Saturday, October 30, 2004

Effective Blogging

From Dody 4 months ago to someone trying to start an online learning / cultural community:

There is a simple test to determine whether the url you posted is effective as a central page for [...] community.


1. If you go there everyday, will you learn something new most of the time (Digs: Or at least is it worth the visit)?
2. Are you inclined to visit it everyday?


I'm off to Malaysia for the weekend, Happy Halloween everyone. If you still haven't experienced it in Madison, WI you are missing out big time.

Skype contact list

If you are using Skype, please post your username ("handle") on http://wiki.nomadlife.org. If you are not using it yet, you should; all you need is a microphone and a good internet connection to talk unlimited for as long as you want for free. Utilizing msn / webcam and skype I had a quasi "video conference" for about half in hour this week with a friend in Portugal. Amazing how it continously gets easier to communicate and stay in touch.

Friday, October 29, 2004

Off

I'm taking two days off this weekend, so no bloggin' for me until Monday.

Whoever free (with access to this main blog), please take over.

Take care.

Referring to a weblog post

If you are responding or commenting to a weblog post, don't forget to include the permalink (permanent link) to the original post so we know what you are talking about :)

The permalink of each weblog post is on the time stamp of the post.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Keeping track of wiki changes

Follow this link to keep track on what has changed in the wiki since the last time you visit. You can get to the same url by clicking "Recent Changes" link on the wiki.

How to upload pictures part 2

Cat wrote a guide on how to upload pictures easily to your weblog using Flickr.


Good Read

GoodRead is a new wiki section that list free and interesting texts you can find on the Internet.

About migration from aiesec.ws

Kai posted an entry about moving your content from aiesec.ws to nomadlife. You can use that method but I think there's a much better way to do it (I commented on her entry if you are curious)

There's a wiki entry on this issue as well.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Invitations to the party

Initially I had asked Dody to post a "how to join nomadlife" link on the sidebar, but in his laziness he came up with a better idea (as usual). Instead of opening the membership of nomadlife to anyone who stumbles across it on the web, we will have membership by invitation, not unlike the system used by Gmail. This means that all new members will be an internal referral by default and will be vouched for by someone within the network.

Some thoughts of expanding the membership base of nomadlife and keep it growing are on http://wiki.nomadlife.org, in the mean time the first focus should be to gather as many active bloggers in any way associated with AIESEC into the fold. Use your personal networks and invite as many people as possible to sign up, using the following link as instructions: http://nomadlife.org/2004/10/how-to-join-nomadlife.aspx.

Keep the momentum and forward locomotion will continue.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

If you are a frequent poster

change your formatting to show lesser days the default (right now 7 days worth of posting) to 2 or 3 days.

This will make your site to be displayed faster because there is less stuff on your home page. I have change the setting on this weblog to show 2 days worth of posting for the main page.

To change your posting l

  1. Go To Settings
  2. Choose Formatting
  3. Modify Show [x ] [days] on the main page
  4. Save Settings


quickpost

This is a holder for nomadlife's quickpost feature where you can post to your blogger account without having to login (using the email feature from blogger as I wrote here)

Recently-Updated-List

Recently-Updated-Blogs list is now on the right hand site panel of this main blog. (this blog is title "nomadone" in the update list)

This list will update when
  1. You make a new post.
  2. You modify an existing post on your blog home.
  3. Somebody make a comment on your posting.
  4. When you change your template.

Holistic Vision

Putting some thought into the greater picture for nomadlife, a few thoughts came to mind...
1) Standardizing the name: It would be nice if at this early stage if we built nomadlife ground up with a common way of writing the name and allowed for branding. Arguments such as "do we write AIESEC or Aiesec" are really a waste. Dody and I both suggest "nomadlife" (with no capitalization); input can be provided at http://wiki.nomadlife.org -> holistic vision.
2) Logo: Ana Elisa (Portugal) volunteered to take a crack at a logo draft. I've suggested a logo comptetion http://wiki.nomadlife.org -> holistic vision.

