Question: What social/forward icons do you want?

Beneath each of my posts, you can find a few colorful icons that allow you to tweet this, post this to facebook, email this to somebody or get the RSS feed of this post. They are supplied by a WordPress plugin called Sociable.

Sociable however offers a lot more of these colorul icons. Here is a complete list:

(as usual, click to magnify so you don’t have to squint)

I grabbed this from http://blogplay.com/plugin-for-web/

So please, my dear readers, tell me what icons you want! If you know all of them, you’re pretty good, because some of them listed I have never even seen let alone heard of!

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Connecting Twitter and WordPress with Twitter Tools

On twitter, I am known as @dikk (duuuuh!) but I don’t use very often, but still more frequently than my wordpress blog. I have 307 tweets now compared to 138 blogposts. Don’t underrate the blog though, for you can type an unlimited amount of characters as compared to only 140 characters! The purpose of each is different.

One of the purposes of twitter is for example to inform your twitter followers of things you have to say that take up more space than just 140 characters, and may even include multiple graphics (yay!), like my friend @oliverattweetin and his blog oliver @ blogging. He uses twitterfeed to auto-post a blogpost to his twitter. I also want to auto-post to my twitter, but will try a different tool: Twitter Tools, a wordpress plugin. Let’s see if it works.

Ok, didn’t work the first time. Let’s try this again.

Now it’s working!

New addition: This week in awesome

Inspired by the name of the show This Week in Tech, I am giving you a new weekly blogpost category:

This week in awesome

This week in awesome will feature an awesome thing or story or picture or something else that I think is awesome, and you should definetely check it out. I’ve been posting some stuff about awesomeness before (see here, here and here) and I wanna continue doing that, but give it a common demoninator: This week in awesome.

Maybe I should change the name of my blog…

(By the way: This Week in Tech is also awesome!)

The train seating algorithm

The train seating algorithm is not something invented by me nor anybody else. It is a common thing, and we are all doing it unconsciously. Let me explain.

Now, first off, for those of you who do not know what an algorithm is, I will explain it to you… NOT! Look it up in Wikipedia yourself.

When you board a train, you wanna sit by yourself if possible, right? Voilà, you’ve already used the train seating algorithm! But sometimes you cannot sit by yourself, because the train is crowded. This is what you do then: (divided into three steps)

(click on images for enlarged view)

Why did I spend so much time drawing this? Because it’s fun to look at people in the train doing exactly that. We are human after all.

Try not to follow the algorithm next time you ride the train. It goes against your instinct. If you sit next to a stranger in an otherwise empty train, he/she will probably react irritated.

Of course this algorithm does not apply when you find a friend and want to sit next to him/her. Also, this algorithm suggests that you like window seats better than aisle seats, and also does not integrate the fact that some people don’t like riding backwards. By the way, you may replace “scary” with “smelly”, “disturbing”, “gross” or anything else you don’t like.

UPDATE: I do not claim completeness of this algorithm! For example riding backwards, as I already mentioned, and the ability to conquer a compartment by farting, as my friend and reader Jan pointed out, are not featured. If you have a more complete version of the algorithm, post it, or post your suggestions.

Working for Apple

Originally, this post was a draft from September 29, 2008, named “About the new Apple Store in Glattzentrum”, never finished, never published. It’s the oldest draft I have, so I’m gonna start with this one.

Below is the what I wrote.

As you might have guessed from the photo earlier, I was there last Friday when the second Apple Retail Store in Switzerland opened in Glattzentrum. (Geneva “Rue de Rive” was the first on the day before.)

I didn’t go there like super early and wait in line, but I visited the store about one hour and twenty minutes after it opened, so about at 11:20 AM. And I still was among the first 1500 customers, so I even got the free t-shirt ^^

The applauding and cheering that was going on was pretty much predictable, at least for me, because I’ve seen videos of Apple Stores opening and people buying iPhones on the launch day. There are usually clapping Apple employees all over the place. But the people passing by the store…

I didn’t even finish the sentence! I think I wanted to say: “But the people passing by the store have no idea what’s going on, they think it’s some sort of celebration (which it is!) and deriving from the crowds that form, they think there must be a chance to get something for free or at a reduced price.

No. (Except for the free t-shirt)

It’s just a store opening. But what a fabulous one! I don’t know any other retail store that attracts so many enthusiastic people on opening day like an Apple Store! Correct me if I’m wrong!

As you know from my earlier posts, I then began working for Apple. First at the Apple Store Glattzentrum, then helped the Apple Store Rosenstraße for opening and first two weeks, and also experienced the Apple Store Rue de Rive before finally opening the Apple Store Bahnhofstrasse and staying there. Working for Apple is awesome, although sometimes exhausting, nerve-wracking and frustrating, but always enriching. By the way, if you work for Apple too and are reading this, let me say this (as a matter of fact, let me say this to everyone):

Working for Apple is my dream come true. Literally.

It’s not picture-perfect, but nothing in life is. Anyway I’m not gonna go into detail here. Not because I’m not allowed to, but because there is no need for it. The only thing that gets on my nerves from time to time are narrow-minded customers (that’s what I meant by “sometimes exhausting, nerve-wracking and frustrating”). If there were any unpleasant circumstances within the company I work for, I would rant about them of course; I am not afraid of speaking my mind freely while being monitored. There. I said it.

Of course, like I said, there is nothing to rant about, except for certain customers who do not understand and simply accept certain things (insert noise of grinding teeth here). I don’t blame them for anything, I’ld get mad too if certain things don’t work out as I expected them to. But please, people, chill out. Or sign up for Yoga classes or something.

I could go on and on, but that’s beside the point. By the way, the thankful customers overweigh. I especially like Americans. “Awesome”, “I appreciate it”, “I really appreciate it” is what you hear the most. I love ’em! And then there are the really thankful customers who bring you sweets like chocolate as a token of their appreciation.

Bottom line: it’s a rollercoaster, depending on the day and the customers. But it definitely builds character.

More posts from drafts ahead

First priority for this blog now is to bring you all the previously saved drafts that have yet to be published. And when I say “previously” I mean dating back to over 1½ years ago.
Currently, I am on my MacBook Pro i7 in the S6 on my way to work. Thank God (or rather Thank Steve) for the super bright displays, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to see a thing in this bright sunlight.