Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Just Checkin' In

I've been back from vacation awhile now and busy catching up to things. Fortunately, there wasn't any downtime during the past two weeks or so. That's good.

I'm working on new graphics for my web site, but I'm having a heck of a time coming up with something I really like. Seems I do a better job on making graphics for you and my other sites. Anyway, I've got an idea for a new background so I'll work on that instead. Look for it next month, which is coming pretty soon, eh?

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Site Downtime

It's been awhile, but the site was down last night for about an hour. Only one of the services reported this outage.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

New Space-Themed Desktop Wallpapers!

Before I take off on vacation I wanted to finish and upload these two new desktop wallpapers for you. Both wallpapers feature the Earth, one is in natural color of two views of the planet and the other shows the entire planet at night with all the city lights aglow.

"The Blue Marble" shows our beautiful planet as maybe a visitor from afar or an astronaut would see it. Seeing our planet this way makes our lives seem so small in comparison. You can't see all the living things populating Earth.
There are no apparent political boundaries. There are just the blues of the oceans and the seas, the browns and greens of the land, and the whites of the polar regions. How can you not love this planet and want to preserve it? That is the feeling that most astronauts and cosmonauts experience while "up there" in space looking back on Earth.

"Night Lights" shows by inference the inhabitants of this planet. All of the cities around the world that light up the night sky appear in this image. The lights are beacons to industrialized areas of this planet. What does it say about us?

Both new wallpapers in three sizes are on the third page. Click the link of the size you want and a new window opens. Depending on your connection speed and the wallpaper you select, please wait a minute or more for the image to load, then follow the instructions on the page.

Images are from
visibleearth.nasa.gov and put together by me using Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7 and the fonts Nasalization by Ray Larabie and Trebuchet MS.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

New Border Backgrounds!

Okay, so I didn't upload these yesterday as I thought I would, but they're here now.

We've got four new border backgrounds - two side borders and two top borders - all with the beach as their main theme. The side borders have beach balls or colorful, sunny-colored starfish on sandy backgrounds. The top borders have beach balls or pink starfish and seaweed on sandy backgrounds. I've included two bonus transparent .gifs to use for spacing in the table cells that do not contain text or graphic content.

You can set up your pages as I did with tables or you can use CSS for the layout. Check out the Resources page (page bottom) for help on using CSS.

Woo-hoo! Time to hit the beaches and get sun-burnt. Not really. But have a wonderful time this summer and come back with photos and great stories to tell on your web site using one of these backgrounds on your pages. And don't forget to credit me and put a link back to Arride Graphics.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Vacation Time

My husband and I are taking some time off this month to veg in the tropics and maybe get a little tanned. So despite my optimistic prognostication to the contrary, I may not be updating the web site this month. When I go on vacation it's not a working one -- I try very hard not to access my e-mail either. When you're an internet junkie, staying away from a net-connected computer is very hard to do, but you have to do it somehow.

I've got a couple of vacation-related side border backgrounds to upload as soon as I get the pages made, so look for those this week, maybe even tomorrow!