Tag Archives: Internet

February 25

My back has been hurting lately and I have been feeling a bit stiff despite working out a couple of times a week in the gym, so I have decided to start stretching for 30 minutes in the morning, following a YouTube tutorial, to see if it helps. I After a few minutes, it became evident that my muscles are in worse than I initially expected to be; my flexibility has been considerably reduced and the range of motion of certain joints is well under average, possibly as a consequence of the knee injury I suffered in 2012 and the sedentary lifestyle it imposed during the following years.

As I went through the video this morning, sitting on Kat’s yoga mat, I kept thinking to myself: “I can’t fucking do that!”. Every exercise was a painful reminder of the price you pay when you don’t take rehab seriously. It was quite frustrating and a bit scary. My body is REALLY tight, and not in a nice way…

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I just discovered Love Letters from Craig, a project by Cartelle Interactive Arts:

‘love letters from craig’ is a romantic exploration into the perversions of modern-day digital hookups. The narrator reads aloud personal ads from anonymous people seeking love & affection on the internet. The contents are not moderated and completely automated, only enhanced by sensual porno beats and tasty, sexy visuals. Content is scraped hourly from Craigslist casual encounters.

Brilliant.

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October 28

Our Creative Director took us on a little outing today to check out the World Press Photo exhibition at Politiken Hus. It was less depressing than last year but still, it was quite disheartening to look at pictures of the Boston marathon bombings, the Syrian conflict, the public hangings in Iran, the devastation left behind by Haiyan… it’s just a bit overwhelming.

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There was a picture of the costal city of Tacloban, in ruins after the typhoon, and you can’t help but wonder: how do these people go on with their lives? Just imagine standing there, what do you do next? How do you get the energy to get on your feet and continue? Where do you start? It must be a terrifying experience.

There were also more uplifting photographs, of course. I particularly liked some of the work Kunrong Chen, a self-taught photographer from China that has taken some great pictures with a drone. Fascinating use of technology. Very simple, I guess, but the images are beautiful.

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I recently discovered a fantastic website that I can only describe as a joyful orgy of keywords, animated GIFs and your favourite music tracks: see hear party.

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Go on, click on the image. You’ll thank me for it.

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September 23

I checked, my Soundgarden record is not made of yellow vinyl. Bummer.

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Today, I introduced the agency to the work of Mr. Bingo. I realized I tend to sound a little bit obsessive when I talk about him and the stuff he has done but hey, that’s fine by me, I like his work and so should you.

My friend Aaron has invited to make a five minute presentation at Podio and Friends – Lightning Talks, a fun event where a bunch of interesting people from different industries get together to share their ideas and side projects. I find these kind of affairs a bit intimidating but I will give it a go, mostly because I think it would be nice to pitch the concept for a little website I’m working on to a crowd and see what feedback it gets. Besides, it will only take a few minutes and there will be drinks and snacks afterwards so it can’t be that bad.

Speaking of websites, I recently discovered this. Check it out and get ready to spend whatever is left of your day looking at pointless yet fascinating pieces of Internet greatness.

You have been warned.

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June 17

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Yesterday, my friend Rafa decided to start a Facebook page entitled “Pelea de Tetas” (“Tits Fight”) to challenge Facebook and its unacceptable tolerance towards “Dogfights”, a page that shares disturbing pictures and videos of bloodied dogs, torn apart in illegal fights. Despite hundreds of complaints, Facebook has refused to shut down pro-dog fight pages, presenting the following argument:

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However, it took Facebook only a few hours to send Rafa four warnings demanding him to close down “Pelea de Tetas”, which had managed to get 20,000 likes within a few hours. He refused, of course, so eventually Facebook took it down and suspend his account for a day. Isn’t it mad?

A Facebook page that has the following description: “Legalize dog fighting. Pets are not people. They are your pet. something you own. If i’m not mistaken when you own something you can do what you want with it” and shows pictures of mutilated dogs… yep, thumbs up. That’s perfectly fine ;-)

Innocent pictures of beautiful women proudly displaying their God-given round, perky, mind-blowing breasts… WHAT? NO FUCKING WAY, YOU SICK PERVERT! TAKE THAT SHIT DOWN RIGHT NOW OR YOU WILL SUFFER EVERLASTING ISOLATION AND WILL BE SHUT OUT OF MARK ZUCKERBERG’S MAGNIFICENT EMPIRE AND THE GLORY OF HIS MIGHT! >:(

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Fucking ridiculous. And a bit upsetting, really. I hope this can be taken further but even if it doesn’t, it has already made an important point and proved that simple, brilliant ideas spread quickly and with the right people backing them up, have the potential to become a major pain in the arse.

Update: apparently, the “dog fights” page has also been taken down but someone else (or the same asshole) has started a new one with the same sick pictures so, if you fancy supporting this noble cause, feel free to use the hashtag #TetasVSPerros and jump on the TeamTits bandwagon. Together, we can heal the world and make it a better place, for you, for me and the entire human race… ok, I’ll stop now.

Go back to what you were doing, I’m off to have some lunch.

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I have been doing some progress on my holiday planning. Just yesterday, I managed to book 5 nights in a 4-bed room at Bergen Vandrerhjem Montana and bought some hiking boots I will need for some of the tours I’m planning to do in Iceland. One is “The Original White Night Hike”, which was suggested to me by one of my co-workers, and the other 2 day trips I found through KEX, the hostel I will be staying at in Reykjavik.

There are a couple of tours they offer that I’m quite interested in but going through their website today, I noticed something suspicious.

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Do you see it? No? Look a bit closer.

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I wonder if this is Kexland’s unusual marketing strategy to win some costumers over or if it’s just a cheeky webmaster having a little bit of fun behind their client’s back. In any case, signing up for a tour provided by a travel company who has decided to group all its offerings under the “tourist trap” category doesn’t make me feel particularly reassured.

In the end, I’m sure I will go ahead and book the tours anyway, they are relatively cheap and quite convenient as they depart and return to the hostel I will be staying at but I think I will send Kexland an e-mail with these print screens, out of curiosity, just to see what they say about it. I will keep you posted.

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March 15

Today, a random stranger googled my housemate’s name, found one of his friends’ phone number online, called her up, asked her my housemate’s phone number and gave him a call, just to let him know that he had found my wallet, which I somehow managed to drop while I was cycling home this morning.

This is a fine example of a) how wonderful Denmark is in some aspects and b) how technology and a hyperconnected world is enabling people to engage and collaborate to solve problems. On the other hand, I guess it also comes to show how our personal data privacy is at risk, considering it took this random stranger less than an hour to track me down.

In any case, I’m happy the Internet was on my side this time around, it would have been an absolute pain in the arse to get all my papers again. The only downside to this happy ending is that I have no food at home, can’t be bothered to go to the supermarket and just called Domino’s to order a pizza and they told me they only accept payments by card, which I’m not allowed to make at the moment because I blocked my card when I realised I had lost my wallet.

God, I’m starving…

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