Two years ago on March 12th, Terry Pratchett finally died. And that is still terribly sad. Because no one has done “fantasy, but with real people” better than him.
Punching people in the face – because Warren Ellis said so
I’m a big fan of Warren Ellis’ comic books. Transmetropolitan made me appreciate comics again. As well as journalism. And Hunter S. Thompson as a writer. And it did definitely influence my approach to reporting 1.
So I usually enjoy his newsletter. The recent one had the following lines, which infuriated me (which is a good thing, having news that get you out of your comfort zone. Though maybe I get too much of that these days). Continue reading “Punching people in the face – because Warren Ellis said so”
Eloi. There, I said it.
I tried really hard, but in the end, I gave in. But for once, let’s start with the beginning: With “my people”, there is this talk about sheep, wolves and sheepdogs: The people who live their lives ignorant of the dangers around them; the people who prey on them; and the ones who stand between the two to defend the former from the latter. It is an absolutely terrible metaphor for several reasons: Continue reading “Eloi. There, I said it.”
Do not trust web services with your data
Shortly after writing The Fake News Cure, I came across two articles by Kit Perez: Digital Privacy Laziness and How to set up an information feed. From the fact that I am linking these, you can gather that I don’t mind them getting attention, so go a give them a read. It’s not required for the rest of my article, though, because I am going to nit-pick on a single advice given there. Continue reading “Do not trust web services with your data”
The Fake News Cure
Fake news are an important topic right now. The Digital Freedom Festival 2016 in Riga considered it so, I am told by heise.de
Of course fake news are only news because recently they were the wrong kind of fake.
The Reenactor’s Porn Tumblr feed
It is described as “Pretty faces in pretty kit…maybe its just a reenactor thing, but sometimes I can’t tell which I find more attractive: the person or their kit“. But this wouldn’t be my blog if I got straight to the point, so bear with me 2. Continue reading “The Reenactor’s Porn Tumblr feed”
If you like something and have a blog, at least you can give a shout out, right? Since I failed to tip people twice now, at least there is some link juice to be, uhm, spread around. Sounds strange saying that. Anyway, here’s to the places I liked on my stay in Sydney:
Living in Australia
As you might have read in On vacation in Australia, I can recommend Sydney for a vacation, if you are the vacation type. I myself am no. I came over to work a bit in the Australian office and check out whether living here for the winter part of the German year is viable, simply trying to avoid winter depression.
It’s a very different perspective if you think about living in a country instead of vacationing. Suddenly issues become relevant that you can ignore as a visitor. Continue reading “Living in Australia”
On vacation in Australia
If you ever wanted to go to Australia for a vacation, I can recommend it. I myself never get this need for travelling, but a lot of Germans seem to consider it a worthy trip. And that might be due to the fact that it is hard to get away any further. Well, technically, there is a wet spot a few hundred kilometers east of the coast of New Zealand that is exactly the opposite of where I live in Germany. But after 30hrs of flight, teensy details like that NZ is another 4 hours by plane stop to matter. Continue reading “On vacation in Australia”
Leaving Twitter and Facebook
This is, I think, the third time in nearly two decades that I start a blog for publishing content instead of just toying with technology. The first two started when I went away for a while and wanted to stay in touch. This time might look similar, as I am in Australia as of writing, but it is based on an issue even closer to my heart: Freedom, plain and simple. Let me explain: Continue reading “Leaving Twitter and Facebook”