EN: If you sitting in front of a computer keyboard and mouse usually are the interfaces to communicate with the machine. On mobile phones and PDAs the data input it is more tricky. A recent Google Tech Talk shows a cool solution: Dasher. It is hard to describe the interface, but it feels like browsing […]

Wiki paper – an experiment

April 25th, 2007

EN: Kevin Kelly proposed in the article Speculation of the Future of Science wikis as a tool for collaboratively creating scientific articles that will constantly grow. Maybe this is a further step into that direction: As Jean-Claude Bradley announced on Useful Chemistry, he has started an experiment in which he uses an open wiki to […]

DE: Mann, in letzter Zeit kommt man einfach nicht mehr hinterher mit der Bloggerei, wenn es um Überwachung von Seiten Vater Staat geht. Unser ÜberwachungsInnenminister SchÀuble hat momentan einen KreativitÀtsschub wie ein junger Picasso. Die Jungs von dataloo sind daraufhin ebenfalls kreativ geworden und haben ein Stasi 2.0 Bild zusammengebastelt. EN: Hmm, no time to […]

EN: Ted Freeman from Allen Press invited me to give a talk (slides) at the 2007 Allen Press Emerging Trends in Scholarly Publishing Seminar in Washington (D.C.). It was a very stimulating meeting and I will try to give a small report on some of the contributions. The foci of the talks might be in […]

Lack of water

April 4th, 2007

EN: The lack of water is already a major problem in certain areas of the world and as the world’s population and living standards increase, the situation will aggravate. An interview in the ZEIT (german) with the CEO and president of the advisory board of Nestlé Peter Brabeck-Letmathe gives more insight into that topic. Brabeck-Letmathe […]

R.i.P Paul Watzlawick

April 3rd, 2007

EN: Paul Watzlawick, mostly famous for his communication theories (e.g. one cannot not communicate), died at the 31st of March, 2007. I enjoyed reading some of his books (The Pursuit of Unhappiness is highly recommended) as he had a wonderful, humorous way of communicating his thoughts.