Aug 25, 2011

Gone to soon

Our very dear friend Troels Poulsen was taken from us last week. 30 years old.

Troels was a kind, smart, curious and warm human being. Rarely have I met a person so genuinely interested in learning about the world, while eager to pass on his knowledge. He was a dedicated high school teacher, and today at his funeral so many of his students and his colleagues cried for him. As did my friends and I along with his sweet family.

We will miss you forever, buddy.

 

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Aug 9, 2011

Unsung Norwegian Heroes

As one might expect, American media has not been too good at reporting the recent Norwegian massacre truthfully. Unfortunately, International media altogether nearly missed this story.

When married lesbians Toril Hansen and Hege Dalen were eating at their campsite, they heard gunshots fired nearby (at Utøya) and they didn't hesitate to jump in their boat and race to the rescue of the panicking youngsters. In a total of four trips to the island, they managed to rescue 40 young people, saving them from the onslaught of the crazed gunman.

We salute Toril and Hege for their bravery. Well done, ladies. Well done indeed.

(Photo credit: Maija Tammi/HS)

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Jun 8, 2011

How The ISA came about

In 1968 The International Commission on Technology and Accessibility held a design contest to come up with a logo that would be easily recognizable as representing access for disabled persons at any given location. Danish graphic design student Susanne Koefoed sent in the now globally recognized symbol of access, without receiving as much as a penny for it. It is beautiful and immediately understood by anyone who comes accross it.

Send Susanne a thought of 'thank you' the next time you see it. What a simple and great design it is.

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May 6, 2011

Thank you Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Just a little over 20 years ago a CERN-physicist by the name of Tim Berners-Lee invented HTTP - the building blocks of the world wide web, which would soon dominate the Internet as we know it. Most people wouldn't even know the difference.

What he did was quite extraordinary. The idea he got was so spectacular that most people surely would have initiated a business plan and secured a steady income for his or her progressive invention. Tim Berners-Lee made it public and free for all to use. He is now the director of the W3C - The World Wide Web Consortium, that enables the world wide web to evolve and progress free of commercial interests.

For that we owe him an enormous amount of gratitude. A worldwide gentleman indeed.

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Apr 24, 2011

The beautiful work of Terje Sorgjerd

Norwegian landscape photographer and filmmaker Terje Sorgjerd is taking time lapse videos to stunningly new levels with his two pieces 'The Mountain' and 'The Aurora'. We strongly urge you to see them over at Vimeo in full HD, but we embed them here for a nice preview. You can also follow him on twitter. Also, we love that vimeo has made art like this possible to share, and that Terje is sharing his art with all of us for free. Thank you, Vimeo. Thank you Terje.

Check it out.

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

 

The Aurora from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

 

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