Nov 252011

Actually, it’s not about Cows at all but about the cute „Nao“ Robots, dancing.

Now, „Nao“ sounds like a Japanese idea of a name but, they’re actually from a french company, which explains why they’re dancing in the french pavilion.

Nov 232011


There’s a lot of different things on the Rumpus site and you won’t get it to fit in any of your normal shoeboxes or drawers.  Here’s a part of one of the newsletters,

Just a few more thoughts on Steve Jobs. He’s becoming something else, since his death. He died at just the right time for his legacy. The iPod, then iPhone, then iPad. Plus the Apple stores. At the end of the book Walter Isaacson wrote about Jobs‘ next step, the iCloud, or something like that. But he was also deeply involved in the new Apple Headquarters made with giant sheets of curved glass. I think his trajectory was probably headed in a different direction. What gets mentioned only briefly is that Jobs didn’t believe in philanthropy. He was also needlessly cruel. I think Jobs is becoming this icon because he continually ignored other people’s advice and so many of us want to think we intuitively know better than the people around us, that the only thing stopping us from becoming the next Steve Jobs is an unfortunate tendency to take other people seriously. I don’t know that that’s a good lesson.

Nov 222011

Am 27. November entscheiden Sie! – Die Volksabstimmung über das S 21-Kündigungsgesetz.

Absolute Classic German beaurocracy.

first of all, when the subject sounds like it might be „are you in favour of Stuttgart 21“ they actually make the question… „Are you in favour of creating a law which says that the law which allows us to get out of the stuttgart21 business should be acted upon.“ So, if you’re not confused enough already, the correct answer to the second question, if you answered yes to the first question is, no.

Then they send this leaflet to all Households to make the whole thing clear. By „Why you should answer yes“ there’s a point which says „yes, it will cost us to get out but this will be maximum 350 Million Euros“ and in the „Why you should say no“ there#s a point which says „the Bahn says that if we back out of stuttgart21 then they will try to make us pay 1500 Million“.

The whole booklet looks/reads like it’s been written by somebody who doesn’t want Stuttgart 21 to happen… If there weren’t these two small details, 1. making it so complicated to understand which answer you really should tick will probably make people not turn out to vote and so Quorum will probably not be reached.  2. The booklet doesn’t say what will happen if the Quorum is not reached but I suspect it will mean *nothing* will change and Stuttgart 21 will go ahead.

Nov 122011

the System is out of date, instead of letting people view and listen to things AND making the providers (YouTube) cough up some of their advertising revenue to the Musicians, we get the GEMA telling us we can’t listen to the music…

Leider ist dieses Video in Deutschland nicht verfügbar, da es Musik enthalten könnte, für die die GEMA die erforderlichen Musikrechte nicht eingeräumt hat.

via Amor Amor – Nino – Buddah Bar II – YouTube.

So, I have no idea if I like the song, no idea if I would like to buy the song, and the performing artist gets absolutely NOTHING and no chance of getting anything.

What they should be doing (making sure that the artists get what they deserve for their work) is a laudable thing but, they’re not doing this, they’re just serving their own interests and should do the honourable thing by doing what all Dinosaurs have done…