NH Hoteles now providing Under-Way Hand Washing to their Guests

 
a sample tube of Augua de la Tierra &quod;Clean and Hygienic Hands&quod; lotionDespite there possibly being ways to wash your hands in innocence, this appears a much more credible and easier available approach to get your hands clean of almost anything without deploying any water. No kidding. This isn’t just the infamous "instant water"-concept (simply add water to use… ;-)), but an innovation of NH Hoteles to their Agua de la Tierra body care series, my side discovery when staying at the NH Norge after the before mentioned seminar in the evening and finding a free sample of the product in my hotel room.
 

I tried it out and it’s really impressive: You just pour some of the gel into your hands, rub them firmly, possibly casually dry them with a handkerchief — and that’s it. You got clean hands from just about half of the tube’s content.
 

Being already aware of NH’s innovation in the food area (like the healthy fast food created by Ferran Adriá) or the hospitality sector (think their nhow design hotels), I now also became a great fan of their cosmetics series and immediately bought a dozen units of this impressive handcleaner to accompany my future travels.
 

Hamburg and the Semantic Web Paradigms

Joining a seminar session on practical semantic web applications yesterday evening, I found myself in a conference room at Hamburg’s Haus der Wirtschaft, mostly among what seemed to be scientists, consultants and librarians.
 

While the talk by a Adobe representative’s talk on XMP did not exceed much what can be found on their respective websites, Hans-Peter Schnurr, CEO of Ontoprise GmbH, brought in not just some very insightful experiments with the audience, but also impressive case studies showcasing their Service Resolution Management software, a structured and centralized repository of technical repair information to help companies fulfilling contracts all over the world learn from mistakes.
 

If you like to take a peek at the lecture yourself, I recommend having a look at the video documentation on the event organizer’s website.

Fascinating Insights from the First Ontologist Workshop at Max-Planck-Institute Leipzig

 
Having joined the OBML workgroup‘s 1st workshop at the University of Leipzig Max-Planck-Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology for the last two days, I am left quite impressed.
 

Not only by the presenters’ track records, but also by the sheer number and diversity of researchers and practitioners Prof. Dr. rer. nat habil. Heinrich Herre managed to bring together for the event. Commonly such gatherings here in Germany would consist of ten people at most 😉 — this time there were more than 50 experts, including international guests, from institutions and companies all over the country.
 

Nevertheless, something extremely re-assuring that I am taking away is not only the obvious development progress in the ontology sector, but also the fact, that even the most renowned experts in the field struggle with the very same technical insufficiencies as we do, when designing new data models for our SemaWorx application base.
 

Therefore we also had a very enlightening (entertaining goes without saying…) evening at local Cafe Madrid, where over the delicious meal discussion focus lay more on the practically achievable short-term benefits of current semantic modeling approaches, rather than their long-term optimization wishlist (hopefully I didn’t get this imprecise now… ;-)).
 

 

 

 

 

9th JCI Leipzig "Wirtschaftstreff" 2009
at the Radisson Blu Leipzig

 
Coming Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 07.30 p.m. the "Wirtschaftsjunioren" local JCI chapter here in Leipzig invite to their monthly social gathering "Wirtschaftstreff" at the Radisson Blu Hotel’s "Spagos" Bar/Lounge.
 

view of lounge area

 
This time the public event includes an update by Ines Falkenhan on Family Affair: Balancing Family And Work for working parents living in the Leipzig area.

   In case you are not from here or don’t know the Radisson, this map will assist you finding us. The facility exists right opposite from the well-known Augustusplatz.
 

Radisson Blu Hotel Leipzig, Augustusplatz 5/6, 04109 Leipzig, Germany

 
See you on Thursday ! 🙂
 

Darmstadt: Even more regulars joining Cosima’s IT table on each month's second Tuesday

O.k. it’s been some time, since I visited or even wrote about the tables for coding regulars taking place the second Tuesday every month in Darmstadt. What has changed since then not only is that you now get your invitations mostly via XING instead of e-mail (though you’re of course still welcome to join unannouncedly as well…), but also location and size: the crowd regulars gathering there seems to have grown pretty much from intimate (once) to almost 😉 intimidating size; rarely finding a pub capable of seating the now at least 30 people together every month. Even though I did not meet with all too many acquaintances, I had a very pleasant evening with wonderful insights from most any part of the IT industy. Convince yourself and drop by next time you’re in the area…
 

Portrait: Cosima and Me

 

 

Overview: the entire table