If you’ve read this blog over the last couple of years (first of all, thank you and . . . why?), you may notice that the look has just changed. My day job is in graphic design, but I’ve kept this site very plain on purpose. I get a lot of delight out of making things graphically interesting, but that’s not what I’m doing here. At this place, all I want is to write to my friends and family, and increasingly, to conservatives and Christians (two categories that are not, I have been repeatedly reminded, interchangeable). Originally, I was thinking I’d be blabbing on about whatever-all came into my undisciplined head, but since last year’s election, I’m pretty focused now on politics, ethics, and the implications of current events for people of faith. And whatever other awkward, divisive issues come to mind. These subjects can be pretty imaginatively engaged with graphic design sometimes, actually. I’m just not interested in doing that myself.
So I’ve changed the design for the most boring, functional reasons. The text is a little larger and easier to read, first of all. And secondly, the links are much easier to see. They were almost invisible with the old layout, and usually the places I’m linking to are more interesting or better written than my own blog. This template requires me to have a picture at the top, which I’d be happy enough to do without, but for the time being, I’ve just got the Cow Palace up there, the site of the opening concert of the Beatles’ first American tour in 1964, and now a place pretty much limited to gun shows and tattoo and hemp fairs. We see it out our picture window.