I will survive

I will survive” as performed by Gloria Gaynor was an OK dance song in 1978/9 (if you liked disco), but it’s truly brilliant when the words are sung with meaning – especially by Cake (what a marvellous video, with the little animals made of glass) – or parodied by the likes of musical comedians Igudesman and Joo. The duo is performing in Bonn tonight:


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Sarah Silverman

Comedienne Sarah Silverman is as politically incorrect as it gets. In the States she’s famous for the way she breaks taboos in stories centering on herself. Her video “I’m f***ing Matt Damon” has just won her a Creative Arts Emmy award. From October 23rd on, her sitcom on Comedy Central will be shown in German in a dubbed version without the standard laugh track. I wonder how many people here will find her shock tactics funny?

Her video “I love you more” has a surprize ending.  Just watch:

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The computer whisperer

My dear laptop, a trusty companion that went across the Atlantic with me and helped me get my work done far away from home, is on the blink. First it started freezing on me, and then it wouldn’t start. The trouble seems to be the graphics card (thanks, Alex, for figuring it out). And not only MacBook Pros seem to have the problem (see discussion board). OK, friendly Apple Store staff, here I come, and I sure hope you can help.

In the meantime, here is humor from brilliant French & Saunders, “The computer whisperer”, tried and tested medicine against my helpless machine rage (video):

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Flip your chart

September is often a time of preparing for trade fairs. How about surprising your audience by using a flip chart instead of a Powerpoint presentation? It can add a more personal touch. And it is much easier to involve your audience in your presentation. Especially if the group is not too big and you are looking for a workshop-like feeling, flip charts can build excellent rapport. Here are some tips and a video: Continue reading Flip your chart

RIP George Carlin

Another one bites the dust. Comedian George Carlin (May 12, 1937- June 22, 2008) was a very funny guy who hated bigotry. The first host of Saturday Night Live, he said, “I think it is the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.” Noone understood better that you need to use dirty words if you want to remain pure at heart. Continue reading RIP George Carlin