Michael Moore Speaks out: My vote for Obama

April 21, 2008 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Politics | 5 Comments
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I have been watching the Clinton/Obama web war and the whole issue that was set up around Jeremia Wright with a mix of fascination and disgust – and read Michael Moore’s latest (actually: the first one during the primaries) intervention with some sense of relief. I hope America will be able to rid itself from Republican rule, and I couldn’t agree more:

I know some of you will say, ‘Mike, what have the Democrats done to deserve our vote?’ That’s a damn good question. In November of ’06, the country loudly sent a message that we wanted the war to end. Yet the Democrats have done nothing. So why should we be so eager to line up happily behind them?

I’ll tell you why. Because I can’t stand one more friggin’ minute of this administration and the permanent, irreversible damage it has done to our people and to this world. I’m almost at the point where I don’t care if the Democrats don’t have a backbone or a kneebone or a thought in their dizzy little heads. Just as long as their name ain’t “Bush” and the word “Republican” is not beside theirs on the ballot, then that’s good enough for me.

I, like the majority of Americans, have been pummeled senseless for 8 long years. That’s why I will join millions of citizens and stagger into the voting booth come November, like a boxer in the 12th round, all bloodied and bruised with one eye swollen shut, looking for the only thing that matters — that big “D” on the ballot.

I hope the majority will go for the D on the ballot (but I am also afraid the elections might be rigged, and that the majority might not count in the end – is the UN thinking of sending some observers?).

But the question I keep hearing is… ‘can he win? Can he win in November?’ In the distance we hear the siren of the death train called the Straight Talk Express. We know it’s possible to hear the words “President McCain” on January 20th. We know there are still many Americans who will never vote for a black man. Hillary knows it, too. She’s counting on it.

Pennsylvania, the state that gave birth to this great country, has a chance to set things right. It has not had a moment to shine like this since 1787 when our Constitution was written there. In that Constitution, they wrote that a black man or woman was only “three fifths” human. On Tuesday, the good people of Pennsylvania have a chance for redemption.

Read Michael Moore’s full article here!

Another paranoid US citizen

February 13, 2008 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Paranoia | 1 Comment
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I firmly believe that many citizens of the United States of America have been terribly traumatized by the Bush administration and their affiliates. This has left many individuals in a tragic state of paranoia, and one of its manifestations is the belief that Guantanamo is an ultimate necessity. One of these individuals is Phil. Meet Phil and his message:

KEEP GUANTANAMO OPEN!!! LETS KEEP THESE TERRORISTS THERE, AND KEEP GETTING THE INFO WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY!!!

He called in on this blog via IP: 74.129.123.142
[ 74-129-123-142.dhcp.insightbb.com ]
ISP : INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, L.P.
Organization : Insight Communications Company
Location : US US, United States
City : Louisville, KY –
Latitude : 38°20’85” North
Longitude : 85°69’18” West

I am happy to forward any mail if you’d like to reach out to him or get in touch. Don’t you worry, Phil. Every little thing is gonna be all right – once Obama/Clinton haven taken over, you won’t have to worry any longer about your country burning down other countries and being hated for that.

Message of the Microhoo Stand-Off: We Need More Business-Savvy Novel Writers!

February 12, 2008 at 9:06 am | Posted in Business | 2 Comments
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Who is going to write the novel covering the Microhoo story? It’s pure drama material!
_Microsoft makes a bid to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion
_Yahoo rejects the bid: They want more
_Microsoft does f**k all to increase their bid – instead they’re attempting a hostile acquisition! Steve Ballmer is pissed! Their press release:

It is unfortunate that Yahoo! has not embraced our full and fair proposal to combine our companies. Based on conversations with stakeholders of both companies, we are confident that moving forward promptly to consummate a transaction is in the best interests of all parties.

We are offering shareholders superior value and the opportunity to participate in the upside of the combined company. The combination also offers an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market.

A Microsoft-Yahoo! combination will create a more effective company that would provide greater value and service to our customers. Furthermore, the combination will create a more competitive marketplace by establishing a compelling number two competitor for Internet search and online advertising.

The Yahoo! response does not change our belief in the strategic and financial merits of our proposal. As we have said previously, Microsoft reserves the right to pursue all necessary steps to ensure that Yahoo!’s shareholders are provided with the opportunity to realize the value inherent in our proposal.

Shudder. That sounds awful, like playing poker against the superior chip leader. Yet think about a little novel, focusing in on two lower members of staff and Yahoo and Microsoft who over-identify with they companies… who’d be able to write it?

Tchibo’s Picasso Stunt

May 14, 2007 at 5:54 pm | Posted in Art | 4 Comments
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I got an interesting comment today on one of my recent Picasso on sale at Tchibo’s posts. Auslaender writes:

Well, I was one from those ordering the lithograph!!
One week after, I got a very confusing e-mail from Tchibo explaining how they got to lithographs, and saying basically that those are not quite Picasso’s work, but made by Marcel Salinas on a behalf of Picasso’s granddaughter Marina, between 1979 and 1982 and MADE AFTER Picasso’s oils. Needless to say, I canceled the order. Of course, it was naive to believe that one can even get Picasso’s lithograph for that kind of money, even though I wouldn’t expect such a confidence trick from big player like Tchibo is. Further below you can find excerpts from Tchibo’s mail (in German).

