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David Thielen
David Thielen is founder & CTO at Windward Studios. He has worked on the development side of the software industry founding several companies as well as a stint at Microsoft. He has written 3 books, numerous magazine articles, and is a prolific blogger on both political & programming issues. He has a beautiful wife and 3 wonderful daughters that he loves very much.

Entries by David Thielen

Call the Police - The Five Crimes of the Eurovision Final

(4) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 10:20 AM

Dial 911! The Eurovision 2016 Grand Final was filled with some major musical misdemeanours and we're looking for justice. Many Eurovision fans are still wondering why Slovenia and Macedonia failed to qualify, but let's take a look at some of the biggest crimes of the Grand Final...

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#WIWIJAM at Eurovision Rocks the Hard Rock Cafe

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 2:42 PM

The 11th of May saw the first ever #wiwijam take place at the Hard Rock Cafe in Stockholm. A total of fifteen Eurovision acts - from past, present and future - took to the stage in what was wiwibloggs' first ever event for our fans and...

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Justin Timberlake to Perform at Eurovision

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 12:30 AM

SVT has just revealed that former NSYNC band member and global pop superstar Justin Timberlake will perform as the interval act during the Grand Final of Eurovision 2016. This will be the greatest interval act in the history of Eurovision.

Justin will perform his brand new...

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Bulgaria's Eurovision Entry - If Love Was a Crime by Poli Genova

(3) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 7:29 PM

Bulgaria is sending their best entry ever to Eurovision. This entry should easily finish in the top 3. And it could win.

Ethnic but not off-putting, "If Love Was a Crime" manages to think locally while translating globally. The opening verses build steadily and confidently, leading to a pre-chorus that is all kinds of amazing. The chorus itself could be a tad bigger, but the Bulgarian lyrics and turbo-folk feel make it sufficiently special to carry the song. The lyrics are clever and the nod to the criminalization of homosexuality is truly daring for a singer from a conservative country. Breezy, catchy and feel-good, this is easily Bulgaria's best Eurovision entry ever.

That's how you return to the Eurovision stage! Poli Genova surpassed all expectations and brought a contemporary, bold, radio-friendly, catchy track that is sure to look and sound amazing in the Globe Arena in May. Also, am I the only one who's getting Madonna vibes from "If Love Was a Crime"? I cannot wait to see how Bulgaria is going to stage this killer song!

What do you think? Is this good enough to win? Will we be going to Bulgaria next year? Let us know in the comments...

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Eurovision Red Carpet and Opening Ceremony to Take Place at City Hall and EuroCLub

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 6:30 PM

Mark your calendars, put in your dry cleaning, and get ready to look glam! Sweden's SVT has revealed that the official Opening Ceremony for Eurovision 2016 will take place on May 8 from 19:00 CET.

In previous years the red carpet and the official...

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EBU Drop Romania from Eurovision Due to Past Due Bills

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2016 | 4:49 PM

In a statement today, the European Broadcasting Union confirmed that it has withdrawn member services from Romanian public service broadcaster Televiziunea Romana (TVR) after the broadcaster clocked up debts of over 16 million Swiss franc (14.5 million euro). This means that as of now, Ovidiu Anton cannot compete in Stockholm with his song "Moment of Silence".

The EBU released a statement today detailing the situation. The Romanian broadcaster had accumulated debts of over 14.5 million euro since 2007. Since 2010, the EBU has attempted to restructure the debt, but the broadcaster has not made the payments. The EBU say they have written to the Romanian government four times this year, without any response.

The EBU gave the Romanian finance minister a final deadline of 20 April, extended to 21 April, requiring a down payment of 10 million Swiss franc (9 million euro). After the broadcaster did not respond, the EBU made the decision to withdraw member privileges.

In a statement, the EBU explained:

"TVR will now no longer be able to participate in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest and will lose access to other EBU member services including the Eurovision News and Sports News Exchanges, the right to broadcast specific sporting events, legal, technical and research expertise and lobbying services."

The EBU Director General Ingrid Deltenre explained the decision:

"It is regrettable that we are forced to take this action. We are disappointed that all our attempts to resolve this matter have received no response from the Romanian government. In recent weeks the EBU has taken note of the Ministry of Finance's suggestion that TVR may be placed into insolvency proceedings which may in turn lead to a profound restructuring of the broadcaster. The EBU is a not-for-profit association which represents 73 Public Service Broadcasters in 56 countries. The continued indebtedness of TVR jeopardises the financial stability of the EBU itself."

Hitting Romania Where it Hurts

Coming just two and a half weeks out from Eurovision week, this decision is hitting Romania where it hurts.

Romania has always been a strong country in contemporary Eurovision, qualifying for the final every year since the semi-final system was introduced in 2004. The country has placed third twice, in 2005 with "Let Me Try" by Luminita Anghel & Sistem, and again in 2010 when Paula Seling & Ovi performed "Playing with Fire".

Romania is known for their strong songs and memorable staging, with such highlights as Paula and Ovi's transparent twin grand piano and Cezar's flamboyant performance in 2013.

At the London Eurovision Party, we spoke to Ovidiu Anton about the situation. He was keeping positive:

"Until someone tells me, "Ovidiu, you're staying home," I'm just minding my business, I'm just preparing for Stockholm, I'm just taking each show at a time. So today is about London, today is about being here and singing for you guys. No worries, just rock and roll."

