Archive for 2007

Happy New ear

Monday, December 31st, 2007

image source wikipedia

Fireworks may be great fun, if they are composed in an artistic way. And may be the fascination about fireworks is connected to the human dream to control fire. However especially with fireworks we know that this can go terribly wrong.


Bio-inspired Complex Networks in Science and Technology From Topology to Structure and Dynamics

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Just a link to an upcoming event (April 14 – May 9, 2008) by the Max-Planck-Institut for complex system on Bio-inspired Complex Networks in Science and Technology, From Topology to Structure and Dynamics


ded maros

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007


While looking for the classic russian winter animation ded maros i lyeto (santa claus and the summer) from 1969 by soyusmultfilm I stumbled on youtube over this jewel for all lovers of ascii animation made at the “department of educational and scientific fotography and cinematography” at the Lomonossov university (N. Konstantinov, V. Minakhin, V. Ponomarenko, A. Skuridin, V. Shurkin). In the comment section it was said that the animation is from 1967, which I unfortunately couldn’t verify.


on a recent study of increased risk of cancer in the vicinity of german nuclear power plants

Thursday, December 20th, 2007


There had been quite some discussions about a recent case control study (in german) where cases were children younger than 5 years (diseased between 1980 and 2003) registered at the german childhood cancer registry (GCCR). According to a statement by Minister Gabriel of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conversation and Nuclear Safety

“In this study by the German Childhood Cancer Registry (Deutsches Kinderkrebsregister) in Mainz, increased cancer incidences were ascertained statistically for children living in the vicinity of the 16 sites of German nuclear power plants.

Experts (see below) consider the study to be the world-wide methodically most elaborate and comprehensive study regarding the correlation between a higher risk of childhood cancer and proximity to a nuclear power plant. So what were the discussions about?


Erholungspark Marzahn – winter reveries

Monday, December 17th, 2007


Some weakend impressions from winterly Erholungspark Marzahn. As you can see it is quite icy.*

*thanks to Mark Aufpasser for tips for the camera!

update 27.2.2016:
Its been about ten years since this entry had been written. Meanwhile Erholungspark Marzahn
had turned into a kind of ugly Disney park like companion piece. I have basically ceased to go there.


wort zum sonntag the toy u nion

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007


The main topic of the last issue of the magazine of the Deutsche Hochschulverband was “trust” or “confidence” (in german “Vertrauen”) Various authors were discussing multiple manifestations of trust. The lesson was inspiring and made me think about it the issue and in particular the role of trust in connection to robots. My sister said that this blog post sounds like the thought of the day. So you have been warned if you read further.


ethics of progress

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

“no-clohning” artwork by On von Nomann

theatre + science by TANGLE – UNLIMITED THEATRE

A mind-melting, jargon-free, whistlestop tour of leading edge Quantum Physics.

a co-production with Oxford Playhouse
and Leeds Met Studio Theatre

” Mind-blowing stuff ” The Scotsman
” Unexpectedly gripping and improbably pleasurable ” The Guardian


au ge

Monday, December 10th, 2007


-just another fotographic experiment with my new camera.


Monday, December 10th, 2007

As a prelude for next years “year of mathematics” here in germany, today the exhibition imaginary started at TU Munich. It shows models and prints of mathematical visualization ( I contributed the above picture) as well as interactive installations (one of them made here at TU Berlin with jReality).

underestimated instrumentalist

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Toyota revealed a roboter violonist yesterday. I wonder wether he is able to do position shifts, though …
via pink tentacle