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Morning Coffee for Firefox

Posted by mfluch on February 29, 2008

I just stumbled over a nice extension for Mozilla Firefox: Morningcoffee. This makes the daily wakeup surfing much more enjoyable. :-)

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Bomb Chemicals Can Still be Smuggled on an Airplain

Posted by mfluch on February 27, 2008

I found the link to the following article on Telegraph on Bruce Schneiers blog. From the article:

Terrorists could smuggle the components needed to make a bomb on to a plane in Britain despite restrictions on taking liquids on board, it was claimed.

A television documentary team said it had made a bomb by mixing a series of odourless and colourless chemicals that could be brought into an aircraft by passengers.

Which can make oneself think how to judge security tradeoffs…

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Love at First Sight

Posted by mfluch on February 27, 2008

Another nice mission by ImprovEverywhere, this time done last Valentin’s day in Helsinki in the Hakaniemi branch of the Nordea Bank.

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Collecting Books

Posted by mfluch on February 23, 2008

Aziraphale collected books. If he were totally honest with himself he would have to have admitted that his bookshop was simply somewhere to store them. He was not unusual in this. In order to maintain his cover as a typical second-hand book seller, he used every means short of actual physical violence to prevent customers from making a purchase. Unpleasant damp smells, glowering looks, erratic opening hours — he was incredibly good at it.

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Frozen Grand Central

Posted by mfluch on February 23, 2008

(by ImprovEverywhere)

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Playing at Questions

Posted by mfluch on February 23, 2008

Excerpt from Tom Stoppard´s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead:

Rosencrantz (Ros): We could play at questions.
Guildensern (Guil): What good would that do?
Ros: Practice!
Guil: Statement! One – love.
Ros: Cheating!
Guil: How?
Ros: I hadn’t started yet.
Guil: Statement. Two – love.
Ros: Are you counting that?
Guil: What?
Ros: Are you counting that?
Guil: Foul! No repetitions. Three – love. First game to… Read the rest of this entry »

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Danish Block Of The Pirate Bay Leads To Even More Traffic

Posted by mfluch on February 22, 2008

A lovely short post on techdirt.com which shows that

  1. blocking content on the Internet is not going to work, and that
  2. trying to block content in the internet will just cause more attention drawn to it.

Foot vs. Bullet at its best. ;-)

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Funny Farm

Posted by mfluch on February 11, 2008

A very addictive game: Funny Farm.

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Wisdom a Communicable Disease?

Posted by mfluch on February 10, 2008

‘What’s going on?’ said Ridcully, as the others pushed in behind them.
‘I know it sounds stupid, Archchancellor, but we think [Hex] might have caught something off the Bursar.’
‘Daftness, you mean?’
‘That’s ridiculous, boy!’ said the Dean. ‘Idiocy is not a communicable disease.’
Ridcully puffed his pipe.
‘I used to think that, too,’ he said. ‘Now I’m not sure. Anyway, you can catch wisdom, can’t you?’
‘No, you can’t,’ snapped the Dean. ‘It’s not like ‘flu, Ridcully. Wisdom is … well, instilled.’
‘We bring students here and hope they catch wisdom off us, don’t we?’ said Ridcully.
‘Well, metaphorically,’ said the Dean.

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The Naming of Cats

Posted by mfluch on February 4, 2008

“The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have three different names.
First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, or George or Bill Bailey –
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter –
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular,
A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum –
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover –
But the cat himself only knows, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.”

(T.S. Eliot: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats)

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