TV West Wing page

Using a new, more accurate layout by Pete and screen caps from the DVDs, I’ve created a page just for The West Wing‘s version of the West Wing. However, this now creates a weird situation where Pete’s detailed reviews of TWW by season are on the Movies & TV page and the floor plan and photos are on another page. I hesitate to put the detailed reviews on the new page with the floor plan and photos because I’m afraid they’re going to end up quite lengthy once Pete has reviewed a few more seasons.

I’m hoping for some comments that will help solve this dilemma. What would WH enthusiasts prefer and what would TWW enthusiasts prefer?

New museum look

I’ve made changes to the WHM site to make it similar to the blog template. It has the a green-gray textured background instead of parchment textured background, and the main pages have a white center section with scalloped edges instead of being transparent to the parchment background. The room pages have only the background colored.

One Observatory Circle

I was chatting with a friend today about a funny web site, and something about it triggered me to think of another web site to create. I checked domain names and found that domains related to the vice-president’s residence were–to my surprise–available, so I registered:

  • Oneobservatorycircle.com
  • Oneobservatorycircle.org
  • 1observatorycircle.com

I had thought about creating a page or two about the residence of the vice-president–or, as I will now frequently call it, 1OC (official | Wikipedia)–but it had never occurred to me that the actual domain names would be available. The obvious thing now would be to create a site similar to White House Museum, altho there isn’t nearly as much information available about it, nor history (nor interest, for that matter).

I also considered making a satirical web site like Whitehouse.net, that would satirize the vice-president by pretending to be his home page and blog (“Friday: Still missing Rummy,”) but that would take a lot of time and acerbic wit, both of which I need to conserve for Tysto.com [warning: political opinion].

PBR Photographer identified

I got a note from Jeffrey James Bryan Carpenter requesting credit for the terrific photos that illustrate the Press Briefing Room. I don’t recall where those pictures came from, so I never knew who to credit. If any other visitors find uncredited photos of theirs that I’ve used to illustrate the White House, please contact me. I’m very happy to give credit and link the credit to any page you like or to remove them from the site.

New section suggestion

Visitor Dennis has suggested that I create some pages to illustrate the various eras, where the relevant pictures for each era would be gathered. So, for example, there would be a page for Theodore Roosevelt that talks about the McKim renovation and includes the pics of the State Floor rooms and wings of that period.

This meshes well with an idea I’d been kicking around to create a page or pages that describe the changes made by each president. Some presidents (like Carter) didn’t really do anything to the WH, of course, so I think it makes more sense to do it for each major renovation.

New blog template

I’ve changed the blog template to something more stately. The change might be temporary. I’m looking for one where I can easily incorporate a picture of the White House or Oval Office.

Update: I think I’ve settled on this green-gray version. I figured out how to put an image behind the text (the seal from Bush 2’s OO carpet), and I made it match the gray-green background color.