Archive for April, 2011

Crise de foi en E.T.

Due to a lack of public interest in our extraterrestrial friends, the SETI institute has decided to put their giant telescope into hibernation…

Odd-Man Hypothesis

The Odd-Man Hypothesis states that unmarried men are better able to execute the best, most dispassionate decisions in crises.

Analog video synthesizer

A completely analog video synthesizer presented during the Electron Festival in Geneva : it’s called the Synkie, created by Flo Kaufmann and the Egger brothers.

Martin Wagenschein

Martin Wagenschein wanted to reconnect science teaching with both the developing child and nature. He is almost unknown in the English-speaking world.

Youri Gagarine

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human flight into space, by Youri Gagarine, during the Vostok 1 mission, in the context of the Soviet space program. Gagarine will become an international celebrity and become a Hero of the Soviet union.

AR Façade

Associated Press recorded this story in 2007 about an Augmented-Reality version of Façade, the now-famous interactive narrative game by Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern.

ITVS

ITVS (The Independent Television Service) is a major independent TV channel in the USA.

Juliano Mer-Khamis

Juliano Mer-Khamis was murdered on April 4th. He had received an award from Visions du Réel in 2004. He was organizing acting workshops for children in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, the European Union opens up its market to Palestinian exports, to ease the situation of Palestinian farmers and support their economy (preferential tariffs compared to Israeli products).

Turing vs. Zuse

I was always taught that the architecture of the modern computer had been invented by the British Alan Turing, and the (Hungarian-)American John von Neumann. Now I am ready to learn about Konrad Zuse, the misunderstood German engineer, who was a competitor of Turing, and came up with the series of Z computers. Zuse took refuge in Switzerland during World War II, and managed to complete his Z4 in Zürich, at the ETH.

Yes means Yes

This book can be useful to guys who want to decode better how women express sexual innuendos, consciously or not, to learn how to read them better and try not to misinterpret them. I try to remain courteous and romantic, according to the principles of chivalry, and when I fall in love, I go back to the «Fragments du Discours Amoureux» by Roland Barthes, but I am not sure it has been translated, and might not «work» well with women who are not of a European culture… In terms of films, my first choice would go to Eric Rohmer.