Spiegel is a popular German magazine that has recently published a set of photos representing the best of 2008.

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Stealing A Look

23Jan09

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It is just a natural uncontrollable reflex action that our eyes become drawn to sexy objects. Understand that we really have no choice!

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“A Cool idea, Bike Lane That Travels With You! This conecpt called Light Lane, by a brilliant designers at Altitude, Inc. The Light Lane is a laser project system that projects a virtual bike lane on the ground around the cyclists, providing drivers with a recognizable boundary they can easily avoid. While you riding bike, you will be with a bike lane.”

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Immer mehr Menschen tragen heutzutage kleine Videokameras mit sich herum – ob im Handy oder in anderen mobilen, digitalen Geräten. Die Qualität der Bilder, die diese Komponenten liefern, ist allerdings noch immer verhältnismäßig schlecht, wie man auf Plattformen wie YouTube tagtäglich sehen kann: Es ruckelt und pixelt sehr.

MotionDSP, ein Unternehmen aus dem kalifornischen San Mateo, will in diesem Frühjahr nun eine PC-Software zum Download anbieten, die einige der schlimmsten Probleme digitaler Amateurvideos lösen soll – von Verwacklern bis zur schlechten Ausleuchtung. Das Produkt namens “vReveal” soll 40 Dollar kosten und wendet sich an den durchschnittlichen Hobbyfilmer, der etwas bessere Urlaubsaufnahmen machen möchte, dafür aber möglichst wenig Geld ausgeben will, berichtet das Technologiemagazin Technology Review in seiner Online-Ausgabe.

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Designer Li Jianye’s real-life Cover Flow shelf is just like the actual Cover Flow, except for the fact that it can’t move, only holds five albums and doesn’t let you play music.

In other worlds, it’s better to view the iShelf as an artistic statement about digital music or interface usability, or something, because that’s pretty much what it is. It’s still in concept limbo at the moment, but even if it doesn’t ever see production the concept is good—it wouldn’t be that hard to make your own iShelf with room for seven, nine, or—YES—eleven(ELEVEN!) albums. Or you could just not worry about it.

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“This seems like something taken out of ‘Fear Factor’. Sometimes, it is just hard to understand other cultures…”

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99 little bugs in the code,
99 bugs in the code,
fix one bug, compile it again,
101 little bugs in the code.
101 little bugs in the code,….

(Repeat until BUGS = 0)


Pascal Habousha

23Jan09

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Pascal Habousha is one of the most important advertising photographers internationally. He masters digital technology, retouch and 3D from its early beginning.

During the last 8 years he has been realizing some of the most recognized campaigns, such as Repsol, Daikin, Audi, Ikea, Sony, Toyota, Mercedes, Yamaha, Loewe, Danone, Ferrero, FNAC, Eurostar, Junkers, J.C. Decaux, Ibercaja, Canal Isabel II, Móvistar, Opel, Pioneer, Renault, ING, Puig, etc. and Magazines like Le Soir.

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“An unusual natural and historical site with the sparkling white castle -like cascades, Pamukkale is one of the most important highlights of Turkey, unique in the world. The site is named in Turkish as “Pamukkale”, that means “cotton castle”, parallel to the glorious and spectacular view of the site. The dazzling white calcareous castles are formed by limestone-laden thermal springs, creating the unbelievable formation of stalactites, potholes and cataracts.

The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white “castle” which is in total about 2700 meters long and 160m high. It can be seen from a great distance, eg. when driving down the hills on the opposite side of the valley to the town of Denizli, which is 20 km away. Pamukkale is located in Turkey’s Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which enjoys a temperate climate over the greater part of the year.”

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Ein amerikanisches und acht europäische Forschungsinstitute haben sich im Projekt Eurace zusammengeschlossen, um nicht weniger als die gesamte europäische Wirtschaft im Computer zu simulieren.

Nicht nur der Rechenaufwand dafür ist beeindruckend – das gesamte Projekt läuft auf vierhundert parallel geschalteten „IBM pSeries 575“-Rechnern, die in Oxford stehen. Auch der wissenschaftliche Ansatz unterscheidet sich grundlegend von bisherigen ökonomischen Modellen: Die Simulation basiert auf Software-Agenten, die individuelle Fähigkeiten und Möglichkeiten haben, die Arbeit suchen, miteinander Handel treiben, Geld verdienen, sparen und ausgeben. Deren Verhalten basiert zwar nach wie vor auf vorgegebenen Parametern, doch die stützen sich auf empirische Beobachtungen aus Psychologie und Sozialforschung – und sie können sich im Verlauf einer Simulation ändern.

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A ‘Blue Hole’ is sometimes known as a vertical cave, named due to their dramatic contrast between the dark blue and deeper waters of their depths compared to the lighter blue waters of the shallow parts all around their mouth. The water in those depths seldom gets circulated out and as such have very low oxygen content, making them non-conducive to most sea-life but bacteria. But they can be awesomely amazing to behold as you can see.

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Wobble lets you take any picture (albeit preferably one with a human — and better yet a female), position the “wobble regions” over the…ahem…pectorals, then shake your iDevice and watch those funbags bounce like Superballs.  Brags its maker, “Wobble really is a game changer! 50% of the world’s population will think it is puerile. For the other 50%, it’s a must have killer app.”

Here’s a preview for you “other” 50 percenters:

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Advertising that hits home with powerful messages. Sure to make one sit up and take notice!

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AN AMERICAN REPUBLICAN: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. So what?

AN AMERICAN DEMOCRAT: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You feel guilty for being successful. You vote people into office who tax your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay the tax. The people you voted for then take the tax money and buy a cow and give it to your neighbor. You feel righteous.

A COMMUNIST: You have two cows. The government seizes both and provides you with milk.

A FASCIST: You have two cows. The government seizes both and sells you the milk. You join the underground and start a campaign of sabotage.

DEMOCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. The government taxes you to the point you have to sell both to support a man in a foreign country who has only one cow, which was a gift from your government.

CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when the cow drops dead.

A FRENCH CORPORATION: You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows.

A JAPANESE CORPORATION: You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create clever cow cartoon images called Cowkimon and market them World-Wide.

A GERMAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You reengineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.

A BRITISH CORPORATION: You have two cows. They are mad. They die. Pass the shepherd’s pie, please.

AN ITALIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are. You break for lunch.

A RUSSIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 12 cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.

A SWISS CORPORATION: You have 5000 cows, none of which belong to you. You charge others for storing them.

A BRAZILIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You enter into a partnership with an American corporation. Soon you have 1000 cows and the American corporation declares bankruptcy.

AN INDIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You worship both of them.

A CHINESE CORPORATION: You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim full employment, high bovine productivity, and arrest the newsman who reported on them

AN ISRAELI CORPORATION: There are these two Jewish cows, right? They open a milk factory, an ice cream store, and then sell the movie rights. They send their calves to Harvard to become doctors. So, who needs people?

AN ARKANSAS CORPORATION: You have two cows. That one on the left is kinda cute…


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