Back online.

Saturday, May 10. 2008

After 24 hours of downtime my blog is back online. Obviously someone messed around with firewall settings at the company this server is hosted :-(

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New Blog Plugin: Favatar/Gravatar

Saturday, November 10. 2007

Although the service and the according s9y-plugin exist for quite some time, it took me until today to include it into my Weblog. It is a simple tool, which tries to allocate avatar pictures to comments. There are two methods to accomplish that. First it looks up, whether an avatar icon for the given email address is stored in the Gravatar database. If it is not successful there, it checks the given homepage URL for a favicon. Since the service is free and there are quite some pages using it, I would like to encourage all comment writers to register at

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Blog moved to different server

Saturday, October 28. 2006

Hopefully you didn’t notice anything at all – but my blog as changed its physical location today! It has been moved to a faster server in Ebern! Thx to Chrisi’s experience the transfer happened smooth and everything seems to work fine. Since the whole environment for my blog software has changed there might be bugs we didn't notice yet - if you notive anything please don't hesitate to contact me.

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Monday, August 7. 2006

Yesterday I met Andreas Lang in order to hand over the new home page for Having a meeting for over an hour, we discussed the possibilities and features of Serendipity, and I showed him how to work with a few features. But since S9Y is rather self explanatory there were no bigger problems to discuss. Today I noticed that Andreas did already create new users (one of them has already posted an article), and “took” over the page. Great! It will be very interesting for me to see how this project will work out :-)

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Site Statistics - July 06

Tuesday, August 1. 2006

Today is a good day to give an overview about my current web page statistics. Why today? Because the month July is over and I have this nice graphic below to show you. The number of visitors ddi almost continously increaseover the last months (somehow I doubt that it will increase any further - but that’s what I thought last month, too) Anyway as you can see my page is quite a bugger concerning traffic – a total of more than 6GB of data has been transmitted over the last 31 days (1GB was realted to that "Bar Shootout" Flash game). There was an average of 614 visits per day consuming more than 2000 pages per day. I thinkthese numbers are far too high. I don't know exactly how Webalizer produces these numbers, but my Blogcounter get’s me an average of 100 unique visitors a day.. far more realistic.

Blogcounter did help me to trace a lot of visitors and it seems that the late success of my blog is related to my Audioscrobbler Plugin, which always displays songs I listened to recently. Those song informations get indexed by Google and other search engines - and suddenly people searching for "karmah tom's diner.mp3" get directed to my blog..

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First Bloggercup

Sunday, July 23. 2006

crazy golfI’m a little late with my posting since most of the other participants did already write about their experiences, but as you can’t hurry love you can’t hurry creativity sometimes, and it took a while for me to get a better picture of yesterdays events. Therefore I need to say it with the words of of a friend uttered here. “Der Bloggercup wird in die ewigen Blogger-Annalen eingehen“ („The Blogger cup will go down in history“):

We played, we relaxed, we had fun!

Girls relaxingEverything you can expect if some people sharing a common passion come together to have fun and to spend some good time. The crazy golf tournament was a good warm up for everybody to have a get together and for those who didn’t know each other before – to size each other up. The results didn’t matter that much – it was about the fun of the game (Hopefully I’ll get the video done someday…). Although we had some losses after the tournament (Jan had to work and coyote to study), we were still quite a group relaxing at the city park. At that time we although didn’t know how long we would stay there.. We were chatting, playing “Stadt, Land, Fluss” (I never want to play this game having a category “plants” again) and the time passed by almost unnoticed.

Annoying children smoking weedUnluckily there were some pupils around who got a little annoying after a while. Maddin did a great job in asking the Realschule pupils about there job perspectives, but I got just bored with so many people asking for cigarettes or searching for some lost girlfriends (“No, Sarah is not hidden beyond my blanket”). This was about the time when the odd things started to happen…

Scotti fighting our beer supplyWe ran out of beer supply and I went to fetch some more. But on my way back I almost ran into some girl with my bike and lost three bottles of beer which didn’t survive the fall from the carrier. Later paule and anima went to swim... and paule… well, better ask her personally… Probably this was a bad Omen for the rest of the evening.. But Scotti managed to get paule home safely. Actually it would have been a great idea to leave at that time, too – but somehow the fresh breeze at the park was to tempting to stay just a little longer. In the end we just stayed a little too long.. So Bee got her bike stolen, I got my neck tensed up, and I don’t want to talk about all of those nasty insect bites… But some day we might think back to this summer of 06 with Bryan Adams lyrics (Quoting this song reminds my, that Maddin promised to play some songs with his guitar next time):

Oh when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Ya - Id always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life

Althoug she had to leave early, Vroni didn't miss the fun part at the parkMeanwhile Alexxie, who didn’t make it to join us is already very amused about all of the events, which indeed occurred in realtime.. And the absolute outcome of the evening is available here. These results are far more interesting than the actual numbers of the crazy golf tournament, but for the stats Jan probably will supply us the numbers sometime.

To sum up things: It was an event definately worth repeating, but it is questionable whether the fun we had actually can be repeated!

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Bamberg entfesselt!

Wednesday, May 17. 2006

Yesterday I finally made it to meet with Sabine (later Paule also joined us) and we started finalizing a project I initiated already about four weeks ago. So we searched for a nice Wordpress template and name for our project. Have a look at our result here:

German readers can find the “why?” here. We think that it might be a nice experience to have a blog were many people with the same interest get the chance to write down their thoughts. So it is a try. You are invited to participate!

Off topic remark: In times of sorrow it is best to seek for distraction. This is a fact, and my friends are very good support in such occasions. Thx!

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Winter once more and "The road not taken"

Tuesday, March 7. 2006

Winter RoadThere has been a broad throwback from an uprising spring (with almost 10°C) to a winter wonderland. So I used a picture I shot on my way from Truppach to Bamberg last sunday to create a new header picture. I know it is quite dark, and I also tweaked the colour of the navigation, but there is also some light. Gonna take the way to the light ;-). Looking at this picture I see a lonely road and some distant woods. Road/wood/winter reminds me to a poem by Robert Frost, which I won't keep from you.

The road not taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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