Antarctica

Clear recommendation for everyone who is interested in remote countries and an amazing insight into places, almost untouched by humans: Antarktis: Die Reise der Pinguine (German and French).

SeaWorld Orlando Anarctica: Empire of the Penguin. [Wikipedia Commons]
Film maker Luc Jacquet, nature photographer Vincent Munier (unfortunetely only Flash content) and underwater photographer and sea biologist Laurent Ballesta issued within the "Antarctica!" Project from Wild-Touch Expeditions for two months to Antarctica.
Astonishing pictures and view.

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Another reason to avoid Alexa & Co

Would you broadcast everything you ever say in the living room to the internet? Like your own reality show that goes somewhere to the internet 24/7 and records everything you say to your beloved ones? To your lovers? To your children? To your father, when you ask him for an advise because you're in terrible financial distress?

If the answer is no it at least one case, then just don't get any of the voice controlled smart home devices ever. There is more than enough evidence, that this is a very very bad idea.

I'm writing this, because recently a news reporter caused a lot of Amazon Echo devices to order a puppet house because the user's are too stupid to set up at least a PIN protection to their orders.

This whole technology raises again the question of Dürrenmatts "Die Physiker" - If technology becomes so simple, that even a donkey can use it, who is then responsible to the consequences? The scientists (in our times also the programmers/technicians) who build it or the donkey who just pushes the button without knowing what happens?


I'm using this article to again put pressure on the argument, that we need to get rid of the digital literacy.
Still too many people are using modern technology like monkeys and do not have a single clue what's going on. We need every student to learn how to code, so that the normal user has at least a single clue about what is going on behind the scenes.
Not because everyone needs to create programs, apps and devices, but because almost everyone uses them, and to put you in the position, that you control technology and technology is not controlling you, there is no other way than having at least a little insight how it works.

If you don't know anything about the technology you're using, the technology will use you.

An ordered puppet house is the first step, because you have configured the device to let a damn newsreporter order stuff for you.
Maybe next time Amazon doesn't take the orders back. And imagine what happens, if in the next Hollywood blockbuster someone would order a brand new Mercedes car for you 🙂


[UPDATE 13.01.2017]

Update at Twitter 🙂

Chocolate tastes better from an orange cup

News of the day: Hot chocolate out of an orange cream cup tastes better

Picture stolen from www.gizmodo.com

According to an article of 2013 based on an empirical study on 57 participants, it tastes best if it comes out of an orange cup. White cups were the worst.

Also, cream cups are making chocolate slighlty sweeter with a bit of a better aroma.

The colour of the recipient where you serve food and drinks can enhance some of its attributes, like flavour and aroma. There's no fix rule to tell which colour enhances what food. This varies depending on the type of food but the truth is that the effect is there. Companies should pay more attention to the recipient because it has a a lot more potential than what you imagine.


Well, you can decide for yourself what is the take home message of this article 🙂 If unsure, I suggest a field study en detail with the delicious Dutch Bensdorp chocolate.