Merry Christmas everyone. It’s been a while since I last presented a song here. I wrote the original version of “Santa’s Fantasy” in Sydney, Australia, in December 2007 as “theme song” for the christmas party I attended.

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Informationskontrolle

Ich erinnere mich,  daß ich es etwas kontraintuitiv fand, als ich im Skript zu einer Vorlesung über Organisation und Informationstechnologie die Aussage fand, daß Technologien, die Freiheit schaffen können, genauso zu ihrer Abschaffung eingesetzt werden können.

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Is there a versioning effect in elections?

Over at Crooked Timber, Henry Farrell is wondering why Obama’s lead over McCain is bigger in polls where more left-wing Presidential candidates are included – A puzzle about the polls. Comment #1 by a certain Cryptic Ned is proposing an interesting theory: versioning also works in elections.

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Marcel Reich-Ranicki is pretty cool, indeed.

There was a time, when one of Germany’s most interesting tv shows was one about books. The show was called “The Literary Quartet” (“Das literarische Quartett”) and its impressario was Marcel Reich-Ranicki, allegedly the most important contemporary critic of German literature (wikipedia entry in English).

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Yes, Prime Minister?

More Krugman – Moment of Truth – NYTimes.com. “Let’s talk about where we are right now. The current crisis started with a burst housing bubble, which led to widespread mortgage defaults, and hence to large losses at many financial institutions.

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For every DOWnside, there’s an upside.

With the DJIA falling below 9000 points today, it’s reassuring to know that, right? Paul Krugman, in his Blog at the NY Times reminds us that “[o]n a separate note, one good thing is that there haven’t been any reports of people on Wall Street jumping out of windows.

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Paul Krugman agrees…

in the NYTimes after the US House of Representatives voted „no“ on the Wall Street bailout plan. He’s right of course, that „flip-flopping“ on issues like this in the way it happened isn’t exactly a sign of a well functioning representative democracy. On the other hand, it’s also true that this vote is a sign […]

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Sarah Palin is simply scary.

You know, back in 2000, I said that Americans were so confident in their way of doing things that they actually believed they could afford someone like the current President to be in charge. Now, a couple of years later, they may no longer be too confident about the situation they find themselves in, militarily, […]

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OZmating

Spiegel Online (German) apparently followed up on the „ugly duckling“ Mont Isa, Queensland, story I recently wrote about and comes up with some interesting figures regarding the Australian gender balance. When I was told by an Australian friend late last year that „there are hardly any good men in Sydney these days“ I did not […]

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Google Chrome has a unique ID.

Apparently, just as Google Desktop Search, Google’s new browser, „Chrome“, has a unique ID. That basically means that if you are using chrome with any other Google service, like GMail, Google will be able to create a personalised history of browsing. According to Golem.de, Google say they don’t that. But they could. Easily. If you […]

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Ladies, it’s in his arginine-vasopressine.

Looks like Carrie Bradshaw will lose her job pretty soon. If this research (article from Sueddeutsche.de in German) from the Swedish Karolinska Institut is indeed correct, Ms Bradshaw will no longer need to write advice columns about the mysteries of the alleged male unwillingness to couple up.

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