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Wozu sind Kriege da?

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Keiner will sterben, das ist doch klar
wozu sind denn dann Kriege da?
Herr Präsident, du bist doch einer von diesen Herren
du mußt das doch wissen
kannst du mir das mal erklären?
Keine Mutter will ihre Kinder verlieren
und keine Frau ihren Mann.
also warum müssen Soldaten losmarschieren?
Um Menschen zu ermorden - mach mir das mal klar
wozu sind Kriege da?

Herr Präsident, ich bin jetzt zehn Jahre alt
und ich fürchte mich in diesem Atomraketenwald.
sag mir die Wahrheit, sag mir das jetzt
wofür wird mein Leben aufs Spiel gesetzt?
Und das Leben all der andern - sag mir mal warum
sie laden die Gewehre und bringen sich gegenseitig um
sie stehn sich gegenüber und könnten Freunde sein
doch bevor sie sich kennenlernen, schießen sie sich tot
Ich find das so bekloppt, warum muß das so sein?

Habt ihr alle Milliarden Menschen überall auf der Welt
gefragt, ob sie das so wollen
oder geht’s da auch um Geld?
Viel Geld für die wenigen Bonzen,
die Panzer und Raketen bauen
und dann Gold und Brillanten kaufen
für ihre eleganten Frauen
oder geht’s da nebenbei auch um so religiösen Zwist
daß man sich nicht einig wird
welcher Gott nun der wahre ist?

Oder was gibt’s da noch für Gründe
die ich genauso bescheuert find’
na ja, vielleicht kann ich’s noch nicht verstehen
wozu Kriege nötig sind
ich bin wohl noch zu klein
ich bin ja noch ein Kind

Musik/Text: Udo Lindenberg


Sunday, August 12th, 2007

I don’t know when Apple’s iPhone will officially launch in Germany (I know a few people who bought one in the US to get their hands on it early). Apparently, an official ship date hasn’t been set yet.

The good thing about *camps, though, is you can start organizing one even when you don’t have a clear date yet: iPhoneDevCampGermany

Via Gernot: iPhoneDevCamp Germany

And via Franz: iPhoneDevCamp German

n2eu — NetSquared Europe shaping up?

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Dan McQuillan, the web manager for Amnesty International, is working on the idea of launching NetSquared in Europe: UPDATE on Netsquared - the European Remix

About NetSquared:

Our mission is to spur responsible adoption of social web tools by social benefit organizations. There’s a whole new generation of online tools available — tools that make it easier than ever before to collaborate, share information and mobilize support. These tools include blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, podcasting, and more. Some people describe them as “Web 2.0″; we call them the social web, because their power comes from the relationships they enable.

They are the makers of the annual NetSquared Conference, which was great last year and which I was unfortunate to miss this year.
More information about the n2eu initiative can be found on their wiki.

Via NetSquared: Net2EU: Join the NetSquared Europe List Serv and Wiki

Greetings from Washington, DC

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

It’s been a busy week. I have a few more hours to spend in sunny Washington, DC before I head back to the Bay Area. Lots of interesting content to digest, and a long list of people to follow up with.

Both South By Southwest Interactive as well as the Politics Online Conference 2007 were worth going, and I’ll try to be back next year.

Using Twitter extensively at SXSW was a fun experiment. To me, it was yet another glimpse into the future when everybody’s location will be a known fact at any given time more or less and where it will seem perfectly normal to make use of that information for the purpose of social interaction.

Palm Treo 680 + Mac + T-Mobile = Not working yet

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Seriously, how frickin’ hard can it possibly be to get dial-up networking going on your smartphone? Smartphone says it can do DUN, Mac says it can do DUN, and for all I know lots of people are already using T-Mobile for DUN.

Took me hours to finally get the Treo/Mac bluetooth pairing to work (delete pairs, reset Treo, reboot Mac, pair the two again, bla, bla). And it’s still not working (now apparently the GPRS CID string I’m using is wrong). WTF?

Of course, little to nothing is documented. Or if it is, you have to dig through some obscure forums on the web where most of the time they either talk about a different phone or an older version of the Treo, or a different phone service provider.

Most annoying thing by far ever since I got my Mac almost two years ago. I had almost gotten used to plug and play.

Anyway, if you’re using T-Mobile unlimited internet on an unlocked Treo 680 and you’ve managed to get DUN working from your Mac, please clue me in. I buy you a beer in Austin.

Jaxtr private beta: Ready to take your phone calls

Friday, January 26th, 2007

I’m playing with Jaxtr:

Jaxtr was founded in October 2005 by Phillip Mobin and Touraj Parang with the mission to bring voice to social networks and blogs. With the free jaxtr service, users can link their phones with their online network to hear from callers worldwide while keeping their existing phone numbers private.

