May 24, 2011

me: Improved formatting of Nederlog

  "This is not a quotation!"
  -- Maarten Maartensz (attr)

As of today there is a slightly different improved formatting of Nederlog. Indeed, I suppose you will not see many differences, and I may change it a little more in the course of the following days, but several things have been changed since I have been writing my site in KompoZer 08.b3 and not in MS Frontpage.

In fact, most of what I use daily, apart from MS Windows, is free software and also is mostly open source:

I browse in Firefox or Seamonkey (another good Mozilla browser, most like the Netscape that was, but thoroughly up to date, and with more functionality - email, webdesign - than Firefox); I mail with Thunderbird; I write html with KompoZer; I calculate with Gnumeric or a free programming language; and do images/graphics with Squeak, Inkscape or IrfanView.

Mind you: This is certainly not only a matter of principle, and of how I think it ought to be - for which see
but also because I really like these products rather a lot better than the commercial products I have used before, probably because they were written by people who actually use them, with input from others who do.

As to what I changed in Nederlog (and as I said before: This site is best read in Firefox, or indeed Seamonkey, and I no longer try to please MS and those who choose to use MS IE: Sorry if it might not work for you, but this is probably MS design, meant to fuck things up for Mozilla, and I am not playing ball with Bill Gates guys):

- the background now should be fixed (it is in Firefox)
- the width of the table is 80% and centered
- the main text has wider margins left and right

- the icon, arrows, globe, and background images are in the same directory
- the html is all in KompoZer and should be good html
- the standard adfix in Nederlog at the bottom has been a bit changed

I'll leave most changes uncommented, but say a little about two:

- the main text has wider margins left and right:

As it happens, I have read very many books and am a fast reader, and I have noticed that the format as used on very early sites, or in very simple html, where the lines of text may stretch from the leftmost to the rightmost pixel on the screen is considerably more unpleasant to read than a text which is less wide.

Whatever the reason - maybe habit, from reading many book pages - I prefer to have lines that are not very wide, and it would seem also that many others do.

- the standard adfix in Nederlog at the bottom has been a bit changed

I have removed both Shelley's and Jung Chang's texts, and straightened out the rest somewhat, mostly for rhetorical reasons, so to speak: I still think both texts I removed are very appropriate for a man in my situation, but indeed that situation is not easy to get if you don't live it. Then again, I've extended my references for ME/CFS with my own texts.

Finally, as I said: I may make some more changes, and will say so if I do.

P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.

                              As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1.  Anthony Komarof Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of M.D.s Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5.  Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6.  William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7.  Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8.  Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence".
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

Maarten Maartensz (M.A. psy, B.A. phi)

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