Atheist, technopagan and vegan.

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Paul

Cats are amazing

A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single bound. The little tufts of hair in a cat’s ear that help keep out dirt direct sounds into the ear, and insulate the ears are called “ear furnishings.” The ability of a cat to find its way home is called “psi-traveling.” Experts think cats either use the angle of the sunlight to find their way or that cats have magnetized cells…

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IT Administrator song

#stopcispa IT Administrator Song, or A Few Of My Fav'rite Net Things. This is a pretty old video (this version was uploaded in 2008) but check out this prescient verse: When my page stalls, Or they pass laws to invade free net speech I simply remember that it could be worse. At least there're still sites i reach! The full lyrics: Route aggregation and increasing payload Multiway peering and net-friendly C code Boxes that filter on source-routed pings These…

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Meditation. 4. Myths and misconceptions

Misconception 1: I'm not flexible enough to meditate. Yoga pose This is probably what most people think of when you say you do yoga. Well, it can be. It can be a lot 'worse' ( = difficult ) too, but yoga won't force you to do anything your body can't take. Note that this does not mean you should at least try. There are also many forms of meditation that don't require complicated poses; if…

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Unwoman

Unwoman? Strange name, you may say. Unwoman is a San Francisco based Steampunk artist. She's unique in my opinion. The way she uses a cello (well, several cellos) in her music is very special, very different to e.g. Rasputina. I have all her work, including her latest achievement, "Lemniscate, uncovered 2", which is an amazing collection of covers of more or less known music. (This of course depends on what you know.) Unwoman I had…

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Technology

Here a computer is delivered. The photo is from 1957. Let that humongous thing sink in and then realise that your smartphone or tablet outpowers that thing...

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Bought a DVD with a film...

Now this is nothing shocking, I tend to do that (or Blurays). There's something annoying about buying films like that though, and I think it's mainly on DVDs although I might be mistaken. What's that? Well, I pop in the disc and sit back for the film. First I see a message that the opinions in the film are not necessarily those of the film-makers. Fine, roll it. Then I see a message that it's…

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Meditation. 3. Benefits.

Enough talk about the how and what of meditation, don't you agree? Why do people meditate? What's the goal, what do they want to achieve with it? Short answer: whatever you like. Long answer: you can meditate to find peace and rest. Meditation can be employed to calm yourself down, to relax and unwind from the day. Depending on the way you meditate you can also taken on stress. Stress is like a fine layer…

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Netware 3.12 server runs for 16 years non-stop

"Ars Technica's Peter Bright reports on a Netware 3.12 server that has been decommissioned after over 16 years of continuous operation. The plug was pulled when noise from the server's hard drives become intolerable. From the article: 'It's September 23, 1996. It's a Monday. The Macarena is pumping out of the office radio, mid-way through its 14 week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, doing little to improve the usual Monday gloom...Sixteen and…

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Suspended coffee

This story will warm you better than a coffee on a cold winter day: "We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we're approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter - 'Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended' They pay for their order, take the two and leave. I ask my friend: 'What are those 'suspended' coffees ?'…

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Soundscraper - energy from noise.

No, I'm not drunk. A soundscraper is a serious thing in the race towards clean energy. As found on Inhabitat: An entry in the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, the Soundscrapers would be constructed near major motorways and railroad junctions, prime locations for capturing ambient vibrations. A sound-sucking material would cover the exterior of the tower with a double-skin layer, held away from the façade on a metallic frame. For each Soundscraper, 84,000 electro-active lashes would cover the…

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