A smallest history of the drop cap and more.

_ Paged.js is a free and open source JavaScript library that paginates content in the browser to create PDF output from any HTML content. This means you can design works for print (eg. books) using HTML and CSS.

_ A Drupal core proposal for an editor specific toolbox menu. More diagramps here.

_ “I want to make sure that I’m an artist that not only lives through her music but the art is in life. The reason I can do all of these things is because they all are in the same world.” – Dawn Richard


_ Street artists: Highway star (Deep Purple cover)

_ #weeknotes 2021-11

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God zij genadig hem die leest - Hij vergeve hem die schreef.

_ Honour your obsessions, says Rob Walker in the art of noticing

_ How to get excited about Drupal again. Addendum: collaborating with wicked smart and super nice people.

_ Moving to Linux.

_ “Visions of the end”, a virtual exhibition exploring medieval & Renaissance artworks inspired by the Apocalypse, or Revelation, of John of Patmos. Via.

_ Revival of an unknown woodtype

_ Tsundoku: acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them.

_ #weeknotes #2021-09

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Mid last year I bought a second hand Lenovo T470 and installed Linux Mint on it. I wanted to see how far I could bring it to handle my main work tasks. Almost there it looks like!

Graphics, layouts etc: I tried these under macos before, where they are super sluggish most of the time. Under a more native(?) environment, these apps are significantly more snappy and solid: – “photoshop”: glimpse – “illustrator”: inkscape – “indesign”: scribus

For wireframes: – / voor lo-fi wireframes and diagrams – when necessary, figma in the browser, but I don't often work on that level of design-fidelity anymore.

Notes, writing: – Visual Studio Code for code editing, random notes. BBEdit is turning out the hardest to replace. such a rock solid program. As with Atom, Sublime Text, it's al; very configurable but eh, not quite right or comfortable. Yet, I suppose. – Obsidian for notes, writing – Joplin for tasks & projects

Mindmaps: Xmind

Cloud things: Nextcloud via in NL: file storage, calendar, notes sync for Joplin.

Email: Thunderbird, was already using it under macos.

Browser: Firefox, my default under macos as well.

Local web development: Getting a local lamp stack up and running turned out to be the most cumbersome. On Mac there is MAMPpro that provides an extensive GUI for managing PHP, MySQL, Apache. Creating virtual hosts etc. For Linux, there's only the much simpler XAMPP for getting a LAMPP stack up and running. It comes with phpmyadmin for the database bits, which is fine, but setting up virtual hosts requires good old editing of apache config files. Bleh, but ok.

Annoyances: – typing special characters, no idea how to do it other than copy-pasting from the Character map app. I mean, I know there are ways, but all are unwieldy. – Save dialog: start typing, I expect to enter a file name but it appears to start a search.

Better than expected: – the USB-C port works great, driving my large LG monitor – no problems driving an external monitor through DVI and an old VGA-via-USBC adapter beamer at the same time – overall speed and snappyness

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Have yet to find the English term, but in Dutch those decorative lines flowing from initials and versals are called Cadellen. The dutch wikipedia page on book illumination is quite good.

See Modified Lynda Barry daily journal format.

_ Zettelkasten sightings: – Borchardt's ZettelkastenOliver Burkeman

I'm testdriving Joplin for the more structured “projects and tasks” part of note taking. Can sync through Nextcloud. Nextcloud seems to be offered more often as a specific syncing option besides the usual dropboxes and iclouds etc.

_ 'Framing is “a way of selecting, organising, interpreting, and making sense of a complex reality”'. Pair with “Software architecture is in crisis, and the way to fix it is a hefty dose of anarchy”.

_ An important checklist: # The 7 Questions For Any Technological Idea.

_ Can't get over how brilliant is. It lets you export a diagram as a URL! Like so.

