Archive for April, 2006

Bedouin for a day

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

South of Market, enjoying free wi-fi at Bay Bridge Coffee (Plaze) and doing some work.

More on the Bedouin meme:

In the city today

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

Attending the AIIM ECM Solutions Seminar this morning, stopping by Net Tuesday later tonight.

Web Monday Frankfurt, April 10

Friday, April 7th, 2006

This coming Monday, April 10, the Web Monday Frankfurt crowd will meet for the second time. 40+ people have signed up already and it looks like it will be a fun event. If all goes well, this should be the first Web Monday with real near-live coverage, thanks to input from various participants:

There may also be podcasts available (Web Monday Frankfurt podcast feed) later on.

If you live in the area and are interested in this Web 2.0 thing, this is the place to be.

Weltsprache Fußball (Football - A Global Language)

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Martin Luther King Library in San Jose currently hosts an exhibition of superb soccer photography.

From the introduction to the touring exhibition “Football - A Global Language”:

The Goethe-Institut would like to thank MAGNUM PHOTOS Paris for their cooperation and their commitment to making this exhibition possible, and the DFB National Charitable Culture Foundation WC 2006 ltd. through the German Federal Government for the generous financial support that has allowed this “mini-encyclopedia” of the most universal language on earth to reach as many people as possible around the world.

This is what soccer really should be about and what FIFA and many others gave up a long time ago with ever-increasing commercialization of this sport.

Salus populi suprema lex

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

On Monday, former German chancelor and elder statesman Helmut Schmidt addressed his party colleagues, current members of the SPD Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag. German weekly Die Zeit has the manuscript: Kröten und Paragrafenwahn (in German).

Qype beta

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Qype, a Hamburg, Germany-based startup, launched their beta phase a few days ago. Qype offers a community-based approach to local search and is currently available in German only.

I got in at number 296 and was handed a pretty good first impression.

Sign-up was easy. I was instantly able to leave a recommendation for two of my favorite places in Cologne, Germany (one is a movie theater that shows original language versions, the other is an outstanding Arabic food joint). The system had both places/businesses already listed with their name and address. All I had to do was to simply rate them on a scale from one to five, add a few tags and leave a brief description/comment. I then browsed the member directory and connected with a few people I know. Searching via tags already seems to deliver meaningful results (e.g. restaurant tips). Finally, I updated my profile. My activities today have earned me my first four points on Qype. I now rank at number 78 out of… 297 (someone else must have joined just now).

Judging from the majority of tags that have been collected so far, food is on people’s minds these days (as seen by these tags for the city of Cologne, Germany):

1.FC Aachner Antipasti arabisch asiatisch Bar Braunsfeld Brunch bude Bücher Burger Busienss business Cafe Chianti Comics Currywurst dem Design Designhotel Dinner ehrenfeld Einkaufen Essen Event falafel FC film Fisch Fisch- Fleischgerichte foto Fotofachgeschäft Fotografie Fotos frikadellen frühstück garni gemütlich gute Handel Hip Hotel Imbiss Italiener italienisch italienisches Japan japanisch Kaffee kaufen Kino Kneipe köln Köln-Braunsfeld Kölsch Kuchen Küche kwartier latäng lecker lichtspielhaus Limone Live Lunch Maarweg maki mittagessen Mittagsküche momotaro Musik nach Nudeln OmU originalversion OV party pizza Pommes premium programmkino Projekte Relaxen Restaurant retro romantisch sake Sandwiches schaschlik Schnitzel shawarma spagetti Spezilaitäten Sports strasse Südländische Superhelden surimi sushi szene tempura Tiramisu trinken Übernachtung und US-Comics venloer Webdesign Wein Weine wiener wifi wlan Zentral

The Qype team is doing a very good job telling their story via their blog. Looks like these guys know what they’re doing. At least we know they have the ability to listen to good advice.

Some further comments over at Christian’s blog: Qype - Another Contender in the Local Review Market.

Valerie has a few infos on funding: Qype and Wikio receive early stage attention.

Redshift

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Alexander F. Mayer: The Many Directions of Time – Solving the Cosmology Puzzle (PDF, 15mb)

Maybe it’s time I brushed up on my physics (which, admittedly, is quite poor).

Spicy hot chocolate

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

At the Coupa Cafe (Plaze), sipping what is a most excellent spicy hot chocolate (with chili, cinamon and whatnot) before heading over to Wiki Wednesday. Though I must admit, had I still gotten in, I would have gone here first tonight.

Mentally naked

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

Nice idea to help promote web standards and accessibility. While I won’t have time today to tinker with this site I shall definitely do so mentally.

Waterfall 2006

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

Waterfall 2006 - International Conference on Sequential Development

After years of being disparaged by some in the software development community, the waterfall process is back with a vengeance. You’ve always known a good waterfall-based process is the right way to develop software projects. Come to the Waterfall 2006 conference and see how a sequential development process can benefit your next project. Learn how slow, deliberate handoffs (with signatures!) between groups can slow the rate of change on any project so that development teams have more time to spend on anticipating user needs through big, upfront design.

Funny!

(via Jürgen)