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Data Visualization: Stormpulse

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While not intended as an official weather forecast, Stormpulse has a huge database of major storms and hurricanes since the 1850s.

Based on data from the National Hurricane Center, Satellite stations and Nasa, data of current and past storms is visualized and continuously updated. Additionally you can check the latest news and satellite images of the area where the storm is passing through.

Stormpulse also provides an API that enables…

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Sci-Fi: Starship dimensions

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If you like Science Fiction movies have a look at Jeff Russell’s Starship Dimensions pages. It provides pixel exact drawings of 218 starships and if you’re using IE you can compare the drawings directly on screen by dragging them around.

The in-scale drawings include starships from Sci-Fi movies such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon 5, ID4, Macross/Robotech, Lexx, Freespace, and Battlestar Galactica. Zoom ranges include…

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Video: Spike Jonze – How They Get There

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A great short film explaining how “they” get there.
Directed by Academy Award nominated director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkowitch) it’s been around on the Internet for a while, but not many have seen it.

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Tokyo: Charms against computer viruses

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Japan is one of the leading high-tech places around the world but it’s also a country of traditions.

When visiting Tokyo many have a look-around the Akihabara quarter to see the latest gadgets and future computing tools that are often already available there in small series before hitting mass markets around the world.

Next time visiting Tokyo and when you bought some great new computing device in Akihabara, take it with you and visit nearby Kanda-Myojin Shinto shrine.

The shrine sells the faithful special IT prayer charms to ward off computer viruses. Visitors can also have their computers purified to protect them from common electronic ghosts and devils.

The “computer protection services” offered by the shrine have been popular for some time among…

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Movie: No End in Sight

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This is a must see movie for everybody interested in the events surrounding the Iraq crisis and US occupation.

“No End in Sight” by director Charles Ferguson is the winner of the special jury price last year at the Sundance Film Festival and chosen by Stephen Hunter, Washington Post as #1 film of the year 2007. It’s available in full length online via Google Video.

Anybody who believes that nothing of that was known before the “war” should read the…

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Video: The Song of the Count

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One for the weekend – with so many unhappy occasions of censorship being reported the last days maybe this kind of censoring at least gets a short smile on your face.

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