Artificer blogged
Nov 28, 08 5:45pm

If you've been to Loungin' since July, you may have noticed the drop-down list in the forum header that allows you to change how you and only you view the forum. This gives seekers a great opportunity to view forums in a different light without annoying other people with their choice. The best part is that your choice is saved for the next time you view the forum, assuming you have cookies enabled.

Since the feature hit Loungin' I've had a few PMs from moderators who want to do the same thing in their forum(s), but I haven't had a good answer for them...until now! I intend for this post to walk you through each step required to add this feature.

Step 1. Build Your Themes

Obviously in order to have a theme selector, you have to have themes! tekmosis gives a good introduction to theme making here, but there is one thing you have to keep in mind. Instead of creating your theme like this—

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<style type="text/css">
/* YOUR THEME DETAILS HERE */
</style>


You'll need to put your theme in an external .css file. For example, if this were what I used to put in the forum header—

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<style type="text/css">
body {
  background-color: black;
}
</style>


Then all I would do is take the text between the style tags and put them in a file and save it as something like MyTheme.css. Remember, don't put the style tags in the file!

Here are some examples from Loungin': Dark Knight, Aya Pink, Shane Blue


Step 2. Upload Your Themes

You'll next have to make sure that your themes are accessible online. If you don't have a way to host CSS files online, I'd recommend signing up for an account at Lycos; afterwards navigate to the WebFTP area and upload your files that way.


Step 3. Upload the Script (Be Nice to Ren of Heavens)

Ren is your friend when it comes to uploading scripts for your forum. If you ask him nicely to upload this script for your forum, you'll be one step closer to having your dynamic themes.


Step 3b. Modify Your Forum Header (Optional)

If you intend for the themes to change your forum header as well, you will need to ensure that your header has an ID attribute with the value "theme_header". For example—

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<img src="http://i.neoseeker.com/m/31026_photo.gif" id="theme_header" />



Step 4. Add the Theme Selector to Your Forum

Let's review quickly. If you've reached this point, this means you have at least one custom theme you'd like to use, and you also have the script uploaded in your forum. Assuming that's the case, let's move on to the last part: the theme selector.

The drop-down list is very easy to make; the template looks like this:

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<select id="theme_selector">
  <option>Default</option>
  /* Additional Themes */
</select>


For each theme you want to add, follow this pattern:

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<option value="THEME_KEY" csshref="CSS_URL" headersrc="FORUM_HEADER_URL">THEME_NAME</option>
  1. THEME_KEY: A one-character piece of text that identifies this theme. This means that each theme in your forum must have a unique THEME_KEY.
  2. CSS_URL: The URL for the CSS file you uploaded in Step 2 for this theme.
  3. FORUM_HEADER_URL: If you want to change the forum header to match your theme, put the URL for the new image here.
  4. THEME_NAME: This is what people will see in the theme selector, so make it a friendly name like "Aya Pink" or "Shane Blue".
Here are some examples.

Loungin'

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<select id="theme_selector">
  <option>Default</option>
  <option csshref="http://neoloungin.makesgirlscrazy.com/AyaFix.css" value="a">Aya Pink</option>
  <option csshref="http://neoloungin.makesgirlscrazy.com/EnigmaS.css" value="e">Enigma Maroon</option>
  <option csshref="http://neoloungin.makesgirlscrazy.com/KjgFix.css" value="k">Kjg Blue</option>

  <option csshref="http://neoloungin.makesgirlscrazy.com/QuiertaS.css" value="q">Quierta Purple</option>
  <option csshref="http://neoloungin.makesgirlscrazy.com/ShaneS.css" value="s">Shane Blue</option>
  <option csshref="http://neoloungin.makesgirlscrazy.com/Black.css" value="b">Gun Metal</option>
  <option csshref="http://neoloungin.makesgirlscrazy.com/Poison Ivy.css" value="g">Poison Ivy</option>
  <option csshref="http://neoloungin.makesgirlscrazy.com/Sour Line.css" value="l">Sour Lime</option>
  <option csshref="http://neoloungin.makesgirlscrazy.com/DarkKnight2.css" value="d">Dark Knight</option>
</select>


HTML/CSS & NeoHome Help

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<select id="theme_selector">
  <option>Neoseeker Theme (Default)</option>
  <option value="d" csshref="http://members.lycos.co.uk/suffusion/dynamic_themes/devpenTheme.css">DEVPEN Theme</option>
  <option value="t" csshref="http://members.lycos.co.uk/suffusion/dynamic_themes/tornsTheme.css" headersrc="http://members.lycos.co.uk/suffusion/dynamic_themes/torn_htmlforumbanner.jpg">Torn's Theme</option>
</select>


Afterwards, the theme selector and the script should work together to give you your custom themes.




