Saturday, 12 June 2004
I’m so used to searching with Google that sometimes when I use other search engines I have great surprises. Like today. I went to Amazon to check some reviews about the music I was listening and noticed that they changed their searchbox on the frontpage from Google to A9. Obviously I had to try it out and the egoist I am I always type my own last name in the searchbox of any new search engine I discover. And what do I notice at the end of the list? A link to Webster’s Online Dictionary’s definition of the word ‘there’. I loaded the page, scrolled down, and yes, there it was: a photo I uploaded a while ago to stock.xchng.
After the initial joy I remembered I actually received an email concerning something like this a while ago. I quickly looked it up and it turned out I received the following from a certain Philip M. Parker on the 6th of February:
I am writing to ask for permission to use your photographs posted in stock.xchng. I am the editor of Webster's Online Dictionary - The Rosetta Edition, and I want to add higher quality, more contemporary images. The dictionary is a non-commercial multilingual project (www.websters-online-dictionary.org). If selected for a given word, your pictures will be fully credited to you, using the title and description you used in posting to stock.xchng. I will let you know when the photos are posted and to which words etc. (this may take a few weeks). The photos will not be used for any other purposes. The project will not sell or receive money for your photos. If this is fine with you, please let me know. I really think your pictures will be well received by our visitors.
Philip M. Parker
Eli Lilly Chair Professor of Innovation, Business and Society
Editor, Websters' Online Dictionary - The Rosetta Edition</p>
I responded affirmatively asking only for the proper credits. The confirmation mail never came but I’m still very happy that they selected one of my shots. And for such an important word!
Later I checked and saw that this result comes up on page number two of the Google search for my name and the results on A9.com are in fact identical with those provided by Google. But I’m bored of searching for my name on Google…
No matter what but I’ll still have a big smile on my face all of today that’s one sure thing. As I’m the one featured in Webster’s. :-)
Thursday, 10 June 2004
After Gabriel posted a link to Engadget’s how-to guide on how to make nice home movies on your PC using nothing but your miniDV camera and Microsoft Movie Maker, I’m posting the link to this week’s bonus how-to on Engadget: ‘Turn your PC into a Mac’.
OK, it’s undoubtedly nice, but as we all know these kinds of customizations run well on nothing but the fastest PCs and what you’ll get is basically a slower machine with a nicer desktop which you’ll eventually decide to ditch for the speed gain. At least that’s what I always did after trying out this kind of customization stuff. And I said nothing yet about the cost of the StarDock software needed to accomplish ‘the dream’ and about the fact that you can’t hide your ugly case and even less the great mess of cables behind it…
Conclusion: If you want a Mac so much isn’t it easier to just buy one? ;-)
Monday, 7 June 2004
Hey, I want to be the first to blog about it!
Yes, yes, Nukontrast Issue 5 is out. Go check it out, it’s some serious eyecandy put together by none else that my friend Lucian from Supermagnet. And optionally you can rock your house with the included Makunouchi Bento loop too.
Monday, 7 June 2004
Hey John Mayer 7 or John Deere 1979 or whoever, could you please kindly fuck off with your comment spam? If you haven’t noticed yet I’ve got MT3 installed and the comments are moderated. By me. And I swear I’d rather saw off my right index finger than click on the ‘Approve Comment’ button for your shit. Even if you offer free business grants or whatever the fuck. Even if my site is very good in your opinion. Even if you enjoyed it a lot. Even if you were so hooked you spent the whole afternoon and part of the evening on it (God! What other shit can they come up with!?). You can still fuck off. Ah, what? You’re a bot? Whoops! I’ve been talking to a computer script. Damn.
Thank you. Have a nice day.
Monday, 7 June 2004
Here’s some proof (via a post on Engadget) that cats are a lot smarter than dogs. But really what would you expect? A dog was ‘designed’ to guard the house or help it’s owner in hunting while cats nowadays usually just lay around doing almost nothing except some occasional purring. :-)
I have two little animals of approximately the same age in my parent’s house. A puppy and a kitty. And the difference is very visible in that case too. While the dog is mostly occupied with squeeling to get out of the paper box we keep him in without really succeeding the kitty has a long history of exploring almost every corner of the house including beds and table tops.
Oh and since I’m talking about cats here’s a small video (512kB - DivX 3.1) with my black cat doing some impossible acrobatics while playing with a small ball. It’s so funny I couldn’t help not to laugh while I was recording.
OK. Now let’s get back to work.