Friday, October 30, 2009

The Google Story

The annoying thing about last night

The annoying thing wasn’t that Erik and I popped by Riche for a spontaneous dinner-treat. Nor was it that we met Calle, Richard and Calle (two, Calle) and sat with them. Neither had the outing to Obaren anything to do with it where we met Fredrik and the whole wide Berghs for beers. And the decision to stop by V on our way home hadn’t anything to do with it either. No. All of this was actually ridiculously nice. The annoying thing is that I left my bike there at the scene, and “for the love of lord, couldn’t find it” this morning as I was really, really late for work.

Berlin Block Tetris

Berlin Block Tetris from Sergej Hein on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Perfect promotion

Now, who doesn't like/love South West Airlines after this? He even managed to fit a diss to United Airlines in there too. Nice one.

Hey Jude Flowchart

CLICK for source.

Daffy's: Fitting Dance

I really like this effort from the two geniuses (+ the team, at) Johannes Leonardo for Daffy's. Though we've seen tons of mixed/merged virtual/real world, this still felt refreshing. And - the way to do interactive (the merging part).

Font size VS. Cell size

Lovely interactive infogrpahic showing magnitude of sizes. Hence it actually is interactive, you should CLICK to experience it. My screen-shots ain't that fun to be honest.

Five Mind-Blowing Web Stats You Should Know

you can read its entity here, but I give you a summary here (below) - and please NOTE: Last 'Stat' is in its entity:

"Mind-Blowing Web Stat #1: 40,000-fold increase in the number of websites in 15 short years. If the number of approximately 5000 websites in 1994 is correct and that we are now part of some 200 million plus websites today,

Mind-Blowing Web Stat #2: Today, the blogosphere is doubling between once and twice a year and there are over one million blog posts daily.

Mind-Blowing Web Stat #3:
There have now been more than five billion tweets.

Mind-Blowing Web Stat #4: Google still owns the search market. Sources estimate that the search goliath receives about two billion queries per day. That said, I think I'm more impressed by's estimates that the social network is adding 700,000 new users per day.

Mind-Blowing Web Stat # 5: Okay, this is as much of a predictive statement as a stat. For some time, I have periodically checked which sites are in the top ten, as task made much easier now with the likes of Alexa. What is amazing is that whether you look at the global top ten or US top ten websites, about half of the sites are five- to six-year-old companies (e.g. YouTube, Blogger, and Facebook). The implication is that we'll continue to see a pretty high-rate of churn amongst the top ten. What other industry do you know where so many in the top ten market share positions are companies that are younger than a first grader? Big names that may be top of the world today are being bombarded by the threat of new Internet start-ups every day. Twitter was born in 2006 and has already hit #13 on Alexa's top global list and #12 on its U.S. list. How long will it take to break into the top ten? The answer: not long at all. And this is what continues to make life interesting in the world wide web of disruptive change and unpredictable innovation."

Just to verify

The book i mentioned in this post about inane Google-facts, is called Googled (not Googler), a 400-page book by Ken Auletta.

And people are shouting “But it was ONside!”

Yesterday the second to last leg of the Swedish football league, Allsvenskan, was finalized. Impending champs, AIK (our team; Sweden's pride), drew against Örebro (farmers), 1-1. Nothing odd about that and a result which puts AIK in the front seat of Sunday’s concluding round, when leader AIK meets runner up by one point and only contender, IFK Göteborg (fishermen) in the biggest game of the century, or ever. AIK are crowned national heroes by draw and win, IFK Göteborg have to win to secure the spot as the best team in Sweden.

So, back to yesterday’s game. Örebro scored 1-0, in what hi-tech machinery afterwards has proven, should have been an approved goal. But referee blew the whistle for offside. It wasn’t. It was onside by 0.7m and everyone has gone mad.
They can’t believe it.
Örebro – not to mention poor IFK Göteborg – was robbed by the chance to ride shotgun for Sunday’s fixture.
Now. How many times haven’t a regular goal been dismissed by – a wrongful and overly excited referee – for offside*, when everything has shown afterwards that it was onside. Everyone then blames the shooter and the team for having to “cope with risk of flawed human nature” and should just “get on with it”. Until a regular goal has been called off, of course. Heck, then we should have goal-cameras, GPS enabled ball and slow-mo reruns of each shot and pass.
I have nothing, really, against hypocrites. It’s just that they’re so darn, annoyingly hypocritical.

