geekulture’s New Responsive Layout

If you’re visiting us today, you might have noticed something very different about the [geekulture] blog.


The theme’s called Ryu and it comes with a boatload of features. My favourites are:

  • Responsive Design
  • Layout favours text-based posts
  • Customisable Menu Bar
  • Integrated social buttons with simple navigation
  • Responsive Design
    Having a responsive (adaptive) design is one of the highlights of HTML5 and allows the blog to fit whichever screen you’re using to access it from. It’s something that I’ve been exploring and wanted to integrate because of the growing mobile device phenomena.

    Text Favoured Layout
    Another strong design feature that fits the style of this blog, is that the theme’s layout strong lends to text heavy blogs like this one. I’m impressed that it makes publishing and reading feel a lot more modern, especially when users attention spans are so short right now. Lifting a page from Medium‘s design bible, I think this works out really well for [geekulture] readers.

    Customisable Menu Bar
    Following John Maeda’s first two laws of simplicity:

    #1 – The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction


    #2 – Organization makes a system of many appear fewer

    The Ryu theme allows the publisher to intelligently hide secondary information and offers powerful navigation options.


    “Nicely situated menu bar that is fully customizable for local site navigation.”


    “The widgets menu opens up when needed, revealing a wealth of additional site information.”

    Integrated Social Buttons


    The theme’s backend ensures that you can add links to any of your social sites that you are using, and integrates them seamlessly to your blog.

    You can read more about the Ryu theme here. I strongly recommend it for anyone who appreciates a clean, well-designed and responsive layout with a penchant for words.


    Papulex Truthseeking: The Power of 3

    The Power of 3
    Power of 3. Works both for skincare AND witchcraft.

    So I’m finally coming to the end of the Papulex Lead The Way Challenge. It’s been a pretty good ride and I think I know just a little bit more about the causes of acne and some easy ways to prevent a breakout. I’ll probably summarise the three main lessons that I’ve learned over the course of this campaign.

    However, it’s also brought to light how little I actually know about the subject. Yes, I may know some of the general facts, but still there are countless people out there affected by acne who might be looking for a longer-term solution, and it’s my understanding that Papulex products are one such solution. Here’s the product information I got if anyone’s intending to try it out.

    1. EU-Patented ABA Technology: Unique to PAPULEX, EU-patented ABA technology helps block the proliferation of P. acnes bacteria in the outer layer of the skin.1

    2. Helps reduce inflammation: PAPULEX contains 4% Nicotinamide, a natural molecule derived from Vitamin B3 that has potent anti-inflammatory properties.2 Studies have shown that Nicotinamide is as effective as clindamycin gel in reducing acne severity and lesion counts without inducing bacterial resistance.

    3. Helps reduce sebum production: PAPULEX contains Zinc PCA that helps regulate sebum production, which causes oily skin and acne. A clinical study demonstrated that 1% Zinc PCA leads to a significant decrease of the sebum rate 28 days after its twice daily application, while no significant variations were observed in the placebo group.

    Lesson 1: Regular sleep hours are better for your skin than a mandatory quota
    As explored in my previous post, according to Dr Lim Kar Seng, our bodies stop producing steroids during the hours of 11pm to 7am if our bodies are resting. Increased steroid production is a contributing factor to acne development.

    Lesson 2: A healthy lifestyle can reduce the effects of acne
    There’s plenty I’ll need to change about my diet, simply because I love fried foods, sweet foods, rich foods.. etc. And one of the connections between such foods and acne is a high glycemic index diet. I’d previously done work around a campaign for a low GI product, so there’s some knowledge there with regards achieving a healthier diet. However, it’d be good to embark on this some time in the future, not just for skin, but for health’s sake as well.

    Lesson 3: Don’t suffer alone
    One of the things that did strike a chord with me throughout this campaign, is that in severe cases of acne, there is a lot of emotional distress to the person being afflicted. I must say that it’s not easy if you’re going through this and instead of people understanding you, society taunts us back by reminding us each day what “beauty” is accepted as.

    While the good news is that there is medical treatment available, either through dermatological practices, over the counter solutions or even more specialised solutions like the Papulex range of products, they are no substitute for the own worth you place in your own eyes, and the people that should matter to you. In any case, while each person’s case in unique, many people around the world are going through the same thing, and before a skin issue becomes a health issue, it’s probably wise to see what support and treatments are available.