[mythtv-users] Terra theme, 24 hour time

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Sat May 8 19:19:01 UTC 2010

On 05/08/2010 02:14 PM, E. Westbrook wrote:
> On Sat, May 8, 2010 at 9:06 AM, Christopher Kerr wrote:
>> Key words: "the author". A theme is a creative work like any other, so
>> if the theme author chooses to set up a theme with spacings that look
>> best with one particular format, it seems entirely reasonable that
>> people should see it the way they intended.
>> At least in this case, alterations are easy and reversible - if it
>> turns out that 24 hour time looks like a moustache on the Mona Lisa,
>> you can put it right again. It's not often creative works afford such
>> freedom.
> If this theme were distributed by the author on his/her own website and not
> part of MythTV proper, I suppose I'd be less consternated by it.  Such as it
> is, though, it would seem to me that some requirements as to hono(u)ring
> settings of this nature would be extremely appropriate.
> Just saying.

I get what you're saying.  A friend of mine, Pablo P., showed me a 
painting he made.  I kept telling him that it just didn't look right--it 
was all melty and distorted and things were in the wrong places and 
colors were wrong--but for some reason the guy ignored me, even though I 
was /obviously/ correct.

Themes are art.  There is no right/wrong way to do things in a theme's 
design; so if the author chooses to make it look one way, that's the way 
it will look.  If you don't like the look, don't use the theme, or 
modify it yourself, or--better--make your own theme.  (I anxiously await 
seeing the theme you create all by yourself.)

Until you've created a theme of your own, you should /not/ complain 
about any author's artistic choices.  When you create a theme of your 
own, you'll realize that people's opinions/saying you're wrong in your 
vision can be very demoralizing.  You'll also realize that when people 
talk about changing things that you feel are an important part of the 
theme's design, it seems like they're saying you're wrong.

My $0.02.


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