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Gadget: TeddyTaurus

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If you liked to play with Teddies when you were younger and believe been seen with one at your age might not be such a great idea – here a two options:

A fried of us a while ago – always in the evening – was having a small white teddy bear looking out from one of the pockets of his jacket. Believe it or not – great success with the girls. Maybe it was the type of the bear.

The other option is more for home use: The TeddyTaurus.

Made by the great German toy company Steiff, the TeddyTaurus is most likely the first…

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Quote of the day: Life

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The following lines were found at Derzhavin’s table after his death:

The current of Time’s river
Will carry off all human deeds
And sink into oblivion
All peoples, kingdoms and their kings.
And if there’s something that remains
Through sounds of horn and lyre,
It too will disappear into the maw of time
And not avoid the common pyre… (lines broken)

Gavriil (Gavrila) Romanovich Derzhavin, 1743 – 1816, Russian poet

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Weekend Activity: Origami

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Here’s a great time lapsed video of how to create an origami version of Evangelion Unit 01

Might be a bit tough to start with that art but still interesting to watch.

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25 Years MS Windows

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It’s now 25 years ago since the first version of that thing called MS Windows started to infest became available for the new IBM PCs.

When you think back – that long ago – we were sitting and trying out that new interface provided to us on a PC the price of a small car today. And yes it was only black and white and it crashed and crashed and crashed (could be the applications), so most of the time we went back to a green shimmering monitor running Lotus 123 – latest after 15 minutes.

Actually it’s only 23 years ago because it took quite some time between the announcement and becoming available for sale. We started using it when MS persuaded us with an Alpha version of MS Windows 3.0 / 3.1 a few years later. If I recall it right that Alpha arrived on about 20 of these new 3.5″ floppies (each costing about 10 times as much as a DVD today). As time goes by…hmmmmmm…

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Stop Motion: London

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Great stop motion video made of more than 3,300 pictures (2minutes). If you feel homesick or you want to take a piece of London with you when traveling well here’s another option…

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Life: Academic Salaries

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Another proof who the most important or at least the most appreciated people are in many academic institutions.

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