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Posts of year 2007

Free subway maps

Free subway maps

Did you ever wanted to bring a subway map in your pocket without ripping a page from your Lonely Planet? Now you can. Travel site Amadeus.net has put together a site with hundreds of metro maps.

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Razzie Awards strikes back 2007

Razzie Awards strikes back 2007

It’s time for the annual Razzie awards, just like last year. It’s usually a lot more entertaining than the politically correct Academy Awards which is held the day after the Razzies. Not very surprisingly, Basic Instinct 2 tops the list so far.

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The chinese boat gets shanghaied

The chinese boat gets shanghaied

For half a decade, there has been a strange boat situated in the Gothenburg harbor. It is the Chinese restaurant called Floating Sea Palace, cleverly disguised as a dragon ship. It has no engine and the dragon has seen better days, but it has been there for an eternity in my mind.

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What we code in life echoes not in eternity

What we code in life echoes not in eternity

When I go to old cities such as Rome, I see ancient buildings everywhere. Some were built over two thousand years ago and still stand before my eyes. But when future historians and archaeologists will rediscover the year of 2007, it is unclear if they will find anything.

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A word on Yahoo pipes

A word on Yahoo pipes

Yahoo recently released Pipes, a tool for managing and manipulate RSS feeds. The name choice is obvious for all Unix people out there. Unix pipes is a great way of routing output of one tool as input for another tool.

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Mythbusting in Wellington

Mythbusting in Wellington

I’m currently in Wellington, New Zealand. At latitude 41°S, it’s the southernmost national capital city in the world. This is about as far south as you can be without hiking through Patagonia. Being south of the equator once again, this time I actually remembered to personally debunk an old myth: The statement that water drains “backwards” in the southern hemisphere.

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Bunker safari

Bunker safari

"The area contains 54 excavated bunkers along with gun emplacements, scattered around the town’s most visible landmark."
Reliving history in Washington D.C.

Reliving history in Washington D.C.

"As I entered the heavily guarded Rotunda in the center, some of the most famous documents in the world laid before me."
The sound of Salzburg

The sound of Salzburg

"It is based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, even though I suspect she didn’t go singing alone in the mountain ranges."
The fairytale castles of Sintra

The fairytale castles of Sintra

"The Portuguese town of Sintra is famous for many beautiful castles. Palácio Nacional da Pena is arguably the most stunning of the lot. "
Vineyards of southern France

Vineyards of southern France

"Not far from Sauternes is the village of Saint-Émilion, also a famous wine region but what got me hooked was their impressive limestone caves."
Getting lost in Yazd

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."

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