1. DSM-5 and SSD
dip Dutch economy
There was no Nederlog yesterday, and today there are only brief notes
on the above three subjects. Also, I have done some more on the ME-CFS-INFO section, that has not been
uploaded yet, but that may be uploaded later today. (And then it still
will need rather more work and uploads to get done as a first version.)
1. DSM-5 and SSD
Lately, I haven't written much
about the DSM-5, for three
reasons mostly: It's going to be published, though it is clearly fraudulent pseudoscientific deception; with my health and the state of
my eyes I must make choices; and I am disappointed that dr Allen
Frances attributes "pure hearts" and no major connections to
pharmaceutical companies to the principal editors of the DSM-5.
But the latest information about the DSM-5 is on Suzy Chapman's
where you also may find that
Dr Frances stopped his blog DSM-5 in
distress, that is still available, also for comments, but meanwhile
started another blog,
also with Psychology Today, called Saving Normal.
This is related to a book of his called the same, that also has been
translated to German already.
2. Triple dip Dutch economy
Just for the record: The Dutch economy went into (further) recession
again, which is the third "dip" since: First it was \/ then it was \/\/
and now it is \/\/\ - except that this is misleading in being on
one line: The whole trend is also downwards:
It is "official" in that it is
based on governmental information, and clearly the Dutch will not get
out of further recession without this happening elsewhere, and notably
in Germany, first, if indeed at all.
3. Hypertext: Zim
Ever since hearing about the idea of hypertext I liked
it, and the largest piece of software I wrote - I think: I am not
certain - was done in 1991-1992, and is a hypertext editor called Edith,
written in Prolog,
involving a special compiler for hypertext, for DOS.
It was hypertext in having hyperlinks, which
is what makes a text on a computer hypertext: A piece of text (or an
image) that when clicked or keyed with a code when the cursor is in the
piece of text (or image) moves to another piece of text (or to an
another or the same window as the piece of text or image that
contained the link.
Edith was otherwise rather like WordStar, though not
in its file format, and had multiple windows galore, various kinds of
indexes with long filenames (at that time the required file names
under DOS were 8 characters long with 3 characters for the file's
type), it had text searches across indexes, so that one could search
through many of its texts, and it also allowed starting programs by
hyperlinks, with automatic return to Edith when the program
The last option meant that one could run one's DOS-computer (as if)
from Edith, where the programs could be started from a link in
a textfile of Edith that documented the program or its
particular application, and in fact I did use Edith from
1991-1996 in this fashion, and then after I got internet in 1996 I
switched to html as hypertext format. 
Since 1996 I have almost only
used html to write texts in, because that
is a public and fairly clear and useful format, and anyway I don't like
special proprietary formats, and find them generally useless for my own
There are quite a few implementations of hypertext, and one of the most
useful ones since html is the wiki-format, that is
simpler than html but is hypertext.
And here I have arrived at Zim (<-
Wikipedia link), which I found in the Ubuntu-repository,
and which is a quite nice GPL-ed
hypertext editor using wiki-format, that also is written in Python,
which is quite a nice programming language.
It is well done, with interesting plug ins, e.g. for doing arithmetic
in the text editor, and is very useful - for example - for making and
keeping notes in, because it is intuitive, simple, and everything is
very easily hyperlinked, while there are quite a few additional
possibilities, and one's texts in Zim
(<- home page) are saved as ascii, which is pleasant, because that
also is an open format, and it is hardly cluttered by mark up, and in
fact Zim's files can also be edited by ascii editors.
I like it and find it useful, at least for taking notes. It also exists for Windows, but I have not
15, 2013: Corrected some typos and added a link.
I have been told - at the time - that I should have published this, and
indeed it was a quite useful editor for DOS. My reason to write it is
that it did make working with the computer using DOS a lot easier,
especially because one could start programs from Edith, and
provide documentation for the program or its application in Edith,
reason not to publish it is that there was no free software movement
that I knew of, and no internet, and that being ill and in the dole I
was not allowed to make money anyway. But I would have been quite happy
to give it away for free, had I known how.
is not an advertisement: I
simply report on
something I found in GNU/Linux.Ubuntu's repository that I found useful,
and that quite a few others found useful too. The main reason it is
useful, at least for me, is that it consists in practice of ascii
textfiles that include hyperlinks: The advantage of links without the
disadvantage of coded tags cluttering one's texts.
(that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: