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flow – a flash game that really relaxes

What a game! It’s one of the most relaxing games I’ve played in the last months… going to sleep now

How to Play?

What am I suppose to do?

  • Dive deep into the space eat and evolve


  • Use Mouse Cursor to guide your creature
  • Hold on Left Mouse Button to accelerate


  • Red makes you dive down
  • Blue brings you back up
  • Filling up your body to grow longer
  • + makes your current body segment evolve
  • Move slowly to make smaller turns


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AIM…oh well not the Instant Messenger…but Accurate Image Manipulation…

When it comes to washed-out colors…or green/red/blue tinted displays… try to calibrate them with the help of this great site. Thanks to Kiesow.

“Accurate Image Manipulation for Desktop Publishing (AIM) is devoted for the best possible quality in the desktop publishing workflow. This calls for accurate calibration and correct choice for the working space.

Very accurate monitor gamma calibration charts, CGI simulations for Kodak Q-60 and Agfa IT8 calibration targets, Photoshop plug-ins and much more are available for download. Many evaluations are provided.

The calibration setup that is in use in high-end professional digital imaging, the linear workflow, is explained here in detail as well as the issues of CRT gamma.

this is NOT usable for calibration…go to the site…

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on the road again

we are on the road again on our way to CeBIT / Hannover… see you there!

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fiction beats reality by far…

For how long are we told that “photo realistic computer generated images” will sometime be normal daily business… Well it seems that the guys from CG are making giant steps into that direction…WOW!

the light is better in the virtual version…

half real…half virtual

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high-res the galaxy!

It seems that there is a new definitive wallpaper available for your desktop:

Spiral Galaxy M101

It’s even available in a 440 megabyte uncompressed TIF…


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a new tank for another hot ride…

That’s a humongous tank isn’t it? And it’s shiny new… hopefully it will prevent more catastrophes.


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virtual bubble chamber ahead

You know those bubble chambers you were shown in physics class? Now there’s a simulated virtual version of a bubble chamber.


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after a week: update, speakers acting, 22c3, my 360 and more…

I did not write for over a week now – I simply had no time to write – but now I want to give you a short update on what happened the last days:

2. December: the 360 arrives. I had only some time to unpack and testdrive PGR3 – in fact it’s what was promised – the next generation gaming console. (please make a firmware update so that the DVD drive is more quiet).

yes, there’s an apple keyboard attached to the 360.

To raise the pain-bar the desperatly needed XBOX VGA cable is not available anywhere around. I actually have to wait till it’s available again. Until then I am using the 360 via PAL-60 – which is – oh well …

There are some nice and some bad things to say about the 360 – one thing I just found out and impressed me: when you want to type – let’s say in XBOX live – you might want to use the on-screen keyboard. But when you attach a commonly used USB keyboard to the 360 – you can use it for the typing job … I wasn’t expecting that.

late last week I attended the 3rd “Speakers Acting” Training held by Vision Voices Executives Alexandra Schwarze and Martin Marx. As you can imagine it was a fantastic and enriching experience.

And the this weekend it finally happened: SIXT gave me my the first V6 – a Mercedes Benz ML320 – what a … hell of a car.

hmm… a SUV at >220 km/h… hrhr eat this mother nature!

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you what I did with the addictive ML – We took a trip to Berlin to meet with the guys of the Chaos Computer Club Berlin who are organising the 22th Chaos Communication Congress. As things work out we will be in Berlin at 25th of december with 10 people – recording and streaming the whole congress for you. Working closely together with the guys from congress-tv, congress-streaming… I can only cross fingers and hope that everything is going to happen as planned and discussed.

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storage space sizes for removable media growing…

Finally there are definitive words about holographic storage medias. Maxell made a press release today of it’s upcoming 300 GByte holographic medias – yeah!

“With uncompressed storage capacities achieving 1.6 TeraBytes per disk and data rates as high as 120 MBPs.”

“One 5¼ inch-diameter optical disc can store up to 150 million pages – more than 63 times the capacity of DVD. Also, with holographic recording, a multiple of form factors, such as discs, cards, etc., and laser wavelengths (red, green, and blue) can be used. “

“The first generation of holographic media with 300 GB of storage capacity and a 20 MBPs Transfer Rate is scheduled for release in late 2006.”

