Archive for July, 2008

Science: Water on Mars

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No this is not a continuation of or “April’s Fools post”, Nasa today “officially released” information that they found water on Mars.

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Video: The original Technoviking tape

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While we’re at it. A short add-on to our previous post …

Still inspiring.

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Foodfight: Berlin – Unterfriedrichshein vs. Ostkreuzberg

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After two years of a break the annual water / food fight between the two (former) Berlin “districts of Kreuzberg” and Friedrichshain was taken out again this weekend.

Almost a thousand combatants gathered around the “Oberbaumbruecke” that connects the two neighborhoods. The “battle” goes back to the 1990s when the Senate of Berlin in an administrative reform combined the two neighborhoods into one township/voting district most likely to block the left wing PDS party from getting a broader representation in government.

Within this battle only “weapons” like water, flour and everything that is wet, soft, splashy or slippery are allowed. According to that motto popular weapons included addle eggs, rotten vegetables or…

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Humor: Does Linux make you fat?

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To our knowledge the image below is from a presentation last week by Craig Ross, one of the Ottawa Linux Symposium organizers.

Either Linux does make you fat or maybe it has grown up (a bit).

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Video: Roadmovie

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An outstanding stop motion movie of the making of a live cardboard rock concert.

Photography and animation by Rogier Wieland…

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Politics: The opening statements of the “Constitutional Limits of Executive Power” committee

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The House Judiciary Committee yesterday held a hearing titled “Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations”.

While almost every speaker tried to express that this is “not a Bush impeachment hearing” it was setup to examine legal and legislative responses to allegations of misconduct and expansions of executive powers by the Bush administration.

In short there has been at least a committee put into place to speak up on these outrageous things that have deteriorated the standing and reputation of the US around the globe.

While we do understand the anger of the millions of Americans, particularly of those who lost their husbands, wives and children in a “war” for Oil and Trillions of Dollars “for the boys” and all those who have lost their homes, life’s work, pensions or possibility to get looked after when their ill, unfortunately history is telling us a rather crude and sad reality.

Many impeachment movements also of the very few (17) in the history of the US that…

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