Notes on a web journey

posted on: 31 January 2007

Htaccess tricks

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On perishablepress:

htaccess tricks


posted on: 31 January 2007

CSS techniques

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A definite bookmark:

53 CSS techniques


posted on: 30 January 2007

Web style

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A sum up of the current state-of-the-art in graphic design for web pages on webdesignfromscratch:

current web style


posted on: 30 January 2007

Inspired Design

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This series of articles is about merging ideas and inspiration in different and unexpected ways. Inspired by the pop artists of the 50ís and 60ís, I will take an inspirational item and transform it for the web, starting with what inspired me, working through the various design stages, and creating the final result.

Creating Inspired Design Part 1: I Am The Walrus


posted on: 29 January 2007

Insects macros

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Macro shots of various insects or bugs. All the shots are taken in my garden.

Fly head

Insects macros


posted on: 28 January 2007

IP address image

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Just added a preliminary 9-block IP identification feature to Daily, my blog server to enhance commenter identity beyond name and website. Basically, what I am doing is using a privacy protecting derivative of each commenter's IP address to build a 9-block image and displaying it next the commenter's name.

Visual Security: 9-block IP Identification

And the PHP version of it:

Visiglyphs for IP visualisation


posted on: 26 January 2007

Design helps the comprehension

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A post on Noisy Decent Graphics:

Two brilliant pieces of graphic design


posted on: 24 January 2007

Prototyping and mockups

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Paper prototyping and Photoshop CSS mockups:


posted on: 23 January 2007

Open Science and Piranesi

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Two great posts on 3quarksdaily:


posted on: 22 January 2007

Colours and language

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Psychologists are learning more about how colour builds language and language builds colour.

How grue is your valley?


posted on: 22 January 2007


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Gerontologists consider the maximum lifespan for humans to be about 120 years. But with rising evidence for a genetic “death programme” which in principle could be amended, some researchers are starting to believe the limit could be extended.

Can ageing be stopped?


posted on: 21 January 2007

Total War

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From this place, and from this day forth begins a new era in the history of the world, and you can all say that you were present at its birth.

Savage Wars of Peace


posted on: 21 January 2007

Dark energy

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Dark energy does more than hurry along the expansion of the universe. It also has a stranglehold on the shape and spacing of galaxies

The Universe's Invisible Hand


posted on: 21 January 2007

Greenhouse gas plan

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Airlines set to net billions


posted on: 18 January 2007

Heuristic evaluation

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Heuristic evaluation is a technique that involves analysing the usability of a website against a set of general usability precepts. One or more “experts” will analyse the target site, often following a series of pre-defined scenarios. Whenever they encounter an issue that breaks one of the precepts or “heuristics”, they will note the issue and sometimes the severity.

Heuristics for Modern Web Application Development

Ten Usability Heuristics

First Principles of Interaction Design


posted on: 14 January 2007


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An article on whitespace by Mark Boulton on A List Apart:



posted on: 14 January 2007

Styling form controls

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On 456 Berea St. :

Styling form controls with CSS, revisited


posted on: 11 January 2007

HTML cheat sheet

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One more cheat sheet from ILoveJackDaniels:

HTML cheat sheet


posted on: 10 January 2007


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Scientists have discovered the key to the ability of spicy foods to kill cancer cells. They found capsaicin, an ingredient of jalapeño peppers, triggers cancer cell death by attacking mitochondria - the cells' energy-generating boiler rooms.

How spicy foods can kill cancers


posted on: 07 January 2007

Wrong directions

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In 1999 the Government started a series of “farm-scale trials” of GM herbicide-tolerant crops. Each of these GM crop trials covers ten hectares (25 acres) and it is planned to have at least 25 sites for each GM crop involved - winter and spring oilseed rape, maize and sugar beet. These trials are meant to examine the environmental effects of GM crops, but they have not been designed to prevent pollen escaping from the test sites or to protect nearby beekeepers from contamination of their honey.

Bees, Honey and Genetically Modified Crops

Too much time spent inside labs and not nearly enough outside, learning from nature. Agriculture and the production of food in general are basic to the survival of the human species, but , instead of creating herbicide-tolerant crops, why don't they try to use different ways to supply for raising demand? I don't think the real problem is lack of food, even if it's necessary to bear in mind the population growth, rather it's the distribution that needs to be addressed. We need to understand that farming has to be organized better then it is now, in a more environmental friendly way, with attention to local necessities. Forcing higher production through manipulation finalized only to commercial ends, short lived, is not going to solve the long run problem of feeding a growing population. I may be naive, but I'd expect more intelligence from people spending so much time studying..

