Log » *Northstar.nu

These entries reflect manual site changes. Member updates are not logged.

24 April 2020

  1. New affiliates for Northstar: Lunatheria and Dreams in Digital
  2. New affiliates for Hakanai: In-Rainbows, Noonvale and Otaku (also reorganized the FLs displayed on the Owned section so the TFL listings show up first)
  3. New link added to Christopher Nolan (made a button for NolanFans.com, the best Nolan fansite out there)
  4. Finished icons for Primavera: All three of Mal’s (sent last week), Ekaterina’s, Jess‘, and both of Jef’s. ♥

21 April 2020

After a year of wearing that lovely Carol Danvers layout, Fine Print finally has a new design! It may look a bit too dark probably because I designed it in the dark OTL, so I should probably tweak it a bit more later. Header photo was edited from a cap off their Map of the Soul: 7 (2020) jacket shoot, © BigHit Entertainment. I added icons to break the textual monotony, and to quote my own tweet, “the good thing about group shots is that one can make multiple icons from the same picture.” xD It’s also my first time to try out the Smooth Scrolling effect, which for the most part works for this one-page version since it has sections that needed to be identified in the URL.

I also edited my About and Design pages on Northstar.nu—I cut out a few sentences to make them (hopefully) less rambly. I also added some new links of sites I admired on the Exits section. Then I updated the coding structure of /log, then added Primavera to the sidebar and Mayumi to the links.

Next, I added Lilac, Turquoise, and Silver as affiliates to Pastel Colours , which I is now listed under Minty.nu. ♥

Finally, I integrated Mal’s list with the current Pancakes list (also moved to Minty.nu), which is now up to 948 members! I hope to reach 1,000 members soon! (((o(*°▽°*)o)))

17 April 2020

  1. Added the three new 100×50 codes to Dick Grayson because forgot the last time. xD I also added new codes to Pastel Colours because I was in the mood. ;) I do need to add that writeup soon!
  2. I added Katie’s sites as my collective and fanlisting affiliates (Lewis to Elementary, and lavender to Pastel Colours). :)
  3. Primavera also had a revised set of guidelines, so that signups no longer close, and people can just jump in and join whenever they want, as long as they keep the layouts until the deadline. Successive site enlistment is also now possible. (⌒‿⌒) Lastly, I also did a site directory cleanup, so my folders in cPanel now look a lot more streamlined and less migraine-inducing. It took me a couple of hours, at least, but it was worth it. ♥
  4. Small joys: Today I got approved for the Ranma character FL, so I’m merging that and Akane with the Ranma/Akane FL. (^▽^) #OTP #wishlister
  5. Also finally got off my lazy ass and decided to write a few sentences on the About section of the Cappuccino FL. \(≧▽≦)/ Did a few CSS tweaks and page edits while I was there.

13 April 2020

  1. Thanks to Ekaterina, I have been able to add the category label on top of the entries page, when clicked from the Archives. So thankful for her immediate help! (I also edited the bullets for the blog. It’s amazing how Icons8 made such high quality pixels.)
  2. Tweaked the writeup on the “Design” page of Northstar.nu. Contemplating converting the pages into a modal script. I really hate scrolling down the page and not seeing the header -_-;;
  3. Did an affiliates check for both Hakanai and Northstar. Cleaned out dead links, and pruned non-mutuals. Five new collective affiliates were added: Libby, Crissy, Karin, Kristina Dee, and Jess B., with whom I’ve been connected since my first domain, beatifique.org. ^^; Linked to her FL collective, as well.
  4. Added Shinji as an affiliate to Ishida, with his very own shiny link button. ;)
  5. Also updated the VLD index page with new link buttons, and deleted the Pidge FL I closed from the affiliates list.
  6. Added a ton of Kristina’s crime drama shows as affiliates to Elementary.

12 April 2020

A blessed Easter Sunday, everybody! As a Catholic, this is the first time in my lifetime I did not go to church to hear Mass on one of the highest feast days of the year, but staying safe is top priority. Let us keep praying for each other. ♥

Here’s what I’ve been up to the last few days:

  1. New layout for this /log, as you can see. More info in the About section.
  2. New affiliates for Christopher Nolan (Steven Soderbergh and Steven Spielberg) and Dick Grayson (Batgirl, Superman, and Black Canary).
  3. Tweaked the index page of Good Tidings to display the icons I made for each participant. (* ^ ω ^)
  4. Did a few minor CSS tweaks to Ephemeral, which now lists 25 sites! ♥ I’m also seriously considering changing the layout altogether to better display the directory. We’ll see if I can find an image I can be inspired by.

