archive for 2011

public policy vs. ideology

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

earlier this week i found myself in the bathtub reading through this list of voting recommendations by the ‘Audiovisual Coalition/EP CULT Committee‘ on the ‘Proposal for an orphan works directive’. The voting list makes voting recommendations with regards to amendments (proposals to change the text of the proposed directive) suggested by various Members of the […]

what airlines can learn from how casinos are run

Friday, November 18th, 2011

So the latest Planet Money podcast consists of this absolutely fascinating interview with Harvard professor turned casino CEO Gary Loveman. The interview is fascinating on a number of levels, chief among them this detailed look into data-driven behavioral manipulations: Gary Loveman: Everybody who gambles knows that the house has an advantage. They are not unhappy […]

delhi metro now moving more people per day than the entire dutch national railways

Friday, October 14th, 2011

this was mentioned in passing in an item on carbon trading that ran in today’s NOS evening news: the delhi metro is now transporting more passengers per day than the dutch national railways. a quick check on wikipedia shows that this is a bit of an understatement: daily ridership of the delhi metro system is […]

Economy 101 #fail

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Stumbled across this little hidden gem in an interview on ‘Tendencies and stakes of copyright’ that Lorena Boix Alonso (Deputy Head of Cabinet of Neelie Kroes) gave to the Forum D’Avignon (emphasis mine)c: For example, according to recent studies many consumers are confused about what they are allowed to copy or record concerning content leading […]

Brussels – a Manifesto: Towards the Capital of Europe

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

‘Towards the west, the border is sharp because of natural conditions…’ [Brussels – a manifesto, p.27] i have mentioned before that Bruxelles is one of my favorite cities in the world and certainly in Europe. This is in spite of (or rather because) the city is a mess: European institutions reside in buildings that most […]

A Bridge Between Europe and Africa

Monday, July 18th, 2011

brilliant BBLDGBLOG post on the possibility of a bridge across the Strait of Gibraltar and it’s implications (i very much like the idea an underwater bridge): bonus points for introducing a new currency

the big umbrella massacre of 14-7-11

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

cycling home from central station tonight, i counted 59 wrecked umbrellas. here are 9 of them:

the jetlag society [one possible future for the book]

Monday, July 11th, 2011

The Jetlag Society is one of the projects that was on display at the graduation show of the Sandberg Institute last weekend. The Jetlag Society consists of a video installation (on display in the rather amazing vondelbunker) and an unbound book (above). “The Jetlag Society is an unbound book on how technology influences time, space […]

i am a record industry lawyer and i can’t be bothered

Friday, June 17th, 2011

so one of the more memorable moments of this mornings rather dystopian ICT and management of creative content session at the Digital Agenda Assembly came when the representative from EMI publishing tried to make an argument by stressing that consumers can already buy music via iTunes under clear terms. In reaction to my interruption that […]

i could watch this for hours…

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

via kevin who discovered this marvel of a .gif animation which reminds me of a similar one i once made for the wireless bijlmer project website in 2003 (now defunct but archived here, you need wait for a few seconds before the train appears in the top right corner):