Notes on the design of this site

So… how do you like this layout?

You can now choose from several themes for the page. They are listed in the sidebar. Currently the themes are “Original”, “Holidays”, “Me-Fi”, and “Lost Pages”. Original is what you should get by default. Holidays is red and green. Me-Fi and Lost Pages are tributes to two of my favorite designs. Please let me know how they look in your browser. Merry Christmas Eve Eve.

Note: I’m desperately trying to find a way to work something from thepinupfiles into one of my site designs.
2024-01-23: Broken links in this post have been removed and/or updated.

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