Tag Archives: Universum

New website

IMG_0646In an attempt to tidy things up a bit and to draw together the apps site, music site and other bits, including a link to this blog, I have registered the domain name jonmoncrieff.com.

Since I first registered become-apps.com, and gave that to my provider as the primary domain, that has to remain the parent, which has given me some conceptual problems in creating a child structure for jonmoncrieff.com which acts as the parent. There is ample opportunity for creating inconsistencies and circular references which I think I have avoided but bear with it if it doesn’t seem to work properly. I will master it eventually.

I have unimaginatively used Flammarion’s Universum yet again. I plan something a bit more spiffy than the row of links to navigate the site and as I implement that, I will doubtless choose another image, or maybe not.

I am still using iWeb for web updating even though Apple dropped it some years ago and it has a lot of limitations. If you just use it for what it’s good at, site management especially, it is still really good so I am loath to drop it but will need to employ some trickery to get something a bit slicker running. You can find my site here if you wish.

What a world this is that has such things in it …

I used the Universum image some time ago when trying out ideas for my website. I had uncharacteristically tidied up since, and couldn’t find a copy of the image, or its name, or the artist. All I had was an edited monochrome fragment in an old draft webpage. What I want, I said to myself, is the visual equivalent of one of those iPhone apps where you can record a snatch of a song and it will tell you what it is and where you can get it. After a brief google I came across Tin Eye (http://www.tineye.com) where I uploaded my image fragment and it pointed me to the very image at Wikimedia Commons which, I now remember, is where I got it from in the first place. I currently prefer the colourised version, but may use the original again sometime now I know where to find it.

I am sufficiently old to be overawed by the utter cleverness of this whole process, especially the guys at Tin Eye.

Visions of the beyond

Flammarion woodcut, Paris 1888
Universum

Universum – Flammarion woodcut, Paris 1888, colored by Heikenwaelder Hugo, Wien 1998. Original for Flammarion’s 1888 L’atmosphère : météorologie populaire (p. 163).

All due thanks to Wikimedia Commons.

The image is described, in my brutal translation, as “A missionary of the middle ages tells that he has found the place where Heaven and earth meet”. If so, I am convinced, it was somewhere near Hay, in fact I think I know where. About 8 miles from here is Capel-Y-Ffin where the artist Eric Gill and his followers lived in some notoriety in the former monastery in the 1920’s. It was here that he designed the Gill Sans typeface which I use a lot. Capel-Y-Ffin was described by a Victorian clergyman who lived there as a place where the boundary between the two worlds was “Thin”. There is definitely a splendid feeling of calm and grace about the church when you visit.