Song of the day: Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar

It’s the 4th track on the Chemical Brothers’ masterpiece album Come With Us, that also contains beauties such as It Began In Afrika (ka-ka-ka – I simply cannot mention that song title without adding those extra repeats) and Pioneer Skies. But I have selected Star Guitar here as the combination of the song itself and the accompanying video create an extra dimension.

You might not notice it at the first viewing (in case you want to test this yourself: stop reading right now, watch the clip and then come back to continue reading – welcome back for those who just did that), but the clip is not just some random footage shot from a riding train. In fact: a huge amount of work was put into it, to make sure that each beat within the song consistently corresponds to a visual element you see outside the train window: some part of the railroad infrastructure, fence pickets, bridges, etc. Or would you rather believe that there is a town somewhere that was silly enough to build 6 water towers, each a few 100 meters apart?

Local Guide Best Practice: Correcting errors you accidentally made

[This is one of a series of articles originally published on Local Guides Connect]

Every piece of information you ever added to Google maps and every edit you ever suggested was 100% perfectly accurate, right? Hang on: some of them were not? You sometimes make MISTAKES? Of course you do – and I will readily admit: so do I. We’re all human, and that inevitably means we sometimes make mistakes.

As conscientious local guide you of course don’t make those mistakes on purpose. They rather slip in by accident, but you only notice them once you have submitted the information. And then it sinks in: “OMG, I have made Google maps worse, by adding false information!” (especially if it is a suggested edit that was approved within seconds – I still get a bit of that awkward taste in my throat when I recall the first time it happened to me).

So: what to do to undo your wrongdoing? First and foremost:  Continue reading

9 amazing things about Germany

In recent years, I have spent quite a bit of my time in Germany, both in a professional and a private context. And in that period, a number of things have struck me as anything on a scale ranging from “a bit awkward” over “amazing” down to “simply too baffling for words”.

Buckle up for a list of the most striking ones:

  • The obsession with privacy, and the resulting tendancy to make things twice as complex as they could be – nicely illustrated that time when I specifically requested to Continue reading

Quote of the day #105

“The status quo isn’t worth protecting. It’s so easy to be in reaction, on the defensive, fighting for the world we had yesterday. Fight for something better, something we haven’t seen yet, something you have to invent.”

Jennifer Pahlka

Local Guide Best Practice: Adding places without house number

[This is one of a series of articles originally published on Local Guides Connect]

A short tip, this time, but a useful one, as it will prevent you from unintentionally adding incorrect data.

Sometimes you might want to add a point of interest (POI) which does not have a house number, e.g. a tourist attraction or viewing point, a statue or a glass recycling container. In those cases, the main thing you should know is that you should not enter the ZIP code when entering the address. If you do enter it, the algorithm will interpret the number you entered as the house number and then add that same number once more as ZIP code. You then end up with something like ‘Main Street 1234, 1234 Anytown’. If you enter only street name and town, it will get created correctly as ‘Main Street, 1234 Anytown’.

The original article can be found here


Disclaimer: the practices described here as best practice are my personal interpretation, and I don’t claim any level of official endorsement.

Just asking… #6 – ROFL

I’m sure you’ve already read the expression ROFL: rolling on the floor laughing. You even might have used it yourself from time to time in social media posts or text messages when LOL was not strong enough. But suppose you take this literally, drop to the floor and start laughing while rolling. How long can you do this before people start wondering if there might be something wrong? How long before someone starts feeling uncomfortable? How long until that becomes uncomfortable enough to call the emergency service? How long before it’s been decided that you might be a threat to your environment or to society?

It is a specific example of my more general question: when do people consider you to be crazy instead of just silly? I have to admit – a fact readily confirmed by the people close to me, although most of the times there are no witnesses – I can act silly at times. And on occasion there is an urge to just go on and on, without any real reason (assuming there was a reason, or at least a trigger to start with).

So, how far exactly can you go, rolling on the floor laughing, before they lock you away? Just asking…