I hope this helps! Feel free to post any questions or comments you have here.

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The Deathwind blogged
Nov 28, 08 5:37pm

We have blogs now? We have BLOGS now? We have frickin' BLOGS NOW?

Most excellent, I can bitch somewhere where no-one but me will care. And maybe the odd person who for some reason actually finds me funny, but how likely is that?

So, yeah, I'll probably just be using this space to bitch about how much I think everything sucks. Or possibly how awesome I think something is, but considering how much more attention negative media gets, expect bitching. But hope for a little ray of sunshine in the back of my mind if you really want more positive news. Or, you know, just ask me nicely and I'll see what little hope I can whip up.

Also expect me to use this for any opinions on games/books/etc I have that are too informal for a review.

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1831 blogged
Nov 28, 08 3:41pm

Dear blog, my name is 1831 (with a 1, not a one) and I am 15 years old. Today Synergy said she loves me, and even called me babe! I'm so excited. Tomorrow i'm going to ask her out. Synergy is a really cool chick, and I hope that one day we will spend our days informing people on how Fallout 2 is so much funnier than Fallout 3, which sits in a comfortable position above the Elder Scrolls games but below the first two Fallouts. I would say'Bethesda has done an admirable job, but there are a number of key flaws, such as crappy perks and your SPECIAL stats really not affecting much, as opposed to Fallout 2 where they could really *bleep* you up!' and then Synbunny would say 'I agree with this. Also, I am a total whore', and I would say 'but I love you anyway, darling xoxo'. Wish me luck! :):)

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Kokoro blogged
Nov 28, 08 11:48pm

You know what I hate? Internet slangs and memes. They're just so stupid and you'll never see me use them, not even on something like MSN. Not to mention, they are so overused these days. There's no point in them, other than laziness or just trying to be funny. I actually have used them a few times now and then a long time ago, but I regret it now. You can say it's "fun", but I don't see any fun in them.

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Chad blogged
Nov 28, 08 9:06am

Today, before starting my daily routine on the computer, I decided to flip on the radio. A few good songs came on, and I was too lazy to change stations when one I didn't like came on. So there I was, beginning to type something up for school, already having the wording and what the finished product will look like in my head. I start typing and I notice something odd, I'm subconsciously typing to the lyrics of the song. At that time, "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis was on, and it had just started the singing. Every time she would be saying a word, I would type it in a rythmatic fashion, not typing anything inbetween words. I was seemingly typing in quick spurts, with less than a second break before typing again.

Half-way through the song I caught myself doing this so I decided to turn off the music. I began to wonder if I had done this in the past when typing and simultaneously listening to music, then I began to wonder if I had ever done anything subconsciously to a beat or lyrics that I could hear. Then I thought about how a lot of people require music to get work done or study or do some other activity. Are the beats/lyrics involved actually keeping them focused on what they are doing? After about ten minutes of wondering about this, I just decided to scrap the whole thought process that was currently running through my head about this topic. Still though, I wonder how many others aren't aware that music might have an effect on how they do things.

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Ecto blogged
Nov 28, 08 7:48am

Thanksgiving was at my fathers house this year and, though I do love Thanksgiving and acknowledge it as my favorite holiday, I seem to appreciate it less and less every year and, tonight, I'm just glad it's over. I like to party and love being around people but...when it comes to family...the house just gets too crowded too quickly. Don't me wrong, I love my family and enjoy being with them, it's just not, I'm sure we can all agree, different than being with friends and the sort.

