Archive for the 'Culture' Category

February 11th 2011

5 new emotions the internet has given us

Nice ‘ironic’ article about ‘new’ emotions the internet has given us:


1. Acute Social Networking Loneliness
2. False Intimacy Syndrome
3. Awkward Friendship Revelation Despair
4. Obsessive Life Comparison Inadequacy
5. Chronic Impotent Internet Rage

It is funny, but untrue, largely. It would guess that most of these emotions are old ones, repackaged. But then, what on the internet isn’t? :-)

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January 18th 2011

Minecraft showcases

I’ve written before about Minecraft. It is one of these strange hits that the internet can throw up from time to time… As the following movies show, you can make amazing stuff in it. Human ingenuity on a grand scale…!
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November 9th 2010

Study shows the effect of branding

A new study is reporting that very young children are highly susceptible to the daily onslaught of branded fast food advertising: “most 3- and 5-year-olds who taste-tested a variety of foods said they preferred the ones in the McDonald’s wrapper — even though the foods were exactly the same.”


One of the comments basically says it all:

Why just last night my nephew was over (he’s almost 6). We were grilling for dinner and he wanted a hamburger. This is what happened:

Me: “Here you go.”
Him: “What’s that?”
Me: “A hamburger.”
Him: “I don’t like that!”
Me: “You asked for it.”
Him: “I only like McDonald’s and Wendy’s hamburgers!”
Me: “Fine, I’ll eat it and I guess you’re not having dinner.”
Him: “Waaah! *proceeds to throw tantrum*”

Just goes to show you how much these fast food places have your kids by the balls.

I notice it even with my own four-year old. She recognizes a certain ‘puppet’ that is used by one brand – and she got only two presents from this brand. One of them almost a year go. And still she recognizes it… I hate brands… :-(

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July 2nd 2010

iPhone 4 vs HTC EVO 4


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June 15th 2010

Insightfull comment…

In a article about Wave:


I saw this comment…:

Right now it’s one more possibly useful option that just isn’t important enough to remember.

I think this is a very insightfull comment. It signals the growing problem I face as well. What is still important enough to follow? How can you sieve important sites/trends amongst the enormous amount on offer? It also means that any site hoping to attract a large number of visitors is facing a increasingly steep climb… It is very hard to get noticed no matter what you do.

Of course, the number of people on the internet is also growing, but I think they tend to go for the ‘well known’ sites…

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May 31st 2010

Sometimes, I wanna cry…


Please, buy this book…. would you?
I think the humor is worth posting this one :)

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November 25th 2009

The man who said no to Wallmart

A very interesting article of the the CEO of a company that makes lawn mowers:



The guy had the guts to actually say no to a offer by Wallmart! You gotta love his decision. I strongly reminds me of my dad, who makes stringed musical instruments, who once refused to sell to somebody who was not planning on playing on the instrument. he only wanted to by one to hang it on the wall as a ornament. That was not going to happen :-)

Anyway, the article describes what I think is one of the mayor problems at the moment of our planet: the fact that a lot of people buy stuff in the fully expecting to replace it within a year. This is never sustainable, and is wrecking our planet :-(

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April 7th 2009

Religion is like a large dog…

Religion is like a very large dog. Comforting when it’s yours, terrifying when it’s not, and must be kept away from the children.

I heard it on the BBC today… way to go!

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February 26th 2009

Designer babies are comming…

Although In Vitro Fertilizations were originally designed to help parents that were unable to conceive children naturally, Steinberg says that a staggering 70% of their clients have absolutely no difficulty conceiving children, coming to the Institute purely for opportunity to choose the sex of their baby.


And now, the selection-criteria are just expanding, right down to eyecolor, color of your hair etc…
The strangest thing is, that this can be done within he laws as they are at the moment, apparently. You would have thought that there would be a law against it, but there is not.
I’m not entirely sure I am really that much against it, either. If people are willing to pay $18.000,- just to be sure of the sex of their baby, why not let them?

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February 9th 2009

Something to think about…

From the newspaper story that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. It appeared in The Washington Post and was written by Gene Weingarten.

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin;it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while.
About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32.

When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it.
No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars. Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats averaged $100.00 each.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people.

The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing some of the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

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