Thoughts

14 Mar 2011

Πορεία Αγάπης - a photo exhibition

Πορεία Αγάπης (love route) - exhibition

Athanasia Kaniatsou is an amateur photographer and a member of the Larissa Photography Club. She has been twice to Tanzania and Uganda as part of a missionary support group called "Πορεία Αγάπης" (love route/mission).

I was asked to help her materialize an exhibition based on the photographs she captured being in Africa. She liked a lot the 4x6in size. I found it cute, appropriate and difficult too.

23 Feb 2011

Thoughts on justified text

I had to come into a conclusion about fmag.gr fully justified text. I noticed that notaries in Greece (an observation from when I was a kid) always use justification, even in the old days of DOS text editors and monospaced fonts (ugly). I think it’s an old rule started from the manuscript writers. It is also correlated to formality. I, myself, instinctively still correlate "justified text" to formal text and I used justify alignment a lot.

Well I changed my mind a bit. Why bother about a sense of formality when text is not pleasant to the reading eye. I am not talking about unjustified - Left-Aligned (Ragged Right) VS justified. Every choice has advantages and disadvantages.

07 Feb 2011

Explore museums from around the world!

Art Project by Google

LONDON, Tuesday 1st February. Today Google unveiled the Art Project, a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail.

Over the last 18 months Google has worked with 17 art museums including, Altes Nationalgalerie, The Freer Gallery of Art Smithsonian, National Gallery (London), The Frick Collection, Gemäldegalerie, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Museo Reina Sofia, Museo Thyseen - Bornemisza, Museum Kampa, Palace of Versailles, Rijksmuseum, The State Hermitage Museum, State Tretyakov Gallery, Tate, Uffizi and Van Gogh Museum. The results of this partnership, which can be explored at www.googleartproject.com involved taking a selection of super high resolution images of famous artworks, as well as collating more than a thousand other images into one place. It also included building 360 degree tours of individual galleries using Street View ‘indoor’ technology.

04 Feb 2011

HTML5 video codecs

html5

HTML5 video is an element introduced in the HTML5 draft specification for the purpose of playing videos or movies, partially replacing the object element. The current HTML5 draft specification does not specify which video formats browsers should support in the video tag. User agents are free to support any video formats they feel are appropriate.

365 days ago, I found a nice article from an x264 developer. He successfully pointed out the Adobe mistakes about Flash and analyzed the future of internet video, including Google’s VP8 opening. That article led to another, The first in-depth technical analysis of VP8, and its response, An analysis of WebM and its patent risk – updated.

02 Feb 2011

Zero Silence - a documentary about the free wor(l)d

Zero Silence screenshot

A documentary film about young people in the Middle East who have grown angry over the authoritarian regimes they live in and who are using the Internet to bring about change in their societies where free speech is controlled or censored. They are part of a new generation that uses the Internet to get the free word out and to organize, mobilize, collaborate and fight injustice.

Among other topics, the production will explore the impact of the Internet and non-traditional media such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter and whistle-blowing sites on the Arab world and beyond and to what extent these digital media tools can spur society change.

01 Feb 2011

Peartrees - is the social curation community

Pearltrees interface

An new mashup in the social network family. Pearltrees.

Pearltrees is the social curation community. It is the social way to discover, organize and share the stuff you like on the web.

Use Pearltrees to keep the stuff you like on the web at hand, to discover new things in your areas of interest and to share them with your friends.

01 Feb 2011

Social Networks - desktop clients

Seesmic Desktop 2

I usually don’t like software that resembles a website’s functionality. Let me explain. I don’t find a good reason to use a facebook desktop application just to have that website’s links in a different order. Well, if that application has some offline functionality, dial-up is a part of science history today.

25 Jan 2011

2011-year problem in Watchdog

If you have a linux - Plesk server along with the Watchdog module you have certainly noticed that. Since January 1rst, 2011 you are receiving email notifications (I suppose you are the administrator of that box) from Cron Daemon describing an WDExc error.

25 Jan 2011

Mobile Codes

the qr code of this article

At the makemagic.gr footer you can see the “Mobile Me!” block. It has a barcode image. It is a special barcode, a mobile code.

What are mobile codes?

“Mobile codes” are codes in the same way as ordinary barcodes are, but their matrix structure can hold more information. The codes are also mobile in the sense that you can use the camera on your mobile device to scan and decode them.

23 Jan 2011

I am Flesh

I am Flesh - Roger Weiss

I am Flesh (video) by Roger Weiss

Each image is composed of 47.244 x 32.864 pixels per inch, equivalent to 400 x 278 cm printable area at 300dpi, while for reasons of better perception – the works will be executed as 230 x 160 cm True Giclee Fine Art Prints protected under plexiglass.