A website that offers free (as in beer) publishing of workshop proceedings. Only online material. Their service: publish it on a website under a nice name. Aachen, Germany based university organization.

mehr österreichisch

Österreische Terme die nicht verstanden werden, getestet an Deutschen: (Ö-D)

Sessel. – stuhl

Polster. – kissen

Scherzl. – ende des brotes

Kübel. – eimer

Schuhbänder. – schnürsenkel

heuer – dieses jahr

The Great Escape 1.0 / Pixelflucht im Glockencafe


the great escape

Am 5.10.2005 wird die Digitalcouch im
die öffentliche Veranstaltungsreihe TheGreatEscape / Pixelflucht eröffnen. Damit gehts raus aus dem Wohnzimmer und rein in den öffentlichen Raum. Inhaltlich gehts wie gehabt um Hype, Bits, Media, Kunst, Freude am Leben.

Eintreffen 20:00
Vortrag 21:00

Zielpublikum: wer bereits die digitalen Fluchten aus der realen und gedanklichen Enge der Stadt in seinen Alltag integriert hat, sollte hier fündig werden, viel Gleichgesinnte bei realem Bier.

Moderation: Leo, unser Quotenwiener.


apologies for my christian creationists brothers&sisters

reading this interesting article about creationists hammering questions at poor museum employees shows me again how sad religious fundamentalism is.

I believe in GOD and that GOD created earth and that he came here to live amongst us as human being, Jesus Christ, to share our fears, joys and death. And that GOD is good and masters the universe alone.

So, why do people that say they love jesus and love GOD go to their poor brothers & sisters in a museom to bludgeon them by poundering creationist propaganda at them?

There is more than one type of creationist, he said: “thinking creationists who want to know answers, and they are willing to listen, even if they go away unconvinced” and “people who for whatever reason are here to bother you, to trap you, to bludgeon you.”

Those were the type of people who confronted Dr. Durkee, a former biology professor at Grinnell College in Iowa. The encounter left her discouraged.

Yeah, great work, creationists. Dr Durkee will love to hear of the love of god and Jesus after you have left her discouraged and annoyed her one hour by asking dumb learned-by-heart questions. Probably some pastor told you to ask these 80 year old and annoying questions that every person of science just laughs at (but if you work in a museum, you have to be polite and cannot hit back).

I can imagine Dr Durkee will love to join you to your sunday mass and then go into your small groups to be again be bludgeoned by you? Very evangelistic to show that you are stubborn fanatics. What would jesus do in a museum? Would he show his love to the people working there (usually underpaid and annoying work for the public benefit, annyhow). OR would jesus motivate the people there, gratulate them, help them, pray for them? I don’t know, but I think people didn’t feel annoyed when Jesus was just in the room.

They peppered Dr. Durkee with questions about everything from techniques for dating fossils to the second law of thermodynamics, their queries coming so thick and fast that she found it hard to reply.

After about 45 minutes, “I told them I needed to take a break,” she recalled. “My mouth was dry.”

Exactly these questions are so annoying and brought up again and again by pseudo-wise-fanatic-reality-denying-creationists. Hey, read your bible: there are two creation stories, the first one is just two pages long. Why should you think that GOD couldn’t relevate some of the details he left in this Moses1 passage to be discovered by scientists??? Do you fanatics really only have one BOOK or do you read some stuff by Augustine or CS Lewis also? So, if you think that god speaks to these holy people, why don’t you grab a copy of “The Origin Of Species” and read the last pages where Darwin mentiones the work of God??? You are so lame, creationists, I am really ashamed of you.

And, consider god didn’t make you from mud (like in Moses1), while mud means dead animals and plants, but instead made you out of monkeys? Whats the difference, do you think god loves you less if he made you out of monkeys? Or do you think Jesus blood is less worth if he descendet from humans?

That said, it’s upon HIM how he created the earth, the sun and everything. If it was by evolution and by big-bang — so be it. God could have prepared the whole thing quite intelligent and then let it grow itself, to just concentrate on bugfixing human behaviour and joining us impersonated as Jesus. Or, he made the whole thing (universe, earth, etc) in one big moment, but then the dinosaurs never lived but are just created as dead things under the earth’s surface, to challange us a little. (dinosaurs bones are a million years old. point. If god created them “instantly” 10.000 years ago, he created them as fossils already).

People of the world: pray to Jesus and God, thats a good thing to do, but I have to apologize for my brothers and sisters who think that their faith can be threatened by science.

Jena 2 Rules

100o blessing points to Leigh Dodds for writing a little showcase of the Jena 2 inference engine.

This one helped me today to get grip of the inference engine and some thoughts about forward chainer I had. At the moment I have to drill the engine up so that I can decide if it queries the local model or a SPARQL source, nasty work.

Extending this thing looks easy, but when you want to create more than one variable binding in a BuiltinRule… whatever, I hope I can blog the solution soon.


the endless problem and backdraw of using iTunes: it mingles up your file folders and contents.

  • when I drag a song into iTunes 2 times, there will be a copy of the song in it. Even when they are byte-identical. youaredoomed when importing the same folder twice. I think this is fixed in the latest version.
  • when I remove a song from itunes and FORGET to press that “delete it” button there will be corpses of unused songs in my iTunes library-graveyard.
  • when I have two, three, four computers (I have 5) then you can install iTunes only on one. All your playlists, ratings, songs will NOT be synchronised.
  • when two users on the same computer both use iTunes, their libraries are not synchronisable. DOOM when your wife wants to listen to the same music as you – you have to keep each mp3 twice (creepy). NO I want to use the “let itunes manage my library” function and I don’t want folders somewehre else.

so, the problem is to get the library in iTunes synchronised with the iTunes library on disk (iTunes claims to “manage your library” but I don’t see this “find corpses” button). Then I want to synchronise (not replicate, there is a differnce) two or more iTunes installations. I also want to use the same library and metadata on the same computer by different users. Again, both may open iTunes at the same time. As apple doesn’t care, a few solutions are available by others:

SPARQL has some use – Kendall Clark

Kendall Clark writes about WEB 2.0 and its relation to RDF and SPARQL, especially pointing out (to the wide world) that SPARQL is good for ATOM-like apps and can be a key feature.

Yes, thats right. Sparql will be the SQL of the next century. The nice hack he pointed out is to use XML/RPC and AJAX clients to integrate SPARQL features to websites. Boy, this idea is new and good. I think I ready implemented it last week in the gnowsis project and am right now in pimping up the CSS with dominik heim. More poeople will come up with similiar stuff and integrate RDF into html pages as active information.

In gnowsis_retrieval search engine we use the AJAX thing to “show related” information about an item. Ideal thing, this information is hard to get for many items, so loading it on demand is exact the thing we needed.

Funny that we are ahead, that’s what research is about, isn’t it?