Zweisprachigkeit – forking to

Time to try out something new, and looking back, I have used this blog mostly for technical posts rather than my original intent of professional and personal expression… so here I go and fork my blog out to to perform a new experiment…

…posting everything in german and in english. Because I noticed that being fully immersed in an english speaking country, I mostly think and formulate my posts in english. But that is not my mother tongue. And as I now make the extra effort to also translate to german I refine what I meant to say and translate that back to english. So my experiment will be to alternate in languages. One post will be formulated in english and translated to german, whereas the following will be formulated in german and translated to english. While I blur it a bit by refining both as I translate, I think reading it later will be interesting as it shows how the origin of language might make a difference in writing styles…

…and maybe it will only serve somebody to refine their english / german skills, which already might be a success 🙂

Check it out and let me know what you think.



Discovering WordPress

Today I decided to try out wordpress – I have been reading blogs for a while and found that I express some of my ideas and thoughts in all those disparate web 2.0 / social networking style entities: yelp, flickr, linkedin, studivz (german equivalent of facebook/myspace), …

So here are my two main concerns

1. ‘personality striptease’ ?

These websites tend to make you publish too much personal information. In particular facebook/studivz are ‘greedy’ for any bit of personal info since they aim to monetize it by targeted advertisement.

One way to address this is to have multiple identities, a professional one, a private-public one, a private-friends one, and ideally they are under pseudonyms with minimal overlap in published content to make it hard to identify them… Of course this makes the second point even worse:

2. manageability

I have to keep all those accounts and passwords straight – wouldn’t it be nice if we had a strong central authentification mechanism?

Since flickr is part of yahoo I liked the fact that I did not have to keep a separate identity for my email and my photos since they now are under the umbrella of the same provider – thats great. But cross-provider would be even better, albeit more dangerous…

facebook and the like try to offer this, to consolidate different social networking providers into one view – while I think that is great for the owner of the view, it is undesireable to publish the joined view to the public or greedy data collectors.

So here I come, creating yet another username account, and linking together at least three presences: wordpress, flickr, yahoo email. Lets see how it goes… – WordPress has something called OpenId that seems to do what I want, but none of the sites I currently use are listed on their