Archive | August 2007

Do you ever wonder … ?

Do you ever wonder how it’s possible that we live in the world we live in today? Bits and bytes travelling over wires to all corners of the world. That is what this text consists of, nothing more than 0’s and 1’s being stored somewhere on a hard drive in the US, ready for you guys and gals to load it up to your system and translate it back into text. There are so many things we take for granted, but when you think about it, they’re pretty amazing. But, of course, with all this progress we are making we alse are well under way of destroying our beloved planet. Do you agree with me ? What did you take for granted before but start to appreciate once you read this or had a similar moment of thought ?

I wanna make this kind of an interactive post. What I would like for you guys to do, if you would like to join the discussion, is to leave a comment which I will paste into the post and add my own thoughts to it. Hope you guys appreciate this little “experiment” of mine.

Thanks for dropping by !

iWeb ’08

Sorry not posting the past few weeks, after my trip to America I had to start studying again (at this moment I’m taking a break from studying french cultural history). So anyway, thanks for checking out the blog from time to time even after all this time (the blog turned 1 year old a few weeks ago). I guess I finally succeeded at more or less maintaining a blog … about bloody time. I’ve also noticed that the stats are hitting the roof, mostly due to my post about the simpsons movie (no I didn’t want to squat on the movie, I just wanted to write a post about it).

What I wanted to tell you guys about today is the lastest version of iWeb, an application that is part of the iLife software-package which allow you to create your own website in a snap. Previous versions of the software weren’t very good because of the fact that the code that it created took forever to load and looked horrible until it had fully loaded.

So last week I had some to kill (meaning I got sick and tired of studying and needed a break) and decided I’d try out the new iWeb to create a webpage that is dedicated to my photography. Now as you might know I post all of my pictures on flickr, but I wanted to have a site to which I can direct people for contact information, a short bio and some examples of stuff I already shot. Maybe for a fotoshoot once I get any better at it, who knows. In other words … I wanted an online portofolio. I loaded up one of the templates, filled it up with various info and then decided I didn’t like the template after all. Luckily, contrairy to previous versions of iWeb, you can now easily switch to another template of your choice, move things around to your liking and presto … you’ve got a website.

So I load it up to my FTP (still is a bummer you can’t export to FTP from iWeb itself, you still have to export it to a folder and run it through Cyberduck or a similar app) and I take a look at it in Safari. To my suprise the site loaded in a snap, so I’m pretty sure they enhanced the code-generating behind the app and the code of the templates. Speaking of templates, apple has created a new set of gorgious templates for you to play around with.

Another great new feature is called webwidget which allows you to dynamically insert a google adsense bar, a google map or just html code you find on various web 2.0 sites to create badges and so on …

In conclusion … even though it still inherited some of the previous version’s flaws, the new version of iWeb definitely is a big step forward and allows people who don’t have much experience with building websites to create their own professional-looking page.

You can take a look at the one I created by clicking here.
( I’ll probably register a domain for it in the forseeable future )

Thanks for reading … comments, suggestions and questions always welcome per usual.

Madera Canyon + Nogales + Titan Missile Museum

Pfew … we sure had a long weekend. Yesterday, Dianna took us up to Madera Canyon where we spent the night in a cabin. In the evening we enjoyed some of Diana’s delicious Cajun cooking and in the morning Myriam had made us a breakfast for champions (sausages, french cheese, baguettes, the works …).

After that we headed south to Nogales where we crossed the border to Mexico. After a bit of shopping and inhaling the southern way of life we hopped back over to the US and visited the Titan Missile Museum, one of fifty missiles that the US had during the Cold War. They used them for “peace through detterance”, meaning that if when the enemy knew he would be crushed even after they had launched their missiles, would not dare to start a nuclear war.

That’s about it for now. All the pictures are on the flickr-site

 Pfew … hebben wij even een lang weekend achter de rug. Gisteren nam Dianna ons mee naar Madera Canyon waar we de nacht hebben doorgebracht in een blokhut. ‘s Avonds hebben we kunnen genieten van Dianna’s Cajun kookkunsten en ‘s morgens zorgde Myriam voor een ontbijt der kampioenen. (worste, franse kaas, frans brood, het hele pakket…)

 Daarna hebben we ons richting Nogales begeven waar we de grens naar mexico overgaan. Na een beetje winkelen en het insnuiven van de Zuid-Amerikaanse sfeer zijn we dan teruggekeerd naar de VSA om het Titan Missile Museum te gaan bezoeken, een van 50 raketten die de VS tijdens de koude oorlog. Ze gebruikten ze voor een strategie die ze “vrede door afschrikking” noemden, dit hield in dat de vijand niet zou willen aanvallen als ze wisten dat ze verpletterd worden als ze als eerste een atoomkop zouden afvuren. 

 

Dat is het zo wat voor nu. Alle foto’s kunnen teruggevonden worden op mijn flickr-site 

Sabino Canyon + Desert Museum Video

The video  on Sabino Canyon and the Desert Museum can be found here.

De video van Sabino Canyon en het Desert Museum kan je hier vinden.

Little update/Kleine update

iWoz

Just wanted to let you guys know that our bags did make their way to Myriam’s place. US aiways delivered them the same evening, so even after all the bad things, kuddos to them. It’s now approximately 06.39 AM we’ve been up for some time now and already had breakfast, in a about an hour Dianna will be here and then we’re ready to start pixmania.
BTW I bought Steve Wozniak’s (co-founder Apple) “iWoz” at Borders yesterday, I’ll try to share my thought on it as soon as I get through it.

Ik wou jullie gewoon even laten weten dat onze bagage dan toch veilig tot bij Myriam is geraakt. US airways heeft ze dezelfde avond nog geleverd, dus na alle slechte dingen toch nog een ding dat ze perfect in orde hebben gebracht. Het is nu ongeveer 06.39 uur ‘s morgens, we zijn al een tijdje op en hebben al ontbeten, straks komt Diana en kan fotomania beginnen.
Gisteren heb ik ook het boek van Steve Wozniak (mede-stichter Apple) “iWoz” gekocht. Ik zal er mijn mening over meedelen eens ik er door geraak.

Later

Gil