My kids' birthdays just passed, and this year I decided to do something different for them...cake wise. I had flipped through a cake decorating book at the local public library and discovered all these fancy cakes made using something called "Rolled Icing" or "Rolled Fondant". I later discovered that making cakes using this stuff is called Sugarcraft. After a bit of googling, I discovered Kimberly Chapman's website on sugarcraft, along with a gallery of her work. Very inspirational. For a quick look at the diverse things people do with this stuff check out this Flikr keyword slideshow.
Anyhow, I decided to start "easy", and as my daughter was going to see the new Ice Age 2 movie with her friends, I figured I'd start east and make here an iceberg cake:
Well, I was sick and tired of the way the dropshadow looked in my titlebar under Internet Explorer (due to its poor handling of the css, and no coding solution in sight). Becuase of this, I cribbed the code used in my dynamically generated entry titles and made dynamically generated header text. Not sure what that will do for my Google indexing, but I'll try it for a while...
For the interrested, I made this one a gif, rather than a png because Internet Explorer doesn't handle transparent png files properly (surprise, surprise). Thanks to the nice folks over at Gnome and Bitstream, I'm using the freely redistributable Bitstream Vera font set. Looks nice, eh?
I just recoded my heading renderer to use anti-aliasing. The only drawback is that the image has to have a background, rather than the transparent setting I was using before. I've made it white, to go with the theme, but would have to change it if the theme changes .