More thoughts to come on the "evangelism" of nomadlife, and "spreading the Good News" , but the momentum needs to be maintained; we need to continue to grow the nomadlife communty, and continue to expand the reader base.

(edit:dody) : only digs can come up with title like "holistic vision". Holistic sounds similar to holly.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Adding pictures to your blog

If someone has gotten really proficient with adding pictures to their blog please share with the rest on http://wiki.nomadlife.org. Specifically about using hello.com's software program to send pictures to bloggerbot.

Update (dody) : Asha created an entry at nomadlife's wiki about using Hello to upload picture to your blog.

Legitimidad a cambio de rehenes maltratados

TRIBUNA: JOAQU�N VILLALOBOS

Legitimidad a cambio de rehenes maltratados

JOAQU�N VILLALOBOS 16/01/2008

Cuando comenc� a conocer el conflicto colombiano me cost� creer que los jefes de las FARC viajaban en veh�culos con aire acondicionado y que sus campamentos ten�an muchas comodidades; igual me sorprendi� el evidente sobrepeso de algunos de sus comandantes. La guerra civil salvadore�a se explicaba por el exceso de poder del Estado, contrariamente, el conflicto colombiano se explica esencialmente por la debilidad del Estado en el control de su propio territorio. Colombia tiene lugares donde no hubo gobierno durante m�s de 40 a�os. Este vac�o lo llenaron paramilitares, guerrilleros, narcotraficantes y bandidos que se convert�an autom�ticamente en autoridad, bajo la indiferencia o anuencia de los gobiernos.

Los guerrilleros salvadore�os disputamos en combate cada metro cuadrado de nuestro peque�o pa�s a gobiernos autoritarios sostenidos militarmente por los Estados Unidos. En Colombia, por el contrario, las FARC han sido una guerrilla sedentaria, que sin combatir mucho control� extensos territorios en los que no hab�a gobierno. Por ello llevan 43 a�os en el monte y algunos de sus jefes han muerto de viejos. Sin embargo, en la misma Colombia, el Movimiento 19 de Abril (M-19) fue la primera guerrilla latinoamericana que, a costa de muchos muertos, negoci� reformas pol�ticas democr�ticas. Ahora el M-19, como parte del Polo Democr�tico, es la segunda fuerza del pa�s. Es decir, que en Colombia la izquierda podr�a ganar las pr�ximas elecciones, como ya ocurri� en Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brasil, Per�, Panam�, Rep�blica Dominicana, Venezuela, Guatemala y Nicaragua.

Hay quienes contin�an viendo a Latinoam�rica como rep�blicas bananeras en las que la violencia pol�tica es leg�tima. El mapa, los tiempos y el dinero de la coca�na coinciden con el crecimiento de la violencia de las FARC en los 90. Antes de eso eran una insurgencia perezosa, y por lo tanto poco relevante. En 1990, al morir su l�der pol�tico Jacobo Arenas, las FARC se quedaron sin contenci�n ideol�gica frente a los cultivos de coca que proliferaban en sus territorios. Comenzaron extorsionando narcotraficantes y terminaron de due�os de la mayor producci�n de coca�na del mundo. Transitaron de �ltima guerrilla pol�tica latinoamericana a primer ej�rcito irregular del narcotr�fico, convirti�ndose en un reto real para el Estado colombiano.

Los gobiernos de los �ltimos 20 a�os tuvieron que comenzar a revertir la debilidad del Estado y a corregir abusos pasados. Primero acordaron la paz con las insurgencias pol�ticas, luego desarticularon a los grandes carteles de narcotraficantes que dirig�a Pablo Escobar, seguidamente un Gobierno bogotano invent� formas exitosas de combatir la cultura de violencia, y finalmente iniciaron la recuperaci�n del campo. Propusieron negociaciones a las FARC que fracasaron debido al secuestro de doce parlamentarios que fueron ejecutados en junio de 2007. La fuerza del Ej�rcito y la Polic�a crecieron y se desplegaron de forma permanente en los 1.120 municipios de Colombia. Los paramilitares empezaron a ser combatidos y desmovilizados. Los jefes guerrilleros perdieron sus veh�culos con aire acondicionado y sus campamentos con refrigeradora. Acorralados, incurrieron en el terrorismo. Ciento diecisiete pobladores murieron refugiados en la iglesia de Bellavista cuando �sta fue destruida por las FARC; un coche bomba con 200 kilos de explosivos demoli� un club bogotano lleno de familias; esto se volvi� cotidiano, y los civiles muertos y heridos sumaron miles. Sin embargo, ahora la violencia de las FARC es decadente y en el 2007 no pudieron realizar una sola toma u hostigamiento a los poblados que controla el Estado. Sus combatientes se desmovilizan masiva y voluntariamente, 2.400 s�lo el a�o pasado, y hay evidencia p�blica de que algunos jefes guerrilleros han recuperado las comodidades perdidas en el territorio venezolano.

