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that crazy avenue of trees

Back from coffee where I forgot my wallet but promised to eventually return with cash and I'm still wearing a jacket in my apartment because the old radiators don't seem up to the task of keeping up with the near-freezing weather outside and I'm tired of the heating oil smell of the space heater. Also in a bit of a post-travel isolationism phase, sitting around banging my head gently against the table and working out the logistics of setting up a wiki for a work project that might satisfy some basic security and collaboration features without giving me too much of a headache.

Between New York and Boston and Seattle I read Per Petterson's Out Stealing Horses, mostly on trains and an airplane while listening almost exclusively to Panda Bear's Person Pitch, Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago, and Kings of Convenience's Riot on an Empty Street. If I had managed to read it last year, it probably would have been near the top of the list of books that I never made for 2007. That Acela train was fantastic, too. If it was practical, I'd do as much work and reading as possible on nice, quiet trains rolling along the countryside. Somehow it's much less easy to get distracted that way.

I didn't really think of the similarity until after I was finished, but I now see that Out Stealing Horses reminds me of the Sea by John Banville, which, for the record I read in Amsterdam while riding trains (and occasionally in cafes with speed skating on the television) and listening almost exclusively to the Life Pursuit by Belle & Sebastian and You're So Silent Jens by Jens Lekman. I'm glad that I didn't think about how they were both old manly childhood reminiscences from isolated places until later. Otherwise, it might have driven me a little crazy.

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I looooved Out Stealing Horses, and love it even more in retrospect if that makes sense. What did you think?
Also if you haven't seen it CAC has an very nice guide to setting up a wiki on UW servers, it even has instructions on how to NetID-secure it: http://www.washington.edu/computing/web/publishing/mediawiki.html
Those are the instructions and the wiki that I set up. My main problem is that it will be used by some people without NetIDs yet needs to be mostly private. This is mostly solvable, but a secondary problem is that the best way of securing the uploads folder (and allowing it to accept very large files) requires that I have more permissions on the server side of things than I do. A minor but nagging issue is that there seem to be (far too many) other packages, some of which would solve the other problems if only they didn't seem more complicated and/or sketchy than the seemingly very nice, clean, easy MediaWiki.


Ahh, that is tricky. One solution might be to get people myuw.net addresses, which can be purchased for people who are UW-associated but not actually UW people. I think that allows them to login on a restricted basis to NetID-requiring things, but I'm not sure. I do find anything else besides MediaWiki hugely sketchy.

The other thing you could do if you have a bit of money lying around is to get an external company to host that has people to sort all this stuff out, that's what my boyfriend's company, Wikia, does. I don't think it's terribly expensive because a lot of non-profits use it (like Uncyclopedia, the hilariously named Wookieepedia, etc.).
It looks like minimal privilege NetIDs can be had for outsiders for free; so we might end up using Catalyst tools for top secret uploads. After a day of playing with settings and without any real technical knowledge, it looks like I've managed to get MediaWiki on a depts account working in terms of user authentication, restricting viewing of images folders, and displaying short urls. Even if no one ends up actually using this thing, I feel really happy about these accomplishments.

Having someone else host it isn't a bad idea. I'll keep that in mind if we were to go with the "paying someone" option, but I suspect that the powers that be would feel more comfortable using some sort of unfriendly NIH system instead.
Well, good work anyway! I set up a wiki at my old job, it's fun to play with.
This entry is hilariously you/not you.

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Bon Iver & Out Stealing Horses

I am fascinated by the fact you listened to Bon Iver while reading Per Petterson.

I know the work of both artist well and had never made any connection. Perhaps it was coincidence that you were reading one to one while listening to the other. But upon reflection it is brilliant parallel. Both deal with solitude and do it with startling simplicity. That is the biggest connection. There is also the similarly of winters (sometimes in the book), the country/woods settings, Also so many people in Wisconsin--where Bon Iver is from--are of Norwegian heritage. So there is a similar cultural underpinning. Stoic and quiet.

Your post was quite remarkable. Thank you for the insight.

La