Zu sehen – Lily Brett

Christine las dieses Buch und war gerade fertig als ich das Bin Laden Buch durch hatte.

Wir tauschten die Bücher und sie fragte noch … “Na, ob dir das gefällt?”.

Es gefiel mir.

Die Story ist schon cool.

Lily hat eine ziemlich komplizierte Vergangenheit: geboren 1946 in Deutschland, Eltern jüdische KZ Überlebende, die im KZ getrennt wurden und sich nach dem Krieg wiedergefunden haben, aufgewachsen in Australien, Journalistin in der Musikbranche, ausgewandert in die USA, verheiratet mit einem Maler (David Rankin), Mutter und Stiefmutter … na und so weiter.

Sie hat in ihrem Leben diverse Analysen hinter sich und schreibt sehr ehrlich über sich. Sie zieht sich quasi völlig aus und lässt den Leser an Ihren Gedanken teilhaben.

Das Buch ist einfach nur spannend und ich habe es fast in einem Rutsch durchgelesen.

Manchmal denke ich beim Lesen “Oh man, diese Tucke, die stellt sich aber auch an”. Manchmal muss ich laut auflachen über Ihre Erlebnisse weil ich sie so gut nachvollziehen kann. Manchmal fühle ich mich ertappt, weil ich genauso schräg denke und manchmal bekomme ich bei ihren kurzen Berichten über die KZ Erlebnisse Ihrer Eltern eine Gänsehaut .

Was hat es mir gebracht?

Es tut einfach gut zu lesen welche Probleme und vor allem Lösungen andere Menschen für Sachverhalte haben, die allen Menschen in mehr oder weniger ausgeprägter Form im Laufe ihres Lebens begegnen. Ich bin noch nicht ganz durch mit dem Buch, wollte das jetzt aber schon mal zum besten geben, weil ich gerade Zeit, kein Internet aber ein volles Akku an meinem PC habe 🙂

Die Bin Ladens: Eine arabische Familie – Steve Coll

Ein Dickes Buch. Ich hab es mir gekauft im Bahnhofsbuchladen in Frankfurt. Toller Laden übrigens.

Ich sehe das Bild mit den Flugzeugen auf dem Cover und denke daran, wie es so war – am 11.09.01. Ich unterrichtete damals online eine grössere Gruppe. Im Chat las ich über den Flugzeugabsturz und hielt es für einen Witz. Ich setzte meinen Unterricht fort. Dann hatten wir eine Pause und ich sass mit mit allen, die gerade bei uns im Hause waren (Meine Frau, zwei Töchter, mein Vater) fassungslos vor dem Fernseher. Der stand damals im Schlafzimmer, jetzt haben wir gar keinen mehr :-). Unsere Überzeugung war nach ein paar Minuten, dass es Krieg geben wird. Irgendwo auf der Welt werden die Amerikaner Krieg führen.

Das ging mir in Bruchteilen von Sekunden durch den Kopf als ich das Buch in die Hand nahm. Es handelt nicht “nur” von Osama Bin Laden, sondern von seiner Familie.

Eine Art Buddenbrooks auf arabisch – nicht so literarisch aber ich musste dran denken. Es ist die Geschichte des Arbeiters Mohammed, der aus dem Jemen nach Saudi Arabien kommt und nach kurzer Zeit Bauaufträge für das Königshaus erledigt. Er baut alles: Strassen, Paläste, Häuser, Moscheen, Flughäfen, etc. Mohammed hat Dutzende von Kindern und stirbt bei einem Flugzeugunfall. An dieser Stelle geht die Story eigentlich erst richtig los. Jetzt verlagert sich die Geschichte der Familie Bin Laden mit den nachfolgenden Generationen in die gesamte Welt. Zu den USA gibt es ein besonderes Verhältnis, da die USA die “Schutzmacht” Saudi Arabiens sind und das Öl lebensnotwendig benötigen.