Las FARC no tienen futuro como guerrilla, aunque lo tengan como narcotraficantes. La inmensa selva colombiana les facilita mantener a los rehenes que secuestraron en el pasado y usarlos c�mo su �ltimo cartucho pol�tico. Las duras condiciones en que mantienen a �stos evidencian desmoralizaci�n y p�rdida de control; ni siquiera sab�an d�nde estaba el ni�o Emmanuel. Las FARC hicieron del secuestro, la extorsi�n y el narcotr�fico sus principales actividades, son los mayores secuestradores del planeta. Una insurgencia negocia a partir de la legitimidad pol�tica de sus demandas o de la fuerza militar que detenta, pero exigir legitimidad a cambio de rehenes maltratados y amenazados de morir, equivale a pedir respeto por ser malvado. El anti-neoliberalismo no justifica explotar el dolor de las familias de los rehenes. Si Ch�vez estuviera s�lo ayudando a salvar rehenes ser�a positivo, pero su reconocimiento pol�tico a las FARC, reaviva la violencia colombiana, le abre las puertas de su pa�s a la coca�na y lo convierte en protector de unos crueles narcoterroristas.

brim of asha and mouna

http://asha.nomadlife.org (with @nomadlife email - she has free gmails account to give away)

http://mouna.nomadlife.org (with @nomdalife email)

tidbits from wiki

Check out nomadlife wiki if you haven't done so.


" Hey Mike, easy on the "olde people" comments. Definately want the page rankings back. I think blogging should be the next competitive sport. By the way, I'd be up for helping people with formatting the look of their blogs. Count me in. (melt)

Yeah, I wouldn't mind a little knowledge on upping the awesomeness of my blog.(mike) "

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Tech Support

If you have trouble in setting up your blogger account with nomadlife, I'm online on MSN at dody_g@hotmail.com at all crazy hours weekdays or you can email me at dody@nomadlife.org.

And let's welcome http://mixmaster.nomadlife.org

Big Picture

The bigger picture of NomadLife is more holistic than blogging. It involves creating a close community where various tools are used in combinations to exchange information and promote certain ideas.

One idea Dody brought up is having a NomadLife calendar, featuring a different "nomadic trader" with an excerpt of their "journey" together with their current resting Oasis. More to come on that soon.

Another useful tool is Skype. If you haven't used it yet, you should; all you need is a PC microphone and a good internet connection. It's free PC to PC calling, for as long as you want. The other day Dody and I had skype on for like 3 hours, we weren't really talking the entire time but it was kinda like having someone next door. Then I while sitting here in Singapore, I talked to Maria in Malta and to Emir in Austin; I had my laptop connected to the surround sound system and so I was just walking aruond in the room speaking normally like I would with my roommates, and the speaker on the other end was coming from everywhere, almost like the voice from above. :) Pretty darn nifty!

We'd like to encourage the usage of Skype in the NomadLife Community.
My Skype handle is: nomadic_wind
Dody's handle is: dodygunawinata
Once you download it, add us as your contacts, all of a sudden the distance from Singapore to Chicago is not that big anymore. :)

Once you start combining tools like blogging with instant messaging and then some free VoIP system like Skype, the potential is huge. As the NomadLife Clan is spread out near and far, it would be a valuable tool to keep the network strong without spending a penny.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

No Gatekeeper

By now most of you have received an invitation to have 'posting' rights to this main nomadlife blog.

