elyse: (coffee love: not a morning person!)
Oooh, I absolutely LOVE this layout! ♥♥♥

I happened to bump across this layout within the last week while searching on yahoo! for "lj layouts" & found LJ Directory. From there, I found [community profile] thefulcrum, the LJ layout community created by [personal profile] grrliz. Beautiful, simply beautiful!

So anyway, I just finished customizing it. While also at the same time browsing for cool icons, and other LJ & non-LJ resources. Guess what... I found the most wonderful graphics resource community: [info]freshmakers. Too bad membership is by invitation only... but you can still download the resources :3

Only recently have I realized that LJ has a lot of nice design & graphics communities. And the icons! Neverending... I always managed to find lovely icons in new & old communities/user pages everytime I searched for them. Why did it take me so long to figure it out? >_<

Carpe Diem

Mar. 10th, 2007 04:05 am
elyse: (paradise kiss: yukari)

Sometimes I miss the old time...

The time when my web dedication was much higher, the facility was much better, and the resources were more available. Of course I was speaking about my university years in the US. It was only 8 years ago, and the web has developed in an amazing speed! And as I continue to age through the years, my dedication has decreased and my interests have shifted greatly.

I used to write everyday, sometimes more than one entry each day. My old journal is the proof of the old glory. I used to maintain a few websites, including the late ikkoku.net. But see what's left of me now... only a simple pink (which actually isn't a favorite color) portal to my small collections of journals and galleries. I don't even design the layouts anymore.

Ah, speaking about layout designs & themes... That's one thing I miss from the old time. I used to design lots of them for my websites and weblog, but nowadays, with the convenience of available themes and templates, one is pampered too much. As for me, that reduces my creativity in designing. It's much more convenient to implement ready-to-install CMS or publishing platforms, and apply the widely available beautiful themes and templates. I do wish I could learn to make my own CMS/platform, or create my own theme... But I know that's impossible, given the place I currently live, the activities and jobs I have, the lack of facility, tools, and resources, and also the time... Time is precious. Time changes everything.

While searching for the perfect theme, I stumbled upon these amazing designs: part 1, part 2, part 3. I wish I could have half of their talents! I also wish I could devote my time to learning more css... My eyes are green with envy upon seeing how wonderful the folks featured at CSS Bloom are. Ahh.. the things that I miss... Maybe it's the trait of growing older, or maybe I'm just lazy, but I seem to miss a lot on the fast development of the web technology ever since I went back to Indonesia. There are so many web terms that I don't completely understand still. Scrobbling, for instance. They invent so many web terms that I have a hard time catching up with. I know I could learn if I want to, but to devote my time for the web technology while my job doesn't revolve around it requires such a big effort, and I have to lose sleep for it. And no, I can't afford to lose my sleeping hours... Yes, I sound so old, I know =P

So, to summarize, I think everything relates to the choices of life. I chose the activities I want to do, the jobs I want to take, and the interests I want to devote my time to. And there are things that I have to sacrifice, obviously. Although I sometimes miss the past, I have decided to lose sleep once in a while for the satisfaction of the soul and compensation of the sacrifices. Such as browsing endlessly for eyecandy designs, and satisfying the hunger of my eyes with the 50 beautiful css-based web designs and 83 beautiful wordpress themes :)

And here's just a little proof of the today's glory that was produced from a lot of sacrifices and efforts. If you understand what I mean..

All in all, it goes back to my life's motto: Carpe Diem.

See, even everything now has its wiki page for easy explanation!


"There are those relationships that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous..."
~ Carrie Bradshaw (from Sex and the City)

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