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Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:30:13 Panther-kitten "Wolf-pup, wolf-pup! Wolf-pup!" 'Wolf-pup' she cried. A spirit made from atoms and flesh and blood called for me. "Wolf-pup!" I melted and thus became puddle. And this is how it went. Day in, and day out. "Wolf-pup!" and then puddle. A wolf-pup puddle. Much like the cycles of rain and river. < ... > one comment

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 19:35:53 Sour doh! You know: sour dough. That weird ooze that REAL BAKERS use in their bread to make it rise; instead of that newfangled yeast thing. Below my adventures with this fun substance, followed by an honest bread recipe for those that got hungry during their reading of the post. < ... > seven comments

Thu, 17 Feb 2011 03:59:25 Fading memories exposed. Too much bleach used. So people have been begging, clamouring for an update. Screamed they have, with burning tongues. Well ok then. Am sitting in Stuttgart right now. In an airport terminal. Waiting to board a plane to Barcelona. My carbon-footprint is so big that I am afraid it has squashed multiple of the smaller countries. How did it get this far? I dread to know. But I know. I know. But I'm trying my best to squash the memories. But then they explode and are exposed. It's too late. A lucid birds-eye over-fly view of the last half year, with all the really important bits left out: < ... > zero comments

Fri, 23 Jul 2010 05:11:27 My kindle for a turtle! I saw fishies! Big fishies, small fishies, round fishies and thin fishies. Them fishies were swimming in the water. Not flapping around on dry land on the tables of fish vendors who hack off their noses when they're still alive (trauma). No. These were fishies swimming in the DEEP BLUE SEA. < ... > two comments

Sat, 10 Jul 2010 08:34:47 A crack in paradise It is kinda a weird here in Kuala Lumpur. Weird because it's so normal. Time and space seem to have been stuffed in a big gelatin pudding. When you stick your finger in, things bobble a bit, but if you leave the pudding alone, everything is just kinda suspended in midair. < ... > two comments

Sat, 13 Mar 2010 15:31:44 Summer wonder camp It’s all twisted here mom! When I get out of the door, I look upon this huge, huge shopping mall. The personification of capitalism. It taunts me every time I step out. They let me go out. It whispers to me: Come inside, and I’ll swallow you whole. < ... > three comments

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 10:16:50 Sweating in Malaysia So made it back to Kathmandu alright. Caught up with friends, doing some part-time job in an air-conditioned building, getting food-poisoning. You know, the usual. The highlight of those weeks was the daily cycle-commuting routine to work. Through the oldish parts of town from Lainchour through Durbar Square and over the bridge. Dodging pedestrians and ramming the occasional bike. But although I sold my heart to Kathmandu and the lovely people within, I masochistically set out for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to do some telecom hacking with my friend Luke for a bit. < ... > two comments

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 10:39:13 A modern family First look at photo... This is how I sit here every night, in my Darjeeling hostel-room. Staring out into the black of night like a seaman's wife; a widow of the sea. Hoping to catch a glimpse of my coveted cdma telephone internet network. A blinking green light means a signal. A continuous green light means a connection. But my signal is always red.. < ... > five comments

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 10:32:49 The Rock Yea, so I'm lying in my bed, right. And I'm kinda contemplating. Got nothing to do really. It's a loadshedding free-zone over here. And it's loadshedding freezing. Once again I forgot to ask extra blankets. I'm afraid that when I breath upwards my breath will freeze and will attack me from above as ice shards; which is ridiculous of course. The cold has surpassed my gloomiest predictions. All my blankets and all my clothes can't make me warm again. < ... > three comments

Sat, 12 Dec 2009 06:20:57 Darjeeling jani ho! Am in Darjeeling right now. Just got myself settled after two days. The preamble to the trip there from Kathmandu was memorable. Just wrote a humongous rambling Facebook post about it to a friend of mine. If you like ramblings, read on: < ... > nine comments

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 03:17:17 the semicolon and I; past, present and future Yesterday I was rummaging to my bookshelf, filled with books of people long gone from here, looking for some excitement. Boy did I get it: Eats, shoots and leaves, by Lynne Truss. You native English speakers probably already heard of it. It's a book about punctuation; as in the stuff that is not letters or whites-space in a sentence. < ... > one comment

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 23:20:19 Custom activity-update howto After a discussion on #sugar, I noticed that setting up a custom update-mechanism for Activities/XO bundles on XO's is a bit of a lost art. I had to dig through the Sugar code a bit to get a clear understanding. I've updated the wiki (see, but it might be useful to give other deployments a heads-up on what's involved through this syndicated post. < ... > one comment

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 04:00:01 Twit As I reviewed the posts I made on this site, I found them a bit on the long side. They were very much against the grain of current internet practice. Internetters unfortunately have lost the power of concentration these days. It was different in my time you know! < ... > zero comments

Wed, 31 Dec 2008 02:32:35 Customizing the XO image Bryan asked to write something about the XO-customization build process for OLE Nepal. See this post as the second installment of the OLE Nepal deployment series. < ... > two comments

Tue, 23 Dec 2008 06:42:59 Shielding against fate As written before, at the moment we've got two pilot schools, fairly close to our office. We, them and the Department of Education are connected to eachother through a simple network. If something goes wrong software- or hardware-wise, or we need to upgrade XO's, it's fairly easy for us to come over and fix stuff on the same day. < ... > four comments

