Archive for March, 2007

Quand On n’a Que l’Amour

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Quand on n’a que l’amour
A s’offrir en partage
Au jour du grand voyage
Qu’est notre grand amour

Quand on n’a que l’amour
Mon amour toi et moi
Pour qu’éclatent de joie
Chaque heure et chaque jour

Quand on n’a que l’amour
Pour vivre nos promesses
Sans nulle autre richesse
Que d’y croire toujours

Quand on n’a que l’amour
Pour meubler de merveilles
Et couvrir de soleil
La laideur des faubourgs

Quand on n’a que l’amour
Pour unique raison
Pour unique chanson
Et unique secours

Quand on n’a que l’amour
Pour habiller matin
Pauvres et malandrins
De manteaux de velours

Quand on n’a que l’amour
A offrir en prière
Pour les maux de la terre
En simple troubadour

Quand on n’a que l’amour
A offrir à ceux-lÃ
Dont l’unique combat
Est de chercher le jour

Quand on n’a que l’amour
Pour tracer un chemin
Et forcer le destin
A chaque carrefour

Quand on n’a que l’amour
Pour parler aux canons
Et rien qu’une chanson
Pour convaincre un tambour

Alors sans avoir rien
Que la force d’aimer
Nous aurons dans nos mains,
Amis le monde entier

Music and lyrics by Jacques Brel (from the 1957 album Quand On n’a Que l’Amour)

Plantjes en Bloemen IV

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

The saga continues. Garden season was officially declared open today.

Hey, squirrels! This is not your buffet. Get lost!

Shall outsmart them this time around.

Anyway, trying to breathe some life into dried weeds while cleaning up the remains of last year (mainly, dried weeds). Can’t wait for the first barbecue.

Web Monday Paderborn, March 26

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Web Monday Paderborn launches tomorrow, April 26March 26, making it the 18th city in Germany to join.

30 people have signed up, and the agenda is quite packed with all kinds of interesting topics.

Looks like it’s going to be fun.

Citizendium launched today

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Citizendium, which I mentioned earlier, launched in public beta today.

I think it’s a good thing Wikipedia got some competition (with regard to content as well as the content creation and editing process). Competition usually breeds innovation, and I see a lot of room for innovation at Wikipedia or similar wiki or citizen media projects.

Ideally, both projects will complement each other.

Train video poetry

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

If you like trains, check out this video (shot today). I must find out the whereabout of that motel.

If you’re not into trains, well, then this blog entry is probably of marginal value to you. So what.

Personally, I would even prefer sound over video (and an uncut version, too). And with that long a train, you’d get a 30 minute audio collage easy.

Ah, maybe a summer project…

Update: My next vacation destination. Will the wife buy it, though? Somehow, I doubt it.

Can Twitter fight spam?

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Eric Rice is about to find out: Experiment: TwitterMail me until 3/23

Deutschlandradio on Web Monday

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

German public broadcasting company Deutschlandradio recently aired a nice little piece on Web 2.0 and related stuff: Web 2.0 - Update für das Internet (in German)

The report includes soundbites from a recent Web Monday Cologne, which — in my view — capture quite well the intended atmosphere.  Which, in turn, is why I think this was a good idea in the first place.

Social Media Club Berlin to launch April 13

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Social Media Club has announced they will be launching its Berlin meetup April 13, making it the second SMC city in Europe after London.
About Social Media Club:

Social Media Club is being organized for the purpose of sharing best practices, establishing ethics and standards, and promoting media literacy around the emerging area of Social Media. This is the beginning of a global conversation about building an organization and a community where the many diverse groups of people who care about social media can come together to discover, connect, share, and learn.

The idea for Social Media Club originated in the Fall of 2005 with the Web 2point1 BrainJam. This led us to create the non-profit BrainJams organization to promote the idea of unconferences and ad-hoc collaboration to a broader audience of non-geeks. Over the course of the last year, BrainJams has brought us together with people from all over the world. As a result of thousands of conversations since, we realized that the passion we have for Social Media was the real purpose of what we were doing and have now launched this site to begin the conversation about the future of Social Media.

Social Media Club will bring together journalists, publishers, communications professionals, artists, amateur media creators, citizen journalists, teachers, students, tool makers, and other interested collaboraters. Essentially the people who create and consume media who have an interest in seeing the ‘media industry’ evolve for everyone’s benefit. We are more than just USERS, we are the reason the tools exist - we are the people who communicate our thoughts and ideas near and far.Join us and let’s shape the future together!

Another small group in Munich seems to be interested as well.

Read Oliver’s post about the London January meetup.

The inaugural Berlin meeting will be held at the ever hospitable newthinking store alongside re:publica, which I’m afraid I won’t be able to attend.

Coworking Germany

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Coworking is spreading to Germany:

Kudos to Johannes for moving this forward. He presented the coworking concept at the recent Web Monday Karlsruhe.

Via Nicole: Coworking DE

Kraut By Southwest 2008

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

At this point, this is little more than a vague idea but mark your calendars anyway if you’re thinking about flying in from Europe to attend SXSW next year.