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Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.
From The Stolen Child by WB Yeats. Today was going to be sad enough, being the day on which Jo Cox’s funeral is held, but with the sad, sad news from France this poem seems all the more apposite.
When will the futile bloodshed ever end? We can be such a vile species sometimes …
Now that I’ve peace at last / Tell me Jesus / Will it last?
After not too many miles on the bike, my legs tend to ask ‘Will there be cake?’ Whilst Jens Voigt’s response might be ‘Shut up legs!’, I’m more inclined to say ‘What a great idea, there’s a cafe just down the road’.
This lyric, from This Blue World by Elbow, sums up perfectly for me the bond that remains, even after my marriage is dead and buried.
While three chambers of my heart
Beat strong and true with love for another
The fourth, the fourth, is yours forever
I wish I had a thousandth of Guy Garvey’s talent as a songwriter.
Something to bring a smile to your face, Blue Monday covered using 1930s tech. The concept is larky, but there is some great musicianship as well. Does anyone know what the purpose of the horns on the bass drum might be?
It’s now just a matter of time before a decree absolute is issued and my marriage is officially terminated. Is it naive of me, I wonder, to hope that the conclusion of my divorce will help me move on? Right now, I feel I’m in emotional limbo, but how much of that is down to my being in recovery from a prolonged period of depression and self-imposed isolation? When introspection threatens to get out of control it’s time for a bike ride to help me switch off for a while, so on y va!
It is technology or society that has driven the evolution of the web? Perhaps a binary view of driving forces is too simple for such a complex phenomenon, and instead technology and the way it is used and shaped by society, should be seen as working in concert in a way that has accelerated the evolution of the web.
Take, for example, the Mosaic web browser, the first graphical browser, the granddaddy of the plethora of browsers we can choose from today. When Mosaic was launched, the user experience wasn’t great – text in the default text of the users’ computer, with just the blue colouring of links to leaven the text. However, this browser made people wake up to the idea of the web being a visual medium, and had designers clamoring for the tools to allow a construction of web pages that was more inline to the print medium they were used to.
This triggered a race to produce a browser that allowed design values to be added to web pages, and as HTML underlaid all the design options, a rapid evolution of HTML way beyond the very simple application of SGML that was the original HTML specification. Anybody remember the browser wars of the late nineties? Eventually the styling of web pages was separated out by use of stand-alonestyle sheet files, as embedding ever more style information into HTML became unsupportable as sites became ever larger and complex. In fact, as a somebody who was been building web sites for 14 years, I’d say that style sheets evolved faster than the HTML spec – after all, for many reasons web site owners care much more about the look of their site than how good the hidden markup is.
Human beings are very visual creatures, and good visual design doesn’t just make things look pretty, but also helps us absorb information. This trait has lead to the web being a very different looking place than the ugly duckling it was in it’s early days, and perhaps even skewed the evolution of the standards used by the web. However, steps changes in technology such as Mosaic have been key to people perception of what the web could become. So, for want of a better term, we see a synergy between technological and social factors egging each other on ad accelerating the evolution of the web.