torsdag, august 24, 2006

Residents of the European Union: Stop the travelling circus

It costs European taxpayers approximately 200 million euros a year to move the Parliament between Brussels/Belgium and Strasbourg/France.

That is the reason why at the moment 895535 european residents have signed a petition, demanding that the European Parliament should only be situated in Brussels. I'm one of them. And if you too are a citizen of the EU, I will encourage you to do the same. May the Force be with the EU.

onsdag, august 16, 2006


Got this link from Jeffrey Zeldmans blog. I think it pretty much sums up what most of us have been thinking about Microsofts iPod 'killer'...

Magic 8-Ball Answers Your Questions Regarding Microsoft’s ‘Zune’.

Segway and the City


Ever since I heard about the Segway for the first time, I've wanted one. They're gemstones of UI design, with a remarkably intuitive control method: Lean forward to go forward and turn the handle to turn. Simply brilliant.

And it's getting better.

In the most recent issue of TIME Magazine (August 21, 2006), they have a one-page article about the history and, possible, future of Segway.

Segway recently launched a couple of new models, i2 and x2, replacing the older HT and XT. The x2 is available in a Golf version replacing the older GT, both of them sold as fun and green-friendly alternatives to traditional Golf Carts.

-and the City

The TIME article report on how the inventor was visioning about how city councils would abolish cars from city centers and how everybody would instead use Segways. A very interesting idea, that I have come up with myself, just without the Segways.

A city center without cars would make it a gazillion times easier to get around. Humans are, generally, less spacey, more flexible and use less energy on foot than in a car.

During my recent visit in the U.S., I visited Boston and I didn't notice any "Pedestrian Only"-streets, like we have in Roskilde and many other european cities. In Denmark, the main street is Pedestrian Only in bigger-than-medium-sized towns and a large part of downtown Copenhagen is Pedestrian Only.

In Roskilde there's often complaints about lack of parking space, and the best way to get rid of that problem is, in my opinion, to discourage taking the car. If there was an easy way to get your goods home, I think it would solve a lot of problems. That way people could just use public transportation.