Monday, October 29, 2007

Random Acts of Kindness

Some time ago a friend of my sister in law contacted me and offered his services as a courier for gifts. I had told him that I knew someone in Israel and he was traveling to Sweden. So I contacted Lior with the strange proposal to give me a gift (and I promised to return the favour). A few days later I got a book about Israel from Lior, was very happy and started to ponder what kind of present could be fun and entertaining for him. I ended up going to the supermarket and bought all kinds of special swedish food (and obviously skipped some). I wrote some short notes with cooking instructions and explanations and sent the whole lot back to Israel.

I enjoyed both getting the present, reading the book and picking a present for someone I regard highly. I would like to recomment this as a fun game within Debian: If you know someone traveling abroad find out if there is a DD (or Debian contributor) around at the destination and send a present to that person. This kind of love bombing is low cost and lots of fun and creates bonds parallel to those of the Web of Trust. Try It!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Dear Lazyweb: Au-Pair wanted!

So we will move back from Sweden to Germany after 7.5 years. Besides swedish nature and working culture we will surely also miss swedish broadband. On the other hand we survived swedish health care without serious repercussions and look forward to the german alternative.
So after having found a really nice house in L├╝beck's historic center we now look for an swedish Au-Pair. One of the main goals with that would be to help our children to keep their swedish language skills. If anyone reading this knows someone interested in working as an Au-Pair during 2008 please have them contact me.

This years first Extremadura work meeting with people from Debian Edu, FAI, Debian-Science and Debian-Med takes place at time of writing. The group is 20 people (with some locals included). There is a rich supply of good spanish food so I skipped dinner yesterday in order to let my digestive system recuperate and get work done at the same time. I feel tempted to do that again today. Having stared and poked at FAIs new partition framework makes me consider partman as an alternative.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

video survailance

Concerning Russels post about the pros and cons of video survailance i saw an interesting article about the evaluation of the berlin subway surveilance. According to that the system did not help to prevent crime, instead people seemed to have considered it when they e.g. created new graffity.

Aparently those results of the evaluation were not very welcome and there were effords to suppress them. This gives me the feeling that there is yet an other agenda to the growing and more and more pervasive survailance. I just wonder what it might be.

In unrelated news blogger.com seems to regard this text as written in swedish despite my selection in the preferences.