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Languages Again

As ever I have trouble finding out which language to use when I write, and who knows, even when I think. I have been writing in English the last years, but I try to speak Danish in my normal life (not to mention the other languages that are running around somewhere in my head).
Lately I started writing some more things in Danish, and as I didn’t know where to put these on this English blog, I decided to add a wordpress.com blog in danish to it. Just to keep things gathered in the right places. I’ll just see what happens with it, as I don’t want to force me to use a certain language. When I read a book in Danish or Dutch, my natural reaction is to write about it in its language, and the same happens when I listen to a radio program, a video or whatever.

For now I decided to try not to worry about it, even though I know that as a result of changing languages none of them will perhaps be used in an eloquent way, but I will put my trust in the eventual power of simplicity. I have to.

Think, talk and write.

Following the news and joining debates about the political, social or even financial issues is perhaps beneficial for democracy, but I am not always sure about it. Nowadays in our fast media there is a lot of debate and action going on about thousands of things. Do we need all these fast opinions, or should those important debates take place in a slightly slower pace, with thoughtfull people who have studied the subject for a longer time because they have a genuine interest in the subject?

A lot of the news in the media is created by the media itself. They live from producing news and that’s also what they do, every day. We, the audience, need to be conscious and aware of our world. What is it we need to know, what are our interests and needs? If we know then we can decide what news is for us, and we can adjust our daily intake of it.
There is so much debth in every problem that remains in the dark, that it can make one feel rather hopeless sometimes.
Take for example history. As a young student we would ask the teacher: “What is the use of history, why do we need to learn all this old news?” We probably got an answer that didn’t really satisfy us, as we couldn’t really grasp its meaning.
Now I know. There are so many things that happened before, yes – there is nothing new actually – that it is amazing that we often are unaware of it. We make the same mistakes again and again but we treat them as something unique and new, and we try to find some sort of solution that will work for the moment. But how many times could we have foreseen it? Did we learn from previous occasions?

I had written these thoughts down some days ago, but decided not to publish them as I was unsure about their value. But I just read on Thomas Nyhland’s blog (in swedish) that he stops talking about politics. One of the reasons is that he doesn’t want to be dragged into endless, and in his opinion often not well-thought, political discussions – also because he feels that he already clearly stated his opinion on numerous occasions.
Part of his reasoning might come from the same sort of feeling that I tried to express here. One can write about politics, or one can try to focus on one’s deepest voice inside. In our information-overflow world, where everybody has a voice, these two things can probably not be combined.

A reconstructed homepage

The Change

It was a wish to create a frontpage on my homepage that made me decide to move the entire blog from bartwestgeest.dk/blog to bartwestgeest.dk. Now I publish the blog in the same bw.dk/blog but use WordPress.org to publish a static page under bw.dk.

A new subject: Writing Tools

I added a number of posts from another blog that I decided to give up. That was a blog about writing software. It took me too much time to maintain it as ambitious as I had set it up, but since I still like the subject I decided to merge it into this blog and to work on it whenever I feel like doing so. That part is added under the menu item “writing tools” with posts under the category “tools“. I have moved the connected diigo account with lots of “writing tools links” to my own diigo account, and as soon as I have cleaned up the mess I plan to add a link to it here on my blog.

The Theme

At the occasion of the movement I had another look at the theme available for WordPress.org, but after another evening pleasantly surfing from theme to theme I decided that the theme I was already using, the Igloo theme by Bizzthemes.com, actually serves me well. I even decided to buy the premium version. The free version of the theme works very well, but the payed version gives some more design tweaking possibilities and things like shortcode and slider-settings etc. In pure theory it would have been possible to tweak everything myself, but that would have taken me months, if not years, as I know practically nothing about coding. And as a member of bizzthemes.com I have access to the forum and direct messages to other members and the maker of the theme, so help is always near. The company is very young, let’s hope it becomes a success with lots of members and possibilities.

The Future

As I now can add pages and connect them through the frontpage I have the possibility to fill up my webhotel with whatever I want using WordPress and the Igloo theme. Apart from growing the blog-section and the writing-tools section, I hope to put some texts there, maybe longer articles or anything that I would like the reader to spent more time on than an average blog post. But who knows, maybe it will turn into something completely different.

A list of text applications that can be found in Linux Ubuntu – Part 3

In part 1 of this series of 3 posts I wrote about what text editing applications I can install on my computer using the options available under Linux Ubuntu 9.04.

