February 14, 2013

Varia: DSM-5 and SSD | Triple dip  | ZIM
1. DSM-5 and SSD
2. Triple dip Dutch economy
3. Hypertext: Zim
About ME/CFS


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.)

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 excellent site:
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.

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 image), in 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 finished.

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. [1]

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 ends.

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 tried that version. [2]

Feb 15, 2013: Corrected some typos and added a link.
[1] 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 thus provide documentation for the program or its application in Edith, and my 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.

[2] This 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.

About ME/CFS (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:
1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2003)
5. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2011)
6. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

7. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

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