- So what’s an Oikofuge?
- How do I subscribe to the blog?
- How do I search the site?
- Where did you get all the header images?
- Who’s that in your avatar?
- How do I get that mobi file on to my Kindle?
- Where do you get your UK hillwalking maps from?
- What do the coloured summits on your maps mean?
- So are you also that other guy …?
So what’s an Oikofuge?
An oikofuge is a person who has a desire to leave home, or a predisposition to wander. For more on the word and its derivation, see the Words blog entry for oikofugic.
As the name of this website it links to the content in a number of ways: literally, because the blog deals (in part) with travel and hiking and natural phenomena in the outdoors; metaphorically because the structure of the blog reflects my tendency to wander from one subject of interest to another, to another, to another; and self-referentially because another thing this blog talks about is unusual and/or interesting words.
And, well, to be honest—the domain name was unused and going cheap …
How do I subscribe to the blog?
There are widgets at the left of the screen that let you sign up for blog feeds, by either RSS or email . (If you’re using a device with a small screen, you’ll instead need to scroll all the way to the bottom to find the widgets.) In the freakishly unlikely event that your interests correspond exactly with mine, you can sign up for the whole blog; but you’ll probably want instead to pick and choose among the menu categories, which are listed as individual options.
How do I search the site?
There’s a little green box at the right end of the top menu, with a picture of a magnifying glass. Click on that and you’ll get a search tool.
Where did you get all the header images?
All the photos that feature in the header image were taken by The Oikofuge’s Boon Companion, Marion, in various parts of the world. If you click around here long enough, you should see: a bald eagle in Alaska; a pale chanting goshawk in Tswalu, South Africa; a Pygmy Falcon in Tswalu, South Africa; a polar bear on sea ice in Franz Josef Land; a springbok in the NamibRand, Namibia; a highland cow cooling off in a sea loch on the Isle of Mull; the tail of a humpback whale off Snæfellsnes, Iceland; the fins of two killer whales in the Johnstone Strait, Canada; a guanaco silhouetted against the Torres del Paine, in Chile; a Zodiac moving through icebergs in Scoresby Sund, East Greenland; the Professor Molchanov anchored in Harefjord, East Greenland; the NamibRand landscape, Namibia; rocks at sunset near Fish River Canyon, Namibia; the Snæfellsjökull volcano, Iceland; a cockleshell beach on Berneray, Outer Hebrides; the Süleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul; a tiled dome in Khiva, Uzbekistan; the towers of San Gimignano, Tuscany; the Sea Cloud II anchored off Union Island, the Grenadines; the island of Sint Eustatius, in the Leeward Islands, at sunset; and the abandoned settlement of Doubtful Harbour, on Wrangel Island.
Who’s that in your avatar?
How do I get that mobi file on to my Kindle?
If you’ve downloaded a mobi file from me, you can open it with one of Amazon’s free reading apps on one of your devices. But you’ll need to e-mail it to your Kindle as an attachment. You can find your Kindle’s e-mail address by going to Shop By Department > Kindle E-Readers & Books > Manage Your Content & Devices > Settings > Send-to-Kindle E-Mail Settings. Fire the mobi file off to that address, from an address that’s on your Approved Personal Document E-mail List and it’ll pop up on your Kindle the next time you sync it.
Where do you get your UK hillwalking maps from?
I prepared the maps myself, using Ordnance Survey OpenData in QGIS, along with some other free-available data, some custom data I add myself, and GPS tracks I’ve recorded. I’m writing a few posts about how I do that—the first is available here.
What do the colour-coded summits on your hillwalking maps mean?
I download my summit information from the Hill Bagging website, which provides extracts from the Database of British and Irish Hills in gpx format. I’ve rendered this information as follows: red triangles are Munros, open red triangles are Munro Tops, yellow triangles are Corbetts, green triangles are Grahams, cyan triangles are Marilyns, blue triangles are HuMPs and purple triangles are Tumps. The last three of these fall into overlapping categories with the others—the colours override each other according to the hierarchical order above.
So are you also that other guy …?
The one who turns up when you Google “Oikofuge”? Posting on a gay fetish profile site, looking for a little bondage?
I’d love to claim that I was, but I fear being sued by that other Oikofuge, for associating his name with all the mundane content on this site.
So, no, that’s not me.
What about the on-line gamer?
Nope, not me either.
Or the Turkish guy on Twitter?