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by afew Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 10:42:36 AM EST

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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 10:43:37 AM EST
I finally emerged from the bunker today, blizzardous snow having piled up around my door, and walked down into town with my trusty ice-grip boots (and other clothing).

K is in Stockholm delivering the last of next summer's TV spots for a Swedish client, and I've just received an external white paper describing a smartphone concept that I've been trying to pitch to Nokia and a mobile carrier. This is a good news, bad news situation.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 11:13:57 AM EST
The good news is that the WP validates a concept I've been working on to pitch to Nokia and a Finnish mobile carrier.

The bad news is that a lot of prep work is now obsolete. Typical.

Now onto Plan B - less ambitious (always good) and more focused on the user experience than the technology, which is not my area.

I've always assumed, at least for the last 5 years, that anything we can describe can be accomplished technically.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 11:19:10 AM EST
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Good news : concept validated?
Bad news : someone else got there first?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 11:27:47 AM EST
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Exactly.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 11:35:57 AM EST
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Someone getting there first isn't, necessarily, a Bad Thing.  

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 01:09:24 PM EST
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You no longer have to assume it can be accomplished and if you have already pitched it to anyone your credibility is enhanced.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 04:26:02 PM EST
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So, in an interview with the Huffington Post, Goldman Sachs' chief economist (sic) Huw Pill advised France to cut all its salaries by 30%

What should I add? Discuss, maybe. Or facepalm. Or they don't even bother to pretend anymore. I don't even know.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 12:40:56 PM EST
I think Jerome's famous Gallic shrug and a meh might be a suitable response.

Tho' personally I think they should let Mr Bove loose in his house with his tractor

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 01:05:04 PM EST
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That reminds that there isn't a macro yet for Gallic shrug. Lessee what I can brew...
by Nomad on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 05:35:47 PM EST
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Cyrille:
they don't even bother to pretend anymore.

That's it.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2013 at 02:44:55 AM EST
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Oh, actually it was 33%

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 12:41:15 PM EST
Surely that can't be right. A proper implementation of Anglo wage management would be that the working class gets a 33% cut and the 1% gets a 100% raise.
by asdf on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 01:36:36 PM EST
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Oh dear.

Someone has been making art again.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 01:36:28 PM EST
Cyriak strikes again!

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 01:58:48 PM EST
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We did post this a few nights ago, because we thought it had the merit equal to the awesome partly. Perhaps because we also posted a tattooed Mona Lisa with full breasts under grasp, the brilliance was ignored.

So thankis unto you for posting again. This is really cool, because i like 50's fractals.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 02:43:55 PM EST
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Several of us are currently attempting to discern AND locate who the we are.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 02:50:06 PM EST
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All I saw was a blank comment.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 04:23:44 PM EST
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I'm 'avin' that...

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 03:16:03 PM EST
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From Sven's facecrack site, the original



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 03:44:39 PM EST
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I can't actually remember a captivating music video after the turn of the millennium...

Ok, I thought this one was entertaining, for the way how a teenage fantasy completely derails halfway into very gory Lovecraft. And it's French, even. Be forewarned if you don't like twisted manga...

by Nomad on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 06:14:34 PM EST
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Love it. Spider cows are still my favorite because of the silly / creepy factor.



you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 07:07:28 PM EST
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Short but sweet.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 08:42:31 PM EST
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Another day, another hack.

Chinese Hackers Attacked New York Times Computers for Four Months:

The New York Times had been on guard against cyber attacks after the Chinese government told them there would be "consequences" for reporting on the Wen family. But while the company was informed by AT&T of suspicious activity over its network connection on October 25--the day the Wen story was published--the attack had begun weeks earlier and appears to have been focused on getting into the e-mail accounts of Times Shanghai Bureau Chief David Barboza and South Asia Bureau Chief Jim Yardley. The attack used 45 different pieces of custom malware code, including remote access tools that gave Chinese hackers the run of the Times' network.

The attackers used a botnet of computers compromised at US universities to obscure the source of the attack.




Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 02:05:43 PM EST
German Federal Government is struggling with its own austerity goals- Handelsblatt
The first round of austerity negotiations is over. Deputy ministers were supposed to agree where 5-6 billion Euros are to be saved. But a decision is far away.

... Numbers are to be decided till the cabinet meeting on March 20. The detailled budget is to be ready by summer.

