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upgraded to wp 2.0

Following the true half-geek tradition pursued at chiperoni.ch, I’ve upgraded to the latest version of WordPress. So far everything looks like it’s working fine. Please leave a comment if you stumble across an error.
I guess, I’m curious to see how Akismet will help to curb spam.

Thanks wp for fixing so many bugs.

As a long-time WP user, I’m really happy that WordPress has gathered such a large community. It’s not always the case that the better (and faster) software wins…

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New Flickr Toy on my Laptop

Fun:
just installed Slickr.

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Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

useful:
Illustrator Tutorials

via del.icio.us

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Why You Should Blog…

I’d like to point you to this posting, which sums up a lot of things i’m discovering about blogging:
Why You Should Blog

Even though many of my long postings* never reach publish status, writing is a great way to reflect on stuff. And I love saying, “I’m blogging this”…

*The short postings do get published 😉

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ajax General tech

AJAX Translator

Cool translator interface:
AJAX Translator

Goodbye to pulldown menus and submit buttons!

Love the typo “Protoguese”…

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Designing Icons

for future reference:
Anatomy of an Icon

Source: Swissmiss

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garish

I couldn’t think of the German word. Instead I used this word to describe what I was trying to say:

ADJECTIVE: Tastelessly showy: brummagem, chintzy, flashy, gaudy, glaring, loud, meretricious, tawdry, tinsel. Informal : tacky
Source: garish. Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition. 1995.

and surprised myself what vocab is hidden in the back of my head.

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basel blogger General

Basel Blogger Meetup: ze details

Cyberwriter’s posted the venue for tomorrow’s meeting:

We’re meeting at the Restaurant Auf der Lyss at 18:30.

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General Malawi-related sports

Catherine Chikwakwa

Catherine Chikwakwa, long distance runner from Malawi, won today’s Silvesterlauf in Zurich. Again.

Well done!

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Tag, comment & rate the web

yet another tagging tool:
Shadows

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How to learn from your mistakes

Here’s a link that has been lingering in draft status for the last couple of months:

How to learn from your mistakes

I’ve been meaning to write up some of my own thoughts on this topic. But so far I haven’t got round to it yet… So here’s the link instead.

How do you learn from your mistakes?

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Swiss weather in Swiss German

Stopped by at the Swiss TV blog for the very first time, and do you know what:

“es hudlet”, “es chuutet”, “es strääzt” oder “es chunnd ganz schöön cho schütte”

Looks like I’ll need to learn more Swiss German dialect to find out what kind of weather’s being forecast for tomorrow.

Just wondering if there’s another European country that has a similar language constellation. I mean, if we consider the German speaking part, there’s:

  • Standard High German – variant required to speak with Germans;
  • Swiss High German – often mistaken as being Mundart by German visitors. (Typical duh comment: Swiss German isn’t as difficult to understand as I thought it would be);
  • And then there’s the various regional dialects such as Basel-Deutsch, Bärn-Deutsch, Zuri-Deutsch. Basically every valley has its own language.

Swiss German has a lot of French loan words. New discovery of the week: couronne as in couronne de Paris. Never heard of the expression before, but Wikipedia had this description.

Agglo and quartier are regular expressions heard often in Basel.

(I know, I know. A very boring blog entry. Nothing new. But I did say “I’m blogging this” at the time 😉 )

A couple of interesting links:

My only hope is that the Swiss German weather will be sunnier than in High German…

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Google’s Ten Golden Rules

stumbled across this Newsweek article at Kottke.org:

At Google, we think business guru Peter Drucker well understood how to manage the new breed of “knowledge workers.” After all, Drucker invented the term in 1959. He says knowledge workers believe they are paid to be effective, not to work 9 to 5, and that smart businesses will “strip away everything that gets in their knowledge workers’ way.” Those that succeed will attract the best performers, securing “the single biggest factor for competitive advantage in the next 25 years.”

