AND NOW EUROS … FROM ANDORRA!

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These days the Euro is news because of the problems in the eurozone and the current situation of Greece.

It is nice that one also can read other news that show another face of the euro. It seems that in 2013 we will have euros from Andorra. They still have to decide what they will show in the coins. As Andorra is a small state I imagine that they won’t make a lot of euros but I look forward to seeing them! As in Andorra they also speak Catalan I wonder if they could put the letter Ç as one of the images of the one euro or two euro coin …

THE.CAT I L’EXPORTACIÓ

Aquest dies es parla molt de crisi, de retallades i d’austeritat. No pas només a Catalunya sinó també en altres llocs com per exemple a Anglaterra. Menciono Anglaterra perquè les mesures d’austeritat al NHS me’n recorden a les retallades a Catalunya i també menciono Anglatera perquè a Anglatera parlen anglès i aquest blog també està escrit en anglès ja que quan vaig triar el nom de THE.CAT em va agradar el significat de the cat en anglès.

Davant de la gran crisi que tenim sembla ser que una de les maneres de sortir-nos és obrint-nos al món. Això m’ha fet pensar en fer servir the.cat com una manera d’obrir-se al món. Aquest domini no és només un domini que fa referència a la cultura i comunitat catalana sinó que fa referència fins i tot a altres llengües ja que és en anglès que aquest domini adquireix un nom de domini únic. Fins i tot the pot fer refèrència al thê, és a dir al te en francès.

Des de l’obertura d’aquest domini aquest domini ha despertat gran interès arreu. Gent de Rússia i dels Estats Units s’han interessat. Ho dic això per fer veure que the.cat pot ser un domini ideal per un projecte amb visió internacional. Un domini que representa un cant a la diversitat lingüística i cultural ja que neix gràcies al fet que existeix la cultura catalana però de fet també jugant amb paraules angleses i fins i tot tenint sentit en francès.

Ara per ara the.cat redirigeix a aquest blog on escric sobre fets relacionats amb Catalunya i que poden potser interessar arreu.

No sé si podria interessar aprofitar aquest nom de domini singular per algun projecte de caire internacional nascut a Catalunya o allà on sàpiguen valorar el nom únic d’aquest domini català. Si aquest no fos el cas sempre m’agradaria simplement conservar-ho com un web personal escrit en català i anglès. Fent homenatge a les dues llengües i jugant amb un significat que me’n recorda a un dels animals que més m’agraden.

THE.CAT, A EUROPEAN PARTNERSHIP?

Hauskatze in Abendsonne

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In Barcelona we have the .cat domain for domains related to the Catalan language or culture. In Paris they have the word thê for tea and in London the cat makes sense.

I say this because .cat was born thanks to the existence of the Catalan domains but the.cat, besides being a Catalan domain, it is a domain that has some sense in the French and English Language. This makes me think that the.cat is a domain related to at least three languages. To at least three European languages. And that makes me see THE.CAT as a very genunine European domain.

So I wonder if anyone in Europe would be interested in launching some interesting new proposal born in Europe with the use of this domain.

When I put HELLO EUROPE! under THE.CAT is not just by chance. I mean it!

LA LLUM SOLAR I LA PROGRAMACIÓ TELEVISIVA

So long as the world contains us both,

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Imaginem una persona que aquests dies dorm vuit hores. Imaginem que aquesta persona agrada de veure la televisió però anat-se a dormir com a molt tard a mitjanit. Aquesta persona podria dormir vuit hotes anant-se a dormir a mitjanit i aixecant-se a les vuit del matí tot just quan comença Els Matins.

Una persona que agradi de la tele fins i tot tindrà problemes en anar-se a dormir tan aviat. I algú que agradi més d’Internet pot estar a qualsevol hora connectat.

Perquè parlo de tot això?

Doncs bé, ho dic perquè aquests dies a les sis del matí ja és de dia i a les deu de la nit encara hi ha una mica de llum natural. O sigui que si un volgués estalviar electricitat potser seria millor aixecar-se a les sis i anar-se a dormir a les deu de la nit. Com això ens faria estalviar com a país semblaria que les administracions públiques haurien d’afavorir poder aixecar-se amb el sol i anar-se a dormir amb el sol.

