Posts tagged history

Ah, Verona!

For the past seven years, Verona was always the first major dispatch train station on our trips in Italy. We get on the train in Munich and we either change there or in Bologna. We have never had more than an hour to spend at Verona Porta Nuova.

I kept on promising that we will make a dedicated visit to Verona. I remember the first time I set foot in the ancient city back in 1993. It was a short stopover on the way to Paris and I couldn’t see much of the city, except Arena di Verona and the famous Casa di Giulietta’s balcony.

Fast forward 24 years and I am again there, this time with much more time to devote to the exploration of Verona. And I find myself mesmerised. For most of the time, I can’t even bring myself to pull the camera out of the backpack. I am looking at the old buildings, staring at the inscriptions on elements left from the Roman times, or simply trying not to body-check a fellow tourist.

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Alt-Right – Rewrapping Life’s Shitty Presents

Dear friend,

I am sure that by now you have heard or read the terms alt-right and post-truth numerous times. If you haven’t, do continue living in your balloon and stop reading. If you have, do go on reading.

When exactly rebranding the words “Nazism” and “lie” become a real thing? How come that the media and we, the people took this rebranding to heart and accepted its spread on-air, print and bytes? Did we forget our history lessons and the devastation events after the WWI caused to humanity? Where is our moral compass or moral has changed to something that doesn’t really need truth?

By now, you would probably think “Hold on, alt-right does not equal Nazism!” and, in the minor scheme of things, you would be right. Especially, when you read the first paragraph in the Wikipedia link above… But here is my perspective.

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Enigma Turns 25 And Launches Enigma Moments

Enigma turned 25 years old yesterday and launched Enigma Moments. The date marks the launch of the debut album “MCMXC a.D.” in 1990. Michael Cretu explains himself the project here.

Fans are able to create their own Enigma Moments by song or album, upload a picture, write their message and even put a particular date to pinpoint their Enigma history in time. It is a very easy form with a slick design and functionality.

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Visualizing The User’s Data

The end of this working da was marked by the two presents two major social networks Twitter and Foursquare made to their users – visualized usage history.

On one side Twitter joined forces with Vizify and on the other Foursquare with Samsung Galaxy 4. Both campaigns are using big data (at least in the case those super users on their platforms). And as much as it is a treat for the socializer, it is also a great marketing effort. An attempt to attract new users and strengthen the relationship between the social network and its real gold – the tweep or the location based sharer. It also shows us how much exactly someone can learn about our behavior based on what we do and share with the world online.

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