Sex, Shite, Shock and a Few Celebs

January 5, 2008 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Blogging | Leave a comment
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That’s all the people want to read 😀 (With the exception of a few intellectuals interested in the love life of Slavoj Zizek, and a handful of people interested in politics and Google Earth oddities).

Here is the top 14 of the past 370 days of traffic on my blog:

Two Girls One Cup – a Plot Synopsis 27,384

Two Girls One Finger – a Plot Summary 21,362

Oops, she did it again: Britney naked (y 3,802

Britney's ass and nipples 1,297

The Britney Spears Video from VMAS! (Plu 1,246

Slavoj Žižek's wives 1,244

Elections in France: the results 1,191

My five favourite Google Earth Oddities 1,018

Naked little dead man 711

"End Guantanamo" banner for your blog! 494

Google Earth erases Google Earth odditie 449

Kareena & Paris: Twins Separated at 429

Film mit Ablaufdatum: Muttertag 389

About 383

The 2G1C and 2G1F summaries almost tripled my blog stats in only six weeks (but it’s poor quality traffic – high number of page impressions, low degree of engagement and interaction). Let’s look at the positive aspects: Almost 500 page impressions for the End Guantanamo banner download page!

W00t! Word of the Year 2007

December 13, 2007 at 12:00 am | Posted in Language | 2 Comments
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W00t! I actually do not know how to pronounce “w00t!” – I mainly knew it through Lenina’s blog, but have no phonetic representation for it. I thought it was a variation of ‘what!’, but that may not be true.

Regardless of my confusion, w00t! has become Merriam-Webster’s word of the year 2007. The New York Times writes:

Merriam-Webster’s president, John Morse, said ”w00t” was an ideal choice because it blends whimsy and new technology. ”It shows a really interesting thing that’s going on in language. It’s a term that’s arrived only because we’re now communicating electronically with each other,” Morse said. […] ”W00t” was among 20 nominees in a list of the most-searched words in Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary and most frequently submitted terms from users of its ”open dictionary.” The choice did not make Allan Metcalf, executive secretary of the American Dialect Society, say ”w00t.” ”It’s amusing, but it’s limited to a small community and unlikely to spread and unlikely to last,” said Metcalf, an English professor at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill.

W00t has not yet been added to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary – at least I couldn’t find it – but it is supposedly going to be added soon. I admit that I kind of disapprove of that – which official word can have two numbers in its middle in particular if these aren’t pronounced like numbers?

Here is the complete top ten – I’d also prefer if brand names wouldn’t be granted access (I know, I know – dictionaries are no longer prescriptive, they have become merely descriptive:

2. facebook

3. conundrum

4. quixotic

5. blamestorm

6. sardoodledom

7. apathetic

8. Pecksniffian

9. hypocrite

10. charlatan

Btw, am I correct in assuming that w00t is – more or less – pronounced like the German ‘Wut’ (anger)?

I Have a Dream: The Black Future of France

May 7, 2007 at 8:38 am | Posted in Elections, Politics, video | Leave a comment
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Martin Luther King would have liked this, I hope you like it, too:

Found on Paris Noire sur Blanc (Paris, black on white, NO, not Paris Hilton!), originally created by leCRAN (Conseil Representatif des Associations Noires= Representative Council of Black Associations).

Elections France – Results: Sarkozy 53,1%, Royal 46,9%

May 6, 2007 at 8:43 pm | Posted in Elections | 1 Comment
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Sarkozy achieved the third best result in a second round of voting in France. Better results were only achieved by Charles de Gaulle in 1965 (55,2%, in a run-off against François Mitterand) and in 1988 by François Mitterand (54%, against Jaques Chirac). Currently 52 years old, he is going to be the youngest president of France (Charles de Gaulle, 68; Georges Pompidou, 57; Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, 48; François Mitterrand, 64; Jacques Chirac, 62; Nicolas Sarkozy, 52). Sources: Le Monde, Wikipedia)

Sarkozy announced that the United States “can count on our friendship” (“les Etats-Unis “peuvent compter sur notre amitié” Source: Le Monde).

After the announcement of the results, supporters of the socialist candidate gathered at the Place de La Bastille, disappointedly as could be judged from slogans like “Sarko facho” (pronunciation close to: sarKAUGH faSHAUGH, meaning: Sarkozy, the fascist) [Source: Le Monde]. In that context, I would once more like to propose the much cuter nickname Nicolas Narkozy, N.N.

Royal asked her 17 million voters to “continue together” and to “keep up the confidence, keep your enthusiasm alive, stay mobilized, other democratic encounters are waiting for us. […] What we have undertaken for France is going to bear fruit, that I am sure of.”

“Gardez confiance, gardez intact votre enthousiasme, restez mobilisés, d’autres rendez-vous démocratiques nous attendent”, a-t-elle lancé à ses partisans, avant de conclure : “Ce que nous avons entrepris pour la France portera ses fruits, j’en suis sûre!” (Source: Le Monde“)

It’s also worth the while to have a look at Le Monde’s map of the results by district (département): Départements in which Sarkozy got the majority of votes are baby boy blue, départements where Royal is leading are coloured baby girl pink. Those who don’t know where to place Paris: It’s the shaded area in the middle, the département bears the name ÃŽle-de-France (not very legible in this map). The purely pink/blue coloured big map might be a bit misleading, as the candidates could not ‘win’ individual districts: The votes all go into the same pot. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find two smaller maps which are a more accurate representation of the results, presented in shades of blue / shades of pink.

Carte Departements

Articles in English: “Sarkozy takes French Presidency”, The Guardian (More articles about France in The Guardian)

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