>MURAKAMI ALTER EGO

20 Feb

>Si Haruki Murakami hubiera tenido
un padre convicto por delito sexual.
¿Como habría cambiado su vida?
Me pregunto si… habría podido ir a la universidad,
encontrar mujer, montar un club
de jazz, dejar el club y convertirse
en un escritor de éxito y luego
correr la ultramaratón.

Ah! pero veo en la NHK japonesa que
Mr. Kenta Nihimura acaba de ganar el
prestigioso premio literario Akutagawa.
Es el escritor de moda en Tokyo!
Su bio: padre fue condenado por delito sexual
cuando el era un niño. Se quedo sin amigos,
no fué a la universidad, mileurista empredernido,
sin novia conocida. Edad 43.

¿Y Que hizo Kenta? Como se sentia identificado con el
escritor maldito de la era Showa, Seijo Fujisawa – Fujiswa murió de frio en un parque. –
fue investigando y recopilando los manuscritos originales de Fujisawa.
Kenta: ” El hecho de saber que existia alguien mas que se sentia mas looser que yo me reconfortaba”
A los 35 años la NHK se fijó en su trabajo de recopilación original y salió en en TV. En 2002 se compró
una tumba al lado de Fujisawa y se autoproclamó su discípulo.

Kenta:”Empezé a vesitrme bien para que la gente me respetara”

Video de Nishimura al conocer la noticia del premio:

>Five reasons Why Creative Common should change its logo trademark

24 Oct

>
The logo conundrum…

1 BEFORE WE USED:

© Lawernce Lessig 2010.

THE © Symbol Became associated to a FEELING of QUALITY and
RELIABILITY because many moons ago printing paper was expensive.

2 ENTER THE NET

© Lawernce Lessig Blog 2010.

Bloggers start using this © symbol because it is cool and it gives a sense of reasurance that they are producing quality work AND as a way to put a label that says:”Hey I made this” without looking too silly.

3 ENTER Creative Commons.

Creative commons releases a dozen of Logos that producers can embeed in their work
to show “Hey I made that AND I am cool about copyrights”

BUT

4 As designer Leesean would say: This logos are NOT NEAT and many ppl arround the world never heard about the commons concept!

5 We need something as easy to embed as the ©ASCII for example and THAT CONNECTS with layman!

☆ Lawerence Lessig. Creative Rights 1990.

To learn more about the Creative Commons click there.

>SOCIAL MEDIA WARS v1.0

9 Oct

>SOCIAL MEDIA WARS FACEBOOK TWITTER APPLE by HARRIKEN

>Why grass is always greener – megadroplets

5 Oct

>As everyone who enjoys picnics on grass…
I always wondered why it is always so wet.

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Fig1. Even hours after sunrise under the scorching sun grass retains droplets. Photo: Brussels Park.

However, other plants spices are not usually as wet:
examples: clover, sun-shy ivy plants. So how come grass manages to remain
wetr even at midday? And how does it manage to attract droplets of dew to the tips?

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Fig2. The grass leaf has the ability to concentrate
water against the gravity force.

One explanation might be in the microstructure of the grass leaf:

The characteristic fusiform and V-shape channel of the grass
leaf acts like is in fact a half-funnel. At the micro level, the ability of funnels to propel micro
droplets against gravity is a consequence of capillary force law and has been demonstrated here.

The V-shape is an even more powerful force as reported here. Giant Tropical trees use conducts with embedded star prism structures so that capillary force can pump water hundreds of meters. A mathematical description of how a V-shaped wedge enhances capillary force can be found here.

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Fig3. V-shaped grass leaf.

Hence the Grass leaf uses booth: V-shape and fusiform funnel effect to collect and transport small droplet into larger droplets that concentrate on the tips. Why? Droplets from Dew form mostly at sunrise. The amount of water harvested from dew has been reported here be highly dependent on atmospheric changes such as wind and humidity. And here the ability to make larger droplets counts because the larger the droplet the greater its average life expectancy against evaporation. Additionaly, larger droplets are easier to fall to the ground and thus protect against heat and evaporation.

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Fig4. A mega droplet captured in a 4-way intersection of leaves.
A megadroplet life expectancy increases with size.

Summary:
Grass V-shape wedge form functions as a directional collector of dew droplets. The ability to capture dew into large droplets megadroplets prevents droplet loss by evaporation. The grass mesh plays a significant role in merging droplets.

>Wall Street II – La ficción superada por la realidad

26 Sep

>Queridos Cosmonautas –
Hoy vamos a ver un un review de Wall Street –
Posiblemente LA película más influyente de la historia económica actual,
ya que ha sido y es la inspiración de la actual generación que
hoy día ocupa Wall Street. Muchos de los actuales brokers de Wall Street lo son
por culpa de que vieron la película – algo triste – según Oliver.

Según el magazine que leen los gestores cool (Bloomberg BizWeek) Oliver contrató a más de 35 “expertos”
en Wall Street para cuidar los detalles.
De hecho hubo una persona full time cuyo
solo objetivo era mirar por la pantalla de la cámara y comentar que cosas no
se parecíana su ex-trabajo de Wall Street.

Por otro lado la película esta llena de guiños nostalgicos:
Salen escena reales de CNBC, Maria Bartiromo,
Bud FOX (desmejorado), Warren Buffet en cnbc,
una foto con Georges Soros de fondo.

Otro tema a comentar es que comparada con la film orginal de 1986 – se nota el recorte en escenas de exterior.

>Bicing review

2 Jul

>
Bicing in Barcelona: Desing innovation: small front wheel for better handling (!)


Bicing in Brussels is called Villo and its not so innovative.

Recently I been trying Bicing outside Barcelona: in Brussels.
In Brussels Bicing is called Villo and
it is quite different! Comparing both servces
bicing wins hands down.
Here is why:
Bicing bikes are lighter, AND
the front wheel is smaller.
Villo bikes use standard 28” diameter wheels.
This small desing detail makes a huge
difference in urban riding.
I still remember the first ride in Brussles:
Almost toppled over!

ClearChannel made Bicing XOXO
JCDecaux made Villo (Brussels) Sorry

By the way both logos seem designed
by Sheldon.

>Beach Tenis

22 Jun

>
Tenis Platja