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The IT Crowd

Posted in Fun Stuff | Geek Mode at Sunday, 26 November 2006 20:05 W. Europe Standard Time

I haven't written about it yet but since Rapha introduced me to The IT Crowd I'm a huge fan. How could I miss mentioning this masterpiece of British comedy? The credits alone are full of sideswipes at computers.

The IT Crowd, that is Roy and Moss, two IT guys at a random company. In the first episode, they are joined by Jen, their new boss. Unbeknownst to women, at first they're a bit afraid of her, deeply doubting she has any skills regarding computers. Actually they're not mistaken if you consider the following dialog with her boss when Jen is asked about her computer experience:

Jen: I've got lot's of experience of all computer … thing. You know e-mails. Sending e-mails, receiving emails, deleting e-mails. Erm. I could go on…

Boss: Do!

Jen: The Web. Using mouse, mices, using mice. Erm. Clicking… double-clicking, the computer screen, of course, the keyboard, the grrls on the floor down there.

Boss: The hard drive?

Hilarious! The guys' natural environment is a basement that looks like a mixture of a computer junkyard and souvenir shop of an open source/free software organization, and besides that they perfectly meet almost every other IT-related cliché. Currently there is one series with six episodes to be found on Google and YouTube which is also available on DVD. I would deeply appreciate the release of a second season.

Episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Wortzerlegung der besonderen Art

Posted in Fun Stuff at Friday, 30 June 2006 14:00 W. Europe Daylight Time

Projekt WortschatzGestern sprachen Silke und ich mit Chris Biemann von der Abteilung Automatische Sprachverarbeitung an der Universität Leipzig. Die Kollegen beschäftigen sich mit verschiedenen Methoden, Texte mit Hilfe des Computers zu verarbeiten. Ihre Sprachklassifizierungssoftware durfte ich bereits in einem eigenen Projekt anwenden: Man übergebe dem Programm eine Menge Text und es sagt einem in welcher Sprache der Text wahrscheinlich verfasst ist. Damit kann man z.B. einen Dokumentenstamm sprachlich clustern.

Silke hat derzeit ein anderes Tool im Einsatz, nämlich eines das zusammengesetzte Substantive in seine Einzelteile zerlegt: Aus Vortragsgestaltung wird Vortrag und Gestaltung. Dabei kommen unter Umständen ganz lustige Ergebnisse zustande, wie bei dem von Chris angeführten Beispiel Schamanismus. Der Computer glaubt die Fragmente Scham, Anis und Mus zu erkennen, korrekterweise alles deutsche Worte. Durch eine weitere Funktion des Tools, der Grundformreduktion, entsteht in einem zweiten Schritt aber Scham, Anus und Mus. Der Schamanusmus.

Ein schönes Wochen, Ende.

Japanese Rocket Sciene

Posted in Fun Stuff at Tuesday, 13 June 2006 00:06 W. Europe Daylight Time

Speaking of Rocket Science, Marci found this crazy video of a man is actually flying over a bay using a couple of large water rockets.

Japanese Rocket Scientist
Click on the image to download the video.

We're planning to start the next rockets this weekend in the Clara-Zetkin-Park. Hopefully Robert and the other Robert will join us with another custom-made airship. I can't believe how obsessed we are.

Rocket Science

Posted in NonTech | Fun Stuff at Friday, 09 June 2006 23:10 W. Europe Daylight Time

Every year at Whitsun me and a couple of friends leave Leipzig for a weekend out in the nature. Like last year, we've chosen my family's house in Obergeißendorf as this year's destination. Packed with a proper Hi-Fi setup consisting of Robert's turntables, a ton of vinyl, loudspeakers, my amp and heaps of cables accompanied by other DJing gadgets some of us arrived on Thursday. The rest of our 14 people strong party came the day after. It's been six days of relaxing, music, lot's of air-dried sausages, barbecue and draught – mostly outside in the chill winds of Thuringia.

The House The Pond
The People The Breakfast

More pictures can be found over at Gunnar's site.

The most fun part was the "rockets" we built based on a rocket game set for kids Christiane gave Marci and me last Christmas. It contained a book with instructions for making rockets in order to fulfill three missions. The First Mission was pretty lame (conceivably not for kids), i.e. you had to put two pieces of cardboard together and weight the rocket's nose with a bit of modelling clay. Then fire off the whole thing with a slingshot-like device.

Marci and Robert, both filled with the engineer's spirit, didn't stop there and tried to accomplish Mission Two. You need some more stuff, here's a quick list:

  • An empty PET bottle, size doesn't matter
  • The cork from a bottle of wine, it should fit tightly in the bottle's opening
  • Air pump with a ball valve
  • Water
  • Gaffer tape (Tappe™), depending on how sophisticated your rocket should look
  • Something to use as the launching pad (we used stones)

We took the following steps to build and start the rocket:

  1. Prepare the PET bottle rocket as you wish, for example you may add stands and an aerodynamic nose – see below for our construction.
  2. Pour water into the bottle until one quarter is filled. You can experiment with how much water you put into your rocket later.
  3. Stick a thin hole through the cork so that the ball valve gets through it.
  4. Put the cork into the bottle's opening.
  5. Put up the bottle upside down on your launch pad.
  6. Pump until the pressure inside the bottle forces the cork to shoot out of the bottle and the rocket starts.

I wish I had one of those alluring Tablet PCs to illustrate the building process better. You may have a look at various web sites that describe the issue and the physics behind it.

We had so much fun starting the rocket over and over again. Unbelievable! :-)

Robert and The Rocket Äffchen Pumping
Rocket Filled With Beer and Baking Powder Much Fun

I've uploaded two videos of our rocket Marci took with his mobile phone. Video 1, Video 2

Now playing: Peace Orchestra - Peace Orchestra - Who am I

Lost In Hypertext

Posted in Fun Stuff at Sunday, 14 May 2006 13:18 W. Europe Daylight Time

That's what you come across when you're surfing the net late at night. I don't even remember how I found this Russian site.

Deer and Rabbit Deer and rabbit

More images of those two can be found in the full post.

Now playing: Thievery Corporation - Versions - Nouvelle Vague - This is not a love song

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