Do you think the EBU made the right decision dropping Ovidiu weeks before the show? Let us know in the comments...

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Sietse Bakker: Eurovision Brings Europe Together

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 2:28 PM

Sietse Bakker is the event supervisor of Eurovision for the EBU. He also does about 83 other things for the EBU on Eurovision. He's the key person for the entire event. He was nice enough to squeeze in ½ hour to talk with us. (He also talked with me in...

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Ukraine Pokes a Finger in Russia's Eye With Their Eurovision Entry

(3) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 3:49 PM

Last year Ukraine skipped Eurovision because of their conflict with Russia. This year they are back with a vengeance not only entering an incredible song, but also a powerful political statement about Russia's deportation of the Tatars from Crimea.

The song addresses this troubled slice of history in a direct and poignant way, opening with these nihilistic lines: "When strangers are coming, they come to your house; they kill you all inside [and say] 'We're not guilty, not guilty'." Numerous news media view this as a clear political statement.

Using Eurovision to make a political statement is not new. Two years ago Ukraine & Russia had dueling songs that many said, spoke to the conflict between them. To the point that Jon Oliver featured it in a segment of his show.

What is going to make this even more interesting is that Ukraine & Russia have two of the best entries in the show. They could actually end up first and second. And all of Europe will be watching that night. The voting in Eurovision always has a political component. This year it will be even more political.

Do you think Ukraine's song is too political for Eurovision? And which do you think is better, Ukraine's or Russia's entry? Let us know in the comments...

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America competing in Eurovision?

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2016 | 7:00 PM

Adding Australia to Eurovision last year was brilliant. They delivered a killer song and it expanded the contest in a way that did not detract from it being the European Song Contest.

However, adding Australia permanently would be the first step to it turning into the World Song...

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Who's Your Favorite Eurovision Act (so far)?

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 5:17 AM

We're past 50% with 23 of the acts coming to Eurovision announced. And this year is lining up to be even more extraordinary than last year. Some of the acts look incredible, and this is before they spend the next 3 months improving their presentation.


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You'll Never Believe Where These Artists Got Their Start

(2) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 6:20 PM

Every artist toils in obscurity until they catch their big break. Abba, Celine Dion, Julio Iglesias all broke out and started their ride to super-stardom the same way.

In 1974 everyone in Europe sat down to watch the Eurovision finals. As always people were expecting the...

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A Major Voting Change for Eurovision

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 7:42 AM


We all know how the voting goes each year at Eurovision as the results are announced country by country. At the beginning most every act has moments of hope. Then with a few more announcements we see six or seven pull ahead. But...

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The World's Most Popular Song Contest -- And You've Never Heard About It

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 12:39 PM

It's the second most watched TV program in the world. Bigger than the Super Bowl. Second only to the World Cup final. A show that in some countries capturies 90 percent of the TV viewing audience. A competitive event between countries where each country is striving for the world championship...

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How the OPM Could Have Easily Avoided Their Gigantic Data Breach

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 11:07 AM

It now looks like China was able to pull detailed personnel records of 18 million current, former and prospective U.S. federal employees. And this could have likely been avoided with a very simple, easy, and inexpensive approach to guarding the data.

You give a single...

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In a Field of Amazing Songs, Poland Reigns Supreme

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 2:16 PM

In the Jury semi-final last night Monika delivered a stunning performance that could well take her on to win the contest. In my opinion it was right up there with Russia & Armenia's brilliant performances in the first semi.

It's a brilliant song and she has...

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Eurovision Supervisor: Australia May Receive Permanent Place in the Contest

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 10:29 AM

Guy Sebastian is keen to relive 'Tonight Again', and now Eurovision Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand has revealed to Swedish Eurovision broadcaster SVT that Australia may do Eurovision again too.

News broke earlier this year that the EBU had invited Australia to participate as a guest...

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Eurovision Artists Building Bridges in All-Girl Collaboration

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 8:23 AM

The rumors are true: we have on our hands one major Eurovision collaboration! It all started with an idea from one person: Armenian-American artist Tamar Kaprelian, part of the pre-existing Armenia supergroup, Genealogy. In honor of the 60th Eurovision's slogan, "Building Bridges", Tamar has joined...

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Sietse Bakker: Eurovision Event Supervisor Tells All

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 11:46 AM

Sietse Bakker was kind enough to take some time out of a very hectic day to talk with us here at wiwi. And from this we got some really interesting information. If you want to know what's going on at the EBU, read on.

I talked with Sietse...

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The One Key Feature for Selling Enterprise Software - and You Don't Have It

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:42 PM

What your program does is secondary in the sale. What the decision maker sees, that's the closer.

You have a great product. It solves a real need for many companies out there. People at those companies evaluate it, see how it is exactly what they need, and make a request...

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Georgia Tech Computer Science Wins the World Championship!

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:53 PM

Georgia Tech team Yellow Jackets beat an incredibly competitive field to win the Windward Studios Code War with an impressive 102.49 points. Colorado School of Mines team Over Developed came in second with 94.13 just edging out third place University of Maryland team String theory; at 94.06 points.

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