Es ist eine Geschichte, beeinflusst von Religion, Untertanentum, Modernität, Reichtum … der Stoff aus dem Hollywoodfilme bestehen. Auf der einen Seite ist die alles sehr spektakulär, auf der anderen Seite sehr bieder und vorhersehbar. Was mich fasziniert sind die Strukturen einer solchen Grossfamilie. Sie besteht heute aus hunderten mit Nachkommen. Osama ist einer davon! Die Familie wird Osama überleben. Er ist nur ein spektakulärer aber kleiner Teil der Familiengeschichte. Das Buch ist erfrischend neutral geschrieben und hat mich sehr zum Nachdenken gebracht. Jetzt liest es gerade Christine und so habe ich es nicht zur Hand um ein paar Zitate einzufügen.

Absolut lesenswert!

Enough – John Naish

The book has a simple mission

realize when it is enough
– stop working when it is enough
– stop eating when it is enough
– stop consuming when it is enough
– stop YOU-NAME-IT when it is enough

My problem is sometimes to notice when it is enough.

It is this kind of cycle: more work -> more money -> more needs -> more things …. you know it.

The book has another big advantage – It sells nothing 🙂

I read the book in Mai 2009 and I quitted a job after reading. It was not really because of the content of the book but I realized that the book had a big worth for me thinking about the topic to the right time.
Now – a half year later I have changed a few things in my life.
The book was a good start for me … so it must be good 🙂 
but it is much more important to find your way to change your habits in real life.
Today I learn every day to do more what I want and I notice better and better the right time when it is enough.
 

DrupalCamp Vienna

DrupalCamp Vienna

Sorry for the delay between the event and the post 🙂 too much work.

Nov 27th, 8:30

Coming from the warm Gerone/Spain I arrived a bit late. I used my chance being in Vienna to look for an cast iron spiral staircase for our house. This shop has wonderful staircases but they know also how to make money – 7.500 € + taxes + transportation.

10:30

I arrived at the registration desk in the wonderful main building of Technische Universität, bought the cool Kaiser T-Shirt and got a cup of coffee from a strange drupalized coffee machine.

 

11:00 Getting Your Site Ready for Web 3.0: The Semantic Web and Drupal – Lin Clark

Since years I am visiting these kind of sessions in the hope that I can use these techniques for clients projects. It reminds me a bit to these “one ID is enough” sessions.

The idea of RDF is so cool. Everything is a resource and accessible by a query. Imagine the views module would offer the possibility to build relationships to wikipedia, google maps+docs, etc …

Until now (in drupal 5+6) all this RDF stuff was a bit complicate but with Drupal 7 the RDFa base will be in core. Hope that helps to spread the word about RDF.

Here is the whole session on youtube – btw – Lin was very good!

11:50

I was looking for room 8 and a bit lost in the university. Together with Toni Fricko I finally found it. He is retired (but like looking like 45) and is working on a platform for artists where they can sell their stuff on line.

12:00

Gabor starts his Translate! Drupal session.

  • drupal modules contains all the strings in English language
  • the t() function is looking for the correct translation
  • translations are initially stored in .po files
  • there is new service http://localize.drupal.org (the germans do not use it … WHY??… but the french 🙂 )
  • now there are 5410 projects in d5 and d6
  • 7700 releases were parsed (since august 2009)
  • 165000 strings to translate (45 times drupal core)
  • ubercart is the biggest (more translations than drupal.org)
  • 600 contributors
  • than he shows the l10n client – impressive!

HOPE I WILL GET THE SLIDES

break

eating and talking … have a cup of Schilcher Punsch at the christmas market just outside the university together with Michael and André.

14:00 Rositza Dikova – Drupal: collective Identity out of the box

Ha – I met her a few hours before and wasn’t sure, who she was … now I know it … I have seen her at drupalcon Paris.

Unfortunately I was 20 minutes late and the session finishes 14:30, so I didn’t see the whole talk.

HOPE I WILL GET THE SLIDES

15:00

criz talks about intranets, collaboration and projectmanagement in drupal

He sees two big trends:

  1. web 2.0
  2. cloud computing -video from salesforce – “What is cloud computing?”

