Sunday 4 May

“To see, or not to see,
That is the question” (Apologies to Bill Shakespeare).


I have noticed recently that there is a growing trend by website designers to try to make the text on their pages virtually unreadable. By this I mean that by using very small fonts and lightening the colour they seem to think it’s very trendy. Trying to read light grey text on a grey background is very frustrating, especially for people like myself who suffer with a mild form of colour blindness.

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What is wrong with black text on a white background? The newspapers have been doing this ever since the Romans threw away their wax tablets and started using sharpened sticks dipped in ink and papyrus! The whole point of writing is to convey information from one person to others, and not to show off your artistic skills.
The following examples (my text) from some websites on the Internet have been reproduced here using the colours their designers decided on. The first one is acceptable, but if it was any lighter I would have some difficulty in reading it.
The original intention behind HTML was to permit academics and researchers to pass information over the WWW in a simple manner via hyperlinks. The content had a simple and basic structure without any fancy formatting. Thus, there were levels of headings, paragraph tags, simple list and blockquote tags.
This one I cannot decipher at all, and I would give up on it without even trying.
The original intention behind HTML was to permit academics and researchers to pass information over the WWW in a simple manner via hyperlinks. The content had a simple and basic structure without any fancy formatting. Thus, there were levels of headings, paragraph tags, simple list and blockquote tags.
Here’s another example I came across. Remember, these are genuine, I’ve just changed the text otherwise you might recognise the site they came from.
The original intention behind HTML was to permit academics and researchers to pass information over the WWW in a simple manner via hyperlinks. The content had a simple and basic structure without any fancy formatting. Thus, there were levels of headings, paragraph tags, simple list and blockquote tags.
Wouldn’t that last one look better like this:
The original intention behind HTML was to permit academics and researchers to pass information over the WWW in a simple manner via hyperlinks. The content had a simple and basic structure without any fancy formatting. Thus, there were levels of headings, paragraph tags, simple list and blockquote tags.
Or even like this?
The original intention behind HTML was to permit academics and researchers to pass information over the WWW in a simple manner via hyperlinks. The content had a simple and basic structure without any fancy formatting. Thus, there were levels of headings, paragraph tags, simple list and blockquote tags.
Why do they insist on using very small fonts as well? I can understand it if you are printing a book or something in order to save on paper, but on the net, you have as much space as you need without incurring any extra cost?
Yes, I know there is some small, faint, unreadable text on this site, but that is built into the WordPress template and I don’t want to cock things up by trying to alter it.

Saturday 18 Jan

Yesterday I was reading about obesity in this country, it seems that most cases of obesity are caused by a person eating more calories than they burn off, and the unused calories being turned into fat. Apparently modern lifestyles do not help, as there is now easy access to cheap, high energy food that is often marketed aggressively, just look at the adverts from McDonalds, Burger King etc. Well, it saves slaving over a hot stove and cooking something doesn’t it? The nice takeaway delivery man brings your whopping great pizza right to your door, so all you have to do is sit on the couch and stuff your face whilst watching the Jeremy Kyle Show or whatever.

Jobs are much less active than in the past, most people now work in offices and sit at computers all day, or even working from home where it is easy to sit watching television, playing video games and just browsing the Internet.

People drive around or use public transport and tend to walk a lot less than they used to. I used to walk a lot, rather than get the car out for journeys of less that two miles. I never used public transport because the fares always seemed exorbitant to me. I would walk to the local supermarket (2 miles) and catch the bus home only because of carrying the heavy bags of booze groceries.

I can’t walk far now due to arthritis, but I do try to walk as much as possible because I think it is essential to keep moving for as long as I can.

Anyway, I digress. Several weeks ago I found a page, see here, which gave tips on how to reduce your food intake. Pay particular attention to the video on the left hand side of their page. They suggested using a smaller plate for your meals; assuming of course that you still know how to cook ‘like what I do’.

dinner-platesSeveral years ago I bought a modern dining set which included dinner plates, side plate, cups and saucers and I have used it ever since, thinking nothing of just filling the dinner plate with loads of my super-delicious home cooked food. In fact the plates are so big that if I put one in them in the microwave slightly off centre it catches on the sides and back.

When I read about the size of modern plates I remembered that I had some dinner plates stored in the outhouse under my workbench. They were in a box of stuff I had salvaged from my mothers house when she died. I thought that the things might come in useful one day, but they have lain forgotten since 1998.

When I retrieved them I was surprised at their size compared to modern dinner plates. I remembered eating of those plates in the 1940’s and early 1950’s. Since retrieving them I use them all the time now, not because of nostalgia but I find that I do eat less because those plates always look full, but with less food on them. I suppose it’s physiological really, but I do feel satisfied by eating less.

What’s more, the gravy doesn’t spill over the edge of these old plates onto the carpet when you pick them up!