Universcale – Nikon puts things in perspective with the infinite yardstick

On the Nikon site there is an amazing flash applet showing a measurement scale, on everything we can grasp for the moment.

You can click your way through from peta-technology to complete milky-ways. There is a lot to explore in the online application and ofcourse, It´s great for children to get a grip on the concepts of measurements and sizes but also it allows grown-ups to wonder about the amazing universe we live in.

I spend about half an hour cruising the website. It really gave me a good idea on e.g. where to place Protons versus DNA, I learned that there were actual cells we can see with the naked eye “Ovums”  but also gave me all kind of philosophical thoughts “we ourselves are a community of microbes, and therefore we are microcosms which are repeatedly born and destroyed just like the universe” … making me think I really have to stop smoking some day.

But most of all it made me realize that I have to stop thinking in terms of “big” and “small” because these are really “so 2006 concepts”. There is the realm of the micro (transistors), the nano (yellow fever virus), the pico (atom) and so on.

Please note that you have to run your browser in full-screen modus  (F11) to see the clickable navigation bar of the unverscale.

(via Crave)

And while you are on the Nikon site you might  enjoy the other Nikon discovery applications of which I very much enjoyed the parts of The story of lights and people.

A really fantastic eye-opener/learning site where I spend another few hours learning about a lot of different things. A five-star site. “Science writer Hiromi Yokoyama takes us on a tour through the fascinating world of light, and its relationship with humans.”.

Running Google Earth on your PocketPC

I took a look at Mobile Gmaps, which really is a fantastic little goodie. It delivers “Google Earth” right to my T-Mobile MDA Pro / HTC Universal with LOADS of features. Who needs TomTom anyway, when this is plain free. I can see my house on my PDA!

However the midlet manager gave me a warning “this MIDlet suite is not from a trusted source. Allow this time?” every time I changed maps, so I found this forumtopic which gave me another option: to replace the default Midlet Manager and install IBM’S WebSphere Everyplace Micro Environment ver 6.1 and then copying the LIB and the BIN folders from directory “C:\Program Files\IBM\WEME\runtimes\61\wm50-sp-arm-midp20″ to my PocketPC.

Inside the folder /BIN you then can just start the emulator and point to an existing JAD or JAR file. Works like a charm.

Now let me install some other JAD’s.

Links for 2007-03-28

Oracle Takes SAP to Court

Vintage Bluetooth
Now what to do with all those old analog phones you have stuffed away in you attic? Well I will tell you, you combine your Bluetooth headset with it.

Complete Logo Design Guide | E Logo Design
a really excellent long list of Logo design links, LOTS of free font sites, etc…

Yahoo! Mail goes to infinity and beyond – Yodel Anecdotal
Yahoo now offers … unlimited mail space …. uh….

The Secret (2006 film) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
just a copy and paste from wikipedia: Editorial coverage Karin Klein, editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times, called The Secret “just a new spin on the very old (and decidedly not secret) The Power of Positive Thinking [book by Norman Vincen

the future

Making it quick and easy for you to bookmark and earn traffic
It describes the services of “onlywire” and “crispyblogposts” which let you add your posts with 1 simple menu to all bookmarkings sites

Freeware – Wikibooks, collection of open-content textbooks
the wikipedia list of freeware

Top 100 font downloads | dafont.com

Kongregate: Play Boomshine
oh my god this game is addictive…really, really addictive

Spoonfed Hacking – How to Crack WEP (Local Hacking) Tutorial
Spoonfed Hacking – How to Crack WEP (Local Hacking) Tutorial

The Difference Between Men and Women by Dave Barry

Howstuffworks “How Brainwashing Works”

Mac OS X Tips
Top 15 Terminal Commands for Hidden Mac OS X Settings

Magazine 40×40
top 40 magazine covers of the past 40 years, go see it and memorize these memes.

Me, the artist!

Today my parents-in-law asked me to create a flyer for my-father-in-law’s 65’th birthday.

So… me… the total inadequate “designer” finally could do something useful with my registered official version of Xara Xtreme.

It took me about 2.5 hours to come up with the invitation beneath but…hmmm… how do you like it? (I crossed out the personal data). I’m proud!