Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Reader II

Ahh, the joy of sequels…

Seriously; it is not that I didn’t have other things to do – like preparing this conference next week, or dealing with this cold – but some things just have to have priority.

Bloglines being closed down, bothered me enough to spend valuable time on annoying colleagues and searching for something else. To no avail…. Until I realised that there was probably no Internet related issue to which no Firefox addon existed. Thought – done – found: Feedly!

Which first scarred me as all, but all my feeds were already there the moment I created an account including the folder structure! After a short moment of big brother paranoia, I realised that it links straight through to Google Reader where I exported my feeds to on Sunday. Huh…

Anyhow. Feedly has a nicely designed interface – the digest view being my favourite for now. It is intuitive enough to manage, integrates Twitter, Youtube, Flickr and all other kinds of social net tools (exactly the developments the idiots from ask.com missed!) and is yet another proof nobody needed that Firefox beats Explorer by miles.

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The Reader

The announcement alone was impertinent: “As you may have heard, we are sorry to share that Bloglines will officially shut down on October 1, 2010.” I’m subscribed to the freaking bloglines news feed; and no,  I did not know…

As it turns out; ask.com acquired bloglines in 2005 and is now shutting it down. Apparently because people prefer Twitter, Facebook and heaven knows what else. I can’t help it but the reasons they bring up sound hollow to me. If you loose money, why don’t you say so?

I liked Bloglines very much. Now I need a new; well designed feed reader – and for once, Google isn’t an alternative. If you have one; let me know.

Long term consequences remain to be seen…

Humans are a fascinating species. Originally from the warm zones around the equator, it manages to survive in all possible environments.

The most astonishing evolution though can be witnessed in the homo sapiens officiensis – the modern office person. Some individuals of this species have developed the capacity not only to walk upright and but also to recreate despite the lack of a spine and balls.

Life in the expat bubble – What bubble?

The true winner of the Belgian language wars is, not very surprisingly, English.For once, this insight is not only thanks to my perception but to an academic article. The article was published in 2007; hence before a 9 months interim without a government and the exacerbation of the conflicts around the notoriously famous BHV.

Besides providing some evidence on the rise of English in Belgium in general, the article states some interesting facts about Brussels:

In all the Flemish and Walloon provinces, people of Belgian descent exceed 80%. In Brussels, by contrast, they represent just 44%. The residents of non-European descent remain under 10% in all provinces, while in Brussels they make up one third of the population.

To put this the other way round: 1 out of 2 people living in the capital is not of Belgian origin. 1 out of 3, not of European. I’m not sure if the Flemish nationalists are aware of this when they claim back ‘their capital’

Where’s the remedy?

Despite – or maybe thanks to – Belgium having the presidency of the European Union, nobody noticed that it still doesn’t have a government. Elections were only in June so no need to hurry.

What’s fascinating is that this disease seems to be spreading: The Netherlands are almost since 3 months without a government and Australia an unprecedented fortnight! If politicians aren’t more careful soon, people will come to realise that they can do without a lot of the circus

Conscience tranquilizer

  • Taking the Spanish book for on holiday without looking at it
  • Having Coke light with fries and mayonnaise
  • Buying organic bread after taking the car to the bakery
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