Friday, August 31, 2007

Updated the store

The Meteos-themed tee shirt has been removed from my Cafepress store for a long time now. I don't feel comfortable selling it because even though the shirt design is mine, the Meteos Geolyte character in the design is not. That and the design itself needs some serious revisions before being submitted for sale again. I bought a test shirt, and the design as it is now looked horrible on the dark (black) t-shirt.

For some reason, Cafepress decided to let members with basic stores sell framed art prints. So now I get to sell my paintings, the few I have that are worthy for sale. I only have one painting ready for print at this time. Click here to see it at the shop, or click the "store" link in the web site menu. I would like to find a better way to make the painting more affordable, though I feel the price is standard for oil art prints. If anyone knows a better place than Cafepress to use for art prints, post a comment.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Things are looking up

I won the Self-Study Cover Design Contest held by St. Louis Community College. Yay! Peace Sign Now I'm just hovering around my mailbox for the nice $250 check I should be receiving soon. I'll also be posting my concept design here. Too bad the colors will be changing to complement other recent printed material being sent out by the college. The package being sent out has some nice rich colors, so I'll be looking forward to the changes my design will be going through for the final production.

A friend of mine sent me an email containing a freelance opportunity here in the city. It's a web design job, and according to the email, they may or may not be looking for the designer to do any real coding. I'm pretty good with HTML/XHTML, and I've been researching CSS more extensively nowadays, but I can't do a lick of javascript. Crying The lack of coding may be a relief, but we'll see. There weren't many details in the email, but I should know for sure once I email the person in charge of hiring at the agency.

Speaking of coding, it's time that I learn Javascript. It's been a standard language to create many useful tools in not only web sites but weblogs. Bloggers use javascript to hack their blog's layouts in order to create a more individual look and add better funcionality to their blogs. And I'm not talking about adding some cutesy analog clock to your site; I'm talking adding a fully functioning calendar hack that links to all of your blogs current and past entries. I've picked up a javascript book from the library. It's pretty big, and I may not get through all of it. I plan to find better working examples on the web that will help when I can't understand something in the book.

I've been looking at CSS more and more lately. I want to improve on the little bit of what I already know. I'm going to challenge myself by implementing a CSS-styled no-tables layout in my next site revamp. It intimidates me a bit. I love having very graphical web design, and I didn't mind using tables to create image borders for my content. But if there's a better way of presenting my site without all the nested html, then I'm all for it. As simple as my current layout is, it's all a bunch of manhandled mess. That and it's beginning to load slower, and that's a no-no. It's time that I catch up with everyone else who's been doing web design for as long as I have. Frankly I don't want to remain ignorant when there's so much to learn, so it's time I change my attitude and habits.

I also want to use Flash again for my web site. My copy of Koolmoves has been sitting idle for far too long. I've just now started using it to create a digital portfolio I can present to prospective employers. It feels good to play with Koolmoves again. Now there's a slide show tool that I'm using to create separate slides for my work (design, photography, etc.). The portfolio flash site itself will be simple, because I plan on turning the swf file into a projector file that I can email to employers as a demo reel so they can save it locally. it's also been time that I separate my opinions from my work.

Before I go, I want to share a site that provides free hosting of MySQL databases. FreeMySQL.net is totally free, and the admins don't restrict your use as long as it doesn't violate anyone's rights or break laws. You can give them donations to help keep the service free. There are sites that offer free PHP and MySQL hosting, but if you've met your database quota (should there be one), then FreeMySQL.net is a good place to host the rest of your databases.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Greed Site - the GPT that found me

I haven't posted in several days. It's something that I will post about later, but right now I have something else on my plate. In my last post, a fellow blogger Iliana found my site via one of her friend's site. Short story even shorter, I've been invited to a new paid-to-do-offers web site called Greed Site

It just started, but it looks to be off to a nice start. Iliana's got quite a few advertisers who are offering free products, free service trials, and quite a few surveys. Making the $25 payout should be quick. For all of you non-U.S. readers out there, go ahead and sign up, because Greed Site is international. The only payment method right now is PayPal. I don't mind it. I prefer that than waiting to receive checks in the mail. Smile

To make sure you are credited for offers completed, it's recommended that you clear your browser cookies before or after each offer. Don't clear them while in the middle of completing an offer, or you'll screw yourself over. The cookies are used by companies to track who has completed what offer. If you don't bother to clear your browser's cookies, you most likely won't get paid by Greed Site, because the advertisers won't give GS credit for you completing offers.

