Sunday, December 14, 2003

Gigapixel Images

Amazing what you can do with digital photography - this guy has created the first Gigapixel (40,784 x 26,800 pixels) image by stiching 196 images. See also his Gallery of High Resolution Digital Images.

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Dave Winer about beauty in women

"I think people expressing themselves honestly is where beauty comes from. We all need love, to be heard, appreciated, admired, cared for, but so few of us accept that we're entitled to it. We see our imperfections and want to erase them. But when I see an imperfection, I see something real, and to me that's beautiful ... I don't love women for the attributes that the inflight magazines idealize, quite the opposite. I find the airbrushed, silicon-corrected bodies to be worse than ugly, they suck life out of all they come in contact with. Beauty is in the reality, in the expression of reality... Do what you enjoy, and what you can do, and then and only then will you be beautiful. The things you think are imperfect are the things that make you so pretty. Hey if you want to know where I'm coming from, go get a copy of Joe Cocker's You Are So Beautiful. In his crackly, squeaky imperfect way he speaks for every man who has ever loved a woman. Hey I know I'm a dork, but I love you. Now if we can all accept that about ourselves and each other, think of all the fun we can have. You are so beautiful to me. You are so beautiful to me. Can't you see? You're everything I hoped for. You're everything I need. You are so beautiful. To me."

Friday, December 12, 2003

Es kommt nicht auf den Kritiker an

“Es kommt nicht auf den Kritiker an. Nicht der Mann ist wichtig, der das Straucheln des Starken analysiert oder der dem Tatkraeftigen nachweist, wie er noch besser haette handeln koennen. Der Ruhm geb├╝hrt dem Mann in der Arena, dessen Gesicht von Staub und Schweiss und Blut gezeichnet ist, der tapfer ringt … der die Begeisterungsfaehigkeit kennt, die restlose Hingabe, der sein Leben einer grossen Sache widmet. Nur er kann ermessen, welcher Triumph ihn im besten Fall erwartet. Er weiss aber auch, dass er im Fall des Scheiterns wenigstens in Ehren scheitert und dass er nie in einem Atemzug mit jenen Teilnahmslosen und Kleinm├╝tigen genannt werden wird, die niemals Sieg oder Niederlage gekostet haben.” Theodore Roosevelt