“Die Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann in Düsseldorf, die Tchibo dieses Angebot vermittelt hatte, hat diese Lithographien entdeckt. Sie wurden in den ehemaligen Druckwerkstätten Picassos in Paris hergestellt, 25 Jahre unberührt in einem Lager eines Großhändlers in New York aufbewahrt, um schließlich ihren Weg zu Tchibo zu finden. Lithograph und Drucker war Marcel Salinas, der exklusiv für Pablo Picasso gearbeitet und diese Lithographien – posthum nach Picassos Tod – vom Stein gedruckt hat.”

“Die für die über Tchibo vertriebenen Lithographien benutzten Steindruckplatten wurden nach dem Druck von 1000 Exemplaren vernichtet, so dass ein Nachdruck der angebotenen Edition durch die eigens von Salinas hergestellten Druckplatten ausgeschlossen ist. Die Signatur Pablo Picassos wurde ebenfalls mit dem Stein gedruckt.”

Brief summary of the German blurb, provided by Tchibo in an email to Auslaender: A German gallery, Burkhard Eikelmann, acted as an agent to fix the deal with Tchibo. They had found the lithographs in Paris, where they were created in one of Picasso’s former print workshops, crafted by Marcel Salinas, one of the printers and lithographers with whom Picasso had worked. The stone which was used to print the lithographs – complete with the signature – were destroyed after a number of 1000 copies had been reached.

There is nothing to be found on Marcel Salinas in neither the German, French or English Wikipedia, and he’s not listed as one of Eikelmann’s artists (neither is Picasso – thank God!). So, judging by the name, I can only assume that our Marcel Salinas was the same one who created this poster. Up to scratch with Picasso? You decide.

I’m still having problems with my computer, but hopefully my new harddrive will arrive soon. This does, however, tremendously affect the amount of time I get to spent online – no internet at home. Which is why I won’t have the time today to complete the ‘Blog Traffic Series’ – coming up tomorrow. Also, I am beginning to lag behind in my blog reading – opening Google reader is one of my habitual morning rituals which I cannot iterate at the moment:-(

Derren Brown vs. Robbie Williams

May 6, 2007 at 3:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This Derren Brown is incredible! He inserts two huge flat needles into Robbie Williams’ arms while Robbie recites a nursery rhyme! Spoooky!

Three blind mice,
Three blind mice
See how they run,
See how they run!

They all ran after
The farmer’s wife
She cut off their tails
With a carving knife
Did you ever see
Such a sight in your life
As three blind mice?

Derren Brown fools Simon Pegg

May 1, 2007 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Would you believe that somebody, by mere suggestion, could make you want something so badly that you’d even forget want you actually wanted? I have no idea just HOW Derren Brown does it, but he’s very good at it (Lenina pointed me to his shows). The example below features my fav Simon Pegg who created the wonderful SPACED series. Enjoy!

EDIT: I am getting hooked now, this is even better!

Paranoia DIY 28/40

March 26, 2007 at 7:15 am | Posted in Network | 5 Comments
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Ever since I designed the End Guantanamo! banner, the traffic on my blogged has reached a new low: It’s been continually growing over the past month, but yesterday it dropped behind the mark last achieved 20 days ago. Could the CIA or FBI be blocking or slowing down access my blog? Do you think that Network Neutrality is attainable in a world where torture camps are run by a country that claims to be bringing freedom to the world? Even if I am just paranoid – give some thought to it!

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“End Guantanamo” banner for your blog!

March 23, 2007 at 9:43 pm | Posted in Blogging, Guantanamo, Politics | 21 Comments
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What’s happening in Guantanamo is unacceptable up and down. I don’t believe in signing petitions anymore, but I am going to try now to give my message, End Guantanamo!, a new visual ID.

While allegations of torture happening in Guantanamo have become rife, I didn’t want to go down the gory path of design. Instead, I opted for a minimalist style, more akin to the pictograms developed by Otl Aicher for the Olympic games in 1972.

You can help spread the message – download the image below, mail it, print it, put it on your blog! Leave a comment with email address if you’d like to have a copy of the Photoshop and Illustrator files.

End Guantanamo

You may download this image (right mouse click on the image and then download it) or link to it. You’ll find different sizes on my Flickr page if you click on the image or this link. You do not have to give me credit. It is licensed under a Creative Commons license, requesting attribution, but you don’t have to do that – CC just doesn’t offer licenses without attribution. You may not use it for commercial purposes and what ever you do with the image, you should also allow others to do with it. You may NOT use it if you intend to deride its message.

Here is an explanation how to put an image in your sidebar: Add a text widget to your WP sidebar, paste this code into it, then save:

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