Art for Art's Sake

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If you're observant you might have noticed that the banner artwork at the top of this blog page changes every so often - usually when I remember to change it, and I've come up with something worthwhile to change it to.

Over the past few months I've actually created quite a few different banner graphics, all with the same text overlay but with a different background image. Because it's a wide format graphic, I usually take a series of overlapping shots and stitch them together with the appropriate stitching software ( for the nerds amongst you, I was originally using Autostitch on Windows but I'm now using Calico on the Mac - they both do the same thing, and I believe they use the same underlying technology)

Anyway, I was thinking about developing some way to randomize the images so that every time you load the page a different image appears. I hunted down a nice little piece of javascript to do the job, but it was going to be a lot of work to make it fit into the rather complex template code that Blogger uses, so I didn't pursue it. I also thought about converting it to an automatically rotating Flash banner, and even built a little working prototype to test the idea but in the end decided it was just more work than it was worth. I'm basically quite lazy.

So, I might just change it manually every so often when I think of it. In the meantime, if you feel like a quick stroll down memory lane, all the old banners are here. Enjoy.

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