October 20: BarCamp in Zurich

Thanks to a friendly email from Sarah I got a reminder that BarCamp Zurich is coming up on Saturday. I will have to disappoint the local firemen and not show up to something that would greatly honour them with my presence (cough… cough… yikes! who thinks up these wonderful form letter invitation formulations?) and head towards Zurich once more.

Now for my recurring rant about this event: Why on earth do you insist on calling this thing BlogCamp?

Just the other day I was discussing the ICT scene in Switzerland – something that I do often enough in all sorts of different places – and the best word that I had to describe the German speaking attitude towards the Internet, in particular to blogs, was provincial. Yes, provincial. I mean… I like the province and I also think that Berne is pretty provincial for being the capital of a country with a good reputation on the international parquet. But BlogCamp? WTF?

In this mood, I I have decided to talk Saturday about another lovely pet subject of mine “The Swiss Myth” and here I will mix politics and technology like never before, or so help me god!

Be reminded that when you have a self-procraimed agnostic implore the help of god, you may be in for a surprise or two.

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Laughing Out Loud

Really! I have not had such a good laugh in a long while as I have had with this bit that came across my Bloglines radar.

Well, I actually am always stunned as to what the search strings read that land people on this blog… Stunned is perhaps not even the good expression, but it does give me a reality check on how search is being used.

Who needs television these days anyhow? Between twittervision and the search strings, one can find entertainment at any time! Now combine the two, and you have something that would be real crack! Imagine that google would turn evil… or just develop a sudden distorted sense of humour…

Through the occasional glance at the search strings I now know what kind of information people out there would like to know about my good friend Juba Nour whom I am rather fond of quoting, for he is sometimes totally quotable.

And then during the Geneva Auto Salon last week, the searches for “hot girls Geneva” or just “girls Geneva” did bring here a lot of visitors too! This one I have to thank Tom Purves and my own little insignificance… I wish I had a camera to see their expressions when what they find is well… perhaps not quite what they were looking for. Call this lift-fallout or just life and its meaninglessness.

UPDATE: It must also be noted in all fairness that some people are rather good at searching and do construct rather good search strings that return the desired results. Those surprise me too. I have actually discussed this with some of my friends that look for bits and pieces of information on the web, so I am not just inferring from my casual glances at the back-end of wordpress statistics.

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Just Another Blogger…

I opened Adium today upon returning this afternoon from a morning in town that was anything but planned.

I returned home last night after the physics-round-table a bit early as I was positively and throughly exhausted. Aikido training on Friday evening found all the Sensei in Strasbourg and three of us left on the tatami. We worked for a good hour suwari-waza shomein uchi ikkyo, nikyo and then sankyo… and went on to taking apart sankyo at all levels, something that i very much needed. This sankyo practice was accompanied by some serious stretching and my shoulders and arms are really feeling it, it is all nicely stretched to the limit. There is a bit of pain, but what feels good is that my shoulders are totally relaxed.

This morning I woke up around eight and then decided that I was going to the Karate dojo for kata practice. I have not been doing Karate for over eighteen months with any regularity, however lately I have started to miss it. The Karate dojo is just down the hill from where I live, while the Aikido dojo is across town, still… finding my way down the hill and around the corner seems more difficult than across town. Today was a day for walking down the hill, and at ten to nine I find myself in front of the dojo door and not a soul in sight. I called Maya and asked her as to what the story was. There was a special SSK training at ten in the gym in the Altenberg. That was easy, I went to the Landhaus and ordered a quiet corner and an herb tea, and figured if I was out and there was special training, then I might as well join the fun. I sat down with my own good company, made a few photos, and jotted down a few loose thoughts.

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