How is drupal in this field?

See a lot more helpful details in the slides …

I like this talk very much

16:00 My talk about cck, views + panels

 

17:00 Drupal SEO (Suchmaschinenoptimierung für Google & Co)

A talk in German language about SEO related necessary modules presented by Ivo Radulovski (segments.at) He seems to have a lot experiences in these SEO things and he has made an impressive list of useful SEO modules in Drupal

  • http://drupal.org/project/seo_checklist
  • http://drupal.org/project/pathauto
  • http://drupal.org/project/globalredirect
  • http://drupal.org/project/path_redirect
  • http://drupal.org/project/search404
  • http://drupal.org/project/page_title
  • http://drupal.org/project/taxonomy_title
  • http://drupal.org/project/nodewords
  • http://drupal.org/project/int_meta
  • http://drupal.org/project/xmlsitemap
  • http://drupal.org/project/googlenews
  • http://drupal.org/project/site_map
  • http://drupal.org/project/syndication
  • http://drupal.org/project/views_rss
  • http://drupal.org/project/google_website_optimizer
  • http://drupal.org/project/site_verify
  • http://drupal.org/project/top_searches
  • http://drupal.org/project/glossify
  • http://drupal.org/project/alinks
  • http://drupal.org/project/opencalais
  • http://drupal.org/project/morelikethis
  • http://drupal.org/project/service_links
  • http://drupal.org/project/menu_attributes
  • http://drupal.org/project/ed_readmore

SEO with geodata

  • http://drupal.org/project/xmltokml
  • http://drupal.org/project/kml

Tip from the audience – ist exists a module called http://drupal.org/project/autotag – it tries to do the same than Open Calais

Evening

The evening event was in an australian bar with life music … any questions?

November 28

9:00

Drupal-Themes dynamisch mit ThemeKey steuern – Markus Kalkbrenner

Themekey looks like a swiss army knife for displaying different themes depending on predefinied Properties. Markus shows us very real use cases like “having a different theme for christmas”

http://drupal.org/project/themekey

http://drupal.org/project/blockregion

Slides

10:00

Theming Drupal – The gap between PHP Developers and Designers

He asks the question: “Who is responsible for template.php?”

His slides are very useful to understand the things which happen in template.php

11:00

Using Drupal for your business – a case study for a television network site

A very good overview about a big drupal project …


After that session I had to leave to Bratislava airport. Boarding was at 19:00 and the last bus left Vienna at 13:30 🙁

So unfortunately I missed a lot.

At this camp a lot of other Drupal Camps were announced for 2010. Good to hear. Drupal is now definitely arrived in Europe. When I compare the Austrian with the Italian camp I have to say that the Austrian Camp was very international. Nearly all talks were in Englisch language. I am not sure wether this is always good. In Italy I learned (not in a bad sense) that you have to talk Italian if you want to bring Drupal to the Italian people. In Austria my impression was the same. There were many hardcore drupal users and developers but not that much newbies. The language problem is hard to solve – I have no real solution – but I learned that the clients usually want to speak their language. On one hand it is very good to have international guests and influences but on the other hand it is also good to have talks in the language people speak. In Italy it was too much Italian and in Austria it was too much English 🙂

I think that the Drupal community has to “pick up the new users where they are”. I don’t know wether this phrase has the same meaning than in German. For me it means, if you want to “sell” something, you have to speak the language, your client understands.

The Austrian Camp was very, very good organized. Special thanks to Thomas Renner, Markus Rössler, Criz and all the others.

DrupalCamp Vienna

 

DrupalCamp Italia, Crema

6:00 I leave the hotel in Milano. The day before I walked through Milano and was impressed. I have to come back for a closer look. See pictures. The Metro in Milano opens at 6am. I miss the bus at 7am. It is sooo cold and icy. I take the 7:45 bus to Crema. The distance between Crema and Milano is only 50 km but the bus stopped at EVERY busstop so it takes me 1.5 hours.

