NOTEBOOK Why are the colors as
2. About NOTEBOOK
: What to
This NB-file gives answer to questions about the colors and content of
NB, as iI shall call NOTEBOOK | NOTITIEBOEK. And one of the things I hope to do
is to make an excerpt of Huizinga''s
"In the shadows of tomorrow", in Dutch.
NOTEBOOK : Why are the colors as they are?
I am seeking a compromise between my sore eyes - diagnosis: keratoconjunctivitis
sicca aka 'dry eyes' - and the eyes of my readers.
- added a table to
have borders around my texts
- coloured the
background darkslategray with white text
- coloured the
background of the table darkgreen
seems currently the best compromise - where the reader should realize I
also have to cope with overrides from the browsers for the link colors.
most part, as usual in life, I do as I can, not as I want, and try to
make the best of the situation.
NOTEBOOK : What to expect?
possibilities are severely constrained by ME/CFS + my sore eyes, so
"expect" is a sunny term.
hope to do is to write more Dutch, notably about Johan Huizinga's
"In de schaduwen van morgen" (English: In the shadows of tomorrow"),
which was first published in 1935.
I have a
paper copy of the 7th printing of 1939, likely the last to appear
before World War II, and quite possibly simply the last to appear,
since the Dutch did not like it: too elitarian, too pessimistic, too
oldfashioned, and anyway after WW II no longer relevant.
it and read in in 1991, and I like it, but then perhaps I am in Dutch
eyes too elitarian, too
pessimistic, too oldfashioned, and anyway no longer relevant, if indeed
What is true in any case is that
Huizinga's point of view was and is one that belongs to a small
minority: the intelligentsia
(<- Wikipedia). I brieflly described the man and his book as follows
in my Politics
- introductory texts (which is a very useful reading list if
you want to understand that subject):
Johan Huizinga: In de schaduwen
van morgen. Huizinga is the
internationally best known Dutch historian, mostly because of his "The
waning of the Middle Ages". "In de schaduwen van morgen" ( = "In the
shadows of tomorrow") is a later book, written in the 1930-ies, as
fascism and socialism seemed to arise everywhere, and a major war
seemed close. Most Dutchmen who have read it seem not to like it,
probably because it is too realistic and too pessimistic, and doesn't
take the Dutch pretended belief in the equality of all men serious. I
like it. Incidentally, Huizinga - already quite old - acted as a very
brave man when Holland was occupied by the Germans.
it happens, I think it is relevant to help one understand the times in
which I live - see my Crisis-series -
because it was written in a time of crisis by a
hope to be able to produce something like a commented