Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
10 Marsen, 10 Snickers, 10 Sultanas en 5 pakjes Noodles moesten mijn spieren van brandstof voorzien, daarnaast zullen ook nog wel wat vetreserves zijn aangebroken want genoeg energie zat er niet in die "heerlijke" maaltijden. Het weer was wisselvallig met zon, wolken en af en toe een bui. Herten, Ooievaars, Spechten, Koekoeks, Zwijnen, Hommels, Naaktslakken, Hazelwormem, Mieren, Berggeiten en een Vos, Das en Marter behoren tot het gespotte wild dat veelal snachts de heerlijke nachtrust kwam verstoren en mijn hartslag vaak tot boven de 180 bpm dreef.
De mannelijk lange wandelingen (25-29 km) met stevige klimmen (>1000 m stijgen), af en toe door de sneeuw, waren achteraf voor ons allebei misschien wat te zwaar om meerdere dagen vol te houden. Het lange afdalen met 16 kg op de rug heeft mijn knie geen goed gedaan. Dat, de mist en harde wind op de top, natte slaapzak en de route kwijt zorgde ervoor dat ik een makkelijkere route (alsonog 26 km, maar zonder klimmen) door het dal, langs pittoreske Franse dorpjes, heb genomen en een dag eerder terug was.
Het enige dat me niet in de steek heeft gelaten is mijn conditie(spier en zuurstof) en de flora en founa. Mijn bed is nooit zo zacht geweest en brood heeft zelden zo lekker gesmaakt. Morgen een paar dagen uitlopen in Belgie :) Hier mijn GPS coordinaten met icoontjes (click de icoontjes voor meer info!):
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Media artist Toshio Iwai and Yamaha have collaborated to design a new digital musical instrument for the 21st century, TENORI-ON. A 16x16 matrix of LED switches allows everyone to play music intuitively, creating a "visible music" interface. TENORI-ON layers can be thought of as “performance parts” or “recording tracks.” The TENORI-ON has a total of 16 layers. Separate notes and voices can be assigned to each layer, and all layers can be played together in synchronization.Here is another nice track.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Russian scientists say that Moscow stray dogs became much smarter. The four legged oldest human’s friends demonstrate real smartness such as riding the Moscow metro every morning to get from their suburban places of living to the fat regions of Moscow center. Once they arrive to the downtown they demonstrate different new, previously unseen for the dog skills. Those skills can include “the hunt for shawarma” for example, the popular among Muscovites eastern cuisine dish. This hunt scene can be seen as this: Regular Moscow busy street with some small food kiosks. A middle-aged man buys himself a piece of hot fast food and walks aside chewing it without a rush. Then just in a second he jumps up frightened - some doggy has sneaked up on him and barked out loudly. His tasty snack falls out from his hands down to the ground and the dog gets it. Just ten minutes later, on the same place, the teen youngster loses his dinner in exactly the same manner. The modern Russian dogs are on their urban hunt.Full Article...
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
A court in Sweden has jailed four men behind The Pirate Bay (TPB), the world's most high-profile file-sharing website. Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were found guilty of breaking copyright law and were sentenced to a year in jail. They were also ordered to pay 30m kronor (£2.4m) in damages. The four indicated earlier this week that they would appeal if convicted.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
wiki Tree shaping, known under a variety of names, is the art and technique of growing and shaping trunks, branches and roots of trees and other woody plants. By grafting, shaping, and pruning the woody trunks, or guiding branches, trees are made to grow into ornamental or useful shapes. Tree shaping is similar to espalier, Bonsai and sometimes includes some topiary.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
A Ten Foot Cock and a Few Hundred Virgins
If I Didn't Have You
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
TEAM 0.5 is capable of producing images with half angstrom resolution, which is less than the diameter of a single hydrogen atom.
Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), working with TEAM 0.5, the world’s most powerful transmission electron microscope, have made a movie that shows in real-time carbon atoms repositioning themselves around the edge of a hole that was punched into a graphene sheet. Viewers can observe how chemical bonds break and form as the suddenly volatile atoms are driven to find a stable configuration. This is the first ever live recording of the dynamics of carbon atoms in graphene. “The atom-by-atom growth or shrinking of crystals is one of the most fundamental problems of solid state physics, but is especially critical for nanoscale systems where the addition or subtraction of even a single atom can have dramatic consequences for mechanical, optical, electronic, thermal and magnetic properties of the material,” said physicist Alex Zettl who led this research. “The ability to see individual atoms move around in real time and to see how the atomic configuration evolves and influences system properties is somewhat akin to a biologist being able to watch as cells divide and a higher order structure with complex functionality evolves.” Full Article...
Sunday, April 05, 2009
North Korea claims the rocket it sent up Sunday put an experimental communications satellite into space and that it is transmitting data and patriotic songs. The U.S. military says whatever left the launch pad ended up at the bottom of the sea. North Korea has a history of hyperbole. In creating a cult of personality for its leader, Kim Jong Il, its media rewrote the story of his birth along biblical lines and once said that when he took up golf, he was firing holes-in-one with regularity. Full Article...
For the past several years, I've been harboring a fantasy, a last political crusade for the baby-boom generation. We, who started on the path of righteousness, marching for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam, need to find an appropriately high-minded approach to life's exit ramp. In this case, I mean the high-minded part literally. And so, a deal: give us drugs, after a certain age — say, 80 — all drugs, any drugs we want. In return, we will give you our driver's licenses. (I mean, can you imagine how terrifying a nation of decrepit, solipsistic 90-year-old boomers behind the wheel would be?) We'll let you proceed with your lives — much of which will be spent paying for our retirement, in any case — without having to hear us complain about our every ache and reflux. We'll be too busy exploring altered states of consciousness. I even have a slogan for the campaign: "Tune in, turn on, drop dead."I've long held this idea as the ideal retirement :)
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Tourists delight in the strange chirping echoes they produce when they clap their hands at the base of the steep staircases that sweep up the face of Kukulkan, a 1,300-year-old Mayan pyramid in the Yucatan. While amusing themselves, the tourists may unwittingly be replicating an ancient Mayan ritual, says David Lubman, an acoustical consultant based in California. The echoes are eerily reminiscent of the call of the quetzal, a bird the Maya considered a representative of the gods. Lubman recorded the enigmatic echoes while on vacation in Mexico and analyzed them when he returned home. The echoes sound like chirps, he realized, because the sound from the tapping doesn't hit a solid wall but hundreds of small steps, producing hundreds of echoes. The difference in the distance traveled by echoes bouncing off lower steps is rather small, so the echoes follow each other closely and make a high-pitched sound; the distances and intervals between successive echoes returning from the higher steps, however, are longer, so their pitch is lower. When the echoes reach a listener's ear, the change in pitch sounds like a chirping bird. More...