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Watermarks: Killing The View

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 31, 2016 in Photography |

We all need to protect ourselves, in one way or another, and the Internet, as much as real life, is no exception. We shield ourselves with firewalls and anti-spy software, virus destroyers, spam filters and anything else which seems to be the fashion of the moment. Some are good and effective, some not.: we learn […]

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Reading The News With A Political Slant

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 30, 2016 in News & Opinion |

If you give ten people a piece of text, ask them to read it and then write down their impressions, you’ll probably get ten different answers. This is something known only too well to the police: ask all the witnesses to describe the man who robbed the store, you’ll get widely differing versions. And so […]

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Close Call: Donald Trump Shooting Threat

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 29, 2016 in Internet |

We all know how Twitter works: the older Tweets are at the bottom, you scroll down and read in reverse order. So the lower one of these two entries came first and it looks, if you happen to be reading my timeline, as if Mark Knoller is replying to Christian Datoc (as re-tweeted by The […]

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Selfies: The Old, The Brave, The Strange

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 29, 2016 in Photography |

They’re not going to disappear, the self-shots or selfies. No matter how much photographers may wish it, no matter how silly, outrageous or narcissistic, society, young and old, is fascinated by images of themselves in all situations. Social history, in the form of a self-portrait caught on the spur of the moment, is being re-written […]

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One Season Ends, The Next Begins

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 28, 2016 in Immoral Conversations |

Have you finished shoveling snow yet? Or has the weather changed where you are and the rainy season begun? If you’ve just managed to clear up all the mess after a successful Christmas festival, you’ll be glad to hear that things are moving on and you do not need to worry about preparing yourself for […]

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Flickr Explored: Things I Don’t Understand

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 26, 2016 in Internet, Photography |

Everyone knows Flickr. the site where people can upload hundreds of photographs for all to see, have them rated, favorited, shared and – when the Creative Commons license is used – use themselves elsewhere. Most people also know that it has an Explored page: a selection of photographs picked out each day which are considered […]

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Taking Dress Codes To Extremes

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 25, 2016 in Internet |

You think you’ve got it bad with Dress Codes? Short skirts, low-cut tops, judges and teachers who have no sensibility whatsoever? Let me introduce you to the man who knows a thing about Dress Codes and how to do it right. Screenshot Source: Huffington Post / Twitter Perhaps it was his first day at a […]

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It’s Worse Than I Imagined

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 25, 2016 in Personal |

Having had a very settled life, moving to Germany and then flitting from one apartment to another and now, nearly a month to the day, having moved again, I can say in all honesty that I do not want to have to pack up and move ever again. No matter what. The first times were […]

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USA: Your Future Rights, After The Election

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 24, 2016 in News & Opinion |

There is no one, I do not doubt, who is following the campaigns for election as President of the United States of America, who does not weigh up what the candidates say and what it bodes for the future. The bulk of the questions o the various debates, during the campaign talks, in the news […]

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Listings: There Is A Simple Answer

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 23, 2016 in Internet |

I probably shouldn’t write this, because as soon as I hit publish all hell will break loose, but I haven’t been receiving much spam lately. This is, of course, a good thing and something which I am grateful for, something which I do not really want to change, even though I do not, personally, have […]

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