The Buddha once told a story about a king who ordered a group of blind men to be presented with an elephant. Each man touched a different part of the animal. The king then asked them what an elephant is like. The blind men who touched the elephant's head replied, “An elephant, your majesty, is just like a water jar.” The blind men who touched its ear said, “An elephant, your majesty, is just like a winnowing basket.” The blind men who touched its tusk declared, “An elephant, your majesty, is just like a plowshare.” The ones who touched the trunk replied, “An elephant, your majesty, is just like a plow pole.” The blind men who touched the body replied, “An elephant, your majesty, is just like a storeroom.” The blind men who touched the foot replied, “An elephant, your majesty, is just like a post.” The blind men who touched the hindquarters replied, “An elephant, your majesty, is just like a mortar.” The blind men who touched the tail replied, “An elephant, your majesty, is just like a pestle.” And the blind men who touched the tuft at the end of the tail replied, “An elephant, your majesty, is just like a broom.” The blind men fell into a fistfight, shouting, “An elephant is like this, an elephant is not like that! An elephant is not like this, an elephant is like that!”

The Genome: An Outsider's View

So, maybe, lab people should find the time to live on a farm..


posted on: 05 January 2007

Online crowds

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Two articles on online communities and their de-humanization:


posted on: 05 January 2007

Oil prices falling

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Oil prices saw their sharpest drop in two years, shedding more than $2 a barrel as mild US weather led consumers to use less petrol and heating oil. US light crude oil fell $2.73 to $55.59 a barrel in New York, falling by over $5 in two days. In London meanwhile, Brent crude fell $2.85 to $55.11. The US Energy Department said stocks of distillates rose by two million barrels in the last week of 2006. The fall led oil group Opec to say it might act if prices continue dropping.

Oil in biggest fall in two years

When prices were raising, Opec was going to act to stop them. Now, prices are falling and Opec is going to act..what is it that they want? Not only Opec, all of these so called oil people? A few months ago everybody was saying they were trying to find a way to reduce oil prices and I thought it was just a scam to keep people from burning them down. Now it's obvious, but unfortunately, as usual, nobody notices. It's ridiculous..more posts about oil


posted on: 04 January 2007

Typography and web design

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Three article typography related on iA:

The 100% Easy-2-Read Standard

Web Design is 95% Typography (1)

Web Design is 95% Typography (2)


posted on: 02 January 2007

Cheaper medicines

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Improvements they devise to the molecular structure of an existing, expensive drug turn it technically into a new medicine which is no longer under a 20-year patent to a multinational drug company and can be made and sold cheaply.

Scientists find way to slash cost of drugs

The fact that multinational drug companies holding patents on medicines of large use sell them very expensive is incredible but painfully true. I suppose many people know about it but very little has been done to correct the situation.


posted on: 01 January 2007

Transporting people

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The remarkable thing is that the 7 lanes of freeway in each direction have zero extra capacity at that bandwidth, while the single track of rail rapid transit has, theoretically, at least another 66% to spare.

15 thousand per hour


CSS,Javascript and Php studies

Anti spam email
A solution to writing an anti spam email contact link
filed under: Javascript
Background image
A background image randomizer that I used in the second version of this site.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
Javascript menu
A menu that uses Javascript and session cookies.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
Experimenting with CSS and Javascript.A simple but, in my opinion, nice navigation “system”. The MiniSite is a one page site.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
Photo display
Protect copyrighted photos: a simple but effective solution.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
Photo gallery
A photo gallery made for a friend
filed under: Javascript
PHP menu
A PHP menu that can be updated without having to re-publish all the pages is on.
filed under: PHP
Pop-up menu
A very simple pop up menu powered by Javascript. It works also if Javascript is disabled.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
RSS feed
How to write and use an RSS feed
filed under: rss-xml
Tag replacer
The Tag replacer explained and a link to it.
filed under: PHP
Tags search
A search form build and powered using Javascript and the DOM
filed under: Javascript