*Rhetorical question

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Comic Book Character Costume

iPod & Nike+ co-existing: FAIL

My, fairly newly, purchased iPod will not combine forces with my Nike+ device. It simply won’t pop up on the screen. Everything, seems, to be in order. Nothing wrong. "I’ll let a pro decide what’s wrong", I shrewdly pondered and tramped all the way to the Apple Store to have the verified pro and Apple Store clerk, explain* and fix it for me.

He clicked on it, span the wheel a few times. I know this, cause I watched him from the safe distance of, me: customer, you: pro, you: fix –area to await for his magic to happen.

Then he entered their own, Apple-homepage, and I followed his movements with the mouse. It was very nervous moves and it became more and more clear that this gentleman, who owned every little physical characteristic a tech-nerd should posses, had absolutely no idea how and what to do nor help, with this major issue of mine. Browsing the web didn't seem to help him either. Especially when I leaned over and glanced at the screen to see that he was investigating the complete wrong false, and then quickly giggled with a "oups" and started using all of the mouse-maneuvers you can produce to copy-paste a word (without the simplest; apple c) and then clicked a few more times and grumped, to emphasize his acts and interest in solving this matter as he did it.

He kindly gave it back to me after just about the time he must have felt was necessary to avoid all further “But you haven’t done anything – nonetheless looked at it, dude” issues and told me to Google the problem before I should come in with it. Google the problem. Jesus. Dear. And fucking. Christ. I have hard time explaining my emotions now so I won’t.

*Not necessary

Bumblebee Transformers Halloween Costume

It's not so scary. But totally, totally awesome. We love efforts. Especially when they revolve around Transformers.

True story!

Honest to god - no one will believe me - but trust me - it's true. My friend, who just recently moved to Szekesfehervar, Hungary, got himself a new car, as agreed. This is his car. The #1 Szekesfehervar-shag-car.
UPDATE: the car shop's name is "Favorit Car".

Top Ten most wanted Lego sets ever

1. Death Star

2. Grand Carousel

3. Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon

4. Cafe Corner

5. Taj Mahal

6. The Batcave: The Penguin and Mr. Freeze's Invasion

7. Arkham Asylum

8. Hogwarts Castle

9. Hogwarts Castle

10. Hogwart's Castle

From here.

Fatties training

It is never ok to post status updates about your regular (or irregular – as most people like other people to think) about their training routines, lactic acid, and pumping muscles that are “really tired now after gruel workout – but I feel Tony The Tiger – Grrrrreat!”
And all you want to do is execute them. Right there and then; send a link that destroys them. Kaboom.
It’s usually your average gym-Joe posting this crap, but more frequently your bloated friend has started. For them it seems ok to do. They’re even encouraged. “You go, girl!” (yeah, it’s usually girls that are up to this nonsense) comments scream and support them to carry on. Sad thing is how little change happening on these people. Might be because you should avoid gluttony when you come home. Sadly/luckily, for them, no one comments on this behavior.

Building the Golden Gate Bridge

Facinating photos from an era long, long ago from Life magazine, CLICK to see more.

Google's Eric Schmidt on What the Web Will Look Like in 5 Years

For obvious reasons* I can't embed the 6 min excerpt. The video below is a 45 min long puppy. I know you don't want to spend that long watching tech-nerds. A synopsis is below:

Highlighted comments include:

* Five years from now the internet will be dominated by Chinese-language content.

* Today's teenagers are the model of how the web will work in five years - they jump from app to app to app seamlessly.

* Five years is a factor of ten in Moore's Law, meaning that computers will be capable of far more by that time than they are today.

* Within five years there will be broadband well above 100MB in performance - and distribution distinctions between TV, radio and the web will go away.

* "We're starting to make signifigant money off of Youtube", content will move towards more video.

* "Real time information is just as valuable as all the other information, we want it included in our search results."

* There are many companies beyond Twitter and Facebook doing real time.

* "We can index real-time info now - but how do we rank it?"

