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White text? Black text? Cow text?

I took a screenshot of my blog and went into Gimp and did Colors => Invert and thus a new blog layout was born. I also brought back the purple/green one. You can change it via the little skin-selector drop-down thing that's hopefully showing up and working properly for everyone. Skin selection is courtesy of a WP plugin; that site is not in English, but the instructions in the download are, if you want to use it yourself.

Black text on white vs. white text on black... the age-old question. My Vim theme has forever been a black background (ps_color to be specific). Even in broad daylight I find that a black background reduces eye strain considerably. Or maybe it's all in my mind, but then again this is a subjective sort of thing, so whatever's in my mind is all that really matters isn't it?

It's notoriously difficult to use a dark-background GTK/QT theme. Too many programs are written with the assumption that your theme is going to be light backgrounded. However thanks to Kore and a few tweaks here and there I've been getting along pretty well for a few months with a dark theme in KDE. I really need to start posting desktop screenshots more often again. Note to self.

So what's up with the cows? Cows are big, dumb, silly beasts. They can represent strength, or embody vulnerability. They're so disgusting that it somehow wraps around again to awesome.

Are cows really dumb though? Does their silent cud-chewing indicate stupidity, or thoughtfulness? Are cows really silly? Or do we project our own latent silliness onto them? Cows thus embody some of the deepest philosophical questions man has ever dared to ask.

Not really. I've been told by various people that I have the kind of sense of humor where it's impossible to tell whether I'm joking or being serious. Sometimes even I can't tell whether I'm joking or not. I love walking that line. Cows are partly a joke that I never get tired of telling, but also they really do make me smile. Cows are a way to have fun with this website. I view my website almost as a sort of parody of a blog, but a parody I still take seriously in a way. I believe it was Friedrich Nietzsche who said:

If you look long enough into the cow, the cow begins to look back through you.

The internet does not have to be serious business, and I don't want my website (or my opinions) to be taken as seriously as many people seem to want to. My secret hope is that whenever someone comes on here to flame me about my opinions, they'll look up and see a cow in a fedora and say "Wait a second... what am I doing?"

Also Gentoo's mascot is a cow. I estimate that the cows on my website increase its overall performance by 14%.

February 18, 2008 @ 8:13 AM PST
Cateogory: Programming

6 Comments

armitage
Quoth armitage on February 18, 2008 @ 9:42 AM PST

I've been looking for a dark theme for KDE, but as you said, it's hard to find one that works in all applications. It's particularly frustrating when I have either Firefox open to a site that uses white backgrounds or OpenOffice.org. The one you linked seems to require Beryl. I tried out Beryl a while back, but the fun wore off after a while :( Are there any good dark KDE themes out there that don't require a compositing WM? Also, text fields using the dark theme still display text in black - you might want to change the color to white ;p And "cow in a fedora"?? You can't take Gentoo's mascot and put the symbol of such a crappy distro on him :D

Brian
Quoth Brian on February 18, 2008 @ 10:12 AM PST

Kore isn't just for Beryl, it's a colorscheme and Domino theme configuration and so on. There are even Kore themes for Amarok. If you search KDE-look for "Kore" you'll find lots of other parts. I uploaded a couple things here that might give you a starting point too, mostly based on Kore / Domino configs I've found.

It's not my fault Fedora stole the most awesome hat ever made and used it for their mascot. :(

(I think I fixed the CSS text color for the dark theme input fields now. Oops.)

Anonymous Cow
Quoth Anonymous Cow on February 18, 2008 @ 10:37 AM PST

Thanks for the skin chooser :). Actually, now I'm using the newer black theme; it definitely helps your source code problem.

Baloki
Quoth Baloki on February 18, 2008 @ 7:38 PM PST

I'm liking both new styles, makes ya blog feel alot more funky, not like you at all :p

Kam
Quoth Kam on July 02, 2011 @ 12:28 PM PDT

For every like I get, I will state a cow fact :)

Kam
Quoth Kam on July 02, 2011 @ 12:28 PM PDT

For every like I get, I will state a cow fact :)