My favorites for week 13, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout Baseball 2.0

Things 2.0 are sometimes very different to how they used to be in the good old times, don’t you think ? How do you like this  “Moderately Confused” comic strip ?

And since we have April Fool’s day, here is another one from Wizard Of Id:

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout a lighthouse keeper

Since a new version of Blender has been announced it is may be a good time to look at one of those awesome animation videos created with this software. Watch “Lighthouse” and learn a great message from this film. See for yourself …
The Responsibility Projecthttp://www.responsibilityproject.com/lib/flash/video-player.swf?videoID=13&location=remote
Cool Something to discover: my favorite bookmark of the weekabout Parkopedia
Recommended by Lifehacker today: Parkopedia, a well designed site giving you a great overview and detailed and valuable information like prices and reviews for 15 million parking spaces in 20 countries. I was surprised to see that it covers Mainz, Germany, as well. Whenever you come to Mainz, this is my recommended parking space: Spacious and cheap, my recommended parking place when going downtown. Probably 10 minute walk to Dome and Old Town.

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

A Lot Of Bees
"A Lot Of Bees" by Will Merydith.

Did you know that

  • one third of our food needs the help of bees to grow,
  • there are 20.000 different species of bees on the world.
  • a swarm of bees consists of 50.000 bees in summer and 20.000 in winter; a bee swarm is an excellent example for swarm intelligence and an efficient social system; such a swarm can be seen as a new life form providing much more functions than a single bee could provde.
  • one bee can dust up to 3000 blooms per day
  • dusting 15 million blooms and 300.000 flight kilometer are needed for 1 kilo honey
  • a bee queen lives 5 years and lays up to 200.000 eggs in summer
  • RFID technology is used to track thousands of bees in a single swarm as part of the beegroup project run by the University of Würzburg, Germany

Source: bild der wissenschaft 4/2011

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout Queenstown

pcp-39.jpg
"pcp-39.jpg" by Paul Clark Images.

Queenstown in New Zealand, where I have been 2 years ago, is a remarkable ski area, as Paul Clark proofs with this dramatic shot.

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout tools

I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.

Hammer
"Hammer" by Markus Wichmann.

I think we have the opposite problem today: too many tools to choose from, thus it is difficult to find the hammer for a given nail and thus we often use a different tool to deal with it.

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