Weekly Blogistan Round-Up no. 21/2009

This weekly round-up comes with a free day of delay, as I was pretty business last night taking pictures of the sunset from Braunsberg. Riding my bike home I had to be very careful since a nightly meeting of a rabbit and a motorcycle is usually a very unpleasant experience for both sides. I haven’t digi developped all pics yet, but this one turned out quite nicely:


So back to blogging business – what a week! We now finally know that there actually *are* differences when it comes to the two sexes using social media. Read more

Weekly Blogistan Round-Up no. 04/2009

twestivalSeth Godin got the best business advices, here comes another one: ask your customers if you can pitch in times of crisis. Don’t buckle down, let’s face the not-so-hard truth: great times are coming up for small enterprises and networks: after all, the small overhead costs allow for efficiency. So there’s actually no need to worry, unless you’re planning on launching a new car company. Or a web designer, for that matters – Which brings me to my first news of the week:

TechCrunch reported the sad story of a guy trying to sell his Digg-Account on Craigslist. Right now, TechCrunch is collecting money for his rent, since there’s not enough web design work:

How bad is the economy? In an effort to raise money for his rent, one man named Victor is trying to sell his Digg account on Craigslist for $650. Its not because Victor is a power user on Digg. The name of the account is “youtube”

Got some change? Fresh water and help needed

MountainDan is looking for support: Twestvial Wien is supposed to bring the Twitter community together and raise money for a good cause at the same time:

Those of you involved in the twitter community have undoubtedly heard of tweetups, where the local twitter community organizes an event where they call all meet and socialize offline. An outstanding idea in its own right, but a group of organizers from London have decided to take this concept one further and combine a charity fundraising event and tweetup into one cause. On the 12th of February, twitter communities around the world will band together not only to meet each other, but to raise money for an amazing non-profit organization.

Check Dan’s blog for all the details – right now, there’s a lot of organizing going on, and helping hands are needed!

Harley Davidson lays of 1.100 workers

The crisis of the international auto-industry is spreading over to bike manufacturers: Harley Davidson recently announced that the company will lay off more than thousands workers: after two good decades, 8% less bikes were sold in 2008, for this year another 10% decrease in sales is expected.

Shoemoney on O’Bama’s inauguration

Jeremy is as far as I’ve noticed not quite the biggest fan of America’s new president – and this description is hilarious, I just have to quote the whole post.:

Today a young man, whose father abandon him when he was a young boy, whose hippy mother takes him into Indonesia and into harms way as a young man, whose grandparents raise him as a youth and adolescent , who busted his ass and did it all himself, will be sworn in as our President today.

Such a great American story.

God Bless America.

Video of the Week

What is social? Hans Peter Brondmo (Plum) doesn’t give a technical explanation but focuses on the basic human need to communicate – can’t argue against that:

So another week has passed in Blogistan. Luckily, the winter seems to lose strength here in Vienna – and motor-bike season is back on soon; I can’t wait. Have a great Sunday, don’t forget to check back next week.

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Weekly Blogistan Round-Up no. 02/2009

tweetbacksNothing like listening to old-school dubstep mixes and surfing the net on a lazy Sunday afternoon – even though I have to admit that turning up the music is kind of my only option right now, since the new Samsung LCD screen I bought yesterday experiences some kind of identity crisis, confusing itself with some kind of alien sound-device by producing a constant annoying noise. But enough complaining, let’s turn our heads and look back on the 7 deadly sins of online-marketing compiled by Shoemoney.

Include the twitter juice!

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to include tweets about your postings directly into the comment thread? tweetbacks by Smashing Magazine does just that:

This plug-in imports tweets about your posts as comments. You can display them in between the other comments on your blog, or display them separately.

The implementation requires a bit of template-fiddling, but the explanations outlines the necessary changes very well.

One for the Lohas

“My paper shredder cuts 100 sheets per minute!” “Mine only cuts 0,02 sheets per minute, but it’s hamster powered!” This fictional dialogue could soon become office reality, as London design consultant Tom Ballhatchet invented the prototype of a “Hamster Powered Paper Shredder”: it takes the little fellow about three quarters of an hour to tear one DIN A4 sheet to pieces, which then become his bedding – the Lauging Squid knows more.

Mind the Tweet?

