Presentation

Ear against the red beneath.
Eye against the blue above.
Foot in the green between.
Hand against the closed heart.
Heart against the open hand.

Welcome to the English section of MK Förlag's (MK Publishing Firm's) website!

MK Förlag is a hobby project. With a publishing rate of one book or a couple of books a year in small quantities, the publishing firm is one of the smallest in Sweden. There are, however, publishing firms that are even smaller!

The last few years, however, the publishing rate has tended to be zero books a year. Instead of writing fiction, I've spent time developing this website and, from the summer of 2010, writing Windows programs.

To go to the subdomains beta.mkforlag.com and software.mkforlag.com, click on Subdomains at the top of the page.

To go to the Swedish version om this website, click on På svenska at the top of the page.

About this website

When MK Förlag was founded in 1985, the main purpose was to publish books by the founder Mats Kristiansson. However, the firm has also published some books written by others. Most of the published books are in the genres poetry and fiction, but some are in other genres, for example philosophy and prayers.

All the books are originally written in Swedish, the native tongue of the authors. Sofar, I've translated the collection of poems Frozen Time in full and Haiku Poems 2004-2010: A Selection in parts. Click on Books above if you want to read these books. I will probably translate more of the books to English, but exactly when I don't know.

In the English section of this website, you can also find some articles on computers in general and publication of web pages and some rather basic tutorials on the computer languages HTML, CSS and C#, [1] HTML and CSS are used to write web pages. C# (pronounced C sharp) is used to write Windows programs. several more or less artistic pictures from, for example, Copenhagen, Pompei and the Swedish towns Vänersborg, Skövde and Vara, and a collection of links to websites I give at least five out of five points. [2] If you want to know more about the background to the five-degree scale with at least six steps, first click on Links at the top of the page and then on the first note you see.

How fast this website will grow and what the content will be is hard to say, because its webmaster is a slave to the hesitant whip of the principle of the greener grass. That is the principle that says that the grass is always greener on the other side: no matter how delightful the meadow you stay at for the moment is, no matter how green the grass is, no matter how firmly determined to stay you are, next to it there is always an even more delightful meadow with even greener grass that you are even more determined to stay at.

Consequently, visitors at mkforlag.com mustn't be surprised if they encounter projects I haven't finished, because I've been working on other projects instead. Some visitors, some days for example I, will probably be annoyed at the many unfinished projects. Other visitors, other days for example I, will probably be pleased with the many new projects. Sometimes, I will probably be so annoyed at the unfinished projects that I continue working on them, which visitors that are annoyed at unfinished projects may be pleased with.

If you want more information, click on Contact above and follow the instructions. If you want to search within mkforlag.com, click on Search above and use my search engine (according to a test with 50 probable search terms, you will get three times(!) as many hits as with site search with google).

History

Someone (probably primarily I) may perhaps be interested in knowing how the look of the start page has changed since the domain mkforlag.com was born by the end of January 2006. Therefore, I publish six of the about seven main versions of the start page that has existed (excluding the one launced March 24, 2010, that will appear here later, and the one I'm developing for the moment).

The images below are linked to natural size html pages, that partly work.

January 2006

December 2006

January 2008

June 2008

July 2009

September 2012

Symbolism

Blue has as far as I can remember been my favorite color. Not light blue as ice or dark blue as the ocean but medium blue as the Sky. Why and when I began feeling this way, I can't say for sure, but I do remember that I preferred drawing with sky-blue crayons when I was about seven years old and that I by the same time claimed that blue was my favorite color.

When I published my first book in 1985, the cover was sky-blue, not only because that was my favorite color but also because the color blue is associated with, for example, spiritual things (the subject of my first book and of many of the texts I have written later), with contemplation (the state of mind I want to be in when I'm writing) and with poetry (my favorite genre).

All books I have published since then have blue covers. When I set out creating a website layout by the autumn of 2005, of course I started with the color blue. More precisely, sky-blue (with the rgb value 0,204,255) became the active link color and its complementary color (with the rgb value 255,51,0) the inactive link color.

Blue and red also appear in the background image and in MK Förlag's logotype at the top of the page, that horisontally changes by degrees from blue at the far left corner to red at the far right corner. Furthermore, the transparency of the background image changes vertically by degrees from no transparency at the top to full transparency at the bottom.

Finally, I used grey (with the rgb value 178,178,178) to the address and the phone number, to lines and to the background image, that, by the way, is taken in the summer of 2005 by the foot of Vesuvius at the entrance to Pompei (at the mid-bottom of the image, you can imagine the outline of a ruin and a pillar).

MK Förlag's logotype has always been written in runes. I now developed the logotype somewhat by combining the runes with one of my favorite symbols: the ancient Eastern symbol for, for example, darkness and light, female and male: yin and yang.

Why this is one of my favorite symbols? Read Frozen Time while looking for opposites that, like yin and yang, remind of each other and you will find several examples.

If you look closely at the yin and yang symbol, you will see a pentagram at the top left corner and another one at the bottom right corner. The pentagram, a five-pointed star drawn with a single line, have been used in many contexts. For example, it's a very stylized representation of the main parts of a human body: head, arms and legs.

In December 2006, a third main color was introduced, more exactly green (with the rgb value 0,128,0), used, for example, to headlines and to text that if printed would be italic. I made this choice because I think italic text doesn't look that good on a screen.

I chose green as the third main color not only because I thought it contrasted well with the two other main colors but also for symbolic reasons. According to Symbols by J.C. Cooper (1990), colors that reflect light, for example red, symbolise activity and heat, while colors that absorb light, for example blue, symbolise passivity and coldness. Green is the synthesis of active, warm colors and passive, cold colors (page 56).

Another major difference compared to the first layout is that the logotype has evolved to a sixteen frames long movie at the top of the page. The purpose was to illustrate the different degrees of light during a 24 hour period: from the darkest night to the lightest day.

A third major difference compared to the first layout is a split and extracted yin and yang symbol on each side of the main text. The purpose of the left half should be obvious. The purpose of the right half is to help visitors understand on what kind of page they are with an image that reminds of an icon. At least, I think I would make that interpretion; I quess not everyone would.

Sofar, I have made seven images of that type: one of my face to pages like Presentation, one of hands holding letters to pages like Contact, one of hands holding postcards to pages like Images, one of hands writing to pages like Books, one of index fingers meeting to pages like Links, one of an open and a closed hand to pages like Source Code and one of two eyes to pages like Videos (a type of pages I perhaps will make later).

In July 2007, I began using a fourth color to headlines: purple (with the rgb value 192,0,192), that I thought contrasted well with the other three colors: blue as the Sky, red as the Earth and green as the synthesis of blue and red.

In January 2008 and for a few months more, I used again a background image, with the Chinese sign of man and a yin and yang symbol, partly blue as the Sky, partly red as the Earth, in the middle, a big blue triangle and a blue header at the top, representing the goal of every man or the Sky, a big red triangle and a red footer at the bottom, representing the road to this goal or the Earth, and a big green triangle and a green column on each sife of the main text, representing the border between the Sky and the Earth.

In later versions of my web pages, I've bascially developed the ideas above. Nowadays, I focus more on becoming more proficient in writing code (html, css, php, xml, C# etc.) than on symbolism, but if I know myself at all my interest in symbolism will revive and once more influence the evolution of my web pages.


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