* It's because of this fundamental shift towards user-generated information that people will listen more to other people than to traditional sources. Learning how to rank that "is the great challenge of the age." Schmidt believes Google can solve that problem.

*There are no obvious reasons, none at all.

Basement love

Due to heavy temperature-decline I’ve been visiting my old basement a lot lately. All my superfluous clothes are hidden/tucked away there in too many boxes, since I first left Sweden, two years ago for Amsterdam.
Need myself some warmer outfits.
So suddenly, without any hesitation or notice in advance I’ve been wearing 2-5 year old clothes a lot. Which are both fine and perfect, if it wasn’t for the fact that most of them were bought during an unexplained and warped fashion-victim-era, sure. Cuts, patterns and asymmetric lines are twisted all over the shirts and clothes making you dizzy. But I just gladly wear and revive them, "don't want to throw away these expensive fashion clothes, oh no".

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Today we celebrate the banner ads 15th birthday

Hurrah! to you all. You're more than plenty and though we love to degrade you. Deep down, especially on a day like today, we all love you.
CLICK for better info about how/when/why digital advertising started.

Give the lad a raise!

I adore Google

Insect Macro Photography

For more insects and bugs, more info, all the extra stuff I don't post here; CLICK to reach.

If Google wasn't called Google (and other facts)

We love irrelevant facts and stuff that doesn't really fill a purpose other than our own amusement. I.e. We LOVE inane stuff. A new book coming out, called, Googler (have to verify this, doh) has tons of it, and some of it is:
Google's original name was BlackRub, then Googol (taken), then the WhatBox, which they decided against because it sounded like WetBox, which sounds like, well...

Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin don't employ an assistant. They use Google Calender instead.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Slightly disturbing

When Facebook's track-record of all your clicks and movements on their site are visible via "Reconnect with XXX XXX again".

Very nice/fascinating/captivating photos

All by Turkish photographer, Nazif Topcçuoglu, For this and much more - CLICK for his portfolio/site.

Absolutely love these 3-D projections

Projection on Buildings from NuFormer Digital Media on Vimeo.

God I miss Lehman on the big scene (PL)

Georaphic visualization of "you all" vs. "y'all" vs. "you guys"

It's on the real Wiki, so mole along and CLICK your way there.

Architectural fantasies

And for more, much more, close-ups and shit; CLICK.


My best friend, David moved there last week. Last-minute decision about playing hockey again. It’s located in Hungary. This Friday they’re celebrating Halloween in Budapest, the capital. People will dress in what they wore on Thursday.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Hundred Oldest Domain Names