That's pretty much the advice given at most GPT sites that feature paid offers. If you still have trouble getting credit for completing offers, switch browsers. If you're using Firefox 2, you can install the IE Tab extension that will allow you to open Internet Explorer tabs from within Firefox 2. I hope you guys sign up quickly and start referring your friends. Besides doing easy offers for cash, your friends and family (not of the same household) can earn you more $$$. Thumbs-up

<-- This button will remain in the side bar. You can use it for your own referral links if you want.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sharing music online the RIGHT way.

Yes, the title this post is another stab at HHB. I notice that some people were out searching for the HHB blog happened to come across my previous post about it. Behold the usefulness of visitor logs. :D It's only been a couple of people that found my site looking for the now defunct blog, but I expect more, and flames. Oh god, the flames...they cook food nicely. ^_^.

Don't think I care that the place is gone. They deserved to get caught. If Blogger gets the blame for others using their blogging network for illegal purposes, it could spell bad times for everyone who's a member of Blogger. I like being a Blogger member; I don't know if you guys do or not. I invested too much time here.

Seriously why make such a blog public? WTF were you thinking??? You don't make something of that magnitude public on a network where thousands of people can find it. Why don't you try to use your brain for something useful, like finding good music that is so SCARCE, not even Amazon.com would have it. Providing hip hop music that I can buy on Yahoo! Music with little difficulty, not to mention cheaper than most retail, makes you, HHB admin, a waste of good PR.

Alright, no more ranting.

So I found Orb months ago, an application that not only lets you share media with computers in your own home/office network, you can share with people all over the internet. You can stream music, video, and your live TV shows. Very cool. Despite the new leash on internet radio, Orb isn't going anywhere. You want to broadcast your music? Make it happen with Orb. That's what I'm going to do here, so please, don't be alarmed when you hear the music.

I picked an album that my boyfriend shared with me, After Dark: Chicago. He only shared to first disc of the entire album, but it's enough to make a smooth-flowing playlist in here. I'm using Orb to share the playlist, because it's one of the easiest ways to share the music but give visitors control over what songs they here from it. The media player is in the right sidebar. I swear, this is the last layout update I'm doing tonight. ^_^;;

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Add my news feed to your reader!

I've tweaked the blog a bit. First of all, the RSS and ATOM feeds can now be accessed on the right side bar under the web site's menu. The same goes with the rest of the neat little buttons; I've now added "add my feed" buttons for all of those who like to use their My Yahoo!, Google Reader, and My MSN pages to view news feeds. There is also one for those who're myLot members. Don't worry if you're not a member of myLot; you can join the community with that button as well.

Also to the right is a form for email subscriptions. Several days back, I was trying to figure out the best way to go about making a mailing list without creating any account in some place I'll end up ignoring/forgetting about. Trust me, I feel like I have too many accounts with too many places already.

Fortunately with Google Groups, I created a group so that people can sign up there and receive my blog posts in their email. There will be no discussion on my group for now. I really just want to use the group strictly as a newsletter. That way people who are more comfortable with email announcements can have their cake.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

As an 80s child, I fully endorse this webcomic strip

Least I Could Do: Comic 6-23-07

I'm with the fictional characters in this strip - I hope that the incarnations that Michael Bay have created do great justice (or at least decent justice) to my childhood love of the Transformers.

In other news, I've increased the front page post count to 3 posts. I have decided to go along with the plan of separating my portfolio stuff from this web site. Lexi's Lounge is far too personal for my search for real-world work. I will have my portfolio hosted elsewhere, but it will be linked to from this site. I won't say what domain I'll use for it for paranoia of it being bought up and auctioned off. Trust me, it happens. Any work that will be in my web portfolio will be added to the galleries regardless.

