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The subtlety of the nose

Here we are at WineCamp, mostly focused on technology but still – we’re in France, and Grégoire has a bunch of experience with winegrowers in the Burgundy wine country, so naturally we’re drinking wine.

Late afternoon, popping open a bottle of provençal rosé.  I taste it, and at the very, very, very back of my mind I think “Hm, you can smell the cork.” I’ll state this right now – it was not a thought that caused any consternation – it was the clean smell of a cork that you’ve just pulled from a bottle.

Less than a minute later, Sylvie says, “Hmm, smells of cork.”  Everyone chimes in – yup, you’re right. The bottle, en effet, is corked.

Holy cow.  A corked bottle is that subtle?  I would have at least finished my glass – I mean, to be totally honest, I’ve definitely drunk large quantities of worse wines.  But there was no doing that – everyone immediately dumped their wine, and so went the whole bottle.

Admittedly, the next rosé was smoother and less acidic (astringent?).  But the first bottle did not hit me as so foul, so immediately off.  I was mostly taken aback by the subtlety of the nose, of determining it was “off.”

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WineCamp reportback I: First things first – break the network

As I mentioned previously, we started with small conversation about creating a European-specific nonprofit-and-technology portal which could combine a networking community (of geeks and nptechies and regular nonprofit folks), mapping of people and projects, tag clouds, and resources pages (potentially even stuff pulled in from TechSoup and translated into other languages).

So the first order of business was to build a WineCamp organizing and documenting platform – and because of the people in the room (including Hagen and myself) – we of course built a Drupal site.

We had lunch, and Phillippe and Sylvie showed up.  Then after lunch, Roel, Ed and Matthew showed up .  That’s 11 people for WineCampFrance – for me, we broke double digits, and it’s a great success!  And since Roel is also a Drupal developer – and the other two were working on a Drupal site – WineCamp has (predictably?) turned into a DrupalCamp.

A couple of folks we having problems accessing the network (using Ubuntu), so we reset the Apple Airport.  Then realized we didn’t have the original documentation, so had all sorts of problems actually configuring it. After an hour, we got the network back up, and we all celebrated the fact that we had gotten nowhere….  (At this moment, they still cannot get online).

After the celebration, we went for a hike, and talked a bit about alternative economies (a project discussed by one of the group).

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I’m at WineCamp France

I arrived yesterday, and the first night we spent talking in general about how the nonprofit and civil sciety world and the technology world come together (or don’t).

Today we sat down and began talking about a generalized European nptech community portal.  Of course, within minutes Hagen had a Drupal site up, and then all of a sudden the conversation stopped and the typing began.  Maybe it’s now time to stop the typing and return to the conversation.

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I’m at WineCamp France

I arrived yesterday, and the first night we spent talking in general about how the nonprofit and civil sciety world and the technology world come together (or don’t).

Today we sat down and began talking about a generalized European nptech community portal.  Of course, within minutes Hagen had a Drupal site up, and then all of a sudden the conversation stopped and the typing began.  Maybe it’s now time to stop the typing and return to the conversation.

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Great list of online collaborative translation tools

Tim (who previously pointed me to several of the links on his list) has compiled this list. Including a couple I now have to go and check out.

Oh hell yeah!

Ça se dit comment “Oh hell yeah” en français? 🙂

The first photos of the proposed WineCamp France chalet are up.

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WineCampFrance – a multilingual challenge

I’ve just finished trying to organize the WineCamp France wiki into pages that will reduce the need to maintain changes in several languages across several pages. It’s makng me think of not only the i18n sessions at OSCMS, but also my own work on a US-focused volunteer site that aims to hook up theatre contacts from around the world. I mean, forget translating content – if someone speaks French, shouldn’t the pull down list show “Français” instead of “French”? (And what flag should be used? For France, colonialism dictates, I guess – but then again, what would the Swiss say? And for Portuguese, the official dictionary is now the Brazilian one…)

Stephanie Booth, Swiss multi-lingual bloggeuse* extraordinaire (and very first tipper of the WineCampFrancophone hat) has some deep thoughts on multi-lingual blogging, as well as pointers to some great little hacks / tools.

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