Month: November 2008

High tide in Venice

Tomorrow the tide in Venice will be exceptionally high, what they call the acqua alta. Normal high tides are about 80-90cm above the historical average, but a combination of rain and wind will push the tide higher tomorrow, up to around 120cm above the historical […]

Personality disorder?

I played a bit with Typealizer which I found at Bonnie’s blog, who had it from Michael Bradley, only the result is a bit ambiguous. I ran the test on the two sites I put the most effort into, and got rather different results.

“Interesting” photos

Flickr.com has a way of assigning “interestingness” to photos. I’m not quite sure how they do it. The algorithm probably includes the number of views, number of times it is marked a favourite and the number of comments, and it seems, also who views, marks or comments the photo and when and how fast they do it, but there is very little information about the details on the net.

The algorithm does seem to work well, at least it has picked some of the best of my photos, and the overall best on Flickr are usually really really great photos.

Here are the most “interesting” from my photo collection on flickr.

Hit by a wave in the sunThis photo is taken in Spain in 2006 and it has turned out quite remarkable. It is, however, more a matter of chance than of skill. It is taken with a Pentax Optio W10 mounted on a suction cup mono pod on the foredeck of the kayak, and set to take a photo every 20 seconds. After the paddle up and down the coast from Llança in Catalonia I had hundreds of photos on the camera, including this one of a wave breaking over the foredeck. The photo was used on the front page of the catalogue of my local kayak pusher and is still the top photo on their web site.

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Homosexual necrophilia in the mallard

This is so weird, some would probably say disturbing, but nature is a weird and sometimes disturbing place. On 5 June 1995 an adult male mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) collided with the glass façade of the Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam and died. An other drake mallard raped […]

No more war!

The armistice which became the end to the Great War, the first world war, took effect at 11:11 o’clock on November 11,  1918, exact 90 years ago today. It was the most horrible war the world had ever seen, with carnage on an industrial scale, […]

The Gondola Blog

By chance one day I stumbled over the Gondola Blog by Greg Mohr, who nurtures a burning passion for gondolas. He is, as he states on his blogger profile, a gondola fanatic.

There are quite a few gondolas in the USA. One day I visited the Squero Tramontin in Venice, Roberto Tramontin told that there were at least 120 gondolas there, including several he built himself, and I’m quite sure he didn’t count the electric ones 🙂

Greg also runs Gondola Adventures, a gondola service working in Newport Beach (CA), Lake Las Vegas (NV) and Irwing (TX).

Video of Berlusconi’s ‘compliment’ to Obama

The Guardian has a video of Berlusconi followed by a few interviews with ‘common’ Italians. Video: Italians rage at Silvio Berlusconi’s ‘racist’ Barack Obama comment The Repubblica has another one with clips from many countries. L’abbronzato fa il giro del mondo. The Corriere reports that […]

Berlusconi compliments Obama on his “tan”

The election of Obama in the USA hasn’t gone down so well within the Italian government. Prime minister Berlusconi literally adored Bush, and apparently aren’t able to hide his disappointment with the election of Obama. While on an official visit in Moscow, Berlusconi answered a […]

If London Were Like Venice

By chance I fell over this quite amusing image of how London would be if it were like Venice. I believe it is a piece of very early science fiction writing, in the British scientific romance genre. It was published in 1899, and later republished on the Forgotten Futures web site.

Click on the link below for the full article and many more images of how London would have been, had it been like Venice.

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Kayak coach exam

Back in August I took a kayak coach exam according to the Danish system. It was for the first of two levels, suitable for coaching beginners. Its the first time I have ever taken any kind of formal assessment of my kayaking skills. I followed […]