25 de septiembre de 2007

Masterini World Map

This is the World Masterini Map for all graduates of the European Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) in Venice. E.MA just celebrates 10 years of existence.

If you are an alumni, please put yourself on the map, possibly with your name and the year you started. Find the map on: http://emalumni.blogspot.com/

cheers, Georg (alumni 98)

26 de junio de 2007

Spittaler Verkehrsplanung - ein historischer Rückblick

Die Stadtgemeinde Spittal/Drau in Oberkärnten arbeitet hart an einer Lösung der Verkehrsproblematik - auf Englisch würde man sagen: "has been working", denn der unten reproduzierte Artikel, sehr lesenswert, ist aus dem Jahr 1950.

Hier kann der gesamte Artikel heruntergeladen werden.

15 de abril de 2007

Österr. Notgeld - Austrian emergency token money

There is now a few samples of the Notgeld collection of Sepp Sommeregger (1880-1955) available on the web. See here.

Die Notgeldsammlung Sepp Sommeregger (1880-1955) ist nun teilweise gescannt am web zu sehen: link hier.

Was ist Notgeld? Dazu informiert Herr Ernst Berger:
„Als Ersatz für die fehlenden kleinen Münzeinheiten da im ersten Weltkrieg alles Metall eingeschmolzen wurde ist in Österreich,genau wie in Deutschland Notgeld verausgabt worden . Während in Deutschland schon während des ersten Weltkrieges, jedoch hauptsächlich in den folgenden Jahren Notgeld ausgegeben wurde ,liegt die Ausgabezeit in Österreich in den Jahren 1918 bis1921. Zuerst begannen die größeren Städte mit der Ausgabe .Dann folgten kleinere und Kleinste Gemeinden aber auch Private „Geschäfte und Betriebe „ Leider wurde nach kurzer Zeit in vielen Fällen das Notgeld in der Hoffnung auf finanziellen Gewinn ausgegeben. Die Gemeinden und Privaten die Notgeld verausgabten, hafteten für den verausgabten Betrag. Die Verpflichtung bestand darin, die Scheine nach einer festgesetzten Laufzeit bis zur Höhe des Ausgabebetrages wieder einzulösen. In den meisten Fällen konnten nur 100 und mehr Scheine gebündelt gegen größere staatliche Banknoten Eingetauscht werden. Der finanzielle Vorteil der Ausgeber lag darin,dass größtenteils infolge starker Abnutzung der Scheine nur ein Bruchteil der Menge zur Einlösung vorgelegt wurde . Ein Teil blieb in Sammlerhänden,denn weder vor noch nach der Notgeldperiode hat es bildlich so schöne Geldscheine gegeben wie gerade zu dieser Zeit . Aus diesen Gründen wurden immer mehr unterschiedliche Notgeldscheine gedruckt und verausgabt. Dem Zweck entsprechend sollten die Geldscheine ohne größeren Aufwand gedruckt werden ,das Gegenteil war jedoch der Fall .Um die Sammlerleidenschaft noch mehr zu wecken ,wurden die Auflagen und Serien in verschiedenen Farben und Motiven gedruckt . Viele Gemeinden gaben dazu auch noch Sonderserien in hervorragender Qualität heraus. Die Anzahl der verschiedenen Scheine wird auf weit mehr als 60000 Stück geschätzt .“ (quelle: www.onetwosold.at, siehe die Hauptseite: http://www.geldschein.at/notgeld.html)

2 de abril de 2007

Life in Italy

LIFE IN ITALY (written in 2005)

'The important thing is to adapt your dish of spaghetti to circumstances and your state of mind.' (Giuseppe MAROTTA, Neapolitan writer, quoted in Elizabeth DAVID, Italian Food, 1954, p.97)

Kommen wir gleich zum Wichtigsten:

29 de marzo de 2007

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EUI photo competition "A Room with a View" 2005

Entries of the first photo competition at the European University Institute, Florence (Italy), organised by Georg Sommeregger and Atef Saif, from 30 Oct - 15 Nov 2005.

We had good fun organising this competition, and very happy about the many contributions and nice feedback. Participation, display, and voting was done over the web. Technically, it was quite a challenge to programm the webpage correspondingly, but we got it going and it worked! Thanks again to all participants!!

