My favorites for week 14, 2011

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

The high gas prices are a nice additional motivator to do more walking / running, aren’t they ? At least according to this Moderately Confused comic strip. Well,  I must say, I usually walk when I can anyway. Having to go shopping for something here in the village I live ? I almost never use the car, either I walk or use my bicycle. Per pedes it is may be 30 minutes  extra time to walk rather than taking the car, but I think 30 minutes well invested for my health, my back, my legs, my fat balance.

Even when doing lots of sports – I play Badminton or Squash four times a week – sitting for too long is a health risk, as I learned this week through the following two articles:

Thanks, Cody J. Schaff, for blogging about it !

We actually should get up from our chairs every 20 minutes, at least for 20 seconds or so.

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout an amazing card trick

How about an amazing card trick this week ? It actually works, as I tried it with my own card deck. Anyone out there who can explain mathematically why this works ?
The Final 3 – Amazing Math Card Trick von mismag822
… Discovered through StumbleUpon
Cool Something to discover: my favorite bookmark of the weekabout games and brains
  Lifehacker showed us today how to game our brain, how to train special skills through computer games: from better memory, language or typing skills to being better in games or even escaping  a burning house. One of my favorites is Simon, a great memory tester for your brain. The author of this game, Paul Neave, has more or those classic arcade games on his web page implemented in flash, like Pacman of course, or Tetris. A SecondLife Version of Simon is located here, by the way.

And here is another great web site: pokkisam, a collection of awesome, very creative photos used for commercial advertising. I usually hate commercials, always skip them when watching recorded TV movies or shows, simply because there are too many of those and they attack you everywhere. But I admit: some are very creative and awesome, like the photos you can enjoy on this site.
… Discovered through Delicious Random Pick.

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout the right place to be

Tropical Sleepaway, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
"Tropical Sleepaway, Bora Bora, French Polynesia" by foreverseptember.

You are sitting in your crowded cubicle landscape and try to focus on your work while you have to listen to several meetings and phone calls around you ? You have a red sea of unhandled e-mails in front of you and don’t know where to start ? You are rushing from conference call to conference call talking to hundreds of people you don’t know ?
Look at that picture, then close your eyes for a minute or so, and imagine how it would feel to be there now …

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

Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.

As I mentioned my love-hate relationship to commercials in this blog posting this quote is a nice fit. Isn’t it amazing to see how much is funded through commercials, like free TV shows or internet sites ? Sometimes I wonder about the huge effort to provide these services for free and whether that ever would pay off. I probably underestimate the number of consumers of these services and the amount of profit they generate even only a small subset is actually “caught” by these advertisements.
If only half the money is wasted, this is probably still a good business case !?


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