ambulance chasers

August 14th, 2007

Funny how names become somewhat Harry-Potterish at a certain level:

Seven Sisters
White Shoe
Magic Circle

Also interesting that they all seem to run asp website. Nothing is easier to hack. Maybe even the tough kids in Russia know whom to mess with and who has future peer potential. Better erase that, would be no fun to get in trouble with those twenty companies all at once.

But that’s there Osama is!

August 1st, 2007

Obama wants to go to Pakistan to fight Terrorists! Is he crazy? That’s where they actually are. Doesn’t he understand that the right strategy is to concquer a country a couple of thousand miles east, because. Well, because. Ah, yes, because it’s a family tradition or something. Next thing this crazy man might do is to prevent the since 2002 booming heroin industry in Afghanistan from growing any further. Doesn’t he understand that the solution is to sell more weapon systems to the dictatorship in Saudi Arabia. That very strategy that gave the Iran those lovely F14s. We certainly need more than that. And does he understand that that “Roadmap to Peace” by Mr B. was the hugest success. I mean, Israel is more peaceful than ever, right?

It feels somewhat orwellian to revisit phrases like “Coalition of the Willing” “last throes” or “roadmap to peace”, it all started with “compassionate conservatism” I believe.

Iraq

July 15th, 2007

Before 2003 there was no connection between Al-Quaida and Iraq. Of course now that the war drags on in that country, it sounds real great if ‘our troops’ fight ‘those terrorists’. After all: the 9-11 shock can justify allot of stuff in many peoples minds. So the news sounds often like US troops would be engaging Al Quaida Terrorists. Since there were not any before 2003 those people have to be either Iraquies that became terrorists during the occupation, or they come from the outside. One of these arguments that can often be heard is “fight them over there, instead of here”. This article focuses on the origins of those foreign fighters. What I found more shocking is the number: 135 of them are being detained right now. So it takes more than 1000 US troops to detain one of these foreign fighters??? If capturing terrorists would be the goal then the US would have spend 3.2 Billion dollars to get one of those detainees. Of course these numbers are simplifications. Of course the situtation in Iraq is probably complicated. Much more complicated than most USAmericans would understand. Wether they are here or fighting over there.

Go Apolo!

July 13th, 2007

It seems that things have changed in the last decades.

Of course, I can not spell, even if my life would be depending on it. But I am not in the business of making public displays. Lame excuse. I know.

three powers

July 2nd, 2007

Democracy works really best, when there are three powers that have to interact in predefined roles with each other.

Some democracies have people in power that don’t really care

you owe

May 30th, 2007

yikes,

Supposedly USA Today printed

this

Inlcuding a sentence like:

That amount is equal to $516,348 for every U.S. household. By comparison, U.S. households owe an average of $112,043 for mortgages, car loans, credit cards and all other debt combined.

VP of prophecies

May 21st, 2007

Those are some rather long last throes

the nucular blog

May 19th, 2007

It seems as if there is a system to track all incidents around nuclear power generation. Which is great. It’s also very good that this information is public. It’s not that easy to use or understand. And in all that data the real juicy details might be well hidden. But it’s still a great concept to make the operations accountable to publish their results. I would guess that Iran does not have such a system for their similar activities. But I am afraid that that the current regime in the US would not install a similar system themselves.

performance art

May 19th, 2007

I am usually not a big fan of performance art. The whole ‘let’s put a human in a Zoo’ situation is so predictabiliy of interest.
This art installation combines it with a painball gun controlled over the internet, which isn’t new either, and makes it actually interesting. Horrible too.

images

May 17th, 2007

images of fast food: ads vs.reality

I would not be surprised if you would ask people what they just ate and showed them both pictures they would pick the one from the advertisement. Not the one from reality. The romans left their vast cities for centuries to people that had no clue how you could make such things. The Colosseum was actually a housing complex for most of the 2000 years it existed. Our civilisation will leave billions of silver discs with all sorts of ‘realities’. Like movies, TV shows and games. People might not be able to make new ones, but they sure will inhabit our cultural spaces. Fake or not: we don’t care today. We eat the burger from the billboard rather than the one in our mouth. Why should people care more in 200 years when realities might have deterioated even more.

Want fries with that?

Apple, the Euro and the Dollar

May 6th, 2007

My sister needs a new computer. These days I would recommend the cheapest MacBook with 1GB memory and 80 GB harddrive upgrades and -of course- Apple Care. Which comes down to 1473 US$. Which is not a bad price for a powerful and reliable machine.

