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Archive: April, 2004
A new addition to my portfolio! This one was quite a challenge as it had to be AAA Accessible yet still visually appealing. (I've also never built an accessible site before). I found the only way to achieve both was to create the site entirely in valid CSS. The resulting code is streamlined and the site seems to render correctly on mac, pc and all the browsers I could find. The site has a content management back-end too.
If you're interested in accessible website design, take a look at the accessibility features for the kent walking festival site. If you're a web designer, there's no escaping it. You'll end up building an accessible site eventually, as it's all heading that way. I throughly recommend Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 - this very slick upgrade seems entirely geared towards accessible design, where the previous version failed.
I've learn so much from producing this site and plan to eventually design all my new sites with accessibility in mind. Just because it has to be accessible, shouldn't mean good design has to suffer. Give it a bash and you'll see what I mean!
Olivia.mp3 (4.7 MB)
"A very chilled out track that I wrote for my sister...Inspired by Kruder and Dorfmeister, Tosca and Peace Orchestra..." ~ Kenneth
It got a sizzling 4-star review by Electromancer:
"When you wear your influences on your sleeve, you’ve either gotta be supremely confident in your abilities or completely stupid! WHAT?!?! Our friend TwickSisted here is influenced by a couple of artists whom I think are absolutely AWESOME … K+D Sessions happens to be one of my most favourite albums. Kruder & Dorfmeister as a duo & also individually with their various other projects have for many years been making extremely GROOVY music …
… and so is the music made by TwickSisted. ‘Olivia’ is a very funky slab of chilled-out shuffling breakbeat. The production is a cut above the rest … very clear, crisp & precise, with some excellent noises goin on. In particular I reckon the slap bass that drives the track along is wicked, it really gives this tune a strong & funky identity.
‘Olivia’ begins very much in a K&D vein with some luverly plucked string sounds & some spacey swoony synths goin on in the depths of the mix, which ebb n’ flow up & down as the track grooves along. There’s a gradual build up before the b-line comes in, followed by an excellent shuffling breakbeat … the beats, as well as the b-line, are spot on & complement one another very well.
The artist has put a lot of effort into crafting this piece of music. Although it revolves around a fairly small set of samples for the whole duration of the track, the various breakdowns, beat changes & chill-out moments keep your ears locked onto this rather luverly noise. This is a track that should be added to everyone’s favourites folder … check it out, NOW!"
Heres a pic of Dick the 17-year-old goldfish in his sling. Full story below (Tue 20 April)
Happy St. George's Day England!! St George's Day is Englands national day, but unlike other countries, England does not have celebration to mark this occasion. I wonder why? At least you get the day off work!
St. George is the patron saint of England. His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England. It was adopted by Richard The Lion heart and brought to England in the 12th century. The king's soldiers wore it on their tunics to avoid confusion in battle.
You heard it here first:
The flag for the United Kingdom is called the Union Flag, not the Union Jack. The only time the name Union Jack applies is when its flown on the jackstaff on a warship.
London Underground ghost stations
Eery but fascinating! The level of detail is astonishing.
"One of the things I find most interesting is the changing history of the railway, of which there is still much hidden evidence. For example, look through the window as you travel between Tottenham Court Road and Holborn on the Central Line and you'll see a station - where no passengers have alighted since 1932. This used to be British Museum station."
There are about 40 abandoned stations on the Underground network along its entire 255 miles (408Km) of trackway - some subsurface and some above ground. Some have vanished without trace whereas others are almost intact, grimey time capsules of the era when they were closed.
(found on geisha asobi)
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