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Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009, 02:13 pm
The many moods of Ratatouille

I woke up feeling very sleepy. Quite exhausted, in fact. Exanimate. So much so that I called in sick. There was some unpleasantness online later that morning that left me feeling quite distressed, but I trust you know me well enough to know that I was determined not to let it leave me crushed.

I powered on and finished my latest project: A Ratatouille custom mood theme (also available in tree view if you prefer). I've been quietly working on it for the past few weeks.

I thought it was about time I took advantage of my paid account's ability to create my own custom mood theme. I know this one is larger than most, but I took care to make sure no image was more than 100 pixels tall or wide, and I hope this will be an adequate compromise between visibility and usability. I don't post every day, so I'm hoping this mood theme will not be an undue burden on anyone's friends page.

Unfortunately, even though I have had a request to share it, I'm not sure how, short of very slowly writing a console script that interested rats could then run on their LiveJournal. All the images are publicly available in my Ratatouille moods gallery. If anyone has any suggestions on how I could share this (some sort of mood theme exporter/importer perhaps?) I'm all ears.

Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)

Cute ^^ I loved that movie! Wish I could be more help with your question though

Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)

That's an awesome mood theme!

Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)

Very nice work Marko.

And they don't seem to be too large or intrusive in the least.

Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)

Nice work. :)

Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)

Nice one :)
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Wed, Jan. 14th, 2009 08:35 am (UTC)

I wasn't expecting anyone to check over it on so much detail! I agree that some of the images don't really fit the moods very well, but I was limited by the scenes that were in the movie. If you have other suggestions, I'm happy to shuffle things around.

I couldn't find anything for "awake" but I could try recycling one of the images from the "happy" family of moods. (If you look at the tree view, you will see that moods are grouped into branches and sub-branches.)

I could try this one or even this one for "bouncy" if you prefer?

"Loved" was a tricky one, even though a lot of the movie centres around the concept of familial love. I did have in mind this scene, but to me it looks more like Emile is trying to cash in on Remy's popularity.

"Envious", "jealous" and "sympathetic" are all very abstract concepts I had trouble with. Ideas? I didn't really want to 'cheat' by adding emoticons or other graphics but maybe I'll have to.

I will try out a few things between "thirsty" and "drunk".

So, this custom mood theme is really a work in progress even though I've already press-ganged it into active service. I should hopefully have a more polished set in a few weeks' time, ready for sharing.

Fri, Jan. 16th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)

I've done some revisions based on your (very constructive) criticisms. In the absence of further inspiration or suggestions, I think this is about as good as it's going to get. My other idea was to make "thirsty" be an animated gif of him drinking down in the sewer (I think that gets the idea across better) but I don't like animated moods in general and it would have been a lot of trouble.

My next step would be to package it as a custom mood theme for sharing and then hope that rats will come and use it. There's even an LJ community I could submit it to.
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Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat: Re: And for sharing the theme...

LJ's documentation is a mess, and often contradictory. LJ will not be accepting any more submissions for public mood themes at this time. It looks like the only way is to write a console script, but luckily other people have done a lot of the work for me so I don't think it will be as hard as I thought.
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Wed, Jan. 14th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)

thats awesome!