My application reviewed

Monday, February 23, 2009 at 13:18 | Posted in Blogosphere, internet | 2 Comments
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I just received a confirmation e-mail saying that my application for the best job in the world has been accepted. This means that the application is formally correct (i.e. the video is shorter than 60 seconds and there is no obscenity etc). So I did not land into the trash box yet but it is just one of 34.000 entries.

My video has also been added to the site. Since it is done through YouTube I am able to stream it here but if you want to give me stars and stripes, you should do it here.


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Applications closed for good

Monday, February 23, 2009 at 3:29 | Posted in Blogosphere, internet | Leave a comment
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I was somewhat frustrated on Saturday for not being able to upload my application for the best job in the World. The applications were apparently prematurely closed due to a script as 30.000 applications had been entered. Looks like that happened at night local time and the applications were subsequently reopened as the good folks of Queensland Tourism returned to their posts. I managed to upload my application shortly after midnight UTC yesterday.

As the pre-announced deadline fell for about an hour ago, the applications are definitely closed. At least 34.000 persons have filed an application so there is certainly a hard competition to the 50 applications to be short-listed. The server must have been under a heavy load since reportedly 4000 applications were submitted during the last hours.

Even if my chances to proceed are practically nil I am still glad to have participated in this event. All of us 34.000 plus applicants can make a claim that we were considered for the best job in the World. Nobody can take that away from us even if the actual consideration did not last more than five seconds.

Whether you applied to the job or not, you are welcome to join the Island Caretaker community if you are interested in following the enterprise. Here is my profile page in the community. Thanks, Susie, for kicking it off.

Now that Queensland has shown that a new sort of approach in tourism promotion gets this kind of a huge response among the worldwide blogosphere, I would imagine somebody else to follow suite. I am definitely going to keep an eye on similar gages. If it is not outright North Pole or something like that, I would be inclined to apply even for a smaller salary than 150.000 Australian dollars for a six month contract.

That said, investing in me as a full time blogger would give any organisation value for their money. What I am trying to say is do not hesitate to make me an offer if you want to get something done different than you are used to doing. 🙂

Premature closure

Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 18:12 | Posted in Blogosphere, internet | 1 Comment
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Who would not like to get the best job in the World? Basically a six month well paid vacation for a blogger. It is not quite a matter of life or dead to get the job but I thought I would make a try, just for the kicks of it, so I attempted to submit an application.

It says right here that the deadline for applications is on 22nd February 2009 at 2359 UTC. That is tomorrow midnight. I tried twice to upload an application today 21st February around 1530 UTC, which is about 32 and a half hours before deadline and received this error message:

Like I said, it is not a VERY BIG deal but it would have been fair to let people apply within the announced time frame. I did put some work for the required video so I am a bit more than annoyed. But it is not the end of the World.

Edit: About 24 hours and 45 minutes before the announced deadline, the error message has been changed. It now looks like this:

Apparently, there is a small print somewhere saying that they can close early if the number of applications reaches 30.000. However, that statement is not where you would reasonably read. And the error message appears only after you have filled in the form, attatched your video and photo and attempted to submit.

As I wrote here, I would not feel bad at all if they had thrown my application in the waste basket (I would not even have known if they did) but I feel really pissed off that they do not even let me submit it.

Edit: The age of miracles is not over yet! Shortly after midnight UTC I saw a tweet of Gueensland:

Further information will come shortly, but applications are still being accepted. Visit www.islandreefjob.com to apply

Upon which I rushed to the site and made another (I guess about 30th) frustrated attempt to submit my application. I almost dropped down from my chair as I saw this:

So for all it may or may not matter, my application has been filed. As there probably are about 30.000 or more of them I do not expect anything else to happen than the application landing in the trash box but I feel much better for at least theoretically having a chance. After all, I know I am the best person for the job even if everybody else has a good reason to think the opposite. 🙂

Commenting Prescott

Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 20:21 | Posted in Blogosphere, Politics | Leave a comment
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British freshman blogger and veteran labor politician John Prescott solicits comments to his blog posts. It would be a lot easier to accomodate his wish if one did not have to register before posting a comment. It would also be helpful if he blogged about something else than blogging itself. In that case there would be something to comment.

Thanks for support

Monday, October 20, 2008 at 3:15 | Posted in Blogosphere | Leave a comment

Pventura was kind enough to let me know that my blog has been nominated in the foreign blog category in the Prémios IdeiasFixas 2008 poll. I am as honored as I am surprised of the nomination. Thank you!

Baring in mind that Ideias Fixas is a Portuguese language blog and three of the four other blogs in the category are Brazilian, I did not have high expectations about the poll. I was accordingly surprised as I peaked at the poll a moment ago:

The three Brazilians are leading as expected but I am not being let totally out of votes. I am certain that all of my fellow contenders are great blogs and whoever gets the most votes has deserved to win. I just take this opportunity to thank everybody who have voted for me so far.

I am not campaigning, though. But I would not mind any additional votes, to be honest. But just as long as you really feel like voting.