I listed the text editing software available that can be found when clicking on

Applications” -> “Add/remove” -> “Office”

Click here if you want to visit post 1 of these three about Ubuntu software.


In part 2 I looked at the software found under “Applications” -> “Add/remove” -> “Accessories”.

Concentrating on the text-editing software I found 1 journal or diary and 11 different text editors and some other versions of them.

Click here if you want to visit part 2


In this part 3 of the 3 posts about Ubuntu software I will look at programs that can be found under “Applications” -> “Add/remove” -> “Internet”.

I found 5 editors made for creating a post to a blog and 1 program that makes it able to work collaboratively on documents.


At first sight I wasn’t too impressed with the post-to-blog editors, the reason being that it is difficult to access all possibilities of a blogging platform.

I personally use Scribefire occasionally, a browser plugin.


I again copy/pasted the text that is given for each program and took a screenshot of the programs as they appeared on my screen.


Blog Editors:

Blog Entry Poster

gnome-blog is a panel object (aka applet) that can post to weblogs using bloggerAPI, advogato API, MetaWeblog API or LiveJournal API

It notably works with Blogger.com / Blogspot.com, Advogato.org, Movable Type, WordPress, LiveJournal.com and Pybloxsom.

Homepage: http://www.gnome.org/~seth/gnome-blog/

A simple blog posting editor that makes it possible to post text and pictures (if supported) to a blog. It worked well for me on a blogger blog.


BloGTK Weblog Client

BloGTK is a weblogging client that allows users to post to their blogs without the need for a web browser. It features the following:

* Connects with blogging systems like Blogger, Movable Type, as well

as any system that uses the MetaWeblog API.

* Supports advanced editing of posts including custom HTML tags and

offline post saving and editing.

* Supports basic HTTP proxies.

Homepage: http://blogtk.sourceforge.net/

It didn’t start properly on my computer. It looks good on the homepage though.

Drivel Journal Editor

Drivel is a GNOME client for working with online journals, also known as weblogs or blogs. It retains an elegant design while supporting LiveJournal, Blogger, MovableType, Advogato, and Atom journals, as well as derivatives such as WordPress and Drupal.

It allows you to perform most functions that are supported by the server (posting, friends editing, friend page checking, post editing etc). It is designed to utilize the new features of GNOME 2.0 including GConf and GTK 2.0.

It posted to the same old blogger blog. It doesn’t have too many features either, so I suppose one should use also this one for simple blog posts.

Link to the homepage: http://dropline.net/past-projects/drivel-blog-editor/


KBlogger is a simple to use blogging application for KDE 4. It provides for a fast and easy blogging experience with a user-friendly interface that attempts to provide all features supported on the server side for your convenience. Just configure your blog, load the editor, and start writing.

Blog to any blog supporting the Blogger 1.0, MetaWeblog API, MovableType API, as well as the GData API (WordPress, Drupal, LiveJournal, and Blogspot). It features a profile manager, media manager, KWallet integration, KDE proxy support, a rich-text editor, and it allows you to write your posts offline and upload them when you are ready.

Homepage: http://kblogger.pwsp.net/

At the first start it prompted me to install Kwallet. I chose “cancel” and came to the actual editor. In order to start using it however I need to create a profile installed in KWallet. This is probably a good security measurement. I choose therefore to install KWallet after all but unfortunately the program crashed after that. Note that this must be due to my setup.



LogJam is a GUI client for LiveJournal.com and sites based on LiveJournal. It lets you post, edit old entries, manage your friends, save your journal to a local offline copy, and whatever other useful LiveJournal-related features we can think of

Homepage: http://logjam.danga.com

A link to a screenshot-tour: http://logjam.danga.com/tour/

Collaborative Editor:

Gobby Collaborative Editor

Gobby is an editor which allows to edit text documents and source files collaboratively over a network. All users could work on the file simultaneously without the need to lock it. The parts the various users write are highlighted in different colours and it supports syntax highlighting of various programming and markup languages. A chat window is also included.

Gobby is portable to both Windows and Unix-like platforms and makes use of the Gtk+ toolkit. A dedicated server is available in the sobby package.

Homepage: http://gobby.0x539.de


Click here if you want to visit post 1 of these three about Ubuntu software.

Click here if you want to visit part 2