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Some paintings

Graham Toms is a good friend of mine. He is a multi-talented artist. He paints, he makes sculptures, animations, 3D graphics, … but above all is a great person.

Today he sent me two of his last paintings, which I find great. He is also looking for commissions, so if you are interested, drop him a mail at toonfactory[at]fsmail.net.

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The Circus Of Life 03

Store Wars

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A mac mini in the wall of the kitchen

This is something for Zeno’s macminicenter portal:

An individual calling himself “Lilmuckers” has posted the process he went through to build a mac-mini into the wall of his kitchen. “It is hidden and everything works perfectly.” he says.

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Interactive Urinatory

I am pretty sure that Nicolas posted already something about this. He was taking a lot lately on how to improve collaboration in these fourth places.

The You’re In Control system uses computation to enhance the act of urination. Sensors in the back of a urinal detect the position of impact of a stream of urine, enabling the user to play interactive games on a screen mounted above the urinal.

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SCIgen: yet another Automatic Paper Generator

SCIgen is a program that generates random Computer Science research papers, including graphs, figures, and citations. It uses a hand-written context-free grammar to form all elements of the papers. Our aim here is to maximize amusement, rather than coherence.

How to start a startup

You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup that does all three will probably succeed.

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My next camera

Canon Sd400Frtbk-001

[nice review]

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BioWall webcam

I found this webcam pointing on the BioWall installed here at EPFL…

[link] hint> use firefox!

PhD comics

Nice site with a fantastic collection of comic stripes on PhD life. I laugh all day…

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The history of things

It was hard to realise today that my previous lab is closing down. Media Lab Europe failed in applying its financial model and to achieve its self sustainability. What are the causes that brought it to this point are difficult to say. Even for a person like me, an ex-employee, it is difficult to analyse all the variables. However it is (and it was) possible to see something on the surface of the project that was kind of shaky: the idea of implementing an american business model into a different continent.

I read already lots of comments on this story. Some of them were kind of rude against ML culture. Well, I can be sincere with you and say that is true that some work is vapour-ware, that some is brochure-ware and all is demo-ware BUT it just happens like that that Media Lab is one of the only place on earth where cool things gets invented just for the sake of re-thinking media and technology with different eyes.

This is far from most old, acquitted, stable, and standing academic institution and it is difficult to understand if you did not live the feeling in being in one of the most eccentric, energetic and COOL laboratory ever. The tone on which people sometimes speak about things they do not know makes me think they are envious!

However, I wont forget MLE! Even if in a difficult shape, tiring, surviving and fighting to stay there … that was one of the best periods of my life! I will miss MLE.

Other comments: RTE news; David Reitter; Antoin O Lachtnain; Michael Cunningham; Jonah B. Cohen; Jamie Lawrence; Karlin Lillington has a short opinion piece in the Guardian about MLE.

The official press relase, dated 14th of January 05.

Some Clicks in Morges

We spent the day in Morges, enjoying the sunshine and the lake side. The city was quite alive and the landscape just astonishing.

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european satellite addiction

Found an interesting site devoted to satellite television in europe. It offers technical informations on satellite transmissions, bouquets, transponders, etc. There is also an interesting section on web tv broadcasts.

[www.lyngsat.com]

a beautiful day

The view from the Hercules Temple, Cori, Italy.

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Morning ice

I am getting used to the Swiss winter landscape. Today, I found all the things frozen and white. As a native Italian, I am not used to such winter beauty …

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Morning fog

I recently moved to the countryside of Lausanne. This is the view I get from the window of my kitchen.

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