In the last week, Twitter’s security loopholes have been discussed everywhere: tweeters are used to performance problems (“fail-whale”), but the recent hacks of popular accounts, among them Britney Spears and Barack Obama, created awareness for the basic problem: there is no Twitter API, most 3rd party mash-ups require you to gladly hand over your login to some total stranger. Nick O’Neill posted some interesting thoughts on allfacebook.com:

Why would developers build for a platform that has only a few million users when they can build identical tools for over 140 or 150 million users? Yes, Facebook can keep the statuses private, and all comment replies as well and theyll continue their phenomenal growth rate. They clearly dont have the development resources though to build tools around their status updates internally. If Facebook opened up statuses tomorrow, Twitter would essentially become a ghost town.

Video of the week: The 3 Rules of the Internet

A song is much easier to remember than a simple text – even heralds in medieval times were aware of that fact. And the same applies to this beautiful beautiful song by Jonathan Mann: “The internet is a less than physical space, containing a multitude of opinions on a wide variety of subjects… written by mostly assholes.” [via monochrom]
[youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWSP2c9J8CQ[/youtube]

So that’s about it for this week – the New Year’s Eve aftermath has worn off (hopefully) and the blogosphere is buzzing again. Let’s see what 2k9 has in store – have a great Sunday, see you next week.

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Weekly Blogistan Round-Up no. 01/2009

bewerbungHow you’re doing? I hope you had a great start into the new year, and believe me: 2k9 is gonna be a wicked year for web 2.0 folks, and I mean “wicked” in the good, old-school jungle way. I do have the impression that the European commercial community is just waking up, and I’m seriously looking forward to bigger budgets being spent on web 2.0 advertising as this will boost the whole scene. My personal 1st of January had a very nice surprise in stall for me: datadirt received a Pagerank update and is now proudly sporting a 5.

My German blog datenschmutz is now a member of the quite exclusive PR6 blogs club – this did not come totally unexpected though, yet I’m still really happy about it. Now I know that good ole PR neither reflects a real-time value nor is it the most relevant SEO factor: but I like to think like some kind of nice, expensive watch: no added value, but it looks nice and gives a great first impression :mrgreen:

So, what’s a super-affiliate again?

Super Affiliate is a stupid buzzword used in the affiliate marketing blogging community by bloggers who want to make you think they make more money or are somehow better than you. When I had my first $1000 week at one of the very well known affiliate networks, they said I was now a “Super Affiliate,” which showed me that it means absolutely nothing. Anyone using the term “Super Affiliate” in a non-joking manner, especially when referring to themselves, has no credibility, and is an idiot.

Says NickyCakes of Reformed Blackhat on Jeremy’s Blog That’s a short yet very concise way to put it – I have nothing to add :mrgreen:

Look back (in no anger)

Jeremy took the time to do a proper all-year review which is also a very smart idea in terms of internal pagerank distribution by the way.

TechCrunch und Twitter

TechCrunch publishes an article on a mash-up that forwards tweets to e-mail adresses. Asks Babou:

I really enjoy your blog for your insights and the posts of your team of writers but there is one thing: you really speak a lot about twitter.
Now I understand Twitter has become an important medium of communication but does it really deserve so much attention?

Well… that depends: I guess that twitter deserves all the attention that fits into 140 characters – a couple of times per day.

Video of the week

You don’t want to get that job? By all means, watch and learn from this brilliant job interview video by Ben Schwartz:

So much for the first weekly blogosphere review of the new year – as always, comments and feedback are highly appreciated. See you next week!

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Weekly Blogistan Round-Up no. 52/2008

tangible interfacesReady from some good ole fun after the dreadful distress of buying all your X-Mas presents? Word your way through Dan’s list of Friday Funnies and meet the Tiddy bear! He’ll make you feel more comfortable than a pint of pure Christmas spirit or this weekly round-up. So sit back, relax and keep wondering about the miracles of modern web society.

Vote for your PPC, America

TechCrunch heard an interesting rumor: supposedly Digg is working on their own ad system by adding a social mechanism to determine the click price:

One experiment Digg is working on, says one source close to the company, is a self service advertising product that will be somewhat similar to Google AdWords, but with a twist. The product would insert advertisements into the Digg news stream (presumably clearly marked). Where those ads end up, and how much an advertiser pays per click, would be based on user feedback.

Sounds like a pretty smart plan – theoretically it might improve overall ad quality a lot. On the other hand I highly doubt that user are willing to cast their votes on ads. It’s much more likely that Digg-mobs embrace a more profitable kind of business model.

