A new feature for this blog

Kevin Drum does “Friday cat-blogging”, John Cole has also pictures of pets between serious posts, so I thought I do something similar.

So, from now on this blog will feature wooden train tracks.

Clemens Track

They are actually toys for the kids. When we first got them, Clemens didn’t quite know what to do with them, but now he finally starts to build his own tracks and trains to push along.

And then there is the menace of land of trains: Godzilla, the destroyer of tracks:

Elena engine

Anyway, as with a good number of stuff kids get from their parents, it’s not all selfless giving. (Andrea is looking forward to buy Clemens a Carrerabahn, as she always wanted to have one as a kid.) Sometimes it’s nice to have an excuse for playing with children’s toys again.

So I’ve taken up building fancy sets of tracks with Clemens’ wooden tracks.

I’ve started to photograph my creations some time ago and will now upload them. I’ll date the blog posts accordingly, so some of the entries will appear in the past. Use this link to see them all.

Bad timing, Last.fm

Date: Wed, 20 May 2009 14:05:42 +0000
To: @bofh.priv.at
From: “Last.fm”
Subject: Your free trial to Last.fm Radio is over. Did you enjoy it?

Hi XYZ,

Your free trial to Last.fm Radio is about to end. If you’re enjoying it, why not
subscribe for only €3.00/month and continue listening to non-stop personalised
radio.

http://www.last.fm/subscribe

Best Regards,
The Last.fm Team

and

Deny This, Last.fm
by Michael Arrington on May 22, 2009

A couple of months ago Erick Schonfeld wrote a post titled “Did Last.fm Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?” based on a source that has proved to be very reliable in the past. All hell broke loose shortly thereafter.

I was inclined to pay them the 3€, partly because I’ve listened a lot to a stream from them, but after this breach of their privacy agreement?

Sorry, no deal guys.

[Update: yes, I know that LastFM is disputing this story.]

And then the first year was over …

It’s strange: this happened just a year ago, but sometimes it feels like it was ages ago. Maybe it just depends on the perspective: For Elena, this year made quite a difference: from 9 months to 21 months of existance, or from zero to one years of life. For me it was just the step from 38 to 39 years. No big deal.

Elena's first birthday