Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Frédéric Hessel (born 20 October 1917) is a diplomat, ambassador, concentration camp survivor, former French Resistance fighter and BCRA agent. Born German, he became a naturalised French citizen in 1939. He participated in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.(More info)

Interviews about his book “Empört Euch!”:


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2010. That’s about 24 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 10 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 77 posts. There were 6 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 309kb.

The busiest day of the year was February 25th with 77 views. The most popular post that day was Cloud Computing.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cloud computing, datagridview datatable, datagridview to datatable, german sterligov, and cloud computing layers.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Cloud Computing May 2008


Binding DatagridView to DataTable Snippets July 2007


Insert/Read image from SQL Database September 2007


View Xml in webbrowser control November 2006


Configure SystemC with Using Visual C++ 2005 Express December 2006

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is  professor psychology at the University of Chicago. He is the father of the notion of Flow. Csíkszentmihályi outlines his theory that people are most happy when they are in a state of flow— a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation. The idea of flow is identical to the feeling of being in the zone or in the groove. The flow state is an optimal state of intrinsic motivation, where the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing. This is a feeling everyone has at times, characterized by a feeling of great absorption, engagement, fulfillment, and skill—and during which temporal concerns (time, food, ego-self, etc.) are typically ignored. He is the author of many books among which I have read two of them:

It has been a few years since I read them , but now I came across very good interviews where he is explaining himself the concept of flow and gives examples with painters and artists. There is even a TED talk from 2004  published in 2008.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Creativity, fulfillment and flow

Interview with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on Flow & Performing Art

The last 2 videos are interview with him in Dutch, but still it is translated with subtitles:

FLOW – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (part 1/2)

FLOW – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (part 2/2)

Economics goes back to Nature

I came across really interesting presentation by Prof. Andrew Lo (MIT World) presenting his recent work:  Warning: Physics Envy May be Hazardous to Your Wealth

In short he talks about the Risk and Uncertainty in Economics. He presents a new 5 level model with which you can better evaluate your current risk.The cool part is that he goes back to Mathematics – Physics – Chemistry – Biology – Economics – History – Philosophy – Religion in order to defince his “Spectrum of uncertainty”.

“(On explaining the title of the talk) Physics envy, is this desire to be able to explain 99% of all economic phenomenon with 3 laws. That’s what physicists can do. In fact we (economists) have 99 laws that explain maybe 3% of all phenomenon.” Prof. Andrew Lo

Thanks to David for his great post on the subject and post by –  Back to nature .

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Sugar: The Bitter Truth – Lecture@University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.

Version with BG subtitles

Der Geist des Geldes

Der Geist des Geldes Info

Der Geist des Geldes Teil 1

Der Geist des Geldes Teil 2

Der Geist des Geldes Teil 3

Der Geist des Geldes Teil 4

Der Geist des Geldes Teil 5

Der Geist des Geldes Teil 6

Der Geist des Geldes Teil 7

Der Geist des Geldes Teil 8

Der Geist des Geldes Teil 9

The Ascent of Money

I came across a series of four videos about the history of money which are really educative and I strongly recommend you taking the time to watch them.The videos are produced by Niall Ferguson ,who is Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor at Harvard Business School.

The Ascent of Money part 1

The Ascent of Money part 2

The Ascent of Money part 3

The Ascent of Money part 4

Discussion about his book: “The Ascent of Money”

Globalization: A keynote presentation by Professor Niall Ferguson with an introduction by Professor John Quelch Monday, October 13, 2008