9:30 I arrive at the university campus in Crema. The Dipartimento di Tecnologie dell’informazione is a part of the university of Milano.

9:40 It starts with a small introduction (of course in italian language 🙂 )

opening

9:40 Venice is using Drupal … 🙂

A presentation from Paolo Cotti Cometti and Pietro Avanzolini (Drupal e Comune di Venezia: le esperienze innovative)

The city of Venezia started in 2009 with a project called “Amministrare 2.0” http://www.cittadinanzadigitale.it/

At this time they had an old intranet. They used it from 2000 to 2008 with 150 authors/editors and 3800 users.

In 2009 they decided to use a Drupal based Intranet called Altana.

It is build by Paolo and Pietro, they are employees of the Comune di Venezia.

It took them 6 month to plan, build and switch from the old to the new intranet.

They use mainly these modules: LDAP, Node Access, Book Access, Calendar, Views , CCK, FAQ, Sitemap, homebox, webform

An important detail was the phonebook.

One problem was the design of backoffice. How to handle 150 authors?

Finally they used node access to set access rights on node level.

but anyway … drupal is the answer … see picture below

drupal is the answer

HOPEFULLY I CAN GET THE SLIDES

10:30

The room gets fuller and fuller 🙂 The last questionS were asked about the venice project.

10:35 my talk

There is a lot of interest in the different possibilities with prebuild modules afterwards.

11:45 How to build an image gallery in Drupal – Creare une photo gallery con CCK e Views – Riccardo Bessone

He shows the possibilities of ImageCache and builds a gallery using the usual subjects, cck, views, imagecache, imageapi and the modules custom pager, taxonomy redirect.

For the gallery names he used a vocabulary.

The view for the photos was triggered with tid parameters

galleries with drupal

HOPEFULLY I CAN GET THE SLIDES

12:45 Apache solr – Claudio Cicali

The presentation was very professional. I know the module, so I could follow the slides but I didn’t understand the hints and tipps.

But Robert, look … a tribute to you 🙂

apache solr
13:45-14:45 In the lunch break I had delicious italian fastfood 🙂

break

14:45 Social Network: quali sono I moduli necessary per relizzarne uno con Drupal – Michel Morelli

Many good module tipps for building a social network based on Drupal

The slides had so much italian text 🙂 … it was hard for me to follow – but as far as I have seen there was a good list of modules

building a community with drupal

HOPEFULLY I CAN GET THE SLIDES

16:05 Civic CRM – Francesco Moretto

He runs the website http://civiccrm.eu.

February, 6-7th 2010 ist the first CivicCRM Developer Camp in Bruxelles – It’s again Fosdem time (how fast is one year gone? :-))

He talks about the history of the project since 2005, the core, that is available for Joomla and Drupal and lot of other useful things concerning civicrm.

He introduces the main modules and gives an overview about the new stuff

civiccrm

HOPEFULLY I CAN GET THE SLIDES

An now … 17:30 … the future arrives …

Drupal 7 presented by the drupalitalia team.

drupal 7

After the Drupalcamp Dario, one of the organizers, gave me a lift to the airport Bergamo – Thank you very much

My Impression about Italy and Drupal?

Drupal appears slowly on the italian horizon.

There are many interesting italian projects like the intranet of the Venice Community, which are completely in italian language and will not that much be known outside of Italy.

That’s a pity and I wish to see more european usecases on drupal.org

There are many web agencies which start to think about Drupal. Mostly they try it in a small project.

The coolest project I have seen is a Drupal Implementation on IBM AS400, done by Jet, a company based in Seregno -> Congratulation.

As far as I have seen, Italy is not that “twitter- and web 2.0 compatible”, they are more focussed on mobile phones -> Pronto?.

I was wondering why there was no talk about the mobile possibilties of Drupal.

I am sure, when the right people will notice the real potential of Drupal the Italians will love it.

Hope to be at the next italian DrupalCamp too – may be a bit more in the south of Italy with higher temperatures 🙂