Monday, November 29, 2010

Awesome Freerunning video

Really great production values too.
The music is by The Glitch Mob, a group I coincidentally only recently discovered and quite enjoy. You can listen to their album freely on their official website.

Richard Feynman on Pseudoscience

Three interesting articles about fake science by Richard Feynman,
Cargo Cult Science
Mr. Papf's Perpetual Motion
A visit with Uri Geller

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Top 10 Anti-Gay Activists Caught Being Gay

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Updated Random Image

I updated the image harvester script. It automatically grabs all images on our blog, gets the high resolution version, deletes corrupt images (dead links) and creates thumbnails.

Western Europe at Night

Shot from the ISS by astrounaut Douglas H. Wheelock. Amazing amount of light we produce, makes hard to deny we must have quite an impact on the earth.

Aurora Borealis in the distance on this beautiful night over Europe. The Strait of Dover is pretty clear as is Paris, the City of Lights. A little fog over the western part of England and London. It is incredible to see the lights of the cities and small towns against the backdrop of deep space. I am going to miss this view of our wonderful world… (11-8-2010)
London – Brussels – Antwerp – Rotterdam – Amsterdam and seemingly countless towns and villages sing out on this peaceful night. A nightscape that reveals familiar coastlines, prominent ports, and metropolitan areas. A scene more beautiful than spoken words can tell.
More pictures and his Twitter picture stream.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Photo's made by Locals and Tourists

Eric Fischer linked the location of the photos on flicker on a map, the red dots are the tourist, the blue dots are the locals en the yellow dots are the unknown. Btw this is the same guy who made the: Segregation Map US Cities
New York:
And Utrecht

Levitating Water

Similar to the time fountain blogged about previously.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fake Science

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Interval Propagation of the Iridium Satellite Constellation

I made a first animation of some of the simulations I ran. I will not go into details. What you see is an animation of the iridium communication satellite constellation (92 satellites). It shows the 3-dimensional boxes (rectangular cuboid) in which the satellites are guaranteed to be for the next five seconds, according to my method, taking a certain uncertainty in the position and velocity into account. 

The video is 5 min long (too long) and shows 25 real hours. It was a 60fps video, but YouTube makes that 30fps (twice as long/slow). You can skip through the video to see the boxes (what looks like dots at first) growing. It is a 1080p video. 
Traffic control at the poles will be hard. Imagine all other satellites and debris that is also orbiting there. 

Ajax (programming)

We've talked about this too often. Here is the definition of Ajax in web development, it is not a programming language, but basically JavaScript on the client side that communicates with the server without fully refreshing the page.

"Ajax, shorthand for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, is a group of interrelated web development techniques used on the client-side to create interactive web applications. With Ajax, web applications can retrieve data from the server asynchronously in the background without interfering with the display and behavior of the existing page.
Ajax is not a technology in itself, but a group of technologies. Ajax uses a combination of HTML and CSS to mark up and style information. The DOM is accessed with JavaScript to dynamically display, and to allow the user to interact with, the information presented."

Monday, November 22, 2010

The McGurk Effect

A bizarre optical and auditory illusion.

BA.. BA.. BA..

FA.. FA.. FA..

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Flux Bible

With this book you can mix the three different religions in any way you want. Maybe this book is the answer on all the relgion based wars.

How to add avatars to the Blogger post title

I added avatars to the post title. Here is a short howto.

1. Goto: Design -> Edit HTML
2. Enable "Expand Widget Templates"
3. Find the following lines in the code where the title and title-link is defined,

4. Add the following line after the line show above,

Notice how the url is cominbed from strings and .
5. Upload images named author.png to

Fun video for those with Acrophobia

Enjoy Kamiel, I know you like heights :P

Old vs New Blog Design

For the history books,

Hitler Rides Rainbow

Saturday, November 20, 2010


I just had to add this one :)

Pro tip: you can disable the banners by clicking the little cross in the banner.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Rainbowboys label stats

I made some stats of the labels used in our blog.

