Notes on a web journey

posted on: 30 October 2006

On the road

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Hitting the road again..I will be traveling for a month.

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posted on: 28 October 2006

Fossil bee

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Scientists have identified the oldest known bee, a 100 million-year-old specimen preserved in amber. The discovery coincides with the publication of the genetic blueprint of the honeybee, which reveals surprising links with mammals and humans. The ancient insect, trapped in tree sap, is at least 35-45 million years older than any other known bee fossil.

Fossil Melittosphex bee

Bee fossil DNA generate a buzz

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posted on: 27 October 2006

Graphing requests

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Simon Willison has found out that a Firefox extension has the capability to create a graph that shows “every component of the page - JavaScript, CSS, images - and when each component started and finished loading”:

graphing requests with Tamper Data

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posted on: 26 October 2006

Display property

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An interesting article on Thinkvitamin by Molly Holzschlag:

the missing run-in value

The comments are also worth reading. The solution proposed by Jeff Croft, for example, is very nice.

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posted on: 25 October 2006

To be a web designer

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Andy Budd on freelance web design:
7 habits of a highly successful freelance web designer

Eric Meyer on becoming a web designer:
stand up for your rights

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posted on: 24 October 2006

Humans need two planets

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The world's ecosystems are being degraded at an unprecedented rate, and by 2050 humans will need at least two planets' worth of natural resources to live as they do now, the conservation group WWF warned today.

Humans using resources of two planets

See also: ecological overdraft.

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posted on: 24 October 2006

Hippos slaughtered

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Hippos falling victim to a poaching spree in a national park could die out in the area by Christmas unless the culling stops, Zoological Society of London conservationists are warning. A Congolese militia group is already thought to have killed half the hippo population in Virunga National Park since setting up a base there two weeks ago. Lake Edward, in the centre of the park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was once central to Africa's greatest concentration of these magnificent beasts.

Hippos slaughtered by rebel group in national park

War is always bad for everything: humans, animals and environment. We all know it but it still goes on in so many places on Earth. It's easier to destroy then to create.

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posted on: 23 October 2006

History Matters

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We believe that history matters. A society out of touch with its past cannot have confidence in its future. History defines, educates and inspires us. It lives on in our historic environment. As custodians of our past, we will be judged by generations to come. We must value it, nurture it and pass it on.

History matters button

History matters

A nice idea, I believe that history matters and it's absolutely necessary to know some of it to have a perspective on current events. Human lifespan is too short and we tend to consider “normal” things (like television, cars and mobile phones) that until 50 years ago didn't exist or were rare. The initiative is only for England, but it should be taken as an example by all Countries. In my opinion, it's also important to remember that history must be part of our future and not a burden on it. Change is especially good when salted with common sense coming from a knowledge of human history and, in these days of confusion, badly needed.

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posted on: 22 October 2006

Diego Velazquez

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That Diego de Velazquez is the greatest of painters has never been in doubt. Anyone who has seen Las Meninas, that stupendous vision of the artist at his easel among the children, dogs and courtiers of the Spanish palace, glimmering like a mirror, the size of life and fully as profound, knows it at once. What Velazquez could achieve with the tip of his brush, all the way from literal to philosophical truth, remains astonishing to the mind and eye, even though every one of his marks is laid in plain sight.

Las Meninas - Diego Velazquez

A feast for both mind and eye

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posted on: 19 October 2006

The complete work of Darwin

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This site currently contains more than 50,000 searchable text pages and 40,000 images of both publications and handwritten manuscripts. There is also the most comprehensive Darwin bibliography ever published and the largest manuscript catalogue ever assembled. More than 150 ancillary texts are also included, ranging from secondary reference works to contemporary reviews, obituaries, published descriptions of Darwin's Beagle specimens and important related works for understanding Darwin's context.

The complete work of Charles Darwin online

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posted on: 19 October 2006

Pictures and design

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Via Ace Jet 170:

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posted on: 18 October 2006

The war must go on

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Three projects for the 2006 season of artists' billboards produced by Clockshop. The participating artists are Trevor Paglen & John Emerson, Ignasi Aballi, and Nadiah Bamadhaj. A map of rendition flights, lists made of newspaper cuttings and photos of disappearing people.

Clockshop: the war must go on

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posted on: 17 October 2006

Virtual Typewriter Museum

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Another beautiful post on the Nonist:

Typewriter Museum

The link to the actual Typewriter Museum web site:

The Virtual Typewriter Museum

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posted on: 17 October 2006

Design Questions

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A post On Decent Noisy Graphics asking readers to leave design questions in the comments that will be answered as single posts:

Design Questions

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posted on: 14 October 2006

How rich are you

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Every year we gaze enviously at the lists of the richest people in world. Wondering what it would be like to have that sort of cash. But where would you sit on one of those lists? Here's your chance to find out.

Global Rich List

I'm the 814.456.058 richest person in the world, in the top 13.57%. Find out that what you make a year is a lot more then you thought when compared to most of the world's incomes.

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posted on: 13 October 2006

Breathing Earth

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Breathing Earth displays the carbon dioxide emission levels of every country in the world, as well as they birth and death rates - all in real-time.

Breathing Earth

Breathing Earth

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posted on: 12 October 2006

Images of nature

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In 1952, Thomas Eisner, a graduate student at Harvard, drove around North America for two months with a fellow student, Edward O. Wilson, to see the country and its insects. For the past half century, Dr. Eisner, now an emeritus professor at Cornell, continued his travels in the fields of entomology, evolutionary biology, chemical ecology and conservation. Some of his best-known research was on the explosive chemical outburst of the bombardier beetle, which he and his colleagues analyzed and photographed.

