January - April 2005


working offline for an online world 2005-1-4 (238 words)

My current net situation forces me to do a lot of my work offline and upload and send only once or twice a day. These last weeks that meant I got only very little of my real work done. It was simply eassier to not do those things than try and improvise around the hurdles.

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faerie reading 2005-1-4 (110 words)

Mark Bernstein nails it once again....

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daylight therapy 2005-1-5 (279 words)

Having sufficient lighting can be very important for your day to day performance.

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preaching to the un-converted 2005-1-6 (525 words)

After thinking and planning my new role as workshop and seminar coordinator I was recently confronted with the classical 'tell me what it is' kind of question from a complete outsider. I started mumbling and trying to explain the unexplainable. Why is it so much easier to preach to the converted than to tell new people what it's all about?

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healing places 2005-1-6 (279 words)

No, I'm not talking about places of healing here. There are places that can heal people, and then there are places that need healing. Places where much bad has happened, places that further strife and unrest.

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a word about paranoia 2005-1-10 (71 words)

This could easily become my shortest post in this space. The un-converted I was referring to earlier are in fact not. Un-converted that is. Talking to the person who was the basis for my earlier ramble some days later lead to the funny fact that she is actually an active Feng Shui believer and fights similar prejustices as I do. Well, something about this place makes me giddy maybe....

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looking forward (with bright eyes) 2005-1-26 (354 words)

I'm in the process of fouling up my four-year-old son's sense of reality. I recently got myself the 'The Future Is Wild' DVD. It's a speculative look into (possible) future directions of evolution in 5, 100 and 200 million years (or was the english term 'billion' for the german 'million'?), done in the style of the BBC dinosaur series.

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reading PDFs in Tofu 2005-1-29 (370 words)

I just discovered Tofu, an unique kind Tect-Display / Screen reader. Tofu adresses the common problem that reading on a screen is slower and more stressing than on paper. You'll need to check it out to see for yourself.

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Tinderbox Umlaut encoding 2005-1-31 (247 words)

Hmmm... I'm sure I'm not alone with this: Where and how can I

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commanding yourself 2005-2-1 (478 words)

One very interesting idea/concept/method that came out of my recent dash at reading my pile of accumulated ebooks is this: learning how to directly 'command' the subconscious (un-conscious) self to do one's bidding.

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fragments of a whole 2005-2-2 (230 words)

This weblog here has already seen a broad spectrum of topics. I wonder if anybody sees the grand direction it is taking. Please tell me if you spot it!

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making money of a blog 2005-2-9 (196 words)

Well, isn't that always a headline? What real blogger hasn't wnated at one time or the other to do just that - make money with what they do?

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Tools for Thought 2005-2-9 (648 words)

I have some comments and thoughts about Steven Johnson's Tool for Thought post (which further explains what he wrote in an NYT essay)

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Procrastination and TaskLists 2005-2-9 (168 words)

One common suggestion to overcome procrastination is the intensive use of TaskLists to 'get organized'. But then, one of the psychological causes for procrastination is said to be the panic of 'where to start', being overwhelmed by too many things to do...

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[magic happens (here)] 2005-2-12 (191 words)

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So, what will it take to succeed? 2005-2-13 (624 words)

I love the way Seth Godin writes. And I like what he says. It feels true to me. Maybe that's why I like it, it chimes with my own opinions......

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simple, playfull 2005-2-14 (279 words)

It all comes together now. Taking Set Godin's "So, what will it take to succeed?" and a recent post on gapingvoid, a new idea formed in my head [I'll get to that later]. This is what the 'Tool for Thought' meme is about. Combinig or connecting two things that at first glance seem unconnected. I guess that's what creative people are all about, and what makes blogging so valuable. And now if we have tools that can further that effect...

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blogging ROI 2005-2-14 (166 words)

Okay, I'm sitting here, spending well three quarters of my workday just reading up on gapingvoid posts (I was back about 87). Can that be called productive?

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my work/life situation 2005-2-14 (460 words)

I hinted at that in that last post. My life/work situation is somewhat special currently. I might use this space here to explain that further. ...

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how to preserve OpenSpace results 2005-2-14 (241 words)

Magdalena Bötcher raises an interesting question in her really late BlogWalk2 post. She asks how one cpuld preserve the results from an OpenSpace kind of collaboration. ...

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why do httpd log analysers suck so royally? 2005-2-15 (392 words)

I am - not slightly - frustrated. I want to have a very specific kind of log-report and I was planning on building my very own tool to give me that. But then I thought "I should spend my time better on educating myself about existing solutions - no need to re-invent the wheel". I should rather have started coding...

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If you can't start where you are, where then? 2005-2-16 (285 words)

A very common problem I struggled long to overcome - with partial success - is the notion of 'I need THIS before I can do THAT'....

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Not working for money 2005-2-17 (196 words)

There's an unformed idea rampaging through my head these last days and weeks. It has to do with the why and what and how I work and make money for a living....

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a folder of drafts 2005-2-26 (364 words)

After my last surge here, I have been a little quiet. I do have a folder full of drafts, things I would like to write about but haven't found time and words....

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the real trick is... 2005-3-4 (168 words)

... running really fast :) Curt Rosengren has a nice post about using MindMapping to deal with 'energy leak'.

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what I did is stupid 2005-3-17 (215 words)

I gave up my day-job to be my own boss. As long as I still had clients, that was ok. I gave up those clients to move to this lovely rural area. I took away my best chance at finding new work in the process. Without a drivers-licence in a rural part, with bad internet connectivity. Good plan for supporting a family, somehow....

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TINDERBOX 2.4 2005-3-19 (116 words)

WOW, Cool. ...

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being productive for a change 2005-3-20 (338 words)

As some of you might have read between the lines recently, I was in some kind of block these last few months. I have tons of good ideas, most of which I can even get really passionate about. But for some reason I couldn't get myself to simply sit down and do things.

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getting rid of small annoyances 2005-3-20 (190 words)

...can have dramatic effects on productivity......

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the negative impact of dreaded tasks not done 2005-3-22 (79 words)

hmmm, somehow that title says it all. What I wanted to write about was my experience with dreaded tasks and how they can ruin your mood and likability when not taken care of and done....

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being and staying motivated 2005-4-21 (161 words)

Recently I found a way to break out of my almost yearlong frustration with my chosen line of work (webdevelopment), It had been so bad that I didn't even find the energy to work on private projects that really 'motivated' me, things I really wanted to do....

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May 2005 2005-5-1 (0 words)

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