I don't really have a point with all of this...but I must say it's a depressing thought to think Thanksgiving isn't going to be as enjoyable next year as it is this year if I continue along this patter. I've always been a pretty quiet person...I enjoy being alone. I would also much rather have only a couple really close friends than a lot of good friends.

I did work today...pay and a half was enough to convince me. Perhaps I'm just extra tired this year.

Good news is I have tomorrow off. Cheers!

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Harvest Moon girl blogged
Nov 28, 08 4:48am

Which is why I won't even bother to spend time thinking of a creative, eye-catching one.

Phil (VulcanRaven) mentioned this to me a little while ago, so I thought I'd check it out. I'm one of those losers who love to learn about other people, so this is absolutely fascinating to me, even if I have never heard or "talked" to most of the members blogging here. I suppose I'll introduce myself though I doubt that too many people will ever read this.

I'm known as Harvest Moon girl on Neoseeker and have been a member since February 29, 2004. There's really not much to say about my Neo history other than I made quite a bit of friends on the site that I truly enjoy talking with. I don't have any epic stories of my modding skills since I never was one, but that's quite alright since I'd make a terrible mod. You would probably see me editing everyone's grammar and spelling, haha. Since there's not much to tell about my neo self, I'll write more about myself.

Hi, the name's Antonia and I can be one of the most sardonic people you'll "meet" if I'm irritated. I've gotten better at controlling what I say though and have begun to sound less sarcastic. Although sarcasm is second nature to me, I still consider myself to be easy-going and nice and if not nice, then certainly very polite. Though I wouldn't call myself gregarious, I certainly do enjoy meeting and speaking with new and different people.

I think I'll probably end up using this as a place for storing quotes I like or posting reminders to myself...like that paper that's been due since October 16th, *bleep*. Am I allowed to curse? Sorry for corrupting the youth, though I'd like to mention that today's youth doesn't need any help from me.

Oh, Happy American Thanksgiving!

Hmm, this looks so bland. I think I'll go and try cajoling Foxshy (Artificer) into teaching me his mighty CSS tricks.


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Mocking Alvin blogged
Nov 28, 08 4:29am



Okay, I really don't have a clue where I am going with this blog. It's really just a way for me to rant on (and on, and on) about stuff that interests me, but probably few others. Seeing as i don't know what to expect, i can't really give you a good idea , so you'll have to read to find out.

A short introduction first is probably necessary, as i'm sure very few, if any, of you actually know who i am. I am a nineteen year old English literature and Film/Theatre student living in Glasgow, Scotland. Which is a great city by the way. I barely do any work at university though, and my attendance is shocking, so i don't really know how this whole degree thing is gonna turn out. Erm, my interests i suppose are books, movies, writing, football (sport in general really, i like a fair few, both playing and watching), gaming and going down the pub for a few pints with friends. You can pretty much guarentee that the majority of my posts will be concerning these things. I don't wanna rabble on, so i'll leave it there for now, and maybe reveal more as time passes.

I was going to have an opinionated section of this post, but i figure an introduction will do for now, and then i'll crack on with forcing my feelings and opinions (of which i have plenty) on you tomorrow. Also, pat on the back for whoever knows what the title of this post is in reference to.

Oh, and fancy bloggy layout stuff will be coming soon, hopefully.

TTFN

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Klope62 blogged
Nov 28, 08 4:12am

I guess I'll start this year recap of events out with the Neoseeker Modeling Competition, while I wouldn't consider it the biggest, it was technically the first event that started to this chain.

Around the end Summer '07, in IRC, All Knowing was trying to think of a way to get some excitement and activity to the relatively new clothes and fashion forum. I approached him with an idea and we talked about it for awhile. After he understand what I was saying in general...that was it. I left him to arrange and organize, only with intent to participate.

Unfortunately, it failed. Lots of people said they were going to participate and pictures in, but very few people actually did. The judging situation was messy and confusing, and we never got a great load of people. So, at the end of things, it was rendered a little useless. All Knowing then decided to 'detach' himself from experiment and it seemed like that was the end of it. I was a little dismayed but I honestly didn't think too much about it after awhile.

