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[en/de/fr/it] My first pubblication on a newssite!

This week for the first time a news site published an opinion piece of mine. And in eight languages! The site is Swissinfo, the international unit of the Swiss broadcast corporation. *** Diese Woche hat eine Nachrichtenseite zum ersten Mal einen Meinungsartikel von mir publiziert. Und in acht Sprachen! Es handelt sich um Swissininfo, der […]

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Current Affairs Politics

[de] Dog-Whistle Politics & SVP

Oskar Freysinger ist SVP Nationalrat und neulich in die Walliser Regierung gewählt worden. Daraufhin zeigt er einem Team aus dem Fernsehen sein Haus und im Keller taucht an der Decke hängend eine deutsche Reichskriegsflagge auf. Als Leser deutscher Presse, ist für mich in einem gegenwärtigen Kontext die Assoziation von “Flaggen des deutschen Kaiserreichs” mit “Neonazi Gruppierungen”  […]

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Political Science

[en] Smoking Bans as a Gendered Issue

Secondhand Smoke Policies are Concerns specific to Women. There are policies which are evidently gendered, like reproductive rights. Identifying  smoking bans – or protection against secondhand smoke – as a gendered issue, on the contrary, requires argumentation and evidence. This is what a friend of mine and classmate at the University of Zurich did together […]

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Music

[en/es] Systema Solar “Sin Oficio” & Benny Moré “Obsesión”

Systema Solar samples Obsesión by Benny Moré in Sin Oficio. Systema Solar incluye Obsesión de Benny Moré en Sin Oficio. I always wonder how modern are some songs from the last decades. The typical case is A little less Conversation: my generation listened to the techno version in 2002 and no one complained about it […]

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Math

[en] Spaghetti & Surfaces

It turns out that spaghetti not only are completely enjoyable in carbonara, but also help you to grasp the not really intuitive fact that hyperboloids with one sheet are made out of straight lines (in fact they are even doubly ruled surfaces).

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Music

[en/es] Ismael Rivera “Witinila” & Tego Calderón “Salte del Medio”

Tego Calderón samples Witinila of Ismael Rivera in Salte del Medio. Tego Calderón usa Witinila de Ismael Rivera para su Salte del Medio. Yesterday I was listening for the first time to Traigo de Todo, a wonderful Salsa record by Ismael Rivera released in 1974, and as it came to the song Witinila I had […]

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Current Affairs

[en/de] Pakistan Donate/Spenden?

Donate for Pakistan? An old answer for a current debate. Spenden für Pakistan? Eine alte Antwort für eine aktuelle Debatte. As most media eventually reported, Pakistan has been hit by an extraordinary flood causing an humanitarian catastrophe whose magnitude I can not describe (here the Wikipedia article with impressing numbers in its short lead section). […]