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Start the website again

This is no blog anymore. I haven't had entries for years, and even before then sporadically. This is a wiki, but somehow it is not that either. Currently you cannot make comments. Updating the software is a pain in the ass. But I like to have a site where I can publish again. Switch to another CMS? Maybe one day. But I like Semantic MediaWiki. So what will I do? I do not know. But I know I will slowly refresh this page again. Somehow.

A new part of my life is starting soon. And I want to have a platform to talk about it. And as much as I like Facebook or Google+, I like to have some form of control over this platform. Facebook and Google+ -- maybe they won't disappear in a year. But what about ten? Twenty? Fifty years? I'll still be around (I hope), but they might not...

Let's see what will happen here. For now, I republished the retelling of a day as a story I first published on Google+ (My day in Jerusalem) and a poem that feels eerily relevant whenever I think about it (Wenn ich wollte)

Popculture in logics

  1. You ⊑ ∀need.Love (Lennon, 1967)
  2. ⊥ ≣ compare.You (Nelson, 1985)
  3. Cowboy ⊑ ∃sing.SadSadSong (Michaels, 1988)
  4. ∀t : I ⊑ love.You (Parton, 1973)
  5. ∄better.Time ⊓ ∄better­­­­­­­⁻¹.Time (Dickens, 1859)
  6. {god} ⊑ Human ⊨ ? (Bazilian, 1995)
  7. Bad(X)? (Jackson, 1987)
  8. ⃟(You ⊑ save.I) (Gallagher, 1995)
  9. Dreamer(i). ∃x : Dreamer(x) ∧ (x ≠ i). ⃟ ∃t: Dreamer(you). (Lennon, 1971)
  10. Spoon ⊑ ⊥ (Wachowski, 1999)
  11. ¬Cry ← ¬Woman (Marley, 1974)
  12. ∄t (Poe, 1845)

Solutions: Turn around your monitor to read them.