In short, to meet the new constitutional requirements, more than 5 billion Euros are to be cut from the budget till 2014. New rule: ministries can make suggestions where to cut in other ministries. Plan B: The 'Afghanistan formula' redistributes the financial burden of the war on the investment budget of the ministries. Funnily enough, the ministry of defense will have to cut the most (billions!) because of its large investment budget. Then the ministry of transport (yes, the dreams of European transport integration, TEN projects, ... gone, gone) and the ministry of research and education. Of course no one is going down without a fight:
But at the same time it has been said that the ministries of research, transport, and development have actually demanded budget increases. As "Handelsblatt" reported, the ministry of transport is planning with additional 1.25 billion Euros for each year till 2017 and justifies that by invoking coalition decisions.
Not a snowballs chance in hell. That particular ministry is reaping some its just rewards for supporting every bullshit project in Germany.
by epochepoque on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 02:38:38 PM EST
The editorializing in this comment is transparent. everyone knows austerity leads to enhanced competitivenessheit. If we hadn't attempted to impose German engineering on balanced budgets, Stuttgart 21 would have already been connected by high speed rail over the Müngstener Brücke to the Berlin Brandenberg BER Bear.

Luckily we still have Altmeier for Airbag Testing.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 03:01:33 PM EST
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Maybe they should reduce wages in germany by 30% ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 03:11:38 PM EST
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Their working on it.

Von überall könnte das Volk, Urbrut alles Undemokratischen, Zelle des Terrors, über die gewählten Hüter von Wachstum und Wohlstand® kommen. - flatter
by generic on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 03:27:35 PM EST
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I thought that was what Hartz was about.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 04:32:25 PM EST
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Independent: It's floating gold! Dog walker finds 'horrible smelling' lump of sperm whale vomit worth £100,000

It's stories like this that make one ponder the kind of human ingenuity that could transition from whale vomit to perfume stabiliser. I can hear in my mind one of those Bob Newhart phone monologues:

"Pierre? Pierre - can you hear....? Bunjaw bunjaw. Pierre, it's night here. I'm in Nuuk. It's in Greenland. Terry Verdi. Look, Pierre - I found some puke that might be useful to ya..."

Bob would never have said 'puke', my imagination is faulty.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 03:13:09 PM EST
And he woulda sais Gothaab, too!
by redstar on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 03:19:38 PM EST
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Beyonce sings the national anthem live.

There's a big foo-rah going on about whether she lip-synced it last time around, which is ridiculous.

Interesting point #1: If you're going to sing this song, it is critical to get the third note as low as you possibly can get it, because in a minute your'e going to be up an octave and a half higher which is a long way away.

Interesting point #2: "Everybody knows" that this is "an olde English drinking song," but nobody knows what olde English drinking song. At least not that I have heard...

by asdf on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 08:23:52 PM EST
'Ode to Hyperion on High' IIRCC.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2013 at 01:55:48 AM EST
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GEMA even prevents that here.


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Feb 1st, 2013 at 02:31:55 AM EST
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Nobody knows except wikipedia.

The Star-Spangled Banner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from "Defence of Fort McHenry",[1] a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet, Francis Scott Key, after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.

The poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men's social club in London. "The Anacreontic Song" (or "To Anacreon in Heaven"), with various lyrics, was already popular in the United States. Set to Key's poem and renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner", it would soon become a well-known American patriotic song. With a range (tessitura) of one and a half octaves, it is known for being difficult to sing. Although the poem has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today.

See also:

To Anacreon in Heaven - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The connection with Anacreon, along with the "drinking" nature of the lyrics, have caused many people to label "The Anacreontic Song" a drinking song. Due to the difficulty of singing the song, this claim is highly dubious, although the chorus certainly suggests Bacchanalia with its lyrics, "And long may the sons of Anacreon intwine the myrtle of Venus with Bacchus' vine."

So everybody now:

SOA Lyrics - "To Anacreon in Heaven"

To Anacreon in Heav'n, where he sat in full glee,
A few Sons of Harmony sent a petition;
That he their Inspirer and Patron wou'd be;
When this answer arrived from the Jolly Old Grecian;
"Voice, Fiddle, and Flute,
No longer be mute,
I'll lend you my name and inspire you to boot,
And besides I'll instruct you like me, to intwine,
The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's Vine."


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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Feb 1st, 2013 at 02:58:57 AM EST
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This version is a lot better...

by asdf on Fri Feb 1st, 2013 at 08:52:36 AM EST
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