Notes on a web journey

posted on: 30 April 2009

Utamaro: Japanese paintings

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Shrike and hawk, a painting by Utamaro

Kitagawa Nebsuyoshi [Utamaro] was a prolific Japanese artist who painted all traditional subjects, portraits, landscapes, and court paintings. His paintings were superior in the detail and design of the figures and their appropriate representation of the elegance and prestige of his clients. Utamaro's color prints were also very famous, and upon introducing these works to the Dutch community in Nagasaki, they developed a reputation throughout Europe.

The nature of Utamaro


posted on: 27 April 2009

Typographica favorite typefaces

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Favorite typefaces of 2008

It's said that when launching a new ship, it's bad luck if the ceremonial bottle of champagne doesn't break. Well, if the ship in question is Typographica's long-awaited redesign, then there is no need to worry, because this list - the site's fifth annual accounting of the best in new typeface design - represents the proverbial bottle being blasted into oblivion, showering all onlookers with a selection of amazing typefaces.

Favorite typefaces of 2008


posted on: 24 April 2009


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welovetypography web site

WLT is an image, video and text “bookmarking” site that is wholly dedicated to type-related content. Think of it as a type-centric and visional delicious, if you like.



posted on: 22 April 2009

Remote places

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Remote places on Earth

Very little of the world's land can now be thought of as inaccessible, according to a new map of connectedness. The maps are based on a model which calculated how long it would take to travel to the nearest city of 50,000 or more people by land or water. The model combines information on terrain and access to road, rail and river networks. It also considers how factors like altitude, steepness of terrain and hold-ups like border crossings slow travel.

Where is the remotest place on Earth?


posted on: 16 April 2009

Edward Burtynsky: photographic works

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Marble quarries, Vermont

Nature transformed through industry is a predominant theme in my work. I set course to intersect with a contemporary view of the great ages of man; from stone, to minerals, oil, transportation, silicon, and so on. To make these ideas visible I search for subjects that are rich in detail and scale yet open in their meaning. Recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries and refineries are all places that are outside of our normal experience, yet we partake of their output on a daily basis.

Edward Burtynsky


posted on: 15 April 2009


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When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realised God doesn't work that way,
so I stole one and prayed for forgiveness.



posted on: 13 April 2009

Hydrogen atom orbitals

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Hydrogen density plots

Probability densities for the first few hydrogen atom orbitals, seen in cross-section. The energy level of a bound electron determines the orbital it occupies, and the color shows the probability that the electron will be seen near a position.

Hydrogen Wave function Simulation

An electron can be bound to the nucleus of an atom by the attractive coulomb force. The wave-like behavior of a bound electron is described by a function called an atomic orbital. An orbital consists of a set of quantum states that have a particular energy, and only a discrete set of these orbitals exist around the nucleus. Electrons can transfer between different orbitals by the emission or absorption of photons with an energy that matches the difference in potential.

Atoms main Wikipedia article: Atom


posted on: 13 April 2009

Logo identity

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It can be the easiest thing to create a logo for a client but when it comes to assessing what style of identity can best represent yourself or your business, this is a different matter altogether. It is tempting to use your own brand as a showcase of all your best techniques and ideas but this must be balanced with modesty and professionalism to gain the correct tone for your business image.

100 brands of interest 2


posted on: 12 April 2009

Glass flowers

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Glass flowers

The Blascka glass flower collection at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, over 3,000 models were created by glass artisans Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolph began in 1886, continuing for five decades. The collection represents more than 830 plant species.

Glass Flowers at the HMNH via this post on Curious Expeditions: Fragile Flora


posted on: 11 April 2009

Free music archive

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FMA - Free Music Archive

The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. The Free Music Archive is being directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.

Free Music Archive


posted on: 09 April 2009

Improved typography in web design

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Typographic scale

Many people, designers included, think that typography consists of only selecting a typeface, choosing a font size and whether it should be regular or bold. For most people it ends there. But there is much more to achieving good typography and it's in the details that designers often neglect.

8 Simple Ways to Improve Typography In Your Designs


posted on: 07 April 2009


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Guernica - Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso's monochrome painting of the 1937 bombing of the town of Guernica remains one of his more famous works. The tapestry version just unveiled at London's Whitechapel Gallery usually sits at the UN, acting as a powerful visual statement against the horrors of war. But there is much meaning beneath this famous work, writes Picasso expert Gijs van Hensbergen.

Piecing together Guernica


posted on: 03 April 2009

Biodiversity and extinctions

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Frogs and bees

The current extinction rate is now approaching 1,000 times the background rate and may climb to 10,000 times the background rate during the next century, if present trends continue. At this rate, one-third to two-thirds of all species of plants, animals, and other organisms would be lost during the second half of the next century, a loss that would easily equal those of past extinctions.

Everything is linked up in nature and we will go extinct as any other animal species if we don't learn to understand that again, we used to know it...


posted on: 03 April 2009

Less for more

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Gapingvoid card

This Gapingvoid card comes with a post by the author, I don't necessarily agree with all he writes there but I like his cards because they sharply pinpoint facets of the human nature that tend to be kept hidden behind a curtain of stereotyped images of self. He's good at cutting off all the noise and get to the core.

What I think when I read this card is that that same emptiness could be filled with something real if only each one of us would take the time to think and use common sense, taking responsibility for all our actions and choices. Don't do something just because it makes you money, that will bring the old “The end justifies the means” into action and in the 21st century is time to change all that.


posted on: 01 April 2009

Ernest Haeckel's engravings

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ERNEST HAECKEL (1834 - 1919) was a German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist. With all of these professions, he left something for for all of us. His famous book, “Kunstformer der Natur” is the source for these incredible engravings.

The art of Ernest Haeckel


CSS,Javascript and Php studies

Anti spam email
A solution to writing an anti spam email contact link
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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.
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Photo display
Protect copyrighted photos: a simple but effective solution.
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Photo gallery
A photo gallery made for a friend
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PHP menu
A PHP menu that can be updated without having to re-publish all the pages is on.
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Pop-up menu
A very simple pop up menu powered by Javascript. It works also if Javascript is disabled.
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RSS feed
How to write and use an RSS feed
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Tag replacer
The Tag replacer explained and a link to it.
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Tags search
A search form build and powered using Javascript and the DOM
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