Dystopia

THE BOOK DYSTOPIA is perhaps the best book I’ve ever read.

Dystopia

It’s written by productive Danish writer, director and screenwriter Dennis Jürgensen. I am not aware of any English translations, so any non-danish readers are imho robbed of a great read.

In the land of Tarakinien the people of the Blue clan and the Black clan have been battling as long as anyone can remember. A common hope of peace, from the daughter of the one clan Champion and son from the other clan Champion, one day makes the “Bringer of Light” tumble the two youngsters into another world. The hope is that they will unite and bring back peace to their own world. In the new world Dystopia they are given a quest. In order to save their own world they must free this land of Dystopia where darkness is spreading is dominion. In their fantastic journey they are joined by some creatures called the Eudaimon’s. The Eudaimon’s are a fearsome species that have lived in solitude in the far regions of the forest for many years. The intrusion of the darkness forces them to join forces in a dangerous quest.

The book is written in the normal Dennis’ way, so you cannot help getting “into the story” and just keeps reading, chapter after chapter, just to see if they make it though the obstacles. The characters are described so intensely that you find yourself, cheering and wishing for each individual to performs their task with greatness – or at least survives.
Even though a 635 pages book, for each paper you flip, you’ll curse the book for not having enough.

More information can be found here (Danish).

Rating: ★★★★★

Entering WordPress

SO I INSTALLED WordPress just to see what all the fuzz was all about. And I must say that I am quite impressed. Easy to install, easy to manage, easy to use and very flexible.

For a very long time my webpage had lied dormant because I always wanted to try this and that concept of creating webpages. I am not a web developer of profession, but a natural curiosity have led me to try many things, for then just to abandon the project when all the “hard parts” were grasped.

First I created a simple initial version of my personal webpage using tables and simple html (just as I created any other of my webpage after frames became the big “no no”). Quite boring and repetitive and I quickly lost interest. So for a long time the webpage consisted of mainly “Under construction” notes. I then decided to give css a shot. Now that was interesting. The separation of contents and layout really appealed to my LaTeX mindset. The tables were still giving me a hard time though. It can become quite frustrating to keep track of all those table cells, so finally I upgraded my css skills and abandoned the tables for good – ahh the relief.

Now that I had a webpage running, I wanted to add more exiting things. This led me on, to try out some frameworks found on the internet: PRADO, Zend, Yahoo UI, WYM Style and more. I rejected them all eventually for various reasons.

The last thing I tried was tex4ht. A tool that allows for conversion of TeX and LaTeX documents to html and/or xml pages – sweet :-) This could have been the ideal chance of brushing up on my LaTeX skill’s as well as getting a website completed. The tools is quite impressive, but I could not quite get it to directly produce a decent level of visual appearance without some tweaking in the css output.

I finally decided to channel my experimentations to my other neglected programming projects and focus more on some actual contents for my webpage. So now I think I’ll give web publishing by blogging a try :-)

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