The key factors of success

If you want to become a millionaire, try to serve others first. If you offer them something of true value, the will appreciate your work and eventually pay your really good. Work through Crap:

C riticism
R ejection
A ssholes
P ressure


It’s all simple truths, cut down to a 3-minute TED presentation without any unnecessary bells and whistles. And there’s good news, too: try to have fun, will you? [via Blogpiloten]

In the mood for charity?

People usually are around this time of year and Seth has picked out some ideas like collecting money via twitter or getting peeps to sign up for some new service. That’s the true spirit of X-Mas: during other seasons you could never directly buy attention without looking like a complete loser, but hey, it’s Christmas: that seems to render any kind of begging and buying the G-love absolutely acceptable! Don’t worry though: I’ll just give some of my yearly income to charity, but I won’t ask you, my readers, to send me money or to sign up anywhere. If it was a successful year for you, pick some humanitarian cause that appeals to you. Give them some of money directly: finding a proper project is easier than ever before – there are literally millions of Facebook groups trying to improve the world, Africa, animal rights, human rights etc. I won’t and can’t tell you what good deed you should spend your hard-earned bucks on.

Video(s) of the week: tangible interaction

Tangible Interaction’s graffiti wall takes the illegal part out of spraying house-walls. The only problem is that these interfaces are probably far too expensive to be put up on every city wall. Still, using them looks like a lot of fun:

And there’s more greatness on Vimeo: Scott Beale of Laughing Squid test-drove his brand-new Canon 5D Mark II against mighty Doc Popular’s Yoyo tricks: the sequence is short, but watch it in HD on Vimeo and behold the incredible video quality:

So much for this week – one more round-up to go, and we’re done with 2008 or “the year of 140 letters” as some like to call it. So good luck with grabbing your last-minute X-mas presents, have a nice Sunday and great holidays, see you next week.


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My German blog ranks #44 in Twingly’s charts

Twingly ChartsThis week, Swedish Start-up Company Twingly launched its very own top-blog lists in twelve different languages. Their blog search is delivering really good results, so it seems that the near future might look rather bleak for Technorati – and the best part is that my main blog datenschmutz ranks #44 in the German-language list!

The overall winner of the new rating is – what a surprise – Technorati. And this is what Michael, or in this case Robin, thinks about the new charts:

Twingly, the social blog search engine that prides itself in being completely spam-free, has launched BlogRank as a way to identify the 100 most important blogs in 12 different languages based on a proprietary ranking system. Its very similar to what Technorati has been trying to achieve with their Authority ranking, i.e. creating a Google PageRank for blogs. […] They also stress that it shows the blogosphere according to their data, and that its not necessarily 100% accurate. Its a nice feature, but late in the game, and youve got to ask yourself how obsolete both Twingly’s and Technorati’s ranking would be if Google were actually the next to introduce the next ‘Google PageRank for blogs’.

The ratings are based on the so called Twingly blog-rank:

Twingly Top 100, is the listing of the 100 biggest blogs in 12 different languages based on our ranking system (which is mainly focusing on inlinks and likes among other things). BlogRank is a number between 1-10 that shows how big a blog is. Its similar to Google PageRank but only for blogs.

I have to agree – but the question is if and when Google will launch such a specialized PageRank. Sooner or later they will be forced to do so, as the rapid dynamics of blogs calls for a different measurement, otherwise the main index will become too clogged over time. But until then, I’m very very happy about number 44, especially considering that I’m writing about a growing, yet still pretty small niche compared to e.g. tabloid or pop culture blogs.

Why the name datadirt?

I started datadirt only a couple of months ago, but I’ve been blogging in German for some years – that’s actually where the name of the blog comes from. My German blog is called datenschmutz, which is a wordplay, as the German term for privacy protection is “Datenschmutz”, while Schmutz literally means dirt. So datadirt is the literal translation of the name – I got so used to it that I decided to stick with the name. Of course I’m not translating every single posting, but I really like blogging in two languages; brushes up my written English and enables me to blog about topics which are hot in the US but not in Europe. Take affiliate marketing for example: some of the best and most lucrative networks out there only accept English sites, as the network owners want to keep track of their affiliate portfolio. Very understandable, but still a drag if you only operate German sites. So to cut a long story short: thanks for your support – and I hope datadirt will turn up in Twigly’s English list next year – so thanks a lot for you interest and your support!