Speaking of the gallery, I did mention that I'm its creator, yes? Well, back when I created it, I commented within the scripts to make sure that if I did decide to distribute the gallery as a package it would be decipherable to those who may perhaps have better knowledge of the Perl CGI language. Maybe I didn't comment on the functions as much as I should have, but the scripts are actually quite simple. If anyone is interested in the gallery as a zip file, comment on this post. I'll holla back, and we can work something out.

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Resume now online

I replaced the PDFolio link with a link to my updated resume. I also updated the Sketch and Design galleries yesterday night. There are two inked illustrations in the Sketch section and two new [to you] designs in the Design section. I will be adding descriptions to the new entries in the galleries shortly.

I also updated the Links page yesterday night too, and this evening. There are only a few links to the sites I view the most.

I also added more ads to the site. I'm broke, can you blame me? :P I might be coming around to the expiration of my web hosting plan, so any visits to the advertised sites would be appreciated. The lot of them are geared toward my own interests, so no, no pyramid schemes, no links to phishing sites, none of that deceptive crap.

If there is one promotion I'd like to steer you all towards, it's SlashMySearch.com. With this search engine, you get paid to search. Yes, people actually get paid to use their search engine, and users make more money when they refer people to SlashMySearch.com. The reason for this is that SMS pays its users to refer people, thus letting SMS avoid paying out big bucks for advertisement and and outside affiliate programs elsewhere. SMS is partnered with Snap.com, which is a wonderful search engine. With Snap.com, you can preview snapshots of sites before going to them. That way you can avoid unnecessary search results. SlashMySearch.com is in beta right now, but the services offered are pretty good. If you don't mind making a bit of money essentially doing nothing, it wouldn't hurt you to spend a minute signing up there. :)

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Old site feature revisited

It's not listed in the menu, but I have a torrent tracker hosted here. It used to be used as a convenience for Ragnarok Online players to download the needed Korean RO client in order to play the many free servers that exist over the internet. That and I used to host Gunbound's installation file when it was [at first] difficult to download from Softnyx's download servers. Someone uploaded a torrent to some manga, but I never bothered to download the file to see what it really was [if it was really manga].

Well, it's back. I've upgraded the tracker to the newest version, so I've lost quite a bit of old shoutbox posts. I don't have much on the tracker, but the news update there explains it well enough. I've created and uploaded a torrent of Adobe's standalone Flash Player 9. It's the executable (no need for installation) program that views shockwave files created by flash programs.

This is a godsend for me. Some of my Graphic Design History classmates have given their presentations, but a few of them had difficulty getting their presentations to work correctly. This stems from a few problems: 1) The Mac computer they needed to use for the presentations didn't have the fonts used in their presentations. One girl was smart enough to save the fonts to her flash drive, but the installation of them to the computer was a failure. 2) Some guy had image embedding problems in Powerpoint (Despite that, the rest of his presentation went well.). 3) Some people have done their Powerpoints on a PC and not on a Mac, so we'll have to switch classrooms, where [on PCs] we can still encounter the first 2 problems. Yay.

All that being said, I'm going to try to approach this differently than everyone else. For one, I don't have Powerpoint at home on my PC; I have OpenOffice.org's Impress for slide show presentations. OOo Impress can save to Powerpoint and is mostly compatible with MS Powerpoint. A plus, but I'm not out of the woods. Secondly, the fonts I may use for my presentation may not be installed on the PC in the classroom. More than likely, converting my presentation to a flash .swf file would be ideal for cross-platform compatibility, whether it's going to be shown on PC or Mac. OOo Impress can save my file as a .swf file but without the transition effects. Not a total loss since the presentation itself doesn't get maimed in the process. But OH NOES!!! Lastly, the PC used for the presentations may or may not have the latest version of the Flash plugin...if it has any flash plugin at all.

That's where the standalone Flash Player 9 comes in. For as long as I can remember, the standalone player provided by Macromedia (and now Adobe) is the one true, always FREE, solution to SWF-to-EXE projector file conversion. Just go to File => Create projector => Save it to whatever directory you want => Done! It's as simple as 3 clicks.

