Curiosity ist erfolgreich gelandet!

Der neue NASA Marsrover Curiosity ist erfolgreich gelandet. Find ich absolut beeindruckend. Nicht nur, dass die Landung dieses 900 Kilomonsters ohnehin schon kompliziert genug ist, da kann ja grundsätzlich allerlei schief gehen. Und keiner ist dort um es zu fixen. Man hat für alles immer genau 1 Versuch.

Und obwohl die NASA gerne belächelt wird, gerade heutzutage in der zusehend wissenschaftfeindlichen Welt, die wieder aufzuerstehen scheint, haben sie es bewiesen: es funktioniert. Bürokratie, Chaos, Zuständigkeitsgerangel, Fehler, Bugs, Geldmangel, Druck von aussen, oben und innen und doch - irgendwie läuft der Laden doch. Fantastisch!

Das hier ist ein Bild vom Lander wie er mit dem Fallschirm auf die Oberfläche fällt:


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Ist das nicht beeindruckend? Dieses Bild wurde von einem Sateliten aufgenommen, der seit 6 Jahren im Marsorbit unterwegs ist, und der über eine Entfernung von hundertausenden Kilometern neu programmiert worden ist, um genau zu dem Zeitpunkt genau über der Curiosity Landestelle zu sein. Wow!

So sieht der Rover aus:


Hier gehts zur Missionswebsite.

06 August 2012 | #space

 

Scripting Wahnsinn

Ich wollte mir bei Wired einen Artikel über Jäger anschauen. Da gab es Photos. Um ehrlich zu sein, hat mich der Artikel gar nicht interessiert, ich wollte nur die Fotos angucken.

Geht nicht:

Wie man sieht, wird kein Foto angezeigt. Es sollte eigentlich innerhalb dieser schwarzen Box da erscheinen.

Ich verwende seit Jahren das Firefoxplugin NoScript und bin damit mehr als zufrieden. Vor allem ist das Teil praktisch, um zu sehen, von wo so die Inhalte einer Webseite kommen. Der Trend ist klar: das werden immer mehr externe Quellen, von denen mit Javascript Code nachgezogen wird. Wired.com ist nur ein Beispiel von vielen, aber schaut Euch das an:

Das ist die vollständige Liste, von wo Wired.com Code nachlädt. Ich habe alles ausser Facebook und Disqus erlaubt. Zum einen weil ich nicht will, dass Facebook mich tracked und zum anderen weil ich weiss, dass Disqus ein Kommentarprovider ist. Diese beiden werden also todsicher nicht für die Anzeige des Bildes gebraucht.

Das Bild erscheint trotzdem nicht. Wie kann man so einen Dünnschiss fabrizieren?! Und warum muss man bei einem Dutzend anderer (mir meist unbekannter!) Seiten irgendwelchen fucking Code nachladen?! Es geht mir nicht in den Kopf.

Ich hab mir also den Source der Seite geschnappt, den Kram mit sed und awk verwursted und mir die Bilderlinks rausgeholt. Hier sind sie:


DC-young-hunter-I-south-africa-from-the-series-hunters.jpg
DC-untitled-professional-hunter-with-trophy-lion-kalahari-northern-cape-south-africa..jpg
DC-untitled-bow-huntress-II-with-nyala-eastern-cape-south-africa-from-the-series-hunters-7897.48-001-Final.jpg
DC-untitled-professional-hunter-and-son-eastern-cape-south-africa-7899.52-001-Final.jpg
DC-leopard-hunter-II-namibia-from-the-series-hunters.jpg
DC-xhosa-huntsman-with-lynx-I-south-africa-from-the-series-hunters.jpg
DC-untitled-novice-hunter-cell-phone-and-blesbok-eastern-cape-south-africa.jpg
DC-bloodied-hunter-with-white-springbok-I-south-africa.jpg
DC-hunter-with-giraffe-ladysmith-south-africa-from-the-series-hunters.jpg
DC-hunting-party-zimbabwe.jpg
DC-kill-shot-untitled-huntress-eastern-cape-south-africa.jpg
DC-bloodied-hunter-IV-with-buck-south-africa.jpg
DC-hunters-at-old-farm-I-south-africa-from-the-series-hunters.jpg
DC-leopard-hunting-II-namibia.jpg
DC-untitled-hunter-and-wife-game-farm-eastern-cape-south-africa.jpg
DC-untitled-bow-hunter-with-springbok-I-eastern-cape-south-africa-from-the-series-hunters-7867.46-001-Final.jpg
DC-father-and-son-hunters-I-south-africa.jpg
DC-huntress-with-wildebeest-namibia-from-the-series-hunters.jpg
DC-bloodied-hunter-V-south-africa.jpg

Unglaublich.

