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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Website Update - Mexico Photos Online

When I posted my Bonaire Photos, I said that I had a few more vacations to catch up on. Well, I just finished up with the first one of those overdue trips:

Mexico 2015 Photos

We went down to the Yucatan peninsula for a week, to go snorkeling with whale sharks at Holbox Island, scuba diving in Cozumel, and to see Chichén Itzá while staying at Playa del Carmen. It was a great trip. Here's a sampling of just a few of the pictures. Follow that link to see them all, and in high resolution.

Mexico Photo 1
 
Mexico Photo 2
 
Mexico Photo 3
 
Mexico Photo 4

I am trying something a little different with the photo page this time, and may update the rest of my photo pages if I like the way it works out. Previously, I've used a JavaScript to automatically resize the photos if they were too big to fit in the browser window. It was in keeping with the liquid layout I'd always liked in the past. However, with the proliferation of smart phones and browsing on the small screen, that JavaScript interferes with the two fingered zooming so many people have become accustomed to. So, I'm trying a fixed layout this time. If you're browsing on a computer, your screen should be plenty big to view the photos. And if you're browsing on a smart phone, you should be able to zoom in or out without any issues.

Of course, I updated the Photos page to add a link to the Mexico photos. I've still got a few more trips to catch up on.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Website Update - Top 10 Page List for January 2017

Top 10 ListJanuary has come and gone, meaning it's time once again for me to look at the server logs to see which pages on this site have been the most popular.

There was one newcome to the list this time, Donald Trump Unfit to Be President - Vote for Hillary Clinton. If only it had been popular back in November when it could have made a difference. : ( I suspect it made the list in large part because of a Quora answer I recently wrote which became pretty popular (over 200k views so far), Why do Hillary supporters not understand why people would vote for Trump?. We'll see if my blog post stays popular once that Quora answer runs out of steam and quits getting so many views.

There was one entry that didn't make the list, but didn't miss by too much (it was in the top 20), and I'd like to call attention to it because I really like it a lot myself, Sketching Art Masterpieces from Memory. Inspired by a study on memory involving drawing bicycles, in an attempt to see how well we really remembered well known famous objects, a co-worker and I tried sketching art masterpieces from memory. We didn't do so well, but it was a fun activity, and one I'd recommend to everybody.

Top 10 for January 2017

  1. Origin of Arabic Numerals - Was It Really for Counting Angles?
  2. Tank Game - QBasic Source Code
  3. Autogyro History & Theory
  4. Response to Global Warming Denialist E-mail - Volcanoes and Global Cooling
  5. Donald Trump Unfit to Be President - Vote for Hillary Clinton
  6. Retroactive Soapbox Entry- Fed Up with U.S. Public, Part II
  7. Response to E-mail - 1400 years of In-breeding
  8. A Skeptical Look at Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  9. Response to E-mail - Are America's Hunters the World's Largest Army?
  10. A Skeptical Look at MBT Shoes

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Website Update - Artwork Page

In the spirit of sprucing up that I mentioned last week, I've made a few changes to my Artwork page. Granted, it's far from the most popular page on my site, and I'm not a particularly great artist, but I figured I could at least improve the appearance of the page. Here's a link to the old version, if you're curious what it looked like before.

To give a taste of what you'll find there, here are three different images from that page. The first two are from two different series, so there are related images on the artwork page. The series used programs I wrote myself to generate the images (with some post processing in another program for the first one). The third is one of those 'Magic Eye' type stereograms. I discovered those way back in a contest in Games magazine, years before they became popular in mall kiosks. I was thrilled when my parents bought me a book that came with the software to make my own. Anyway, go visit the artwork page to see these pictures in higher resolution.

Artwork on jefflewis.net


Abstract Image

 
Circle Gradient Abstract Image

 
Mouse Head Stereogram

Friday, January 27, 2017

Website Update - Bonaire Photos Online

Let's end the week on a good note. I've finally gotten around to posting the photos from our last family vacation:

Bonaire 2016 Photos

I've decided to change the focus of my photo pages. Way back when I first started this site, there simply weren't anywhere near as many pictures available online. So, some of my photo pages actually turned out to be really popular because they were some of the only/best online photos available for certain locations (my French Polynesia Photos were especially popular). In turn, I tried to post photos that would be interesting to the public in general. But now, with travel sites, photo sites, Facebook, etc., photos are ubiquitous. Nobody's going to come to jefflewis.net in search of the best photos from Bonaire. So, I'm no longer worried about interesting the public in general, but rather friends and family who are the ones most likely to come looking at these pictures. Consequently, I've included a lot more pictures of us, not just the scenery.

Anyway, here's a sampling of just a few of the Bonaire photos. Follow that link above to see them all, and in high resolution.

Bonaire Photo 1
Bonaire Photo 2
Bonaire Photo 3
Bonaire Photo 4


Of course, I updated the Photos page to add a link to the Bonaire photos. While I was at it, I also snazzed up the Graphics menu page (it used to look like this).

Now I've just got to catch up with a few more vacations I've been meaning to make photo pages for.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Website Update - Top 10 Page List for December 2016

Top 10 ListThe end of the year means the end of the month, and time once again for me to look over the server logs for this site to see which of my pages were the most popular.

There was only one newcomer to the list this month - Debunking an E-mail on Charities. I highly suspsect its popularity had to do with people wanting to donate to charities around this time of year, along with the dubious chain email warning you of charities that supposedly don't spend your donations very charitably. Granted, the response is a few years old by this point, but the general conclusions still stand.

Overall traffic is around the same as it has been, down just slightly from November.

Anyway, here's the top 10 list for last month.

Top 10 for December 2016

  1. Origin of Arabic Numerals - Was It Really for Counting Angles?
  2. Response to Global Warming Denialist E-mail - Volcanoes and Global Cooling
  3. Retroactive Soapbox Entry- Fed Up with U.S. Public, Part II
  4. Tank Game - QBasic Source Code
  5. Autogyro History & Theory
  6. Response to E-mail - 1400 years of In-breeding
  7. A Skeptical Look at Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  8. A Skeptical Look at MBT Shoes
  9. Response to E-mail - Are America's Hunters the World's Largest Army?
  10. Debunking an E-mail on Charities

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