The two small tutorials I made for users.f2s are finally finished and online. I wont duplicate them on this site, so you’ll just have to go and read them over there : )
This post started out small, but it is turning out to be a rather lengthy collection of India travel related links… : )
I did some research with Google and bumped into a number of sites containing travel logs (travelogues) of India.
I spent some time skimming through them. I read things I can relate to, others I disagree on. Some I know to be right, some I know to be wrong. But never mind. They all tell of a human experience similar to mine.
Almost all of them have pictures – but they load slowly, I must say.
Have a look for yourself!
- Delhi, Agra…
- India Trip by Gemal – everyday life, picture of an Indian bathroom
- Darjeeling Railway
- Trek in Himalchal Pradesh
- India 1997 by Doug Burnett
- India 98 by Danny – nice cultural comments (ie, beggars), chapter on Pune
- The Land of Splendour
- Jen’s India Room
Of course, it could go on for ever. Some meta-links:
- South Asian Women’s Forum
- Yahoo’s findings
- Links from Lonely Planet
- Travel library resources
- Indiatravelog.com – *phew*, this is becoming a big list!
This is not a “quality” listing. I haven’t explored each site in-depth. It is more of a starting point – but in any case, all the links presented here seemed to be promising in some way.
Awaiting your comments!
Despite all the criticism I have heard/read lately on Jakob Nielsen, I have always found his alertbox articles very interesting.
Of course, one has to keep in mind that his standpoint is usability, not web design, and that it is therefore to be taken with a pinch of salt or two.
Here is a little collection of links I have gathered, mostly from his site, a few from other places.
Writing for the web
- Is navigation useful?
- How people read on the web
- Using the inverted pyramid
- Titles, headings and subject lines
- Good writing is important! (from WebReview)
- Use link titles and style sheets (though on this subject, follow Zeldman‘s advice: “use pixels, baby!”)
Other “website” stuff
Phew! I think that’s about it.
Remember, posting these links here doesn’t mean I adhere to everything the articles say. It means I think they are good reading.
Yay! I got a great cool free site meter. Peek at the little shiny square at the bottom of each page.
And hey, that means I have graphics on my site at last!! hehee.
En fait, cette note intéresse surtout les francophones, comme le texte en question est en français…
I added one of my teenage essays to the writing section a few days back: Emergence.
I just realised that I forgot to mention I had killed the music section. If I want to suggest a music pick to you, I’ll do it here.
Apart from that, I’m not really happy with the look of my site. I’ve tried changing all the fonts to Verdana, but I’m not even sure it’s better. The size of my titles collides with my text.
Sure, teeny winsy fonts look much more “pro” – but I have such a hard time reading them that I can’t bring myself to put them on my site.
I know my site lacks graphics, I have been planning to put up some pictures for nearly a year and a half, now. Only before that, I need to sort my slides and scan them – as for creating graphics, forget about it: I can’t draw to save my life.
The “comments” feature is now functional (except it doesn’t show the number of comments on the link), so go ahead and use it as much as you please – I’ll be happy to read them comments, you know…
There – done with the whining. Though if you have any constructive solutions, I’d be glad to hear them!!
I feel an itch to write about India. All these classes on Indian culture at university are bringing me back there.
There are so many things I have to say.
For a start, here is what I have been telling people these last three (heavens!) months when they ask me the usual questions.
I must admit I’m sick of hearing this question. And as university has just started, I’m again meeting a whole bunch of people I haven’t seen in over a year and who are impatient for news.
The trip was overall a very positive experience but the first three months were really hard… >>>
As much as I would like to be able to say that cultures are not to be hierarchically classified, and that they are all equal, but different, my experience of India has somewhat disturbed this position. Let me explain… >>>
Tonight is Halloween.
Five years ago, Switzerland had barely heard of this weird witch-party so popular in the States.
Three years back, the cauldron started simmering, and this year it is coming up to a boil. People dressed up, kids running around asking for sweets (even two weeks ago!) and lotsa lotsa Halloween stuff to buy in the shops.
I used to celebrate Halloween when I was a kid of the Commonwealth American School. But somehow grinning pumpkins don’t seem to fit in here.
Especially when they seem to be but another excuse to increase consumerism.
I’ve been going around a few sites this evening and last. A couple of things bug me:
- thin grey Verdana text on black backgrounds
- total lack of capital letters
Apart from that, two nice links I found recently.
First, my friend Mithun from Pune actually started a weblog, and at F2S too! Reading his Cerebral Emissions makes me feel “in touch”, much more than emailing – which neither he nor me manage to do very regularly.
Second, Tangerine Girl – pretty girl, pretty site. Her writing is refreshing, and I really like her pictures. I spent quite some time prowling around her gallery, and I don’t really do picture-gazing very often.