Talks

July 16th, 2009

A lot of interesting talks at www.ted.com, about any subject – e.g. juggling.

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Gema-Petition

June 22nd, 2009

Es gibt zur Zeit eine Online-Petition zur Gema, die noch Unterzeichner gebauchen kann. Wer schon mal Veranstaltungen organisiert hat weiss, dass gerade die ganz kleine Kultur durch die Gema-Forderungen kaputtgemacht oder in die Illegalität getrieben wird. Es geht nicht um eine Auflösung der Gema oder eine grundlegende Kritik daran, dass Urheber auch an ihren Rechten verdienen sollen. Vielmehr geht es um ein Verbesserung und Reform auch im Sinne der Künstler.

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Psychology

April 10th, 2009

A compilation of the classic ten most revealing psych experiments.

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Game Mechanics for Interaction Design

March 31st, 2009

Interesting interview about mechanics from computer games being implicitly used on websites like Youtube or Twitter.

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Cute cat theory

March 31st, 2009

The “Cute cat theory” is a peculiar but interesting talk on web 2.0 and political activism.

The Web was invented so physicists could share research papers. Web 2.0 was invented so we could share cute pictures of our cats. The tools of Web 2.0, while designed for mundane uses, can be extremely powerful in the hands of digital activists, especially those in environments where free speech is limited.

This talk looks at creative uses of well-known tools to promote free speech in countries from Bahrain to China, and looks at ways in which the use of these tools helps evade internet censorship and promotes human rights issues to a wider audience.

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My girlfriend Eva’s cat Knut

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