My favorite god/ess

Johannes asked me to write a review of my favorite god/ess for monochroms Polytheism blog. The Viennese based group announced 2008 as the year of polytheism: the basic idea is to overcome unnecessary borders drawn by religion and – this is just my personal interpretation – to post-teenage religion.

What do I mean by post-teenage? Once you’re in your twenties, you’re statistically a lot more likely to rather accept and adopt various styles, be in the field of music or fashion or whatever, than to just hold on to one “scene”. Religion in that respect mostly is far behind pop culture, even though during the last decade I sensed a very interesting shift in terms of polytheism, especially amongst economically blessed women in their 40ies who are interested in “esoteric knowledge”. Nonetheless, many followers of different gods still don’t hesitate to convince others that their own super-being is far superior to the ridiculous error their adversaries refer to as supreme master. Funnily enough just a couple hours before I was asked to write this text I saw a very funny poster at mmoabc.com, which depicts a woman carrying a sign that says: “Says the bible: war is sent by god.” The picture is part of series of spoofs of the well-know motivational motives featuring a colorful image and some silly words. The text accompanying this picture says: “Religious War. Killing each other to see who has the better imaginary friend.” And this I believe is just what the year of polytheism is all about:

The “International Year of Polytheism” (powered by monochrom) wants to overcome the epoch of the monotheistic worldviews (and its derivatives such as “The West” and “The Arab World”) through the reconstruction of a polytheistic multiplicity in which countless gods and goddesses will eventually neutralize each other.

But even though it is easy for me to support the idea and to feel frighteningly in tune with the great polytheist movement, I’m having hell of a hard time answering the question about my favorite god/esse/s, since I worship countless of them. Some live in my flat, some I talk to on a regularly basis, some I had sexual intercourse with and some I have never seen nor even dared to imagine in their full glory. And what exactly does favorite mean in that respect? Is my favorite god the one who brews the coffee just like I like it or is he the engineer who engineered the robot who built my bike? Or the guy who gives me this incredibly self-satisfied feeling when I’m flying high above the clouds in my wildest dream? Or is she the one who made every piece of organic matter live in such a way that we can interpret it as living matter if we want to? Is he the one who gave us freedom or is she the one who enslaved us?

There are many favorite gods, but like in the famous Kung Fu series featuring David Carradine, when the decade of training at the Shaolin monastery is done, only one of the grad students can become the new master. And if all of them surrender their title as their code of honor requires that means they still have to fight. So if I have to give one definite answer I go with the great green frog god, the one who is constantly watching over all frog- and non-frog creatures and makes all other gods tick. Even though Buddha is quite a cuddly roughneck, too…

Google Knol: know how to place your backlinks

Big G is firing up new half-ready services by the week: first lively, now Knol – a beast arising fromt the deepest darkest places where no wikipedia-user ever dwelled. Because Google is allowing follow-backlinks, so Knol will be spammed faster than a spam factory.

Unless the reviewer system actually starts to work. And unless Google goes for multi-langual support. Otherwise, quick SEOs will soon start posting “guides” on how to moderate blogs or explain the basics of SMO – social media optimization. And that’s most likely the reason why the don’t dare to put up “latest knols” on their front page.

Ever heard of the Donkey Punch?

The message of this movie is pretty clear: when people party hard, accidents happen. So better don’t have fun or you might die. Or have to fight for your live. There’s no doubt that the “Donkey Punch”, starting in july, does have the potential to become the new teenage hype-core artefact.

Wanna know what the big fuzz is all about? Take a look at the trailer:

Calum Best’s Chastity Project

Fans of MTV’s series “Totally” know for sure, that Calum Best so far has never been spotted without the obligatory hot chick in his arm. But now he’s walking down the path of the Catholic priest, even if only for a limited period of time:

I, Calum Milan Best, do hereby declare that I shalt not: Indulge in impure thoughts, Touch the ‘Holy Groin’, Fornicate with double-D beauties, ‘Bash the Bishop’ or
Peruse top-shelf literature

No impure thoughts whatsoever? At least no intercourse, that’s for sure. But listen what Calum himself has to say about his 50 day non-sex period:

Plugin.Mania: WP-dTree

Ever been jealous of you neighbour’s miraculous dTree? Oh, I see – you have no clue what a dTree is. Well, those things don’t grow in gardens, that’s for sure: we’re talking Scriptaculous here: dTrees are the nifty little menu structures with the “+”-signs that make hierarchies expand or collapse.

No more need for manuel coding, WP-dTree by a guy who calls himself “Plugin Author” does the trick:

WordPress WP-dTree WordPress Plugins.

If you thought, think again!

Because it’s the Ax Men – and they have the most dangerous job in the world, nothing like the X-Men. And nothing like the fax men who drift away over endless excel tables. Yes, that’s right: chopping wood is a lot more dangerous than hammering away at your keyboard. You lose paragraphs, they lose limbs – that’s why the history channel is spreading this great promotion clip:

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twhirl: sometimes twitter needs a break

The really annoying thing about the otherwise gorgeous thwirl client is its inability to pause the live-feed: on my windows mobile pda I use tiny twitter.

The client updates my contact feed every 5 minutes – but it does not auto-scroll, which means that when I start reading again I start exactly where I left off, scrolling through all the new tweets.

I really miss this option on twhirl: in my opinion, one of twitter’s key-strength is the overview-factor… but with twhirl, I allways have to scroll back. New tweets are marked with an asterisk, but still I miss my “pause”-button…

Get your very own Perpetuum Webile!

The social web is all about user participation, right? Well, maybe. Kind of. But the truth is that the web 2.0 these days is all about syndication: call it cross-, auto- or whatever-posting, feeds are running wild. Just take friendfeed: ff posts to facebook, twitter posts to facebook… soup.io, an Austrian Startup, also has nice and nifty auto-syndication features. The same can be said about tumblr. So what happens when you let these two mighty beasts battle, umm, I mean talk to, each other?

Would one achieve eternal RSS action Zen that way? Yes, it is that simple, actually – you don’t even have to spend the best years of your live in a monastery:

  1. Set up an account at Soup.io, one at – and if you wish, one at friendfeed.
  2. Enter your tumblr username in soup.io’s “external services” list, then enter the soup.io feed as an external tumblr feed. Optional: link both feeds to your new friendfeed account (rss sources).
  3. No third step, you’re done: you just built your very own perpetuum webile!

What’s going to happen? Let’s say you post something on soup. It then gets repostet on tumblr, which again triggers a posting at soup which in turn… you get the point. And friendfeed documents it all. Ain’t that great? Finally, the human factor has been eliminated from the communication formula. When I was a kid, one needed an analogue cam, a TV and a darkened room to achieve endless loop-back effects; the results were more vivid, and the visual far more interesting though than my perpetuum webile. I tried this, check it out:

perpetuumwebile.soup.io/
perpetuumwebile.tumblr.com
perpetuumwebile.tumblr.com

What really happens is rather boring though: after a couple of reposts the whole process comes to and end: virtual entropy is kicking in… no endless fun.

Can you think of any other such feedback-mechanisms? Of course I integrated my tweets, my friendfeed *and* my blog with my facebook accounts – now triple actions are swarming all around. A hash key as lowest common denominator could probably subdue the chaos – but for now let’s rejoice and look forward to the age of machines that are almost as dumb as humans: a true scientific breakthrough.