ONLINE AND BORED?: Some fun sites to pass the time

Right now, I am off work for three weeks because of annual leave and the Christmas and New Year break, so I spend some time on the Internet. Every once in a while, the dark brooding spectre of boredom casts its long shadow upon me, and I found myself in front of the laptop, fingers twitching. I literally cannot think of anything to do. When boredom strikes, and I do not want to leave the laptop’s side, I fill up the dead time by Googling something, binge-watching YouTube videos, browsing the Facebook newsfeed or checking out some graphic design. Until … Continue reading ONLINE AND BORED?: Some fun sites to pass the time

GOOGLE SEO: What are the SEO trends in 2017?

London, UNITED KINGDOM MEHFUZ HUSSAIN (writer) with VIJAY SHAH (editor)   This article was written by Mehfuz Hussain, a digital marketing specialist based in London with expertise in online marketing concepts and Google Analytics. Search Engine Optimisation has seen many changes in 2016 thanks to Google. From the launch of its ambitious AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) Project in February 2016, Google has shaken up the way traditional SEO worked. Understandably, Google knows well that the best way to dominate the industry is to be aware of how search engines are changing, and strategising SEO and content techniques accordingly. The world … Continue reading GOOGLE SEO: What are the SEO trends in 2017?

ONLINE TRANSLATION STUDY: English-language websites becoming more popular for foreign language speakers

London, UNITED KINGDOM VIJAY SHAH via the Open Business Council A recent survey by an online translation company has discovered that English-language websites are becoming more and more frequented by speakers of continental European languages, particularly French and German, the Open Business Council reported this past Thursday. One Hour Translation, an online translation agency which self-describes as the world’s largest in this sector, and which provides translation services to global e-commerce companies, conducted a research study of 4,000 e-commerce translation projects during late November 2016. The projects stretched from a period beginning in 2015, and up until November this year. … Continue reading ONLINE TRANSLATION STUDY: English-language websites becoming more popular for foreign language speakers

VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs – the full set

For our very last article in the Animated ccTLD flags series (a.k.a Virtual Vexillology), you will have the opportunity to see the flags we have featured in the previous articles altogether in one place, along with some examples made for forum users who wish to decline their country of origin when creating their signatures. It has been a fun and enjoyable series to work on, and it does seem a bit sad to be finally drawing it to a close. This series may be wrapping up, but we are going to do it in true fluttering style. Here are all … Continue reading VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs – the full set

VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 6 – Australasia/Oceania)

Our final leg of the journey in this series on animated flag icons featuring ccTLDs now takes in the continent of Australasia, also known as Oceania. While this continent’s total area is very dominated by the landmass and Commonwealth of Australia, it also has a large number of small islands dotted over the breadth and length of the Pacific Ocean. Many of these islands are their own sovereign states, while others are dependencies of larger Australasian nations. As far as flags go, one common theme with flags from Australasia is that a lot of them carry a smaller flag in … Continue reading VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 6 – Australasia/Oceania)

VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 5 – Asia)

Asia is one of the most linguistically, ethnically and religiously diverse continents on the planet. Its kaleidoscope of nations and cultures is well reflected in its range of flags. Just like Africa and South America, which we explored earlier on in the Animated ccTLD Flags series, Asia was once part of foreign empires, but is also home to many countries which escaped colonialism and have a long and vibrant history. Asia is home to a wide variety of alphabets and writing systems, which makes it an interesting point to note in what comes next. While the first set of ccTLDs … Continue reading VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 5 – Asia)

VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 4 – Africa)

A continent of colour, vibrancy, determination and contrasts, Africa is often in the news for the wrong reasons, but there is far more to it than the media diet of armed revolutions, wars, poverty and famine. Africa is a place where art has always been close to the hearts of its people, from the cave paintings of the Algerian desert, the Egyptian hieroglyphics, or the masks of the Ashanti Empire or the kingdom of Benin. Africa’s flags are no exception. Once carved up by colonial powers greedy for natural resources, many African countries seized their independence and freedom during the … Continue reading VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 4 – Africa)

VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 3 – Europe)

Part 3 of the Half-Eaten Mind’s series on animated ccTLD flags now arrives on the shores of Europe, a linguistically and historically diverse continent with a rich history of flags too. Many of Europe’s flags have religious and heraldric meanings, as it was in this continent that such devices as coats-of-arms and banners for military use were developed. The world’s oldest flag design still in continuous use is the “Dannebrog“, the national flag of the kingdom of Denmark. This Christian inspired flag, featuring a white long-armed cross on a red field has a pedigree of several hundred years, and took its … Continue reading VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 3 – Europe)

VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 2 – South America)

Part Two of our Animated ccTLD flags takes us to the other, hotter half of the Americas, namely South America. With the exception of a few nations, this continent is predominately Spanish speaking, and many of the flags shown here date from the independence of these countries from Spain during the 18th and 19th centuries. As before, the countries and their flag icons will be listed in alphabetical order of TLD. ccTLDs are based on a system developed by internet institution ICANN. The ICANN is a global forum in charge of managing some of the Net’s core technical elements, such … Continue reading VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 2 – South America)

VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 1 – North America)

For every country, and indeed many various territories, dependencies, states, provinces etc. one of the most important elements of self-representation, self-recognition and identity is a humble piece of cloth. The flag, for governments and patriots alike, is more than that though. It is a symbol of their identity, replete with symbolism, sacrifice and values. Many flags have become well-known enough that even the most geographically challenged can match the national flag to the nation it flies under. Everyone knows the Union Flag (Union Jack) is for Britain, the Tricouleur represents France, and the Star-Spangled Banner flutters over the States. A … Continue reading VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 1 – North America)