What happens to celebrity Twitter accounts when they die? The Hugo Chavez case

Yes, I know. I should be focussing on much more challenging questions such as eradicating world hunger or education for all, but heck, it’s 1am, it’s the end of my first day at the über geek Mecca also known as SXSW, and this question has been haunting me since the death of Hugo Chavez 3 days ago. (By the way, if you read to the end of this article, you’ll be in for a surprise – seriously). Continue reading “What happens to celebrity Twitter accounts when they die? The Hugo Chavez case”

Miss France on Twitter for a week: getting to the root of stereotypes

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a new Twitter meme, the citizen curated location account, whereby citizens embody and represent their country or city during one week before passing on the torch to another citizen. Sweden, through its @Sweden account, was the first to launch this trend in December 2011 (see Curators of Sweden  for more info on the how and the why). Continue reading “Miss France on Twitter for a week: getting to the root of stereotypes”

L’enfant en moi qui ne voulait pas grandir

Pere Noel le Chat par Geluck

Et voilà, j’en arrive au stade qu’en tant que parent de deux enfants on redoute : celui où l’aîné va se rendre compte que le père Noël n’existe pas, et du même coup Saint Nicolas, les fées, les monstres, les superhéros, les sorcières et tout le toutim non plus. Et celle où l’on va devoir gérer de manière quasi schizophrénique le besoin de croire du petit et le besoin du grand de lever le voile sur ce grand mystère. Continue reading “L’enfant en moi qui ne voulait pas grandir”

You’ll be a man, my daughter

Talk at Greenlight for GirlsSaturday 20 November was a special day for me, my daughter, over 200 girls aged 11-15, and the organisers/volunteers of the event.On that day, the Greenlight for Girls international NGO organised a Science Day at the International School of Brussels. The aim of the day was to encourage young girls to pursue a scientific education/career and to see math, physics, engineering, IT as fun activities. Continue reading “You’ll be a man, my daughter”

You are famous now: why don’t you write a book?

 

Chapter One book typewriter

It’s funny how simple sentences you hear can stick with you and clutter your brains even at ungodly hours of the day (or night, as a matter of fact). The conversation that triggered this reaction of mine is the following:

  • (friend) – Hey you’re famous now!
  • (me) – Yes, kind of. *stupid grin*
  • (friend) – Well, you can’t just sit here like that. You need to capitalise on this fame. Why don’t you write a book?

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Why I’ll never own an iPhone – at least not this year

Iphone addiction comicIt’s already hard getting away from my newly acquired MBP (Macbook Pro – I didn’t know what it meant last month too don’t worry ;-)), but just imagine if I owned an iPhone:

  • Kids – oh, I have kids?
  • Sex – yes, I do remember something about that in biology class 15 years ago…
  • Social life – well, I do have tons of friends (on Facebook), fans (on Twitter) and colleagues (on Linkedin), ok that doesn’t count then 🙁
  • Books – isn’t that what computers used to be called before?
  • and the list goes on…

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