July 2024


Where was I when I found out…

I was in bed, asleep, when I heard an SMS arrive. 5 AM.

Holy shit Osama .bin laden is dead.

I sort of fell back asleep – waking an hour later at my usual time, heading off to work, passively reading bits and pieces of news on the Internets during pauses in work.

Truthfully, while […]

I can’t wait for the weekend to begin!

Happily, for me, another workweek is closed.

Yes, I know, it’s only Thursday, but I have a guest in town for the next two weeks and tomorrow morning we are going out of Berlin for a long weekend. I’d tell you where, but that might ruin some of the surprise—suffice to say, we’re flying Air […]

jetBlue Flight Attendant reinactment

There’s a lot wrong with the recreation (starting with the plane), but it’s worth watching.

And in case you want a more conventional take, here’s a New York Times article.

Parents Television Council

“Last night’s ‘American Music Awards’ broadcast was nothing short of tasteless and vulgar. Adam Lambert, the second-place finisher in last season’s ‘American Idol’ competition, chose to treat American families to simulated oral sex and other demeaning behavior.”

-Parents Television Council 23 November 2009

I dunno about you, but I don’t think that oral […]

“Like” Issue in Google Reader

A month or two ago Google Reader introduced the “like” feature, which lets you identify news stories and blog posts that you find interesting and to share that information with the world.

Unfortunately it leads to moments like this which are, I think, a bit inappropriate. I hope that nobody “likes” the fact that […]

Local News Reports

Pärchen begeht sieben Straftaten an einem Tag

Eisenberg. (ddp/tlz) Gleich sieben Straftaten hat am Montagabend ein polizeibekanntes Pärchen in Eisenberg im Saale-Holzland-Kreis begangen. Wie die Polizei am Dienstag mitteilte, werden einem 31-Jährigen und seiner 23-jährigen Freundin unter anderem Körperverletzung, Beleidigung, Bedrohung, Notrufmissbrauch und Widerstandshandlungen gegen Polizeibeamte vorgeworfen. Die beiden erheblich alkoholisierten Täter mussten auch zum […]

Multicasting Overload

I have to admit it: I’m addicted to the Internet—and the current version is even better than the one that I first started exploring back in the mid 1990s.

My first web browser, for the record, was Netscape. If you remember the version with the throbbing N, that’s the first one I ever used.

Today […]

Personal News Embargo

I am forecasting unprecedented tsunami of uninteresting news over the next 24 hours.

Accordingly I will not be reading or listening to any news between 16:00 CET on Tuesday and 16:00 CET on Wednesday—which should, because of evening plans, actually be much later.

Somebody SMS me if real legitimate news happens.

MIA: Please report if found!

Looks similar to bright ball in this photo.

What’s missing, you ask?

That big ball of fire in the sky.

I haven’t seen it in a few days and considering the constant cloudiness and rain, I’m not sure the sun actually exists any more. There are moments of less dark along side the moments […]

Which is Satire?

So this morning, within about 5 minutes, I read two articles about the death of a celebrity. One was satire and one was not. I was hard pressed to tell which was which.

Article 1:

Hordes of fans, jostling with paparazzi and television news teams, choked off an entire section of Los Angeles last night […]