a real piece of art created with MS Paint…

So, you think MS Paint is just nothing worth mentioning? It’s quite remarkable what this artist did in more than 100 hours of work:

“This drawing was done entirely in MS Paint with a Logitech laser mouse. I did not use the copy and paste tool, or the text tool. There was no color sampling or pasting from other images, but I did view some seperate images as reference, as do most artists. ”


it’s 700px x 10.000px in the big version

Source: http://www.ubersite.com/m/84167

Weizenbaum. Rebel at Work.

Peter Haas and Silvia Holzinger did a film called “Weizenbaum. Rebel at Work.” and I think you should hear about it:

“The film spans 8 decades of Joseph Weizenbaum’s life. It provides a stage for his humorous narrative depicting a World of Yesterday while reflecting on the dawn of the computer age. It follows 83-year-old Weizenbaum on some of his numerous public lessons, effortlessly entertaining overcrowded lecture halls.

The old man is an up-to-date chronicler, a chief witness against militarism and the myths of technological progress, but he remains a modest, funny and most reflective story teller.”

It’ll be available in german language in august and later this year in english.

Source 1: http://www.ilmarefilm.org/W_E_1.htm (english)
Source 2: http://www.ilmarefilm.org/W_D_1.htm (german)

meet the Jetsons: a new type of elevator

Have you ever seen the Jetsons? If so, you might remember the vacuum elevators. Well. If you ever wanted to have one of those, you can now:

“It is our self-supporting vacuum elevator; a light and resistant structure built with aluminium and polycarbonate. By simple principles of physics; the difference in air pressure above and beneath the vacuum elevator cab literally transports you by air. It is the vacuum pumps or turbines that pull you up to the next Floor and the slow release of air pressure that floats you down.

Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators are easier to install, maintain, and operate than traditional elevators. They are especially ideal for existing homes due to their compact design because excavating a pit, and hoistway are not required. Air pressure above and beneath the elevator cab are the key to transporting.

The reliability and safety of these vacuum elevators are unsurpassed due to the physics behind the design; it is virtually impossible to get stuck between floors, or freefall.”

Source: daytonyelevators

[UPDATE] nature…experimenting with HDR

UPDATE: I added the full resolution versions of the HDR pictures.

During FIWAK I had the chance to play a bit with a Canon EOS 20D. It’s proper DSLR and you can do many great things with it. All the pictures below where done without a tripod. As you can see there are a few ghost pictures but less than I expected in that mode. Nevertheless my Canon PowerShot A400 is better for panoramic views – the EOS is way to big and heavy, you surely need a tripod to do proper panoramic views whereas you can do quite good panoramic views with the A400 without a tripod.

want some espresso?

“The .NET framework provides a powerful class Regex for
creating and using Regular Expressions. While regular expressions are a
powerful way to parse, edit, and replace text, the complex syntax makes
them hard to understand and prone to errors, even for the experienced
user. When developing code that uses regular expressions, I have found
it very helpful to create and debug my expressions in a separate tool
to avoid time consuming compile/debug cycles. Expresso enables me to do
the following:

  • Build complex regular expressions by selecting components from a palette

  • Test expressions against real or sample input data

  • Display all matches in a tree structure showing captured groups, and all captures within a group

  • Build replacement strings and test the match and replace functionality

  • Highlight matched text in the input data

  • Automatically test for syntax errors

  • Generate Visual Basic or C# code that can be incorporated directly into programs

  • Read or save regular expressions and input data”

It’s available as binary and source download.

Source: http://www.codeproject.com/dotnet/expresso.asp

Microsoft Announces Robotics Studio

Finnaly I can say it, Tandy Trower and his team have announced the Microsoft Robotic Studio [1]. Last time I have seen it in early spring, some parts of the tool have been already very impressing. Finally, I am looking forward for the final release.

Brside this the Robot magazine gives a first impression of the Robotics Studio [2] and some first screenshots of the upcomming Simulator [3]. Furthermore the Carnegie Mellon University starts a new programm [4] supported by the Robotics Group from Redmond. Meanwhile, there is also a Channe 9 video of almost one hour [5] available.

[1] http://msdn.microsoft.com/robotics/
[2] http://www.botmag.com/issue3/microsoft_technical_preview_1.shtml
[3] http://www.botmag.com/issue3/microsoft_technical_preview_2.shtml
[4] http://www.cir.ri.cmu.edu/
[5] http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=206574

How to make things smaller

No, you won’t need a hammer to do the things I write about in this article. You will need a camera and a special lens.


this actually IS the Roman Colosseum

“To create this effect, Barbieri uses a tilt-frame camera to shift the plane of focus so that it is out of alignment with the film. Normally, this allows wide-angle aerial views to be captured in proper perspective. But used incorrectly, an optical illusion occurs.”

Source: http://www.discover.com/issues/jul-06/rd/toys/

Kings Quest 3 remake downloadable for free


It’s the year 1986 and Kings Quest got it’s 3rd episode. An adventure in 16 colors. But now it’s 2006. And Infamous Adventures did a remake:

“Infamous Adventures is proud to present a Remake of Roberta William’s classic 1986 hit, King’s Quest III. Remade in VGA color to match later Sierra releases, and using the AGS engine by Chris Jones, IA promises to make an enjoyable 1:1 remake of King’s Quest III. In the tradition of recent remakes, King’s Quest I and II+ by Tierra/AGDI, Infamous Adventures hopes to create a new classic of the Beloved Series.”

  • All 16 color backgrounds remade into stunning VGA graphics
  • Enhanced Close up cut-scenes and dialogue pictures help immerse you into what is known as the first plot driven chapter of the King’s Quest series.
  • Original music by professional music composer(s)
  • Re-experience the adventure with a stunning new interface (no more typing) And if you never played well, you’ll probably enjoy it anyway.

You can download Kings Quest 3 here for free. You can even get the soundtrack there.

Source: http://www.infamous-adventures.com/index.php?page=kq3