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James Doohan (March 3, 1920 – July 20, 2005) played the very famous Scotty in Star Trek: the Original Series. Since today, he is really in outer space. His ashes were sent into space today (April 28, 2007), at his own request. The ashes, along with those of Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper as well as 200 others, were launched on the SpaceLoft XL rocket. Have a good flight, dear Scotty.

Second Life was only, though a bold step, a first step. Virtual worlds can only be the natural result of all the technologies that are ever evolving around us. There are 3D games, there is the internet, there’s Habbo Hotel, there’s Myspace and last but not least, there are (many) people that want to hang around in an alternate reality, living the life of their alternate personality on their couch, with the fridge not too far away.

I’m a Nintendo Wii fanboy, and I was very critical of the PS3 (and still am about its price), but I really must credit Sony here for doing something very ambitious: Playstation Home (< site not yet online at the time of posting) is going to be available as a free download to every owner of a PS3 console. A high definition virtual world in HD, with its own economy. Check out the trailer below or a slightly higher quality version here. Welcome to Web 3.0! Linden Labs beware and be very wary…

I haven’t taken the time to find out what the idea behind this is, because the sites featured at http://www.thefwa.com/ (which stand for ‘the Favourite Website Awards’) have totally eaten up all my time when I found this site at first. This must be the definite collection of the best sites of the web.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since 1984, it brings together thinkers in these fields. They’ve got a very nice video collection of speeches made by a wide variety of specialists in many different areas. It’s often very funny, it’s inspiring and above all: free.

http://www.ted.com/index.php/themes

Check it out now.

Milton Glaser is one of the highliest appreciated graphic designers of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, most famous for his Bob Dylan poster (see below). Glaser has also written quite a few essays on his field of work. One essay in particular, 10 things I’ve learned is really worth a read for anyone trying to make a living with works of beauty. One point in this essay has really had quite an impact on me and I’ve quoted it below. I strongly believe this is not a new-age philosophy, but quite factual. Recent research on the human brain shows that the brain is far more flexible than has been believed in scientific circles, it can even grow and re-order itself after ripening around the 18th birthday. This is as scary as it great: you are in charge of more than you think.

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HOW YOU LIVE CHANGES YOUR BRAIN.
The brain is the most responsive organ of the body. Actually it is the organ that is most susceptible to change and regeneration of all the organs in the body. I have a friend named Gerald Edelman who was a great scholar of brain studies and he says that the analogy of the brain to a computer is pathetic. The brain is actually more like an overgrown garden that is constantly growing and throwing off seeds, regenerating and so on. And he believes that the brain is susceptible, in a way that we are not fully conscious of, to almost every experience of our life and every encounter we have. I was fascinated by a story in a newspaper a few years ago about the search for perfect pitch. A group of scientists decided that they were going to find out why certain people have perfect pitch. You know certain people hear a note precisely and are able to replicate it at exactly the right pitch. Some people have relevant pitch; perfect pitch is rare even among musicians. The scientists discovered – I don’t know how – that among people with perfect pitch the brain was different. Certain lobes of the brain had undergone some change or deformation that was always present with those who had perfect pitch. This was interesting enough in itself. But then they discovered something even more fascinating. If you took a bunch of kids and taught them to play the violin at the age of 4 or 5 after a couple of years some of them developed perfect pitch, and in all of those cases their brain structure had changed. Well what could that mean for the rest of us? We tend to believe that the mind affects the body and the body affects the mind, although we do not generally believe that everything we do affects the brain. I am convinced that if someone was to yell at me from across the street my brain could be affected and my life might changed. That is why your mother always said, ‘Don’t hang out with those bad kids.’ Mama was right. Thought changes our life and our behaviour. I also believe that drawing works in the same way. I am a great advocate of drawing, not in order to become an illustrator, but because I believe drawing changes the brain in the same way as the search to create the right note changes the brain of a violinist. Drawing also makes you attentive. It makes you pay attention to what you are looking at, which is not so easy.

For all of you people that have heard (and perhaps started believing) that Vista has ripped off many Mac OS X features, this is like so totally untrue! Vista means truely visionary digital revolution. Check tou the video below for proof!

No I don’t mean how to convert your neighbour to the one and only superior real true religion that is correct, but I mean file conversion. Here it comes:

1. Media-Convert; Txt, HTML, Word, PDF, XLS and many video and audio formats. In German
2. Zamzar; Many conversion options. New: converte youtube movies!
3. HTML Converter; HTML to PHP, Javascript or ASP.
4. Response.Right; text to PHP, ASP, VB and JSP
5. Dos2unix, Unix2dos,Mac2unix; what’s in a name?
6. CSS – HTML; Converts CSS to HTML, and HTML to CSS.
7. ConvertIcon; ICO to PNG and PNG to ICO.
8. FavIcon; Create favicons automatically.
9. Color Converter; HEX-colors to RGB and vice versa.
10. HTML2PDF; save sites and have them sent to you as PDF!
11. PDF Online; MS Word (DOC), MS Publisher (PUB), MS Word (RTF), MS Excel (XLS), MS PowerPoint (PPT), HTML (MHT), MS PowerPoint (PPS), Text (TXT) and JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, WMF, EMF, GIF, to PDF, sent by e-mail.

This is só cool! Check it out at joytech.

Like RSS? You’ll love Pipes. With pipes, you can mix, substract, filter and split RSS feeds through various means, in a visual, online node editor. It’s for geeks, without a doubt, so if you are a geek like me, you’ll love it.

I’m more and more starting to understand what this ‘web 2.0’ actually really means. Pipes is a very clear example of the way synapses are growing into the web. Information is more and more being filtered and (re)directed. Google was of course our eye-opener to all the information that’s out there. Now the information is being efficiently channeled. I think we’re not even close to the internet we will see in our lifetimes.

I really wonder what my wife would say if I’d decide to hook a camera to my head for life and broadcast my life 24/7 to a global audience. I think for her it would be one of the (extremely) rare reasons to divorce me.

Well, it’s one way to become famous. But what kind of celebrity would you become? It doesn’t really require any special skills. How can you ever use an ATM? I can imagine a lot more situations in which I wouldn’t want a crowd of people watch over my shoulder.

Would you after a while forget about it completely and just be yourself? Or would it make a person extremely self-consious?

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