30 July 2012 | #unfassbar

 

Meanwhile bei Reddit

29 July 2012 | #gefunden

 

Google, anno 1969

Google scheint es doch länger zu geben, als ich gedacht habe. Und es kommt sogar noch dicker: offenbar scheint es sogar meine Domain länger zu geben. Tatsächlich ist meine Domain laut Google gar älter als ich selbst und - ganz dicke - älter als das Internet! Jahahaha!

Guckst Du:

2012-07-26 - google 1969:

26 July 2012 | #geschwätz

 

First Contact, chapter 21 made my day

An english blog post as an exception - for a reason.

Several days ago I started to read the free ibook In Her Name, First Contact by Michael R. Hicks. I read a lot of books and my favorite are scifi novels. And I usually only read german books (since that's my mother language). Then I stumbled open this ebook and thought to me: give it a try, what about an english book?

What started as an experiment turned very quickly into excitement. This is the first english novel I've ever read. I did read a lot of english stuff, like manpages, howto's, software readme's and the like, but not novels. Too complicated. Some years ago I tried to read John Keats. But guess how it went...

Now, this is a very new experience for me. While on the first pages I still had some difficulties, but they went away. And now I read it as fast as I read german books. I don't translate it in my brain anyway, I just understand it as it is. This is indeed a very great feeling though. Somewhere in the book some people talked and one told the other a time: eighteen hundred and fourty. That took me out of context completely. Not because I didn't understand, but because I DID. For this to understand one needs to know how it sounds for a german to watch american movies where such military time specifications are used: Null Achthundert Vierzig. I'm so used to this kind and just wondered once I stumbled upon it in the original english form - which I didn't have in mind. But I understood it immediately. Weird and wonderfull how the brain works...

Then, how is the book? I just love it! I love the characters, the story behind, the space stuff, the battles and everything. "Alles passt" as I'd say in german just like: everyting is well balanced. It's a fast paced story and I can't hold myself while I have to do other annoying things like eating, working or even spend time with family! I want more of it, better yesterday than now.

I'm not sure, if I'd judge the same, if I'd read the german translation (there is none, afaik) though. Perhaps I would instead hate it. Because sometimes translations miss THE point of a story. I've always heard about it. We'll see. Once there's a german version available I'll give it a try as well.

In the meantime I'm swallowing up this book. I'm not finished yet and started right on chapter 21. Some chapters earlier one of the main characters on board of a space vessel (this is a good example: I absolutely know for sure, what a "space vessel" is, but I am unable to tell it in german) died. I was very angry about this. What a waste! And now entering chapter 21 what do I read? He's alive! Yippieyahiyeh! Was I happy, I can't tell. My wife watched me sitting there with such a big grin on my face and asked me what the bloody hell happend. And I told her: "He's alive! Thanks God!", for which she shook her head not understanding how I could react like this just of a book.

So this is how it feels (for me at least) to read this book. Cool, isn't it?

For the story itself, that's quickly told: an alien race attacks mankind just for the fun of it (for the honor of the aliens ruler, that is). Just a space opera with all the incredients you love about space operas: space ship battles, man-to-man combat (man to women, because the alien warriors are female only, in fact), action, emotions, heros and horror. A fun read.

Oh - and yes there's something to criticize as well, but only one thing and it doesn't really matter for the story: Hicks is also using the hyperspace thing many autors are using. Hyperspace being some space "beneath" normal spacetime you can jump in, fly a little time in there and jump out lots of lightyears away. Of course that's pure nonsense (in my opinion). But I can live with this obstacle, esepecially since it's only this one and it doesn't hurt.

And take it for granted, I'll read all the other books of the series as well.

One last thing: why did I post it in english? I think just to show respect and honor (something I learned from the book, LOL) to the author. He wrote it in english, I read it in english, then why bothering anyone with a german review?

25 July 2012 | #literatur