My attempt to write an article today

First I thought that I would skip today's post because I'm so upset over Mark's death. Then I forced myself to write something. But fate intervened. After finishing the article I tried to save it as usual. A server error code indicated that there is something wrong again with TypePad. The whole piece is gone. I don't have the strength to start again. Sorry.

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Paul
Guest

No problem, Éva, I don’t think any of us would have been up to debating anything today anyway.
It’s 12 hours since I found out about Mark and I’m still in shock over it. I still can’t believe I’m not going to read one of his incisive posts ever again, and all that research he was going to do, will now never get done.
I read through some of the older threads on here tonight, and it’s so strange to see his posts and his name. It doesn’t seem possible that we’ll never see either again.
What I think most of us want to read now is a piece about Mark, written by someone who knew him better than most of us.
So, please take your time, but make your next piece about Mark. We can wait.

whoever
Guest

Agreed – I suspect a lot of us feel like we’ve just lost the best teacher we never officially had.

latefor
Guest

Sorry to hear this bad news.
He will be greatly missed. What a clear mind he had!

pgyzs
Guest

My condolences to his family and everyone who loved him.

m
Guest

This:
http://www.orientpress.hu/74339
is what needs to be “translated” now. What, if anything, can the 2/3 majority really help to accomplish? Anything toward significant GDP growth? Is Hungary “a great nation” as of today? Does the “great nation” reference rouse general sympathy at home and/or abroad? Does any other populist movement use the “we are great” slogan?

Kormos
Guest

I received the sad news about Mark’s passing with heavy heart and great sorrow. I did not know him personally, but reading his cool, down to earth, and well rounded comments filled me with respect toward him.
He helped me to clear (in my mind) and misconception. I was lucky not to state my misconception on the blog, but rather ask questions about it. He gave me answers, which I could not dispute, thus I accepted his view on the issue.
Indeed, I would like to convey my deepest sympathy to Mark’s Family.
Rest in peace Mark!

Kormos
Guest

and should read a

Paul
Guest

Forza Italia?

NECUNOSCUT
Guest

Sorry, it just struck me that I forgot the required translation in my Post of November 4, 2010 concerning Mark’s death. For those who might be wondering the words, VESNICA LUI POMENIRE would probably best come across as TO HIM ETERNAL MEMORY.
Also the typo, inexpicably should clearly read inexplicably, there are a few others but they can stay.

latefor
Guest

Is there a particular reason why some of you
talk in sign language?
Do you all know each other? Strange…..

Odin's Lost eye
Guest

Latefor The commentators on this blog come from many different backgrounds and origins. They are spread across the globe. Therefore their style and their English differ. Sometimes, some will revert to their ‘mother tongue’ or ‘dialects’ and that too ‘be jonnuk’ (is right/correct/real). It all adds ‘seasoning to dish’.

Paul
Guest

latefor – if your odd comment is a reference to my “Forza Italia?” post, this was supposed to be a slightly tongue in cheek, quick reply to m’s question “Does any other populist movement use the “we are great” slogan?”.
Unfortunately the Typepad timewarp got me and two other posts appeared in the 20 seconds it took me to post!
It’s a nice day, so maybe you should take your paranoia out for a walk and give it some air.

Bálint
Guest

I’m new to the blog and wasn’t familiar with Mark, but the tributes paid to him here make me wish I could read some of his comments[?]/posts[?]: It’s difficult to find commentary on the Hungarian situation (in any language) that isn’t tendentious.

Sandor
Guest

I also enjoyed Mark’s writing, first and foremost for its sober tone.
My question is; if you hold him in such esteem, well deserved, would you consider collecting his postings into one document and create a link on the side bar for access to them?
Perhaps it would be worthwhile.

Paul
Guest

Sandor – I thought of asking for much the same thing. Unfortunately, there are (at least) two problems: first Mark’s posts were invariably in responce to someone else’s comments, so you would have to collect several posts from each thread, sometimes the whole thread. Secondly, unless Éva has some admin type access to her archives, it would take many hours to do as you ask, as Typepad is the most un-userfriendly blog software I have ever encountered!
Maybe posters can post their favourite posts/comments from Mark by way of a tribute instead? But unfortunately even that would be difficult to do, as there’s no easy way to find Mark’s posts.
For instance, my favourite one was where Mark outed ‘Kevin’ for posting under two (at least!) different names. Not only was this something no one else had spotted, but it was also rather out of character, as it was unusual for Mark to bother about the sillyness that went on in the name of Fidesz. This only happened a few days ago, but it’s already so difficult to track down that, after a couple of hours searching, I still haven’t located it.

Eva S. Balogh
Guest

Sandor: “My question is; if you hold him in such esteem, well deserved, would you consider collecting his postings into one document and create a link on the side bar for access to them? Perhaps it would be worthwhile.”
I already thought about it. Yes, I will.

Odin's lost eye
Guest

Professor if i knew the structure and format of the Typepad files it might be quite easy to write anSQL to do the business

Eva S. Balogh
Guest

Odin: “if i knew the structure and format of the Typepad files it might be quite easy to write anSQL to do the business.”
For a number of days I have been mulling over the matter: what to do? Someone suggested to change to WordPress and although everybody says that it is very easy to set it up, I took a quick look at it and it looked quite complicated to me.
Then I read a few things about importing material from Typepad to WordPress and the word is that it is a nightmare.
Then I looked at Blogspot and here again saving the material from Typepad to Blogsport is full of problems. So, I’m thinking and thinking. Perhaps I will come up with something smart.

Paul
Guest

odins – I doubt very much if Typepad are going to let you know the structure and format of their database!
Éva – I think you’re on the right lines there (switching to a different blogging software, instead of trying to collate Mark’s posts within Typepad). Typepad is (from a poster’s point of view at least) very poor, so if you can find better blogging software that enables you (and us!) to search and collate posts easily, that is the route to go.
But, as you say, only if (and it’s a very big ‘if’!), you can import your files accurately and easily.
I would also caution against doing anything ‘in a rush’. As an ex-IT man, I’ve seen this sort of data export-import thing go horribly wrong many times. It needs thorough research and planning, and plenty of time – and (an absolute must) a fall-back plan if things go wrong.
Much as we would like to be able to read Mark’s posts more easily, it would be best to do such a conversion at a time when you really feel ready to do it.

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