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September 29, 2007

Your own robot on the moon?

Filed under: idea,internet — takaita @ 07:56
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Doesn’t it sound like a very cool thing to be able to sit behind your computer and control the actions of your very own robot on the moon? I recently read about this idea, which originally is from the Dutch Nobel prize winner Gerard ‘t Hooft. I am not totally sure where he first launched this idea, but it might be in his book ‘Planetenbiljart’, published in 2006 (not sure if it has been translated, the title translates as ‘Billiards of the Planets’). The idea is based on the much older idea of colonizing space with the use of robots, it only democratizes it: each of us will have our own robot on the moon and we can use it to build a civilization there. Very much like Second Life, but for real this time.

In one of the articles I found while trying to Google the idea, I read that a US company has developed plans to have your robot on the moon, but I haven’t been able to figure out which company that is. Suggestions are welcome.

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September 20, 2007

“Oh, he’s photographing grass” she said

Filed under: nature,nature photography,photography — takaita @ 13:12
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Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)
Brown Hawker
(Aeshna grandis)
Migrant Hawker (Aesna mixta)
Migrant Hawker
(Aeshna mixta)

There I was. Seriously trying to make photos of dragonflies. There were lots of them. Mainly Hawkers (Aeshna) and Meadowhawks (Sympetrum). I was especially interested in the Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis), the species that I find so hard to photograph. At this spot I counted at least six of them. While walking around, sometimes one of them would fly up from its hiding place unexpectedly. Each time that happened I told myself again that I should look better and try to see them before they escaped from my camera.

There were also many individuals of the Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) . In Dutch this species is called Paardenbijter, which translates to Horse Biter. You can fantasize why it got that name. I don’t know it for certain.

Anyway. I thought that it might be easier to get close to the Brown Hawker if I would follow a flying one until it sat down and then carefully approach that spot. So I did. I had followed one with my eyes and saw it disappear in the vegetation. With my eyes fixed on that spot I carefully stepped closer. At that point a bunch of females and girls came riding by on horses. I am not sure what the fun of riding horses is, but it has to do something with something that girls like. There were about 20 horses stepping slowly in a long row and the girls seemed happy sitting on top of them.

The girls wondered what a lonely man was doing walking around in the grass. One of them must have seen my camera. “Oh, he’s photographing grass” she said so loud that I could hear it. Problem solved. Lonely man classified as weird but harmless. And on they went.

At that time I thought it best to say nothing. Only later I realized I should have told her that there were many Horse Biters around.

(Both photos were taken at the afternoon this happened. I still need a better photo of the Brown Hawker)

September 7, 2007

A greeting to future historians

Filed under: history,idea,world wide web — takaita @ 22:53
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Link rot, web archive, copyleft to preserve content for the future, the digital dark age. I was in a discussion on the interweb about this. The current diarrhea of weblogs and myspace stuff and photos, the highly praised content of web 2.0, created by the average user about his or her average life and average opinion. It should all be preserved. Future historians want to know all about us.

Yes, I gladly join. This is my content. Mediocre as can be.

For the occasion, a special greeting to future historians. Let me keep it simple. One word. “Hi

Mikulov - Jewish cemetery

As always it needs a photo. What is more appropriate then a photo taken on a graveyard.

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