Happy Australia Day – Ms Gillard

Life is full of surprises and not all girls that loose one shoe at a party will be rescued and married by a prince later.

We do understand that Ms Gillard and her buddies would like to turn the clock back in Australia to pre-Howard times. But maybe this time the Aborigines and others will not take it all standing down watching how their land, their children, their lives, their religion and resources are stolen or otherwise been taken away from them.

So, happy Australia day, Ms Gillard or as the people who were there before you called it – Happy Invasion day.

RIP – Etta James

image Etta James Today soul, blues and R&B legend Etta James died in California – may her soul be blessed. Her life was a journey rough and long and we hope she found peace at last. She was a wonderful artist and a great human being.
Rest in paradise, dear sister Etta…

At last my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
At last the skies above are blue
And my heart was wrapped up in clover
The night I looked at you
I found a dream that I can speak to
A dream that I could call my own
I found a thrill to press my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known
You smiled, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
For you are mine at last

and one of the greatest songs we know – I’d rather go blind

Something told me it was over
When I saw you and her talking
Something deep down in my soul said “Cry Girl”
When I saw you and that girl walking out

I would rather, I would rather go blind boy
Than to see you walk away from me child
So you see, I love you so much
That I don’t want to watch you leave me baby
Most of all I just don’t, I just don’t want to be free, no

I was just, I was just, I was just sitting here thinking
Of your kisses and your warm embrace, yeah
When the reflection in the glass that I held to my lips now baby
Revealed the tears that was on my face

Yeah, and baby, baby I would rather be blind boy than to see you walk away,
See you walk away from me, yeah
Baby, baby, baby I’d rather be blind now

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Quote of the day: Internet regulations are like witchcraft

image Cory Doctorow The fact that there is no such thing as witchcraft didn’t stop them from burning a lot of “witches”. By the same token the ineffectiveness of the “remedy” is actually worse for us. It’s like the “five-year-plan” that produces no wheat that yields an even more drastic “five-year-plan” that also produces no corn …

Cory Doctorow @ 28C3 28-December-2011

see video at (31:20)

Internet: The Great Firewall of the USA – Stop SOPA before it is too late

On November 16th, Congress is holding hearings on the first American Internet censorship system.

If this bill passes it certainly will be the worst piece of Internet legislation in American history. The House of Representatives opens hearings on SOPA soon, but has rejected all submissions and testimony from public interest groups and others who oppose the bill.

If this bill passes, the Internet and free speech will never be the same. And so will U.S. society and the Internet industry as a whole. In the U.S. where this industry in total is larger than energy, agriculture, communication, mining or utilities, this bill will put innovation and thousands of small to mid-size companies at risk.

Click on the image below for the link

link to American Censorship web site

Join in with Google, Yahoo, Ebay, Mozilla, Bloomberg, Zynga, AOL, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, LinkedIn, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Consumer Electronics Association, NetCoalition, Computer and Communications Industry Association, Public Knowledge, EDUCAUSE, Center for Democracy & Technology, Open Internet Coalition and hundred other companies to stop this bill.

More information:

From OpenCongress on H.R.3261 – Stop Online Piracy Act (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3261/money)

Specific Organizations Supporting H.R.3261

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Motion Picture Association of America
  • Independent Film & Television Alliance
  • National Association of Theatre Owners
  • Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc.
  • National Music Publishers’ Association
  • American Federation of Musicians
  • Directors Guild of America
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Screen Actors Guild
  • National Cable & Telecommunications Association
  • Recording Industry Association of America

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Advertising: Dear Silvio by RyanAir

Advertising as we like it – funny, greatly executed and with high current relevance to make most people smile.

RyanAir with a new ad shown on their web site is offering Silvio Berlusconi “another possibility to escape“.

In difference to about 10%+ of his colleagues in the Italian parliament who are already convicted criminals, Silvio Berlusconi has during the last years successfully used his financial and political powers to shield away any criminal prosecution from himself by new laws and delay tactics – at least as long he stays in power and that now might soon be changing…

Click on the image below for the link

link to RyanAir web site

The Ad reads:

Caro Silvio
Un’altra occasione per scappare – con RyanAir

in English: Dear Silvio
another possibility to escape – with RyanAir

BTW did you know that the FireFox / OpenOffice spell checker considers Berlusconi a spelling mistake and offers Coniferous – a cone bearing tree – as correction

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Technology: The Biped Robot on a bike

There are quite a few tasks that for humans seem to be very simple and do happen nearly automatically, but for robots and their creators these have turned out to be rather challenging. Walking, running, balancing things and of course bicycling are some of those tasks.

Now here’s a robot with two legs riding on a bicycle.

Pretty funny watching the little guy. Looks a bit like someone riding a bike after too many beers or someone having used a bike for some years. And quite impressive – guess it would look even more impressive when little biped puts out his arm when doing a turn or ringing the bell.

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