Use it as you please.

(If you want a posting right to this blog, email me at dody@nomadlife.org).

aiesec.ws has given access to a number of people to its main weblog, acting as gatekeepers of some sort. Well, for nomadlife., let's remove the gate so there's no need for gatekeeper. There is no rules on what sort of stuff is suitable to post on this main weblog, but I have no doubt that some concensus will appear in the near future. For now, fire away.

Again, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of community works inside nomadlife. A weblog community is a patch of garden, it needs to be nurtured and fertilized with ideas and actions. Like the new aiesec branding, "it's up to you" and other people working alongside you. This is our common garden, let's take care of it.

You don't need to ask permission to do something cool. There is no brand to protect (branding is dead anyway)

Keep spreading the news of blogging to AIESEC membership. I don't care where they host their weblog, as long as they blog, we are good.

Friend don't let a friend lives without a blog. Evangelize. Get Blog Campaign !! (Happy Sunny AIESEC People)

Gmail account giveaway

I have 5 Gmail account to giveaway. Drop me a note at
dody@nomadlife.org (which is a gmail account)

Post by email with blogger

Do you know that you can publish to your blog using email ?


  1. Go to Settings
  2. Choose Email
  3. Set your Mail-to-Blogger Address
  4. Make sure you tick the publish checkbox.
  5. Write to that address.

With this, you can post entries from your mobile phone, from work, etc.


Four More

http://sheila.nomadlife.org

http://melt.nomadlife.org/

http://yingying.nomadlife.org (with corresponding @nomadlife.org email alias)

http://paito.nomadlife.org (with corresponding @nomadlife.org email alias)

Friday, October 22, 2004

Waiting on the wing

http://wonderwoman.nomadlife.org

http://jennifer.nomadlife.org

http://dturk.nomadlife.org

http://surya.nomadlife.org

General Instruction For nomadlife.


Instruction if you have not a blogger blog.

1. Click on 'Create a blog' once you are logged in to blogger.com using your gmail username and password.

2. You will be presented with a screen titled '2 Name your blog'. Skip this screen by choosing on 'Advanced Blog Setup' link located at the lower part of the screen.

3. Now you are in business.

4. Blog Title : This can be anything you like (e.g. my random world, i love travel) . This is not your nomadlife blog address.

5. Ftp Server : ftp.nomadlife.org.

6. Protocol : Choose 'FTP'.

7. Blog filename : default.aspx

8. Blog Url : This would be http://xxx.nomadlife.org. Replace xxx with your nomadname (it's given in the setup email). So you should fill something like http://devrim.nomadlife.org here.

9. Ftp Username : It's given in your setup mail.

10. Ftp Password : It's given in your setup mail.

11. Click next. You will be asked to pick your blogger template. Just choose one and you are set.

12. Welcome to nomadlife.

Instruction if you have already a new blogger blog(with gmail login info) and currently publishing on blogspot.com

There are three major steps required here.
- Revert to Classic Templates.
- Change Publishing method to FTP.
- Fill up the Ftp publishing information.

Step by step instruction.
1. Login to blogger.
2. Click on 'Settings'.
3. Click on 'Publishing'.
4. Find this sentence 'Hint: If you want to publish to an external FTP server, you will need to Set 'Blog Readers' to 'Anybody' and use a Classic Template.'
5. Click on 'Classic Template'.
6. You will be in the Edit Html screen. Backup your current template by click on 'Download Full Template'.
7. Click on 'Revert to Classic Template' located at the bottom of the screen.
8. Save template change.
9. Click on 'Settings' and 'Publishing' again.
10. Look for this sentence 'Switch to: Custom Domain (Point your own registered domain name to your blog) • FTP (publishing on your ISP server) • SFTP (secure publishing on your ISP server)'
11. Click on 'FTP'.
12. Fill the following info
  1. FTP Server: ftp.nomadlife.org
  2. Blog URL : yourname.nomadlife.org (the exact name given to you in your info sheet)
  3. Blog Filename: enter "default.aspx" (without the double quote)
  4. Ftp Username : given in your infosheet
  5. Ftp Password : given in your infosheet
  6. FTP Path : nothing. (do not fill this in)
  7. Ping weblogs.com : Yes
  8. Saves Setting
  9. Now move on to Archiving
  10. Archive Path : /past/
  11. Archive Filename : archive.aspx
  12. Save Setting
  13. Make your first post (and republish your blog)
  14. Congratulation, now you have nomadlife weblog.

