Appcelerator Titanium on Ubuntu 9.10 (i686): So Easy (VIDEO)

April 1, 2010

I was pleased to discover just how easy it is to get Titanium up and running on Ubuntu 9.10.  Now I’ve got it running on Windows, OSX and Ubuntu.  Why?  Because I can! 🙂 No but seriously: my desktop at work is Windows, at home it’s OSX, and my notebook is running Ubuntu 9.10, the […]

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Javascript: The Dollar Sign ($) (VIDEO)

March 30, 2010

Ever viewed the source of a modern web page to see how the designers and developers are doing something in Javascript, then come across the dollar sign ($) all over the place? The first time I noticed it was already several years ago, and I remember being intimidated, simply because I was not familiar with […]

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About the “Design” of this Blog

February 24, 2010

If you’re reading this within the first week or so of me running this site, you’ll know why I threw scare quotes around “Design” — at the moment there’s not really a design to speak of.  I’ll be working on that, but probably slowly. I’m impressed by the customizability available through the Thesis Theme’s Options […]

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Introducing yet another blog

February 23, 2010

I’ve started and stopped lots of blogs.  One of them, German History Blog, is actually still alive, though in danger of folding if I don’t get motivated and start posting there again.  Another,, I treat as my “home-base”, so to speak, where I let myself talk about anything.  When I get serious about something, […]

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Mind mapping

October 12, 2009

I’ve been — we’ve all been — hearing a lot about mind maps (or “idea maps”) and mind mapping software over the last few years. It seems to go hand-in-hand with things like Web 2.0, lifestyle design and — most definitely — mind hacking. For a while now I’ve known very generally what a mind […]

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NY Times features German “Tatort” TV series

August 27, 2009

As the show’s biggest American fan (I hereby claim that title), I was very pleased to see that the New York Times Television section contains an article about Tatort, the weekly German police drama.  The series, as the article points out, is almost 40 years old.  I’ve been watching it religiously for probably about 8 […]

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A Day in Budapest

July 14, 2008

I took off a few days from work during the week before last, so I decided to make at least one day trip. I chose Budapest and went just for the day. The train was EUR 38 round-trip, a pretty great price. The journey lasted three hours each way. I arrived at about 11:00 and […]

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Euro2008, you’re killing my productivity

June 24, 2008

On June 7, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. Central European Time, the Swiss and Czech national soccer teams started Europe’s big productivity killer, “Euro2008“.  Since that night I watched soccer for 14 consecutive nights, sometimes two games per night, sometimes just one.  Last night there was finally a breather as they prepare for the first semi-final […]

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Summer in Vienna

May 30, 2008

I’m repeating myself, but I must say again how nice the weather has been.  Next month is going to be crazy in Vienna as it co-hosts Euro 2008.  So for now it’s a bit of the “calm before the storm”, so to speak. Yesterday after work I enjoyed one of the many attractions along the […]

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Django debugging

May 26, 2008

Spent a while reviewing Simon Willison’s Debugging Django presentation.  Asserting False to get exception pages and dropping into pdb with set_trace() weren’t new to me, but and, most especially, using the test client in an interactive shell were new ideas and very interesting indeed.  Check it out if you don’t know what I mean […]

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