A carpenter ant and a leaf beetle - Thomas Eisner

Eye-Catching Images of Nature

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posted on: 11 October 2006

Ecological overdraft

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Humanity slides into the red today and begins racking up an ecological overdraft driven by unsustainable exploitation of the world's resources, according to a report by the sustainable development organisation Global Footprint Network. In little more than nine months, humans have used up all that nature can replenish in one year, and for the rest of 2006 are destined to eat into the planet's ecological capital, the study claims.

World moves into ecological overdraft

Global Footprint Network

There is need of a much higher awareness on sustainable development. Unfortunately, the media mostly concentrate in pushing people to augment the waste rather then bring the attention on the impossibility to keep going the way we have so far.

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posted on: 11 October 2006

Water and oil

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The world's glaciers and ice caps are now in terminal decline because of global warming, scientists have discovered. A survey has revealed that the rate of melting across the world has sharply accelerated in recent years, placing even previously stable glaciers in jeopardy. The loss of glaciers in South America and Asia will threaten the water supplies of millions of people within a few decades, the experts warn.

Water for millions at risk

Sitting on the edge of the water in the Gulf of Kutch on India's western shore is one of America's dirty secrets. A mass of steel pipes and concrete boxes stretches across 13 square miles (33sq km) - a third of the area of Manhattan - which will eventually become the world's largest petrochemical refinery.

America's dirty secret

One hand fixes it and the other destroys it...typical human behaviour, apparently.

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posted on: 10 October 2006

Periodic table and history atlas

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Periodic Spiral

The Periodic Spiral is the most comprehensive periodic table in its coverage of the elements and their interplay, and most efficient in enabling the user to access myriad informational categories with the click of a mouse.

Periodic Spiral

History Atlas

History Atlas is an open-source application for reading and writing history, has two components, Browser and Scribe. Users may toggle between the two components by single-clicking the words Browser or Scribe at the left side of the application window.

History Atlas

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posted on: 10 October 2006

Accessibility,validation and the button tag

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Interesting articles on web accessibility, validation and the button tag:

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posted on: 09 October 2006

On dreams and evolution

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The engines of human history would not have started without dreams - dreams of discovery (what is) and dreams of invention (what if). The circadian theory provides the best explanation of free will. Dreams interrupt the linearity of the previous waking state, converting a when-based record (one damn thing after another) to a what-based record (the gestalt of categories, concepts, and constructs).

COSMOPOLITICS

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posted on: 08 October 2006

Monothinking

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Posts and articles about the dangers of a software “monoculture”:

I think that any kind of monoculture is dangerous. Diversity ensures vitality and fairness, creates opportunities, leaves the possibility of choice, teaches respect and understanding because it needs an open mind.

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posted on: 06 October 2006

Fossil find in Arctic

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Pliosaur

Norwegian scientists have discovered a “treasure trove” of fossils belonging to giant sea reptiles that roamed the seas at the time of the dinosaurs.

“Monster” fossil find in Arctic

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posted on: 04 October 2006

Electricity use

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In objects typical of the domestic or personal sphere, such as lamps, refrigerators, mobile phones, energy is often left either to the user's own devices (in the choice, for instance, of a light bulb or brand) or it is an invisible aspect of ongoing product experience that shows up in periodic electricity bills, when power runs out or is shut off. Electricity, as a product, is easily reduced to an abstract, invisible phenomenon whose only concrete representations are two holes in the wall. In a series of design examples, we explore how everyday products might be designed to better express - and thus stimulate reflection on - daily or long-term patterns of energy use.

Static

A nice idea. In my opinion, anything that helps people to understand how much waste goes on daily is welcome.

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posted on: 04 October 2006

Gigantic iceberg

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It was hailed as a harbinger of global warming; it caused a glacial hit-and-run smash; it even terrorized a hapless group of penguins. And now, it has been revealed that the death of the world's most infamous modern-day iceberg was likewise worthy of a Hollywood film - it was broken up by a storm surge that swept the entire length of the Pacific Ocean.

Demise of the world's most famous iceberg

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posted on: 02 October 2006

Lex Gabinia

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IN the autumn of 68 B.C. the world's only military superpower was dealt a profound psychological blow by a daring terrorist attack on its very heart. Rome's port at Ostia was set on fire, the consular war fleet destroyed, and two prominent senators, together with their bodyguards and staff, kidnapped.The incident, dramatic though it was, has not attracted much attention from modern historians. But history is mutable. An event that was merely a footnote five years ago has now, in our post-9/11 world, assumed a fresh and ominous significance. For in the panicky aftermath of the attack, the Roman people made decisions that set them on the path to the destruction of their Constitution, their democracy and their liberty. One cannot help wondering if history is repeating itself.

Pirates of the Mediterranean

An interesting article, except that, after more then two thousand years, I'd expect people to be more aware, to learn from history, to finally understand that what needs to be fixed are the causes and not the effects. Wrong..possibly people are less aware now then in Roman times, even if today it's much easier to find news and explanations of current political and economical affairs.

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posted on: 01 October 2006

Satellite database

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The UCS Satellite Database is a listing of operational satellites currently in orbit around Earth. It is available as both a downloadable Excel file and in a tab-delimited text format, and in a version (tab-delimited text) in which the Name column contains only the official name of the satellite in the case of government and military satellites, and the most commonly used name in the case of commercial and civil satellites. The database is updated roughly quarterly.

UCS Satellite Database

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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
MiniSite
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