We have 63 labels in total. Only 4 of them are linked to sex, namely: sex, porn, bizarre and weird shit.
Hitler is tagged more than history
Hitler is #41 on the highest labeling rate with 23 posts. Ahead of: sex, economics, cars, cult, global warming and way more labels
Cybrbeast posted at least once in every label
Cybrbesast posted in almost all labels the most, except for war, statistics, pseudosience, map, Holocaust, hitler, firefox, dutch, drugs, cult, zombie, weird shit, the fetishism book, rbb-mediatips, and cartoon. Annom and the pimp got the honor in these labels.
Software is the only label where only 2 people posted in (cybr and annom)
Only in 5 labels (Humor, Bizare, Stupid, Dutch and relgion) all of us made at least one post.

Cybrbeast, Dekus and the Pimp posted the most in Humor with 141, 64 and 45 posts respectively.
Annom posted the most in photography with 57 posts
Douche posted the most in what "he named" art
Kamielkaze posted the most in architecture
Tommy posted the most in religion and art

Finally a show that gets it right

I blogged about my frustration with the zoom and enhance gimmick used in TV and movies before, this show gets it right! It's the crime show Castle.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Blogger 2.0

I upgraded to the contemporary blogger so that we don't get stuck in the past like old grumpy man and professor Barabas. What you see now is the default template. We can change it.

We can still go back to the old one. I do not plan to customize this one right now but I was getting sick of being stuck in the past and the flash eating my precious CPU. I could also not post pictures because of some weird error.

So let me know if you are an old grumpy man and want the old blogger back. Else, gay up the template!

Ikea instructions

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Active Artificial Satellites

About 943 active satellites orbit Earth. Where are they? 
I need current satellite position and velocity data at a given time. And data needs to be visualized so I made some plots.
Shown is the position of communication (green), navigation (blue), science/observation (red), military (pink) and others (light green) and their projections on the three planes. 
And a close-up of low Earth orbit satellites,

Largest 360 degree panorama in the world

London 80 gigapixels.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Nile delta at night

As seen from the ISS.

EXIF data:

Nikon D3S

Date 2010-10-28

Shutter speed 1/4 second.

f 2.8

Focal length 16 mm

Light Intensity Measurement

I did a little useless experiment. Added two photo-resistors to a micro-controller. One pointed outside to the lower sky and one inside my room, facing a wall. Micro controller is connected to my netbook. Netbook records measurements every few seconds and filters, plots and uploads a graph of the light intensity of both sensors every 5 minutes. It is fully automated and completely useless. Click to enlarge.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Saturday, November 13, 2010

They call her The Crusher

Something to satisfy Dekus' huge boob fetish. German talent show, couldn't find anything more on it.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Golden Eagle's Ingenious Hunting Technique

At least it's a quick way to die.
Apparently eagles can also pwn wolves:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ingenious road laying technique

Tiger-Stone developed in the Netherlands.

Video imaging of walking myosin V by high-speed atomic force microscopy

In living systems, molecules called molecular motors convert chemical energy into mechanical motion, and are essential for many life processes including intracellular transport, cell division, and muscle contraction. Myosin V is a type of molecular motor that transports cargo through cells by "walking" along filaments.
Here's a diagram that shows a clearer picture of what's happening. It's amazing that they were able to capture video of such a tiny phenomenon, its steps are only 74nm and it 'walks' at ~380 nm/s.

And a rendered video of the process in a white blood cell (leukocyte). I linked to the relevant time, but recommend watching the entire thing.
Video of individual carbon atoms was featured previously on the blog.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Real print vs electronic paper contrast

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Killdozer video

The Killdozer has been featured before on the blog. Here's some better footage.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Best save ever?

Friday, November 05, 2010

Fifa 1994 Development Team

FIFA 94 And id software (1992) from classics like Doom and Commander Keen: