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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Dieter Wiefelspütz, innenpolitischer Sprecher der SPD.

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America Votes. I Watch.

No live blogging tonight, as I’ll be attending an election night party organised by the American studies department at Johannes-Gutenberg Universität.

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Beautification going on

Oh, just in case you, gentle readers, noticed – there are some minor beautifications going on at almostadiary.de. Thus, not everything may look like it’s supposed to look at the moment.

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My WordPress 2.8 wishlist

With the upcoming release of WP 2.7, the software is maturing a lot, and it’s also getting a lot more sexy, and not just visually.

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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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Now go and play with your „Joe The Plumber“ action figure.

From The Times, via Crooked Timber, a first class example of real life political satire.

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Falling in love, 21st century style (mostly for mice).

According to Spiegel Online (link in German), GenePartner, a Swiss company, is actually offering to match people based on their DNA structure since last July.

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Of Private Virtue and Public Vice

In the NYT, Paul Krugman writes about the American savings rate, the liquidity trap, a powerless Fed, Macro 101, and how all that relates to your Holiday Season spending plans –

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From your tv to your White House.

The NYT’s Brian Stelter looks at some interesting similarities between the last two seasons of „The West Wing“ and the current Presidential campaign in the US – Following the Script – Obama, McCain and ‘The West Wing’

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Finally a „Wow.“ out of the box.
The Visual Design of WordPress 2.7

For the last couple of years, I’ve been using WordPress for a number of blogs and small websites that I have built. One of the first things I changed was the admin user interface.

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Congratulations, Paul Krugman.

Since the NY Times closed the comments thread for this post – An interesting morning – I thought I congratulate over here… Congratulations on winning the Nobel Price in Economics!

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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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Sad guys on the trading floor.

There are a lot of them, these days. Check out the photolog. Hat tip to fefe.

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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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Prime Minister’s Question Time

If you haven’t already, watch Jon Stewart embarrass Tony Blair in a 10 minute interview.

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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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I’m the last person to deny that demography can be an important variable in social developments. Sex ratios in particular seem to be an important aspect.

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