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Geen categorie / 05.05.2011

In 2002 Ben Langlands & Nikki Bell spent two weeks in Afghanistan as 'war artists' , commissioned by the Imperial War Museum in London to design the house of Osama bin Laden. They visited a former dwelling of the jihadist at Daruntah and developped a design in which the public can stroll with the help of a joy stick. Osama's house as a computer game called Quake, developed by ID Software. The house they found stands on a promontory over looking a lake in the mountains east of Kabul. It consists of several structures set...

Geen categorie / 03.05.2011

'We got him' , this is what former president George Bush said when Saddam Hussein was caught in his cave. "The world is a better place", are president Obama's words after Osama Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. Bush the cowboy, Obama the undercooled leader. We can see him and his team watching the raid on video in the White House. Obama saw how Bin Laden was executed and agreed. Eight months of preparation, but the special forces where unable to arrest the terrorist in order to give...

Geen categorie / 18.04.2011

One week a year Milan is occupied by thousands of (would be) designers. The Salone del Mobile attracts everyone who is in some way related to creation in the broadest sense: communication, fashion, food, wine, jewelry, furniture, lamps, packaging, photography, sculpture and what have you. Hotel rates and menu's double in price during this glorious week, but nobody seems to care. All rooms are booked, all tables reserved. Most visitors come for each other, not for the shows, exhibitions, lectures and experiences. Sitting on a terrace and watching...

Geen categorie / 11.04.2011

The Dutch government has decided to close its embassy in Burkina Faso.  Why Ouagadougou? A few years ago it was decided to help this extremely poor country with tens of millions of Euros for educational purposes. The other financial support comes from countries like Germany that have taken up agriculture, clean water projects, infrastructure and logistics, among other themes. All these efforts can only succeed with an educated population to support the foreign initiatives. Now that the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs has decided to close shop in...

Geen categorie / 28.03.2011

If you think Google Latitude is the only way to share your location with the outside world or that FourSquare is just a nice little game, you are wrong. Cellphone companies know far more than you ever thought, as a German client found out last week. Through a court case he discovered that Deutsche Telekom, his provider, followed almost all his whereabouts and kept a record. In his case the provider recorded and saved 35.000 longitude-latitude coordinates in just six months time. This means one recording every seven...

Geen categorie / 21.03.2011

Twitteritis is the fastest spreading addiction in our world. Talking to users of Twitter I know, under thirty, I found that one of the symptoms is naivity. Another is professional deceiving. And yet another is the quickly rising star of relatively uninteresting individuals. Let me explain. When you Twitter your stuff you cannot expect to think of all the consequences your opinion will have for your family, friends, employers etc. who you might have irritated or embarassed. I am talking not only of today, but about the far future....

Geen categorie / 16.03.2011

Het Japans keizerlijk paar heeft zijn solidariteit met het volk getoond door eerst een paar dagen na te denken over de te gebruiken bewoording bij het tonen van medeleven en vervolgens samen in het donker te gaan zitten mediteren. Keizer Akihito wil geen voorkeursbehandeling bij het herstellen van de stroom, gaat niet meer in zijn auto rijden omdat hij energie wil sparen nu zijn onderdanen vaak geen benzine meer kunnen kopen en schrapt de festiviteiten rond het Sakura lente-feest. Soberheid is wat de gong slaat. We zeuren nog wel eens over...

Geen categorie / 15.03.2011

A disaster is developing in Japan's nuclear plants in Fukushima. Whatever will happen, one thing is clear: we have understimated the fragility and vulnarability of these kind of energy providers.  Yes, the responsible people now say, we have taken into account earth quakes. But, no, we haven't thought of a tsunami. But there is more to worry about: some of the plants are 40 years old and have been built on grounds with huge liability...

Geen categorie / 14.03.2011

To receive the highest return on investment available in the developing world, invest in girl's education, wrote Larry Summers when he was chief economist at the Wold Bank. Despite the fact that in recent years more development aid than ever before has been directed at women, this doesn't mean it is reaching the girls who need it. By the time she is 12, a girl in the developing world will most probably be cooking, cleaning and eating the leftovers of the men and boys. She is less likely...

Geen categorie / 11.03.2011

Deze week is bij Fischer in Frankfurt mijn open brief aan paus Benedictus XVIe in het Duits verschenen onder de titel 'Lieber Joseph Ratzinger. Offener Brief an Benedikt XVI., Marketingmanager Gottes". Het is de vertaling van mijn boek 'Hey Joe!', dat in 2009 verscheen. De Nederlandse editie heeft een speelse knalrode, marketingachtige kaft (David Ogilvy-rood) en de titel is in zekere zin een knipoog. Echt Hollands in zijn brutaliteit.  De Duitse versie is wijnrood met wit. De vormgeving is  strak, serieus, gewichtig. Geen poespas. Geen zelfspot. Duits dus. Ook de...