Age bias and the case of the sausage slice

Picture credit: Wurstblog.de The age bias Hopefully, you will not feel let down by this article … I struggled to find an appropriate title. I considered calling it “old but cool” but I neither wanted to attract the “wrong” crowd nor put a label on myself and others. We all know that a sure sign of a person who is not cool is that they call themselves “cool”. No, I am not shooting at all the “influencers”, “ninjas”, people who wear sunglasses on their social media profile pictures and disruptors out there. I am shooting at butchers, doctors, club owners and many others. Age discrimination happened the first time to… Read More

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IoT and the Cost of Convenience

Credits: Withings/Kérastase/L’Oréal Careful, your hairbrush is watching Available this fall is a connected hairbrush that comes with a built-in microphone. As reported by WIRED, as soon as someone brushes their hair, the hairbrush collects data. The inbuilt microphone is said to listen to the sound of the brushing and identifies patterns in the movement. The microphone detects “manageability, frizziness, dryness, split ends and breakage”. Naturally, the brush has WLAN and an app that transmits the data.  To me, these items are not just funny gadgets but also potential privacy- and security risks. Do you know what your brush records, how secure they store your data, for how long, etc? After… Read More

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Three reasons to be grateful to Trump

Thank you, Mr. Trump – 7 Week Review It is unnecessary to share my political view. I am a social skills coach. And even though I am a US citizen, I spent 8/9 of my life as a guest in Germany. Need I say more? Please understand that the statement below expresses a personal, biased, subjective opinion. It takes courage these days to share your opinion. Troll bots, data collection, hateful commentators and potential loss of business can be pretty intimidating. There is a time to be compliant and careful and there is a time to stand up for your beliefs. Freedom and Brutality It’s not just since seven weeks. Piece… Read More

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Why tomatoes have no taste anymore

It felt just right. Delicious looking is the warm red skin and the scent of tomato tickles my nose. I rest my finger and press it gently. Yes, it feels just right. Not too hard, not too mushy. When I was young, I used to bite a whole in the tomato and then suck the liquid and pulp out. I might still do but you will never know for I would not admit it. So I took the initial bite. Dug the whole that shall lead me to the source. To the sweet, sour, tomatoey insides that smelled and felt just right. I tasted nothing. I felt that I was… Read More

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How To Uncover Fake News

Fake news has become a big problem. Made up news, most often with the intention of stirring up drama and emotions or even hatred, are not only found on the spam and populism friendly sites Facebook and Twitter. Picture Credit: bbc.com Maybe two months ago, I found an article in my LinkedIn feed that claimed President Obama said he would not vacate the office in the case that Trump wins the election. The fake news article had about 1200 “likes” at the point when I saw it. REALLY? The German magazine Spiegel reported today that they started an investigation against a woman for making up a story about the rape… Read More

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Movie Tip: Food Chains

Or: Story of Greed and Abuse More and more for less and less. Farm workers pay the price for the food industry wars. The film “Food Chains” reveals methods of modern slavery – and the small successes of activists in their war against slavery and abuse. The movie features Eva Longoria and producer of “Food Inc” and “Fast Food Nation” Eric Schlosser.  This true and thrilling story shows how a small group of workers achieves a small success in fighting corporate greed. Immokalee, Florida: The farm worker tells it like it is:  “You are poor because you make somebody else rich.” Lucas Benitez is fighting for the human rights of… Read More

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The Terrifying Trip of a Chinese Tourist

Odyssey of an accidental refugee It´s one of these stories, you know, that are funny to read but not so funny to live. The German news magazine “Der Spiegel” reported this story today. It reminded me a little bit on Franz Kafka’s “The Trial”, hence the picture. It is about a Chinese tourist in Germany that gets trapped in the mills of bureaucracy.  He just wanted to report a stolen wallet A Chinese tourist spent two weeks in a refugee home because he accidently filled out an asylum application. He just wanted to report his wallet stolen.  Travelling can be a real adventure. Danger and misunderstandings are waiting everywhere. Not… Read More

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