Per desgràcia la programació de les televisions no ajuda …

WHO CONTROLS THE EXTRA EXPENSES OF SPANISH POLITICIANS?

German Chancelor Dr. Angela Merkel

DEAR ANGELA: IF YOU WANT, LIKE I, THAT THE EURO BECOMES VICTORIOUS AT THE END, IT IS VERY NECESSARY THAT YOU SHAME THOSE POLITICIANS IN SPAIN THAT WITH THEIR EXAMPLE OF WASTING MONEY ARE PUTTING IN DANGER OUR DREAM. AUSTERITY MEASURES ARE ALWAYS HURTFUL BUT THEY ARE EVEN WORSE IF WE SEE OUR POLITICIANS WASTING MONEY. EUROPE MAKE SOMETHING! HELP US GET RID OF SOME OF OUR DAMAGING POLITICIANS!

As a lot of Europeans know Spain is under austerity measures too. You may have read that while our politicians at the government try to cut expenses we have protests in the streets and the squares.

Our politicians in charge of the country tell us that these measures are needed because if we do not follow them we may end in a bailout like Greece, for example.

Well, I would like to ask to Angela Merkel and to the IMF to be smart and have the following thought: “If they the austerity measures to be effective they have to do at least TWO THINGS. The first one is to look that the measures are taking place. I know they are doing this. The second point that I will tell now I think that it is really important and if Europe does not take into account this then the first point may be useless.

THE SECOND POINT IS TO SEE THAT THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT GIVES EXAMPLE TO ITS CITIZENS SO THAT THE AUSTERITY MEASURES, ALTHOUGH UNPOPULAR, MAY CONSIDER A NEW WAY OF ACTING IN SPANISH POLITICS.

So, what I am plaining say to Angela Merkel and to anyone worried about the Spanish austerity measures implementation is that they put too the Spanish politicians under austerity measures!

Why I am saying that?

Well …

Well, it is difficult not to reject the austerity measures when you read that the Agriculture Minister of Spain takes a plane of the Spanish Army for personal trips. He has just made that last Saturday between Santiago de Compostela and Seville. 5000 euros of cost per hour of flight.

So, PLEASE , PLEASE, PLEASE, if anyone in the IMF or the European Union has any hope that austerity measures continue taking place in Spain with a relatively calm on the streets it is very necessary that EUROPE CONDEMNS ACTIONS LIKE THE ONE OF ROSA AGUILAR.

If Europe continues asking our politicians to bring austerity to us but they do not say a word when these politicians waste the money then you can be sure that that our current common currency is heading directly to disaster.

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UN ESTIU MOLT CALENT

Mareny estiu

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Pel que es veu aquest estiu serà un estiu amb més calor de l’habitual. Si juntem això al fet que aquest estiu serà un estiu ple de gent indignada tinc la sensació que aquest estiu pot ser un estiu molt calent.

http://www.lavanguardia.com/medio-ambiente/20110620/54174150293/una-ola-de-calor-inaugurara-un-verano-que-sera-mas-calido-de-lo-normal.html

ICANN SELLS INTERNET

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Some years ago I was very interested in new domains names. I was just quite happy to see a new domain for, for example, my city: .bcn. I remember that some people in Catalonia were angry that the city council of Barcelona wanted .bcn for Barcelona because they saw it as a threat to the new .cat domain.

I continued reading about the subject and I got the idea that the ICANN was frozen any new development related to new domains names. I even imagine that the economic crisis was a good reason not to enter into new adventures.

Now, as a big surprise, I see that ICANN has finally done the opposite of what I was seeing these last months.

So the next year we will have new domains names and I imagine that some people, who have not thought much about the issue, maybe quite happy with these new domains as we have some attraction for the word new.

As during months and months I wanted .bcn domain and that was not possible I began to read and read and I saw that there were good reasons to leave the things as they are in 2011.

