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The newsletter plugin

January 30th, 2015 No comments

Das komplette Werkzeug für die Handhabung von Benachrichtigungen direkt von Ihrem WordPress Dashboard aus.



Das Newsetter Plugin




Free – Blogger - Premium pricing.



With a steep learning curve following my decision to being a hacker, I placed my bets on Newsletter only recently, after I had been banging my head at MailChimp for one too many nights. That said, MailChimp‘s support is prompt, friendly and on their toes.

People who want to get started with a newsletter and growing a readership of their own, are bloggers and they’ll have two tasks at hand, that of installing or fine tuning their blog template or theme and that of setting up a newsletter procedure to work seamlessly with the chosen design.

Commentaries about MailChimp, the popular professional design and send mail service, indicate chimp to be overly complex and complicated to set up and perhaps TinyLetter would have been a better choice.

However I picked Newsletter, a wordpress plugin that offers set up straight from the dashboard for which I can use my elementary knowledge of html.

I was now banging my head to set up the newsletter plugin and installing the theme without the aid of a hired hand. I was helped in unexpected ways, by both, theme and plugin developers joined by a third party, Giuseppe Salerno the designer of the webfont I was using.

If at all, I send friends, family and clients a greeting card at seasonal occasions by way of long-proven postal office on the overland delivery route.

For contract work, or you people who aim at building a relationship with adored peers and collaborators you discovered on the web and have come to trust, how would you go about it?

I follow trough on how they (Neil Perkin, Bud Caddell, Maria Popova, Rob Hope, James Bridle, Austin Kleon -or- who ever you pay attention to) do it. With a difference, I use Newsletter for notifications, not MailChimp or TinyLetters, and for now it’s about automation of existing content as a service for clients.

WordPress themes developed by Rob Hope have in common with Stefano Lissa’s plugin to be suitable for reselling. Both can be customised through the dashboard with no coding knowledge, both are designed with the utmost of care and empathy for the user. Both can profit from further continuous simplification and fine tuning.

Visit the Newsletter Plugin site.



Tiffany Rose to the Occasion

January 28th, 2015 No comments



Tiffany Rose to the Occasion



Tiffany is a cultural behemoth that stands for something in the American and global imagination. If it likens the affirmation of love with the wedding industry and encourages the purchase of luxury jewelry, it does so without discrimination for heterosexual and homosexual couples.

If some feel bitter that capitalism got there before the public sphere and the law, wipe your tears and lighten up. By sending encouraging signals, Tiffany makes same-sex imagery of engagement, wedding and family penetrate our culture and our conversations. That’s what Supreme Court was hoping for from the start.

Read in full by Ana Andjelic



DLD 15

January 18th, 2015 No comments



M Ü N C H E N     L E N B A C H P L A T Z

An island of calm & optimism in a sea of Eurotechnopanic






Creature Comfort Co. brings you CatZen pillows, the adorable neck support.Come tomorrow, you lucky DLD visitors can get a CatZen pillow at Kokon right across the street and bring home the adorable neck support to your beloved ones.






January 14th, 2015 Comments off




Citroën Cactus re-introduces front bench seat to European cars

A simplistic analog idea in today’s dominance of digital puts Citroën back on the radar.



Darling, why do cars have separate front seats?



Airbump. Nice to have when shopping carts run free.



My second, third and last car was a Citroën and when the poor folks at Publicis, Vienna, Austria had me introduce myself to the Renault client, I thought it was a good idea to mention my favorite car. The client seamlessly concluded my introduction to favoring french cars, the account director however was terribly embarrassed and soon later got rid of me.

Citroën was popular as innovative but was never credited for its invention of “the thing”. The thing allowed for smoother or a less sea-sickening driving experience. It also allowed to lower the car when parked so it would barely touch the ground and practically lay down on the street. The reason I became a Citroën driver in the first place. That same thing is what makes low riders jump in early Rap videos.

More on french cars in America



Sign of the time

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Good Morning 2015

January 1st, 2015 Comments off









Richard Quest with his most particular, personal and poetic newscast.
Poetry slamming at its best. It hits you like a freight train.



Listen closely, it’s the sound of the business day beginning…

Opening bells signal the chance of new opportunities, the players fighting to stay ahead of the pack, the next big idea being born today! The next big burst being discussed now! Markets rise and fall, the orchestra grows louder, as more cities join in around the world; Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai…

Frankfurt, Paris and London, and here in New York, the heart of the financial world…

Where the sounds of business be loudest…

Where I’ll be your partner to quiet the noise and help you make sense of it all…

The sound of a business day, what a profitable tune.





Sharing sciences

December 31st, 2014 Comments off



Research Gate is for Scientists



60% of the 8 million scientists from all over the world, are now sharing knowledge on Research Gate. The Berlin based social network dedicated to scientists.



Year in review

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Pope Francis fancies short

December 26th, 2014 Comments off




Pope Francis
fancy for short?



Short talks. Short travel. Short ceremonies.



We feel joy

December 21st, 2014 Comments off



Regie: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Nao Ohmori in der Hauptrolle.

R100 directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto staring Nao Ohmori.



R100—the title a riff on the Japanese movie rating system, whose equivalent to NC-17 is R18
or the German FSK, “Ab 18 freigegeben.”