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The Boy With The Incredible Brain

Posted in General at Sunday, 01 April 2007 16:25 W. Europe Daylight Time

Torsten pointed me to a video about an English boy with incredible mental capabilities. For example, Daniel Tammet is able to recall 22514 decimal places of the number π (a very beautiful number to his mind) envisioning some kind of landscape that's unique to this number, mentally connecting properties of the landscape to actual digits. At the end of the video he's learning Icelandic in just one week and puts his knowledge to the test in a TV show.

Absolutely amazing! 

Now Playing [?]: Kaiser ChiefsYours truly, angry mobRuby


Posted in General at Friday, 27 October 2006 23:38 W. Europe Daylight Time

WebSnapr of this pageGunnar (back from a two-month vacation in India) pointed me to a Web 2.0-ish service named WebSnapr. The service basically does what you might know from Alexa and the CustomizeGoogle extension for Firefox: It creates thumbnails of websites that can be embedded in your blog. Neat!

Update: Gunnar suggested integrating WebSnapr into the blog itself, which is easy. Just reference the WebSnapr JavaScript file in the blog template. dasBlog users having the "Unique title" option turned on (that is, the year, month and day of the post are included in the path), please be sure to include the script in your homeTemplate.blogtemplate as follows:

<script type="text/javascript" src="<URL to your blog>scripts/previewbubble.js"></script>

Replace <URL to your blog> with the actual URL of your dasBlog instance. If you use a relative URL and have the aforementioned option turned on this will result in a HTTP/404 for the requested JavaScript file.

Future versions of dasBlog will be likely to support the BaseUrl macro which returns, well … the base URL of your blog! I've just checked in the macro code.

<script type="text/javascript" src="<% BaseUrl %>scripts/previewbubble.js"></script>

Now assign the previewlink class to each anchor that should be previewed. Try it out by moving your mouse over these links: Microsoft, CNN, Google.

I was wondering why the WebSnapr scripts (here's another one with more eye candy) use the class attribute to mark the links as to be previewed. I consider the rel attribute more appropriate because various microformats and LightBox are using them. Rel also integrates better with Windows Live Writer as is displays a rel ComboBox in the "Insert Hyperlink" window.

Another update: dasBlog supports a feature called Click-Through which basically tracks all links clicked inside your blog posts. It's a nice feature that allows the blogger to stay informed what kind of content readers like. If Click-Through is turned on, all URLs inside blog entries will be replaced with <URL to your blog>/ct.ashx?id=<Blog entry ID>&url=<URL-encoded original URL> which of course breaks WebSnapr previews.

The updated WebSnapr script includes a fix for Click-Throughs by simply removing the prepended Click-Through URL and decoding the original link URL.

DownloadDownload an updated WebSnapr JavaScript library that supports the rel attribute and dasBlog Click-Throughs.

Now playing: Bonobo - Days to come - Between the lines (featuring Bajka)

Weblog Layout Update

Posted in dasBlog | Design | General at Monday, 11 September 2006 00:33 W. Europe Daylight Time

After sticking to a hastily created customized dasBlog theme for a year I spent today in front of Photoshop and SelfHTML and redesigned some parts of this weblog. I've included some new images, removed most of the gray boxes framing visual elements and made the text a little bigger. I found that bigger fonts help reading large texts especially on monitors with higher resolution so you don't loose the line-endings every so often. These changes hopefully improve the readability of the page and perhaps you'll find it looks a little more Web 2.0-ish. ;-)

Hope you like it!

Now playing: Marilyn Manson - The golden age of grotesque - (s)AINT

Mái Mài Mâi Mâi Măi

Posted in General at Saturday, 26 August 2006 11:17 W. Europe Daylight Time

During my trip to Thailand in 2002 (photos buried here) I of course got in touch with the Thai language. Not that I understand Thai besides basic sentences like Sàwàt-dii khráp and Khàwp khun khráp, but the Lonely Planet pages on the Thai language are very interesting.

Thai is a language where the pronounciation of a syllable determines its meaning. In Central Thai there are five tones.

For the example the syllable mai means new, burn, wood, not? or not. The post title mái mài mâi mâi măi essentially forms the sentence New wood doesn't burn, does it? although is consists just of a single word, pronounced differently. Amazing stuff!

Now playing: Zero 7 - The Garden - Throw it all away (feat. Sia)

Musik zur Arte-Reportage "Expedition ins Gehirn"

Posted in General | Music at Friday, 28 April 2006 18:55 W. Europe Daylight Time

Es gibt neben meiner Verwandschaft sicherlich weitere Menschen, die die Hintergrundmusik der dreiteiligen Arte-Reportage "Expedition ins Gehirn" toll finden. Marci und ich haben den Titel bereits beim Ansehen der Reportage als bekannt eingestuft. Heute haben wir im Schnelldurchgang die Musikkollektion von Tosca, Lemon Jelly über Lemongrass gescannt und sind schließlich bei Boozoo Bajou fündig geworden. Es handelt sich um Track 6 auf dem Album "Satta", er trägt den Namen "Down & out" (RealMedia-Hörbeispiel von Amazon).

Boozoo Bajou - Satta

Now playing: Boozoo Bajou - Satta - Down & out :-)

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