Arte y Pico, part 3

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 8:55 | Posted in Blogosphere | 2 Comments
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I was unexpectedly honored by Lapsuliblikas who awarded me with Arte y Pico. I am now forwarding the award to the third of five blogs I am supposed to present the award. The original statute of the Arte y Pico award stipulates the following:

Rules:

1) You have to pick 5 blogs that you copnsider deserve this award, creativity, design, interesting material, and also contrubuites to the blogger community, no matter of language.

2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Each award-winning, has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog thathas given her or him the ward itself.
4) Award-winning and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y pico“blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5) To show these rules.

The next winner of Arte y deco is StoiBär. I appriciate his observations of everyday life in Bavaria and elsewhere. Much of his daily activities circle around computers but he has a variety of other interests as well. All of it is presented in a compact format and spiced with Bavarian humor.

Reminder to self: Supposed to present five awards. 3 down, 2 to go.

Arte y Pico, osa 1

Arte y Pico, osa 2

New blog template

Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 11:18 | Posted in Blogosphere | 2 Comments
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I just changed the template of this blog. The new template is based on Pool designed by Borja Fernandex. It allows me to show images 100 pixels wider than hitherto. Also, the side bar appears at each post as opposed to front page only. The bar itself is 20 pixels narrower, though.

I made the same change earlier in my Finnish and Estonian blogs. I have not received protests from readers in either of the two blogs. However, should you have any objections, just let me know in the comments and I’ll see if I can do something about it.

Happy birthday, Thomas!

Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 17:41 | Posted in Blogosphere, Personal | 2 Comments
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Young age is the only medical condition which cures by itself. Thomas is celebrating his birthday today. Since I have no access to my video editing tools right now, all I can bring in as a greeting is this birthday song.

Happy birthday, Thomas!

Raja Petra locked up for two years

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 10:54 | Posted in Bloggers' rights, Blogosphere, civil rights, Freedom of speech, malaysia, Press freedom | 2 Comments
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Raja Petra Kamarudin, a Malaysian blogger and editor of Malaysia Today, has been detained for two years without trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA). Raja Petra is supposed to have insulted islam. He is going to be sent to Kamunting Detention Center today. A protest rally calling for abolition of the Internal Security Act will take place in Kuala Lumpur at 8 p.m. local time.

Baring in mind that the Malaysian government have a notorious record on harassing bloggers, the accusation of “insulting islam” must be regarded as an excuse to get rid of a political dissident. Religions, islam included, cannot be insulted because they stand above any form of insult. Any religion is god’s word for a believer but totally indifferent for a non-believer. Alas, no insult can possibly take place.

Maybe Malaysia will some day turn in to be a country with something resembling democracy and a civil society. The present corrupt government should be replaced in order to make that happen. Raja Petra and other political prisoners must be immediately released.

The show is about to begin

Monday, September 15, 2008 at 19:11 | Posted in Bloggers' rights, Blogosphere, Election, Freedom of speech, Politics, USA | Leave a comment
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A quick look at Sherry Whitstine’s blog makes Sarah Palin look like a bleeding heart liberal. That puts the Wasilla blogger even further away from my values than Ms. Palin is. However, that does not change what I have always believed: I strongly disagree with you but I would go to far lengths in order to defend your right to disagree with me.

Displaying Sarah Palin exactly as a bleeding heart liberal seems to be much of a mission of Sherry Whitstine’s blog. In her so far latest post she throws the following at the Alaska governor:

Where’s the good  and positive fruit Sarah?  Sarah has produced nothing that resembles a good faithful conservative. She’s not a small government gal,  She has shown NO high ethical standard of duty to the state or community. Sarah’s  legacy is vindictiveness, obstructionist and hatred for anyone who may appear to have another answer. You are honored and praised if you are in agreement – You are demonized and minimized if you do not agree.

That I can relate to up to an amount. As far as “Sarah’s legacy” is concerned, I would call it an accurate description. As for most other content of the blog, I respectfully beg to disagree but I would defend the author’s right to make her case.

If it is true what I read in NYT that Sherry received a call from the governor’s assistant Ivy Frye four mounths ago saying: “You should be ashamed! Stop blogging. Stop blogging right now!”, then I would say that I am worried about John McCain: how could he have a judgement bad enough to pick a running mate like that?

I do assume senator McCain was aware of governor Palin’s background. Because if he was not, how could anybody trust him to make adequate decisions based on the intelligence he would have access to as a president if he is unable to make a simple background research about his own VP?

While the presidential campaigns have been extraordinary so far, I have a hunch that the show is just about to begin. I have no idea what the dirt departments of each party and candidate are going to produce during these remaining weeks. I am going to keep an eye on this entertainment although not full time. There is the small detail of casting a vote myself on 26 October on a ballot where I, unlike the US election, am eligible to vote. And I have not made up my mind yet.

By the way, I enjoyed reading Emer’s post about the American presidential election although I did not agree to 100 %. Close enough, though.

