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Entries of year 2008

The SEO rapper

The standardistas of the world often take a beating, but this time we got reinforcements by the most unlikely ally imaginable: say welcome to the Poetic Prophet a k a the SEO Rapper. This is not an April’s fool joke, but a rap artist singing about web standards and search engine optimization. My jaw is still firmly on the floor. I love this guy.

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Excel as 3D engine

Everyone knows that Excel97 was a flight simulator and Word97 a pinball game. But that was ten years ago and surely the modern versions can do much more? Enter Excel the 3D engine! Peter Rakos had a bit of time to spare and used Excel to calculate and render basic 3D.

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On the desert road

I just got back to civilization (sort of) after a dry bus ride through the Atlas mountain range. As the bus winded up the narrow roads along the mountain side, I caught myself thinking of the scene in Babel where the woman got shot through the window. She was a tourist passing through these areas by bus and the scene was shot in this area of Morocco.

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A new home

After months of struggle and maintenance, Mink Machine has finally found a new place to settle. This is the fourth physical home location since 1994! The new server is harder, better, faster, stronger – just as Daft Punk would put it.

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Camden on fire

A newsflash tonight caught my eye more than usual. There was a big fire going on in Camden. From what I heard the Canal Market is gone, but Lock Market and Stables Market seems to be alright. I’ve heard contradictory numbers but some claim up to a third of the markets fell prey to the fire.

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On the Trans-Siberian

"Since the toilets were locked during the seven hour stop, we had to bribe the provodnitsas to use the facilities. Then came the Mongols."

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."

The dark days of Sarajevo

"The city survived on the edge of annihilation and has started to recover, but the stone walls still seem to cry out in lament of all the horrible things they have seen."

Visions of Singapore

"By extensive use of landfill with sand bought from Indonesia and Cambodia, the bay area has expanded greatly in the last few years and tall buildings pop up everywhere."

Getting lost in Yazd

"Navigating on random while surrounded by staring old men, pointing their crooked fingers at the Godzilla Viking in surprise. It feels like I’m walking around in Mos Eisley."

The lakes of Lombardy

"The town of Como, largest settlement around Lake Como, attracts a lot of people with big wallets. But I preferred to take the funicular up the mountain to the Brunate region, where you get a much better view of the lake."