Wien, September 2006. Schneider-Kreuznach 23mm f/2.8 lens. (c) Markus Ehrenfried
New or recently updated:
- Istanbul: Hagia Sophia -- new!!
- Russia: Hotel Metropol, Moscow and a flight in a TU-154M -- new!!
- Latvia: Riga, Jurmala -- new!!
- London: British Museum, walking around -- new!!
- Denmark: Kobenhavn -- new!!
- Sicily: Taormina, Gardini Naxos, INFN Catania, Catania at night -- new!!
- Paris: along the Seine, Musée des arts et métiers, Notre Dame, Saint Sulpice -- new!!
- Various pictures: autumn in Switzerland, decay, some macros, Tierpark Hagenbeck (Hamburg), some pictures of Nürnberg long before I expected to relocate...
- Kyoto: market in Kyoto, a visit to the Hieizan Enryakuji temple, the Shinkansen train and a slightly bizarre view from my hotel room (October 2006)
- Tokyo: back to Tokyo after five months, Ginza (b/w), street photography in Tokyo, an approaching typhoon, travel preparations (September 2006)
- Vienna: various panoramic pictures, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the city at night (September 2006)
- Scotland: Edinburgh (Zeiss, Velvia), Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Edinburgh (digital) (May 2006)
- Tokyo: Skyscrapers, Shinjuku, Shinjuku reloaded, Akihabara, Omote-sando, around Tokyo station, Tokyo subway, Asakusa, Shibuya, KEK (April 2006)
- Dresden: Zwinger, Semperoper, Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon, Frauenkirche, Altstadt, some more pictures (March 2006)
- The development of the alphabet
- This optical illusion is really amazing!
- Do it yourself pop art -- well, sort of ... ;-)
- How to copy columns in XEmacs
- Have a look at this interesting optical illusion and let me know your theory about it!
- Sicily: Photos taken in Sicily in September 2004
- Special characters (especially under UNIX) and useful key combinations under Mac OS X
- I sorted photos I took last year and uploaded some of them to photo.net
- An article about spin physics (by Markus Ehrenfried)
- Some comments about Bill Bryson's book A Short History of Nearly Everything (by Markus Ehrenfried)
- Werner Heisenberg: Recently I searched for Heisenberg's essay "Ordnung der Wirklichkeit" (which is out of print for years) and found a very interesting webpage containing a collection of documents about Werner Heisenberg, provided by his son. -- new!!
- Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics
- Online Gallery of the British Library: Leaf through 15 great books by Leonardo da Vinci, Mozart, Mercator, Vesalius and others.
- Google Earth is now also available for the Mac! You can download it here.
- Behind the magic curtain: a behind the scenes report about Steve Jobs' Keynotes
- The Cosmic Variance Blog
- Securing Mac OS X -- a Corsaire White Paper (PDF download)
- Satellite picture of my office at DESY
- Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein -- a comparison between the original comic book images and the pictures by Roy Lichtenstein. (Very large page, will take some time to load...)
- Google Sightseeing
- iScroll2 is a trackpad driver which enables the extremely useful two-finger scrolling feature of the new Apple PowerBooks also on older PowerBooks and G4 iBooks. It works beautifully, highly recommended!!!
- On April 29th, 2005, Apple "unleashed" Tiger aka Mac OS X 10.4. There are three quite interesting reviews by ars technica, MacWorld and macdevcenter.com.
- Optical illusions: Prof. Akiyoshi Kitaoka (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan), Prof. Michael Bach (Universität Freiburg, Germany)
- Route planning
- Wordsmyth thesaurus
- Who-is-who in the UNIX community
- ASCII Art and ASCII Generator
- Quick Reference Cards for Emacs, Tex, C, etc. Thanks to Chris for this link! If you think a quick refence card is too 'normal', you might consider a vi or emacs reference mug or t-shirt. :)
- Alexanders Welt (in German) -- Articles by my friend Alexander von Behaim-Schwartzbach about astronomy
- Aliens Cause Global Warming -- Caltech Michelin Lecture by Michael Crichton
- The Discovery of the Electron Spin -- a Lecture by Samuel A. Goudsmit
Favourite toy at the moment:
I bought a second XJ12 as rolling spare part depot for the restoration of my favourite cat. Now everybody keeps telling me the military camouflage Jag would be so cool that I shouldn't rip it apart. Perhaps I should buy a third one for the spare parts I need? ;-)
This is the other one:
Both are XJ12 Series III models with 12-cylinder 300 horsepower 5.3 litre engines. The one in the lower picture is the latest model of the Series III labeled HE which stands for high efficiency. It needs only between 8 and 11 liters fuel per 50 km. It develops a maximum torque of 407 Nm @ 4500 rpm, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and has a maximum speed of 243 km/h (which is remarkable considering the weight of 2 tonnes!). Of course the technology is more than one decade behind my BMW 740iA (no ABS, no traction slip control, no airbags and a C-Net phone for which the network service was shut down in the meantime ;-)), but it still is the most comfortable and beautifully designed car I've ever driven.
"The Jag is still the big saloon which delivers the finest compromise between ride refinement and flat cornering, with bags of grip. Its shape has been developed in detail to a point where it looks quite beautiful alongside the teardrop-shaped, flush-glazed cars that are starting to predominate in executive car parks. Its interior has the finest combination of 'British' attributes - leather and wood - of any car this side of the out-of-court Rolls-Royces. And even after a production life exceeding 15years, it is still a triumph for British engineering. [...]
The enormous performance of the Jaguar V12 takes some getting used to, whatever car you've been driving. It's as if the car, capable of a 0-60mph sprint in around 7.0sec, is on the end of a huge elastic strap, and the breakes are released. The car leaps forward, but there's no accompanying noise, just a hum. The road speeds by, but there are no thumps from underneath, no road shocks. But the machine's progress, so unfailingly effortless that it's difficult at first to believe your milometer or your maps, is at the cost of unreasonable fuel consumption; even with the latest 'HE' cylinder heads, the V12 rarely returns better than 16mpg when used seriously.
Still, we believe the Jaguar Souvereign HE will eventually be seen as one of the greatest cars of 1985, perhaps more desirable even than the Jaguars of 1986."
-- CAR Magazine, February 1985