In Germany the very same machine does cost 1518 Euros. That’s looks similar. However with todays rate this comes down to 2126 dollars. In 2000, before Bush started to dabble in economics, you only had to pay 1395 dollars for the same amount of Euros.

y2k7

March 11th, 2007

All my servers moved into the new DST successfully. Which makes it easy to postulate the following:

If your computer or software shows the wrong date next week then your technology install sucks.
Either the people / company you pay to maintain it are stupid, incompetence, lazy etc, or you don’t
have support in the first place.

Oh, and it was the stupid Bush administration that caused this. Not OBL or anybody else. It’s a selfmade problem.
Born out of stupidity.

Next week will show how stupid / smart America really is.

12:00

update: the register calls the panic off and the register is always there when panic can be created

the long last throws

February 18th, 2007

eighteen Months ago the vice president predicted that the Iraq war would be over soon

What is ridicolous is that this administration is still been taken serious by some. Their track record of mis judgements is pretty stellar.

run obama run

February 9th, 2007

this could be the next President

And that would make America the great country that it can be.

pearl harbor day

December 7th, 2006

It’s Pearl Harbor Day. There should be a national 9/11 holiday. Instead of a pointless war against a country that had nothing to do with it. Bush, that man got stellar approval ratings when he promised cowboy like to ’smoke them out’. Well, he failed, if you simplify the issue as the administration actually did for a while: OBL is still at large.

cause + implementation = constant

November 24th, 2006

Why is it, that the good causes have always the worst
implementation of their communication attempts?

Hummer commercials are pretty cool. The car is pretty much the definiton of ’sucks ass’. Ah, there is the ‘Sucks-Ass-one’, look how small the ‘Sucks-Ass-Three’ actually is. The commericals are pretty good though.

Maybe the sixteenth chapel is the way it is, since Mr Buonarrotti did it to pay the bills?

the 10

November 22nd, 2006

Today the 10 was packed. Stalled. All the way. The ‘10′ is a highway in Los Angeles. Luckily I was traveling in the other direction. When I pass these traffic jams I wonder how much the cars are worth that sit there on the other side of the Highway. Since I am waiting on computers right now anyway, I did the math on that. I came up with 153 Million US$ dollars that I passed in ten minutes of driving. Assuming 15,000 US$ average car value. Since we are talking Los Angeles, so that might even be low.

The next thought is how much money has gone into expanding and maintaining that strip of road. How many new roads have been built? But the number of cars certainly has gone up.

The problem is, that people don’t make the connection anymore between traffic jam and road/car ratio. They just sit they and endure it. People actually endure allot of things.

larger than life

November 15th, 2006

Some things are so odd, weird, strange and yet predictable, you simply can not make them up:

Microsoft launches two products right now. “Vista” and “Zune”.
they migh have trouble working together

In case you don’t trust a site called “appleinsider” to break news about Microsoft products, here it is from the the horses mouth

OJ can stand for the juice of oranges or for a strange man, that had an even stranger run in with the legal system.

Youtube has now attorneys. And apparently they are bored.

top 10 spammers are supposed to create
80% of all spam
.
I guess that each dollar a spammer makes costs around 10,000 US$ in damages. It might be good for the world, if these individuals would be prevented to use computers. Maybe a few companies get together and make sure that the top 10 spammers are always being caught?

flying with rubber ball

November 12th, 2006

flying with a rubber ball in the luguage get’s you in jail

Karl -you suck- Rove

November 10th, 2006

A few weeks ago Karl Rove claimed that he was in ownership of the math. According to that he predicted a clear win of Senate and House for the Republicans. Somehow that did not happen. In 2004 the two biggest problems for the Democrats seem to be Kerry and that he opens his mouth and the myth of Karl Rove being able to mass mail always enough people to the polls making them believe that there are two choices: vote republican or Sodom & Gommorrah.

Since Mr Rove messed with so many people and was instrumental in keeping an administration in power that was clearly on the wrong track all the time it is only fair to dwell for a short time in glutony on his defeat. He was the one supposedly having ‘delivered’ elections. Not this time.

Mr. Rove: your math, even though you might think it is ‘the’ math, does not add up. Faith based math never engineered an airplane or anything that worked for that matter. Fundamentalism and it’s ignorance towards science never worked. If it appears to,, than it’s because there is real math and engineering going on behind the scenes.

images

November 6th, 2006

As expected Mr Hussein has been convicted for crimes he commited in 1982.
Unrelated the voices get louder that call for the resignation of Mr Rumsfeld.

