Quote of the day

"I wasn’t kissing her, I was just whispering into her mouth."
-Chico Marx

Paris skyscrapers

Paris skyscrapers

I was looking for a picture of the Paris skyline when looking to the west… the ideal one would be a view of the Eiffel tower from the Montparnasse tower… that way you should see the Defense skyscrapers in the background… of course I’m looking for some particular lighting also ;) Anyone got that kind of stuff from his trip to the city of lights? Then please make my day! :))

Anyway, while looking I stumbled across this site: Paris skyscrapers - le site des gratte-ciel parisiens [broken link], which – while not having the best pictures – definitely has some incredible documentation!

But the funniest thing here is that I’m realizing I’ve got this fascination for skyscrapers… and if I recall correctly, this goes back to my childhood… For some time I just thought I fancied working and/or living in those “high places". Well I’ve done this before: I’ve been living on the 24th floor (in Philadelphia) and I’ve had my office on the 33rd (in Paris La Défense).

Yet, the fascination remains… ;)

Or maybe it’s just temporary because of this incredible girl I met on the 56th last week? :D

Understanding marketing

I received the following in a spam, but I thought I was an interesting image:

You see a fabulous girl/guy at a party. You approach them and say, "I'm fantastic in bed." That's Direct Marketing.

You're at a party with a bunch of friends and see a fabulous girl/guy. You have one of your friends approach them, point at you and say, "She's/He's fantastic in bed." That's Advertising.

You see a fabulous girl/guy at a party. You approach them to get their telephone number. The next day you call and say, "Hi, I'm fantastic in bed." That's Telemarketing.

You're at a party and see a fabulous girl/guy. You get up, straighten your clothes, walk up and pour them a drink. You open the door, pick up their bag after it drops, offer them a ride, and then say, "By the way, I'm fantastic in bed." That's Public Relations.

You're at a party and see a fabulous girl/guy. They walk up to you and say, "I hear you're fantastic in bed." That's Brand Recognition.

Blog = Tamagotchi ?

Corante [broken link] makes a wise point comparing blogs to tamagotchis:

If you don’t feed them, they die. If you don’t clear up their crap - comment spam, for example - they die. They’re more fun when there are other bloggers to play with, just like the new IR connected Tamagotchi are allegedly more fun because your little virtual pet can now interact with other little virtual pets.

One thing I’d like to add though: many people tend to overfeed their blog by posting just as much as they can find time to! Though I’ve never owned a Tamagotchi, I’m pretty sure they die if your overfeed them. So when will bloggers realize that posting 10 times a day will kill their blog?

I don’t think the average blogger can come up with more than one, maybe two, constructive, original and/or interesting ideas a day. Posting more will only dilute your interesting posts in an ocean of ordinary posts and readers will eventually unsubscribe because they don’t have the time to – or just get bored by – reading all that irrelevant stuff…

I don’t even know why I’m suggesting this since virtually all bloggers tend to consider themselves above average anyway!


Something pretty much unrelated, but I must say Corante also got this “shower lucidity” thing sooo right:

Often thinking requires quietude, physical exercise or doing some non-cerebral task. The shower, for example, is a great place for a good think, but opportunities to take a quick shower in the workplace are, well, limited. This is one of the problems that arises when the creative clashes with the corporate - the way that the creative mind functions is often at odds with the work ethic, not to mention environment, of many companies.

away...

When you have just spent one year between the sea and the mountains in Montpellier, can you still find some place you'd like to go on vacation?

Yes you can!

Bavaria

Sure you could probably find an even smaller village in the middle of nowhere, but this one is where part of my family lives, lost in the Bavarian forest! (Quick note for the international reader: Bavaria is in the south-east of Germany ;) )

I definitely could not live there for a year, especially after the Montpellier experiment (and also because they have no DSL!), but my week there felt like the most brain relaxing experience I ever had. I instantly forgot about the loads of stuff I have to do over here...

Of course, the downside is that coming back is even harder now! Btw, thanx for the 400 (not including spam) emails guys! Please expect a little delay before you get an answer...