light on earth

Daylight, two days later. After the planet has revolved around itself for a little more than two times full circle, an e-mail from her plonks into one of his inboxes. Actually it’s not exactly from her, but triggered by her actions online. It’s a little hidden among the plethora of messages continuously trickling in, but nevertheless quickly spotted, standing out in a way. Obviously she not only has googled him, but used the search engine of some more or less obscure ‘business club’ as well. Within the machine-generated e-mail the non-human system of said club tells him that she has … Continue reading

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night on earth

Being well sloshed—and succesfully having unnerved the bartender—they are parting at 2am. “I will google you,” she says as a good bye. “Finally,” he thinks while watching the taxi receding into the unknown city’s dim lights, “the information age has penetrated all aspects of my life.”

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one for the season

To my taste the most beautiful Christmas tree I ever saw, right in the centre of Munich at a quite romantic square. It is garnished with 8000 tiny cold-light LEDs by Osram. A sign beside it boasts that it is till now the largest Christmas tree equipped with those LEDs. But today I learned that in Berlin, in front of the so called “red” town hall, they have one sporting 24,000 similar LEDs. Does size really matter when it comes down to romantic ambience? I guess hope so.  Anyway, wikipedia’s entry ↑LED really is enlightening [weak pun, I know—can’t do … Continue reading

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wondermark hair gel

  The ↑webcomic above is copyrighted by ↑David Malki ! and to be found at ↑wondermark.com … “Although he is an experienced artist and graphic designer, David does not draw the figures in Wondermark; rather, they are culled from a variety of 19th-century primary sources courtesy of the Rare Books Dept. at the Los Angeles Central Library, as well as his own ever-growing collection.”  via entry at boingboing … Continue reading

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Favorite martyr fuller

a sports-journalist’s biased commentary Last night 100-metres-men Olympic champion Merton Fuller was belatedly disqualified because of the results of a “doping test” done within the hour after his triumph. Inside one of the joints of his prosthetic augmentation a silicon-based “banned lubricant” was discovered. The tragedy of the case lies in the fact that none of the lubricant’s ingredients is to be found on the list of banned substances. Neither is the composition of the lubricant illegal. This is little wonder as there is no list of banned substances since 01 January 2020. So, what happened yesterday evening?     … Continue reading

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spontaneous paraphysical experience

the mystery of the broken bicycle tyre inflator  The uncanny breaks into everyday-life spontaneously and unpredictably. Today it hit me for the third time. The first two instances were “The riddle of the vanished filling station attendant” and “The amazing locked away broken flask” which I may relate at a later date. In both cases it took me quite some time to construct satisfying explanations for the events experienced. For today’s phenomenon I still completely lack an explanation.  This morning I rode by bicycle to the office. Early on my way I realized that there was way too less air … Continue reading

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realities of university and academia

Back in May I in here summed up a part of the ↵situation at my institute, especially describing the situation of the Lehrbeauftragte. Today I read oneman’s ↑“Living and Teaching in the Information Economy” which perfectly complements my experiences and observations. See also ↑“The “Informal Economy” of the Information University” by Marc Bousquet, to which oneman refers. Well, I do neither adjunct nor part-time labor at the university, as the Lehrbeauftragte do, but am a Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, the German equivalent to an assistant professor struggling for tenure. So my situation is decidedly different, but … please read Thomas Eriksen’s tremendously … Continue reading

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stroll

  After so many shiny weeks with brilliant steel-blue sky and burning sun in a row the heat finally is gone and an eternal seeming downpour has taken its place. But it’s sunday and I nevertheless undertook a lengthy stroll along the river. Lots of new graffiti to be seen. I’ll continue my stroll in a minute or so—eternally. … Continue reading

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from dusk till dawn

night of the living dead    When hell is full the anthropologists will return to Earth—good gracious, we all look like straight out of “Doom III”. Amazing what some months of coursework can do to people …  UPDATE:  dusk till doom ethnoparty photoshop contest—mix and r.i.p.  Well, it’s not my fault, I only had a look at the ↑photos taken at the last ethnoparty and unwillingly associations with the computergame “Doom III” and the movie “From Dusk Till Dawn” came up. So I sat down, gathered some eerie portraits and made the composite picture seen above. ↑2R saw it, fired … Continue reading

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amphoræ

  Just a little story on personal appropriation of mass-produced commodities. The stores around here carry a vast diversity of nearly identical products for everyday use in mass-consumption style, like e.g. shower gel and sun milk. Sometimes the contents are perfectly identical and only the containers, the inscriptions upon the containers, and the price-tags differ. And then there are identical containers used for a range of different products. In this case the text is not imprinted directly on the container, but on stickers. The design of the stickers usually annoy me. It’s only the high-class products which sometimes feature designs … Continue reading

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