Olympic mouth-gag

Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 20:31 | Posted in Bloggers' rights, Blogosphere, Freedom of speech, Journalism, Press freedom | 2 Comments
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The IOC has issued what they call Blogging guidelines for the Olympic games (pdf file here, via Barbara). It is a substantial set of very restrictive rules for blogging during the Olympics by Accredited Persons at the Games. It could be best described as a mouth-gag, albeit practically impossible to impose.

At the introduction of the 13 paragraph mouth-gag rules there is a sentence I strongly disagree with:

The IOC considers blogging, in accordance with these Guidelines, as a legitimate form of
personal expression and not as a form of journalism.

That may very well apply for some blogs and bloggers but certainly not all of them. A blog of a journalist, either free lance or affiliated, can include journalistic personal expression or even consist of nothing else but. In that case the blog in question is indeed a platform of journalistic activities.

Many of us, Yours Truly included, publish in our personal blogs some of the material that did not fit in a story published by a main stream media outlet. The content has thus been aqcuired as a journalist and it stays as a jornalistic statement regardless of the media where it appeared. In other words, whether or not blogging is to be regarded as journalism does not depend of the blog format per se but of the status of the blogger and the nature of the contents.

Alas, the restriction imposed to accrediated journalists by the IOC must be regarded as a pathetic attempt to violate the freedom of press. While the so called guidelines also apply to Olympic athletes and there are detailed restrictions about covering Olympic events above the personal experience, it must also be regarded as violating freedom of speech. No interviews or just references to statements of fellow athletes are allowed. There are also extensive limitations to images published and “moving images”, as they call it, are totally banned.

Clauses of commercial material are disputable. If interpreted strictly, the mouth-gag rules could be understood to ban Google Ads in a blog, just to mention one wierd example.

As I mentioned, these so called guidelines are practically impossible to impose, both legally and technically. Dispite the Great Firewall of China, critical contents is leaking out all the time.

Clean language

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 19:33 | Posted in Blogosphere | 3 Comments

I detected (via Aarne) a tool to measure the dirty language at any given web site. It gave my blog a relatively low score. My language is cleaner than I would have thought. Dam it, fuck! 😛

The Blog-O-Cuss Meter - Do you cuss a lot in your blog or website?
Created by OnePlusYou

R.I.P Olive Riley

Monday, July 14, 2008 at 16:34 | Posted in Blogosphere, internet | 2 Comments

World’s oldest blogger Olive Riley passed away on Saturday in Woy Woy, New South Wales, Australia. She was 108. Her blog tells a story of the 20th century and a life well lived.

R.I.P Olive!

Some of my videos temporarily down

Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 16:28 | Posted in Blogosphere, Personal, video | Leave a comment
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Due to a mishap at one of the sites hosting my videos, some of them are temporarily down. Nothing has been permanently lost, though. I have backup copies of every single track but it takes time to locate all effected posts all around my several blogs.

I am in the slow process of search and recover. Some of the effected videos have already been re-uploaded but I have no idea when I am going to find the time to systematically go through all posts in all my blogs that could have been effected. If you discover a broken video in any of my posts at any of my blogs, I would appreciate if you let me know about it. Posting a comment right here is a good option if you have no other contact address of mine.

While this is certainly regrettable, it is just something that goes with the territory of life. No permanent damage has happened and we are certainly going to survive. Just bare with me and I am going to return things as they were AND upload some new footage on the road. 🙂

Mein Parteibuch seeks asylum in China

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 20:46 | Posted in Blogosphere, China, Not serious | 6 Comments
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The dissident expatriate German blog Mein Parteibuch is seeking asylum in China, April Fools News reports. The blog was earlier forced to flee judicial intimidation in Germany and establish its presence in an undisclosed location in the cyberspace. China may now turn out to be the only rescue for Mein Parteibuch as Beijing offers the site an assylum.

“Since we are oppressed by the brutal Tibetan government who press down our national identity and culture, we offer asylum behind the Great Firewall of China to all those whose freedom of speech and other human rights are being pressed down by the Fourth Reich”, Chinese government spokesman Lüg Ner told me earlier today.

The Chinese Olympic Committee announced an olympic boycott this morning. As a protest against the recent violent actions against Chinese culture in Tibet, the committee said that Chinese athletes would not participate in the Olympic Games. The Chinese party and government would also boycott the opening ceremony. The IOC received a note from the Chinese Olympic Committee asking that Dalai Lama would open the games as the Chinese president Hu Jintao has been placed mouth gags by the Tibetan rezime.

I tried to obtain a comment from the editors of Mein Parteibuch but the only thing they agreed to confirm was that they intend to stay out of Germany. Former editor Marcel Bartels told me he has nothing to do with the site.

Undisclosed sources said under anonymity that the Great Firewall of China could turn the tables around. “We may soon detect ourselves protecting the freedom of speech of the Chinese against the brutality of Tibetan monks”, a western observer told me. “Five million Tibetans are obviously a great threat to the Chinese culture. How could 1,3 billion Chinese possibly resist their cultural imperialism?”, the independent observer asked.

N.B: All statements referred to in this post were recorded today, the 1st April 2008. 🙂

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