In January '08, Lazzara decided to attempt to revive it. This time I took a different stance and approach. Starting with this post, I wasn't going let it turn out to be exactly that same as it did prior. I fought hard to prove a few points. After about 3 months of deliberating, arguing, and planning, we finally got something underway. It was hard to get everyone's mind changed and develop something that could maybe work, but it happened.

I functioned as an organizer at the beginning, but once again became a participant instead. I figured more people were going to be needed for that, and since the foundation was already formed, it would be fine. And at the end of the day, it did. I enjoyed it well enough, and came away with a few new friends. Everyone knows I was robbed though, of course. (Neo :o)

Cheese.

Tomorrow; The Epic Elections.

<3 Raz!

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Liliana blogged
Nov 28, 08 2:40am

Well, I guess I should start by telling you the basics about Nintendo.

Nintendo is a company located in Kyoto, Japan founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi to create and produce handmade cards. Eventually, Nintendo expanded into a gaming company that exploded into the scene in 1966 with electronics such as Love Testers.



But, that wasn't what surprised people the most. What made people awe is in 1974, Nintendo got the right to distribute the Magnavox Odyssey, which is the first gaming console ever created. But even this wasn't as big as what to come next.

Nintendo hired a Student Produce named Shigeru Miyamoto, who helped created the first game for the new Nintendo arcade based gaming. He helped create the first notable game Donkey Kong, which you all know starred the biggest faces of Nintendo today; Mario and Donkey Kong. The rest is common knowledge.

Now, to start about my original point of this post.




People these days see Nintendo as a gaming company that's only in it for the money. Well, I disagree with this statement. Nintendo's newer games still hold the basics qualities that they had many years ago; Fantasy. They make you use your imagination. Unlike the newer games for Xbox360 and PS3 which are very realistic. Games that make you use your imagination can help you be able to use it later on in life, which could come in useful someday.

Nintendo's games haven't really changed much rather than from 2D to 3D. Game titles such as Super Smash Bros Brawl and their new Pokemon Diamond/Pearl are also examples of this.

Pokemon, a game about catching animal based monsters to become the most powerful trainer ever. How real does this seem? Doesn't it kind of make you use your imagination while playing the game?

I look at a lot of the game for the Xbox360 and the PS3, and yes, I can conclude that the Wii, Nintendo's latest game system, is for the younger players, but that doesn't mean it isn't any worse, or better than the PS3 or the Xbox360. The Wii's games are creative and fun, while the Xbox360 and the PS3 games are Realistic and Time Consuming.

Now, this is where it drops into personal opinion. What do you like better? Creativeness and Fun, or Realistic and Time Consuming.

I for one like it when games make you use imagination, and are based around being creative. But as I said, this is personal opinion.

So, do you agree with what people say about Nintendo? That it's the worst gaming company out there? That Sony and Microsoft are the best?

What do you think?

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Star of Spurs blogged
Nov 28, 08 1:42am



No. I'm not going to start a blog. I refuse to start a blog, then when I turn to 15 create a MySpace and act 'emo' for attention whilst having my Cascada CD blaring out of my speakers, and pretend to shut myself out from the outside world.

Eh, this couldn't hurt I guess. I'm Sam, I'm 12 years of age and I think I'm the living definition of a geek. Most of the girls at my school don't like me/use me for practical jokes, because either:

a) They know that I had an incredibly unhealthy obsession with Doctor Who throughout most of Year 5 and 6, or that

b) I'm such a geek I'm in Set 1 (or the top class) for everything except PE (in which I am Set 2) or

c) They know I'm weird, and a complete weakling.

In all honesty...I don't mind being a geek. I really don't care. Of course, my first point is bad (but let's be honest, we've all had a really bad obsession with something at one point), but I like the fact I'm smart. Yes, I get bullied with insults, but...I really don't care. Let them throw insults at me basically, if being a geek helps me with my ambition (writing television series for the BBC - I know I'm aiming high, but apparently I can accomplish it), then I really don't care.

So, sorry if I wasted your time, I'm Sam and I'll probably be on here a lot, rambling for ever and ever. I hope that I'm at least a tiny bit entertaining.