Source: Maxell-USA

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when you want ISDN…you get ISDN… well leave all the work to us… T-COM

The T-COM was supposed to install some ISDN lines – and what did they do? Take a wire and span it across the server room… why not…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and as if this wouldn’t be enough…make it go through the CLOSED window…


Mercedes Benz SLK 200 Kompressor on the “racetrack”

average speed: 193,373239 km/h
top speed: 234 km/h
duration: 00:09:38
track length: 30,51 km

It’s my favourite car. And Sixt was so kind to offer me a “free ride”… this thing is awesome. Finally I got to drive one with compressor. Mercedes listen! I want one! Now!

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use TerraServer Webservices with Visual Studio 2005

Nico wrote a cool article about the TerraServer WebService and how to use it with Visual Studio 2005. He uses this WebService in his talks as a WebService example – a great idea: The problem is now, that the example sourcecode does not work under Visual Studio 2005. So he changed it to work – and you can download the new sourcecode here.

Source 1: Nico’s Weblog
Source 2: TerraServer WebService
Source 3: Example Source
Source 4: Download VS2005 compatible Sourcecode

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Audi A4 TDI 2.0 on the “racetrack”

average speed: 175,7376 km/h
top speed: 222 km/h
duration: 00:10:25
track length: 30,51 km

hmm… too much traffic ;-(

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AUDI A4 TDI 2.0 on the road…

For the launch day (yesterday!)…Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and Biztalk 2006 launched…yeah!…So I got a Audi A4 for that trip… nice car…very nice car 😉

more this evening…


Blinkenlights reloaded

Surprisingly Blinkenlights is back for our viewing and gambling pleasure. If you are in Berlin these days, make sure you’ll take a look.

(it’s the building in the upper middle…which is used as a big b/w screen)

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Star Wreck: A fan movie

It seems that there are more and more fan films these days. After the announcement of a german Star Wars movie there is “Star Wreck” – a Star Treck parody available for download.

“The first Finnish full-length scifi parody is made from astounding special effects, action and loads of dark humour. It is the product of a core group of five Finns and many people who’ve helped us during the seven years it has been in the making. You can download the entire movie by clicking here. For free, of course.”


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protect your property: build yourself a sentry turret

A quite nice job with some very interesting features. Please notices that this is NOT a real gun – it’s an airsoft replica of a FN P90.
These guys made quite an impressive job: Their turret is completly computer controlled and finds and follows it’s targets autonomously.

“Notice the tactical LED flashlight is glowing on the left side of the turret. There is absolutely no practical reason for that.”

Beside the complete building description there is also a short movie of the Sentry Gun in action on the website:

Source: Sentry Gun

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Opportunity stuck in martian sand

Bad news for all the mars rover fans:

“A note to all you Opportunity fans: Get used to the current scenery, because we’re going to be here awhile,” said Steve Squyres, lead scientist on the Mars Exploration Rover effort at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. “We are very optimistic that we’ll be able to get out of here, but we’re really going to take our time doing it.”

So let’s hope the best for the little rover.

Actually it’s great to see both rovers in good health so far. Remember: Officially their mission is over since more than a year…

Source: Opportunity Mars Rover Stuck in Sand

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while you wait for Star Wars Episode 3

This is the best Fan movie I’ve ever seen. So don’t miss it. You can download the “small” version (approx. 250 Mbyte) or the big DVD version which is 3.5 GByte.

“”Revelations” is a non-profit Star Wars fan film that was shot within the Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC Metro Area. “Revelations” is made possible through a combined effort of artists, fans and the local film industry. Everyone who has worked on “Revelations” is a volunteer. No one is paid to make this film. Panic Struck Productions set out to produce their first independent film with a very small budget and the result is “Revelations””


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Celestia – the universe at your fingertips

hmm…today must be the “show me teh starZ”-day…

“… The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn’t confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.

All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A ‘point-and-goto’ interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit.

Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that’s not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects. “


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Gravit – simulated galaxies

I love colorful pictures… especially when they are generated by computers…

“Gravit is a gravity simulator which runs under Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It’s released under the GNU General Public License which makes it free. It uses simple newtonian physics using the Barnes-Hut N-body algorithm. Although the main goal of Gravit is to be as accurate as possible, it also creates beautiful looking gravity patterns. It records the history of each particle so it can animate and display a path of its travels. At any stage you can rotate your view in 3D and zoom in and out. Gravit uses OpenGL with SDL, SDL_ttf and SDL_image.”


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Zoom the planet: Google Maps Satellite launched

at the moment this new Google feature is only available for the states… BUT it rocks… Everybody thought “Why did google acquire Keyhole?”… Now it makes sense: You can search your next pizza-stop on the satellite map…groovy

Source 1: Google Maps Satellite
Source 2: Keyhole

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what Siemens calls tomorrow and why I call it yesterday

click to see the big picture!

