Archive for May, 2012

I Would Love To Visit Alaska

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Weird. I don’t really like place with extreme weather conditions (too hot, too cold), but somehow I always wanted to visit Alaska and experience the pure wilderness I imagine it to be. Recently, I have also found this documentary about … well, the North of U.S.:

Reminds me a lot of the Stephen Fry in America series, through the places they visit and the type of questions they ask. Truly people-oriented. Thumbs up!

Note that this documentary is in German.

Besame, Besame Mucho

Monday, May 28th, 2012

These lyrics just popped into my mind recently. It took me some time to realize where I heard this song the last time:

[Scene from Naken Gun 2 1/2]

After remembering this, I thought I would search a bit deeper and find an older version of it. How do you like this?

[Timo Rossi – Besame Mucho]

The Importance Of Communication And Isolation In A World Of Virtual Connections

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Very interesting talk about virtual spaces and communication, as well as a comparison between conversation, connection and isolation in our Facebook-enhanced days.

One of the main ideas that I like in this talk suggests that posts are ok for transmitting feelings and simple ideas, but not for really understanding each other. Furthermore, posts really don’t enable reflexion about oneself, or discussion about the own persona.

I think all these insight are extremely important for the visualization and social interaction communities, as we can—and need to—improve the breach and depth of experiences that users can explore in the virtual environment. At the same time, these need to be further connected and intertwined with real-life experiences and events.

As the current way of being connected gives us the false impression of being less alone, a couple of steps are suggested that one could take to improve this. As I agree with these completely, I wanted to enumerate them bellow:
– Solitude as a good thing. Teach your children the value of solitude.
– Create sacred spaces at home and reclaim them for conversation.
– We all really need to listen to each other, including to the boring bits. When we stumble or hesitate, we truly reveal ourselves to each other.

Kinect, Move Over. This Is The Next Leap

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Since the Microsoft Kinect came out, research labs and passionates have tried to modify the gaming controller into a more complex, more specific, or more general application controller. Now it seems there’s a commercial solution directly aimed at the PC market: the Leap.

Hans Rosling: Is There A Correlation Between Religion And The Number Of Children In A Family?

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Well, is there? Hans Rosling’s findings say “no”.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 5

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

I thought I’ll post this, just because it seems to be the perfect soundtrack for this day.

[Mahler – Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor]

The Original “Ohhh! Cat” From Puss In Boots (The Animation)

Monday, May 7th, 2012

…if the shoe fits 🙂

The Whispers Of The Woods

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

[Llewelyn – Kingdom Of The Fairy]

Next! Move Your Muscles

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Gesture control is extremely useful and even cool. But what if you can’t always track it visually in order to detect it. Well, one alternative is EMG and an EMG bracelet:

Nokia 8o8 PureView In Action

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

I can’t wait to see the Nokia 8o8 PureView in action! I mean, seriously… where have you heard of a digital camera with 41 MP… in a cellphone?!

But more importantly, here‘s how it all works. I wonder what the results will be once it’s on the market and there will be some user-made images online…