Could Use A Little Help Here

Hey kids …

Can ya gimme a hand?

As you are well aware by this time,

I’m in the process of redesigning my site,

And I’d like your input.

Ya see,

I’m not bonding particularly well with the new look.

Though honestly,

I didn’t bond particularly well with the old look at first,

Since I was used to the look before it.


Not only is change a challenge,


Change is good.

And before long,

Once I’ve tweaked this the way I want …

I’m sure I’ll like this look.

But in the meantime,

I could use your assistance in getting to that point:


Things you think I need to modify in this design.

I’ve already been told the link colors I had set were faint for you natally color pure folk to see,

So I’ve changed them to what I had with the old design.

I have a To Do list in the left sidebar, lower corner of things I still have to address,

But if you think I need to add something to it …

Please let me know.

You can add a comment,

Or drop me an e-mail.

Whatever works for you.

Don’t worry about hurting my feelings …

Just let me know how I can make this more fun for ya,

Or at least less painful to view.

Thanks. 🙂

Oh yeah …

And based on the latest estimates, should be back to the working link by October 12, 2005.

Oh yeah, yeah …

If any of you creative personalities out there want to design me an banner …

Incorporating my whole I Report | You Absorb attitude,

I’d be really, really appreciative,

I’d definitely give you credit someplace on my site, though most likely in a super, tiny font, and …

I’d give you an t-shirt, as long as you wear a large that as, because that’s all I have left. At least until I order more, which should be fairly soon as I’m owed money and am being paid in t-shirts. 🙂

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  1. Hey Greggers – I don’t think we need an Amy Anthem, we can’t categorize nor can we characterize her. Amy is a mystery wrapped up inside a riddle inside an enigma – or is she?

  2. Clio –
    I KNEW I asked the right person do do that – your intelligence, memory, humor, and Irish musical sentiment all came together and made everyone happy. You are amazing.

    Shall we make it the Amy Anthem? Or do we need an AMY anthem?.


  3. Holy Phreaking Krap Clio … that was incredible !!!! Thank you !!! That’s going to get special mention on the front page !!! 🙂

    Oh yeah, and I’m glad I was able to, even distantly, distract you from studying … strong in the ways of The Force, I am !! 🙂

  4. Okay, so I’ve tabled some of my study time to plagerize a song made famous by the late, great Johnny Cash. I’m sure he’s turning in has grave. Obviously, Amy has never been chatted up by some drunk in a sports bar anywhere either in or outside of the contenintal US of A and any reference in this song is purely coincidental, incidentally::

    A girl named goo

    I haven’t felt right since I was three,
    I wasn’t quite sure of just who to be,
    just this niggling sense that someday I’d have to choose,
    now, that confused state of mind just blew me away,
    but y’know what man – what can ya say
    I just took the jump and went and named me goo.

    Well, they must o’ thought that I was quite a joke
    And it got a lot of laughs from a’ lots of folk,
    It seems I had to fight my whole life through.
    Some girl would giggle and I’d issue a writ
    And some guy’d laugh and I’d kick his sh**,
    I tell ya, life ain’t easy for a girl named “goo”

    Well, I grew up quick and I grew up lean,
    I was an account’n & legal fightn machine,
    But deep down insdie I knew I wasn’t a man.
    But I made a vow to the moon and stars
    That I’d put my head down and pass the Bar
    And the world of law would know of a girl named goo.

    Well, it was way out west in quarter 1
    that my old ahem function was dead n gone,
    I thought I’d stop and start my life a new.
    At an old sports bar on a street nearby,
    There at a table, with a glint in his eye,
    Sat a creep who got to know a girl named “Goo.”

    Well, I knew that perve was as old as my Dad,
    From the look of him wear’n stripes and plad,
    And I knew his chat up lines would make me cry.
    He was big and bent and gray and old,
    And I looked at him and my blood ran cold
    And I said: “My name is goo!’ How do you do!
    why don’t you just die!!”