The photos (including rules and screenshots) can be viewed and downloaded here.

Vicchio, Mugello

Impressions of life in Vicchio, in the Mugello valley north of Florence.

you can see all photos online here.

18 de marzo de 2007

witze auf berndütsch

Dankend erhalten von G.S.!

En Maa gaht zum Arzt vo siinere Frau. De Dokter sait ihm das leider es paar Probe durenand cho sind."Ihri Frau hätt entweder Alzheimer oder Aids!" De Maa fröget was'er dä jetzt söll mache?
De Rat vom Döktu:" Fahred sie irgendwo ane mit ihrer Frau uns setzed sie im Wald uus.Wänn'sie de Heiwäg find, würd'i nüm mitere schlafe!"

Die flotte Dagmar erzählt ihrer Fründin: "Du kürzlich hätt bi mir en junge Maa a de Türe glüütet, und gfragt eb mi Maa dehei seg. Nei, han'i gsait und dä hätt'er mich a de Hand gnah und isch is Schlafzimmer mit mir. Deet hätt'er mich verführt und au na bumst. Das hätt sich jetz scho 4 mal wiederholt und ich frag'mi langsam:
Was will dä vo mim Maa??"

17 de marzo de 2007

Who are you?

What does "the internet" know about you? I tried this webpage, but for some reason it tells me I am Swedish and my currency is Kronen. Whereas when I go down to Brunnenmarkt, they tell me to pay in Euros.. Does it work for you?

3 de marzo de 2007

Photos, photos

27 de febrero de 2007

Useful blogger design tools - part 3

How to nicely print out blog posts

It is sometimes annoying that when you print out a blog entry, the whole header and menus print with it and result in a big loss of paper which even doesn't look good. So the aim is to have a print function which prints out "clean", the single blog entry only, without header, side-bars, etc. I wanted to have a button under each post, similar to the "post blog" or "edit blog" button which are standardized in blogger. Awaiting a blogger routine, this is what I did:

Adapting a printing style-sheet

I base myself mainly on this nice article. Read also the classic article here. On the basis of this, create a separate css print style-sheet, with a few adaptations for your blog. Use wordpad to do this. (You can also refer to the print.css i made for my blog: here. Change the portions of elements to hide, if necessary, and the http address.

Now upload the css file to the web. I used googlepages.com (if you have a gmail account, you automatically have a googlepage).

Next you link to the style-sheet to your blog by inserting in the html header section:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://www.yourdomain.com/print.css" media="print" />

That's it, it should work. When you print, it should come out fine and economical. (it doesn't run perfectly smooth for mine, some longer documents don't print correctly, but I hope I can resolve that - any hints?).

Print button

You can however further add a print button, or simply a linked "print", to your page. If you want to place this below your post, in one line with the "comments" and "post to" symbol, you need to edit a widget in the html template. It is probably best to put it in the "post-footer-line-1". For this, expand the widget template (click small box on right top of html). Write this just before the last </p>

right above the first line of "post-footer-line-2":

<a href='#' onclick='window.print();return false;'>print>

Good luck!

Haslingergasse, Wien

my current location.

Useful blogger design tools, part 4 - flickr or picasa web slideshows


I. Flickr
I.a. embedding a slide-show from a set of photos

Example of code for a flickr slideshow on blogger, using an iframe, displaying one set of photos. Copy paste and replace with your flickr id and photo-set number. (how to find your flickr user-id: if you are logged in flickr, it will be displayed here. The set number is on display in the browser once you start viewing the set).

<iframe width=600 height=400 src="src=http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/index.gne?user_id=7176712@N03&set_id=72157600002041412" ></iframe>

I.b. embedding a slide-show based on photo tags

The code would be

<iframe width=600 height=400 src="src=http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/index.gne?tags=your_tag&user_id=xxxxxxxxxxxx" ></iframe>

II. Embedding Picasa web albums

Example of a picasa web slideshow on blogger, using an iframe. copy and paste and replace with your album address (copy from the browser once the slideshow is running):

<iframe width=600 height=400 src="http://picasaweb.google.com/georg.sommeregger/BestOfVicchio/photo#s5046513271969053954" ></iframe>


Embedding power-point presentations is similar to embedding slide-shows. The tutorials here and on Beth's blog show you how to embed them on blogger using "tags". A great corresponding on-line tutorial (screencast) is here.

