May 6, 2011
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.
Apr 24, 2011
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.
Mar 7, 2011
Yesterday, our good friend Kasper, who is residing in Berlin these days, was on his way home in a cab along with a friend, from an epic party that had lasted all night. Spring is just around the corner and the sun was out. The cab driver, a middle aged woman, was blasting Billie Hollyday out the windows. All was good.
Kasper jumped out of the cab and immediately discovered that he must have left his phone in the cab. He tried to catch it by foot, but no luck. After soaking up the sun for a little while, he returned home and sent a message on facebook to his friend, asking him if he had found the phone.
A few hours went by.
Kasper took a nap and then checked his messages. The reply from his friend wasn't too promising. He hadn't seen the phone. But there was also another message.
A woman Kasper doesn't know wrote that she has something he might be missing. She was staying at a hotel at Potzdamer Platz and while she was in a hurry to get to continue her travel, she would leave a package for him in the reception. As it turns out, it was a super posh hotel, and Kasper had to dodge a few expensive suits to get to the 'head of security' who handed him a bag with his phone and this letter in it, while wishing him a good day. We love that. It is so simple. So easy. And still it made us smile.
Feb 24, 2011
Charity: Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. You can read their manifesto here, or watch the video below, to get an idea of what they do.
Kudos. Bravo, we say.
Jan 25, 2011
In the weeks, days and hours leading up to World War II, Nicholas Winton single-handedly established an organization to aid children from Jewish families in Czechoslovakia at risk from the Nazis. He organized their escape to England. For this he is knighted, along with a host of awards for his humanitarian work. He found homes in England (through advertisements placed in newspapers!) for 669 Jewish children, saving their lives by doing so.