_ #weeknotes 2021-09

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Erfgoed: van het verleden, in het heden, voor de toekomst is het traditionele kader. Maar voor wie, wanneer en hoe in welke toekomst wordt zelden concreet gemaakt. Terwijl je door middel van erfgoedprocessen juist vorm geeft aan mogelijke toekomst(en): “assembling, building and designing future worlds”.

In Heritage Futures, Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices analyseren en beschrijven de auteurs erfgoedconservatie als een set creatieve, dialogische, meer-dan-alleen-menselijke betrekkingen tussen personen, objecten, plaatsen en praktijken. Door erfgoed vooral te beschouwen als een set aan processen worden de toekomst-vormende aspecten van erfgoed beter zichtbaar. De gegeneraliseerde processen zijn:

  1. Categoriseren – identificatie, naamgeving, documenteren
  2. Cureren – verzamelen, selecteren, toekennen, waarderen, etc.
  3. Conserveren – verzorging, conservering, opslag, archiveren, beheren
  4. Communiceren – gebruiken, interpreteren, tentoonstellen, verspreiden, waarden uitdrukken

Mogelijke/alternatieve toekomsten vormgeven door middel van erfgoedpraktijken is per definitie speculatief en emergent. Het creatieve potentieel van deze benadering wordt aan de hand van vier thema's in kaart gebracht:

  1. Diversiteit – in biologisch, cultureel en linguistisch opzicht.
  2. Overvloed – “coping with overflow”
  3. Onzekerheid – hoe kan het ongewisse van een toekomst als creatieve/innoverende factor werken?
  4. Transformatie – Als proces ipv object centraal staat, (hoe) kunnen processen van vergankelijkheid onderdeel worden gemaakt van de erfgoedpraktijk?

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Lynda Barry heeft een snelle oefening voor dagelijkse notities over dingen gedaan, gezien, gehoord. In zeven minuten twee lijstjes (gedaan, gezien), een quote (gehoord) en een snelle tekening bij een van de genoteerde items. Ik gebruik dit format regelmatig in mijn eigen schets-/dagboek.

Momenteel onderzoek ik de vorm & inhoud Middeleeuwse verluchte initialen (hier, hier). Van daaruit is een variatie op het dagboek-format ontstaan. Inhoudelijk grotendeels hetzelfde, maar de snelle tekening is veranderd in een verluchte initiaal. De initiaal is de beginletter van de te noteren quote. De voorstelling in de initiaal hoeft vooralsnog niet te relateren aan de quote zelf, maar neemt een van de gedaan, meestal gezien items als vertrekpunt.

Neemt op die manier veel meer tijd in beslag natuurlijk, maar een goede manier om al doende de opbouw van de verluchte initialen te bestuderen.


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Spring is early. A beautiful sunset yesterday.

_ Settling in with Obsidian myself, but Joplin looks nice as well for a cross platform notes app.

_ A visual language for digital integration. With pointer to Ruth Malan, who's work I still need to familiarize myself with more.

_ Sold another couple of bird prints this week. Only four left of the Blue tit and the House sparrow. Working on a design for the Jay. I think I solved the problem of that finely striped black and blue patch on its wings.

_ When in doubt, make a list.

_ Letras y figuras, another specific approach in combining letters and figures*.

_ Music to work to.

#weeknotes 2021-08

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Instrumental: – Acid Pauli's Boiler Room set on youtube is mesmerizing. More long sets to be found on his soundcloud. – Horse by Daddylonglegs, a project by Howie B – Wormhole by Ed Rush and Optical is a dark drum and bass classic – As is Inside the Machine by Bad Company UK – The Klaus Schulze's Berlin School playlist on Spotify has all the long spacy tracks. – Brian Eno's NeroliParallel by Four Tet

With vocals (this is the extreme metal section): – Ritualistic: The Thule Grimoires, Exuvia and Blood Vaults by The Ruins of Beverast – Two hours in a winter forest: Im Wald by Paysage d'Hiver I almost always make it to the end of these in one go: – Grievous by ConvulsingEternity of Shaog by Esoctrilihum

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