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Entry no.: 1307

15 Oct 2012, 10:11 AM

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Miscellanea Diamonds and water

There is a planet, 55 Cancri e, made up of diamonds and a planet, GJ 1214b, made of water.

Please Barbarella, please check them out.

Entry no.: 1121

22 Jun 2010, 8:42 AM

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Miscellanea Hosed

Nokia’s CEO calls his new head of mobile devices, Anssi Vanjoki: 'Anssi, we’re hosed.'

A “science fiction” piece from Jean-Louis Gassée.

Via DF.

Entry no.: 1118

17 Jun 2010, 9:10 AM

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Miscellanea Welcome to Mars, baby

Mars! Yeah, BP, that looks familiar, doesn't it.

Via KN.

Entry no.: 1100

20 May 2010, 10:19 AM

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Miscellanea Playing chess with Conficker

Speaking about Avalanche, here is a fascinating piece on Conficker computer worm.

For the first time ever, the cyber-security elites of the world have joined forces in a high-tech game of cops and robbers, trying to find Conficker’s creators and defeat them. The cops are failing. And now the worm lies there, waiting…

—Mark Bowden, The Enemy Within at The Atlantic.

I'm relieved that the single country named in this one is not Romania.

Entry no.: 1097

18 May 2010, 10:22 AM

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Miscellanea I quit

Hi, I'm Kit and I managed to stay clean for 4 years, from 2002 to 2006. In May 2006 I picked up the sickening habit again and I did it until December 2009, when I quit. I haven't watch TV at all in 2010 and I don't think I will very soon. Television is a drug. Thank you.

Entry no.: 1069

24 Apr 2010, 10:24 AM

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Miscellanea 20 years of deep gaze

And a weekend goodie — Hubble eye candy released to celebrate the space telescope’s 20th anniversary. Awesome.

Entry no.: 1059

16 Apr 2010, 8:27 AM

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Miscellanea 40 Singapore foods

"From Katong laksa in the east to Indian-Muslim fare in the west, here are 40 foods that define Singapore's culinary character" — 40 Singapore foods we can't live without.

If you love Singapore I'm sure you'll find something familiar on the list, and possible something you didn't know about.

Thank you, George.

Entry no.: 1057

14 Apr 2010, 10:18 AM

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Miscellanea WePad

The WePad promisses to revolutionize media publishing and consumption:

With our “WeMagazine” ePublishing Open Platform, we give publishers all the tools they need to tell stories in a thousand new ways — and we truly believe that when it’s awe-inspiring enough, people will happily pay for news again.

Really cool. Let's see.

Thanks Cristi, Sorin.

Entry no.: 976

27 Jan 2010, 12:05 AM

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Miscellanea That's a landscape

Images taken with the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are way cooler than some science fiction movies.

Look at this one.

Entry no.: 972

22 Jan 2010, 10:51 AM

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Miscellanea $0.15/MB

"Delivery costs will be based on file size and pricing will be $0.15/MB."

Amazon Announces New 70 Percent Royalty Option for Kindle Digital Text Platform press release.

Interesting. We pay roaming data at $4–$7/MB: that's around 3000% surcharge. Or more.

Entry no.: 926

8 Dec 2009, 1:40 PM

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Miscellanea Old fool

Ha! See? — not perfectly symmetrical. God is a really sloppy bearded überhobo with bad eyesight.

Entry no.: 920

4 Dec 2009, 9:27 AM

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Miscellanea Joker Sans

Speaking of films—now this means to be a real film buff.

Entry no.: 911

26 Nov 2009, 6:54 AM

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Miscellanea The 50 Best Inventions of 2009

In Time.

My favorite: Takuo Toda's Sky King (Toda, 53, is the chairman of the Japan Origami Airplane Association, so please...) paper airplane.

Here. Wired teaches you how to fold one — if you have a sheet of paper and 4:45 to spare. Let me know how it went.

Entry no.: 837

26 Sep 2009, 11:26 AM

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Miscellanea A Well-Placed $20

Jason Kottke in What a well-placed $20 gets you:

Tom Chiarella took a stack of $20 bills with him to New York City just to see what he could get by offering them to the right people at the right time. Turns out, quite a bit.

They call it economics (look at the tags), we call it bribery. Congratulations, you invented something beautiful.

Entry no.: 809

1 Sep 2009, 9:46 AM

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Miscellanea Coming up in September

Two items for your 09/09/09 calendar:

"Please join us as Leica begins a new chapter in photography and tune in to the live webcast on September 9th to witness the unveiling of the next generation of Leica Cameras," the release says.

  • Apple's "It's only rock and roll, but we like it" iPod-centric event at 20:00 (Bucharest time) — probably live-blogged by tech and Apple-related blogs.

Rumors line-up: new versions of its iPod nano and iPod touch with cameras, iTunes 9 with social networking feature, The Beatles' discography on iTunes.

Busy day.

