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As most of the regulars know, we have but two themes for the macosxhints.com site -- the default white/blue scheme, and darker "classic" view that recalls the site's early days. Well, today, after many long months in development, and a very full final day (it's 11:59pm on the 1st, according to my clock) of pounding on the CSS, HTML, and Geeklog's layout templates, I'm pleased to reveal the third official macosxhints.com theme, as seen in the image at right (click the image for a much larger view):

My objective in working up this new theme was to capture the simplicity, elegance, and power of Derek Zoolander's patented "Blue Steel" modeling pose. Using Derek's work as the benchmark, I looked for design inspiration from many sources. After a long and arduous search, I finally identified the perfect Blue Steel counterpart to use as the basis for my design: Spinal Tap's Smell the Glove. This landmark album featured an all-black cover, and when I recalled its simple yet powerful imagery, it struck me: this is perfection in design! So thanks, Spinal Tap, both for the music and the inspiration for the site's newest theme. I owe much to your groundbreaking design efforts!

Registered users will be able to activate "Spinal Tapestry" very soon now; I'm just putting the finishing touches on the CSS, and hope to have it all wrapped up sometime tomorrow. It's been a long day of final-rush coding and testing, preceded by many months' worth of setup work, but I think you can all see that the end result has justified the energy expended on the theme's development!

If you'd like to know more about this theme's early development, you can read any one of these four background articles; they cover the process in great detail.
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Authored by: poenn on Apr 02, '07 01:23:36AM

I'm the first: April's Fool! :-)



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Authored by: astrosmash on Apr 02, '07 01:57:29AM

It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black.



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Authored by: adrianm on Apr 02, '07 02:07:55AM

It would have been funnier if the pubDate was about a half a day earlier than "Mon, 02 Apr 2007 06:59:00 GMT". Would have stood a better chance of being read by more people on April 1st.



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Authored by: jporten on Apr 02, '07 02:10:25AM

First hint on the new theme: use Universal Access preferences to switch to white-on-black while viewing macosxhints.com, and turn your laptop into a nifty $2,000 flashlight.



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Authored by: italogreco on Apr 02, '07 04:19:30AM

Very, very elegant. What extraordinary economy of means - and I've tested it on several browsers, and your new theme looks just as good on all of them. Congratulations on a job well done.



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Authored by: reidjazz on Apr 02, '07 06:57:41AM

Me thinks you have been watching too much Star Wars...

*GASP*

You have turned to the dark side!!!!!

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Authored by: UberFu on Apr 02, '07 07:03:01AM

I just glimpsed your circa 2005 piece again [I'd forgotten] but it actually seems at this point [via the iPhone] you really weren't that far off from the truth_ Nice one Rob_

As for the new theme this year - it's not Dark Enough !!



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Authored by: club60.org on Apr 02, '07 07:59:16AM

I am now porting this brilliant theme to phpBB! Thank you for inspiration!



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Authored by: rhowell on Apr 02, '07 08:44:03AM

Rob, a little more effort is required to make this look the same in Safari, Firefox, Camino, etc. But you're close, good first effort.



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Authored by: JJCortes on Apr 02, '07 11:41:12AM

I suggest a fourth theme : fully white, like the snow white Macintosh line.
Happy April fool's day



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Authored by: morespace54 on Apr 02, '07 12:58:29PM

Yea, It looks really cool... on FF and Safari... For some weird reasons, it doesn't work (and look) as good on IE 5... well, I guess it's time for me to "switch" browser... ;-)



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Authored by: Lutefisky on Apr 02, '07 04:51:02PM

That's so righteous & b*tchin' - it's righchin!
But what I've always wanted was to get 11 hints per page, not just 10. Why doesn't this site go to 11 hints per page?

I've gotta go wrap my cucumber in foil...



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I can't see anything
Authored by: jimothy on Apr 16, '07 02:27:09PM

I cranked my brightness and contrast up to 11, but I still can't see anything.



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