Demo against Article 13 in Cologne

Yesterday saw the first demo against Article 13 in Cologne, there are many more to come all over Europe in the coming weeks. For an up-to-date list, please check here

Needless to say that the current version of Article 13 spells disaster for all smaller providers and will change the Internet and Social Media as we know it to the worse.

But I was amazed at the turnout – with a mere two days of preparation the organizers reached about 2000 people on the street, and 16000 in Livestreams.

With #FridaysForFuture and #WirSindKeineBots this new Generation Z has the will and the ability to change the world and make it better!

It’s now time for us adults to support them as much as we can!

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Article 13

The EU Copyright Directive has been made much worse.

Now, Article13 requires mandatory copyright filters for any online community that has existed for 3 or more years, regardless of size.

This will greatly change social media as we know it and dramatically reduce the number of platforms, leaving only corporate voices to be heard.

If you haven’t done anything yet, now is the time to act!

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(Image: https://tecnoblog.net/248010/projetos-copyright-uniao-europeia/)

Marshmello concert

This February, Marshmello gave a live concert in-game at Pleasant Park.

It truly felt like a glimpse into the future of interactive entertainment, where the worlds of gaming, music, and celebrity combined to create a virtual experience we’ve never quite seen before. (Nick Statt, The Verge – https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/2/18208223/fortnite-epic-games-marshmello-concert-exciting-bizarre-future-music)

That was the beginning of something new and exciting! Behold the gamers!

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(Picture: Marshmello – https://twitter.com/marshmellomusic/status/1092820616367882240)

Muy Lento

After their stellar concert in Valencia and the end of the Tu y Yo tour, Adexe y Nau have released a new song on YouTube, Muy Lento.

What a great song! I had it on repeat from the day it was released (1/18) and it’s going strong to reach its first million views soon.

If you haven’t yet, give it a listen!

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Holiday Season

The first days of the 2018 Holiday season are over, tomorrow is a normal day and even though most people are still off work, shops will re-open.

There’s still a lot of time until Three Kings (January 6), when most people will return to work and everyday life commences – time for friends and family, time to reflect, to rest and to regroup, and time to check on last year’s resolution (that’ll be a separate blog post / video though).

The coming days for me will be full of work, winding my freelance consulting business down, as I will return to being an employee on January 1st; I’ll stay with the same consultancy though, so it’s more of a legal and status change than an actual change of workplace.

In December there were a huge number of YouTubers who did Vlogmas – to name a few, celebrities like Johnny Orlando or my favorite LGBTQ+ activist, Jackson Bird (if you haven’t watched his TED Talk or any of his videos on what being trans actually means, do that now!) – it was a real joy to watch the stories unfold as December progressed.

Thanks a lot to all the creators that went out of their way to produce daily content for us – deeply appreciated!

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Pre-Holidays Movie Spree

In the week before the holidays I went on a movie spree – the past weeks had been quite intense and I didn’t find any time, so as the year’s winding down, it was time to catch up.

I got to see:

  • Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse,
  • Aquaman,
  • Mary Poppins Returns and
  • Bumblebee.

Mary Poppins Returns is a great remake of the original, musical style, with singing leeries doing parkour; might be boring for kids under the age of 50.

Aquaman is solid action fare, but not something really new.

Bumblebee is a great prequel to the Transformers series, with B-127 as a cute beetle saving the world and setting the stage for the series.

Spiderman though was something entirely different – completely new universes, complete new set of characters, including a spider-pig named Peter Porker; I’m looking forward to more of Miles’ adventures on the big screen!

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2019 Hello – Google Tasks

Now that there’s room on my phone for a new app, time to start using Google Tasks!

It syncs quite nicely to Outlook, courtesy of gSyncit and works very well on the web (I.e. in Gmail) and on my phone. It does help to have a single, comprehensive list of tasks and deadlines, both for your private and professional lives.

I do hope that Tasks will have a longer lifespan than G+ or Inbox though – Inbox I’ll really miss when it goes away in spring

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2018 Goodbye – Snapchat

One application will not make it on my phone into 2019, and that’s Snapchat.

I’ve never gone back to regularly using after the rather awful redesign, and Instagram stories have by now not only caught up, but surpassed Snapchat’s to a great length.

For the last couple of months, I didn’t touch it at all, so now it became time to remove it completely.

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Bloom: 10 Worlds

Generative Music have re-released Brian Eno’s Bloom music creation app, now finally for Android!

In addition to the original, there are 10 new worlds to explore, each with different sounds, shapes and colors.

Highly recommended and fun to use!

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