Tue, 23 Dec 2008 06:27:44 Deployment preparation So this summer we're gonna deploy a few thousand XO-s in around 15 schools, in around 5 districts in Nepal. How are we preparing for it? < ... > one comment

Sat, 13 Dec 2008 14:25:36 Moving along The path from the ring-road to my house is littered with speed bumps. It's ridiculous. There are nine of them all about 20 metres apart. And that's on a road that's really some sort of shopping street for the most part, and the road is to small to be able to drive fast in anyways. < ... > zero comments

Mon, 01 Dec 2008 11:44:24 Cheers to relief-aid Since I'm living here all by myself in my beautiful three-storey Bagdol abode, I've been looking around for a new place lately. Preferably with some other people, cause I don't really like to live alone. Yesterday I went to check out an apartment very close to my work. I would/will (I dunno yet) be living with two Australian girls from the Hash and so we talked a little the evening I was there. One of them is involved with the flooding that happened some months ago in the east of Nepal. She told one of those classic stories of social horrors that's hard to comprehend for us mere worker bees. < ... > zero comments

Thu, 27 Nov 2008 12:31:54 Boring work-description Well, you might not have suspected it from my blogposts of late, but I AM actually here in Nepal to work. Since I don't read much on the net about the inner workings of the XO deployments, I thought it would be nice to spend some brainpower and time on our rapidly expanding deployment-NGO-startup. Consider this an introductinary post. I'm a sucker for framing, so the following will perhaps be a bit to general for the acquired taste you undoubtedly have, but subsequent posts will bite more into the flesh. Is the plan... < ... > six comments

Thu, 30 Oct 2008 03:45:32 Taxi driver Yesterday I took a cab-ride out of my previous life. From the tourist district Thamel to my place in Bagdol, about 15 minutes away, but not before the driver delivered Anoek at her place in Leinchaur. Beforehand we haggled the price down to 250 rupies (100 rupies ≈ 1 euro). After the Anoek-drop-off, I got into somewhat of a surreal conversation. < ... > three comments

Wed, 29 Oct 2008 15:31:28 Hedonism As I'm writing this, I'm sipping on some rum and I'm smoking some cigarettes, alone in my house. I'm tired. My mind made this night the of the end of so many things, that I think I must have blown some symbol-repression fuse. < ... > seven comments

Sun, 19 Oct 2008 11:38:16 Hard science tells you like it is Any respectable blog has book recommendations. Or should have. This is a bold statement, I know, but someone has to make it. I won't defend it now. I might never. But this IS a respectable blog. No controversy in that statement. So where's the book review? Right under your noses. Read on brothers and sisters: < ... > zero comments

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 01:51:47 I can be a tourist too! I can! Really I can! I've been here since the end of February and I've been fighting tooth and nail against going on trips, seeing temples or doing anything smelling like fun, except for sports or going to the occasional party. God knows why. Or does he? Well, last weekend I did something wild: I actually did something! < ... > four comments

Wed, 03 Sep 2008 13:26:37 Bike Dev got a new cycle today. A crappy-cheap Chinese one, like me. And while the state of mine has stabalized a bit over the months, his problems are just starting. Now I don't want to piss over Chinese mountainbike makers, but in the 24 hours that Dev had his bike, he broke his back spoiler, and his bike stand became so loose, it moved to stand position while riding; which can have fatal consequences when taking the wrong turn. < ... > two comments

Wed, 23 Apr 2008 04:19:29 Epaati: The Best Damn Educational Software for Nepal Ah, I can still remember the day we got the first computers in our school. Not just any school mind, but my school. And not just any of my schools, but my primary school. The school where even the lightest of impressions would burn into your naked soul until it hit the bone. < ... > zero comments

Fri, 04 Apr 2008 05:58:46 Hash trash 1534 (and an open letter to the GM) GM! Why has thou forsaken us? Hashes of late have been spiraling out of control! For all of mankind's clamors for democracy and mob rule, the hashes here in Kathmandu make it clear that the only thing we really need is an iron hand that smites us with insults if we forget our place. < ... > two comments

Sun, 23 Mar 2008 08:10:03 Holi .... (fill in the dots for a prize) My baby left me. There, I said it. Run dear reader, before this text will drown you in melancholia and the darkness will immerse you so definite you will die. My baby left me for a better future and I am stuck in the here and now, struggling with the consequences. < ... > zero comments

Tue, 04 Mar 2008 03:20:14 Power to the office clerk! As it is I’m working for in Kathmandu. That is to say half my time goes to and half my time goes to OLE Nepal, the local organization that is going to implement a computerized school program with the help of OLPC laptops. I’m working most of my time in the OLE Nepal office. < ... > three comments

Sun, 24 Feb 2008 13:32:07 Hash In Sweden I kinda stopped exercising. My biggest excuse was that all the people I knew were lazy bums. Which i still think is a fair point to make. Somehow I thought it would be different here in Kathmandu. It is different. < ... > six comments

Sun, 24 Feb 2008 08:49:20 Everyday life Since I so deftly sidestepped the proceedings of my arrival in the last post, we save ourselves from having to read boring subjects like the mad, mad, mad! driving behaviour of the local traffic participants and we can go straight to the description of the drudgery that is everyday life. < ... > six comments

Sun, 24 Feb 2008 08:45:24 To Kathmandu It's Sunday, the power is down, I've got a hangover, the sun is shining... What better time than this to writing down a summary of my Nepal adventures on my lovely XO (laptop). < ... > two comments