Monday, 30 June 2008

The future of Social Networking is near!

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You've probably seen it already: Offline links that need to be photographed from a mobile device to be activated, 16 gig mobiles, coffee machines with face recognition expression software that prepares your favorite drink depending on your mood and FriendRank: Like Google's PageRank, but instead of ranking pages for their popularity, it ranks social network friendships.

So, what's next? Micro applications on your fingertips will feed audio, visual and sensor signals to an on-body computer interface. Forget typing URLs: with the blink of an eye, a touch of your finger or a flip of your tongue you will get data/info/content. The future will look like Tom Cruise writing a Minority Report for Stanley Kubrick. What will be our top 5 personal keyphrases? What personal BodyRank will we have? I always look slightly suspicious at my tag clouds [wherever I have them..] and think: So this is obviously what I am all about..

Doesn't it say in the bible that we will all get marked one day and then Armageddon is near?


Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads, on their websites, or on their public profile.

Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell or surf, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Well.. we are actually quite busy marking ourselves in a social media network frenzy that has no boundaries except our own time. People burn themselves and their private lives on blogs and networks, desperately seeking and pleasing an audience that most of them barely know. Having more followers than you follow on Twitter is already a status symbol and on Myspace we don’t even bother to look at people’s sites when they beg for our virtual friendship ..just click ‘Add as a friend’.

If we don't get zonked out by The Armageddon, here's what's next: By 2020, most mobile networks will provide one-gigabit-per-second-minimum speed, anywhere, anytime. Add a powerful projector to your mobile device and you are ready to nuke virtual competitors in online game tournaments or spend your favorite Second Life in wide screen. Anywhere, anytime.

Glenn Ricart, board member at the Internet Society, paints a dark picture: "An entire generation opting-out of the real world and a paradoxical decrease in productivity as the people who provide the motive economic power no longer are in touch with the realities of the real world".

While the vast majority of Facebook/Myspace/Bebo users are still completely blue-eyed about the private information that they etch into the web on a daily basis, a new professional guild, called ERASERS, is already training up to ‘take care’ of all this compromising data. They are a bit like Harvey Keitel's ‘Victor the Cleaner’ character in Pulp Fiction. Well.. that's what they like to think of themselves. Their natural enemies are called WASTERS. These people can be hired to completely waste the online reputation of an enemy (a.k.a. Direct Competitor) by buying links on animal porn sites and sending all sorts of embarrassing posts to industry specific comment sections, building and playing crap looking, horrible behaving avatars in Second Life and naming them with the real person's name, etc. etc. ..the possibilities are endless.

NetLab founder Barry Wellman already commented last year on issues of privacy versus transparency: The less one is powerful, the more transparent his or her life. The powerful will remain much less transparent.

Something to think about..

Friday, 27 June 2008

Lego-Man In The Mirror

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I'm starting with the man in the mirror,
(Man in the mirror-Oh yeah!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Better change!)
No message could have been any clearer
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
(Take a look at yourself and then make the change)
(You gotta get it right, while you got the time)
('Cause when you close your heart)
You can't close your... your mind!
(Then you close your... mind!)
That man, that man, that man, that man
With that man in the mirror
(Man in the mirror, oh yeah!)
That man, that man, that man
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Better change!)
You know... That man
No message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself and then make a change)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah
(Oh yeah!)
Gonna feel real good now!
Yeah yeah! Yeah yeah! Yeah yeah!
Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah
Oh no, no no...
I'm gonna make a change
It's gonna feel real good!
Come on!
Just lift yourself
You know
You've got to stop it. Yourself!
(Yeah!-Make that change!)
I've got to make that change, today!
(Man in the mirror)
You got to
You got to not let yourself...
(Yeah!-Make that change!)
You know-I've got to get that man, that man...
(Man in the mirror)
You've got to
You've got to move! Come on! Come on!
You got to...
Stand up! Stand up! Stand up!
(Yeah-Make That Change)
Stand up and lift yourself, now!
(Man in the mirror)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
(Yeah-Make that change)
Gonna make that change... come on!
(Man in the mirror)
You know it!
You know it!
You know it!
You know...
Make that change

..sounds like Barack!!!

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Lego-Man speaks

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"Die Türken haben gezeigt, dass mit ihnen immer zu rechnen ist. Sie sind unberechenbar."
Jogi Löw [German coach]

*"The Turks demonstrated that you can always count on them. They are incalculable!

Wednesday, 25 June 2008


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I always enjoy to watch the small folks fighting for women's rights. Where's Wee-Man?? Oh.. he's dead. What a great guy.

Is Wee-Man actually DEAD??

If anybody has secure info on Wee-Man's condition, please get in touch. Thanks.

Update: Wee-Man is NOT dead. Thanks for this.

How to look like a Million dollars!

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Great pics from freakingnews. Can you spot the celeb?? Extra points for getting the currency right.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

50 quotes to think about..

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A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.