Do not pay out the rear when one of the world's finest software companies gives you a great tool for free. There are software conversion tools that do the same thing, except they are created by 3rd party companies and are not free. I won't say don't buy them, but when the alternatives are shareware, and the tool that was produced by the very creators of Flash technology is and always has been free, what's the best choice? Don't be a dope, is all I have to say.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I'm feeling a bit accomplished today

Just a tad. I finally made the necessary tweaks to my old poster design in order for it to become a t-shirt design. Not only that, but I've went ahead with the Cafepress idea too. I now have a store ready for selling t-shirts and art prints. I don't have any art prints yet; I'm still searching for ways to make suitable reproductions of my work.

Nevertheless, I've created t-shirts with my design on them, and they're ready for purchase. It's a t-shirt geared toward gamers, especially those who appreciate Nintendo. If you know any gamers that like to buy gamer stuff, please refer them to my store. There's a link to it in the web site menu now, along with a link to it in the Atom feed. I don't have much in the store to offer, but thanks for giving it a quick look. And a special thanks to anyone who would buy my work.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Testing Expandable Post Summaries Using WLW

Ok, so the Expandable Post Summaries hack does indeed work using Windows Live Writer. You just can't put this part: "<span class="fullpost">" inside of "<p></p>" tags. Putting the span tag within the paragraph tags breaks the CSS that splits the post and creates the summary. It's recommended that the span tag comes after the "</p>" tag of the first paragraph. Not only that, you must add the span tags in HTML CODE mode ONLY. Don't bother adding tags in any other writing mode in Windows Live Writer; it'll only reformat the tags to show up in your post.

If you have a lot to say, try to keep the first paragraph of the post short and to the point. That's what I try to do to keep vertical scrolling to a minimum. I suppose cutting the main page's post count to 1 or 2 posts will help too. I've already removed comments from the main page. To view the comments of an article, just click "Read More!" to view the article in its entirety.

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Monday, April 2, 2007

I hope you guys didn't mind.

Har har har, April Fool's Day is over. Telling from the hitcounter at the bottom of the page, I'd say my AFD joke worked. I had something much better in mind, but was too lazy to execute it in time. So I made up the "Google stole my web site" page as a quicky. It fooled at least a few people I'm sure. As for the joke I wanted to do, I'm not going to say what it is. Should I remember what it is by time of next year, I'll do it then. It has something to do with the blooper that is my site's domain name. When I first paid for web hosting and opened my site under it's own domain 4 years ago, I had a bit of frustration keeping a certain group of people out of my site. That's all the hint you get to next year's AFD joke.

Time certainly flies. My site's been operating on the hosting solution Onedollarhost.net for a little more than 4 years now, but my site's technically been around since 2001 (when I was using AOL hometown as my site's host, bleh). Come May, Lexi's Lounge will have been on the internet for 6 years. Go, me! It's been through lots of changes, from content to layout to hosting solutions (free hosting solutions). I believe this current layout should be version 8 or 9 by now. I've learned quite a bit about web site design since my first time trying to learn HTML years ago. I still prefer simple over busy-looking designs. I spent a year with my site on hiatus, because I was planning on how I wanted to present the newest version of Lexi's Lounge.

I wanted for it to still be "my personal space" where I can blog about whatever I want and post whatever art or design I can come up with no matter how risque some people may judge it (half-naked womyns, lol). But I also want it to be a place where I can promote myself to potential clients/employers, showcasing what I can do when it comes to design, art, and communication. I want to be me; I want my site to present me as who I am today and what my abilities are as a graphic designer, illustrator, and general fine artist. Admittedly, I've worked more on getting my site to work than updating my art galleries, but they're updated little by little. Eventually, everything that I want in my offline portfolio will be online for viewing by companies that view my online job profiles.

Speaking of my online job profiles, I hope someone will get back to me soon on the jobs I applied to. Only one employer has, so that means people are at least looking at my resume. It's a shame most job sites only upload Word doc-formatted resumes. I'm planning a nicely designed printed version and would like to upload it in Word format if the software used will recognize the images and type used within it. PDF would be even better, but I guess I can keep that for my own site. I have a lot I want to say, as usual, but I'll save the thoughts for later. What's the point of blogging when you jot everything down in one entry? :P

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Added Gallery: Design

Read title. I've added a design gallery for the sake of all of the design work I have. They don't fit into the other categories for obvious reasons, so it was time for a gallery for the stuff that's supposed to increase my chances at getting a job. :P I haven't cleaned out my color gallery like I said I would; there's a lot of crap in there.

