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John Cleese about creativity

Whoever you are, you really should watch this without being distracted ;). It’s really worth getting all the different points he makes and I’m surprised I wasn’t pointed to it earlier.

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Lying links

Recently, a post about Hacking the <a> tag in 100 characters made its rounds on the internet. A short summary of this post is that it’s possible to change the link target (the href attribute) just after it’s clicked, but … Continue reading

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TED: Ian Ritchie – The day I turned down Tim Berners-Lee

Short talk by Ian Ritchie who in a retrospective wouldn’t have turned TimBL down, i guess. Instant classic due to his closing words: “But is he happy?”

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TED: Hans Rosling – Religions and Babies

Heh, Hans Rosling did it again… fascinating stats and explaining world’s population growth (the big fill-up) with some leftover boxes. http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_religions_and_babies.html

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My name

Thanks to Paul for telling me about my name day: “Jörn (Der eberstarke, mutige, gute Freund)” (Jörn, the boar-strong, brave, good friend). Actually it’s fun to read the Plattdüütsch version which says as much as that it comes from Jürgen, … Continue reading

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Duolingo: Learn a language and translate the web

Another one of Luis von Ahn‘s ingenious projects: http://duolingo.com learn a language for free and translate the web in the background. There is a pretty recent TED talk by him, and below you can find their introductory video on youtube:

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Interesting talk about “Filter Bubbles”

A few days ago I stumbled over an interesting TED talk by Eli Pariser about the ever increasing personalization of the web, its search results, your facebook news feed, … Do you think that you still see the whole picture … Continue reading

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Mac OS X Harddisk high Load Cycle Counts

Mac OS X’s default power management settings might wear your hard drive down unnecessarily. This post provides a lot of background information and how to change these settings. Continue reading

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Live mapping of tweets, facebook msgs, emails, sms…

Reading the Wikimedia blog I stumbled over this interesting post. They mention a framework called Ushahidi (Swahili word for “testimony’) with its subproject SwitfRiver which can be used to track and verify the reliability of news concerning current trending topics, … Continue reading

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LaTeX Thesis Skeleton

As it might be useful for other students (especially for computer science students at the University of Kaiserslautern), I decided to invest some time and create a skeleton for a thesis. The project can be found on github: http://github.com/joernhees/thesis-skeleton. I’ll … Continue reading

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