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Blog: A new one again
New wallpaper:

Yes, it's purple bricks...
Blog: It's been a while...
But it's finally time for a new wallpaper!

Oh my God — it's full of stars!

More resolutions: 1920x1200 and 1920x1080

Not much else is going on at the moment, have two other wallpapers that I'm working on but they haven't "matured" into something good yet.

I'm also starting to experience a slight slowdown in asian drama consumption, at least the japanese kind. Maybe it's because I've gone through most of the real good ones, and now I'm into mediocre country... I hope there's still a few undiscovered gems out there though smiley.
Blog: Was intended to be a pun
Had lots of good titles but couldn't settle on one so I picked an even worse. Been almost two months since last time! I've finished Dragon Age 2 and started playing Mass Effect 2 (free with DA2 purchase!), but I just had to get Mass Effect original because there were just too many references to game one for me to continue to play the sequel. Almost finished the first one now, here's a picture from the game:

Blog Image

Thats about it for gaming, also been reading tons of books, finished three trilogies! See 'books read' section below for more info. I think my personal favorite was the "Tamir Triad" (The Bone Doll's Twin, Hidden Warrior, The Oracle's Queen).

Aslo during my book craze I've been looking for a place similar to anidb but for books, so far im trying goodreads and librarything, both have their ups and downs, I would probably prefer librarything, but it cost money if you want to add more than 200 books :/.

Okay, I guess I dragged it out long enough now... Time for the main event!

Tadaa, new wallpaper:

Kind of retro starburst in the background?

Surprise, it's Yui Makino smiley. Also available in 1080p in the gallery.

That's it for now, cya.
Blog: Back on track
Been a while since last time, ~tadaa~ :

A colorful Yui Makino wallpaper

The font I used this time was Star Avenue, and the image itself is from the マキノユイ。 album booklet.

Other departments at skull-HQ has been busy working on Minecrafting a castle, and also wrapping up the story of the six duchies. For the unintiated, that means more Robin Hobb books smiley. I've finished the Liveship Traders arc as well as the Tawny Man arc. Great books, great story, great ending! There's still some books left for me to read in the "Realm of the Elderlings", namely the "Rain Wild Chronicles", but that one is still missing a book so I'll wait for the last one to come out before I read it.

My new minecraft addiction has so far resulted in lots of missing hours, as well as a new minecraft gallery. I will soon add some more images there, stay tuned.

Cya next time, and play the games smiley There's space in the highscore lists...
Blog: Over 5000
As the topic says, over 5000 plays of Yui Makino for me now at last.fm. It took about three years to get to 5000, and that equals to around 5 songs per day. And to celebrate this, a new wallpaper:

Yui Makino in space

Also a 1920x1080 version availible in the gallery.

If you go in to the gallery you'll also notice a subtle difference (maybe smiley). The images are no longer all scaled too a 100x100 thumbnail but a more aspect ratio correct one. Makes it a bit easier to make out what the image is suppose to be.

Btw please vote in the poll for a chance to decide the color scheme of the next skallen.net theme!

Three posts in one month, must be some kind of record for me, weeee!
Blog: It's time again....
For a new wallpaper smiley

This time it's actually based on an image taken with my camera, on the CD-booklet for the fuwafuwa single (I don't have a scanner). But quality-wise it turned out pretty okay, but feels a bit primitive.

Well well, anyhow, here it is:
Yui Makino with headphones

Also working on a 1920x1080 version with a different text. And don't forget to check the other one I did last month, it's in the gallery!

Been playing some other games than HoN this month, an old classic (civ 4) as well as a new "tactic rpg" game called The Last Remnant. Not gotten into it yet, took a while just to get the controls right, but at least its playable smiley

One more month then it's finally golf season up here again smiley
Blog: Early christmas present!
Yes, early present for you, so be nice!

Yui Makino Angel Mode!

I'm impressed by myself! Fourth wallpaper this year (all Yui Makino smiley), I think that's some kind of record for me.