I’m asking myself: is the “knowledge worker” really the biggest factor?

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General Malawi-related

Online version of Malawi’s Daily Times

My Google Alert for Malawi now includes articles from the The Daily Times. Looks like another major malawian newspaper has joined The Nation online.

Just noticed that Google still considers its Alerts service as “Beta”… I’ve been using alerts for a quite a while now. In time the definition of a beta release will change with all of these endless betas around.

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Blogger Meetup in Basel

If you’re a Basel blogger (or just travelling thru), there’s a meetup on December 15th at 18:30.

For more details, see
CyberWriter’s invitation

Feel free to come along.

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Christmas Concert

Just got back from an excellent gospel concert held by the Basileia church choir in the Theodorkirche.

A great way to start the Christmas season on an icy cold and grey November day.

[Note to my readers: This restless nomad is developing traditions. See last year’s entry]

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If You Think Africa is Suffering From a Brain Drain, Your Brain is Drained

found this excellent posting on the African brain drain dilemma:

I am weary of the brain drain argument. It belongs to donor and NGO conferences, not to the real lives of those who must live by their wits and effort as opposed to a cheque from Western taxpayers. Those who bandy the argument are relentlessly statist and even now have their eye on remittances that they believe can be directed better by government and development organisations than by the people who earn them. It is an argument beloved by middle class paternalists in hock to donor money and who believe that without those who have left, everything at home will fall apart – it is nonsense of the worst kind.

The article describes how a nurse was able to improve her living conditions for herself and her family by working and studying in the UK for a couple of years.

Think again before trying to introduce regulations to restrict qualified workers from working in Europe. Better: fight corruption, introduce a fair and just legal system, promote the free economy, and reduce the bureaucratic red tape required to start a business.

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General Malawi-related

Watch dogs in Lilongwe



I like this photo from Lilongwe. The gate, Securicor sign and watch dogs are so typical of many residential areas in Malawi.

It reminds me of my regular walks in Nyambadwe with my small dog. A very clever mongrel: If the gate was closed, she’d run up to the gate and bark and provoke the big watch dogs, if the gate was open or if the property had no fencing, she’d quietly walk past.

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Darwins Nightmare

Saw this documentary about the Lake Victoria fishing industry in Mwanza, Tanzania:

Darwins Nightmare

The only group that Hubert Sauper didn’t interview were the employees in the fish factories…

But otherwise a fairly realistic and saddening description of life along the shores of Lake Victoria, showing how Tanzania exports hundreds of tonnes of fish to Europe and Japan, while many of its citizens cannot afford a daily meal.

Film website

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Work, interrupted

[…] average cubicle dwellers work at one thing for just 11 minutes at a stretch and this is divided into three-minute chunks. Once they are interrupted from the task in hand it takes them 25 minutes to get back to it.

source: print version of yesterday’s FTD

and here’s the original article, which was published in the NYT:
Meet the Life Hackers

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How big is Malawi’s Blogosphere?

Soyapi Mumba asks:
How big is Malawi’s Blogosphere?

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General Malawi-related

Linux-Magazin on Open Source in Malawi

Brave Gnu World on Microsoft and open source in Malawi (in German)

Couple of links mentioned in the article:

Malico Project: http://www.bunda.unima.mw/malico.htm

Malawi Polytechnic: http://www.poly.ac.mw

School Net Malawi: http://www.schoolnetmalawi.org

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Mobile Social Software

Stumbled across this:
dodgeball.com :: mobile social software

Sounds like fun. And more stress.

Don’t know about you, but I’m getting kind of tired of all the different networking platforms like Open BC and Linked In.

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How to spend your marketing and ad budget

Creating Passionate Users: How to spend your marketing and ad budget

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Downloading images from Flickr

Flickr Backup is a utility that allows you to download the pictures you have uploaded to Flickr back down to your computer for personal backup or restore.

See:
sunkencity.org

See also the Flickr tools discussion