Distributed Computing
ETH Zurich

Here are my favorite videos, a new one each month!

September 2017

[A comment about Swiss Politics, in German] Im Anschluss an Ersatzwahlen des Bundesrats denke ich oft an Spieltheorie. Warum? Als Parlamentarier würde ich nicht die "besten" sondern möglichst "schlechte" Kandidaten der anderen Parteien wählen. Alle regen sich dann über den schlechten Bundesrat der Partei X auf, was direkt auf Partei X zurückfällt. Wenn man das aktuelle Personal des Bundesrats anschaut, dann glaube ich sogar, dass die Parlamentarier das schon länger so praktizieren, bewusst oder unbewusst. :-) Die "Zauberformel" mag in vergangenen Zeiten ohne echte Probleme eine gute Idee gewesen sein. Aber heute sollte man entweder die Linke (SP) oder die Rechte (SVP) in die Opposition (und somit aus dem Bundesrat) verbannen. Die übrige Koalition wählt dann eine gute Regierung mit den besten Leuten. Eine Regierung, die an einem Strick zieht. Die Bürger und Opposition haben über Initiative und Referendum weiterhin mächtige Mittel in der Hand um die Politik des Landes zu lenken. Die Schweiz hätte eines der besten politischen Systeme der Welt. Man müsste nicht mal was ändern, nur endlich diese Zauberformel aus den Köpfen kriegen. Liebe Mitteparteien: Bitte setzt euch nach den nächsten Wahlen zusammen, und diskutiert, mit wem ihr nicht mehr regieren wollt!

August 2017

If done well, video explanations do have an advantage.

July 2017

When setting up our new web page, we thought about playing some disco themed music. Here's my entry.

June 2017

Maya meets Machine Learning. A student project by Pascal Widmer.

May 2017


April 2017

Bill Wurtz again. Two minutes of physics, two minutes of biology & 15 minutes of history. Stylish as usual. Also, everybody will learn something.

March 2017

Manuel Stagars' documentary The Blockchain and Us is released. Here's my new shiny IMDB entry!

February 2017

This is spot on, even more so as Sing Street is mentioned in passing.

January 2017

Time travel.

December 2016

Best music this year? Somehow I'm listening to more and more female acts: Mitski, Julia Holter, Kate Tempest, Eleanor Friedberger, THEESatisfaction, Barbara Morgenstern, Wye Oak, and Elysia Crampton. The video is by Jenny Hval.

November 2016

"Do it!"

October 2016

100% accuracy.

September 2016

Our student Christoph Maurhofer has combined Maya/Miarmy with Python for more intelligent agents. Other examples include a more intelligent version of Dave Fothergill's hooligan carousel or some scary clowns.

August 2016

Why is college expensive? Professors & buildings together use about half of the budget, the other half is for administration. Indeed, admin staff is growing fast, and is currently 3.5x higher than 20 years ago.

July 2016

Simple yet effective.

June 2016


May 2016

Lichess has reignited my love for online chess. If you want, you can play chess as if it was a real time strategy game. If you want to play me, I usually do classic 5 minute blitz games, without increment.

April 2016

Hot Sauce.

March 2016

Sadly, this is turning into a mourning blog. Today, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest passed away. When I was young, I was impressed not only by the amazing Dilla beats but also the thoughtful and mature lyrics of ATQC. Only now I learned that the members of ATCQ were actually younger than me. Rest in peace, Phife Dawg.

February 2016

History lesson by the jingle king.

January 2016

The best ever "one man band" passed away today. So many outstanding songs, which one should I choose? Rest in peace, David Bowie.

Earlier Videos

I started this one video each month tradition in January 2010. You will find the early years here.