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The creative revolution

I love this “creative revolution” that has been taking place these last ten years. People are writing blogs, uploading film clips on YouTube, sharing music on SoundCloud and connecting on various social media. And all of this is made on a global scale!

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Intellectual theft

Rick Strahl is one of my favorite bloggers. Recently he discovered that some moron was stealing all his articles and placing them under own name on another blog. Unfortunately, this is nothing new and I’ve seen it happen to talented designers such as Dave Shea on several occasions. And it pisses me off every time.

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Mission Impossible: ToDo-list

In this time and day, I suppose we all got some sort of ToDo-lists that more or less tend to grow larger for every passing day. ToDo-lists are not a vicious thing by nature. It’s how we handle them that matters. Think of it as a box of chocolates. You can stash all sorts of goodies in it, but there is an upper limit on the amount before it gets full. If you then try to put even more goodies in the full box, they will probably all get mashed. Same thing goes for your daily life.

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Noise at work

At most offices today there is a never-ending assault of ambient sounds. Annoying cell phone signals, printers screaming in agony, people shouting across the hall, you name it. Some depends on the environment (such as heavy traffic outside), some on fellow colleagues (choosing loud nasty phone signals). How do people cope with it?

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Recycling of literature

You have probably read a book and recognized many of the story lines without having read it before. There are certain patterns which are very common in fiction literature and tends to show up in all sorts of colorful disguises.

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Featured stories

Bunker safari

"The area contains 54 excavated bunkers along with gun emplacements, scattered around the town’s most visible landmark."

Good morning Montenegro

"One would almost think that all this secrecy was made on purpose to keep the hordes of tourists away. Let them all perish in the crowds of Dubrovnik while the people of Montenegro can enjoy their beautiful country on their own. Or something like that."

The sound of Salzburg

"It is based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, even though I suspect she didn’t go singing alone in the mountain ranges."

Alone in Kyoto

"I tried my best to sneak across the building, but the floor revealed me each time. I suppose I would make a lousy ninja."

Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

"Inside the church there are still traces of rune inscriptions made during the Viking age by Varangians, an elite guard made up of Scandinavian immigrant warriors."

Greetings from Moldova

"But Chisinau is an unexpected gem in the wilderness. Even though Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, the capital has its fair share of impressive buildings and post-Soviet architecture."

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