Een traditie als Sinterklaas kun je niet “afschaffen”. Als veel mensen zich er niet meer in kunnen vinden kan het hoogstens een zachte dood sterven.
Het zal misschien aan mijn eigen gebrek aan multiculturele exposure liggen, maar het stoort me een beetje dat ik de verontwaardiging in de discussie over Zwarte Piet vooral van witte Nederlanders hoor. Continue reading →
I’m looking at Jolla, the Finnish startup that took Nokia’s MeeGo/Maemo software heritage under its wing after Nokia dropped it for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile OS and is now developing it further under the name of SailFish OS.
Hopefully I’ll be able to write some interesting coverage of this company, as I believe the underlying story is rather compelling.
Jolla is an initiative of former Nokia employees who used to work on the mobile OS at the then mobile phone giant. The company is not only working on the OS, but it is also developing its own devices, the first batch of which has been open for online pre-orders since May. Continue reading →
Clay Shirky has said it before and recently said it again, this time in response to news of Warren Buffet‘s investment in news organizations:
“(…) good local coverage isn’t enough, because ordinary citizens don’t pay for news. What we paid for, when we used to buy the paper, was a bundle of news and sports and coupons and job listings, printed together and delivered to our doorstep. Continue reading →
This was supposed to be my sauna evening, but soi.
Sustainable journalism, that’s what we’re all looking for. Quality journalism that will survive and thrive despite and thanks to the Internet.
Jeff Jarvis today explained his insistence on having his journalism students develop for-profit businesses. Apparently, this raised some eyebrows among an audience of teachers of entrepreneurial journalism. Continue reading →
After transcribing the pertinent 9-minute passage from RBTN 82 and offering some conceptual input to the idea of developing a personalized recommendation system for news, I kept thinking about the different kinds of gestures in the mix.
So it might be useful to establish a hierarchy of on-line gestures, which can serve as signals indicating endorsement or recommendation.
1. Subscribe. To a feed, a publication, a newsletter. Or even the repeated act of visiting a service or a web site. That’s a gesture saying: this is potentially interesting to me. Or, in some cases: I know that this is interesting to me. Continue reading →
When one quotes, forwards or retweets a reported fact (or opinion, for that matter), I believe it is considered good journalistic practice to try and reference a source as close as possible to the original event, observer or report.
I figure I should make it a routine to backup my tweets this way every 8 months or so.
All My Tweets simply downloads your 3200 latest tweets via the Twitter API and shows them as a list on a single web page.
What I do is that I just copy-paste the list onto this blog post below. Twitter isn’t down anymore as often as it used to be; still, this is a very convenient way to backup your tweets, have them in one view and easily searchable.
Apparently, Twitter only keeps your latest 3200. (Someone please ping me if/when that limit changes!)
As I mentioned with my first All My Tweets backup, a number of shortened URLs, mainly the ones shortened by Ping.fm towards the lower end of the list, point to completely irrelevant destinations. So much for URL that!
Hierbij wil ik even kwijt aan vrienden en collega’s in het Nederlandse taalgebied dat ik me de komende tijd extra ga toeleggen op “mooie journalistieke verhalen” met achtergronden, interviews, duiding en sfeer omtrent actuele onderwerpen vanuit Finland.
Denk aan economie en bedrijfsleven, mobiele en Internet-technologie, start-ups en groeiende industriesectoren, gaming, cleantech, design, cultuur, onderwijs, toerisme. En natuurlijk de economische en culturele links tussen Nederland en Finland.
De reden waarom ik dat hier meld is dat ik op zoek ben naar publikaties die voor zulke kopij belangstelling hebben. Mainstream nieuwsmedia, opiniebladen, human interest, special interest magazines…
In de bijna 15 jaar dat ik inmiddels hier in het oerwoud woon is er in het Nederlandse medialandschap veel veranderd en ik ben me bewust dat ik niet al die veranderingen heb meegekregen.
Daarom zou ik graag horen wat naar jouw subjectieve oordeel op dit moment de meest interessante publikaties zijn, waar mijn verhalen wellicht bij zouden passen.
At my company we’ve developed a web monitoring and curation tool called Cluetail Radar. I use it, among other things, for my online research on certain areas of interest and topics that I intend to write about.
When Jolla announced SailFish’ compatibility with Android the other day, plus that it would make its second batch of handsets available for pre-orders this week, the biggest part of the techbiznews cyberverse just copy-pasted the press release. On my ‘Radar’, it looked like this:
In an attempt to internalize some of the grammar, I built a spreadsheet of verb conjugations, which I uploaded as version 0.2.0.
I a comment, Jari Sarja kindly offered a link to Verbix, a web application that returns the whole set of conjugations of any (Finnish) verb you submit.
It’s been a bit quiet on the Finnish learning front for me. But recently my teacher produced a time schedule according to which one should be able to complete the whole course in ten weeks. I picked up on it and things have started to move again.
So today I’m releasing version 0.3.0 of the spreadsheet, including the present tense and imperfect, both affirmative and negative, FWIW.