At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.

Be that self which one truly is.

Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearences.

Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.

Concepts, like individuals, have their histories and are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals. But in and through all this they retain a kind of homesickness for the scenes of their childhood.

Don't forget to love yourself.

During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk.

Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.

Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.

Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.

God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.

How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech.

I begin with the principle that all men are bores. Surely no one will prove himself so great a bore as to contradict me in this.

I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved.

I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations - one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it - you will regret both.

If I am capable of grasping God objectively, I do not believe, but precisely because I cannot do this I must believe.

It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.

It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey.

It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important.

It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting.

Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God.

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.

Life must be understood backwards; but... it must be lived forward.

Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth - look at the dying man's struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment.

Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself.

Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all.

Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.

Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale. Everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wonder whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid.

Old age realizes the dreams of youth: look at Dean Swift; in his youth he built an asylum for the insane, in his old age he was himself an inmate.

Once you label me you negate me.

One can advise comfortably from a safe port.

Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.

Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.

People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something.

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.

Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.

Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.

Purity of heart is to will one thing.

Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings.

Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic if it is pulled out I shall die.

Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.

The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived.

The more a man can forget, the greater the number of metamorphoses which his life can undergo; the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes.

The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are nothing else than grandiose thoughts in embryo.

The truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught. You cannot have the truth in such a way that you catch it, but only in such a way that it catches you.

The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.

There are, as is known, insects that die in the moment of fertilization. So it is with all joy: life's highest, most splendid moment of enjoyment is accompanied by death.

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.

Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.

What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.

- Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

Have a great day everybody!!!

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Thursday, 19 June 2008

THE Most Epic GMod Rube Goldberg Video Ever

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If you're not a game nerd this will bore you to death. Seriously.

Welcome To My World

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Welcome to my world
Won't you come on in
Miracles I guess
Still happen now and then
Step into my heart
Leave your cares behind
Welcome to my world
Built with you in mind
Knock and the door will open
Seek and you will find
Ask and you'll be given
The key to this world of mine
I'll be waiting here
With my arms unfurled
Waiting just for you
Welcome to my world

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Knock and the door will open
Seek and you will find
Ask and you'll be given
The key to this world of mine
I'll be waiting here
With my arms unfurled
Waiting just for you
Welcome to my world
Waiting just for you
Welcome to my world

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Waiting just for you
Welcome to my world
Waiting just for you
Welcome to my world
Waiting just for you
Welcome to my world
Waiting just for you
Welcome to my world

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Be Somebody or Be Somebody's fool!

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You ain't wanna be Hannibal's sucker one day, bro. So listen to the T and grow some roots while treating your mommy right!

Monday, 16 June 2008

Kodachrome Slide Heaven

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"We've reviewed thousands of old vintage slides and the one common element I'd like the images to have would be people. Landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes can be beautiful but I feel the best part of this project is seeing how people looked in the 1950's through 1970's. The dress and decor of those times is visually interesting. The Kodachrome that was so popular during these decades only adds to the quality."
Check out MangoFalls. It's a time waster - but what a great one!!! I love the quality of the Kodachrome slides. There's nothing that touches these luminous colors and most of the motives are really funny on top.

Friday, 13 June 2008

Japanese Robot Plays Hendrix

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..or is it CGI?? Well, it's definitely not real.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

German Football's Greatest Sayings

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- Das Runde muss ins Eckige. (The round thing has to go in the rectangular thing.)

- Man kann jedes Spiel gewinnen, man kann auch jedes Spiel verlieren. (One can win each game, one can also lose each game.)

- Fussball ist wie Schach, nur ohne Würfel. (Football is like chess, only without the dice.)

- Es gibt nur eine Möglichkeit: Sieg, Niederlage oder Unentschieden. (There is only one possibility: victory, defeat or a draw.)

- Wenn der Mann in Schwarz pfeift, kann der Schiedsrichter auch nichts mehr ändern. (When the man in black whistles, the referee can no longer change anything.)

- Mal verliert man und mal gewinnen die anderen. (Sometimes you lose, sometimes the others win.)

- Mailand oder Madrid - Hauptsache Italien. (Milan or Madrid -- the most important thing is it's Italy.)

- Die Schweden sind keine Holländer, das hat man ganz genau gesehen. (The Swedes are no Dutchmen -- we saw that very clearly.)

- Fussball ist inzwischen Nummer eins in Frankreich. Handball übrigens auch. (Football has become the number one (sport) in France. Handball too.)

- Es steht im Augenblick 1:1. Aber es hätte auch umgekehrt lauten können. (The score is currently 1:1. But it could also have been the other way around.)

- Jetzt stehen die Chancen 50:50 oder gar sogar 60:60. (The chances are currently 50:50 or even 60:60.)

- Unsere Chancen stehen 70:50. (Our chances are 70:50.)