Hmm… white?! Okay… i just have one complain about the “living room of the future” as Siemens calls it: why the heck do i need 3 or 4 remote controls?! I mean: shouldn’t the living room of the future be easy to use… well maybe the 3 remotes on the TV-desk are all the same – just in case BillG drops in… and wants to watch a movie on the Mediacenter.

Iam criticising the fact that everybody that builds such “…of the future”-things just does not think about the fact that somebody has to use it, if the particular vision of this “…of the future”-thing comes true… – In the future i don´t want three … four remote controls, i don’t even want one! – I urge you engineers of the future: think of better ways to control all the gadgets and gizmos we will have in our home in the future!! PLEASE!

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Rendezvous: Fasten your seat belts…

From the Porte Dauphine to Sacre-Coeur in less than 8 minutes

anklicken zum anschauen

“People with too much time on their hands have been attempting to sniff out evidence of similar subterfuge in Rendezvous. On a website devoted to the film, a German viewer concludes that, contrary to the whine of the soundtrack, the car isn’t travelling at racetrack speed. “I figured out the time needed to drive down the Champs-Elysées from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde: about 70 seconds in a straight line. By measuring the distance on a map (about 2,000m), you’ll get the average speed: about 64mph. Certainly not a Ferrari at full speed, but probably an ordinary car driven somewhat faster than allowed.””

Man kennt ja so ähnliches schon aus der “Getaway in Stockholm” Serie – mit einem Fahrzeug sportlicher Bauart möglichst schnell von A nach B… halsbrecherisch und gefährlich…

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dumm gelaufen

“An experiment onboard the Huygens probe didn’t run as planned because someone forgot to turn it on. The team lead for the experiment has put eighteen years of his life into the project, just to watch it not happen after a seven year ride to its destination on Titan.”

na das würd mich ja ankotzen 😉

Quelle: slashdot

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do it the Nerd Way: die Huygens Mission der ESA anschauen

Ich hab hier ja leider auf meinen Arbeitsrechnern kein echtes DVB-S sodass ich die von der ESA angebotenen Astra 1G Kanäle nicht live schauen könnte, wäre da nicht das “Satcast” Projekt hier im Forschungsnetz. Momentan befindet sich das Projekt noch in der Entwicklung – ist also nicht öffentlich im Forschungsnetz verfügbar. Glücklicherweise kann ichs sehen B-) – Eine kleine Kommandozeile, mplayer ploppt auf und schwupps hat man ESA-TV direkt auf dem PC – so ganz ohne DVB-S Karte und rumgefummel 😉 – Ein anderer Einsatzzweck wäre, die Transponder direkt auf den PC zu streamen, besonders dann interessant wenn da garkein MPEG2 Datenstrom kommt 😉

Ich liebe dieses Projekt….kurz ein paar Worte dazu: Ziel wird es sein über das Forschungsnetz Zugang zu möglichst vielen Transpondern und Satelliten gleichzeitig zu ermöglichen – eben vom Arbeitsrechner jedes Teilnehmers aus. (nicht das ein falscher Eindruck entsteht: das ist ein studentisches Forschungsprojekt, (noch) nicht von der Universität direkt gefördert)

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warum Iridium Satelliten gut für den Sonnenbrillenabsatz sind

Iridium Flare

“Als Iridium-Flare wird eine helle Leuchterscheinung am Himmel bezeichnet, die durch Reflexion von Sonnenlicht an einem IridiumSatellit entsteht, und ca. 5 bis 20 Sekunden andauert. Es handelt sich um die mit Abstand hellste Leuchterscheinung, die künstliche Himmelskörper verursachen.

Iridium-Satelliten bilden ein weltumspannendes Satellitensystem der Iridium LLC Corporation mit über 80 Telekommunikationssatelliten im Orbit. Jeder dieser Satelliten hat drei Main Mission Antenna (MMA), die eine Größe von 188 cm Länge, 86 cm Breite und 4 cm Dicke haben. Ihre Oberfläche besteht aus hochreflektierendem Aluminium, das mit einer silberfarbenen Teflonschicht bestrichen ist, und wirkt als Planspiegel.”

