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The Orwell Diaries · 30.11.08

George Orwell, author of 1984 and "The Animal Farm", wrote a diary from August 1938 to November 1942. There is a site that time shifts the journal seventy years onwards and posts the entries today day by day: The Orwell Diaries

The entry today in George Orwell's diary seventy years ago was "Two eggs" ... following a sequence of five number-of-eggs entries. Now that brings me to this pages here. The November 2008 will most likely be the month with the smallest amount of entries ever. That does not mean, that nothing happens round here. The things that happen are just not fit publish. I once swore that oath not to publish family issues in here or elsewhere, may they be happy or sad and I swore the other oath, not to publish number-of-egg-entries. This is thing people may do, who plan to contribute to the great works of world literature, not me.

So, folks, my recommendation: stay tuned here. I will turn back soon to share wisdom, insight and entertainment, which is relevant to you, 'cause that is what you folks are looking for, right?


LIFE photo archive hosted by Google · 19.11.08

Stock Cars

LIFE publishes it's image archive via google.images. Thats quite a treat. Furthermore, this morning http://www.europeana.eu/ the european library goes online, we are excited already.

...and for the friends of off-main stream movies we have http://www.europafilmtreasures.eu ... great short movies dating back to the early 20th century.


Vorn, auf dem Kinderuntersuchungsheft · 17.11.08

Logo auf dem Kinderuntersuchungsheft

Was hat wen eigentlich geritten, unter das froehliche kindergesicht "Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss" zu schreiben? ... die profunde kenntnis Kafkas prosa am ende?


Ohne Wahlcomputer · 11.11.08

Wie das hessische Innenministerium heute gegenüber heise online bestätigte, wird es zu der vorgezogenen Landtagswahl keine Verwendungsgenehmigung für den Einsatz der umstrittenen Nedap-Wahlcomputer erteilen.
--Heise Meldung

OECD Regional Stats · 9.11.08

Regional statistics on a quite detailed territorial level. A whole lot flash but well applied ... very nice:

OECD Regional Stats Screenshot

One little set back, however. The .csv-download is difficult to find. Go to 'right panel' and choose 'raw data' instead of 'scatter plot'.


U.S. Presidential Elections - Prediction · 2.11.08

In my eyes markets perform fine, to predict certain outcomes of ... whatever. So, let's check the Iowa Electronic Markets for a prediction of next weeks U.S. presidential election outcome. First check the data of the recent elections:

Gore vs. Bush 2000

Bush vs. Gore 2000

Bush vs. Kerry 2004

Bush vs. Kerry

Well, knowing this and knowing who actually won we can check this year's prices.

McCain vs Obama 2008

McCain vs Obama

For me Obama will be the winner on wednesday and therefore will become 56th president of the U.S.A.. Pretty sure.