because the world will not end on the 21st of this month

if you look for a really substantial goal for 2013: help to end the war on drugs by breaking the taboo (e.g. send the link to your most conservative friends and politicians and ask them to stop the ignorance and naive error loop).

Change in mindset is needed to prevent unnecessary human tragedy: Breaking The Taboo - Film

a new and important movie about the insanity and destructive failure of the most bloody and expensive war of our generation. respected world leaders explain why they changed their mind about how to deal with the illegal drug problem and call for a fundamental change.

richard branson (i did not liked that guy before) explains very well why it is insane to continue what is a proven mega flop.

brute force like bullets and bombs, millions of police men and soldiers or filled prisons (the usa has more prisoners than china, most of them convicted for drug related crimes) could not help to reduce drug addiction. the drug business is bigger than ever. repression does not reduce demand, pain and the loss of lifes. it supports heavy criminals who kill for the profits and finances warlords, terrorists and other enemies of the free world. this is not propaganda. this are facts.

thanks ruth dreifuss (former prime minster of switzerland) for your contribution to this movement (The Global Commission on Drug Policy). this is one of the rare moments when i can be proud of my home country - that learned from the zurich drug tragedy in the 80's by helping addicts instead of hunting them.


New etoy.AGENT activated: etoy.HG

Welcome etoy.HG, officially part of the crew since fall 2010, joining the corporation in the midst of the Gwangju show

«Hannes Gassert aka etoy.HG is a tech entrepreneur, writer and technology strategist invested in business models beyond profit. While studying Computer Science and Media Sociology in Fribourg (Switzerland) and publishing on Semantic Wikis at DERI Galway (Ireland), he co-founded Liip, a leading Swiss agile web development firm and helped scaling it up to 50+ employees. Since 2001 he's organizing community efforts pushing for open source and open standards. An etoy investor and supporter since 1999, he's currently on duty as an executive etoy.AGENT in Gwangju (Korea) as well as working with O'Reilly Media on a forthcoming book on open source e-learning strategies.»

Find the biographies of all current etoy.AGENTS here.



Happy Birthday Mr Keiser! Love from ETOY


Medicine and Art

your correspondent AGENT in Tokyo visited the much discussed Medicine and Art exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills today. The museum is located on the 52 floor of the Mori building with a breathtaking view over Tokyo. The exhibition contained old and new artistic representations of the human body, for medical purposes such as anatomic studies as well as for the age-old artistic reminder of the brevity and fragility of our human life: memento mori.

However, reminders are only a start. Much representation of the nude and of death goes far beyond a gruesome reminder of our mortality to fascination with what we can't see: our inside. To fascination with difference between the sexes, between the living face and the mask of the dead. The most touching exhibit, to me, was the photograph series of individuals just before and shortly after death by Walter Schels. Notoriously, Stelarc reappeared with his third ear, and Eduardo Kac with the glowing bunny: etoy AGENTS remember the heated discussions at ARS last year about Kac's work with the flower and the replicability of artistic work that draws on undisclosed scientific methods: we disapproved.

Working with mortal remains, Alvin Zafra grated an entire human skull onto sand paper resulting in what looked like an abstract gray painting. Unfortunately, the process documentation on video demystified the grating procedure into a trivial mechanics that seemed pointless and inadequate to the quite intriguing end result.

A parallel exhibit featured the Complaints Choirs by Kalleinen&Kalleinen, a beautifully poetic work that reminds us of the apparent impossibility of happiness and our constant bias towards not living the moment but focusing on problems, obstacles, worries, and all the griefs that turn us into mumbling, bitchy, grumpy old folks.

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Happy Birthday AGENT PIXEL

Happy Birthday etoy.PIXEL

die etoy.AGENTEN aus aller Welt wünschen dir einen schönen spannenden Geburtstag mit vielen Geschenken und einer coolen  Party.

Liebe grüsse die etoy.CREW

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with RFID tag to implant we bring our warmest congratulations to Rock Battaglias Rockcircus and we THANK a thousand times for that GREAT PARTY last weekend!
and thanks to nurse miss nora too.



The book Freesouls - captured and released by Joi Ito is finally available in a limited edition release, featuring really nice shots of some of the etoy.AGENTS. Well shot and beautiful portraits, but moreover an interesting process; A flickr-set containing portraits tagged with `freesouls' that unfolded into a concept of creating authentic portraits released under a creative commons license that can be freely used e.g. for Wikipedia pages.

I think I'm trying to get a mental image of a person, certain expressions, or what I think that person is about. I'm trying to capture what I think they look like, which is many times a minority of their typical expressions, or their typical stance. So, if I'm taking pictures of Larry [Lessig], I want to have his signature hand gestures, and not just random ones.
(Joi Ito, from the Essay `Just another free soul`)



etoy.MURIEL on Board of the etoy.CORPORATION

it's a great pleasure  to Welcome etoy.MURIEL  on Board of the etoy.CORPORATION.
a women speeking chinese, thai, english and swissgerman, based in beijing and  part of our coder team.

this is etoy.MURIEL
cool you join etoy.
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Dr. Albert Hofmann dies at 102

Dr. Albert Hofmann, chemist, visionary, pioneer, mystic, inventor of LSD, discoverer of synthesized psylocibin and voice of wisdom in those unwise times died yesterday at the age of 102.

The etoy.CORPORATION salutes Dr. Hofmann and wishes him all the best for his final journey.

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