My name is Baldur Bjarnason, but you knew that, since it’s plastered all over this site.
I’m an Icelander in his thirties who fled Iceland’s economic collapse to live in the UK. You could call me an exile from a failed state if you feel like being dramatic, but you wouldn’t be too far off. The situation in Iceland is in many ways worse than you think.
I set up my first website back in the web dark ages, the nineties. It was all too clearly the effort of a pretentious, overly serious, adolescent: The title was ‘Comics as Literature’.
Later on I shuttered that piece of embarrassment and opened up a proper blog, this one’s still up and available, although I’d appreciate it if you didn’t have a look at it. I was younger and more foolish. I’ve changed my mind about quite a few things since then.
I mothballed that blog started another one once my PhD effort got properly started. This blog, titled Another Quiet Day, was never that active (only a few posts) and for that reason I never went to the trouble of recovering the posts that were lost when that blog went offline.
Then, once I had finished my PhD and got a ‘proper’ job, I started one of those fancy tumblr things, titled Loud. That one is mostly links with an occasional blog post. Not quite mothballed, but it is showing signs of disuse.
My focus here, on this site, is on ebooks and epublishing. I’ve been returning back to some of the ideas I worked on during my PhD research (which was on the subject of eBooks and interactivity) and doing a bit of work with the epub format.
All in all, I’ve been on the internet for over seventeen years and I’ve been making websites for almost as long (about a week passed from when I bought my first modem until I made my first website).
Been writing a lot longer than that, though.
Technically, english isn’t my first language even though I’ve been proficient since I was a child, so apologies for whatever errors that might slip in because I had a passing thought in Icelandic while writing.
I used to tweet a lot under the username fakebaldur. It probably says a lot about me that I still find that nick funny.
I used to photograph a lot and post them on flickr. At some point I need to write about why I stopped doing that.
I’m over on Google Plus, but I don’t see myself using it that much in the future, unless Google changes its stance and makes it easier and nicer for the people I know to join.
I’ll still keep the account, though, if not just for search engine purposes.
Not much else to say here at the moment.