5 April 2020

  1. April 1, 2020: Added Medli as a domain affiliate, and updated Carla’s info. Also I added her Rumiko Takahashi FL as an affiliate to my Akane and Ranma/Akane FLs. :) The Pastel Colours FL also needed a facelift as the season has changed from winter to spring, so here’s an Easter-inspired version, again featuring the gorgeous photography by Jill Wellington. And, with a heavy heart, I also closed the Pidge and Shounen Fanlistings today. :(
  2. April 2, 2020: New codes for Dick Grayson, which now has two affiliates: Batman and Jim Gordon. Added a new code to Ephemeral, too, in which I updated Carla’s info and added Jef.
  3. April 3-5, 2020: I’ve been feeling uninspired since the year started, but now I’ve finally managed to crawl out of my design rut and decided to revamp the main domains. Northstar.nu (+contact page) has now have been prettified by my bias V (this man is so beautiful, it got me out of my designer’s block), while Hakanai.net is now outfitted by the Bangtan Boys, to match—I’ve been lowkey stanning BTS since I saw their Jimmy Fallon appearance more than a month ago. Yes, I know, I’ve been sleeping on their awesomeness all this time. xD



14 January 2020

I finally finished the design for my overdue latest FL, Satoh Takeru, who is probably the only Japanese actor I have been obsessed with. My fascination for him predictably came about when the Rurouni Kenshin live-action film came out in 2012. I stalked every Japanese blog and site, bought official merch (photobooks, calendars, DVDs), downloaded Japanese apps (like LINE) for exclusive content, binged on his shows, hounded videos with fansubs, and even started learning Nihongo (I’m nowhere near fluent, sadly, but I can read basic kana and know basic grammar). I literally spent thousands of pesos on this man lol. I’m more of a casual fan now, but with the last installment of the RK movies coming out later this year—to my biggest surprise, since I thought the trilogy of films ended in 2014—it’s fitting to put up a small appreciation page for him.

I cross-linked this with my Kaoru FL, of course, and added a few other RK-related affiliates. As to my other sites, I added Yumichika to Ishida as an affiliate, and changed Mal’s member/affiliate information for Ephemeral, Hakanai, and Northstar (and Katenkka’s, too).

4 January 2020

So yesterday I put the domain on a brief hiatus. I’ve been creating like four different new layouts for it, but nothing quite felt right. Ugh. Layout block is the worst. Good thing Affeli.us offers free templates for precisely this occasion. Hopefully I get out of this rut soon.

In other news, my first new FL for 2020 is now up: it’s for one of my favorite josei manga, Cappuccino, a short series by Marmalade Boy creator Yoshizumi Wataru. I read this three years ago, and I’m still thinking about it today; that’s how hauntingly heartbreaking the story was, and how well-written it is. (Also added it as an affiliate to Sailor V.) It’s my first time to use a stock photo for a manga site, but I’m liking the effect (if I do say so myself). I just hope it doesn’t confuse people. xD

Other stuff I did today:

  1. I tweaked some of the content in Fine Print. (I really should change its layout soon!)
  2. I looked up some CSS section dividers and am itching to revamp (even retitle yet again) my fanfiction site! Better add that to the to-do list.
  3. …Speaking of which, I’ve been meaning to get my coding done for the /log section but have not been able to *sigh*
  4. I put down the signup section on Good Tidings, and put up the reminder in the Participants section that layouts have to be up until Jan. 15, 2020. :)
  5. I added a ton of affiliates cross-linking my own sites to the Shoujo and Shounen FLs. :) On that note, I better add revamps of those two on my list. I like the art I used for the layouts, but the layouts themselves are ugh :
  6. Lastly, tweaked the CSS and image size on Scented. I hate ugly scrollbars, so I “camouflaged” the colors a bit, and made the header image smaller to better suit my resolution (1366×768).

1 January 2020

Happy New Decade (2020), everyone!

  1. All icons have been emailed for participants of Good Tidings
  2. A very generous hosting upgrade was given by Leprd (thank you, Lys!) ♥♥
  3. Added new cliques to Project Clique (Carla’s Element and Mine!)
  4. Did some minor CSS/HTML tweaks to FREE! Movies and Tony/Pepper
  5. Added Saya and Janna as domain affiliates
  6. Updated the RK FL affiliate link for Kaoru

31 December 2019

December has been so hectic at work! Here’s all I managed to work on this month:

  1. Dec. 4: MILESTONE REACHED: 2800 members in the collective! ♥
  2. Dec. 29: New affiliate for Christopher Nolan (Ron Howard)
  3. Dec. 30: New layout + matching buttons for Hakanai.net—also edited the content and updated some affiliate links
  4. Dec. 31: New affiliates for Good Tidings (Winter Holidays and December)