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marketing

They say it’s all about the customer

Since Mlle. A. started using Google Reader in full force a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been getting a steady flow of cool, funny, high-quality articles and links.

This one caught my eye:
(…) customers don’t really care how you’re better until they understand what you’re gonna do for them.

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blogger blogging

Publishing, the future thereof

1 + 1 = the book (for web and print)

simple really

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books General

Holiday reading II

I recently read “Digging to America” by Anne Tyler.

digging to america

It’s an easy read. I read the entire book in one day while travelling. I can’t really decide on my recommendation level though. I liked it because it feels like a biography and I tend to like biographies. It feels a bit like real life, i.e. it chugs along. No sudden surprises. No unexpected twists. A good description.

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tech

Adding my Del.icio.us feed to my Google Reader

I guess I’m trying to be too clever:

The Scenario

I added my Del.icio.us feed to my Google Reader account. Then selected a feed item and clicked Share.
Within Google Reader this works ok. I can click on the link and the corresponding URL opens.

So far so good. No problems.

But if I display the Google Reader RSS feed on an external website such as my blog, the feed adds my Del.icio.us URL to the article’s URL. Which in turn leads to a bad address.

404 - Page Not Found

Probably an unintended use…

(update) This is due to the Atom feed. The workaround is to use Feedburner.

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General

Connecting users

A quote to keep in mind:

Sites that look like they suck are often a hundred times more useful and popular than sites that actually suck. Why? Because the key to Craigslist and Plenty of Fish is their ability to connect users to useful user-generated content, and vice versa. Everything else (…) is “trivial.”

source

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flickr General nutella-alternative nutellaalternative Photos

Greek version of Nutella

added to the Nutella alternatives group.

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General

Holiday reading

I stumbled across this in Miami:

Call centers take toll on Indian workers

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movies sports

Back to Running

Today was my first run with the running club since mid-December. And mid-way I felt kind of unfit. That’s the downside of jogging. You really notice the slacking.

Due to a cold during the Christmas break and my South Florida holiday I didn’t run as much as I’d planned initially.

Add lots of Swiss chocolate for Christmas and one week of American Breakfast.

Though I did manage to get up early a couple of times and run along the beach.

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Given these distressing facts, today’s run was ok. The weather was perfect: about 7 degrees plus. We ran for exactly 1 hr (St. Alban – Birsfelden – Jowa – periphery of Muttenz and back). And if I include my regular bike trips, I did about 2 hrs of sports.

The lights of the Joggeli Stadium (built by Herzog & de Meuron) were on. I wondered out loud if the red and blue lighting means that there’s a game. BTW, there’s a film on the Beijing stadium coming soon.

The Band's visit poster

Yesterday I saw The Band’s Visit about an Egyptian music band that gets stranded in an Israeli village in the middle of nowhere. And being the googling kind, I found this NYT article about some kind of controversy regarding Oscar nominations. The film is funny, likeable, and manages to convey a realistic feeling of awkwardness when people from different backgrounds meet for the first time.

Favorite quote:

“A: No Arab culture center?
B: No culture, not Israeli culture, not Arab… no culture at all”

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Malawi-related

Malawi runners at Austin Marathon

While googling “porters race” I found this:

Rogue Training Systems, a health and fitness company in Austin, Texas, is giving Malawian runners the chance to run Austin’s AT&T Marathon in February 2008.

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africa

Kenyan blogs

Cedric of m.zung.us writes

Das es inzwischen eine aktive afrikanische Blogosphäre gibt, ist nicht erst seit dem Chaos um den Wahlbetrug in Kenya bekannt. Aber genau jetzt wird deutlich wie gut und wertvoll es ist verschiedene Sichtweisen über die Massenmedien hinaus einzufangen.

See the full post here: Bürger-Journalismus in Kenya

White African has a roundup of blogs. And there’s a mashup called Ushahidi to document and report violence.

Swamp cottage, a long time blogger based in Nairobi, offers further links to news articles and lists several Africa blogs in his blog roll.

And Insight Kenya is posting photos from Nairobi.

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africa Malawi-related

Floods in Mocambique and Malawi

Heavy rains are causing the Zambezi and the Shire to flood.

Here’s a BBC report:

Heavy floods have also destroyed homes and crops, displacing thousands of people in southern and central Malawi.

The Malawian government is warning people to relocate from flood-prone areas, but many have been reluctant to leave their farms.

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General

At the beach

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flickr General Photos

I am a snow bird


just got back from one week Southern Florida.

More snaps in my Flickr stream:
http://flickr.com/photos/chiperoni/.

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africa

Quiz on quirky news

At the BBC website:

Quiz of the year

I scored a humble 5/10.