we are not amused

let's try this again

8:02 AM 3/28/10 · Okay, since the last time I posted about this I've been doing some research into the issue; that being LJ's new mood theme restriction, if you missed the memo. All mood themes that're larger than 100x100 have been automatically reduced. For those of you that don't actually customize your moods, or use those made by others, up until about 2 weeks ago the maximum default for all mood sprites was 255x255. Admittedly, that's a bit big for most people's purposes (I made 2 that large just for the fuck of it) but I'm just being thorough here.

Here's one of them: Clicky! You will notice that despite the fact the 100x100 restriction has been instituted those mood sprites remain much larger. That's because the restriction only effects mood displays when used in actual journals. The 255x255 restriction is still in effect when displayed outside of journals...

...or when shown in any view that is not a paid or plus account, like so: Clicky!

Yeah, most of the moods I make are larger than 100x100. Hence why I'm so annoyed by this new feature. However, it's not so all inclusive as you might think. I own a Kindle (wait for it) and even though I can't post to livejournal through it I can read stuff just fine. It was doing this Saturday morning I made an interesting discovery.

My mood theme displayed on my journal the way it's supposed to! A little later that same day I decided to check a different browser type than I usually use; I'm an Internet Explorer kinda guy. The mood displays correctly when viewed under Mozilla Firefox too!

The 100x100 restriction is specifically designed for Internet Explorer...so far as I know. I'm not that familiar with other browsers outside of these 3.

I've run into this problem before. Upon my behest I requested the moderator of marvel_universe update the background of that community and I provided several options. He did it but the thing is I can't see it with IE...but it's perfectly viewable with Firefox.

Go figure.

So long as you don't use Internet Explorer you're fine. However, I do more often then not so I couldn't just let it go at that. I noticed another odd little curiosity due to the fact that in IE my mood theme isn't visible on my account at all. Nor viewing anything on my friendslist. See, the IE view resizes mood themes but certain journal themes don't allow for visible mood themes at all. My journal utilizes the journal theme The Boxer. Decided to poke around and see what others weren't working.

Did I mention that I moderate over 100 communities? Not as hard as you might think, most people don't post as often as I'd like. Even though I use the standard journal themes I try to make each journal look as unique as possible, hence why I make mood themes. Also means I can check out a lot of different journal themes easily enough by looking directly at each of my communities in turn...

...I don't use all of the available journal themes though. Believe it or not, even before this new restriction there were already journal themes that didn't allow for a visible mood theme display. Still, I do use most of them.

There's probably more but these are the journal themes I know don't display moods that used to under IE: The Boxer, Refried Paper, Disjointed, & Component.
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Grrr!

Some of you may have noticed that your mood themes are not showing up on your posts. Me too. However, this doesn't seem to be the case across the board. I can't even see them on my friendslists but going directly to some communities they can be seen...

...though not in all cases.

Here's a quick list of what I've got so far.

Mood visible:
funny_ha_ha
silly_religion
the_bucket_list
epileptic_arts
cats_are_insane
usa_de_quirky

Mood invisible:
order_ofthe_bat
weirdfolks
odd_sex
comic_art

It seems that certain journal themes, like 'The Boxer' which my journal is, are not displaying mood themes. Also the theme that weirdfolks is, which I think is called 'Disjointed' but I don't recall offhand.

I put in a request to LJ's Q&A feature about this a couple days ago but haven't heard back on it as yet.

7:45 PM 3/21/2010 · Oh. Did a quick skim of some of the more official LJ communities I rarely look at:

http://community.livejournal.com/lj_releases/55347.html
Changed behaviour when uploading images for custom mood theme (100x100 max, larger images are resized, error message added) (LJSV-336)

Well, that sucks major donkey balls.
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Kyle Rayner

The War of Light

xposted to Art by InkComic·Art, Willpower IncorporatedGreen·Lanterns, Moody BastardI·Be·Moody, & Round 2MUGEN·Art

11:44 AM 12/1/09 · Hadn't been back in awhile but I decided to check my favorite MYGEN website and see what new stuff they had. Came away with a little under 200 new sprites which may go into mood themes and other sundry projects but I wanted to share a few inparticular with you in the meantime...

...seems MUGEN is also starting work on Blackest Night content!



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Giri Honor Duty Obligation

based off the most recent animated series


Happy | Sad | Angry

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2


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This is really for my own benefit:
fear de evil dat is me

gonna have to actually play this someday


Happy | Sad | Angry

MUGEN 1


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This is really for my own benefit:
  • Current Music
    The Daily Show
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Homer Smash

D'oh!


Happy | Sad | Angry

The Fightin' Simpsons



Sadly this one was too big to use.

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Also too big to use.

This is really for my own benefit:
Daredevil - Man Without Fear

Admin Console usage

7:47 PM 6/3/09 · Since I did the Lilformers mood theme I've been looking into redoing all my mood themes using that. Haven't been having the best of luck with a hosting site for .zip files. It's actually fairly easy to set them up since I've been placing the text area with all of the sprite links for the moods with their dimensions...

...though I had to setup a text file listing all the individual mood's numbers. I haven't figured out why they chose to assign each mood with its number, definitely not alphabetical, but you have to know what they are if you're going to do a mood this way.

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Unfortunately, one of the reasons I was hoping this would work out well was for my communities. The celebrity ones I run pretty much all use the same mood. Regrettably, after consulting the LJ bigwigs, I've learned the admin console can't setup moods for communities.

Updated list of moods for the admin console:
Aliens & Predators
Animated Garfield
Batman the not so animated mood theme
Blackey
Cyberbots 2
DD
Dino·Boy
Garfield #1
It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time!
lemon drops
Lil' Bamfs
Mauru
Merende
Mini·Kargo
Morrigan
Normal Smilies
Old School Garfield
Popo
Shin Bokun
Sinfest 3
Smiley Blobs
Wolverine 1
Wolverine 2
junk food

we are a wonky bunch

Doing a lot of mood themes I often come back to this one section that makes me ponder a bit...cuz I fit into one of the three categories. Mood themes are 132 different moods which are on a branching display so you can cover all of it with just 35 moods.

One of the branches is "nerdy". It covers "dorky" & "geeky". I'm a geek. It's just that I'm not always sure everyone defines these words the same way I do so I thought I'd give you what I got and then you can give me what you got.
  • Nerds: big into computers

    • Dorks: gamers, LARPers, RPG types

    • Geeks: fanboys & girls of movies, comics, TV, etc

How do you define these words?