archive for 2009

meanwhile south of the alps: operation white christmas

Friday, December 25th, 2009

speaking about changing my mind: i completely agree with this article about the state of affairs in italy by british journalist Martin Kettle. The thing that made him change his mind? John Hooper’s report from Coccaglio near Brescia brought together much of what is wrong with modern Italy in one seasonal package, all perfectly presented […]

i have changed my mind…

Friday, December 25th, 2009

about the Noord Zuid Lijn: i really think that instead of finishing of the line and having subway trains running somewhen past 2015 they should just finish the tunnel and then turn it into a super deluxe underground bicycle express-path. The tunnel would dramatically cut down the time needed to get to the center, prevent […]

apparently the dutch do not understand the internet…

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

so there is this theory that while technology progresses to produce ever more intelligent technology most of humankind are actually loosing intellectual and cognitive capacities as a result of their dependence on these technologies. The obvious example of this is the proliferation of GPS navigation devices that has resulted in most people loosing even the […]

more ruralism and less urbanism

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

spend yesterday afternoon at the paris photo exhibition/fair in the über-horrible carrousel du louvre in paris. the whole thing did not really live up to the hype (and the long queues) but fortunately there was one photo that made it worth having ventured into the belly of the cultural-industrial beast: ‘un poco de historia, la […]

REMINDER: the CIA were the good guys when we were kids

Friday, November 20th, 2009

so the opening evening of IDFA 2009 was a bit of a disappointment (if you do not count new insights regarding the size of mice living in Tuschinski and the esthetic co-dependancies between skimpy dresses and high heels). For some rather dubious reason (must be the general obsession with the fact that the berlin wall […]

a beach near the city of Syracuse

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

in november 2007 i added the following entry to the ‘meanwhile at the borders…‘ page on noborder.org: 29.Oct.07: the bodies of 12 migrants were pulled from the water at a beach near the city of Syracuse on Sicilys eastern coast. Seven survivors were found on shore and two others were considered missing. (Update: by 6 november […]

you are in napster

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

just came across this brilliant foto while reorganizing my photo folder (i am locked away in a museum basement without any form of internet access: no wireless & no mobile phone reception): i took this at a stall selling bootleg CDs at the Kwakoe Festival in Amsterdam southeast in the summer of 2006. To me […]

parallel infrastructures #4

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

over the last year or so Sara (together with Suzanne Valkenburg and Eefje Blankevoort) has explored the world of vacation parks in the Netherlands. Many of these parks that had originally been designed for dutch families to spend their summer vacations have – over the years – attracted new types of temporary and permanent residents: […]

(UK National Portrait Gallery vs. Wikimedia) vs. the Public Domain

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

you might have heard that the Wikimedia Foundation and the National Portrait Gallery are having a bit of a row these days. At the core of the dispute lies the fact that in march an English wikipedia administrator by the name of Derrick Coetzee uploaded more than 3000 high resolution images of paintings held by […]

the end is VERY near…

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

this is by far the most repulsive patent application i have ever seen. Apparently amazon.com has filed for a patent for showing contextual ads in the margins (also called white space for a good reason!) of e-books… Technorati Tags: books, civilisation, stupid