Weekly Blogistan Round-Up no. 50/2008

wingsuitMain bloggerilla topic of the week: the new WordPress aka 2.7. Matt and his team change a lot in the backend – it’s like Obama said: “Change, we can do it!” What O did not mention though was the fact that change makes most folks rather uncomfortable. In that respect, it’s more like TLC sang-rapped: “Don’t go chasin’ waterfalls / listen to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.” In other words, I’ve heard a lot of user complaining about a so-called uglification of the CMS. My five cents: so far I’ve only updated half of my blogs, and I really dig the new look and all the new features.

The new WordPress 2.7

A lot of hard programming work has gone into this release: every backend-screen is customizable, so it should be easier than ever to fit WP to your needs. Furthermore, this updating-round is the last manual one: from 2.7 or “Coltrane”, WP updates do happen on the fly without any ftp-uploads (just like the current plug-in update function). This new release is so full of features that you might want to take a look at the official WordPress Blog. This screencast sums up all the new blogging-goodness:

Jerry nails it again

I really dig this guy, not just because he’s funny and a good writer – I also learned a great deal from him. And I can only fully endorse this quote from an article about blogging and not selling out:

I get probably 10-20 solicitations a day to write about someones product or whatever If it’s something I am interested in then I write about it. But more than anything I try not to clutter the blog with crap. And when I say crap of course I mean what I think is crap.

Going local with your host

If you live in the US and you run an online business, you probably didn’t choose a European hosting provider – why would you? US Hosts offer cheaper contracts, and they’re just as reliable. And that’s the reason why many Europeans chose US hosters, but that might not be a good idea. NTT Europe just released a new study about the importance of local hosting. And the results are quite surprising: if your server is hosted in another country than the one you’re targeting with your business, you might lose up to 30% of potential visitors! So whether you’re a global player or more of a niche-fiend: don’t forget that your IP always tells Google where your server is located: paying a couple of bucks more might actually pay off, and that goes for bloggers, too.

Going digital this X-Max

Geeks need to pay for Bytes, says Crunchgear – we all got too much brick-and-mortar crap already, and it’s about time to switch from energy-consuming, poison-producing hardware to digital content streams – I fully agree:

I’m saying we dont need any more crap. We have too much, we bought too much on credit, and were destroying the environment and economy with our purchases. This year, vote with your wallet and say “We dont need a digital disk standard. We dont need DRM. We value your content and we will pay for it, but on our terms.” As I see it, buying digital ideally from non-DRM sources fulfills the promise of the digital life cycle.

Video of the week

Ever felt like jumping from a really high cliff without a parachute? Well, that’s what those guys do on a regular basis. Yes, they do survive their falls thanks to so-called wingsuits – and their adventures look a lot more spectacular than those of Superman:

That’s it for one of the last weeks of 2008 – I hope you have a great Sunday! Thanks for stopping by, see you next week.


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Weekly Blogistan Round-Up no. 49/2008

the new AkiraIt’s been a week full of surprises: Pownce closed pretty unexpectedly, while Twitter is still growing at an amazing rate. And a new trend finally has been turned into an API, or rather two APIs: Google as well as Facebook try to decentralize social networking and at the same time establish their own platforms as the central social hub. I am really looking forward to buddypress – in my opinion, “hosted” services are fine as additional traffic streams, but no online professional should put his main assets into third-party hands.

Google friend connect is opening

Last week, Google started the public beta phase for its new service friend connect: Basically, we’re talking about a social API here: there’s a unified login via Big G and Open ID. The implementation is simple, there’s a couple of ready-made widgets, but actually it’s all about the community now, who is expected to build their own apps. Is this going to be a threat for Facebook? The future will show.

…and Facebook launches Connect

The new service is FB’s version of a portable single-sign on. While OpenID is great in theory, I totally agree with Dan:

Truth be told, Im a big fan of Facebook, and could easily see them getting this one just right. And apparently, Im not the only one. In a recent press release, Facebook states that,

“two out of three new registrations at participating sites were generated through Facebook Connect during the testing phase.”

66%! Wow! And the sticky sweet Facebook goodness doesnt stop at the registration page.

“users who logged in using Facebook Connect were 50 percent more likely to participate socially on a website than non-Facebook Connect users once logged in.”

Of course, a grand don’t come for free: he who bestows upon his website the powers of FB, grants them sole access to all the social data gathered. So the standard blog-commenting system without registration is here to stay for another while.

