The world according to Sven-S. Porst
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- Public Broadcasters – BBC is most efficient, ARD is most bloated... The strange remaining fact is that while the BBC do their excellent World Service, people paying for their TV license in the UK can't necessarily enjoy it but have to put up with the much worse news on BBC1.
- A few jokes at Mark Pilgrim's. The second one reminded me of
Q: What does an arts major say in a fast food outlet? A: Do you want fries with that?
- I better don't get started about jokes involving mathematicians...
TeX creator and programming guru Donald E. Knuth has a page with photos of road signs – including a section of pedestrian crossing signs.
What bugs me since my latest visit to the US is that the pedestrians on their street signs look hunched and scared. Perhaps the body language of the pedestrians painted on signs corresponds to how much people walk in the streets. More signs at Google.
- Another country comparison: Just go and compare the top songs in iTMS Germany, UK and France and you'll see a gradient in taste reflected there, starting with our froggy friends, the Brits coming shortly after Germany being far off. (Could this be a sign that the store has a broader user base in Germany? Which would be a good sign for iTMS – as if the cheapskate Germans go for it, anybody will.) In France they actually seem to sell quite a bit of French music, including old-style chansons.
- Another amusing iTMS fact: The Beastie Boys' old License to Ill album, is sold 'per song' on iTMS, totalling around €13 while you can get the proper CD with amazon for €6,66. While the iTMS pricing may be competitive for new releases, it surely isn't for those semi-popular older ones that routinely sell for little money. Not even at the €10 per album rate.
The Guardian also reports about iTMS and el Steve, mentioning why he isn't as well-known as Bill gates:
There's an aura to being the richest person in the world that a mere billionaire like Steve Jobs doesn't have – erm right, tough luck then. (and what about the RDF?)
It goes on to mention that he was
[b]orn to an Egyptian Arab father and an American mother .... All right then. We all new this guy was dangerous but he obviously has 'terrorist' written all over him.
June 21, 2004, 0:02
Out & About
- Dec 27-30 36C3, Leipzig
- Dev 31-Jan 1 Berlin
- Jan 16-19 Ludwigsburg
- Jan 24-Feb 6 Strand
- Feb 6-9 Pretoria
- Feb 15 William Youn, Elbphilharmonie
- Feb 19 Turbostaat, Markthalle
- Feb 28 Der Nino aus Wien, Elbphilharmonie
- Mar 1 Faber, Wilhelmsburg
- Mar 5 Hazel Brugger, Laeiszhalle
- Mar 6-8 Ludwigsburg
Mar 13 Yuja Wang, Laeiszhalle
Mar 18 Socalled, Kampnagel
Mar 27-29 Göttingen
Apr 6 Hereroland, Thalia Gauß
- Apr 11-12 DiVOC
Apr 18-20 Frankfurt
Apr 18 see conference, Wiesbaden
May 29 stargaze, Elbphilharmonie
- Jun 1 Lise de la Salle, Elbphilharmonie
- Oct 22 Christina & Michelle Naughton, Elbphilharmonie
- Dec 7 Duo Shalamov, Elbphilharmonie
- Mar 16 Alexander Ullman & Theo Georghiu, Elbphilharmonie
- May 15 Denis & Vladislav Kozhukhin, Elbphilharmonie