I added the Design gallery yesterday, but didn't get to finish completely integrating it into the rest of the site (See the Multimedia message I left earlier this morning). It was easy to add, and integrating it is a cinch. If anyone wants to use the L.E.A.P. Gallery that I use (though there are better scripts out there), please contact me. I would never charge for something so simple for people to use. I may go ahead and put it up for download one of these days. I just have to clean up and update some of the commenting inside of the scripts.

Yup! It looks like the site is coming along nicely. I've been thinking of re-designing the site again. It's cute, but it's just not the edgy design I want for my site. I like using red and black along with some gray, and I want to avoid colors that can be too bold. We'll just have to see. Maybe this time around I'll have a site menu with rollovers. I haven't done anything like that since my old site's flash-based menu.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

All good things must come to an end...at least for something better to come along.

Today I left my job at Dierbergs. The pay sucked, but the coworkers were kind and usually entertaining to interact with. Can't forget the jerk customers that came through. I wouldn't have toughened up without them.

I want to get the hell out this house as soon as possible. I'm 23, and I don't have my dream job yet. I'm working on it, and getting my foot through the door seems possible now, but I just wish I had my job just a little bit longer. Even though my mom's doing extremely well for a real estate agent (rookie agent), she doesn't make enough to even match what I was getting at Dierbergs. When I used to baby sit, I'd make $100/month to do it. I can't live off of that! My mom said that she would send people my way who need web sites done for them. That hasn't happened yet. I'm not letting her trap me here. I love her, but I want my own life and way of doing things.

Ok, rant over. So like I said above before going all emo - I've been working on the site again. The Contact page has been updated; I added a contact form for those who may just be lazy enough to not want to open Outlook/Eudora/Thunderbird or open another browser window to access their webmail accounts. It's faster. It's convenient. And hopefully it won't get detected by spam bots. I wish the form mailer script came with a captcha filter added in. Good news is that it catches more than 90% of the spambots out there. Bad news is that spamming companies now hire people to pass captcha filters. Good thing I'm not so popular. :P Whilst watching my sister's children tomorrow, the new job hunt begins, and this time I'm looking for a job in my field. I will update my resume and post it here, at my college's Experience database, and other various job sites across the web. Cross your fingers for me, everybody! :D

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Gallery Update for Jan. 16

Updated the Color Gallery with another one of my class projects. This one is a food illustration for my Illustration 2 class. Not the best scan; it was done with my mother's digital camera. The camera is great, but the lighting in my room is poor and using a flash on a painting isn't a very good idea. I corrected as much as possible for the time being. I have to be on my way to my first class of the week soon. It's not a long class, so I have plenty of time to work or do other things. I'll see what I can do to make the latest color image more pleasing to the eye. ^^;

I'm still pimping AllRightCounter. If you're put off by places like OKCounter, Bravenet, Statcounter, then ARC is a good alternative. Even though it's still in beta, the fact that it's already customizable enough to completely blend in with your website makes it worth using. So if you don't have one yet, please consider ARC for your web site's visitor counter.

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Monday, January 8, 2007

First painting uploaded!

Yeah, like the title says. A color oil painting has been uploaded into the Color Gallery. It's actually my fourth assignment in my Painting 1 class. My teacher really liked it, and said that in his opinion it was the best painting for the assignment out of all the students. I find that flattering, because there were 3 classes bunched into one time-slot: Painting 1, 2, and Advanced Painting. If he thinks I did better on that than the more advanced students, then that's awesome. He didn't want to put it up for exhibition during the mid terms though. Out of all the the work shown, it would've been the strongest piece. So he took my next best one. -_-; I think the lot of my paintings are nice; I'll be uploading more as soon as I can take pictures of them.

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Monday, January 1, 2007

Another year completed! Whoohoo!