It is obvious that I may be wrong and that these new domains names can be in the long run a good idea but let me at least say why I am afraid that we are entering a very chaotic period in Internet.

First of all, these new domain names mean that the companies will have to spend more money. It is really very expensive to have a new domain name so only important companies may get new domain names.

Another thing is that is companies get new domain names then their url address will loke quite different. So instead of www.google.com we will just see maybe something like .google

Now for google for France we look for google.fr . With these changes we may have to look for fr.google?

Maybe this is not good or bad but it is a change and I wonder if this will make our lives easier. Now I just see more money spent by big companies.

I am also a bit afraid that a lot of money is spent in new domain names that may end badly. Thanks to the new domain names a lot of money will be wasted with the ICANN. Money that could be spent in helping those who need it. Not ICANN. An American organization by the way. If it was related to the UN maybe the moeny it gets could be shared by all countries.

I will put here some new domains names so that you can see how much money will be spent just in this and not in thei workers,etc: .bbc, .cnn, .lemonde, .yahoo, .apple, .microsoft, .yahoo, .sony, .volkswagen, .london, .glasgow, .newyork, .ny, .nyc, .europe, .europa, .euro, .england, .catalonia, .catalunya, .costabrava, .barca, .barça, .manu, .arsenal, .chelsea (which ..?)

I even wonder who will buy .free …

So any big company, any important football team, any important broadcasting corporation, any country (.fr already exists but .france could also have to be registered!), any famous (.ladygaga, .madonna, .eltonjohn, …) All thats a lot of money which could be spent to help people!

The decision of ICANN will affect thousands and thousands of companies and we all will pay for it in some way. At the same time the decision has not been taken by us democratically. Have I chosen anyone in ICANN? Is ICANN a international association or just an American association with an international group of people? I just say that because I know that ICANN is mad eof people from different countries but I would like to know if the money for this new domain names will go to all the countries or will just remain in the US!

As I am writing this post in a blog by THE.CAT you may think that I should be the first interested in an extension of domain names because, after all, .cat was an extension made for the Catalan language and culture.

Well, let me explain. In Barcelona, when you register a domain, you can have different options to consider. The easiest and cheapest to register is a .com domain. Nonetheless it may be already registered so you have ather options. One option is a .cat. These domains are more expensive (they cost about 45 euros a year) but I find quite good if the content is related to the Catalan community or language. For example, with a domain like THE.CAT it is easy for people in Barcelona to know that this is a domain related to the Catalan culture (the THE maybe an indication that this domains likes puns or likes the English culture too) If you need a domain that has to be associated with Spain then you can use .es. And if you need to be associated with Europe you can alway get a .eu domain. Sometimes you just choose the one that it is still free! In this way .cat are good because they mean more choice.

The new domain names, besides being more money spent, have something that I am not sure it is good. The can bring to Internet the sense that Internet is in the hands of the rich companies of the world. Or the big cities.

Thanks to ICANN big cities like Berlin, London, Paris, etc will be able to get their new expensive domain names .berlin, .london, .paris but what about the small towns? Is not this a bit unfair? Is not ICANN creating an elitist Internet?

Other languages and cultures may get a new domain name. But who will get the name? In the case of the Catalan language everything was made step by step and now the .cat is in hands of a foundation. But let’s imagine someone wants to register .eng (or .english too and pay twice???) Can this be done by a private company? All this is very complex and I think that ICANN has open the door to a lot of chaos to come!

Another thing to consider is that the new measures may bring the .com to total chaos as new domain names appear to compete with the .com!

Anyway, I think that with this decision, the ICANN has open a new door to unknown but expensive territory that it is just the start of the end of the Internet of the .com that we have known until now. The .COM is today starting its way to disappear. I wonder how long will the . resist …

So thanks ICANN for creating two Internets: the Internet of the rich and powerful (.google, .yahoo, .apple, .nyc, .madonna maybe) and the Internet of the rest (littletown.com, littlecity.com, littlemusician.com) Thanks to the decision of ICANN we may see .newyork but we won’t see .york.

ICANN HAS SOLD INTERNET TO THE RICH.