    Well, I looked at him hard right between the eyes
    And he went down, but to my surprise,
    He came back up with a business card and whispered in my ear.
    y’know, ya make an effort more than most girls do,
    but I really can’t believe your name is goo
    but I’ll be happy all night just to sit and buy you beer.

    I tell ya what, I’ve known stupid’r men
    But I really can’t remember when,
    He smelled soo like crap and looked so horribly vile.
    I heard him laugh and then I heard him cuss,
    He went for his phone and I pulled mine first,
    He stood there lookin’ at me and I saw him smile.

    And he said: “Girl, ya got great t**ts,
    but if a girls gonna make it she’s gotta be a ditz
    but I know I could be there to help ya along.
    So I give ya a choice and I’ll say goodbye
    but I know you’ll come back and date me before I die
    And before the night is over I’ll see your thong”

    He said: “Now you just gave me on hell of a night
    And I know you hate me, and you got the right
    To walk away right now, and I wouldn’t blame you if you do.
    But ya ought to thank me, before I go,
    For chatt’n ya up even though you said no!!!!
    Cause I’m the OAP that’s in love with Goo

    I got all choked up and I threw down my coach (bag)
    And I called him back, even though he was a roach,
    And I came away with a different point of view.
    And I think about him, now and then,
    Every time I try and every time I win,
    And if I ever see him again, I think I’ll tell him my name is
    Amy or Amelia! Anything but Goo!

  5. A newspaper metaphore makes sense for AmyNews. It’s AMYNEWS, not AmyBlues, isn’t it? 🙂

    The white backgound might leave us a little snow blind, but if you want to run with the newspaper visual metaphore, why not spiffy up the banner to look more like a newspaper? If you want a little color to ease eye strain, how about a pale beige-ish hue – like cheaply bleached newsprint.

  6. There is a “goo” girl, and a “goo” bowling ball – is there a color named “goo?” I think there is – but sorta kinda a little-bit light – much lighter than “the boy named blue.”

    That’s a good idear, too – a song named “A Girl Named Goo.”

    Clio, I’m gonna need your help on that….

  7. Good ideas !!!! Thanks !

    I’ll add some color to the layout … I’m leaning towards navy blue, so if you see things changing on the front page, that’s what is taking place.

    I do like the idea of adding some commenting options to the Click the Pic. I don’t think there is a direct way to accomplish that in Typepad, but I have a workaround in mind that might accomplish a couple of my goals … in the meantime, I’ll add a hard link to a Click the Pic Comments post and we can use that until I get a chance to tinker with my idea … ahem, no, that’s not code. 🙂

  8. ok…how about this idea…set up a “Post a comment” for your “Click the pic” section too….there was so much I wanted to say about your “Ring II” pic….LOL…or…how about instead of a “Post a comment” for the pictures…you have a “Create a Caption” that limits the comment to 1-2 lines…just enough to add a creative caption….???

  9. Failte Amy – new site looks really nice, KISS = perfect. The pics are more than amusing, yep, your site is certainly more fun that working on Microeconomics problems….I hate them and I love them, sad cow that I am!!! you look fab BTW.


  10. Yep, my feeling is also that it just need a little hint of color here and there, and fresh blue would be just fine. Now it’s just too black and white. Though reading black on white is easiest so I would suggest leaving that as it is.

  11. I Tara’s light blue idea. Otherwise, Amy, I’m in it for the content. I love your writing- it is very pure, intelligent and enjoyable.

  12. I agree with JC, Amy….a colorful person like yourself should have a colorful website…and no other color will do…for you, Amy, this site has to wear a light blue top….

    …right now…although it’s crisp and clean looking…it’s also just too “vanilla”…it’s just not “you”…

    …throw in some color, sweetie…just promise to never change your style of prose!

  13. I really like the layout, everything is crisp and easy to read as well as to get to and the consistancy is very helpful between pages. No clashing background color! definately an area in which less is more 😉 I have zero blog experience but it seems good to me! Thanks again for what you’ve done here Amy,

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