Sunday, January 31, 2010

Körperwelten Zürich

Ok, I didn't cut anyone's arm.
This is one of the exhibits from in Zürich or, in English: These are the blood vessels in a human arm. The way this "sculpture" was made is quite interesting. Some kind of liquid plastic has been poured into vessels then solidified. Everything around has been removed hence revealing this accuracy never reached before. The feeling I got from visiting this very controversial exhibition is the amazement from the perfection of the human body and how important it is to take excellent care of it.

Exhibition in Zürich:

Until: Feb 28 2010
Monday - Thursday 09h00 to 19h30 (last visit starts at 18h00)
Friday - Sunday 9h00 to 21h30 (last visit starts at 20h00)

Address: KÖRPERWELTEN Zürich
Giessereistrasse 18
8005 Zürich
T. +41-44 274 83 06
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Searching for "tiananmen": average worldwide traffic in the last 30 days

As a follow up on my previous post, here is a graph from Google Trends showing the popularity of the query for the word "tiananmen" in the last 30 days and from where they were run. Notice the cities. If some hackers really wanted to know more about Chinese dissidents, they encouraged, as an result, even more Chinese citizens to be curious about what is censored. The volume of queries is still today higher than before the hacking and it will probably remain as such for a while. See current results.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Standing up against censorship

Google's announcement:

And from
While Chinese Web users on Thursday considered the prospect of life without Google, the issue, viewed from a Chinese perspective, seemed to boil down to this: Well-wishers who showed up to lay flowers and candles, in mock-mourning, at Google’s Beijing headquarters on Wednesday discovered that the flowers were promptly removed. A security guard from the neighborhood informed them that they would need to “apply for permits at the relevant department; otherwise they were conducting an ‘illegal flower tribute.’ ”
The Illegal Flower Tribute just might be the perfect framework through which to view the whole sorry episode. The battle lines can fairly be described as those who believe in the need for vigilant regulation of floral tributes versus those who do not. Web comments and blog items that expressed support for Google’s actions were promptly censored Thursday, so only the savviest Chinese Web users were posting to Twitter, which lies beyond the Great Firewall for those with the technical know-how (a proxy) to reach it.
Some of the more memorable comments from the Chinese Web:

From CXZJ: “This is not Google withdrawing from China, but China withdrawing from the rest of the world.”

From joaniu: “I suspect that eighty per cent of Google users in China will begin to use a proxy [to get around a prospective government ban on Google], meaning that, in one year, there will be forty million more Web users breaking through the wall of censorship. So Google’s leaving is not an end, but the beginning of an era.”

Read more:

And some history: