyway, as I haven't got much to write about yet this morning, I thought reviving a post from an old and long forgotten blog (sitting rusty and broken on Xanga) would fill the gap. Buuuut after scouring the posts, I've realised I used to write some complete chuff! Hang on, what am I on about used to? =p

In conclusion, the only worthwhile contribution I found was this website that allows you to IM chat with 'god'; iGod. Some pretty funny results have been produced - like the one I've pasted below - but have a little fiddle yourself.

28 October 2008

Blog Design

I've spent a lot of time using Inkscape (the free alternative to Photoshop) to redesign my blog and what I've got so far, I don't really like;

Firstly, a 'blue shades' blog design, the inspiration for which came from The Blog of Doug Cloud.

Overall, I like it and although I am simple, this is just too simple; boring in fact!

There was also a hitch with the background and overlap so it's just white for now but it should have looked like this.

I said firstly but I haven't got any other complete designs, just bits and bobs. So back to the drawing board I suppose. I might keep the little Gingerella characature as it's quite cute. I shall post more designs when I have some.

First Follower!

Yay! I have my first follower - Rocket Fuel - incidientally a new blogger member, but I do actually already know him. Not the point; he's still a follower! :D *mini-celebration*

I am suffering today from my self-inflicted lactose ingestion. :( This one was mammoth by my proportions; a massive bowl of cereal with full fat milk (which R says could have been off), a dish of ice-cream and a chocolate bar! Almost immediately, my breathing was limited with slight chest pains then all through the night and still this morning I have stomach cramps. So I haven't left for university yet, it hurts too much at the moment. I shall probably go in for lunch time. Cue the guilt! Damn you, lactose intolerance, damn yooooou!

My blog design is coming along ('What? But, Gingerella, it looks no different here?' - Yup, that's because I'm testing it on a secret test blog.) but I am really not sure I like it. I think I will post a screen grab for you - if there's anyone out there - to tell me what you think.

OK I think that's all for now. Toodle-oo!

23 October 2008

Gingerella vs Velociraptor

After seeing this on another blog, I answered a series of questions and it has transpired that a velociraptor would kill me in...

Which isn't too long. Nevermind. Not a bad way to go really. Have a go yourself. Hopefully it's longer than mine.

20 October 2008

All Hallows Even!

Halloween is just around the corner and I really want to dress up as 1. I have never done it before (at least not as an adult!), 2. two of my female friends and I planned to do so (although both of them are now beginning to let me down) and 3. because I have an excellent idea for an outfit ...dun dun duuuuun...

08 October 2008

Arghhhh! Wednesday!

I need a panic button! It's Wednesday! Aghhhh! Middle of the week. Even later than middle of the week in terms of my Friday morning meeting and I'm not much nearer to accomplishing this weeks goal. Pull your finger out m'lady!

Checked up on the deadlines for the relevant conferences I want to present at this morning;

  1. SPIE Europe Optics & Optoelectronics, Prague, Czech Republic, April 20 - 24, 2009
    Abstract deadline: October 20, 2008
  2. CLEO/QELS 2009, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, June 2 - 4, 2009
    Abstract deadline: December 4, 2008
  3. SPIE Optics & Photonics, San Diego, California, USA, August 2 - 6, 2009
    Abstract deadline: TBC

I am 100% certain I will miss the deadline for the SPIE in Prague but am aiming full steam ahead for both CLEO/QELS and SPIE in San Diego. It would be excellent (but scary!) to present anything, anywhere, but in those places? Amazing!

So I'm gonna get back to work...

p.s. I got a duff KitKat today; more Kit than Kat, or would it be more Kat than Kit? No idea.


07 October 2008

University Personal Pages

I recently (re)discovered that each student and member of staff at my University has space on the server to create and edit their own 'Personal Pages' so I have been editing mine and here is the result;

Not half bad I don't think. It's heavily based on the colour scheme and style of this blog (minus the orange) and I think it looks nice although the content is leaving a lot to be desired at the moment. *Eeek!* It helped me learn a lot of html but it has also taught me that I am procrastinating far too much!! Do some bloody work.

Am off to Choir at 5pm. It will be 3 hours tonight along with the musical sight reading workshop.

I shall update again soon.

03 October 2008

Regeneration Project

My blog is currently undergoing a regeneration project i.e. I am trying to jazz it up and increase it's readability for the zero people that currently read it. Genius eh? *nods* I thought so too. Bound to pull the crowds in right?

Anyway, so far I have created seperate pages (Home, About and Contact) accessed using a tab navigation at the top. I've also added widgets for a search bar, automatic date display, twitter update status, custom RSS subscription logo and task management box from RememberTheMilk.com. Oh and I have an Admin Control widget but you can't see that, intentionally of course. *wink* Infact, most of it you can't see as it's still in the testing phase. I really want a completely new design. I may put together some design ideas and see what people like.

My biggest source of coding and tutorials has been BloggerBuster and if you're looking to do any of this kind of stuff, head over there. It's fab! I am still looking to create a tabbed navigation widget to go into the right sidebar so that I can save space and have Archives, Blogroll and Links all in one area. I tried the tutorial on BloggerBuster for that but it doesn't work yet. I shall perservere.

I tested all sorts of other widgets, visitor count and location, digital clock, tag cloud and many more but they didn't stick around long.

Once I've got it looking how I want it (and hopefully don't become fickle and want to change it to some other design) I shall post a 'proper' blog post.