sǝlʇɐǝq ǝɥʇ 'ǝʌol sı pǝǝu noʎ llɐ ˙ǝuo
ǝɔuıɹd ʎq ʎllɐuıƃıɹo sɐʍ ʇı 'ƃuos ǝɥʇ pǝɹǝʌoɔ ʇsnɾ pɐǝuıs ˙noʎ oʇ sǝɹɐdɯoɔ ƃuıɥʇou ˙oʍʇ
˙uosıod ʎq uɹoɥʇ sʇı sɐɥ ǝsoɹ ʎɹǝʌǝ ɯoɹɟ '"ƃuos pɐs pɐs ɐ sƃuıs ʎoqʍoɔ ʎɹǝʌǝ" ˙ǝǝɹɥʇ
ʞɔɐɹʇpunos ǝıʌoɯ pɹɐnƃʎpoq ǝɥʇ ɹoɟ uoʇsnoɥ ʎǝuʇıɥʍ ʎq ɹɐlndod ǝpɐɯ ʇnq uoʇɹɐd ʎllop ʎq ʎllɐuıƃıɹo 'noʎ ǝʌol sʎɐʍlɐ llıʍ ı 'ɹo - ",noʎ, ɟo ǝɔuɐʇsuı uɐ ɥʇıʍ pǝllıɟ ,ǝʌol, ʎʇɹǝdoɹd ɐ ƃuıʌɐɥ" uoıʇdıɹɔsǝp ǝɥʇ ʎq pǝɯnsqns ɯɐ ı 'ʇ sǝɯıʇ llɐ ɹoɟ ˙ɹnoɟ
suǝʞɔıp sǝlɹɐɥɔ ʎq sǝıʇıɔ oʍʇ ɟo ǝlɐʇ ɯoɹɟ sǝɔuǝʇuǝs ƃuıuǝdo ǝɥʇ sı sıɥʇ ˙(ʎʇɹǝdoɹd ǝɥʇ ɟo ǝsɹǝʌuı suɐǝɯ 1- ɟo ɹǝʍod" ǝɥʇ) ǝɯıʇ ɟo ʇsɹoʍ ǝɥʇ sɐʍ ʇı ˙sǝɯıʇ ɟo ʇsǝq ǝɥʇ sɐʍ ʇı ˙ǝʌıɟ
(poƃ)ɟoǝuo ƃuıɯnsqns sn ʎq pǝlıɐʇuǝ sı ʇɐɥʍ sʞsɐ ʇı ʎllɐɔısɐq ˙ʇıɥ ɹǝpuoʍ ʇıɥ ǝuo 5991 ǝɥʇ 'sn ɟo ǝuo sɐʍ poƃ ɟı ʇɐɥʍ ˙xıs
pɐq ǝlƃuıs ʇıɥ ǝɥʇ uı "pɐq s,oɥʍ" ƃuıʞsɐ 'uosʞɔɐɾ lǝɐɥɔıɯ ˙uǝʌǝs
ɔıƃol lɐpoɯ ɯoɹɟ ɹoʇɐɹǝdo ʎılıqıssod ǝɥʇ sı puoɯɐıp ǝɥʇ ˙"ǝɯ ǝʌɐs oʇ ǝuo ǝɥʇ ǝɹ,noʎ ǝqʎɐɯ" ǝuıl ǝɥʇ sɐɥ ʇı ˙sısɐo ʎq 'llɐʍɹǝpuoʍ ˙ʇɥƃıǝ
˙ooʇ ǝuo ǝɹɐ noʎ ǝɹǝɥʍ ǝɯıʇ ɐ sı ǝɹǝɥʇ ǝqʎɐɯ puɐ ˙(ǝɯ ʇou ǝɹɐ sɹǝɥʇo ǝsoɥʇ puɐ 'sɹǝɯɐǝɹp ɹǝɥʇo ǝɹɐ ǝɹǝɥʇ) ǝuo ʎluo ǝɥʇ ʇou ɯɐ ı ʇnq ˙ɹǝɯɐǝɹp ɐ ɯɐ ı" ˙ǝuıƃɐɯı 'uıɐƃɐ uouuǝl uɥoɾ ˙ǝuıu
(ǝlɔɐɹo ǝɥʇ sʇǝǝɯ ǝɥ ǝɹoɟǝq ʇsnɾ oǝu oʇ ƃuıʞɐǝds pıʞ oɥɔʎsd ǝɥʇ) xıɹʇɐɯ ǝıʌoɯ ǝɥʇ ɯoɹɟ ǝʇonb ssɐlɔ ˙uoods ou sı ǝɹǝɥʇ ˙uǝʇ
ʎǝuoɯ ǝɯos sʇǝƃ puǝıɹɟ sıɥ os ƃuıʎl ʎlqɐqoɹd sɐʍ ǝɥ ʇnq 'puǝıɹɟ ɐ oʇ sɔıɹʎl ǝɥʇ pǝʇnqıɹʇʇɐ ʎǝlɹɐɯ ˙"ʎɹɔ ʇou" sʍolloɟ "uɐɯoʍ ʇou" ɯoɹɟ ˙uǝʌǝlǝ
ǝod uɐllɐ ɹɐƃpǝ ʎq '"uǝʌɐɹ ǝɥʇ" ɯoɹɟ ɥʇonb ˙ǝɹoɯɹǝʌǝu :ɹo ˙ǝɯıʇ ou sı ǝɹǝɥʇ ˙ǝʌlǝʍʇ

Semantic Web
Fun


My horoscope for today

Here's my horoscope for today:

You may be overly concerned with how your current job prevents you from reaching your long-term goals. The Sun's entry into your 9th House of Big Ideas can work against your efficiency by distracting you with philosophical discussions about the purpose of life. These conversations may be fun, but they should be kept to a minimum until you finish your work.

(from Tarot.com via iGoogle)

How the heck did they know??

Esoteric


England eagerly lacking cofidence

My Google Alerts just send me the following news alert about Croatia. At least the reporters checked all their sources :)

England players lacking confidence against Croatia

International Herald Tribune - France AP ZAGREB, Croatia: England's players confessed to a lack of confidence when they took on football's No. 186-ranked nation in their opening World Cup ...

England eager to break Croatia run

Reuters UK - UK By Igor Ilic ZAGREB (Reuters) - England hope to put behind their gloomy recent experiences against Croatia when they travel to Zagreb on Wednesday for an ...

Soccer
Croatia
England


Beating the Second Law

Yihon Ding has an interesting blogpost taking analogies to the laws of thermodynamics and why this means trouble for the Semantic Web.

