Blogbursts. RSS. Blog Swarms on the look out for prey. Scripted blog activites, seemingly spontaneous. Ghost written blogs. People hired and fired because of blogs. Syndications. THE DEAR DIARY DAYS of blogging have gone forever. Enter the Big Wave. The Hype.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

It's a DownHill Struggle, Let's Face It provides some pretty good insights into a couple of things which possibly might not be evil incarnate in regards to file sharing. Please ask your local authorities for permission before reading, though. If you are in Germany, you might ask the hawkish GEMA for permission to click on this link to read on. has even been less evil ever since the Conde Nast takeover coup committed by the Swiss, though they do not *always* and *totally* condemn things p2p as a federal crime, if not as an immoral deed.

«As Wired News first reported, Eyes on the Prize, the 14-part series chronicling the civil rights movement, can no longer be broadcast on television and has never been released on DVD because of copyright restrictions. »
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Therefore some people are thinking about some sort of downloading venture.
But I think the liberal well-heeled middle class of America would even pay for the download when asked. So why rip it?

Thursday, January 27, 2005

About that Room

No comments possible. Go there. Listen. That's all.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in an interview with Nina Totenberg

quoting Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
in an interview with Nina Totenberg, on Morning Edition:

delivering ROI, live and direct.

Helmut Berger

Dear Helmut,
I would not go near you with a ten foot pole because your bitchiness is in direct proportion to your glamourous looks, but then that's what pics are for.

Experience tells us further, that bitchiness grows in diametrical proportion to which looks diminish. Again, that's why we love our pics. They arrest arresting beauty. Life is fair after all.

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Monday, January 17, 2005

CITROËN Does That , No Really . . .

There is a Citroën dealer around the corner form where I live: Near a big forest in the Greater Munich Area. And at dawn, when I go jogging, way before the dealer is opening shop, I have observed what it is, that has been drawing an unusual amount of early morning joggers onto the streets of Paris ever since the release of the Citroën C4.
Watch how it does it's thing.

Bloggerati Munich

Show Your ROI, Blog, or Else

When someone at a German-run bulletin board in Munich bullet-pointedly asked me, What is the ROI, the purpose and the meaning of blogs, alarm bells went up in my head.

The question I felt was just wrong.

Bill Joy and friends put together the Internet protocol at Berkeley. Tim Berners Lee came up with html. They did this because it made the quality of their work better. It's uses were widely adapted because it made the collaborative quality of work better.

Then some software firms began putting information rich high quality hyperlinked copy online.

And the Internet world was still good.

Fast forward some years: Someone asked some guys at Harvard to create a PowerPoint bullet point list for managers and bankers, outlining the ROI, purpose and meaning of the Internet. Then, things went from good to bad: Investment capital discovered the Internet, followed by Madison Avenue. Then, things just got plain ugly.

So how can anyone ask a question like that again?

Blogging does not have to show ROI. Blogging is.
It renders more effective ways in which highly skilled knowledge workers keep track and reflect on their methods, work processes, their brainstorming.

People in general get to hone their debating, creative writing and conversational skills.

Owners of SMES and freelancers get to deploy their own public relation campagin via blogs, free of charge. Huh, and Madison Avenue, can't screw it up this time.

And by the way:
Is there any one single process or tool within a corporation, which directly hauls in ROI?

Of course not. So that is why this question is wrong. And so called experts trying to show the ROI of BLOGS are wrong as well.

Shut up and blog, or



Sunday, January 16, 2005

Sinful Thoughts Near the Munich Synagogue

There is always film festivals in Munich it seems. Now there is one at the Filmmuseum Munich, near the Jakobsplatz, where the Munich Jewish Cultural Center cum Synagogue is currently being erected.

What caught my eye at the festival location was the movie title Brand Spanking, evidently a British Indie. I am not sure what the movie is supposed to be about. But I like the idea of being able to spank a brand, this overused word, good for every cheap hustle there is on the planet, screaming, Admire, Desire, Acquire Me.

A website is a tool-toy, an application. When applications scream at you, as brands would, Admire, Desire, Acquire Me, they stop dead the user’s wish to intelligently interact.

The never ending self-inflicted labor of ad agencies is to transfer branding onto the Internet. Thanks to the fact that it will never ever work, it is a very complicated, lucrative job. About which endless briefs must be produced and long hours be billed. Thus, unlike the labor of Sisyphus it has its rewards.

But because ad agencies have stopped dead clients' wishes such as to intelligently spend money, there is no problem. Soon Branding will discover blogging. Enter the endless loop of never ending stupidity.

But then again, it is never too late to spank branding.

Gisela Strauss
O-pining Tech Translator

Friday, January 14, 2005

cry, cry, cry, moosey die

daisy, with moosey alive

Stop crying . . .
gay man in lewd,  indecent posture, mouthing off Shut Up And Fuck

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Look at Them Lil' Thingies Down There

two space doglike comic monsters sizing up tiny humans in space suits rushing towards them

Friday, January 07, 2005


Is there something as pre-emptive brand name adaptation? I remember hearing something about a car named Nova that did not sell in Mexico - because in Spanish it means "no go". This is definitely a no-go:

IKEA calls this FARTFULLFartfull is fubar
Must have been some bean counter who came up with that. Even though fart is on everybody's mind nowadays. D & G showed a commercial where the admired girlfriend agreed to wait for a fart break in the middle of being handed over some glitzy jewelry. They had had some refried beans together.

The pendulum swings back to grunge it seems.

Gisela Strauss
Giving no beans about it in Munich.
No wait I have an idea - how about seating for a Tex-Mex restaurant?