Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Shiny new look?

So I haven't been posting much, but I have been continuing my search for a sensible, intuitive graphics program I can run on my Mac. Thus far I've tried LiveQuartz, Inkscape, Seashore, and Lineform. I won't review them here, save to say that I've spent a lot of time shouting at the computer. I spent 10 years using Micrografx Picture Publisher (which, admittedly, had its own share of issues) and I've yet to find anything else that combines versatility with straightforward, easy-to-find controls in the same way.

At any rate, Lineform and LiveQuartz were adequate enough together that I finally made a header for the blog. I'm not entirely sure I like it, but I don't entirely like the house, either, so there you go. The muddy, retro look is ugly, but ultimately what I was aiming for.

In other news: a plumber showed up last week (yes! really!) and we now have a working washing machine. We can wash clothes in our own house.

More remiss (and ultimately insignificant in the face of the giant mess that is our house) updates to come.


Anonymous said...

Have you tried taking a look at Intaglio for your Mac drawing software?

I'm not sure exactly what you want, but I've been happy with it.

JC in Illinois

Suileeka said...

I haven't encountered that one before. Looks like it's worth trying -- thanks!

John said...


I just read your blog from beginning to end, and, while I'm sure it sucks for you, it's pretty damn hilarious. I feel your pain though. Our first house was just as bad: the carport was carved out of the "family room" with a chainsaw; the second bedroom was modified to accomidate a pre-teen girl with no arms; the house was was built without a foundation.

I bought the house because I thought it would be a great starter home and that I could make some money by fixing it up. I was wrong on both counts.

This brings me to my question for you: why did you decide to buy this particular house? I'd love to know.

In any case, I wish you the best of luck. Cheers.

- John

Suileeka said...


This amuses me because your blog is one of the few I've read the whole way through (actually, it became read-out-loud material in our house sometimes).

Why this house: we're near enough to Philadelphia that finding something affordable that isn't falling down, a garage in disguise, and/or otherwise unacceptable is difficult, to say the least. This house is the right size for us, actually has a yard, and is in a fairly quiet neighborhood within easy walking distance of a nature park we like.

My preference would have been for M to move to my area rather than vice versa, as we could have gotten something in good repair with a lot more land for the same price there, but that's another issue altogether.

Everyone who's visited seems to think it will be a 'nice house' when we're I *think* they mean it...

John said...

Thanks for the answer, and I am glad you enjoyed the blog enough to read it all of the way through.

For what it may be worth, I think your house will look very nice once finished. And, while I'm sure doing all of the work does suck, it seems like a managable project. Then again, that is coming from someone who cut a house in half for kicks, so that might not mean too much.