Saturday, November 12, 2005

Google earth

It has been around for some time, but I've just discovered it: Google Earth. A very cool tool for exploring the world. Photo's and maps are updated continually and Google Earth has a large community which provide you with new content and 3D models of famous landmarks. You can even turn on the National geographic layer to access some intersting info on sights and places. A very cool add-on for Google earth is the World wide Panorama overlay. It adds more then 100 links to panorama pictures all over the world.

Fascinating. Part II

Another beautiful cosmology picture. This time not from the Spitzer telescope, but now from Hubble. "...A new Hubble Space Telescope image reveals stars just in the process of being born amid a fantastic scene of wispy space structures and intense radiation..." Read more here

Filling your Ipod : HHTG

Follow the adventures of Arthur Dent, Trillian and Zaphod Beeblebrox in all the BBC episodes of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy! You can download all the 5 phases of this hilarious adventure here. These are MP3's of the original BBC episodes. So bring your towel with you and don't forget: Don't Panic!! For those unfamilliar with the book check here for some background info. Info on the BBC epsiode can be found on the BBC-website

Pimp your desktop : Animated Wallpaper

Quite useless and requires a 2gHz with 512 MB PC for performance. But it looks quite cool:
Animated Wallpapers

Daily sketchbook #027

Friday, November 11, 2005

Sony copyprotection opens door for trojan

The new Sony DRM copyprotection on CD's has opened a door for Trojan Virusses. Sophos has issued a tool which will detect the existence of Sony's DRM copy-protection on Windows computers, disable its "cloaking" function, and prevent that functionality from re-installing. The tool also detects versions of the Troj/Stinx Trojan horse which exploit the Sony vulnerability.
read more here.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Music | Beth Hirsh - Titles & Idols

Uncut (UK)Dec 2001
To many music fans, Beth Hirsch will forever be the "voice of Air's 'All I Need' and 'You Make it Easy. But Hirsch is an accomplished singer songwriter in her own right, specializing in the sort of fragile acoustic music that oozes both beauty and soul. For her new LP 'Titles & Idols', the American chanteuse has taken the unusual step of going all-electronic. With sympathetic production from Custom Blue/Bluesound, Jackson and Black Dog man Ken Downie, all three producers manage to marry Hirsch's usual acoustic leanings and fragile voice with sympathetic, clean electronic productions. Occasionally dreamy, sometimes poignant and often beautiful, this is an album that should open Hirsch up to a larger audience - she certainly deserves it. IDJ (UK) Oct 2001
download: (2 parts / no pass / separate RAR's)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


...Giant clouds of gas and dust harboring embryonic stars rise majestically into space in a new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope... read more.

Photography | Cleo

Fun with the nightshot option of my digicam

Daily sketchbook #026

Environmental marker thumbs

Monday, November 07, 2005

Daily sketchbook #025

Torrent tracker 4 Ipod

You have your new Ipod-video but how do you find some neat video content?
Podtropolis has a solution: Torrent tracking for Ipod content. You'll need a torrent-client like azureus for Windows or BiTorrent for Mac to download the torrents.

Arts | Mauritshuis The Hague

On my trip to The Hague I went to the 'Mauritshuis'. This museum has a large exhibition of Dutch painters. One of them is Johannes Vermeer. The most famous painting of Vermeer is The Girl with the pearl earring. Click on the picture to get an ultra high resolution picture of this painting. I made this picture with no flashlight to get the most natural colors and authentic feel of the painting. The little small white dots you can spot are small light reflections from the spotlights.

Pixel size: 1712x2285
Byte size: 692 KB
Sony Cybershot
Focus: 23,5 mm
Time: 1/30 sec @ f/2.3
ISO: 320

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Photography | The Hague

Today a trip to The Hague, residential capital of the Neterlands