Entry no.: 766

15 Jun 2009, 5:34 PM

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Miscellanea 101 Mona Lisas

101 Variationen der Mona Lisa, as they say. One from Bucharest, guess which one.

Entry no.: 751

14 May 2009, 10:09 AM

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Miscellanea Jet Li Pack

A jet pack is (should be) a device the pilot wears on his back. Or, in this case, a device that has a pilot strapped to its belly.

Entry no.: 741

11 Apr 2009, 12:58 PM

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Miscellanea Zero

Read of the day: zero.

Arrived at this looking after how the dotter zero (inspired by the Arabic zero?) and the slashed zero (inspired by the empty set symbol) first appeared.

Entry no.: 715

13 Feb 2009, 10:37 AM

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Miscellanea Histoface

Histogram + typeface, that is. Craaazy-cool geek-ism!

Entry no.: 709

10 Feb 2009, 10:17 AM

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Miscellanea Kindle 2

“Our vision is every book ever printed, in any language, all available in less than 60 seconds.”

Jeff Bezos at Kindle 2 launch. That's a hell of a vision!

Also: the Kindle GUI seems to me very Macintosh-like, with rounded outlined buttons and all. Nice.

Entry no.: 708

6 Feb 2009, 10:48 PM

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Miscellanea Walmart

That's how 20% of the retail grocery and consumables business in USA looks like: freaky.

Entry no.: 669

15 Dec 2008, 2:52 PM

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Miscellanea Gift guide

Core77 recommends, you pay. Easy.

Entry no.: 666

13 Dec 2008, 11:04 PM

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Miscellanea Deconstructing fun

"While everyone seems to be on the search for the God-Particle I looked for the basic elements of the classic comic characters."

Cartoon Particles.

Entry no.: 656

5 Dec 2008, 9:16 AM

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Miscellanea Interpretation of dreams

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Starship Enterprise or mmm... a pig?

Thanks, VuduCat.

Entry no.: 655

5 Dec 2008, 9:05 AM

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Miscellanea Dear Darwin

It took us a gazillion years to evolve into this. Just great.

Via Tom Coates.

Entry no.: 641

25 Nov 2008, 12:15 PM

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Miscellanea Broken windows theory

"The idea that graffiti-spraying and other forms of low-level delinquency promote further bad behaviour has now been tested experimentally." And guess what? Experiments confirmed it.

Entry no.: 619

10 Nov 2008, 2:51 PM

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Miscellanea Wrapi-do

iPod/iPhone Tip — because you should be following the One True Way Of Headphone Wrapping.

Via DF.

Entry no.: 605

4 Nov 2008, 9:35 AM

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Miscellanea Incomprehensible America

"The presidency could be won with just 22 percent of the electorate’s support, only 16 percent of the entire population’s." NYTimes.

This electoral college voting system still is, probably, more about democracy than political show business, but to an European looks totally counterintuitive.

Entry no.: 583

11 Oct 2008, 7:39 PM

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Miscellanea OLO

iPhone-Powered Netbook Concept. That'd be a cool one!

Entry no.: 570

25 Sep 2008, 2:07 PM

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Miscellanea Tonz'o'fonz

"In the last six months alone, 31,544 mobile phones in New York and 55,843 in London were left behind in taxi cabs" survey says.

At 80 grams (is that fair?) per piece that's around 7 tons. Holy shit, that's a boatload of them[!

Entry no.: 467

8 Apr 2008, 7:05 PM

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Miscellanea Big in Japan

Laugh until you cry. And, as my colleague Iancu says, "don't you ever complain again".

Entry no.: 424

30 Jan 2008, 10:33 PM

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Miscellanea Tetris

Play some Tetris, meet new people.

Entry no.: 384

12 Dec 2007, 5:41 PM

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Miscellanea Musikill

"The greater the airtime devoted to country music, the greater the white suicide rate". Read about this and other bizarre findings from dead-serious scientific papers.

Entry no.: 349

20 Nov 2007, 8:47 AM

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Miscellanea Pirattitude

"A pirate is somebody who is most comfortable when they’re working outside of the existing structure. And pirates only really shine when they have a deep personal attachment to the work they’re doing".

Entry no.: 305

22 Oct 2007, 10:46 AM

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Miscellanea Tired of Wallpaper*?

Tyler Brûlé's upmarket monthly Monocle is available in Bucharest via Inmedio outlets. I suggest that you grab your copy on your way to Carrefour.

Entry no.: 171

7 Jul 2007, 5:54 PM

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Miscellanea 7-7-7

Today, the seventh day in the seventh month of the seventh year — yesterday night, a bus with 00777 on the license plate.

Entry no.: 109

4 Apr 2007, 6:41 PM

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Miscellanea Loyalty shaken

Message from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre today (it's true):

Earthquake on 04/04/2007 at 11:00 (UTC)
Loyalty Islands
Magnitude: mb 6.2

Loyalty Islands were mildly shaken this morning, the report reads. I wonder if the seismic waves and the tsunami devastated the Friendship archipelagos and reached the Love peninsula already. On the Casual Sex continent the seism was too weak to be felt.