30 Januar 2004

TP: Fast-Food-Experiment

TP: Fast-Food-Experiment: "Für einen US-Dokumentarfilm spielte der Regisseur zugleich Versuchskaninchen und ernährte sich mit erahnbaren Folgen 30 Tage lang nur von McDonald's-Produkten"

Nit-Pickers Guide to The Lord of the Rings

Nit-Pickers Guide to The Lord of the Rings: "1. It was both Bilbo and Frodo's birthday party--Bilbo's 111th and Frodo's 33rd (FOTR p.44,55). Jackson failed to mention Frodo's birthday."
Und so weiter, und so fort -- nur für Puristen geeignet ;)

29 Januar 2004

3D auf dem Mars...

Opportunity rover set for 'coolest geologic field trip': "This is Opportunity's view of layered rocks in an outcropping near the lander. Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell
Download larger image here; 3-D version can be seen here."

28 Januar 2004

Columbia's Final Minutes

So, damit wäre dann auch die Sache mit dem "bißchen" Schaum gekärt, der soviel Schaden angerichtet hat.
Newsday.com - Columbia's Final Minutes: "The team concluded the foam broke away from the left bipod ramp 81.7 seconds after liftoff and hit the underside of Columbia's left wing two-tenths of a second later. The foam measured 21 to 27 inches long by 12 to 18 inches wide. It was tumbling at 18 revolutions per second. Before the foam separated, the shuttle -- and the foam -- had a velocity of 1,568 mph, about twice the speed of sound. Because of its low density, the foam rapidly decelerated once in the airstream, slowing by 550 mph in that two-tenths of a second. The foam didn't fall on to the leading edge of the left wing as much as the shuttle ran into it from below. The relative speed of the collision was more than 500 mph, delivering more than a ton of force.

On July 7, investigators using a nitrogen-powered cannon fired a 1,200-cubic-inch block of foam weighing 1.67 pounds at RCC panel 8, taken from the shuttle Atlantis. Traveling at 530 mph, the foam blew a ragged 16-inch hole in the RCC panel, vividly demonstrating how much damage foam could do."

27 Januar 2004

19 Januar 2004

14 Januar 2004


BootSkin: "Unlike other programs that can change the Windows XP boot screens, BootSkin does so in a safe manner. It doesn't patch the Windows XP kernel. Nor does it require the user to download replacement Windows XP kernels to do so.

This has 2 advantages: 1) Boot screens that use BootSkin are typically under 20K compared to other boot screen programs whose files are over 2 MEGABYTES. 2) There is no risk of having your system unable to boot due to a corrupted file or after applying a service pack.

And best of all, BootSkin is free."

Und noch besser: es sieht anscheinend auch gut aus ;)


RFC 1925: "The Twelve Networking Truths". Sollte Allgemeinwissen sein, wenn man mit Computer (bzw. Netzwerken) zu tun hat...

13 Januar 2004

Logarithmic Maps of the Universe

Das hier waere mal eine huebsche dekorative Idee...
Logarithmic Maps of the Universe: "To print the map, print out the individual sheets and tape them together to make a wall map. To get the best quality and resolution, use the PostScript versions."

07 Januar 2004

Bruce Sterling on media, design, fiction, and the future

Reason: Cybergreen -- Bruce Sterling on media, design, fiction, and the future: "Contributing Editor Mike Godwin talked with Sterling last summer, in the sprawling house the author designed for himself and his family in Austin, Texas."
Für solche Interviews kann man auch ruhig mal ein bißchen Zeit opfern...

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