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why can't I figure out this coding? 
3rd-Oct-2010 05:57 pm
So I am using a fun layout from fleeting_days but I'll be damned if I can get the body to line up with the header. It's making me CRAZY. I'm not a complete idiot about coding I'll have you know. But coding within LJ is tricky. So if anyone, and this is REALLY for you, purecreation or even you, angylone since you gals use coded layouts....can help me I'd be GREATLY appreciative? I just want it to all be centered and lined up - thanks!

Ethereal is now completely gone. I'm a bit sad about it really - even though I do have my art now on Photobucket. Ironically, the death of Ethereal prompted me to open up Photoshop yesterday when I found myself home alone ALL DAY and I made some stuff. I made some headers for a friend of mine and her site, girlsspeakgeek.com. And I made a wallpaper - oh yes I did. I'm not sure if you're a fan of Stargate Universe (or SGU) - but you should be. It's dark. Gloomy. Stark. Off to rocky start last season as it found it's way - but it's filled with some great confrontations and stories. I just dig it - you can see by the latest wallpaper I've done.

On a more serious note I am sick of hearing of these kids killing themselves. I have a very hard and tough stance on suicide in general. I have some very dark personal experience to draw from (not me but a person VERY close to me years ago). So it isn't as I'm an unfeeling bitch or completely ignorant. Quite the contrary. While the kids we've been hearing about have been tortured and bullied about issues deeply provocative and private - I'm sorry but suicide is NOT the answer. That tells me that something was further off inside the poor souls other than being bullied. But let me stress, I hate bullies and the act of bullying. Any of you who know me - know this is true. I take it very seriously and never have tolerated it by those around me. In fact most of you may recall my dismay at the end of last school year when my son found himself in trouble over taking part in some bullying of a fellow student.

So while I think that bullies should in general be strung up and lashed - people also have to find it within themselves to deal with the world. And this is where I get so frustrated with parents. No we cannot fix everything. We are not perfect. But can you honestly tell me that you firmly believe parents have really been doing their jobs in the past 20 years or so? And I mean this for both sides - doing their jobs to teach their children not to be behave so heinously, as well as how to be okay with who you are and deal with the outside world? See me? I don't think so.

Technology unfortunately only makes the situation larger than it should be. Then again - parents - limit what your kid has access to dammit. I mean really - why does every child have to have an iPhone or smart phone, or computer, or Facebook account? Why? What purpose does it really serve for them? Will they shrivel up and die without it? Hell no. Just ask my son! LOL

But it isn't technology's fault either. So much of it does lie with us, parents, at the choices we make. The hard and difficult choices that get our kids mad at us, the choices that are so exhausting and tiresome in order to show them how to act. We have to walk the walk. Talk the talk. And frankly, quit worrying so damned much about politically correct - because that is a huge waste of time. We all know in our guts what is right and wrong. It's when we don't listen to our guts and allow the emotional ties to "what others think" to distract us from our guts that we go wrong.

So parents grow a pair and man up for crap's sake.

And as for these poor children who have taken their lives - my heart breaks for their families. I feel badly for those 2 dumb teens who thought it would be cool to send a live broadcast of their roomate out into the world. Their lives will never be the same. It's tragic all around. Truly. But am I the only asking out loud why it was so much easier to simply snuff out their very precious lives? That would be a scary thought indeed.
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4th-Oct-2010 04:57 am (UTC)
i know know anything aboutr ...ok. background is black and characters are black. not a c lue what i'm typing. i'm suire this is riddled with typoes i can't see to correct!
4th-Oct-2010 04:58 am (UTC)
WOW. as you can see (cause i can't? hahah) my typing isn't perfect the first time around. and maybe nor the second? comes from only using one finger on my left hand.
5th-Oct-2010 04:24 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. This wasn't a part of the coding that I originally changed - but I found it! :) You should be able to see your comments better now!
4th-Oct-2010 05:10 am (UTC)

Found it! This part right here...

.pageblock {
width: 902px;
background-color: #202E30;
margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto;
margin: 200px;

The margin: 200px; --> should be margin-top: 200px;

Hope that helps! :)

Also, you might want to tweak your comment box. The background is black, but so is the type for entries when posting a comment. It's tough to see what I'm typing. LOL

And I totally agree with everything you've said about the bulling. I hate it when people only look at one side of the issue.
5th-Oct-2010 04:24 am (UTC)
Ah there it is Heidi - I swear I was staring and staring and just couldn't get it! Thank you!
4th-Oct-2010 06:36 am (UTC)
I agree with you when you say that suicide is not the answer, but saying so from a place of judgement is not going to help. If anything, it makes the problem worse. We need to reach out to people who are suffering and let them know that it's okay to ask for help or to take help when it's offered. People, especially teens and young adults, are afraid to reach out and ask for help precisely because of the stigma surrounding depression/suicide, because of the notion that people just have to "deal with the world," because of how many times they've been told to just deal with it.

I myself suffered from and struggled with clinical depression for years before I finally found the courage to reach out and ask for help. It took me that long because of the pervasive idea that people should be ashamed of things like depression, of not being able to just "find it within themselves to deal." And if it weren't for To Write Love On Her Arms and their efforts to remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues and to encourage real conversation about them, I might still be struggling on my own.

CBS Sunday Morning did a story on teen/young adult suicides in which TWLOHA is featured; I really recommend watching it. You can see it here.
5th-Oct-2010 04:32 am (UTC)
I don't think that I said anything about not offering support to those in need. While it is true that I personally haven't suffered from clinical depression, it doesn't mean that I don't have some serious experience to draw from. The place in which I make these kinds of statements is one of hard knocks truth - yet with compassion.

When I said that people should be taught to deal with the world and with conflict and others - I meant it. Obviously there are going to be those that have psychological issues that will make that particular task even harder. But also true is the romanticizing the idea of the "world out to get me" and suicide in general. It's also true that living in a society so bent upon political correctness that some basic critical thinking and socializing skills have been left by the wayside by parents.

I know there isn't any simple answer or solution.
10th-Oct-2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
a) I only just saw this and b) I really don't know anything about lj coding - I pretty much just cut and paste my layouts #fail
but it looks like you got it working, so yay!! :)

I agree with the bullying and suicide stuff. It's really hard. I also think we're seeing problems increase because issues grow exponentially from one generation to the next if they aren't changes.

Edited at 2010-10-10 09:51 pm (UTC)
10th-Oct-2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
Aren't you cute going back over older posts? I've been trying to stay caught up on folks' posts as well. It's easier these days as apparently there since they seem to be falling off the planet?! LOL

I love the layouts you choose when you copy and paste the coding - so whatever you're doing works! And you are so right - problems are not being addressed or fixed.
18th-Oct-2010 12:57 am (UTC)
haha - I only get onto lj once a week - so I just go back in my flist until I start running into entries I've already read :) and you're right, it is easier these days.

and thank you! I feel so inept with the layout coding and leave them up for so long, I'm glad at least I'm not the only one who likes them :)
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