Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Earthquake shakes southern Sweden - The Local

Earthquake shakes southern Sweden - The Local: "Uppsala University seismologist Reynir Bödvarsson estimated the quake measured between 4.5 and 5.0 on the Richter scale.

“It was likely felt in much of southern Sweden. For Sweden, this is a very strong quake,” Bödvarsson told the TT news agency.

Seismologists in Sweden estimate the quake’s epicentre was located 18 kilometres underground, beneath a point about one kilometre east from Malmö’s Sturup Airport, located about 30 kilometres east of the city.

According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake had a magnitude of 4.7, which would make it the strongest earthquake to hit Sweden in more than 100 years."

I woke and thought a strange cat had hidden itself in my appartment and had jumped down on to my bed

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Where Buddha Meets Freud | Psychology Today Blogs

Where Buddha Meets Freud | Psychology Today Blogs: "This is about this very moment. This wonderful moment. Have you noticed? This week is the solstice: Sunday, to be precise. The shortest day of the year, and the longest night."

iPhone thief thwarted by MobileMe sync - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

iPhone thief thwarted by MobileMe sync - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW): "While at the dry cleaner one day, Rob's iPhone was stolen. He immediately chalked it up as gone forever, and proceeded to purchase a brand new one that same evening. It was the next day when unfamiliar contacts began to appear on the new phone. The (not-too-bright) thief was unwittingly supplying him with names and phone numbers of his or her closest friends, via the magic of MobileMe synchronization from the stolen phone to the cloud and eventually to his new phone. 'It didn't take long for me to realize that MobileMe was leading me right to the thief!' wrote Rob."

Det nye tv-signal Denmark Danmark

Det nye tv-signal: "I Danmark anvender vi en særlig nordisk udgave af MPEG4-standarden, så du kan ikke være sikker på, at en MPEG4-boks købt i udlandet virker herhjemme." "NorDig is specifying a common platform for Digital Television to be used within the Nordic region (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden)."

Digi TV: "Digitalt antenne TV vil også kunne sende HDTV. Dette sker i MPEG4 formatet. DRs planer er tidligst i 2012 i forbindelse med MUX1's overgang til MPEG4, hvorimod TV 2 og Boxer TV ikke har planer. De europæiske TV stationer har i EBU (European Broadcast Union) truffet beslutning om, at High Definition antenne TV skal sendes med det progressive billedformat 720p/50 med 720 billedlinier svarende til de 'HD Ready' tv skærme, der allerede findes på markedet.

Elektronikfabrikanterne har, siden denne beslutning blev truffet, udviklet såkaldt 'Full HD' skærme, der med 1080 linier i progressiv opbygning kan vise billeder i en endnu bedre opløsning. For TV-seere byder disse skærme ikke på en synlig forbedret billedkvalitet i normal betragtningsafstand fra skærmen, da de modtager et 720 liniers signal, som så fordeles på de 1080 linier. I forbindelse med gengivelse af billeder fra DVD eller Blue Ray afspillere er det imidlertid muligt at vise den højere billedopløsning."

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

secrets of the Syrian souk

BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | secrets of the Syrian souk: "Rana Salam and Malu Halasa, are shining a spotlight on this little-known local speciality, with a new book called The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie.

'They used to tell me at art school: 'Look within your culture'. So I looked and I was in for a big surprise,' graphic designer Ms Salam told me at the launch in London last month.

'The point of the book is to go beyond politics, to break stereotypes and celebrate Middle Eastern life.'"

Monday, December 08, 2008

4. The morphological study of pattern

4. The morphological study of pattern: "The life patterns, and life habits, the behaviors, creeds, and the forms of the artefacts of peoples of specific human cultures on the planet Earth preserve a certain degree of constancy even while the generations come and go. The most remarkable and most problematic factor of the diachronic extension of cultural patterns is that many of them extend beyond the life span of individuals. This is primarily an observation problem. The diachronic extension of cultural patterns can be indefinitely large, spanning many millennia, and if we take such ancient systems as languages, can even extend throughout all the history of mankind. To objectively observe and study their diachronic extension, one would need to make very long-time observations, over many generations, and within the lifetime of one human being, only partial views of the long-time cultural pattern process are available. Therefore the recognition and classification of such patterns depends on the cultural memory itself, and cultural memory consists of cultural patterns, and so the whole task of the study of cultural pattern is self-reflexive."