Archive for March, 2006

Hannity & Colmes

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

Hannity & Colmes is really awful again tonight. Probably one of the worst shows TV currently has to offer. To think that some take this for journalism when in fact it is the exact opposite. Very exemplary, though, for Fox News.

Techcrunch takes some heat

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Some readers are questioning the quality and the neutrality of yesterday’s TrustedID - This is Important and other recent postings.

Go to Hell in 10 Easy Steps

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

This is what spending a high school year in the US can do to you: you develop a strange fascination with late-night infomercials for practically anything from how to improve your memory to how to get an edge in life, from electric rotisseries to how to strike it rich in the real estate market with zero down payment, from understanding the bible to, well, really understanding the bible.

Tonight, I came across yet another goodie of infomercialism. Attention, kids: these guys are really, um, messed up. Don’t buy into it!

But wait, there’s more:

Please note that the above list is just a random sample. I don’t endorse any of the products mentioned (though I have endured the informercials more or less extensively over the past years).

Next GABA Bay Area Stammtisch on Wednesday, March 15

Monday, March 13th, 2006

I’ll be joining this month’s GABA Bay Area Stammtisch at Blue Chalk in Palo Alto on Wednesday. Meet us on the upper level.

International Parliamentary Internship Program (IPP)

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Via the German Consulate General Los Angeles:

We would like to inform you about the International Parliamentary Internship Program (IPP), organized by the German Bundestag:

This program is intended for college graduates with an interest in politics giving them the opportunity to learn about the parliamentary system of government in Germany.

At the beginning of the program, participants will get a general introduction to Berlin’s academic life and the German Bundestag. They will attend seminars familiarizing them with the political, economical and cultural aspects of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The highlight of the five month program will be an internship in the office of a Member of the German Bundestag. The intern will be given the opportunity to obtain firsthand knowledge about the inner workings of the German Bundestag and the handling of political topics. Working full-time, the intern will be engaged in a wide variety of tasks for the Member of Parliament, including writing advisory drafts, speeches, articles, letters, organizing meetings, as well as other general office work. A visit to the electoral district of the Member of Parliament is also scheduled. During the summer semester, the participants will be enrolled as students at the Humboldt University of Berlin

In order to be eligible to apply, the applicant must:
- be a citizen of the United States,
- have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree,
- have good knowledge of the German language,
- be under 30 years of age,
- have career goals in the civil or public service in the United States, which may include positions in media related fields, politics, organizations, universities, etc.

Participants will receive a monthly grant of 450,- Euros and free accommodation. The costs for health, accident, and liabilitiy insurance along with other administrative fees will be paid for by the German Bundestag. Travel expenses to and from Berlin will be reimbursed.

Interviews with pre-selected candidates will take place during Fall of 2006 in the United States.

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2006.

For further information, including application forms and guidelines, please visit:

This is probably one of the best opportunities to experience Germany and get an insider’s view into our political system. Plus, Berlin is a great place these days.

Let me know if you’re the lucky one, and I’ll hook you up with the friendly Germans I happen to know in the German capital.

San Francisco, 309 Miles

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

On the 5, headed North for San José. Four hours to go.


Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

In celebration of today’s International Women’s Day, may I recommend one of my favorites, BUST Magazine:


With an attitude that is fierce, funny, and proud to be female, BUST provides an uncensored view on the female experience. BUST tells the truth about women’s lives and presents a female perspective on pop culture.

BUSTing stereotypes about women since 1993.

And an avid reader since 1999. Go girls!

About conferences

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

Dave Winer asks What is an unconference? Great observation about conventional conferences:

This observation may turn out to be the Fundamental Law of Conventional Conferences.

The sum of the expertise of the people in the audience is greater than the sum of expertise of the people on stage.

And Stowe has a good follow-up post asking: Unconferences: But Aren’t There More Dimensions?

Sums it up pretty well in my view.

Plantjes en Bloemen

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

Quite a momentous day today, as I kicked off gardening season 2006. Tomatos, peppers, zucchini, a selection of herbs, and a lime tree will take on the concrete backyard. I expect to become self-sufficient by June.

GigaOM looking for German contributor

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

GigaOM, the broadband weblog by Om Malik, senior writer at Business 2.0 magazine, is looking for a contributor in Germany:

PS: If you are a reader based in Germany, and would like to contribute to GigaOM on the latest developments in Germany, drop me a note with “contributor” in the subject line.

Your chance to be part of one of the top-ranked blogs currently out there (via Cem Basman).