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Mark Pilgrim advocated minimalism - from the look of his site, can’t say he’s wrong!
I used to care much more for the look of my site, wanting something (and not quite knowing what). I spent a lot of time on CSS etc, but -- at the time -- never learned dynamic web techniques (well, I did start moving towards includes and CSS) nor got a CMS outside of WordPress. Eventually I got tired of the effort involved in updating everything. And stopped updating anything. In 2007 I finally started experimenting with PmWiki on my live site (I had used it at work and home as a CMS). And in 2009 made it the front-end for the whole site. But I’ve mainly left the display up to a fairly simple “skin.” I have some tiny urges to customize, but they’re much smaller and lower in priority than just about everything else.
Why the Lucky Stiff
hashad a good-looking site, that doesn’t have a lot going on. mmmmm! UPDATE: as of August 19, 2009, even less going on, as he took down his entire web-presence. :::sigh::: perennially late to the party I am.
recreating the button via CSS and Java Script
Stack Overflow: How can I use google’s new imageless button? How could I reverse engineer or roll my own buttons that are similar?
Google’s Imageless Buttons Are A Semantic Mess! - a critique, which recco’s the top article in this list (recreating the button)
user-style to remove GMail’s gradient look - if that’s important to you.
a co-worker moved offices, and left a pile for scavengers. Amongst the crap (and a few gemstones) was a 2-volume boxed-set of SAMS’ “Teach Yourself (more) Web Publishing with HTML In A Week” “(more)” is for the second volume. Copyright 1995. what a hoot! In another 10 years, this will look like the Domesday Book. Only not as interesting.