PlinkPlonk 2007

Plonk stage
Seekordne PlinkPlonk festival oli parim senisest kolmest. Roheline muru, soe päike, juba päevaseid avaesinejaid vaatama kogunenud sajad ja õhtused tunde järgi tuhat+ inimest, ja väga ühtlaselt hea bändide rida.
Päeva eriti-indie-distantside esikoht, kui seda mingil segasel ebaplinkplonkilikul põhjusel peaks kellelegi jagama, läheks arvatult loomingulisele kollektiivile Eliit (“kõik jalad olid sissepooooole reas”, eksole). Aga juba järgmised viis-kuus kohta kardetavasti jagamisele.
Ka järgmine PlinkPlonk läheb mu tihkesse kalendrisse broneerituks kirja niipea kui kuupäev paigas. Aitäh, Lauri ja teised suure vaeva nägijad!
UPDATE: leidsin ka video kolmest Eliidi loost PlinkPlonkil, küll nutuse helikvaliteediga.


How to Make 8.5 Million Percent Profit on Water

Over the top
I will eat my hat if this is not one of the highest margin products in the world. 150ml of Evian water for about 7 EUR (47 EUR per liter!) because… you can spray it! (I’m sure many people have tried this spraying trick with the plain old water and miserably failed, right?)
The product on the shelf above (not displayed) gets even better – a 50ml bottle of the same thing runs at a calculated liter price of 76 EUR! For comparision, a cubic meter or 1000 liters of tap water in Tallinn, Estonia where this picture was taken at costs about 0.9 EUR. That’s 0.0009 EUR per liter.
This is potentially a 8 500 000% profit for you if your brand is strong enough to turn people insane and make them buy your water in a bottle. With a spray. I’m sure the packaging and transport will cut a few thousand percent off the margin, but you’re still OK.
For additional data read what AskPablo recently calculated on the true costs of exotic water imports from Fiji to the US.
And if you should ever buy something like sprayable Evian, unsubscribe from this blog and just go and stand ashamed in the corner.


Fair Warning

Bacon with... pork in it!
Now this is a fair warning for all of you bacon lovers. They make it of pork. Really.
Makes you think what did you really have for breakfast at that last hotel which did not have a “contains pork” disclaimer clearly presented.


Superstition

Superstitious
After having a chat around the weird superstitions people have over lunch with Rodrigo I found the number of the room Hilton Luxembourg booked me in… entertaining.


Haircut of the Day

Haircut
I hope this guy (no, not a lady) at Amsterdam´s Schipoli Airport did not grow this hair while waiting for his flight.


Mashup request: Skype and del.icio.us


As the Skype Mashup Competition (see the wiki page as well) is still going on until August 31st, I thought I’d throw an idea out there maybe someone cares to implement and submit. (Creative Commons applied).
The Problem
People send me links through Skype chats. Would it be an interesting article somewhere, a page on the internal wiki, a video on YouTube or some other funny you-got-to-see-this thing out on the internet.
Some of those links I need and want to click right away. Some of them (the “recreational” ones) I maybe would go through once or twice a week… if I still had them in front of me, not in the depths of a high-traffic multichat.
The Solution

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Upcoming book on internet effects in Estonia and elsewhere

Had the pleasure to chat with Cyrus Farivar yesterday, a man whose work you might have read in The Economis, NYT, Wired, PC Mag and Engadget among other places. Most recently he has covered the Estonian cyberattacks, a topic I believe is very important for the world to learn about and from.

Hope I could help him a bit with his upcoming book on the Liberating Effects of a Wired World. I’m quite in the loop what has happened in Estonia and have some (second hand) understanding about South Korea & Iran. Comparing the story of Senegal into this picture is something to look forward to. 🙂


Chocolate Fountain

Chocolate fountain
Now this is a must-have summer kitchen gadget – hot chocolate waterfalling down from the fountain at Ammende Villa in Pärnu, Estonia.
Should have taken a video of this not just a photo, it looked way too cool.


Plaadiarvustuste metatasand

Keeruliste harmooniate ja loostruktuuride kiuste mõjub Andrewsi muusika lihtsa ja õdusana, justkui oleks mees muusikasse üle kandnud ühe õppejõu soovituse noortele juristidele – “mõelda kui filosoof, rääkida kui talupoeg”. Jah, just nii hea see ongi – sõnu valides või mitte. Ajatu temaatika. Samas näiteks “Going To a Town” kõlab vägagi ajatult – nagu lahutuse läbi elanud Burt Bacharach. Isegi Scorpionsi “Still Loving You” bossanovastamine ei tundu tema poolt liiga totaka teona… Igatahes on see plaat järjekordselt huvitav sooritus eklektilise lähenemisega Mice Parade’ilt. Selle tõttu tuleb hinne samuti keskpärane.

Mis plaadist jutt? Kes kirjutas?
Näpunäide tulevasele (plaadi-, filmi-, etenduse-, …-)arvustuse kirjutajale. Kui tahad hirmsasti kõlada nagu Tõnis Kahu, aga midagi muud diipi peale “akustilisteapokalüptiliste kõlakatedraalide” (aitäh, Andres, meenutamast!) ei tule pähe,
* võta nt Areen (ülaltoodud näites see number)
* korja kokku iga arvustuse viimane lause
* korrigeeri artisti-, plaadi- ja loonimed
* keeleliselt jäta nagu on.
Tulemus on kunstiliselt nauditavam kui enamik arvutite poolt genereeritud luulet. Ja sisult raskesti vaidlustatav.
Inspiratsioon selleks harjutuseks hiljuti kuuldud Kreisiraadio kordussaatest, kus DJ Toorik “arvustas” väga “intellektuaalselt” albumit “Pain (Valu) & Bride (Pruut)”.


You can now add video to Skype Moodmessages


Skype 3.5 beta update that went out yesterday features a very neat way to share video content. Add videos to your mood message that your contacts see, create multichats with embedded video to discuss it with friends, etc.
This is a project that has been cooking in my team’s kitchen for a while so I’m personally very interested in your feelings towards the new experience. Do you like it? Is the experience natural? Does your computer behave fine when playing videos? Is there anything we can improve?
Please download Skype 3.5beta for Windows and play around with it. And ping me with feedback or speak up in community forums what you think. Thanks!