Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Web sites that are linked by a common theme or interest sometimes will join together to form Web rings. A Web ring is a community of Web sites linked one to another, so that visitors go from one site to the next until they return to the site where they started. A Web ring is an ideal way for Web users to find a wide variety of sites on a particular topic.

Most Web ring systems provide a listing or a directory of all the sites within a ring, which is known as the hub or list page. Such directories frequently include a description of each site and a link to let the visitors quickly go to a particular site within the ring.

Each member site within the Web ring also provides a navigation panel with links for Next site, Previous site, etc. that help the user move from site to site, skipping ones that are offline or going back to a site they visited previously. View a demonstration of a Web ring on The World of Webrings site.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia

Pheidias began working on the statue around 440 BC. Years earlier, he had developed a technique to build enormous gold and ivory statues. This was done by erecting a wooden frame on which sheets of metal and ivory were placed to provide the outer covering. Pheidias' workshop in Olympia still exists, and is coincidentally or may be not identical in size and orientation to the temple of Zeus. There, he sculpted and carved the different pieces of the statue before they were assembled in the temple.

Although the temple itself is very large, the sculptor is criticized for not having appreciated the correct proportions. He has shown Zeus seated, but with the head almost touching the ceiling, so that we have the impression that if Zeus moved to stand up he would unroof the temple. Strabo was right, except that the sculptor is to be commended, not criticized. It is this size impression that made the statue so wonderful. It is the idea that the king of gods is capable of unroofing the temple if he stood up that fascinated poets and historians alike. The base of the statue was about 6.5 m (20 ft) wide and 1.0 meter (3 ft) high. The height of the statue itself was 13 m (40 ft), equivalent to a modern 4-story building.