More Facebook news: embeddable videos

Embedding videos is not a big deal anymore – every major site offers this function. But Facebook takes the game to the next level by introducing friends-only embeddable videos, and the quality has improved as well:

The quality will be bumped up to 720p, which is technically the low end of HD. Coincidentally (or not), YouTube turned on an HD-quality option on Friday. […] The key change, though, is that the videos will now be embeddable on other sites. […] Just as on Facebook, you can determine exactly who can see any video you upload. Those privacy settings will be maintained across the Web.

Win tickets for Elite Retreat

There’s no doubt that Elite Retreat is a high-profile conference, and it’s always sold out quite quickly. And the tickets are not too cheap either, but here comes the good news: The friendly guys from Pepperjam are giving away not only free tickets, but also gives away hotel room and a free flight. To be eligible for the freebies, you’ll have to work hard though, as the rules are all about affiliate performance. [via Shoemoney]

Video of the week: A Chain Animation

1993 45 media artists did a chain-animation – most of them were using an Amiga. Max has uploaded this 21-minutes clip – looks pretty amazing:


Also recommended: Akira remodeled. Have you ever wondered, what the manga classic Akira would look life, if it had been produced for an American audience? Laughing Squid knows!

And that’s it for the week – have a great Sunday, enjoy your trips to the blogosphere. See you next week! And btw: don’t forget to clean your screen :mrgreen:

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Pownce shuts down – And the moral of the story?

pownce shuts downMicroblogging-platform Pownce announced its shutdown on 15th of December yesterday. The company was bought by Six Apart, the makers of Movable Type and TypePad. The team will continue to work for Six Apart on new projects – seems the company saw no light at the end of the infamous twitter-tunnel: while Pownce hat a couple of unique features to offer, the community never reached the critical size that turns microblogging-fun into a profitable business.

Pro-users who had to pay 20$ per year for premium features will be notified via e-mail, a new export features enables powncers to export their blog for future re-import into TypePad and/or WordPress, check the official pownce blog for details. My personal grief is strictly limited, as I wasn’t a regular user. Why would I? Contrary to blip.fm I didn’t see much value in maintaining a second microblogging account; Twitter is already consuming enough of my time. And I was not the only one to abandon ship:

Ive been a member of Pownce since day one and at one point, a devoted member and daily visitor. However, as time went on, recurring bugs werent fixed, feedback wasnt acted on, other services launched, original members abandoned ship and eventually, so did I.

TechCrunchIt even thinks that there’s little to no room for fresh microblogging services:

If FriendFeed is a parasite service of Twitter, then the only conceivable entry point now is as a parasite service of FriendFeed. What would that entail? It would have to be a service that thrived on being absorbed as it seeded new functionality into the expanding messaging subsystem.

So is this the beginning of web 2.0’s end? I don’t think so – copycats just don’t last that long. There’s one learning though that every web professional should take away from this episode: your own site, the central hub of your very web existence, must not depend on third party infra-structure providers! This means: go self-hosted, if you’re serious about your online presence. Make excessive use of web 2.0 services for generating incoming traffic, but always diversify! Don’t depend on one search engine, one community, one microblogging service: spread your assets! 100 traffic sources with 5 visitors each are a much better investment in your personal online future than 1 source with 1000 visitors.

Weekly Blogistan Round-Up no. 48/2008

weekly round-up KW48Another week bites the dust: and much ado is going on about something that hardly anybody understands: the global financial crisis is spilling over from bankruptcy-filing banks to the car industry and plenty other businesses. Neither Obama nor the new Austrian government (if this comparison sounds strange to you: I live in Austria) will have an easy job: and while the EU is planning coordinated measures, I keep asking myself one question that nobody could answer so far: The governments deem giving cheap credits to banks appropriate. Why don’t they hand out those credits – on the same terms – directly to needy companies?

After all, this money is supposed to fuel the economic fire, but so far the amount of money parked at the European central bank by national institutes has increased! Doesn’t sound like a good plan to me… but luckily, online-entrepreneurs who specialize in marketing need little to no start-up capital: and that’s one of the reasons, why our businesses will bloom in the near future.

Who to follow on twitter

Dan has dug the archives and came up with a list of twitter opinion-leaders:

One of the best ways to get started is by following the biggies. A quick Google search of top 10 twitter folks brought up a number of names that Ive already heard of, regularly read, and/or know at least something about. I like to think of these folks as the movers and shakers of twitter. Theyre really driving and having great conversations all out in the open for you and you and you and me to read.

