Links vom 5. 11. 07: Sgt. Pepper Bios, Lord of the Rings Origami, Halflife und die rosarote Brille


Bios For Everyone on the Sgt. Pepper Album Cover
If you're a Beatles fan with some time to kill, check out the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography's version of the Beatles' iconic Sgt. Pepper album cover. It lets you mouse over any person to see their name, or click them for a detailed biography.

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NY Jedi School Trains Lightsaber Enthusiasts (To Be Bigger Geeks)
We'd heard of the NY Jedi School before—for those who haven't, it's pretty much exactly what it sounds like—but we'd never seen a class in action until we spotted this clip on ABC. Given that lightsabers don't actually exist, we were confused just how the...logistics...worked out. Now we know.

blinkBox enables you to create a clip of your favourite scene from a movie or TV show, add a personalised message and send it to a friend's mobile or PC as a 'blink'. You can also purchase and download said movies and TV shows.
Titles available at launch include classics such as The Wizard of Oz and Vertigo, recent hits such as Syriana and Superman Returns, along with cult favourites like The Matrix and A Clockwork Orange. You can sign up for the open beta now.

1000 Storys
Ein amerikanischer filmemacher reist einmal längs durch das bundesgebiet und filmt dabei begebenheiten, spricht mit den menschen die er trifft und versucht eben das einzufangen — wie ticken die deutschen? auf der anderen seite des atlantik macht ein deutscher filmemacher selbiges mit der USA und beide sind unterwegs unter der schirmherrschaft des goethe-institutes.
das richtig tolle an der sowieso schon interessanten geschichte ist, es wird alles gebloggt und gevloggt.


Lord of the Rings Origami
Origami artist Eric Joisel created these Lord of the Rings sculptures of the Three Hunters (Gimli the Dwarf, Aragorn, and Legolas the Elf) out of single uncut pieces of papers.

Designing Happy
Designing Happy is a set of guidelines, for design practice and design education, which identifies some key tips that design work can incorporate so that the design is better positioned to be productive in the manifestation of happiness and contibute to our wellbeing.


Der Platzverweis
Man wartet immer, bis etwas zu Ende geht. Man wartet immer, bis etwas beginnt. Man erwartet die ganze Zeit. Man wartet, bis man zur Ruhe kommt und wenn man es tut, wartet man, bis endlich wieder was passiert. Der Buddhist sagt, Leiden bedingt sich durch Wollen. Man könnte auch sagen, Leiden bedingt sich durch Warten.

Und so.

Datamancer's Steampunk Laptop (Mirror)
This may look like a Victorian music box, but inside this intricately hand-crafted wooden case lives a Hewlett-Packard ZT1000 laptop that runs both Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. It features an elaborate display of clockworks under glass, engraved brass accents, claw feet, an antiqued copper keyboard and mouse, leather wrist pads, and customized wireless network card. The machine turns on with an antique clock-winding key by way of a custom-built ratcheting switch made from old clock parts.

Youtube: Halflife in 60 Seconds
Bla Bla Bla, Mr. Freeman

The 15 Dumbest Apple Predictions Of All Time
Sony To Buy Apple: "Within the next two months, Sony will acquire Apple. ... Sony will be the white knight who will step into the picture." — former Apple VP Gaston Bastiaens, in January 1996.

StumbleVideo: High speed video of popcorn kernel popping at 5,400 fps

Rosarote Brille
Der Beweis: Eine rosarote Brille mag zwar die Sichtweise verändern, aber man sieht trotzdem aus wie ein Depp.

Interview mit Cory Doctorow von Kottke
I can't think of anyone better suited to answering questions about the state of culture in the Age of the Blog than Cory Doctorow. Whether it's running Boing Boing, writing (and giving away—while still profiting from—his novels and short-story collections), or speaking out for our electronic rights, Cory is a ubiquitous presence on every vector of this discussion. I caught up with him by phone at his London flat.

McSweeneys Open Letters
“An Open Letter to a Guy I Work With Who Always Comes Into My Office To Tell Me He Sent Me An Email Right After He Sends Me an Email.” by Jason

Dear Louis,

You’re a very nice man and I do enjoy working with you. The fact that you own a donkey and a rooster makes me laugh. I don’t know many people who own a donkey and a rooster who don’t also live on a farm. You’re sincere and there is not a whit of vitriol in your body. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you mad. Often you share your lunch with me when you can’t finish it.

That’s why this is difficult for me.

Every time you come into my office I already know what you’re going to tell me. You’re going to tell me that you sent me an e-mail. And usually, just about the time you’re walking into my office, the boingy sound that I set up to alert me that I have received an e-mail is boinging. Or it boings right while you’re standing there. Then we say the same things: You say, “I just wanted to let you know I sent you an e-mail!” I say, “Yup, just got it.” And then you say, “Great, thanks! Just wanted to let you know!”

I know you’re a bit older and not technically inclined. I know you still use words like “facsimile” and “teleconference.” But here’s the thing with e-mail. When you send me one, I get it. That’s the whole point of it. Really. It’s why they invented it. So you can send me stuff electronically, and I can get it.

I want you to know I dream of killing your donkey.