Category Archives: Observations

Temporarily under construction

Unfortunately my old hosting provider has been infected with a JS virus. Therefore I have moved my site to a new hosting provider.

This was quite a rogue action, so not everything is working as it should and lot’s of stuff is missing (read all the pictures, maps, video’s and other stuff).

Over time I will repair each post, but please be patient with me…

Someone infected me with this...

Someone infected me with this…

Next Challenge: Ulysses by James Joyce

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Bought some books today (and went to Thijssen directly after to grab a coffee). I went only to buy some books to learn a little bit of the Italian and Croatian language. Off course I bought far to many books. One of them Ulysses from James Joyce.

I thought if I do refer my site to the trails of Odysseus, I am almost obliged to read the contemporary version of Homers saga (sigh).

Besides James Joyce loved the Adriatic Sea and lived for years in Trieste.

Change of Plans

Suddenly, I had the plan to migrate my weblog to another server…

And while dreaming how fast my weblog would be then, I started making more plans. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a nice fading color as background of my posts… And I started looking at other sites and more and more ideas came alive and my wishlist for becoming a really, truly beautiful site became bigger and bigger. Combining all the nice things of other weblogs, heaving a clean CSS sheet etc. etc.

So now I am already hacking for a week or so CSS and it is growing far too big. While I should do my research on the best places of the Middle Sea and writing posts about it, I write things like:

#content .div li lu lo la {
   font: xx-larg
   background-image:url(img/greece-blue-sea.gif)
   etcetera: dream-eat-live-and-keep-the-flow
}

Aaaaaaaaarggh

So I hope to be back in a month or so with an excellent site, meanwhile I will post on this soon to be better designed site.

Introducing guestwriters: Le Patron & Muppet

After about a month of blogging, I am surprised by the the success and the warm reactions of my reader. Knowing that I do have my duties to my oath of finding my Holy Grail, I needed some help to keep satisfying my readers with this weblog. Two of my closest friend quickly offered their help: Muppet and Le Patron.

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Muppet is quite some guy with technology. He has a fine nose for finding the newest technology beyond the phase of nice to have only now it should work. He is the leading force behind finding plug-ins for this weblog (especially the Google Maps integration wasn’t possible without his help). And for my trip to Levkas I asked him to find me a decent and not to expensive GPS. After my trip he was able geocode my Nikon RAW files in an evening and that was the moment I thought he could contribute to this site. His first post will be about how he did that.

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When Le Patron heard about this, he immediately offered his help. Well, in normal circumstances I am quite able to say no. But you have to know he is the little king of the kitchen. And little kings of kitchens can have quite large knifes. So after some convincing arguments of Le Patron, I am proud to introduce him as a guest writer. His specialisation is the “Optimisation of Life Enjoyment” (OLE) and will post about the Wining and Dining of life. He has quite a attitude and is a sensitive guy so please don’t comment to harsh on his writings… I wouldn’t survive the second knife.

So long the introduction, next post of me will be about the first day of sailing the Ionian Sea.

CWO II

CWO II After a week of heavy sailing, no sun and only wind above 6 Bft, and – most important – a team of six people truly gifted with the spirit of sailing, I am now officially capable of sailing the wide seas.

I am now able to conquer the winds and oceans, I have been a toy of the Gods in a small boat in a large pond of water, I have seen gales predestined to crush, but say no more, I have my pink sheet of paper…

But seriously, what did remain from this sailing trip across the Wadden Sea is the will to sail the Middle Sea. Sailing from island to island in unity with nature is a feeling I cannot describe. What I can say that it’ s just able to provide you with so much pleasure. From seeing an Island slowly diminishing when sailing away, good memories remaining, to discovering the contours of the next island, wondering where the small bay or harbour will be you will have to go to and the mystery of a new place… And all this with the wind blowing through your hairs and the sun all around.

Ithaca

by Konstantinos Kavafis (1911)

As you set out for Ithaca
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.

Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
angry Poseidon – don’t be afraid of them:
you’ ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.

Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
wild Poseidon – you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.


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Adding Geotagged Picasa Albums

Wow, it al goes so fast. A year a go it was hacking the hardway to include a Google Earth map in your website which would show your photo’s in a picasa album (see blacksea.ressing.net for Version 2.0 and my 1.0 attempt in lc06.ressing.net).

Now with some plug-ins ( NextGen Gallery and XML Google Maps Coding) you just upload your pictures to a Picasa web-album or your WordPress webserver, add a link and it’s finished.

Where will we be in 5 4 3 2 years?

A quick example:

[maptype=g_satellite_map;zoom=10;width=500;height=400]

And now the finetuning…