March 01, 2006

Listening to...

Listening to Slaraffenland 'Jinkatawa'.
(Via Technorati:copenhagen+jazz)

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October 13, 2005

Aresa - helping make a difference

(Update: Pictures from press briefing uploaded)

About three years ago Morten Lund and I agreed that it was probably safest for our friendship not to get involved in any projects together. About six months ago we broke that agreement, and one outcome has been a mutual involvement in Aresa Biodetection.
Aresa's mainstay is a genetically modified Thale Cress that can change colour from green to red when exposed to specific compounds, like toxins or explosives, highly useful for detection and clean-up of polluted soil and life-critical detection of land mines.

While neither Morten nor I can claim any particular insight into biotech, we were both magically drawn to this project. Why was really quite simple: it's a dream about making a difference.
Only this January on a vacation in Laos, I was stunned and hurt by learning the latest figures from UXO, the United Nations mine-removal program:in 2004 unexploded bombs and mines from the Vietnam War (30+ years back!) claimed 192 lives, while injuring and disabling hundreds more.

Being a part of Aresa is our small contribution to attempting solve significant issues that fatally impact many people. Aresa is not the cure to the wars and ails of this world, but a potential significant step in helping us clean up after ourselves. We are humbled by the task at hand but I truly feel honored that I'm able to help in some little way.

Bonus links for those of you who understand Danish:

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August 31, 2005

Kiko - your next calendar

At FooCamp I met the two young founders of Kiko, an compliant webbased calendar with tons of AJAX and drag-and-drop. An Oddpost for calendars. You can add me to your own contacts through my email address nikolaj {at} the name of this website (as usual).

Kiko was funded (for the summer) through Paul Graham's interesting YCombinator Summer Founders program. Aaron Schwartz, who also received funding through the Summer Founders program for his "startup building a new way to share information over the Web", has recorded his impressions so far.

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June 15, 2005

AJAX web-based shell

Ben Gailbraith points to Igor Afanasyev's (IE only) AJAX-powered web-based command-line interface.

Also check out other AJAX hacks, including MP3 players and spell checkers at

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June 01, 2005

Cone of Silence

Over the last two days I have seen a surge in traffic in search engine referers on "Applied Minds".

Curious to find the reason for this sudden spike, Google News gave me a hint: Applied Minds has invented the Babble, an electronic silencer, for furniture maker Hermann Miller.
As always, John Markoff at the NY Times has the best spin.

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March 15, 2005

Yahoo! Buzz Game

Yahoo! Research Buzz Game.

Buy virtual stock in technologies or products you believe in (can I buy cellphones and short the iPod?), much like the gung-ho Blogshares.

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Ruby on Rails on O'Reilly's Radar

Not that it's a surprise, but Ruby On Rails was featured in the opening O'Reilly Radar at Etech. Congrats David!
Update: Rael also mentioned my inflight Skype experience. ;)

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February 22, 2005

Barry's Kensington Toilet Paper Hack

While it's already old news within the Danish blogosphere, star-editor and blogger Henrik Føhns was on DR2's evening news, Deadline, this last Friday. As one example of the power of blogs over corporates, Henrik mentioned the infamous Kryptonite Bic Pen hack.

This brought into memory my good friend Barry The Key Wells' great Kensington toilet roll hack (scroll forward to 13:48) back at O'Reilly's EuroFoo camp in late August 2004.
Kensington provides an insurance for computers stolen while locked -- how does this apply when the laptop has been stolen with a toilet roll?

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