Create Date Domain Name
03/15/1985 SYMBOLICS.COM
04/24/1985 BBN.COM
05/24/1985 THINK.COM
07/11/1985 MCC.COM
09/30/1985 DEC.COM
11/07/1985 NORTHROP.COM
01/09/1986 XEROX.COM
01/17/1986 SRI.COM
03/03/1986 HP.COM
03/05/1986 BELLCORE.COM
03/19/1986 IBM.COM
03/19/1986 SUN.COM
03/25/1986 INTEL.COM
03/25/1986 TI.COM
04/25/1986 ATT.COM
05/08/1986 GMR.COM
05/08/1986 TEK.COM
07/10/1986 FMC.COM
07/10/1986 UB.COM
08/05/1986 BELL-ATL.COM
08/05/1986 GE.COM
08/05/1986 GREBYN.COM
08/05/1986 ISC.COM
08/05/1986 NSC.COM
08/05/1986 STARGATE.COM
09/02/1986 BOEING.COM
09/18/1986 ITCORP.COM
09/29/1986 SIEMENS.COM
10/18/1986 PYRAMID.COM
10/27/1986 ALPHACDC.COM
10/27/1986 BDM.COM
10/27/1986 FLUKE.COM
10/27/1986 INMET.COM
10/27/1986 KESMAI.COM
10/27/1986 MENTOR.COM
10/27/1986 NEC.COM
10/27/1986 RAY.COM
10/27/1986 ROSEMOUNT.COM
10/27/1986 VORTEX.COM
11/05/1986 ALCOA.COM
11/05/1986 GTE.COM
11/17/1986 ADOBE.COM
11/17/1986 AMD.COM
11/17/1986 DAS.COM
11/17/1986 DATA-IO.COM
11/17/1986 OCTOPUS.COM
11/17/1986 PORTAL.COM
11/17/1986 TELTONE.COM
12/11/1986 3COM.COM
12/11/1986 AMDAHL.COM
12/11/1986 CCUR.COM
12/11/1986 CI.COM
12/11/1986 DG.COM
12/11/1986 PEREGRINE.COM
12/11/1986 QUAD.COM
12/11/1986 SQ.COM
12/11/1986 TANDY.COM
12/11/1986 TTI.COM
12/11/1986 UNISYS.COM
01/19/1987 CGI.COM
01/19/1987 CTS.COM
01/19/1987 SPDCC.COM
02/19/1987 APPLE.COM
03/04/1987 NMA.COM
03/04/1987 PRIME.COM
04/04/1987 PHILIPS.COM
04/23/1987 DATACUBE.COM
04/23/1987 KAI.COM
04/23/1987 TIC.COM
04/23/1987 VINE.COM
04/30/1987 NCR.COM
05/14/1987 CISCO.COM
05/14/1987 RDL.COM
05/20/1987 SLB.COM
05/27/1987 PARCPLACE.COM
05/27/1987 UTC.COM
06/26/1987 IDE.COM
07/09/1987 TRW.COM
07/13/1987 UNIPRESS.COM
07/27/1987 DUPONT.COM
07/27/1987 LOCKHEED.COM
07/28/1987 ROSETTA.COM
08/18/1987 TOAD.COM
08/31/1987 QUICK.COM
09/03/1987 ALLIED.COM
09/03/1987 DSC.COM
09/03/1987 SCO.COM
09/22/1987 GENE.COM
09/22/1987 KCCS.COM
09/22/1987 SPECTRA.COM
09/22/1987 WLK.COM
09/30/1987 MENTAT.COM
10/14/1987 WYSE.COM
11/02/1987 CFG.COM
11/09/1987 MARBLE.COM
11/16/1987 CAYMAN.COM
11/16/1987 ENTITY.COM
11/24/1987 KSR.COM
11/30/1987 NYNEXST.COM

All by Whoisd, so CLICK for full list.

Less and fewer reader

The bullied kid in class who suddenly brings something cool to school and immediately becomes – cool –but just as quickly as he leaves and doesn’t bring back the cool thing, goes back to being bullied when no cool shimmer surrounds him anymore.
That or, start doing/writing something interesting instead.

Happy Friday

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Still got it in him...

Funniest - that head coach Dragan Stojkovic got a fine goal and was sent off or the Japanese?

This we like and this I want

Hand from Above from Chris O'Shea on Vimeo.

Words of wisdom from Mr. Jonze

“I never knew how to do anything before I did it, really. Like, if you were going to make a fort in your backyard, you’re not going to like, hire someone to make your fort or go buy plans. You’re just going to have an idea for it and go make your fort.”

Awesome interface-experience

This is really, as in really, something you have to CLICK to really experience. it's worth it.

Dinner-decisions makes Christian a fat boy

Yesterday I made two dinner-plates. One to have as “lunch-box” at work tomorrow (i.e. today) and one to eat directly. I ate them both. The spaghetti complimented the meat on the first plate perfectly and it was so dreadfully hard to resist that no one on this planet would have managed to.

That’s what The Wild Things Are would be about:

“As a kid, that was really scary and confusing – both the wild emotions in me and the in the people around me. Unpredictable emotions, positive or negative – you don’t know what they mean.
Especially negative emotions.
Your own behavior – you don’t know why you’re acting a certain way and it scares you, or you don’t know why somebody else is acting a certain way and it scares you. Big emotions that are unexplained are really scary.
At least to me. I guess it’s anger, or sadness, guilt – guilt for being angry, you know. Just the whole big mess we’re sort of thrown into.
Emotions are messy and hard to figure out. Hard to where to start and where the next person stops. Even as an adult, that’s a hard thing to know. As a kid it can be very confusing, because it’s all new and you’re trying to sort of making your map.”

- Spike Jonze