Spiderman

Spiderman

If you click the image you’ll be taken to Flickr where you can examine the Exif info and view the image in full size. Macro photography in non controllable environments is difficult. This one turned out perfect. The only one of about 50 images of this spider.

Spiderman

The controversy around Heinrich Stammler

A while ago the NRK released a video on YouTube featuring an animated german trance artist. It’s a part of an animated TV talkshow that will air in Norway this autumn. A part of the humor is that all the characters are dressed like Donald Duck. Meaning that they have no trousers…

Link to video.

The video was featured on the front page of YouTube and got more than 33 000 views. But the american audience found it utterly disturbing, creepy and inappropriate. So, after a while enough users flagged it and it’s now behind the login wall. Very interesting that the good old Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation is more controversial than the general YouTube audience. This stuff will be aired on national television.

So, some people agree that this is kind of silly. Neodorian has a very valid video answer to the discussion:

Link to video.

Then, the fantastic people here at the NRK making the original video got Mr. Stammler back into the studio where he recorded a YouTube response himself:

Link to video.

I think this is an excellent example of how to utilize these new distribution methods and handling the fact that this is a world where you don’t have full control.

The controversy around Heinrich Stammler

How to deal with trolls

Troll

A troll is a fearsome member of a mythical anthropomorph race from Scandinavia. Their role ranges from fiendish giants – similar to the ogres of England (also called Trolls at times, see Troller’s Gill) – to a devious, more human-like folk of the wilderness, living underground in hills, caves or mounds. In Orkney and Shetland tales, trolls are called trows, adopted from the Norse language when these islands were settled by Vikings.

Wikipedia on trolls

Because I’m from Norway I grew up with stories about trolls. From the really bad ones to the more or less cosy ones. It’s a part of our culture. So for a Norwegian it’s interesting that this word is also used about the irritating people that comment on your blog, replies to forum threads and in general use the internet simply because they want to say bad things. The internet trolls:

In Internet terminology, a troll is someone who intentionally posts derogatory or otherwise inflammatory messages about sensitive topics in an established online community such as an online discussion forum to bait users into responding

There are a lot of different trolls out there. I don’t have many of them here at eirikso.com. I’ve met them during discussions at Digg.com and various forums. Usually I stop them with two very different approaches.

1. Some of them can be stopped or made more serious by confronting them. By simply joining the conversation. Those are the ones that post a comment on my blog simply saying that I am an idiot because I forgot a detail or whatever. Very often they can be turned into intelligent and contributing people by simply answering. If you join the conversation they tend to stop or they come back with a more serious comment. Often with an apology related to their first comment.

2. But you also have the trolls that simply want a fight. The best way to silence them is to not take the bait. Silence will stop them. Of course it is difficult to know wich ones that will come back with a more serious response and wich ones that will love the fact that you answered and come back with even worse comments.

Cory doctorow has an interesting article about internet trolls over at information week:

You can deal with trolls in many ways. Many trolls are perfectly nice in real life — sometimes, just calling them on the phone and confronting them with the human being at the other end of their attacks is enough to sober them up. But it doesn’t always work: I remember one time I challenged someone who’d been sending me hate mail to call me up and say the words aloud: the phone rang a moment later and the first words out of my troll’s mouth were, “You f*cking hypocrite!” The conversation declined from there.

(Via Thomas Hawk, image from Garder Troll)

How to deal with trolls

Developers wanted!

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Developers wanted!

Presentation and images from EBU Connect 2007

I have published my presentation from EBU Connect 2007 on SlideShare. You find it embedded in this article as well. If you read this blog in an RSS reader you have to jump to eirikso.com and view the post there to get the full picture…

https://s3.amazonaws.com:443/slideshare/ssplayer.swf?id=47581&doc=back-to-the-future-12362

I have tried to include relevant links in the presentation. I will also try to post more articles on the content during the next couple of weeks. Trying to make the presentation interesting for the people that didn’t attend as well.

You find the full photo set over on SmugMug. And at this point a quick flashback to Croatia 2006 could be interesting as well.

As you can see, I have abandoned Gallery on my own site in favour of Flickr. I will get back with some thoughts on this.

Update:
…and now it seems like Flickr is out and SmugMug is in.

Presentation and images from EBU Connect 2007

Trendmapper sold

Trendmapper logo
Long time readers of my blog will know that I created a web site called Trendmapper a couple of years ago. A site that is used to track the popularity of words and phrases along different search engines. Not how many people that are doing a search for a phrase, but how many times the phrase is mentioned around the internet.

When I launched it was noted on the blogs of prominent internet heroes like John Battelle, Seth Godin and Ewan Williams. People like it! Since then I’ve had a steady flow of traffic on it. I had fantastic help of Mr. Harald Staff with the coding and the system ticked away pretty nice for years. However, at some point a major update was needed. The problem is that I don’t have the time to maintain it and develop it further. In fact, I don’t have time for huge amounts of my ideas…

So, when sitting there thinking about what to do with it an email pops up from Mr. Dudu Mimran. He offers to buy trendmapper and develop it further. After a short negotiation the deal was closed. He is now rewriting the whole functionallity and updating the site. It will be interesting to see what he makes. I was offered a position on the advisory board for Trendmapper so I will still be able to contribute with ideas.

What did you say? How much? I won’t tell, but we’re not talking huge amounts of money. Mr. Mimran is not Google. He is a hard working person buidling a portfolio of web sites that he intend to develop and run.

Over on his blog Mr. Mimran announce the aquisition. He is satisfied with the transaction and I can say the exact same thing. Mr. Dudu Mimran is a person that you can trust. Cooperative and accurate. It has been a pleasure doing business with him.

Now, both the trendmapper users and myself are looking forward to the update of the site!

Trendmapper sold

Never bored

I try to carry my camera as often as possible. Photography is one of those hobbies that you can bring along a lot of places. This is the result of some time waiting at the Zürich Airport. By the way, a very nice airport.

Waiting - Self Portrait

Waiting 2

Waiting 3

Never bored