Turning Flattering Chatty Spam into Postmodern Art

As a spam poet you need to avoid the Ground Hog Day Effect: Spam messages are repeating themselves, so how you do your keep your  level of originality as an artist? And spam on blogs is (too) polite these days. You could create tons of flattering poems similar to the following: your website is like an encyclopaedia … Continue reading Turning Flattering Chatty Spam into Postmodern Art

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants and Not Recognizing It

Unfortunately I need to quote myself again and again: Every time I figured I had been very original and creative, The Internet tells me I am not. Others have come before me. I am a lousy historian of geeky art. I have been made aware on Google+ of the fact that there have been other spam … Continue reading Standing on the Shoulders of Giants and Not Recognizing It

2012: The Year We Make Contact

What happened? I started blogging here in March. My posts evolved from lengthy walls of text to geeky stuff. Thanks to my readers who follow this blog despite the strange combination of topics covered. But I know: Resistance is futile. I have halted pseudo-blogging to my ancient non-blog sites for some months, but resumed it  to write … Continue reading 2012: The Year We Make Contact

Crowdsourcing of Art: Poetry from Search Terms

Since I had access to the log files of my first hosted web server (in the past millennium) I had been addicted to analyzing my log files - browsing text files with a simple text editor.  In particular, search terms submitted to search engines had intrigued me. I know I am not the only one. People (... … Continue reading Crowdsourcing of Art: Poetry from Search Terms

F as in Finally

Finally I did it. I. Am. On. Facebook. A week ago I reactivated my dormant Facebook account, created years ago, that has never been associated with any friends. Fortunately I have some friends now. If I die tomorrow, I will not die alone. And I am on Twitter. @ elkement Little bird has left its egg #twitter #newbie So … Continue reading F as in Finally

How to Avoid Exponential Inflation or How to Respond Appropriately to an Award Nomination

I have been nominated for an award by a true philosopher despite the cartoon I have posted recently. More precisely, I have been nominated by Daniel who runs The Unemployed Philosopher's Blog! The award comes with some really tough conditions, I try to rise to the challenge: (Italics: Questions designed by the unknown originator) 1) … Continue reading How to Avoid Exponential Inflation or How to Respond Appropriately to an Award Nomination

Physicist, Philosopher, and Engineer

The headline indicates that I am going to tell one of this old jokes: A physicist, a philosopher and an engineer meet ... This is in fact correct, but in an extremely subtle way. As the title of this blog and the pseudo-intellectual summary in the left pane should imply I am of course considering myself … Continue reading Physicist, Philosopher, and Engineer

Discovering Your Life Being ClichĂ©

You are browsing the internet in order to test - by anecdotal evidence - if your original ideas are that original or your most creative writing that creative. Within milliseconds you detect that everything has already been told, shared, pictured, thought, sketched. For every clever business idea I had, I found zillions of companies that already had implemented version 3.0 of this idea. … Continue reading Discovering Your Life Being ClichĂ©

111 Years: A Shining Example of Sustainable Product Development?

The centennial light bulb has celebrated its 110th birthday last year and the story has percolated the web. According to its web cam the bulb is still alive. This light bulb has caused quite a stir when featured in the documentary on planned obsolescence: The Light Bulb Conspiracy. Actually, the bulb technology is very different from modern incandescent bulbs (that are not so … Continue reading 111 Years: A Shining Example of Sustainable Product Development?

Burn the Org Chart – if Not the Organization – Down to the Ground

Don't panic. This is just a quote. It is a quote from one of my favorite favorite favorite books: The Cluetrain Manifesto, first published in 1999 and now available for free. The website - and the book is a call to the people of earth and puts forward 95 theses, the first of them being Markets are … Continue reading Burn the Org Chart – if Not the Organization – Down to the Ground