Monthly Archive for March, 2007

The Commuter

An old friend from I-House times, Bryan Nykon, made an entertaining short film and posted in on Youtube – enjoy The Commuter.

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Looking at a dozen weblogs – probably all by former or current I-House bloggers – I noticed that all of them were missing a feature. Only in one case I had a contact page or an emailaddress I could write to. My own weblog didn’t have a contact page either… that changed.

The Whitening

O.k., that’s it. I tinkered with my old layout, tried to fix some of the glitches that have always been there and annoyed me… but instead of fixing it, somewhere along the line I got tired with the whole thing. Expect a new layout sooner or later.

Definitely later.

p.s.: In the meanwhile, enjoy white as milk by Azeem Azeez.

Make Your Own Market

My wife paid a visit to the 32nd International Dental Show in Cologne today. As road shows go, all booths try to lure customers to their counter and hold on to them as long as possible – or a deal is worked out. Some have novelties on display, magazines, all kinds of freebies. Ironically, everyone offers sweets, cookies and chocolate. Cavities, sir? No problem, please have a seat. Want a Cookie?

Truth Happens

Click on more to watch a great video about truth (via SecurityTinker).

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The Google CIA connection

Want to hunt terrorists? Can’t afford the ticket to Afghanistan? Now here’s your chance: Download Google Earth and zoom in to the Afghan-Pakistani border. This wired article explains how and why you can spot every house, child and goat in the Hindu Kush mountains, and maybe even a very tall guy with a long beard and an AK-47.

The Knowing Camera

Just yesterday or the day before I thought, wouldn’t it be great if my camera were able to take pictures and remember the location automagically? A build-in GPS (or better, Galileo) would save the image as well as the exact position along other EXIF information. Then, when uploading it to flickr, your map would be updated accordingly. Having Google Earth updated and linked with taken images would be even better. I tried the flickr map function with two sets, but it’s taking too long to enter the info manually and it’s far from exact, so I pass this feature until I buy a new camera: In five years or so, I thought, when I need to buy a replacement, it might just happen that cameras have such a feature, but obviously somebody had this idea some time ago. Great!

creative commons & music

I’ve been looking for free music and soundeffects on the net, here are a few sites I’d like to share:


and of course

Quote of the Day

Abierce_1866 War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.

Ambrose Bierce


In the search for podcasting websites, I stumbled upon Japancasting at BlogMatrix. If you’re studying Japan or English as a Foreign Language, take a look. The weblog also touches other subjects, use of technology, the web, etc.


The find of the day night: Loudblog

It’s a well coded CMS for publishing media like podcasts on the net. I’m not planning to start podcasting personally, but lately I was asked about this from various sides and started looking for software, scripts that make your life easier. Loudblog seems like the most promising tool out there.

50 books for thinking…

…about the future human condition. Check out the list:

50 books list from the Rand corporation.


Little children are like a combination of a blank canvas and a sponge: Whatever you show them, they try it out, play with it, learn everything about it. After a while, they even start to develop a certain sense of humor. Jun is now … well, in the beginning, I used to know exactly how many days, then weeks or months he’s old, now I have to fall back on such great online tools as altersrechner:

1 Jahr, 4 Monate, 3 Wochen, 3 Tage, 11 Stunden, 35 Minuten
16 Monate, 3 Wochen, 3 Tage, 11 Stunden, 35 Minuten
73 Wochen, 1 Tag, 11 Stunden, 35 Minuten
512 Tage, 11 Stunden, 35 Minuten
12299 Stunden, 35 Minuten
737975 Minuten

Since he started to walk several months ago, the number of unbelievably interesting novelties that moved within his range rose exponentially. Things like knives in drawers, cups full to the brim with milk, juice or, if we’re lucky, just water, wall sockets, computer keyboards and last but not least the stove. We have a Bosch stove with irresistible switches: If you want to turn on a stovetop, first you have to push one of the switches to have it snap out of the stove and then turn the switch to the program or temperature you need. If the switch is set to a certain temperature, you can’t push it back in, only when it’s set to zero. This way to can stand far away and still see in a split-second whether the device is turned on or off. The snapping in and out is the eye-catcher here. Pushing it out and back in over and over again is a real time filler when you’re 16 months old. So, the provident parents that we are try to avert Jun from the stove and forbid him to touch the switches. If he tries to snap them out, we tell him not to do it and take his hand away from it. Most of the time, it now works just by telling him not to touch it (he’s scared by hot food so it’s not that difficult), but sometimes curiosity prevails. Today though, he found a way to please us and gratify his appetite: Instead of using the hands, he started pushing the switches with his head, grinning all over the face.


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Fremd Im Eigenen Leben

Fremd im Eigenen Leben

I read again through a few hundred pages of trivial literature, but it wasn’t not too worthwhile this time. It was the first one for several years, since my studies curbed my appetite for books unrelated to seminars. My wife usually starts reading something and I jump on the wagon and join her. In this case, we’ve read a book by Chang-Rae Lee, A Gesture Life in its German translation, Fremd im Eigenen Leben. My English is far from being free from errors, but I’m certain that the translator either didn’t have much time or was incompetent. On the first few pages already you get strangely translated words (false friends), throughout the whole book I never had the feeling that the translation was close to the original… somehow… bumpy, inaccurate. The lector also must have been in a hurry, the number of grammar and spelling errors was telling. The story itself was interesting, though, verbose at times, with a predictable character developement. On the bright side, that’s not to say that the characters weren’t intruiging, the relation to reality, a Zainichi in the Japanese Imperial Army is a tantalizing foundation for a story, but the execution was surprisingly uninspired – the author won the PEN/Hemingway Award for another book. Maybe it’s the translation, maybe my expectations were too high. If you’re looking for information about Japan’s war history and the notorios Comfort Women system, better turn to Yoshimi Yoshiaki or Buruma.