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In an attempt to get up and blogging regularly I went searching for software to use. Since friends don’t let friends use Microsoft and only haven’t-yet-seen-the-FOSS-light friends use mac’s, I use Linux. In fact I am a Linux freak. I first played around with Linux in 1994(ydrasgil (sp?)), got serious around 1996(SuSE-4.2), and been exclusive since 2000(mostly Gentoo, but also SuSE, fedora, Ubuntu and Foresight).

I had heard about various little programs which would allow you to type and edit blog entries. So I searched google to find out which one would be best. Since I am not only a Linux freak but a hard-core GNOMEr this narrowed my search criteria. The results of my search : gnome-blog and Drivel. Luckily Portage being what it is installing was only a emerge -av gnome-blog drivel away. I first tried to use Drivel.

I had read in the web that it supported wordpress, but of course wordpress was not listed in the drop down list of supported servers. So I went back to the web looking for clues as to how to get it to work. It turns out that wordpress is based on some other blog engine (I sort of knew that -but no idea which). Some people in the web said to try atom and there was also a mention of appending xmlrpc.php to the end of the server address.

After repeated failures I decided to try gnome-blog. Again wordpress was not listed. hmmmmmm. I am not really all that hip to how popular the various blog engines are but I suspect that there are more wordpress users than all of the ones listed in the drop-down list added together. No luck here either.

So back to the web. Limit google search to “drivel wordpress” in the last 2 months. Finally someone had written that one needed to choose Movable Type as the base engine and append xmlrpc.php to the end drivel launchpad . So I tried and woot! it worked, so here I am typing this entry with drivel.

All told less than one hour work….not too bad.

Ground Control to Major IWBCMAN,

Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Lift-off

For those who know me this is a lifeline, a pulse meter, a small glimpse of what is to come. For those of you who do not know me this weblog will consist of a smattering of tiny texts ranging from extremely geeky computer obsessions to soul searching psychodramas to vertigo-inspiring philosophical exposés to rather offbeat political and social commentaries. Some of the entries will be written in English, whereas others will be written in Deutsch. Unfortunately only the former will likely be free of rather embarrassing grammatical errors.

Da viele meine Freunden Deutsch als Muttersprache sprechen und Englisch nur als entfernte Zweitsprache sprechen koennen werde ich mich darum bemühen genauso viel Deutschsprachige Einträge zu schreiben wie ich in Englisch schreiben werde.

Dieser Blog wird für die, die mich schon kennen, ein Lebenszeichen sein-ein kleines Einblick in meinem Leben-und da Ihr mich schon kennt wird wohl keiner von Euch übberascht sein wie viele grammatikalischer Fehler in einem Satz vorkommen kann. Für diejenigen, die mich noch nicht kennen, wird dieser Blog eine Reihe von kürzen Texten enthalten, die ein ganzes Spektrum von obskure Computer Zeug zu melodramatischen persöhnliches Psychodrama zu abgrundige philosophischen Überlegungen zu etwas schrägen politischen und sozialen Kommentare umspannen wird.

And just to make things more difficult, werde ich manchmal, English and Deutsch in einen sentence zusammenwerfen, da ich denke, wenn überhaupt,  genau so viel in english as I do in german.

I live in two tongues, if I write in only one language, only half of me will be shown. Jedoch das, was sich in so einen Blog zeigen läßt, wird sicherlich nie das zeigen können wer ich bin.

I will attempt to avoid waxing solipsistic, although I remain skeptical as to what extent a blog can be anything but an exercise in self-centeredness, a condition which is the exact opposite of where I need to be headed.

This post shall be forgotten, these words shall echo through the vast telepresence and be lost, on eyes that shall not read them and the eyes of those I so yearn to see again, of people unbeknownst to me and friends and aquaintances scattered to the four corners of world. My heart goes out to those with whom I have had no contact with in the last years, those with whom I have lost contact with, those who I so rarely get a chance to see, and those whose names remain unrevealed.

I will be informing some of those who I know about this new blog-to get this thing rolling please drop a little message in the comments…

Hello World!

For here
Am I sitting in a tin can(actually a tiny apartment in Freiburg, Germany)
Far above the world(actually studying the underside of the daisies)
Planet Earth is blue(although red is the color that consumes me while I write this)
And there’s noSomething I can do

Karl here,