Saturday, June 25, 2005


Sorry for the mess which has become my blog. I can't figure out why there is the persistent enormous gap between the title and the post of the first entry on the front page. I've tinkered with about everything I can think of and the only thing that fixed it (a "float:left" command for the post) made it work in IE but screwed it up completely in Netscape.

I have a help request into Blogger; we'll see what happens. Any advice is most welcome!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who extended me aid in my time of need. In the end I decided wholesale template change was an appropriate means of fixing the problem. So welcome to the "new and improved" General Glut's Globblog.


At 9:18 PM, Blogger Gen. Glut said...

I think radical change was the best answer. The old template was pretty ugly, anyway.

At 10:19 PM, Blogger calmo said...

hey, I got a real lift from the support that came your way on account of this "site problem". People here care that you stay in good shape.

Thanks for collecting such a helpful bunch.

At 10:29 PM, Blogger Gen. Glut said...

Indeed, calmo, you are quite right. Thanks to EVERYBODY who extended help to me in my time of need. You guys are the greatest!

(Tito, get me a tissue . . .)

At 11:18 PM, Anonymous cm said...

I was in the final stages of testing another solution for you between errands, dinner, and beauty sleep, but heck.

I personally believe the new content pane is way too narrow, and much harder to deal with than the full-width version. Too much scrolling and too little content in view at a time. Same for comments. But if nobody else complains I guess it's just me ...

Also the restricted width may be bad for tabular presentations. Let's see ...

At 11:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to have you back, Glut. For a while the only thing that showed up on my computer were the words "RESISTANCE IS USELESS"... I thought you'd been hacked by Alan Greenspan.

At 11:51 PM, Anonymous cm said...

Sorry for perhaps having sounded a bit harsh.

To make this a bit more constructive, why don't you try the following change to your style sheet. I commented out some stuff, and inserted some (marked by /**/). I commented out the "rounder" image as it may be of marginal value and I don't see it in my browser anyway.

Once you have the style section, the location of this should be trivial to find.

#content {
/* width:740px;*/
margin:0 auto;
#main {
/* width:485px;*/
/* float:left;*/ /* don't float, but leave space on the right for floating sidebar */
background:#fff /*url("") no-repeat left bottom*/;
margin:15px 0 0;
/**/margin-right:260px; /* accomodate sidebar */
padding:0 0 10px;

At 11:53 PM, Anonymous cm said...

The reason I did not see the rounder was that I was mucking around with image settings. Duh.

But try it anyway, even though it may look less artsy.

At 3:54 AM, Blogger rtalcott said...

nice redesign!


At 10:58 AM, Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Ha. You hacked your own site! I did that accidently to mine, too, once.

This is why one has children: mine know computers and save me every time I flub it.

At 12:04 PM, Blogger calmo said...

Not so fast Madam. There are still peculiarities here, that may not be credited so easyily to 'flubs'. Like just viewing other threads in the General's site, I get the message that 'work will be lost', even though I have posted nothing. As if lurking was more than that. Could I be transmitting some disruptive element just by viewing the comments page?
Only html equipt minds know.

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Gen. Glut said...


Thanks for the advice -- and all the effort you put forth on my behalf. I will try to extend the width of the posts, but don't want to sacrifice the aethestic features of the new and improved template.

I'm working on it . . .


At 9:41 AM, Anonymous fatbear said...

Ah, mon Général, mais non - it was the ascetic look of the previous design that was so pleasing....

At 11:53 AM, Anonymous peBird said...

Looks fantastic - good format to go with great content.

At 12:31 AM, Anonymous cm said...

I'm with fatbear. I'm a mostly utilitarian geek, so not much in the way of aesthetics to get out of me when it's about computers. They are just tools after all (for a somewhat broad definition of "tool").

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