Do I hear a drumroll?

It's official ribbon-cutting time......

So, a warm, brand new WELCOME to all, here at the newly redesigned Classical Values!

I hope everyone likes the blog's new layout and graphics. While I very much liked the old one, it's been a year and I thought it was time for a "facelift."

My deepest thanks to Sekimori's brilliant designer Robyn L. Pollman, (whose portfolio can be seen here). Robyn has worked with me for weeks on this, and deserves a medal for putting up with my neurotic demands.

Last but not least, I want to thank you, all my readers, for continuing to inspire me to do this.

(And Robyn, now it's time for your victory dance!)

UPDATE: Out of deference to President Reagan's funeral, I'm post-dating (?) this post to Saturday, June 12. The champagne will have to wait till after the funeral.

But remember, life goes on.

On a rainy day like this, I wish I could fly to sunny California, of which Ronald Reagan said,

If the Pilgrims had landed in California, the East Coast would still be a wilderness.

posted by Eric on 06.12.04 at 09:51 AM


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Tracked on June 11, 2004 9:08 PM


Looks good. Crisp, clean.

SayUncle   ·  June 11, 2004 10:21 AM

Very elegant. I like it.

Rue   ·  June 11, 2004 11:26 AM

Did you direct Robyn to airbrush the nekkidness from 'Daybreak'?

Not very Classical of you, Eric. ;-)

Maxfield Parish   ·  June 11, 2004 6:32 PM

Good eye! :-) I pitched him several versions of it (after he requested it be used), and ultimately he went with the female-free one.

robyn   ·  June 11, 2004 7:39 PM

Very, very nice.

Solomon   ·  June 11, 2004 9:53 PM

Very easy on the eyes, I like it.

Now you just need to come up with a new poll. I mean, come on, how long has that favorite scandal bit been up!

Actually, I'm just bitter because the ABC Affair wasn't one of the choices, though that wasn't strictly speaking a "scandal."

Beck   ·  June 11, 2004 10:26 PM

Yes. It does look crisper and cleaner. Other things...

I noticed that you have your sidebar and blogroll on the right now, whereas before you had it on the left. My sidebar/blogroll is on the right, too, and I have often contemplated the spectrumological implications of that.

I took a look at other blogs on my blogroll to see on which side they had their blogrolls/sidebars. Here's what I found:

Rachel Lucas - right
Jeff Soyer (Alphecca) - right
Don Watkins (Anger Management) - right
Agenda Bender (Tom Brennan) - left
Arthur Silber (Light of Reason) - left
John Kusch (Letters From a Strip of Dirt) - right*
(*no longer blogging)
Dean Esmay (Dean's World) - right
Rosemary Esmay (The Queen Of All Evil) - left and right
Timothy Sandefur (Freespace) - left and right
Jonathan Rowe - left
Ed Brayton (Dispatches From the Culture Wars) - left
The Raving Atheist - right
Boi From Troy - right
Wonkette - right
Bill Whittle (Eject! Eject! Eject!) - left and right
Michael Demmons (Discount Blogger) - left and right
Mark Wickens - left and right (photos on right)
Andrew Dalton (Venting Steam) - right
Marriage Debate - left
Family Scholars - right
Volokh Conspiracy (uh, oh!) - left
Billy Beck (Two Four) - left
Virginia Postrel (Dynamist) - right
William Quick (Daily Pundit) - left


Thanks for the comments, and advice! Steven, your analysis fascinates as usual. Not sure if I know left from right anymore!

The Parrish ended up just being background instead of theme. If enough people complain, I suppose I could ask Robyn to stick the girls back in, but then what is Antinous doing in the foreground, and why have the colors changed? I didn't want to force a theme on people, and it looked pretty busy, and overly manipulative. It's a design at this point; not a Parrish print.

Eric Scheie   ·  June 11, 2004 11:34 PM


Ghost of a flea   ·  June 12, 2004 12:20 PM

Very nice. I like the new title area much better than before. Looks much more crisp and professional. Much better than mine, damn it.

John Jenkins   ·  June 12, 2004 1:49 PM

Looks good! Nice job!

Jim Lynch   ·  June 12, 2004 10:11 PM

I like that I can now right-click on a lick and choose to open it in a new window.

Allan Beatty   ·  June 14, 2004 9:00 PM

Excellent redesign. I never cared for the layout or look of old site (though I loved the content). My apologies for not noticing sooner. So many weblogs, so little time.

Alan Sullivan   ·  June 23, 2004 7:35 PM

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