- Man muss nicht immer die absolute Mehrheit hinter sich haben, manchmal reichen auch 51 Prozent. (You don't always need to have an absolute majority behind you, sometimes 51 percent is

Last comment on the US elections. Promised.

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Can't wait for the Republican version of this:

"I vote Democrat because I like to be told what to do by a black girlie man!"

"I vote Democrat because I like my boys to go to a school that employs gay teachers!"

"I vote Democrat because I like to drive a small and ugly Japanese car!"

"I vote Democrat because I like to kill bears without an automatic rifle!"




There's a new Sheriff in town

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Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Ambassador To The Alienated

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Sharmila just found this one >> LEV is the "Ambassador To The Alienated" and his general interests are:

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Gold Toe socks. Brylcreem. Florsheim shoes. Black Ace combs. Dr. Grabow & Captain Black. Original flavor Listerine. Zippo Lighters. Diners. Switchblades. V-Neck T-Shirts. Raincoats. Pocket protectors. Briefcases. Being late for the 5 O'Clock train. KUSF.

I love his clips on youtube and his voice reminds me of the couchsurfer from the US that stayed at our house last month. Maybe all friendly US people sound like this. Well ..probably not. That's just me trying to add some context to my life. Better go for a walk now..

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

The Next Big Thing? LITTLE BOOTS

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Little boots is a person, a project, an idea... all of these things, born from a moog, 3 korgs, garageband and the over imaginative mind of one girl from Blackpool, Lancashire. She is/was also in Dead Disco, the Last Big Thing. Anyway.. there's a Little Boots record out [produced by Joe from Hot Chip] God only knows where you can buy that [great research supaswag! ..thanks].

I really like this unicorn artwork & the "Stuck On Repeat" song on the myspace site >>

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Don't like my t-shirt? See you in hell!

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The following is a true story.

Last week I walked into a local "home style cookin' restaurant/watering hole" to pick up a take out order. I spoke briefly to the waitress behind the counter, who told me my order would be done in a few minutes.

So, while I was busy gazing at the farm implements hanging on the walls, I was approached by two, uh, um... well, let's call them "natives." These guys might just be the original Texas rednecks--complete with ten-gallon hats, snakeskin boots and the pervasive odor of cheap beer and whiskey.

"Pardon us, ma'am. Mind of we ask you a question?"

Well, people keep telling me that Texans are real friendly, so I nodded.

"Are you a Satanist?"

Well, at least they didn't ask me if I liked to party.

"Uh, no, I can't say that I am."

"Gee ma'am. Are you sure about that?" they asked.

I put on my biggest, brightest Dallas Cowboys cheerleader smile and said, "No, I'm positive. The closest I've ever come to Satanism is watching Geraldo."

"Hmm. Interesting. See, we was just wondering why it is you have the lord of darkness on your chest there."

I was this close to slapping one of them and causing a scene--then I stopped and noticed the T-shirt I happened to be wearing that day. Sure enough, it had a picture of a small, devilish looking creature that has for quite some time now been associated with a certain operating system. In this particular representation, the creature was wearing sneakers.

They continued: "See, ma'am, we don't exactly appreciate it when people show off pictures of the devil. Especially when he's lookin' so friendly."

These idiots sounded terrifyingly serious.

Me: "Oh, well, see, this isn't really the devil, it's just, well, it's sort of a mascot."

Native: "And what kind of football team has the devil as a mascot?"

Me: "Oh, it's not a team. It's an operating-- uh, a kind of computer."

I figured that an ATM machine was about as much technology as these guys could handle, and I knew that if I so much as uttered the word "unix" I would only make things worse.

Native: "Where does this satanical computer come from?"

Me: "California. And there's nothing satanical about it really."

Somewhere along the line here, the waitress has noticed my predicament--but these guys probably outweighed her by 600 pounds, so all she did was look at me sympathetically and run off into the kitchen.

Native: "Ma'am, I think you're lying. And we'd appreciate it if you'd leave the premises now."

Fortunately, the waitress returned that very instant with my order, and they agreed that it would be okay for me to actually pay for my food before I left. While I was at the cash register, they amused themselves by talking to each other.

Native #1: "Do you think the police know about these devil computers?"

Native #2: "If they come from California, then the FBI oughta know about 'em."

They escorted me to the door. I tried one last time: "You're really blowing this all out of proportion. A lot of people use this `kind of computers.' Universities, researchers, businesses. They're actually very useful."

Big, big, BIG mistake. I should have guessed at what came next.

Native: "Does the government use these devil computers?"

Me: "Yes."

Another BIG boo-boo.

Native: "And does the government pay for 'em? With our tax dollars?"

I decided that it was time to jump ship.

Me: "No. Nope. Not at all. You're tax dollars never entered the picture at all. I promise. No sir, not a penny. Our good Christian congressmen would never let something like that happen. Nope. Never. Bye."

Texas. What a country..

Another poor guy wasn't allowed on a plane in London last week because he wore a t-shirt with a Transformer robot on it. These are truly weird times.