Happy new year, everyone! I couldn't get out, because my car's still messed up. Even though there was work done on it today, the mechanic told me my car has a bad valve. Go figure. My throat's been sore since this morning, but I feel a little better. I guess I should be glad I didn't go out; too many sick fuckers (with colds and flu, that is), and it's supposed to rain in the area tonight. Not to mention the shooting. Oh god, better duck.

I got some more work done on the gallery. No new entries, but I updated the image viewer script.  Now there are fields where the name, date, medium, and description of the art submitted will be. I changed the way it reads the flat files, so that I can use the likes of Microsoft Works Database to do the dirty work of formatting the entries for me. I haven't played with Perl in a long time. I'm still somewhat newb at it, but I'm proud of what I can do. I learned to implement some new stuff this evening, and frankly, it's gotten me a lot closer to my future plans of creating admin controls such as image upload and description adding/editing. I need to go ahead and invest in a more in-depth book on Perl, like O'Reilly's. That'll have to wait until most of my major money woes are taken care of.

I think those idiots have started shooting already. I'm going to go spend my new year's day like I did when it was 1999-2000: taking a hot shower and washing my hair to Prince's "1999" on the radio. Peace out, and may your resolutions be something that can actually be obtainable this year. ^__^

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

On a roll

I updated my website a little bit more today. I formatted the comments template to better blend with the site, and it no longer shows comments in a pop-up window. However, I had to sacrifice showing more than 1 blog entry on the main page just in case of multiple comments. I've finally uploaded my PDF portfolio and linked it in the side bar over there --->. In time, I guess that will also be updated along with my gallery.

I thought about adding a BBS to my site, just a simple one. The loss of traffic since my last hiatus justfies me not installing one. I think the comment system works well enough. If that doesn't work (or is just too damn unattractive), I'll go back to the comment CGI script I was using before. But no BBS or forum system for now. I don't even need a guestbook at this point. :P

I do plan on adding a Photography directory to the Gallery soon. Any photoscans of my paintings can go under "Color" for now. Most of the junk/incompleted art I have in the Gallery will be moved to another directory that will be accessible to all; looking at all of the work that's not completed or even my best is starting to make me cringe. I'll probably watermark the stuff that's my own original work regardless of it being junk. I still think that the majority of my work is too bad to justify theft and infringment, but even so, stay away, posers! I'm a student for Perl's sake; let me have my bread and butter.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Testing WLW's Image Upload Feature

Now who could that be?

I hope this works. Google refuses to give up their image .API to other web developers, but that's okay. Windows Live Writer has a FTP upload setup for image posting. Speaking of images, I hate my current digital camera, the Traveler DV5040. Why? I bought it and didn't realize that it has a hardware problem. Just look at that picture! The color is so off, and changing the settings doesn't help much! You should see the pics that I took of my paintings. I was disgusted with them.

When I get the money, I'm sending in for either repair or replacement. If the company does neither, then I guess I'm out $100 and some change. That Aiptek 6-in-1 camera is looking good right about now, mostly because it's the same thing, but not refurbished like Traveler products.

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Testing Windows Live Writer

Pretty cool app for updating blogs. It even edits blogs like Moveable Type. By the way, Merry Christmas to all who care. I had a lengthy post earlier today, but I went shopping with my sister. After I got back, I turned off my PC to install my new 250gb hard drive. It was on sale, and I think it was the last one in the store. ^^ I nixed the whole "stream local/satellite TV to my cell phone and record favorite shows using a PVR setup" plan for now; I'll just stick to webTV.

Long story short, I didn't get to accomplish all I wanted to do today. It's mainly because my car's acting up again. It got really loud while I was driving earlier, and when I brought it home and checked under the hood, the engine looked as if it was shaking around loosely. Hopefully it's not something that needs replacing and just a tightening up. If need be, I'll have to drop my sister off for her optometrist's appointment and borrow her car to retrieve any parts needed. So much for saving up for my last semester's tuition. =/

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

And the site progresses. ^.^

I finally added my personal logo to my site. It's the logo I'll be using for all my professional and personal work. I can't wait to see it on a business card that I can stick onto my portfolio. XD I also changed the background a bit. Fun Mecha, my site's past mascot, is back, but not as her cute animated self. Even though it's clean, the background was just so empty. She doesn't seem to crowd the page, which is good, because I don't want it to be too busy.

