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The 9th Wave

The 9th Wave

In 1850 a Russian/Armenian marine painter Ivan Aivazovsky painted his best known painting, The Ninth Wave. The title of the painting refers to an old sailing expression of a wave of unbelievable size that arrives after a succession of many larger waves. This painting is now located in State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg. The medium of the painting is an Oil-on-canvas. The dimensions of The Ninth Wave are 221 cm X 332 cm (87 in X 131 in). 

I don’t particularly pay ANY attention to art, but in my opinion I personally like The Ninth Wave’s colors and the vibe or feeling you get when you look at the sun. It’s kind of like a serene or calm vibe but at the same time it’s wild and untamed. If I were to choose to have this painting or not I think it’d be cool to have it  hanging in my room or just somewhere in my house in general, which I do. 

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WordPress, other CMS or code yourself

Content management systems (CMS) changed the face of internet. WordPress is clearly the leader here. But, is there no role for self coded website today?

The main benefit of CMS is the ease of use. No coding experience required. And, the result is a professional looking site with no or very little cost. Unfortunately, just like any other large system, CMS is slower compared to self coding in two ways. First, it takes time to connect to all it’s plugins and process internal databases. Second, it constantly requires security and other updates.

The benefits of learning to build websites yourself are complete control on how things will work on your website, and knowledge of where to find specific customizations without reading through wiki-s and docs. Takes more time upfront, takes more time if a major upgrade is needed, but the final result is a unique site that looks like no-one else’s. Also, if you coded it from scratch, you know exactly where things are if something needs to be fixed. May be there is a role for doing your own coding today.

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Archaea – New Branch in Tree of Life.

Think life is simple. “Yes,” you say – “those with nucleus are eukaryotes, and those without are bacteria.” But, not so fast. A domain of single cell organisms that used to be called archaebacteria is now a whole new branch in the tree of life. We now give it its own name, “Archae”. Archae posses properties that separate them from bacteria and higher life forms. What makes Archae different? Their living conditions, energy sources and cell membrane lipids make them unique.

Archaea – new branch of life tree