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AlexSchroeder

Portrait I develop Oddmuse and run the Emacs Wiki. I have a blog.

I live in Zürich, Switzerland. I have a 60% job as a software engineer. German is my first language.

See my About and my Contact pages if you need more information.

Essential stuff:

  1. The WikiWay doesn’t scale well, and maybe it doesn’t need to. A wiki for a group of friends is good enough for me, as long as the content is interesting and the people are nice. Therefore I don’t plan to scale.
  2. Design matters. Plain and drab just doesn’t cut it. Of course we don’t want FormOverContent? because we are not market droids. Aesthetics is for everybody.
  3. Multilingual sites, yes. Multilingual pages, no.
  4. :-) Diagrams! :-D Diagrams... :-) :-D !! ☺ Visual Language! Zap! Bamm! <3 <3 <3 8-) 8-) !!!
  5. Complex diagrams require explanation. That’s what makes them interesting. Use them instead of a slideshow or instead of a paper for a poster session. They don’t have to stand on their own.
  6. Simple diagram have to be memorable. Use them to make a point in a talk.
  7. Work–Life balance – trying to live my life as a statement

Who am I now?

LionKimbro recently asked Who are you now? What are you here to do? and I started writing…

I’m still madly in love with my wife, Claudia. ❤ 😀 ❤ ❤ 8D ❤ ❤ ❤ – 2010-03-10 marks our eighteen years anniversary. I’ve spent half my life with her, and feel like the luckiest man I know. As we’re approaching our forties, thoughts return more often to the choices we’ve made. Still no kids. Will we die alone? Would having children avoid this bleak vision of growing old and frail? Are we the first generation to start looking for alternative models of old age, where we move in with our peers and grow old together?

I play pen & paper roleplaying games a lot – about a dozen times a month! This flexes my creative and social muscles. Telling a story, entertaining people, organizing games, handling conflict, setting a mood.

I still listen to a lot of music. Lately I’ve enjoyed an Irish influence with The Pogues, Flogging Molly, and The Dubliners. I still enjoy Bruce Springsteen and The Cure like I did when I was a teenager. I listen to a Swiss indie music podcast by our state radio called “Sounds!”

I read a lot of books. I help organize an English bookclub in Zürich, but I still ❤ ❤ ❤ my Fantasy and Science Fiction books. The Malazan Book of the Fallen, A Song of Ice and Fire, the latest Guy Gavriel Kay, and many other unread books are piling up around me. I spend too much time reading Old School RPG Blogs and wish I could find better books with interesting medium-level origami stuff to fold.

I also sort of wish I could draw better. I’d submit more of my drawings to Fight On! magazine. Sometimes I feel like I should take up the painting of miniatures as another meditative hobby. But there’s just no time!

I keep working on Oddmuse, but I’m rarely compelled to write new code. It just works. That feels very good. I contribute very little to Emacs and Emacs Wiki. My heart’s no longer in writing software. Nevertheless I guess that’s where I still have things to contribute to society – writing Free Software. That, and community building around the software projects I’m associated with.

If you feel like chatting, hop on to Freenode and join #wiki or #oddmuse and talk to me. 😊

My role on Community Wiki: I think of Community Wiki as Mission Accomplished. I prefer the long silence between our posts to the activity on Meatball Wiki, for example. I never quite understand what goes on over there. I can’t relate to the most active posters, it seems.

I guess that makes me some sort of warden – I mow the grass and weed the spam. Not quite a curator and more of a caretaker. I feel strange and out of time, here. Perhaps I’m feeling the Wiki Now.

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