I've been trying to dig up my old Photography 1 photos. There's this photo I did of a water fountain that looked really good. It's my best black and white photo, and I think it's a must for my portfolio. If only I can remember what I did with the binder my old negatives are in. T___T

I also plan on updating the galleries again soon. I'm going to re-sort all of my images into a more organized gallery. Traditional art, Colored Digital Art, Oekaki (Despite being digital, I think the oekaki stuff should be separate always.), Sketch, and finally a Photography gallery will be uploaded. I want to get my hands on my painting work done in class, but they're still on display in the hallways. If I don't receive them by next week, then hopefully I will remember to get them during finals. I'm still tweaking the site as I write this, so stay tuned. :)

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Updated the gallery a little

It matches the site now, with a couple of new images in the Sketch gallery. They're drawings I did in my Drawing For Graphics 2 class last spring semester. They're not complete, but I like them, because I've gotten as close to the model as I could without killing them in detail. It was only an exercise in hair rendering. o.o;;

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

It's been a long damn time...

I haven't touched this site in a while, though I do upload various pictures and other media that I post on my LiveJournal. Hey, don't look at me like that; at least I'm not a MySpace whore. Besides, I like Bolt more; I've been there longer and am more involved trolling the masses. I have to admit, they're not that much better than MySpace now that they've created a whole new version of Bolt just to compete with MS's media submission system. And they've paid for it, because Universal has sued them for copyright infringement.

I would blame the dudes at Bolt for not moderating what's submitted, but there -is- a flag function on the site so users can report copyrighted or inappropriate material. It should keep the copyrighted works off the site, but it doesn't. So I blame all of the users who want something for nothing, whether they're doing it to get attention or doing it to share their favorite shows for public viewing. I know the site's going to eventually be plagued with even more ads than it already is, but that's the price of wanting something for nothing. If I "had it like that", I'd pay a subscription fee to not see the ads.

Alas, there are more important things than Bolt or MySpace, like getting my portfolio together and getting it online for viewing. Other than that, this site will remain a place for me to show others my hobbies and perhaps get myself hired by anyone wanting a commission done. Well, not even commissions; any energy that would go to doing freelance work is going to working with my college's Comic Book Artists Guild. We're trying to get a comic issue out by this December. Until then, you'll see quicky art and stuff done in my past classes in the gallery. =P

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Thursday, November 9, 2006

Bringing back the blogger!

Redesigned my website, which may be temporary still. This is just a test to see if the page works well within the frame, and notifying all that I'm not dead. Just lazy, like other people who make the same statement.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2004

Any dRO players out there?

I made a guild in Dragnarok, a free RO server. It's called Genesis of Next, so if anyone out there plays dRO and wants to join should visit here. I made a site for it, so hopefully it will attract some interesting players. Click here to visit Genesis of Next.

As for site news, I will be revamping the site, hopefully soon. I'm still looking for ideas as to a theme for it. I also hope to install a new forum; Ikonboard looks to be the most likely candidate. Maybe I can hack it to incorporate my Paint BBS board or just the java applets. :3 I'll have to take a look at the code for the Paint BBS to see how it works.

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Saturday, May 29, 2004

A bit of tweaking...

I updated the flash-based menu to the left; I added the Paint BBS link like I said. I will be adding a link to my new journal some time in the near future until then, you all can access it here: Yet another Journal. I will be working on more shortly; I just need to get somethings in order before then. I have a more interesting journal elsewhere. Look it up; if you know some of the cooler places for gamers to hang out at on the web, then the search should not be too hard. ;P

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Sunday, April 18, 2004

The Ol' HTML Site Is Back (For Now....)

