Archive for March, 2006

Feliz fin de semana!

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Listening to caller requests on Recuerdo 100.3La Preciosa 92.3 after grabbing some take-out lunch.

All recent immigration issues aside, this is a great place to pick up Spanish. Venga!

brand eins

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

The March issue of German monthly brand eins arrived in the mail today. I finally got around to getting a subscription (my first German media import). I remember I attended their launch party in Hamburg, Germany in late 1999. Need to dig out the very first 1/99 issue (as well as those of their predecessor, Econy):

Inhalt brand eins 1/1999

Die Lust am Neubeginn: Metallgesellschaft, Amiga, Ostdeutschland Handwerk: Annette Humpe, Musikproduzentin - und wie sie aus Unbekannten Stars macht Vision: Transrapid, Schwebeprojekt -
und warum wir diese Chance nutzen sollen Konsequenz: Tom Dixon, Designer - und wie er die Einrichtungskette Habitat aufmöbelt

Constructive optimism. Always refreshing.

New Plazers out

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Felix of Plazes has just announced New Plazers. Available for download on the Plazes website. Whee!

Germany 4, United States 1

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Another day, another test game. Not sure if this will be enough to beat Costa Rica, Poland and Ecuador, though.

Britannica to Nature: Get your facts straight!

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

In its December 15, 2005, article Internet encyclopaedias go head to head, science journal Nature compared the accuracy of the online Encyclopædia Britannica with Wikipedia. The study received wide attention since it claimed that “Wikipedia comes close to Britannica in terms of the accuracy of its science entries.”

Now, three months later, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. has issued a response: Fatally Flawed — Refuting the recent study on encyclopedic accuracy by the journal Nature (PDF, 836kb).

In short:

Almost everything about the journal’s investigation, from the criteria for identifying inaccuracies to the discrepancy between the article text and its headline, was wrong and misleading.

Arriving amid the revelations of vandalism and errors in Wikipedia, such a finding was, not surprisingly, big news. Within hours of the article’s appearance on Nature’s Web site, media organizations worldwide proclaimed that Wikipedia was almost as accurate as the oldest continuously published reference work in the English language.

That conclusion was false, however, because Nature’s research was invalid. As we demonstrate below, almost everything about the journal’s investigation, from the criteria for identifying inaccuracies to the discrepancy between the article text and its headline, was wrong and misleading. Dozens of inaccuracies attributed to the Britannica were not inaccuracies at all, and a number of the articles Nature examined were not even in the Encyclopædia Britannica. The study was so poorly carried out and its findings so error-laden that it was completely without merit. We have produced this document to set the record straight, to reassure Britannica’s readers about the quality of our content, and to urge that Nature issue a full and public retraction of the article.


(via Tim)

Cartoon Art Museum tonight

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

I’m going the the Comic Art Museum in San Francisco tonight for a reception:

Small Press Spotlight
Featuring: Gene Yang

February 11 - May 7, 2006

Beginning on February 11, 2006, the Cartoon Art Museum’s ongoing Small Press Spotlight will feature the art of Gene Yang.

Gene Yang was born in 1973 in Alameda, California. He began drawing comics in the fifth grade. In 1997, Gene received the Xeric Grant for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work as an adult.

In 2004, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks and its sequel, Loyola Chin and the San Peligran Order, were published as graphic novels by Slave Labor Graphics/Amaze Ink. Gene’s other published work includes The Rosary Comic Book, a comics adaptation of the popular Roman Catholic prayer, and Duncan’s Kingdom, a two-issue fantasy series illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim. Gene was a featured artist at APAture 2003, an Asian-American arts festival in San Francisco.

This exhibition features art and story from American Born Chinese, Gene’s latest and most ambitious work. American Born Chinese reflects on the Chinese-American experience through three distinct narratives. The first retells the legend of the Monkey King, folk hero of ancient China; the second is a Chinese-American coming-of-age tale; and the third is a sitcom starring Cousin Chin-Kee, the ultimate embodiment of Asian stereotypes. American Born Chinese will be released in the fall of 2006 as a 215-page graphic novel by First Second Books, with colors by Lark Pien.

In addition to cartooning, Gene teaches Computer Science at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, California. He has given presentations across the country on the topic of Comics in Education. He currently lives in the Bay Area with his lovely wife Theresa and son Kolbe.

About the Small Press Spotlight:

San Francisco has been a hotbed of innovative, groundbreaking comic art since the late 1800s with the advent of the modern comic strip. In the1960s, the Bay Area gained further notoriety when cartoonists like Robert Crumb, Spain Rodriguez, S. Clay Wilson and Trina Robbins launched the underground comix movement from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Today, some of the biggest names in alternative and small-press comics hail from the Bay Area, and the Cartoon Art Museum’s Small Press Spotlight will focus on these talented individuals.

The Small Press Spotlight is funded in part by The Zellerbach Family Foundation and The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.

Congrats, Gene!

You can take a look at the first few pages of American Born Chinese online (registration required for the full book).

Global Players on CNBC

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Sabine Christiansen in my living room. Funny. Tonight’s subject: “Fighting foreign takeovers: patriotism … or protectionism?” Judging from the last 10 minutes this looks like an exact clone of her weekly talk show in Germany: a lot of talking, no real insights.

Plantjes en Bloemen II

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

It saddens me to report that one zucchini seedling did not quite make it and had to be replaced. And both the basil and the chives are still struggling to get comfortable. On the plus side, the rest of the plants is doing well. Today, bell peppers, cherry tomatos and strawberries were added.

Endangered Machinery

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

Great photos by Haiko Hebig: Endangered Machinery - Industrial and Industrial Heritage Photography.

Web Monday Hamburg, March 20

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

The first Web Monday Hamburg is scheduled for Monday, March 20. Hamburg will join the four other major cities in Germany (Berlin, Munich, Cologne, and Frankfurt) that have already held Web Monday meetups.

Starts at 7pm. If you’re interested, please sign up on the wiki.