Archive for February, 2010


Going with the assumption that it is easier to criticize than to do it yourself, here are my remarks on George’s and Daniel’s type assignments:

for George:

  • the heading is too big
  • too many list items on the page
  • maybe it would be useful to get rid of the table below the header;

for Daniel:

  • too much text on the page
  • it might be better for the text in the sidebar to be gray or black,

Hopefully it helps! Good luck!


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visual expectations

In the current edition of Science magazine, they published a showcase with the nominations and winners of the

The International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge 2009

I thought this might be of interest to us in the anticipation of our discussion of color and “Visual Explanations.” Take a look and nominate your own favorite!

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omeka: problem solved

Finally Omeka is working, after following these instruction, provided by my host:

I checked the website at: http://www.alexlesanu.com/neighborlands/ and was able to duplicate your issue. I have added the Zend code in the php.ini file of your account and fixed the issue. Can you please check the website after clearing browser cache and cookies?

To clear browser cache and cookies, please follow the instructions given below:
1. Open a new browser.
2. Click on Tools.
3. Click on Internet Options.
4. Click on Delete Cookies button.
5. Click on Clear History button.
6. Click on Apply and OK buttons.

So far! So good! Waiting for the beginning of the real thing

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Being inspired by our last session on Omeka I’ve managed to install it. Actually the installation was relatively easy. The task starts to be difficult afterward, when after trying to open my Omeka page I got the following message:

Omeka Has Encountered an Error

Zend_Session::start() – /hermes/bosweb/web242/b2427/ipg.alexlesanucom/neighborlands/application/libraries/Zend/Session.php(Line:479): Error #2 session_start() [function.session-start]: open(/var/php_sessions/sess_62c792b9cd5866b291e0fefd7ffffbb2, O_RDWR) failed: No such file or directory (2) Array /hermes/bosweb/web242/b2427/ipg.alexlesanucom/neighborlands/application/libraries/Zend/Session.php(Line:489): Error #2 session_write_close() [function.session-write-close]: open(/var/php_sessions/sess_62c792b9cd5866b291e0fefd7ffffbb2, O_RDWR) failed: No such file or directory (2) Array /hermes/bosweb/web242/b2427/ipg.alexlesanucom/neighborlands/application/libraries/Zend/Session.php(Line:489): Error #2 session_write_close() [function.session-write-close]: Failed to write session data (files). Please verify that the current setting of session.save_path is correct (/var/php_sessions) Array

If anyone has a clue about this problem or has encountered the same issue, I would be very grateful to read some impressions and possible solutions.

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So, at least I managed to upload my type assignment. As you will be able to notice, there is not a big difference between the “Home” page and “Type Assignment”. This is partly explained by my tendency to keep the unity of the site and to link all the pages of the website to a single style sheet. On the other hand, I am fully aware of the need to improve the overall design of both pages, but I am waiting to find out more about Omeka and its ability to provide some page templates…

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found in translation

In my previous post, I referred to the fact that some scholars overstate the importance of the scholarly/non-scholarly division. Instead of building bridges between different spheres of human knowledge, they prefer to isolate themselves in the “Footnote tower.” In this sense, The Polyglot Manifesto is a nice attempt to translate or to interpret the meaning of Jaroslav Pelikan’s article “The Historian as Polyglot” to a wider audience. While Pelikan has targeted his speech toward an audience of professional historians, then Sepoy addresses his message to all the scholars. His message to the scholars is not only to convince them to open their disciplines to other scholars, but also to open their research to the scrutiny of the wider public.  Thus, if Pelikan is able “to ‘toggle’ between past-ese and present-ese,” then the author of the Polyglot Manifesto, together with other famous or infamous authors of manifestos, are gazing into “the future-se.”

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CSS page

Finally, after hours of creation and destruction, I’ve uploaded some kind of a CSS page, which as I hope will change a lot during the semester. I have to say that at the beginning, every task is overwhelming, but during the process of creating something, you always learn certain things. It might not be visible on the final product but as any good markup language, the language of failure is much more visible than the language of success.

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