Still back in the application process for Outreach program I installed Ubuntu on my MacBook. Changing your working environment on a computer seems somehow comparable to moving house (what I accidentally did at the same time) or even more scaring, because more unpredictable. You keep using the wrong short cuts, looking in the wrong place for the right thing or the other way around, or you just have the subtle feeling of being a stranger. but not only I seemed to be challenged with the process of adaptation, as was my computer. Producing colorful spontaneous breakdowns, showing me pictures, which reminded me partly of Op art  back in the Sixties, partly of some other experimental graphic deconstruction. So while annoying me with interrupting my work flow I could not help, but also enjoy these small digital landscapes, traces of some enigmatic errors happening inside my machine. Making it a more non-trivial machine (according to Heinz von Foerster), than I would maybe like it to be. Enjoy a selection:

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Main part of my research project is to lead interviews with course instructors and students to find out about their needs and thoughts about the course page system. As I’m far away from everybody all of these talks are conducted remotely by video call. So I surfed the internet for a quick and easy solution to record these calls (audio only, because I’m afraid of big data), so I could transcribe them later. It took me a while, but I finally found a handy solution which worked fine with me and I want to share with you here. (in case you need it once) The challenge is to combine to input sources (the playback from the computer and the microphone, means your and your talk partners voice) into one record file.

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The struggle finishing my blog post titled While getting things not done carries an irony inside I can surely appreciate. But not only is it amusing.
It occurred to me, that I´m far more comfortable in reading in English, than writing in it. (This – of course – may also be part of a more profound procrastination strategy I unknowingly developed) But also I´m still shy about posting at all. I feel doubtful about the meaningfulness of releasing my personal thoughts, experiences or words into the foggy unknown public space or I am even frightened to do so. On the other hand I know very well how much writing can teach you to pay attention to yourself, the situation, or the process you are in. As a German native speaker I´m far from free flowing writing in English. I´m even more accustomed to writing in Russian then in English. Read More

I was accepted to participate in the current round of Outreach Program for Women (OPW) run by the gnome foundation. Actually the internship period officially starts tomorrow (dec 9th). So I take this for good reason (ok, I was asked to) to start a little blog on the side, where I´m going to write about my experiences during the program and maybe about some other stuff, if I find the time to. The more technical and official report about the ongoing will be published here. My partner organisation for the project is the Wikimedia foundation and you are welcome to have a look at my accepted proposal.