And jaxtr is not just about hearing from people who visit a user’s profile or blog. By adding their jaxtr link to their email signature, global friends can call our users on their phone with the click of the mouse – without downloading any software, incurring international phone charges or even registering for jaxtr.

When users change their work, home or mobile number, they simply add or update their number on jaxtr; incoming calls then get routed to the phone of their choice. They can even block callers from reaching them or specify on a per-caller basis which callers can reach them live and which get routed to voice mail. Isn’t that sweet?

Techcrunch did a little write-up in December: Jaxtr Widget Lets Social Networkers Chat On Real Live Phones

With the launch of jaxtr’s beta, the company also announced that LinkedIn co-founder Konstantin Guericke has joined the company as chief executive officer.

“There is nothing less satisfying than creating a social network page or blog and not getting a response,” said Guericke. “Social networks are a catalyst for people to meet, and jaxtr ‘jacks up’ the power of networks to help users make new connections. By putting a widget on their social network page or blog, jaxtr users can hear from callers worldwide on their existing landline or mobile phone.”

This thing is wired to my cell for now. Feel free to give it a try, just keep in mind I may be in a different time zone than you are (I’m on the West Coast).  Try not to wake me up in the middle of the night.
I get the feeling I need to switch to a three-column design soon to make space for all these widget things. — Prediction Markets: Tapping the Wisdom of Crowds

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

I’ll be at Yahoo! in Sunnyvale tonight for their first ever event: “Prediction Markets: Tapping the Wisdom of Crowds” (Upcoming). is a free open microconference series. Join academic and industry experts from across the valley and the country as we discuss the latest technologies and their applications and see for yourself what’s next on the web. Attendance is free and open to the public.

James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds, will be moderating a panel of prominent prediction market experts.

Ah, collective wisdom…

Looks like it will be packed.

Biothursday Munich to launch January 18, 2007

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Another ad hoc event is forming in Germany: Biothursday

Biothursday is a non-commercial, self-organized and public meeting for people who are interested in bio sciences (life sciences) — be it for professional, academic or private reasons — and who would like to share presentations on current research and developments in this sector.

Biothursday takes place every one or two months on a Thursday night at a neutral location in an informal atmosphere — currently still exclusively in Munich. Other cities are invited to put on events, too. The platform is open to anyone who’s interested.

Suggested topics for the inaugural Janary 18, 2007 event include:

  • Paul König: Mouse tatoos
  • Bianca Künnecke: BioTech patent law
  • Martin Szugat: Life sciences & web 2.0

The event is organized by Martin Szugat, a frequent attendee and contributor to Web Monday Munich.

Technology and Politics Camp, December 17

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Meet me at Technology and Politics Camp, December 17 in San Francisco.

The Technology and Politics Camp is intended as a hands-on day of networking, brainstorming, and planning for organizations working at the intersection of politics and the Internet (or technology in general). The idea came out of the Technology and Politics session at BarCampStanford.

The general goal is to create stronger and more coherent coalitions devoted to democratic technology, freedom, social justice, and sustainability.

This is the re-scheduled Barcamp TechnoPolitics that I had announced here.

MobileMonday Germany is live!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Great news for the mobile community in Germany: MobileMonday Germany

Welcome to MobileMonday – the global community for mobile professionals.

MobileMonday is about promoting the mobile industry and fostering cooperation and networking among industry people and their companies, by providing opportunities to meet colleagues face-to-face and virtually. The focus of the organization is networking events, which are normally held on the first Monday of every month.

MobileMonday started in Finland in September 2000 and has since spread to over 30 chapters throughout the world, in the US, Europe, Asia and Australasia. The working language is English to reflect this international spirit and events are mainly held in English too.

You can find more information about the parent organization here, as well as catching up with industry news and information.

MobileMonday Germany aims to replicate the movement’s success and will be holding networking events in Munich and Dusseldorf on alternate months. Other cities may follow and if you’re interested in starting another MobileMonday, please get in touch by using the contact information above.

The events are typically split into two parts. The first part of the evening features 3 or 4 short presentations from speakers about a theme chosen for the evening. This is followed by the opportunity to network with the speakers and other attendees.

We’re looking forward to meeting you all and taking the mobile industry into the exciting times ahead.

I’m glad to see this moving forward (I was briefly in touch with two members of the founding team earlier this year). I’ve been to a couple of MobileMondays here in the Bay Area, which were both very good quality, and I hope the German community will embrace this new opportunity for idea exchange.

The first two events will be held in Dusseldorf (December 4) and Munich (February 7). MobileMonday Germany is looking to expand into other cities as well. If you are working in the mobile sector, just make yourself heard.

Via mobinauten mobile 2.0: The Seven Mobile Knights