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The First Search Result

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Best of 2017

Working Remotely

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Taking stock! Physics

Subversive? Physics?

My Philosophy!

Scripts Beget Scripts


Theoretical Physics. A Hobby.

Self-Referential Poetry

Silent Online Writing

'Are You Still Doing PKI?'

My Philosophy (?)

Impact of physics on my life

Not much happened in 2015




Farewell Posting ...

Hacking away...

Web Project - Status

We Interrupt ...

Poetry from Poetry


Life and Work

Definition: 'Subversive'

2014 in Books

Physics Postings

Engineering Postings

True Expert


2014 - a Good Year

Physics or Engineering?

Engineering Links

What Is Art?



Google's Poetic Talents

Certificates and Heat Pumps

Nr. 5: A Mind-Altering Experience

Technet postings


Pink Spaceship

radices = Roots!

IT Postings

Web Projects

Life, the Universe, and Everything

Uh-oh, No Posting in March

PKI Resources

PKI Issues

Subversive Work

Spam Poetry

A Career 'in Science'


On the Shoulders of Subversive Giants

Search Term Poetry

Facebook Art

2013 in Books


Explain, Evaluate, Utilize


About Life-Form Elke Stangl

elkement and This Site

No. 3: Internet Apocalypso


Newsletter Resurrection


For Free

Subversive Yearly Report

Is My Life a Cliché?

Indulging in Cliché

Torture Turning Trivia

Intermittent Netizen

Knowledge Worker...


Physics on the Fringe

Graduation Speech

The Element is Back!


Physics Links


Not Funny

Calendar and Magic


In Need of a Deflector

About to Change

A Nerd's Awakening

For the Sake of Knowledge


Profession Or True Calling?

No. 2: On Self-Reference

I Have No Clue About Art



The End

No. 1: On Subversion at Large


Emergency Exit

Modern Networker


The Scary Part

Exploring the Work Space


Instead of a CV

Favorite Books


Elke was here

This article has originally been cross-posted to all of elkement's sites (,, These are questions worth some subversive thoughts. The Element is webmaster of a growing universe of weird sites since 1997. The first site was even a commercial one. Crafted with MS FrontPage 98, no less. The Element's Alter Ago, Elke Stangl, tries to answer all of them in the following meta analysis. (I am still looking for more levels of self-reference here -

Why Am I Online?

(elkement. Created: 2014-05-16. Tags: Writing, Blogging, Websites, Web, Netizen, Geek, Announcements, About)

Since 1997 I have been maintaining personal and business websites but I haven't joined the social media borg cube(s) before 2012. You can find a brief overview on all projects, that is a collection of icons plus some more or less funny comments here.

Here I try to keep track of why I am doing this, and I only comment on those pages or blogs who I consider a project of some sort.

My personal blog is where I finally try really hard to unite all the things again that have been scattered across different sites before, and across different parts of my life - probably of my very self. I am quite satisfied with the structure I have added in April 2014 - main 'category' pages that list individual posts.

This kind of structure is probably what I would have wanted to achieve by splitting my personal space into three distinct realms in 2002: an ancient predecessor of the modern About page. It always got more serious than I wanted it to be - especially the German pages. But this is probably because I have outsourced the fun parts to the subversive site, and it might have triggered that idea that I absolutely have to run a bilingual site. I am still baffled by my on unwillingness to translate - I either write something in German or English, and only with utmost discipline I do translate it. I rather let it rest and write a different and only losely related version in the other language.

Before the Subversive El(k)ement had its own blog, it had its own site: This was inspired from quotes from The Cluetrain Manifesto about subversive hyperlinks, and it alluded by weird split responsibilities as so-called corporate IT manager on the one hand, and as a supporter of subversive webmasters of  'non-compliant' sites on the other hand. Over the years I have added many layers of meaning to that.

I re-discovered the joys of playful nonsense, wordplay, self-referential comments disguising my ambiguous opinions. This can be seen as what later was to become Search Term Poetry and Spam Poetry. Today I re-use such poems from my blog and enrich them with German translations on the subversive site.

My science & technology site should focus more on content and less on my personal woes. I was not successful with respect to the latter. Started as a German-only page the effect of over-solemnity was probably worse. I think it did get better after I was done with soul-searching and heart-wrenching career changes - and writing about those with hindsight.

In autumn 2013 I decided this site should become home to the grey area between my interests and hobbies - e.g. as a amateur student of quantum field theory and dilettante science writer - and those parts of my professional life related to it. Translated to English I called it my Practice in Natural Philosophy tongue-in-cheek. But since I can't help but preferring to write about science an philosophy in English, the German site was / is more or less a link dump - using links from my English blog, and our German 'company blog' (see below).

I got hooked again on classical cryptography and IT security - and I finally want to start what I had had in mind but never did some years earlier: Finally 'curate' all my favorite resources, document interesting anecdotes, and in general give back something to a community that had helped my out so often - when I found the much-needed solution via the ultimate oracle, Google. So I at the beginning of 2014 I mainly updated the PKI pages.

But this was not for a German audience, but for an international one. My English blog postings on security are what I really wanted to write and these should be complemented by a Resources page. I finally did it - I turned made this website into a a bilingual, too. The English version hosts nothing but the PKI stuff, and thankfully radices means Roots and there is something like Root CAs. Totally coincidental as the original intention was to re-connect with my roots as a scientist.

My business page is where I / we pretend to be serious. However, our rather peculiar diverified portfolio as I like to call it, thwarts these attempts (hopefully).

I said we have a business blog (though it is not necessarily discernable as such). Here it is: You can see our work there, sort of, and we use a story-telling approach (And I am trying now to use a sounding-like-business approach). These are the stories of us, the two settlers, who tell their stories about physics, renewable energy, and our related adventures.

The punktwissen blog is successor to the legendary site, bringing news from the village at the end of the internet to the internet community. This page was maintained solely by Somebody Doing Anything Nobody Wants to Do - I was (am) just the programmer.

And there was a grand, 'corporate' version of the quaint little village, this was (is) EPSI - a prestigious middle European Think Thank dedicated to: Elementary research, painting blogs, collecting space and doing something.

Now you know.

All the other social media stuff is tangential, ephemeral and fleeting.

Personal website of Elke Stangl, Zagersdorf, Austria, c/o punktwissen.
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