Instruction if you have already an old blogger blog.

Please follow this instruction closely. Don't fill any information unless the instruction tells you so.

  1. Login to Blogger (assuming you already have blogger weblog, if not, make one - this blogger account name can random btw; it doesn't have to correspond to the nomadlife address given to you; so xxx or 3dfcooldude will do just as fine as nicole)
  2. Go to "Settings"
  3. Choose "Publishing"
  4. Click "Switch to FTP" (not SFTP)
  5. FTP Server: ftp.nomadlife.org
  6. Blog URL : yourname.nomadlife.org (the exact name given to you in your info sheet)
  7. Blog Filename: enter "default.aspx" (without the double quote)
  8. Ftp Username : given in your infosheet
  9. Ftp Password : given in your infosheet
  10. FTP Path : nothing. (do not fill this in)
  11. Ping weblogs.com : Yes
  12. Saves Setting
  13. Now move on to Archiving
  14. Archive Path : /past/
  15. Archive Filename : archive.aspx
  16. Save Setting
  17. Make your first post (and republish your blog)
  18. Congratulation, now you have nomadlife weblog.
  19. I suggest you create a post titled 'about me' to introduce yourself to the nomadlife community.

Before of extra spaces on step number 7, 14 and 15. Don't copy and paste.

If you get into trouble

  1. Contact me at MSN Messenger(dody_g@hotmail.com).
  2. Or email dody@nomadlife.org with your blogger username and password. Don't forget to change your blogger password to something else (like "pippo") first before giving it to me. Once I'm done, you can change your password back to your original one.

If you are blogging from your own PC, download w.blogger, it's a free Windows application that allows you to easily post to your weblog and it's especially useful when you are trying to write a long post.

it's alive !!

http://cat.nomadlife.org

What's cooking

  1. This weekend we will have the "who's updating" feature (it will be listed on the right side of this blog) like the one existing in aiesec.ws
  2. Next week will bring us an easy to use category system.

Back in business

Guess who's back, back again!



A "wiki" is like an online white board, anyone can edit it without logging in. We will use it to help further develop the concept for NomadLife. Feel free to contribute at http://wiki.nomadlife.org and at least watch the development of the idea. A few good bloggers are always needed to help drive. :)

one down

http://devrim.nomadlife.org



Wanted-a-few-good-folks

Wanted :

NomadLife needs help.

We need a couple of seasoned blogger users to become blogger god/goddes in helping the newbie to make smooth transition to this new system.

Email me at dody@nomadlife.org or post to nomadlife's wiki (http://wiki.nomadlife.org) and pledge your support.

Invited:

If you are interesting in 'manning' this main weblog, drop me a note at dody@nomadlife.org and I'll give you a login.

NomadLife Wiki

You can check out NomadLife Wiki at http://wiki.nomadlife.org

How to join NomadLife

This is the three easy steps to get an account at nomadlife


  1. Get an account at blogger.com (a.k.a create a weblog there)
  2. Write me at dody@nomadlife.org with the following information
    a. Your name.
    b. Your nomadlife address (it's going to be youraddress.nomadlife.org), e.g. devrim.nomadlife.org or mixmaster.nomadlife.org.
  3. a. You will receive an ftp username and password via email within 12 hours.
    b. Follow this instruction once you get that email.
    c. That's all you need.

If you want to know more about nomadlife, check out the nomadlife wiki at http://wiki.nomadlife.org. There's a lot of good stuff in that place.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Hello World

Nomad One Broadcasting for the first time.





The weblog posting on this main site is in Zulu time (a.k.a GMT)