My favorites for week 41, 2010

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout technical knowledge

Documentation is always important, not only in your life as a professional, but in your private life as well. Think about the special knowledge you possess, for instance about your finance matters or technical equipment in your household. Does your family depend on your availability all the time, or do you have enabled them to fix problems on their own through some documentation or training you have provided ? This comic strip from “Herman” is nicely drawn and funny, but there is also a lot of truth and food for thinking in there.

How much does your team in the company depend on your availability ? Have you been professional enough to provide good documentation about your job and responsibilities and enabled them to solve problems on their own ? Or do you prefer them to be dependant on you ?

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

What is true for a man might be true for a woman as well, right ?

Knowledge is the best charity. To learn a lesson is a far better reward than to receive a gift.  It is better to know how to help yourself than to beg from others. Give and take is fair play. (Source: wikipedia)

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout communication and language

We all know: communication can become quiet difficult. This funny sketch demonstrates how difficult it can become if someone starts to speak a very uncommon "language": "Funny Hugh Laurie & Stephen Fry Comedy Sketch! ‘Your Name, Sir?‘ "

Surprise Something to surprise: my favorite "I really didn’t know this" of the weekabout space shuttles

The last Space Shuttle mission is scheduled for February/March 2011: Space Shuttle Endeavour is supposed to deliver some parts to the ISS and an antimatter measuring instrument into the orbit.

To acknowledge the end of the Space Shuttle Program bild der wissenschaft – my regular monthly science read – published an article with some interesting facts about that program. Did you know that

  • 132 Space Shuttle missions have been accomplished so far, 2 more are scheduled, 2 ended with a complete disaster ( Challenger in January 1986 and Columbia in January 2003 ), making that program less reliable than attempted.
  • 5 shuttles have been in the fleet: Columbia ( 28 missions ), Challenger ( 10 missions ), Discovery ( 39 missions ), Atlantis ( 32 misisons ), Endeavour ( 25 misisons )
  • More than 2000 tons is the weight of a space shuttle during take off, 24 tons is the weight of the cargo it can lift into the orbit.
  • 355 astronauts have used a space shuttle to get into the orbit, among them 332 US astronauts and 7 Germans. Taking into account those who used it multiple times 787 human beings have been taken into space using this program.
  • Discovery is the shuttle with most missions ( 39 ), spending 363 days in space, orbiting Earth 5.400 times, flying a distance of 213 million kilometers in total.
  • All shuttles together have orbited Earth 21.000 times and flew 850 million kilometers.
  • Longest mission was performed by Columbia in November 1996 lasting 17 days and 15 hours.
  • Discovery reached the largest height in December 1999 with 609 kilometers during the third Hubble repair mission.
  • 32 times a shuttle docked at the ISS, 9 times at the Russian space station Mir.
  • Shuttle astronauts have delivered 63 satellites into the orbit plus 13 research units which returned to Earth.

Source: “bild der wissenschaft 10/2010”

ApplauseSomething to learn: my favorite tip of the weekabout the touchpad on your thinkpad.

Does it sometimes gets into your way ? You are typing in a lot of text and suddenly your windows starts scrolling automatically like crazy ? Because you have somehow touched the touchpad ?
Sometimes it might be a good idea to simply disable it, especially when you don’t use it usually anyway. Head to Start –> Control Panel –> Mouse, then open the “UltraNav” tab ( at least that’s how it works on my Lenovo W500 thinkpad with Windows XP installed ), then uncheck “Enable Touchpad”.
Now, what if you need it sometimes ? If you check on “Show UtraNav icon in the system tray” you get that little icon into the system tray which allows you to enable or disable it any time with just two clicks. Left-click on that icon, that click on the menu item “Enable Touchpad” or “Disable Touchpad”.

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout shadow and light

Illa de Arousa
"Illa de Arousa" by Noel Feans.

I like this photo because of the nice light and shadow effects and the interesting atmosphere it generates. It has been taken by Noel Feans somewhere in Spain and is called: “Illa de Arousa”.

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

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak.

While I was googling for that quote I used above – Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.I was surprised to see how many variations of that quote exist:

<—see this one

Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Give a fish a man, and he’ll eat for weeks!” by Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, Animal Crossing: Wild World, 2005

Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today.  Teach a man to fish; and you can sell him fishing equipment.”—Author unknown

Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.  Unless he doesn’t like sushi—then you also have to teach him to cook.”—Auren Hoffman, Herald Philosopher

Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today.  Teach a man to fish, and he will sit in the boat and drink beer all day.”—OldFox

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