• Ultimate Ghosts 'n' Goblins for PSP

    I certainly had no problem with finding arguments for buying a Playstation Portable anyway, but seeing that Ultimate Ghosts 'n' Goblins has been made available for the PSP is a huge boost towards putting it on my christmas wish list. I can still hum the GnG game music after more than a decade since I last played it.

  • Video surveillance against terror

    I found a more serious argument about the dubious value of video surveillance in the prevention of terrorist actions on rabenhorst

    Weder das BKA, noch die Generalbundesanwältin oder das Bundesinnenministerium haben bis heute schlüssig dargelegt, wie die Verbindung zwischen den Aufnahmen vom 31. Juli über die Veröffentlichung am 18. August und der fast augenblicklichen Ergreifung in Kiel zustandekam, insbesondere, ob das Wiedererkennen einer Videoaufnahme der entscheidende Hinweis war und wenn, von wem dieser Hinweis kam.

  • Rail Marshals

    When I read Kristian's blog entry about politicians thinking aloud about installing armed railway guards, the absurdity of that train of thought (if you pardon the pun) made me chuckle.

    But I couldn't help but laugh out loud when I read Olav's explanation#c10755 (translated):

    It must under all costs be prevented that terrorists hijack trains and, for example, steer them into a Frankfurt skyscraper.

  • Instant Web 2.0 Company

    Although it's still in beta, the Web 2.0 bullshit generator works quite well already. All I have to do now before founding my next company is deciding whether it'll "harness citizen-media wikis" or "reinvent long-tail life-hacks". It will certainly "incentivize semantic networking", of course.

    Next steps: Generate the company name and make a nice logo Et voilà, another business to sell to Yahoo!

  • Performing as a leader

    From thursday until today, I attended a leadership seminar at the Erbprinz hotel in Ettlingen. The seminar was meant as a refresher course about leadership strategies and methods.

    We were a group of 6 team leads that worked really well together. Being all from WEB.DE and knowing most of the others from work did help but was also considered unfortunate because we would have liked to meet some colleagues from 1&1 to exchange approaches and problems. Our trainer Christine was a very sympathetic and competent teacher with a great background on communication theory and practise.

    I learned quite a lot, not only about working with my team and handling leadership situations but also about myself as a person. I guess there's enough food for thought for the coming weeks. On the other hand, I'm afraid that I not only gained knowledge. Spending 3 days in a 5-star hotel where you are attended to from breakfast to dinner has its effects on your shape, you know.

    Oh, and if that makes you wonder why you have to have a boss after all (that sometimes needs expensive training): Seth Godin has an answer