Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Octopus

     The octopus is an animal caractherized by their eight arms. Ancient people of the mediterranean were aware of the octopus, as evidenced by certain artworks and designs of prehistory. Octopus were also depicted in the art of the Moche, who whorshipped the sea and its animals.  
Vase from a Mycenanean Greek cemetery at Prosymna.
Yearly Cycle of Power:  Summer, Fall
Time of Power: Night
Attributes: Disguise, Deception, Colour, Intelligence, Texture, Touch, Versatility, Wisdom

In Mitology.
     The Hawaiian  creation Myth relates that the present cosmos is only the last of a series, having arisen in stages from the wreck of the previous universe. In this account, the octopus is the lone survivor of the previous, alien universe.
     In Pacific Mithology the Octopus, or Kupe, according to legend, a man named Kupe was fishing near his home on Raiatea when an octopus stole his fishhooks with its many arms. Enraged, Kupe jumped into his canoe and pursued the beast for 35 days. By that time he had covered 2,400 miles to the south-west and there he sighted an island larger than any he had ever seen before: North Island, New Zealand. He sailed back and invited his compatriots to follow him to the new found land. They did so and became the Maoris.

In Literature.
     The octopus has a significant role in Victor Hugo's book Travailleurs de la mer (Toilers of the sea).

Other forms:
     Years ago, the ancient sailors said that a huge animal lives under the sea, it has eight legs and a big mouth. The also said that this animal atacks the ships and eats his sailors. They called it Kraken.

Wikipedia - Kraken
Wikipedia - Octopus

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Animals, animals, animals

If you need some reference with your work about icons, symbols and totem animals, here you can see a few drawings and the name of each animal.

Do you know these expressions ? That´s a list of animal idioms.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"An idiom (Latinidioma, "special property", f. Greekἰδίωμα – idiōma, "special feature, special phrasing",
f. Greekἴδιος – idios, "one’s own") is an expression consisting of a combination of words that has a figurative
 meaning. The figurative meaning is comprehended in regard to a common use of the expression that is separate
 from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made.[1]
 Idioms are numerous and they occur frequently in all languages.
There are estimated to be at least 25,000 idiomatic expressions in the English language.[2]"

The history of the Windows logos

Microsoft Windows have been experienced a lot of changes in their logos. The first logo were done in 1985, exactly, in november. 
The first logo were 5 years. This first logo had 3 different versions: 1.0 - 2.0 and 2.03. The logo were formed by 4 asimetric parts. The drawing were blue. 

The second logo were very different, compared with the first. This try to send an idea of speed and dynamism. We can see 5 different colours: red, blue, yellow, green and black. This logo were designed in 1990, but in 1995, they company, changed.

In august 1995, Windows changed a little the logo. The included a sky, and they put Microsoft in white color, and they also included the year in which they designed the logo: 1995.

Three years later, Windows change the logo. Only a little. All the letters that were in the picture were black. The only detail is that they include the name of Microsoft.

When we went in to 21th century, Windows change another time the logo. This were more revolutionary. They put the logo in a window, with some other windows near them. Finally, they continue with same things: All the letters in black, with year. But the name of Microsoft disappear, like the sky.

The company also did an special edition.

One year later, Windows produce a new logo, which I think is the most beatiful. The include 3D images and the word "XP" which cames fro the complete word, eXPerience.

The next logo were called "Windows Vista" and they had two different pictures. The first, doesn´t have so much changes. They only have changes in second word: isn't bold. The second only have the pictu, not the words.

With the problems of Windows Vista, Microsoft put in the shops Windows 7. The only change are the words, the other things, are the same.

And the last of the Windows logos. Microsoft 8. They remember to the first. The blue is the predominant colour, and the letters in white colour.