Internet


I’m supposed to be really high tech, I know things and stuff about ubiquitous computing, about transfer protocols and computer and software standards…

But I’m still puzzled by the simplest things, like making friends all over the world from just the push of a button and a common faith. I can talk to people in Australia, US, Europe, Asia.

Isn’t that really strange?

I can sit here in my rented apartment in Gubbängen outside of Stockholm and write this and people thousands of miles away can see it. In a matter of seconds.

I have never traveled a lot, the few times I did I’m just overwhelmed by the fact that all these people doesn’t live in Sweden. They don’t even speak Swedish.

On a Catholic forum I’m a member of (DCF) there’s this young Australian girl, who write long posts in English. When I was at her age all I could say was: “A cat, a dog, a lot of birds” (but I could say that phrase really really well -I even knew what most of it meant.)

I know it’s silly. I know that of course she can speak English because that is her language. I know most people in the world are brought up in a different culture than I was. I know living in Texas isn’t that exotic if you were raised there. But still, I’m such a child, it amazes me.

Now with the Internet and all, I meet people each and every day. My last acquaintance is a woman, Paula, from Germany (She speaks German!!! You know, they do that in Germany, amazing) who kindly welcomed me to the blog community. She has two blogs (in English) here at wordpress.com, an important blog about the Victims of the Romanian Gulag. Please pray for all of those who suffered from the communist regime and especially those who died.

Her other blog is a very poetic one with beautiful pictures. It’s called Receiving Light. Pay a visit, you will like it.

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I’m not sure how I will profile myself, here in the virtual world. IRL I try to shave regularly and wear clean clothes. When I’m out with people I’m trying not to talk to loud. I’ll adjust to the present situation, like almost everybody else. It’s so much more complicated with digital profiling. Both the people from history as well as those from future sees it. People meet me, that I don’t really meet.

Homepage
My first attempt at profiling myself on the Internet was some ten years ago. I made a homepage. My only problem was that I hadn’t got the slightest idea to why I did it, I didn’t feel that I had something to say. So I made a homepage that consisted of different backgrounds… With kind of blurred, deep blue and red, colors. And nothing more.

I think it’s still out there in Cyberspace somewhere, Don’t know where though. It’s probably not indexed as the search engines got nothing to index, on it. I forgot the address too.

Web site
A couple of years ago I was as a webmaster for a non-profit organization. It took care of what to write about: Annual reports, advirtisments for the different activitys we arranged, on-line tutorials, etcetera. The problem this time was the opposite than before. I couldn’t write what I wanted to write, my interests was not all within the organizational span,

Wikipedia
I was more and more picking up my old interest in literature and wanted to write about that too. I started to write about it in the Swedish Wikipedia, but I have never been very fond of encyclopedias, even when it is scholars writing them… And I spent too much time getting upset over articles, so I decided to give it up. I’m not that interested in debating anyhow. When my religious pondering became more and more important Wikipedia had definitely lost all its interest to me.

Homepage again
So about three years ago I made a site about my efforts in translating a poet into Swedish, after awhile it grew to be a site about Gerard Manley Hopkins. I also made a personal homepage that told a little about myself and my studies at the Department of Computer and system science.

But my interests kept evolving and scatter, as interests often do and the homepage concept didn’t work well with change. I find Websites works well if its subjects are deep rather then broad, static, or at least slowly changing, rather than dynamic. I like poking with the text, and letting it evolve over time, but posting about a new subject once a week, would have made my homepage a hodgepodge.

Blogs
Some time ago I found that blogging is actually a great way for me to be both shallow and (pretending) to be deep. And changing topics wasn’t really an issue here, rather the opposite. Here I can write whatever comes to mind. No matter what topic it is that has caught my interest.

I started blogging some time ago at a blog at my University. It’s kind of nice to have a context and to know that some of those who read my blog is people I also will meet in real life. However, I’m not so pleased with some of the technical sides of that blog, and at the moment I can’t even create new posts, so I started to look around for another Blog solution. My university blog was kind of nice looking, but you couldn’t personalize it enough. I don’t like the look on Blogger (and what’s that blue and orange thing they got over there. Does anyone actually like those colors combined?

Finally I arrived here. I find that Worldpress have some nice features as well as a great look. Perhaps when I’m rich and famous I even pay the few dollars for accessing the style sheets.

This will probably be my main site in the future, with links to my other projects. I’m thinking of keeping my University blog though, but start writing in Swedish there instead and keep this one in English. It’s a good way to practice my translation skills as well. I don’t seem to get the time to write on my Hopkins page, but perhaps I can instead write posts about him here. And then of course Catholic pondering, thoughts on my studies, my view upon art etcetera.

 

And whatever the future have in store.