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IBM´s On-Demand-Business-Man

das kann ich meinen Lesern nicht vorenthalten:

“”Mit On Demand Business sind Überraschungen keine Überraschungen mehr.” – In der Firma, für die die Jungs arbeiten, wird dabei wahrscheinlich bereits im selben Moment ein armer Hund tätig, der alle Hände voll zu tun haben wird, bis der Mist, den der Spaziergänger in London zwischen zwei Interkontinentalflügen mit seinen großspurigen Zusagen beim Kunden verzapft hat, wieder ins Reine gebracht ist. Das ist dann vermutlich der On-Demand-Business-Man.”

Ich wollt dann auch direkt meine Meinung zu den IBM TV-Spots loswerden: die sind garnicht so schlecht 😉 – Besonders wo Notebooks auf den Boden geworfen werden und “was ist ein Blade ?”-Fragen gestellt werden… aber den oben angesprochenen TV-Spot verstehe ich beim besten Willen nicht… aber ich hab ja die Interpretation von #bin/blog.

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Chinesen enttäuscht: Große Mauer ganz klein

ich zitiere einen Kommilitonen: “mit etwas mehr Kenntnissen in trigonometrischen Berechnungen hätten die Chinesen das auch vorher wissen müssen”

Will die Große Mauer nach seinem Trip ins
All nicht gesehen haben: Chinas erster
“Taikonaut” im All Yang Liwei.

“Die Aussicht war wunderschön. Aber ich konnte die Große Mauer nicht sehen” – mit diesen Worten hat Yang Liwei, der im vergangenen Oktober als erster chinesischer “Taikonaut” ins All geschickt worden war, in seiner Heimat für Turbulenzen gesorgt. Dort müssen nach Liweis Aussage nun wohl die Schulbücher geändert werden, die stets behauptet hatten, aus dem Weltraum könne die chinesische Große Mauer erspäht werden.”

“Doch Liwei weiß es nach seinem 21-Stunden-Trip ins All nun besser. Nach der Aussage des 28-Jährigen habe das chinesische Bildungsministerium die Herausgeber des Schulbuchs für die sechsten Klassen angewiesen, die Texte entsprechend zu aktualisieren, berichtete die staatliche Nachrichtenagentur Xinhua in ihrer Online-Ausgabe.”

“Millionen von Chinesen müssen sich nun an die neue Erkenntnis gewöhnen, nachdem das Schulbuch jahrzehntelang zur Pflichtlektüre eines jeden chinesischen Sechstklässlers gehörte. Die Texte zur chinesischen Großen Mauer, die nun geändert werden sollen, hatten der Vorstellung, die Mauer sei als einziges von Menschenhand errichtetes Bauwerk mit bloßem Auge aus dem All zu sehen, zu großer Popularität verholfen. Ausgerechnet amerikanische Apollo-Astronauten wollten die Große Mauer, die das Zusammengehörigkeitsgefühl im Reich der Mitte stets stärkte, einst tatsächlich aus dem All gesehen haben.”


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Ausführliche Erkkärung zu den Enterprise Credits

Schon in einigen Newsgroups konnte ich die Frage lesen: “Was genau bedeuten die ganzen Sachen in den Enterprise Opener-Credits ?”

Endlich wird diese Frage erschöpfend geklärt. Einfach hier klicken.


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die Zugspitze ist auf dem Mars !

Jawohl so ist es. Auf dem Mars gibts nen Berg…oder besser Hügel, der heisst jetzt Zugspitze.


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Ist das nicht..

..ein ziemlich geniales Bild. Das der Mars-Rover “Opportunity” schon soweit entfernt vom Landeplatz ist(immerhin >400 Meter), find ich schon beeindruckend…

Opportunity Spies Its Parachute and Backshell


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Marsbewohner auf dem Mars(-rover seinem CCD)

“We managed to capture a photograph of what are now perhaps the tiniest Martians on Mars. Appearing as an opposed duet of helmeted gladiators, these angry silicon soldiers were discovered on the surface of an image sensor used by the Spirit and Opportunity rovers sent to probe the Red planet. Maybe these are the ONLY Martians on Mars? Probably not. In any event, the chip was loaned to us by designer Mark Wadsworth who is a fan of the Silicon Zoo. Mark informs us that he decided to try his hand at silicon artwork after visiting the Zoo on several occasions. The title of his artwork is the “Dueling Marvin the Martians”. Mark designed the image sensor for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory along with Tom Elliot, who actually did the testing of the flight candidate imagers to select the 20 or so that actually made it on the two missions. Tom and Mark tended to butt heads quite a bit, which was the inspiration for the doodle.”


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