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Although the headline might suggest it, I have not gone mad, no. But I would like to draw your attention towards the utterly extravagant project of Ola Helland or Stavanger, Norway.
First genes, then memes, now what? There’s a new type of evolution going on and it might not be to our liking, says Susan Blackmore in the New Scientist, 1 August 2009.
According to the two mathematicians Doods and Danforth the blogosphere's happiness has increased by about 4% since 2005. When they examined day-to-day fluctuations, they found that certain days stood out: Christmas and Valentine's Day were annual elation peaks, whereas the 11 September anniversaries were gloomy valleys. The happiest day since 2005 was 4 November 2008, the U.S.
Besides our well known web solution we also spend some of our research resources on hydro-mobility-devices. The latest brainstorm created this highly successful river-floating-belt: Components: 8 x 1.5 liter pet bottles (Body floaters), 2 x 0.5 liter pet bottles (Leg floaters) and lots of Duct Tape. Together with our air-matress-equipped friends from Supertext we did the proof of concept - about 10 km from Hardbrücke down to Dietikon (Glanzenberg)!
I know, it's yet another TED video, but they're just worth the watch. This time it's Clay Shirky arguing that the media landscape that we knew (professionals broadcast messages to amateurs) is busy slipping. Mature use of the new medium (where the former audience has become a full participant) means: don't craft messages you want to be consumed, but create an environment for convening and supporting groups.
Dania's MacBook crashed, Luci's is showing the first symptoms - good to have an Apple doctor inhouse. Dr. Danny preparing for the surgery. Operation in progess. Oh, ohhh, operation still in progress...
(above: Still confident Dr.
Bobby McFerrin, who most of you might remember for his epic hit "Don't Worry Be Happy" (which due to its one-hit-wonderness sort of overshadowed the true genius of McFerrin as a gifted musician and awesome entertainer, but that's a totally different story), recently appeared at a panel during the World Science Festival in New York City.
No, we have not decided to branch out into another field of business. We just have found a twin company (by name, almost) on the Web. Amazy is operating from Germany and they sell wicked designs to pimp your trash can. The idea is pretty easy: Most outdoor trash cans which one keeps in one's yard in Germany are one shape and either grey, brown or green. Not a pretty sight?
We're happy to have the 5-time European Champion in Sport Stacking Elias Ramstein (who is Luci's Cousin) in our office with us today. He's here for a trial apprenticeship to learn about the web business.
Don't miss to watch his skills in the video embedded below. Can't believe your eyes? Well, watch again!
Here's a thought: Punk Rock was 1976, now it's Social Media. This video seems to be some sort of viral for the consultancy firm Engage ORM, but nevertheless, it draws some thought-provoking parallels. Punk Rock was about raising your voice to be heard, about change and altering the establishment. Same goes for Social Media. Of course this leaves out certain developments in Punk Rock (e.g.