Hatsune Miku

Yesterday we went to a concert by Hatsune Miku, a quite famous Japanese singer; she’s on her first tour in Europe and it was her first concert in Germany. Luckily for us, she chose the LANXESS Arena in Cologne as the venue, which made it quite easy for us.

Hatsune came with a couple of her friends for support, Kaito, Meiko, Megurine Luka and the Kagamine twins.

Almost everybody in the arena had her signature Glowsticks, so the colors from stage spread throughout – very special.

The concert itself was great, wonderful song selection and a stellar stage show – I really hope she’ll come back to Cologne soon!

Needless to say that she made a very nice attempt to welcome us in German . Smile

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Black Friday

The concept of Black Friday does not really work if the Thursday is not a big, or perhaps the biggest, family holiday of the year; same for Cyber Monday. My personal black Friday used to be the Friday after Weiberfastnacht, the official start of street Carnival in Cologne .

But, as Halloween has spread across the world, so do Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

And who doesn’t like a good deal?

This year my spending was quite subdued, but I used the ever-present rebates to get a toner cartridge at 15% off.

And for next year, as we’re in the process of incorporating Halloween into our culture anyway, maybe we could add Dia de Muertos as well? And make All Saints a joyous occasion rather than a solemn one? Me gusta mucho!

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Article 13

There’s a lot of hype and clickbait around the EU’s revised copyright directive – a well balanced summary on the subject can be found here.

Let’s take a step back – the new copyright directive is not aimed against the freedom of speech or small creators; quite the opposite, it’s aim is to protect creators, big and small, from theft. All it does is shifting the burden from the creator to the publishing platforms, in case a piece of art gets misappropriated, and it specifically only targets big publishing platforms (in the latest amendment at the time of writing).

Of course do YouTube and Instagram/Facebook dislike that – even though it’s not a new responsibility, just a new means of enforcement, it might negatively impact their bottom line.

Will Article 13 ban memes in YouTube videos? From my point of view, memes are covered by the “Fair Use” clause, but I’m not a legal expert.

What it will finally ban though, is the use of copyrighted music in YouTube videos, monetized or not.

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Facebook page redesign

As part of the general overhaul of my social media presences, triggered by the untimely demise of Google+, I’ve also redesigned my Facebook page.

Rather than posting a link to the video on YouTube, as I did in the past, I’ve now decided to upload the original video to Facebook too – the page layout thus becomes much cleaner and I can place my videos in a more prominent space.

It’s double the effort, and probably not good for YouTube statistics and analytics, but  maybe it helps finding a broader audience for my creations.

Have a look and let me know what you think – Thank you!

Chris

Google+ to Pluspora

Although it’s still 10 months I’ve decided to move my Google+ activities now to Pluspora, a Diaspora* pod created for former Plussers.

Pluspora was created by Di Cleverly and her partner David, “to have a safe place where the Plus community can be preserved”

I’ve transferred the last weeks of Google+ posts, so that the profile does not look completely empty and will try to (re-)build meaningful interactions and relationships on the new platform.

YouTube and Instagram won’t change, neither will  my Facebook page.

I’ll continue to hang around in Google+, maybe even explore MeWe, as a number of communities are moving there, haven’t decided yet.

To all fellow Plussers: See you at Pluspora!

Chris

Diaspora* Pod Feeder

During my move away from Google+ I came across a nifty utility by Brian O Donnell (rev138):

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From the Readme:

Publishes RSS/Atom feeds to Diaspora*

This is a lightweight, customizable “bot” script to harvest RSS/Atom feeds and re-publish them to the Diaspora social network. It is posted here without warranty, for public use.

It’s quite helpful, I think, in that you don’t have to start from scratch by taking the last posts with you.

Highly recommended!

 

Chris