October 9, 2012

About NB's colors and prospects

1. About NOTEBOOK Why are the colors as they are?
2. About NOTEBOOK : What to expect?


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.

1. About NOTEBOOK : Why are the colors as they are?

Because I am seeking a compromise between my sore eyes - diagnosis: keratoconjunctivitis sicca aka 'dry eyes' - and the eyes of my readers.

Today, I have

  • added a table to have borders around my texts
  • coloured the background darkslategray with white text
  • coloured the background of the table darkgreen

That seems currently the best compromise - where the reader should realize I also have to cope with overrides from the browsers for the link colors.

For the most part, as usual in life, I do as I can, not as I want, and try to make the best of the situation.

2. About NOTEBOOK : What to expect?

My possibilities are severely constrained by ME/CFS + my sore eyes, so "expect" is a sunny term.

What I 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.

I bought 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 ever.

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.

As 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 great historian.

I hope to be able to produce something like a commented excerpt.


Maarten Maartensz

P.S. My eye problems

                  PS: Any necessary corrections have to be made later.