A google image search for both will show an image of both men in 1984. Back then Iraq was a friend of the US, since they would wage war against Iran.

timely verdict

November 4th, 2006

After being in captivity for 1059 days the verdict against Saddam Hussein is expected for tomorrow. Two days before elections in the USA.

in words we trust

November 4th, 2006

amazing web application

vote

October 31st, 2006

Democracy is based on people casting a vote. Making the act to vote more complicated than it needs to be is a simply a criminal act against the spirit of Democracy. In developed Democracies you vote by taking a thick pencil and making a cross inside of a circle. That’s it. Since decades. Works always and there is nothing wrong with that. It’s the best way of doing this. In 2000 there was a bit of a stir up in the USA around punch cards, butterfly ballots and hanging chads. The remedy was not to abandon complicated things. It was to add more layers of technology. Which defies logic and furhter dilutes the act of voting. This kind of story is to be expected. Actually the whole vote fraud idea deters people from voting, instead of motivating them. Which means that democracy looses it’s foundation.
If you have any doubts about mal intend around the voting process just look up “Gerrymandering”. But sure the US has all the rights to wage war on the other side of the planet to find WMD, retaliate 911 spread Democracy. I wonder if those painted index fingers were collored diebold. Probably not, since the color would dissapear within seconds in that case.

war and winning it

October 30th, 2006


Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory:
1. He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
2. He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
3. He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.
4. He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
5. He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.

Sun Tzu aprox 600 BC (copy pasted from wikisource)

looks like we are fucked.

calculator watch

October 29th, 2006

According to wikipedia it was the first World War that brought the wrist watch into wide use. Only sixty years later people tought that it would be a brilliant idea to have a calculator in your wrist watch. As brilliant as having a PDA or a camera in your cell phone I suppose.

Before the were pocket calculators there were slide rules. I did like them. Thinking about it, I should get one. Or even better: create one with megabytes, megabit etc scales. Having the common technologies like USB2 etc marked. OK, neat, but obsolete in about a year. Still, it would be fun to wip out a slide scale in a meeting when asked how long xyz would take. Actually I am pretty convinced now that I want a slide scale. Good thing my dad tought me how to use one.

In 1962 the DoD came up with a slide scale to compute the impact of nuclear bombs. Somehow I could see Kennedy operating one of these after a brief introduction. Now imagine your job would be to teach George W. Bush to operate and use this device.
The scary part about this is, that both people have the power to push the same button. People then were fast to say that Mr B. had so many great advisors. Those that gave him that darn good intelligence.

run - obama - run

October 22nd, 2006

The Republicans assured that the US had the worst possible start into the century. Unfortunately people like Kerry and Kennedy are not exactly inspiring. But now Barack Obama considers to run . Perfect. I only heard him speak once. But he can talk. The next thing I could wish for is a campaign that would cut through all that mess. If only 5% of the people wake up and become active for what they care for that would already be enough to get some leadership back in the Whitehouse.

“stay the course”

October 22nd, 2006

Bush claiming he never has ‘been stay the course’

The only question is why such a person was able run the largest power on this planet for eight years.

Seriously.

men in power

October 22nd, 2006


"What a mighty man he turns out to be! He raped 10 women - I would never have expected this from him. He surprised us all - we all envy him!"

Vladimir Puttin about the President of Israel. According to the BBC

That men can talk pretty outragous bulshit is not really news. What does bother me is the attitude of Putin (According Ze Frank ‘Putin’ is the approiate word for a baby fart) and alikes that run around and try to represent moral values. While they actually are just as bad as your common average guy.

the paradox of choice

October 21st, 2006

of course I had to watch another TED video while I was at Google Video. Since it’s such a long way there.

Barry Schwartz talks about choice

I agree with him that the choice is by no means linear to happyness. But I dissagree on his remedy. It’s not a decrease of choice that would be the ideal solution. It’s the management of it. People are not in a situation to make decent and educated descissions. Like mine how to spell certain words for instance. But when people are looking into the options and only choose what makes sense, then all the rubbish will disappear. If you buy crap, or equally worse, let your friends buy crap then you inititate the production of more of it. If you only choose things that are good, then you will steer things in the right direction. The choices will follow.

There are so many junk things around us, since people can survive their wrong choices. So they keep making bad ones.

