My favorites for week 31, 2010

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout another cheap flight

   We have had that topic already in week 25: the joy of travelling and cheap air lines. Here is another one: Welcome to Air Ma…. whatever. How about: Air Madness ?  Nice one from Herman.

Cool Something to discover: my favorite bookmark of the weekabout Ice Breaker
In week 27 I showed you Miniclip.com, a nice gaming site with lots of fun little games, ideal for a quick play anytime. One of my favorite games is Ice Breaker, a really new type of game for me. You have to cut Vikings out of ice blocks and depending on how you cut you get very different results. Either they get stuck or miss your boat. The physics of sliding and falling pieces of ice are nicely modeled in that game. So far I did not get beyond level 9, it suddenly became quiet challenging. The screen shot on the right shows level 4. Not so difficult, but you can easily fail with the left most guy: one wrong cut and it won’t work. It is one of those few games currently which makes me coming back again and again.

ApplauseSomething to learn: my favorite tip of the weekabout some useful short cuts in MS Excel.

Recently I joined an interesting educational phone call about MS Excel. Most things I knew already, but here are three interesting short cuts I did not know before:

  • CTRL+END allows you to jump right away to the last cell in your spreadsheet ever used.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+Down or CTRL+SHIFT+Up allow you to quickly mark a block of data from your current position to the next blank cell. Without the SHIFT key to’ll just jump there.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+END allows you quickly mark a block of data from your current position to the last row ever used in your spreadsheet. CTRL+SHIFT+HOME does the same thing up to the top most row of your spreadsheet.

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout crew members from the Space Shuttle Atlantis

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"P072610PS-0024" by The White House.

The offical photo stream of the White House on flickr. is worth to check out once in a while.  Here is one of their last postings: “P072610PS-0024”. In the description to this photo we read:

President Barack Obama greets crew members from the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station in the Oval Office, July 26, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout knowledge and wisdom

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

Super quote by a German philosopher, don’t you think ? Especially since we can not simply rely on knowledge, no matter how good we organize it. It is actually the job of scientists to question existing knowledge every day and to probably turn what is valid today into the invalid knowledge of the future. Which might become valid again in a much later future.
Anyway, knowledge simply can be wrong, and even the knowledge of the crowd can be wrong, as this great Lifehacker article this morning emphasized: “Think Twice About What "Everybody Knows"”. Part of wisdom probably is how you handle knowledge.

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