Thanks for reading, and adios. :)


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Tweety Pie blogged
Nov 28, 08 5:56am


Marmite is the smell of pure raw animal sexuality. I wish I smelled of marmite. After my recent termination of a relationship, after several questions as to my sexuality by a girlfriend of six months and culminating in the immortal words 'YOU CLOTH-EARED BINT' I decided no more, no more would I be yet another pawn in a card game. No more. No freaking more. But the heart has once more proved itself the king, while I play the pawn. Enough with the crap similies and illusions to board games WHAT A FREEKICK BY BUCKTOOTH RONALDINHO!!!!!!! Play up Pompey anyway. Yeah, well.

So I find myself swinging from roundabouts and spinning on slides, looking for a strawberry in a mulberry bush, writting shit on a blog. Woo a blog, I said to myself, always wanted one myself. And now I have one and I'm writing about strawberries and roundabouts. About the half-eated kit-kat on toast that is my life. Sickly but wholesome I like to think.

Two paragraphs and not one mention of the Alex, I must be going good. Dario is not necessarily a positive, although I love him to bits, hes nearly 5,000,654,234,567 years old, maybe he should resign before his dies at a match? Better than Stevie Dutch anyway. Bring on Nigel Clough I say, maybe he can stop the freefall and give us a kick up the righteous bottom.

Bloggity bloggity bloggity bloggity bloggity blogty blog.


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huntyr blogged
Nov 28, 08 5:17am

On December 6, rock bands will be converging on the Rio Theater in Vancouver for Cthulhupalooza for a rock band festival. There are prizes to be had and, more importantly, fun times to be had!

Why am I mentioning this? Because I will be there to witness sacrifices to the great Cthulhu.

So, if you like rock band, or seeing a bunch of Cthulhu worshippers make fools of themselves, come on out for what should be a good time!

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Tainted blogged
Nov 27, 08 8:48pm

Note: The Thanksgiving break has given me a lot of free time. And giving free time will lead to me thinking about random crap, which leads to me writing about that random crap here. So if you are wondering why I am writing so frequently, and why they are about really random topics, it's because I am reaaaaly bored right now. XD

I was watching TV with my dad a few hours ago, and a commercial for Guitar Hero: World Tour came on. It was the one where Derek Jeter, Tony Hawk, Michael Phelps, and Kobe Bryant are jamming out to "Old Time Rock and Roll" like in that one Tom Cruise movie. So anyway, as they each came on screen my dad was naming them off, trying to figure out who they were (he recognized all of them right off-the-bat, except for Tony Hawk). I thought it was a cool commercial, and I thought he did too.

But then he turned to me and said, "You know, I've never understood the concept of that kind of game." I was pretty shocked. Having owned all Guitar Hero games previously, I thought my Dad understood the entertainment in playing rhythm games like that. So I asked him, "What do you mean? Games like Guitar Hero?"

Turns out he was talking about band games, such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero: World Tour. "No, like those complete band games," he said. "I just think it seems kind of sad. Like, you get a bunch of friends together to play in a fake band."

Well, to be honest, I didn't really have much to say back to him. The way he perceives those games, I guess it does seem kind of sad. It's almost like you can't get a real band together, so instead you just pick up the faux Les Paul and jam with your friends. Instead of practicing in your garage until the cops are called on you, you simply turn the volume down and continue your 6th playthrough of Enter Sandman.

So are band games really that pitiful? I think it depends on how you look at them. If you go in wanting to have fun and play a game, then I don't think it's sad at all. After all, these are still video games we are talking about, and because they are entertaining they should still be regarded as such. So it is not sad to pop in a copy of Rock Band 2 and play along with three of your friends.

But, at the same time, I think that my Dad made a nice point: band games shouldn't really be used for living out your dream of starting a band. Beating Guitar Hero on Expert will not help you learn face melting solos on the real guitar. And just because you can pass the vocals part of Dani California in Rock Band doesn't mean that you are a good singer.

I guess the main purpose of this post is to bring up a new perspective on these virtual band games. I'm sure that my dad isn't alone in his beliefs that these games are made for depressing teenagers who are living out their dream of starting a band in this virtual realm. But personally, I don't think that this genre is pitiful in any way. At the end of the day it's just a different way to approach gaming, and there's nothing wrong with that.

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