And finally:
Dan Gilbert about happiness and choice

for the next president

October 20th, 2006

Can we please make sure that the next President and Administration at least have some basic understanding of something like this?

Please imagine GW Bush looking at a website like the one above. How long could he look at it? How would he describe what he saw to somebody else?

This is the guy supposed to run stuff for 300 Million people in all the things where there needs to be somebody running things. Like war and peace and the financial future of the government.

It seems that America has issues with interlect and clarity, as some links might illustrate:

A democrat activist site has an analytical look a CNNs front page in 2000 and 2006.

The GOP is doing the old Terror trick. They were in power for five years after 9/11. Spent billions on war, yet were unable to get OBL. That’s why you NEED TO VOTE for THEM. Amazing that there seems to be an audience going for that.

Politics, always have been messy and partizan. Let’s switch to technology. There never have been any Mac Viruses. I know of a couple of hundret Apple users, or know the people that are responsible for them. The users are a very mixed crowd. Nobody had ever a Virus or malware issue. You get spam email on a Mac too, your google search results are at times full of spam, but that’s where the malware drama ends for you. It is as simple and as clear cut as that.
Still people write articles like this. There are no factual obvious blunders in this. Except that this blurry mixed bag of facts, statements and quotes seem to hover around this bogus theory of market share. This article exists so that people that benefit from it can point to it and say “Look, Mac’s have viruses too”.

If there is an obvious outbreak of stupidity it causes sometimes a clear response.

But generally it seems to cheap and easy to generate messages and ‘news’ that everybody does it. And most people have an agenda to push. The average american is surrounded by communication that is all meant to pull him in one direction or another. People simply give up on having an opinion that is based on facts. They just swim in a pile of soundbytes and pick whatever seems approiate in the current moment. That’s probably why politicians get away with all the crap that they are coming up with.

It was not always like that: In the age of reason there was an attempt to know things. There were discussions, and a quest to find the best solution based on as much objective findings as people would get a handle on. I am sure there were snake oil merchants back in the day as well. I want to believe though, that it was clear and simple that these people were peddling there goods and had no part on a serious discussions about serious matters. OK, maybe I have a slitghly idealized perspective on a world in that the American Constitution has been created.

old news

October 11th, 2006

It really is old news
And nothing special. Just a guy. That got shot. 68 times.

But hey he allegdly had shot a police officer and a police dog.

Movies and realities blend into one for some people. Which is an academic excersice. As long you have the right skin color and social contacts and drug habits. Once you cross that line things don’t look pretty. Not at all.

taking a page from Rove’s book

October 11th, 2006

This Audi commerical -even though made for the UK market- will not really generate sales for the german car in the american midwest.

Audi’s thinking might be similar to that of republican strategist pursuing topics like the Geneva Convention or Gay marriage as ridicolous they are: If you lost half of the population anyway, you might as well go all the way and put out an extreme statement to get you attention. And voters at the polls or yuppies into the dealership.

olbermann

October 7th, 2006

The president, the terrorists, the lies

Olbermann delivers a commentary. Watching it you can also ‘test’ the Microsoft video service.
Much like Zefrank does not seem to blink, Olbermann does not need to breath when he talks.
He has a good writer though. And he is not holding back.

politics

September 24th, 2006

This weeks it’s trying to blame 9/11 on Clinton. Last week it was the rejection of the Geneva Convention. What it is ? Voter mobilisation attempts for the hard right wing people. Nobody votes in America. So if you get a core group ralied up enough to move their overweight asses of the couch and go to the polls then you win.

Karl Rove knows how to get those asses moving. He did so in 2004 with the gay marriage issue. A couple hundred thousand people went to vote against Soddom and Gommorah, and the whole country get another four years of the most incompetent administration it ever had. And, yes, once upon a time a guy called ‘tricky Dick’ ran the greatest country on earth. Still, the current regime tops it all.

Back to Mr Rove. He actually likes it, if people start a discussion. About Torture for instance. If he can get those people of their couches, because they think otherwise all of Al-Quaida get’s a free Disney Cruise as punishment than he want. He knows all to well that there is no way of convincing that large part of the population that his written off this President and his gang of Clowns. As long Rove’s people get rallied up enough to vote he wins. That’s why they roll poor Mr. Clinton out: The right wing voter base hates him. Still does, and by trying to tag 9/11 on him they try to brush over the little Iraq debacle.