I exported my power-point-presentation as jpeg images ("save as..." --> all? yes, all) to a flickr "set", and embedded it follwing the method shown in point I.a above. For a picasa web album, see point II above.

Good luck! GS

26 de febrero de 2007

Useful internet tools, teil 2

Some info for internetters (especially Seppe and Walta)

Free and easy webspace is offered by google pages. All you need is a g-mail account, which is free, and a little price to pay. This service includes an easy to handle page creator. As an example (of an obviously underdeveloped page), see here. Further, you can stock mp3s and other documents which you can then link to from your blog.

Nice web-logs other than blogspot are given by My Opera. For an example, look at this nice page.

In general, visit Hans at http://beautifulbeta.blogspot.com for some nice tricks.

"your e-mail address please"
Get a 10 minute e-mail for filling in forms. This helps you to avoid spam on your regular account.

Useful blogger design tools

This is for my friend Seppe and other bloggers out there... after working quite intensely to improve the layout of my blog, I figured I should share all the resources I used in a small compilation. Here it is, enjoy!

How to put your own logo on top of the page: see here or here. If you then want to hide the blog's title in the header, go to template --> html, find the style section for the header and add "display: none;" to header h1.

How to add a second side-bar: either you directly start with a three-column template (you can download some of the must popular ones here), or you can make it yourself. See also this workshop.

How to make "progress bars": see here.

How to insert a google map in your blog:
see here.

How to programme the "snap" function (the little bulb that hovers if you point to a link): from here.

How to programme the "read more/lies weiter" for summary and full version of one post: see here.

How to make the "label cloud": here.

Put some funny language translation on your page. Be happy.

A clock for your webpage.

Your can integrate a flickr slide show in a your blog! Either as a slide show, but also in the side bar. A great tool for uploading photos to flickr is here. I made a separate post for slide-shows on blogger.

You can display photos from a picasa web album on your blog sidebar! Here is a fine widget creator for doing this. You can choose whether to display the title of your slideshow and the logo (you can also do it manually later by changing the pwaHeader and pwaLogo setting to "false").

How to embed flash (.swf) animations in your blog: here. For doing this, you might need to store your swf files on-line and link to them from your blog. If you have blogger (a gmail account), you also have a googlepage. Use this for easy upload. Googlepage can also be used for stocking mp3s and other files.

How to show a power-point presentation on your blog, see this post.

For an easy tree-menu, see here. I had the problem that with this given code, by default (when you load the browser) the list was open, whereas I wanted it closed. To resolve this, replace style="&{head};" with style="display:none".

Drop-down menus: here, or here.

Finally, counters. I use statcounter.com. See also google analytics.

Easy news-tickers or news-scrollers. Related to this, how to embed a flash-animation in your blog.

Submit your site to search engines:
how to do this for yahoo
and google
and msn (here the related inktomi search index).

In case you wonder: what is the status of your website in google?
and what about yahoo?

Good luck and have fun!

15 de enero de 2007

Ortstafelaktion in Bleiburg/Pliberk

Neues von den Kärntner Ortstafeln/ this regards the conflict on bilingual signs in Austria's most Southern province: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRdJogPgSMs

Weiterführendes zur Etymologie kärntnerischer Ortsnamen hier.

10 de enero de 2007

sweet dreams are made of these...

Inhaltstoffe Kakao
54 Prozent Kakaobutter
11,5 Prozent Eiweiße
9 Prozent Zellulose
7,5 Prozent Stärke
6 Prozent Gerbstoffe und Farbstoffe
5 Prozent Wasser
2,6 Prozent Mineralstoffe und Salze
2 Prozent organ. Säuren und Geschmacksstoffe
1,2 Prozent Theobromin
1 Prozent verschiedene Zucker
0,2 Prozent Coffein

7 de enero de 2007

the european new year

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