Goodbye Karl Fisch – Hello Karl Fisch?

It is with serious regret that I just learned (a little delayed) about the retirement of Karl Fisch, author of the first ever YouTube video that went viral having a lasting impact on my life. It became the first ever thing I blogged, when I moved over the first articles I wrote elsewhere to the FoodForThought-blog: Shift Happens Narrated. The post contains a short summary of what led to the story, it is the most-read post on my blog ever and keeps being read 5-10 times every months.

Three years ago, Karl wrote an article on his blog I recommend reading; The Shifty Years.

I hope you understand the respect when I quote another famous author for the farewell. May life treat you and yours kindly!

So long and thanks for all the Fisch (Original wallpaper by redditor RWalsky)
So long Karl – and thanks for all the Fisch!

So Long Karl … Thanks for all the Fisch … And I hope it’s not the last I’ve seen of you! Shift Happens.

Shift Happens (narrated)

I lately refer frequently to the video Shift Happens, giving in roughly six minutes a summary, what, how and why our time seems to be increasingly an issue and how the world around us is reshaped by globalization and Internet.

The source has been a small presentation (Powerpoint) done in fall 2006 for 150 teachers and parents. The presentation and it”s variants (such as the Youtube-video) have meanwhile been downloaded more than 5 million times!

The follow up video Vision 2020 in fact is meanwhile exceeded in expert discussions, expecting an “intelligent agent” to support automatic, qualified searches within a year – a change which impact is compared to the one when Google revolutionized the web search. Nevertheless, I do recommend also the 18 minute follow up video after you have watched “Shift Happens” (the video above) first.

If you wish to learn more, here is the site where it all began.