I disagree in one aspect: I think it is possible to invest the amount of human power to the system and to still keep it going. I can't nail it down exactly -- I didn't read "Programming the Universe" yet, so I can't really discuss it, but the feeling goes along the following lines: the value of a network increases superlinearly, if not even quadratic (Metcalfe's Law), whereas the amount of information increases sublinearly (due to redundancies in human knowledge). Or, put it in another way: get more people and Wikipedia or Linux gets better, because they have a constrained scope. The more you constrain the scope the more value is added by more people.

This is an oversimplification.

Web
Semantic Web


Blogging from an E90

After pondering it for far too long, I finally got a new mobile phone: a Nokia E90. It is pretty big and heavy, but I don't mind really. I am looking at it as a light-weight laptop replacement. But I am not sure I will learn to love the keyboard, really. Experimenting.

But since it has a full keyboard, programming in Python is indeed an option. I had Python on my previous phone too, but heck, T9 is not cool to type code.

One world. One web.

I am in Beijing at the opening of the WWW2008 conference. Like all WWWs I was before, it is amazing. The opening ceremony was preceded by a beautiful dance, combining tons of symbols. First a woman in a traditional Chinese dress, then eight dancers in astronaut uniforms, a big red flag with "Welcome to Beijing" on it (but not on the other side, when he came back), and then all of them together... beautiful.

Boris Motik's paper is a best paper candidate! Yay! Congratulations.

I rather listen to the keynote now :)

Blogging from my XO One.

Web
Travel


Certificate of Coolness

Now that the Cool URIs for the Semantic Web note by Richard and Leo have been published -- congratulation guys! -- I am sure looking forward if anyone will create a nice badge and a procedure to get official Certificates of Coolness. Pretty please?

On a different note: I know, I should have blogged from New Zealand. It sure was beautiful Maybe I will still blog about it a bit later. My sister has blogged extensively, and also made a few great pictures, take a look over there if you're interested.

Semantic Web
Names


Coming to New Zealand

Yes! Three weeks of vacation in New Zealand, which is rumoured to be quite a beauty. This also means: three weeks no work, no projects, no thesis, no Semantic We...

Oh, almost. Actually I will enjoy to have the opportunity to give a talk on Semantic Wikipedia while staying in Auckland. If you're around, you may want to come by.

It is on February 22nd, 1pm-2pm at the AUT. You may want to tell Dave Parry that you're coming, he is my host.

Looking forward to this trip a lot!

Travel
Semantic Web
Workshop
New Zealand


Charlie Wilson's War

Ein einfacher Kongressmann (Tom Hanks). Eine sehr rechte reiche Texanering (Julia Roberts). Ein äußerst guter CIA Agent (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Und Sowjets die in Afghanistan einmarschieren, im Kalten Krieg. Amerika muss sich wehren, auch am Hindukusch!

Der Film behandelt den afghanischen Krieg (den aus den 1980er Jahren), und es geht um sehr ernste Themen. Zudem beruht er auf wahren Ereignissen. Dennoch verpackt er es in abstrusen Witz, liefert uns charmante Antihelden, und deutet schließlich auch an, wie es zum nächsten Afghanistankrieg kommen konnte (den aus den 2000er Jahren), doch ist das kaum das Thema in diesem Film.

Wie bereits Hunting Party ein Film, der doch sensibel mit jenen Wahrheiten umgeht, für die er eintritt, und mit umso derberen Humor und Aufklärung die Missstände anprangert. Ein besonderer Spagat gelingt dem Film da er die Aufteilung des politischen Spektrums in rechts und links nicht einfach mit Böse und Gut gleichsetzt, wie es etwa Michael Moore gerne macht, sondern ähnlich wie Team America nach beiden Seiten austeilt -- Lob, wie auch Kritik.

Wir sahen den Film gestern in der Sneak, leider in der Originalversion -- insbesondere die Texanischen Dialekte waren echt schwer zu verstehen, weswegen wohl der eine oder andere Gag verloren ging. Ich hoffe ihn dann auch in der deutschen Synchro zu sehen.

Charlie Wilson's War (Der Krieg des Charlie Wilson) läuft in Deutschland am 7. Februar 2008 in den Kinos an.

Movie

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