Right, it's been about a week since the glorious launch of the Ricardiblog, and it seems I might actually be getting the hang of this. Having said that, I will doubtless manage to erase everything in a minute or two.
After some thrashing around with colour codes, the blog is now a highly attractive shade of taupe with puce accents, which is more or less what I was after in the first place. Actually, the taupe is now less brown than before and the puce is less purple. Just in case anyone cares. It still amounts to merely poking and prodding a bog-standard Blogger template though. During the process, all of the sidebar titles shrank mysteriously to their current size. I kind of like them like that so I think I'll just leave them as is.
I tried to get Misty to implement a similar colour scheme when she was guest blogging over at the Duck's place, but no go. There's no accounting for taste, obviously. So you lucky people get this colour scheme instead. One world-famous blogger has already commented on how lacking in style it is. Certain other people preferred the original template with green sidebars, which it took me a while to figure out how to eliminate. They're now decomposing in the composter out back, along with various vegetable tailings, some slightly-dead potted plants and most of a dogwood bush. Good riddance to 'em. The green sidebars, that is.
Thanks to all of you for the help and encouragement... even if I did inadvertently send all of your comments to the purgatory that is Blogger's moderation bin for a while. With a little help from Dawn, we got that sorted out too.
That's enough shameless name-dropping for now, I think. All you in the back, stop muttering. The colour scheme is here to stay. For now.
In other news, I will be in sunny California for the last half of next week, investigating new genomic technologies and generally trying not to get lost en route from LAX to Irvine. If anybody has suggestions of what to look at while I'm there (apart from the inside of my hotel room, parked in front of the laptop and blogging away like mad), do let me know.