Yup, I got tired of the perl-based portal site. For one, I don't get enough visitors for it; two, it started getting problems, like with the memberlist page. Even if I switch back to a webportal-based site, it probably won't be WebApp. Perl is just too much of a beast, because of Window's and *nix's (Unix or Linux) different ways of programming and compiling Perl scripts. WebApp is programmed to work on *nix environments, and was never supported for the newby Windows servers. Hacking it to work decently on my host's Windows server was relatively easy, but there are still problems that I don't feel like tolerating anymore... Not to say that I don't support WebApp anymore, it's a wonderful portal script; anyone's that interested in using it should by all means go download it at http://www.web-app.org .

The only Perl scripts that will run on my site from now on are my old Cute Cast forum, my Paint BBS and my self-written image gallery script. I will probably get a FFAL script to handle links that visitors will add themselves, and a downloads script to handle future files I want to share with the public. Everything else will have to be updated by hand. I really shouldn't mind, because I need to stay keen on HTML and other various scripting langauges.

Besides moving back to the old site format, there are no real updates. I will have to update the site's main menu, which is made with Flash technology, to add links to the Paint BBS, contacts page, downloads page, and radio station (on hiatus). Other than that, I don't know when I will be able to do a real update. Right now, I'm supposed to be working on my last paper of the semester. >__>;;

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Sunday, January 11, 2004

Blog switch: Back to Blogger!

I'm switching back to Blogger, because I don't feel like programming a commenting system for the blog that's installed in my portal site. I'll just have to include the cute emoticons some other way; I really would like a commenting system so I can get feedback on my entries. That's all. Hopefully, the transition will work as smoothly as planned. :/

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Saturday, November 1, 2003

Portal system-Beta test

Hope the lot of you had a happy Halloween. I saw plenty of trick-or-treaters outside last night, so I'm pretty sure most of the kids around here in St. Louis had fun.

Anyways, I'm thinking of turning my site from HTML-based to a Perl-scripted portal system. It'll still be a website, just rearranged and semi-automated. It'll, imo, provide a better community for every visitor to participate in, such as writing articles. That could prove useful for all the folks out there that said they would write game previews/reviews for my site. ^_^ But it's not a definite until I know I can confirm at least 90% functionality. So that's why I'm calling out to my visitors; I need you guys to visit the 'beta' portal system and confirm if the system works on your ends. If you receive any script/software errors, please contact me or comment on this post. If anyone receives a "Page Cannot Be Displayed" error, that's not my fault; it's most likely the webhost or your internet connection. So don't bother telling me about this kind of error; it's out of my hands. I only want script/timeout/software errors concerning the portal system. Click here now to get started. Thank all of you that participate in this 'beta' testing.

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Monday, October 27, 2003

Holy Shizzles!!!

Wow. I'm number 47 at DNW Top 100. Thanks to everyone who voted for my site, and please, keep voting! :3 Also, I want to thank the good folks at the Arrogancy.net forums who visited and posted at my Paint BBS. Please keep visiting, and make sure to spread the word about it. It's still has some programming kinks, but the major functions work, so it's ok to come and post. I suggest everyone that posts pics use the Shii Oekaki applet. For some reason, the PictureBBS applet will not submit pictures. I'm working on fixing it, 'cause it's a really good paint applet. :)

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Friday, October 24, 2003

More art!

Yippy! A big fat update for the Sketch Gallery. It consists of some of my best work done in Spring '02 and Fall '03. Warning for the 'kiddies': I have three pics with nudity. Nothing sexual, so don't worry about getting a nosebleed or telling on me to your parents. :P Sorry they're a bit dark; I was "scanning" them with my digital camera. ^__^;;

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Saturday, October 11, 2003

Yay.

Not much to say, 'cept thanks for 5,000 hits since May '01. I'm making a special pic for the occasion, but it's not done. I'm working on it, so it should be done by tonight.

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Saturday, July 12, 2003

Lexi's Lounge: Blogger Beginnings

Testing new update system. Using Blogger now. :)

Yeah, it's been a long time since I did any updates (besides the usual gallery post, but even that seems to be a while ago). Well, just wanted everyone to know that one, I haven't stopped comming to my site (in other words, I'm not dead), and two, I haven't forgotten about that flash cartoon I promised. I do have a bit of it online already, so I'll post a link as soon as I can remember what I did with it, lol.

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