Sometimes my company gives me the opportunity to do some really cool things. That happened recently. I composed a blog post for the BrightRoll corporate blog together with the technical writer and PR team about a topic I’m passionate about, the Flash deprecation. Check it out: https://brightroll.com/blog/fall-flash-what-video-advertisers-need-know

Power Laces

Remember Back To The Future II? Remember the scene where Marty travels to the future and puts on these futuristic Nike shoes? Well, there is a guy who tried to build them on this own but first the original scene:

Now this is what he built… not really what was in the movie but a nice try for sure:

Update: http://www.sueddeutsche.de/leben/nike-bringt-den-mag-auf-den-markt-hinkend-in-die-zukunft-1.1140883 … it becomes reality now with the “Mag” !!!

Happy New Year

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2009 has been a good but also very exhausting year for me. In January our daughter Anastasia has been born and that meant waking up once or twice per night for me and my wife. Many things changed in our life and today I can’t imagine our life without the baby.

At work I have been glad about not being fired in the 3rd round of layoffs in my company. I’ve have been pretty sure they won’t fire me or anyone else in my business unit as it’s revenue generating and probably a business unit that would be closed last (it’s Advertising Technology – yea, the little annoying ads everywhere – my job is to make sure they show up correctly) but still… you can never know and it’s a crazy feeling on the day of the announcements of the layoffs. Nobody wants to pick up the phone… scary

2009 has also been the year of the global economic crisis caused by greedy bankers. The downturn took many companies with it and some brands will never come back like Saab, Märklin, Karstadt-Quelle or Midway & Grin Games.

Probably the most important public event that will stay in my mind from 2009 is the death of Michael Jackson… sad

Happy Holidays

This snowman fully animated & with music: http://snowman.yahoo.com/#/view/d93a6c3ff401e17a02e2aed7de330ba4

Modern Warfare 2 download

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Yesterday I bought the new Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. Nothing special about that but what is interesting is the price online and in retail stores!

First I thought I will get it on the launch date via Xfire online-download-buy as I thought it only costs 60$ in their online-download-shop: http://callofduty.gamesplanet.com/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-2-game-xfire.html – that’s about 40€ – a good price for a new game that has been just released – but then Xfire or their parter site Metaboli messed something up in the localization and 60$ became suddenly 60€! I checked the price on a different local online-download-store by Metaboli (http://www.metaboli.com) called GamerUnlimted (http://gamerunlimited.gamesplanet.com/) and there the price has been 50$. Ok, that sounded reasonable to me and  I tried to buy it there… but the ordering process failed as I had to run through an age verification that obviously didn’t work! Yesterday I went to my local Saturn store and bought the game in the traditional way in a DVD box for 45€! Well… Metaboli just messed up. If they would have had a consistent price throughout their co-branded online-stores and a working currency conversion I probably would have spent my money on their website.

If you don’t know Modern Warfare 2 yet – go check out this video!

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Nice MW2 website with more screenshots and videos: http://www.modernwarfare247.com/

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