I created a website this past spring for my final project in Chinese Literature 130: Screening Modern China. It was an interesting class that surveyed a great deal of Chinese cinematography, ranging from the first silent films up to modern day talkies. The site was created from the perspective of Ruan Lingyu, a Chinese silent film star of the 1920s and early ’30s. Check out my personal statement for a detailed description of the project.
I recently had to code a little web application that would interface with a MySQL database and display data on a webpage via PHP MySQL queries. The application had to support many international languages – the most difficult of which to deal with was Russian. Many forums suggested changing my character encoding to CP-1251, which is a standard Russian encoding in Windows. I needed support for all international languages, though, and using multiple character encodings wasn’t a headache I wanted to get myself into. It turns out that you can display all these characters using a UTF-8 encoding, provided you get the PHP and MySQL right. Read on to find out how to display Russian and other languages with PHP and MySQL.
This past Thursday, I did a quick 2-hour design job at Harvard Business School for a conference they were holding on Integrated Reporting. Basically, the participants (comprised of leading business professionals from around the world) were split into groups and asked to design a cover for The Economist magazine that might run in ten years about the progress that the business world had made in Integrated Reporting. I worked with a group of industry leaders to craft a cohesive design plan and then proceeded to generate the final product in Photoshop. The designs will be published in an ebook about the workshop to be released in mid-November.