January 18, 2006

Plan B

This site is very broken, and I'm not sure that I'll fix it anytime soon. If this page looks halfway decent to you, then that means you're using Firefox. It looks downright ugly in IE, even worse in Opera, and doesn't work at all with some versions of Safari. It's not even halfway close to validating on the W3C's validator, because I indiscriminately tore apart the Rin theme I based this design on without knowing what I was doing. This is my way of doing things--I don't think I've ever read a manual in my life--which has its advantages and its disadvantages. Neither of which I'll go into.

After messing around with Wordpress 2.0, I scrapped my efforts towards designing a new look for No Film School. This new design (which I just mentioned a week ago) was based on version 1.5 of Wordpress, and would have already been behind the times the day it came out--not unlike Crash's take on race-relations in America. Note that Crash will still get an Oscar nomination, thanks to Lionsgate sending out 130,000 copies of the film to generate industry buzz. All this despite the fact that Paul Haggis sucks royally. He may be a great guy, I don't know him personally, but he can't write worth shit. Million Dollar Baby and Crash are two of the worst films I've seen in recent memory. And don't ask me why--because it's not worth either of our time for me to try to elucidate the reasons.

I've had a lot of ideas for this site that I've never had a chance to implement. None of them are going to happen with the current theme, however (besides "asides," which I threw together as a stopgap measure--and they're not working very well anyway). So now I'm going to wait until there are some good WP2 themes out there, and then I can appropriate their ideas for my own purposes--similar to how Hollywood appropriates foreign films and remakes them into edgeless American fare, or how large clothing chains appropriate counterculture trends and styles and sell them back to the less-cool youth. The cycle continues.

All of that said, I'm too much of a perfectionist to let the current mess stand as is. So maybe instead of trying to get all the things I want up and running, I'll adopt a currently available theme and come out with a .5 release--something that, at the very least, isn't broken like this one. After all, birthing a 2.0 can be an arduous process. And I've spent entirely too much time working on (and talking about) a new design to have nothing to show for it.

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Paul Haggis sucks. Crash sucked. It was a terrible movie. I hate the Academy Awards

April 29, 2006 at 5:44AM, Edited September 4, 10:14AM

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