This time, it was a bit more work than usual, like 5000 hours in paint for one thing, and a couple of different sources combined as well. So here's some credits:

» Wings: Falln-Stock
» Background: maz hewitt
» Other brush effects: ihea
» Font: Hawaii Lover
» Original image: Tanpopo Suisha ~Yui Makino Version~ album booklet

This time it was more than just adding some text smiley. The source image was really good though, the original file is 2790x1877, so I can make it pretty much any resolution. For now I'll just add the 1680x1050 which I use myself. Need another resolution? Just ask smiley

No kanji this time, I don't have any good-looking kanji fonts, the few I have looks pretty bland and didn't fit at all.

Off topic: Now I'm safe this year, at least one post for each month, woohoo!
Blog: Another wallpaper
This is crazy, two new wallpapers this close together! And the third Yui Makino wallpaper this year. And I still have a few more drafts I'm working on smiley.

This one was a little more exciting to do than the last one, the image I had to work on then was really tiny, and I couldn't do very much about it. This time I had a bigger image, and a better background on the image as well.

Anyway, enough talk, here's the wallpaper:

My third Yui Makino Wallpaper, wohoo!!

Fun fact, my three wallpapers of Yui Makino are kind of the only ones availible in the world! My previous two currently ranks one and third on a google image search for 'Yui Makino Wallpaper' and I cant spot any other wallpapers around there either.

As for news one the site, nothing much this time, changed the layout on the frontpage to only display six posts at a time. I've started to use more and more pictures when posting, and they eat both loading times and page length. The 'recent posts' box already provided quick links to the first six posts, so I just cut away the extra ones.

One more paragraph before ending it... This weekend I watched my 300th (unique) anime! The honor goes to 'Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind' (link below).
Blog: New wallpaper!
Wow, I made a new wallpaper, thats not happening every day. Again featuring Yui Makino smiley. Unfortunately the original image was a bit low quality so i had to go for a minimalistic look in this one. Here it is anyway:

My second Yui Makino Wallpaper

If anyone is interested in other resolutions than 1280x1024 just ask, its easy to fix. I mostly make them for myself and I use it on a 1280x1024 screen.

Not much more for now... as always, have more stuff I'm tinkering on, but thats for future posts smiley
Blog: New gallery system!
Wee, finally made the changes to my gallery, now I can have subdirectories smiley. Also uploaded some photos in the gallery now that it works a bit better.

Was a new animesuki forum banner contest this month. The theme this time was Friendship/Family. The banners I did are in the gallery, check it out... My favorite was the school rumble one.

Also made a new wallpaper featuring Yui Makino.

The original image looked like this:

Turned out quite nice imho smiley

Been sick last week, so quite a lot of anime since last time.
Blog: Dual Screen Wallpapers
At home my current screen setup is a 19" and a 17" LCD both running at 1280x1024. And on those screens it really looks nice to have a big fat wide wallpaper that covers them both (it will be even better when they both are 19" sometime in the future). But good 2560x1024 wallpapers doesn't grow on trees! I recently found a very good wallpaper by zaira that I really wanted to use.

So after some magic I came up with this:

Last time a table, this time an image, next time some youtube videos!!! smiley

I'm thinking of making a short tutorial about how I did the dual monitor version, would that be interesting? If you think it would, post a comment! Yeah, you got it, the comments are back up! With the same impossible to read CAPTCHA font as the shoutbox smiley.
Blog: Warhammer 40k
Yup, a long long time ago in a city far away, I used to play Warhammer 40 000 (40k). I still have my little figurines of course, but I don't play with them anymore, they have been demoted to the decoration platoon. So what is sudden outburst about Warhammer 40k? Well, you see, my site has once again "dinged" (mmorpg term for leveling up), 40 000 visitors! What better way is there to celebrate this than talking about Warhammer 40 000? None I could think about ;)

For once I have an exciting poll question, with FMA and Naruto being in the top positions, so don't forget to vote and save the world!

Got kinda sick of my wallpaper yesterday so I made a new one, here is the result:

Angel of War... or something

Of course i didn't draw the character myself, found it on the internet somewhere. I'm kinda happy with the result, and I think I'm moving in the right direction, my last wallpaper was pink ;). That's all folks!™

I will make one more post this month, look forward to it.