More Yahoo Shares because I Cahn

Despite CEO Yang’s rather not-so-inspired visions about Yahoos future, Carl Icahn bought an additional 6,7 millions Yahoo shares and is now owning 5,4% of the company. Since Microsoft did not buy Yahoo earlier this year, Icahn has already burned 900 millions – seems there’s definitely at least one person who believes in a golden future for the once-big Y!.

WordPress-Update: 2.6.5 ready for dl

Those exploits never stop to turn up: the current one affects virtual IP-based apache 2.0 servers and was discovered by by Jeremias Reith. There are also a few minor bug fixes. Please note: there was not and never will be a version 2.6.4:

Note that we are skipping version 2.6.4 and jumping from 2.6.3 to 2.6.5 to avoid confusion with a fake 2.6.4 release that made the rounds. There is not and never will be a version 2.6.4.

The complete list is online at the official WordPress Blog, immediate upgrading is recommended: Download WP 2.6.5

Video of the week

How does one visualize the free flow of subconsciousness? Tim Lovett’s approach is quite stunning:

LUNATIK is my final submission for uni this year. It’s an experimental animation that explores the human mind – how we can subconsciously drift from one stream of thought to another.

And that’s it – I’ll take another walk through snowy Lienz in Eastern Tyrol and will head back to V.I.E. tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by, see you on Monday.


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Weekly Blogistan Round-Up no. 47/2008

obamoidaNo more denial, it’s official by now: no more outdoor swimming 2k8, winter has kicked in Vienna. Yesterday, the little white thingie called snow was floating around in the air, which is nice, if you live near the Alps (skiing season!), but which sucks, if you live in Vienna: as soon as the first snow is falling, car-drivers get crazy: no matter if the streets are actually slippery or not.

Seth on Trust: I trust you, says Seth, but if you abuse my trust once, you won’t be part of the inner circle next time. No need to comment on that, expect: full akk:

If I believe I’m talking on the record, to everyone, I need to be a lot more careful in what I type. Of course, there’s no way for me to enforce this. No way for me to sue you or something if you start taking my words (in context or not) and post them here and there. Except for one: I just won’t trust you again.

Craig’s face gets redder: Obviously, Facebook wants to re-furbish its marketplace. Classified are big business, which currently is largely covered by Craigslist, MSN and eBay (via Kijiji). According to TechCrunch, Facebook chose Oodle, who probably won the pitch thanks to their previous field-experience aka Walmart Classifieds – the relaunch will take place in December. If Facebook manages to offer a better product than their competitors, this could mean some big buck: the combination of a social network with a classifieds-system sounds like a very good idea – but obviously, something was missing so far, since the current marketplace is one of the least busy areas in FB-town; let’s see if Oodle will change that.

Monty Python on youtube: No more need to illegally upload MP-sketches: the British comedians are going affirmative and created their very own Channel, which not only features the well-known pieces but also rarities from the vault. I bet fan-numbers will increase rapidly! [via Laughing Squid]

A quantum of what? Glad I don’t have to watch the newest JB movie, as Dan reviewed A Quantum of Solace and came to the frightening conclusion that there is actually no bond girl in this movie. Actually, his resume sums up just what I expected:

All in all, Im pretty disappointed. Casino Royale was an outstanding debut for Mr. Craig, and Quantum of Solace is a severe letdown, almost to the point of being an embarrassment to the Bond genre. Quantum of Solace is the 22nd Bond film made, and well, Lets just skip over On Her Majestys Secret Service, and call 20 out of 22 outstanding pictures.

Video of the week: Nicholas Patten

A couple of month ago, if someone hat asked me what I was using twitter for, my answer would have sounded something like this: “It’s a micro blogging service, and I use it for real-time communication with my friends.” But I would have never expected that twitter soon was to become one of my primary sources for net.music, creative portfolios and artwork – I met an amazing number of extraordinary gentlemen (and ladies, of course). People like Nicholas Patten, who is designing twitter background, snowboards and making remarkable films. His latest flick is called Today is now: impressions from DC, orchestrated by Bonobo’s “Terrap”: enjoy this presence!

So much for this week – time keeps ticking, the Christmas monster is approaching our unprepared poor little online shops rather rapidly. Time to start working with those reindeers. Have a fantastomatic Sunday, looking forward to seeing you next week.

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