In my neighbourhood there is a shop where they sell ‘kunst pro quadratmeter’ which I will translate with ‘art by the yard’ For only 200 Euro you get 100 x 100 centimeter of art. Which I think is a bargain. Go check them out here: kaufhauskunst.de
Monthly Archives: December 2006
Af few days ago the Times wrote that the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, is planning on building a search engine. In my opinion, we don’t need another search engine. We have Google which works fine for me. The smarter you search, the better results you get and I can decide for myself which results I need and which I don’t. Mr. Wales Wikiasari, as he calls it, doesn’t work that way. In Wikiasari, I get results which are approved of by Mr. Wales ‘community of trust’ (the Wikipedians). That means other people decide which results they will show me and which they are going to hide from me. I think this is a bad thing and Mr. Wales ‘community of trust’ sounds like a fucking religious cult to me. I don’t want other people to decide for me what is good or bad. I want to decide that for myself. I don’t want the Überwiki and his Wikipedians to show me the way. Especially not when he and his followers as he calls them (how pompous can you get) , get millions of dollars from Amazon to lead me. Mr. Wales, I will not follow you because I don’t trust you. I will keep on googling till I drop.
According to a survey conducted by the German magazine Stern, almost 60 percent of the Germans would like to see their currency – the Euro – replaced by the goold old Deutschmark. They blame the Euro for things getting all expensive. More than 30 percent still calculate prices in Deutschmark.
The milliondollarhomepage was a huge succes. I like people who do things on the web which seem to be outrageous like letmestayforaday.com a few years back and the guy who changed a red paperclip for something else till he got himself the house he wanted. The milliondollarhomepage was such an idea. I was fun to see it develope, and read about Alex Tew’s quest for a million in his blog. So far, so good. With Pixelotto it’s different. First of all the site is way too slow and clicking isn’t fun anymore – at least not when you are logged in. I tried it for a few days and wrote about some interesting sites that were advertising there, like the e-tuktuk project, but there aren’t that many interesting things to click on. Most of the advertisers are stupid money making schemes. So I stopped clicking and I guess I’m not the only one. But maybe far more important is that now it is simply a business. With the milliondollarhomepage Alex shared his thoughts on almost a daily basis. By leaving that out this time, he broke his own rules. What is left is the thought that selling pixels on a website is a good business idea. And it simply isn’t.
I just moved. Yesterday I cooked my first meal – baked an egg that is – in my new home. I live in the city center of Bremen, a town in the north of Germany. Schnoor they call that – quite old – part of the city because of its narrow streets. I live in a normal house, but just around the corner it looks like a Walt Disney filmset. I wandered around a bit, waiting for Harry Potter to show up.