Most hated videos

YouTube hosts videos that are, on average, popular. This translates into high numbers of views and “I like this” clicks.
Usually there is a small number of “I dislike this”.

easyJet Hold Luggage Allowances Explained

On Feb 8th 2015 it had been viewed 84373 times, liked 12 times and disliked 26 on YouTube, that is more than 2 times as many!

The reason is simple: the video is featured on an Easyjet support page. Instead of containing instructions of travel planning, the video is a piece of corporate propaganda.

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Seven 2015 resolutions of a digital marketer

  1. block out Googlebot and all known robots from my personal website
  2. keep automating data:, and all price trackers I can get hold of
  3. mash up APIs left and right for my own
  4. bag hundreds of interesting articles in my personal wallabag
  5. learn how to massage all sorts of data formats, be it dates, vectors or else, on R
  6. follow the marketing efforts of remarkable brands like beardbrand and pantone
  7. read Advanced Analytics with Spark
  8. donate to the following tools and software
    • Wallabag
    • Ubuntu
    • Kdiff3
    • Filezilla
    • Notepad
    • Mozilla

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Mind map of The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe

I can emphasize with Tom Wolfe’s anti-intelectuallism and criticism of the art world. I tolerate his white suits too. I do hate however his inventing the use of present tense in profile articles (upon Ben Yagoda).

Police and emargency services in the field use the present tense to report an accident or an arrest for instance. Their descriptions read strained and clumsy. Poorly educated journalists resort to present tense when, in their minds, past tense sounds old fashioned.

The book


Bronx County Building

Bronx County Building / Gibraltar in the book


I read The Bonfire of the Vanities with the hope of remembering the 80′s. The noughties explain better what is going on nowadays that probably the 90′s do. For instance, the inability of Sherman McCoy to explain his job is bizarrely contemporary.  Trading with in the bond markets anticipated the antics of the Credit Default Swap dealers two decades later. The CDS fuelled the subprime mortgage crisis that in turn is still ravaging the public finances of US and Europe nowadays.

Life-inspired elements of the novel

Pierce & Pierce are Lehman Brothers

Tommy Killian is Eddie Hayes

Reverend Bacon is Reverend Al Sharpton

Judge Kovitsky is Burton Roberts


Mind map of the book

  • People
    • Sherman McCoy – bond trader
      • Judy – wife
        • Campbell – daughter
      • Maria – lover
        • Arthur Ruskin – millionaire
      • Gene Lopwitz / boss
      • Killian – lawyer
    • Larry Kramer –  assistant district attorney
    • Henry Lamb – victim accident
    • Kovitsky – judge
    • + -
      Abe Weiss

      • Fitzgibbon
      • Martin
    • Peter Fallow – social life reporter
      • Gerald Steiner / boss at the The City Life
      • Vogel
    • + -
      Rev. Bacon – swindler Harlem

      • Fisker – creditor
  • Zeitgeist
    • 1987
    • Ronald Reagan in office
    • Black Monday: Stock market crashes
    • Microsoft releases Windows 2.0
  • Places
Mind map of the Bonfire of the Vanities

Mind map of the Bonfire of the Vanities


The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe


Find about the film locations here and here

Compare the Bronx and New York of the early century with the same places in the 80′s

Read about the bickering between Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe

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Juvenile swift stranded in Luarca, Spain

A nestling swift (Apus apus) was lying in the ruins of a house at one meter over street level. It didn´t look injured. We did not touch it.

The pictures were taken in the first week of August in Luarca, a seaside village in the north of Spain.

Swift chick Luarca

Swift chick Luarca

Swift frontal closed eyes

Detail frontal closed eyes

Detail of head of swift chick

Detail of head of swift chick

We spent as little time as possible taking the photos. We did not see the parents coming in to feed the chick in the 5 minutes that we stood waiting at a safe distance.

The first fledgings show up around July 27th in Asturias, Spain, upon the phenology records. There is a great guide to take care of fallen chicks: Swift First Aid.

First arrival dates of swifts are a popular phenology record. Swifts in London arrive in April and May. I think that the duration of stay for Common Swift presence on the nest is a more interesting metric than the first arrival. Surprisingly, this metrics is still poorly studied in Europe (Tigges, U., 2007, The Phenology of the Common Swift Apus apus in Eurasia and the Problem of Defining the Duration of their Stay).

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Disconnected notes from an amnesiac