Technical University Munich

Time to publish some photos from my university in Munich. While I think the interior of the building 9 (the cool building on the left of the nightly photo) is crime, I quite like the university itself. About two years ago, the place in front of the northern building N1 (fourth photo) got new trees and become quite comfortable, given its location next to a busy street.

Self-replication

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Self-replication is the ability of a machine to reproduce all parts it consists of. In a more strict sense it stands for the capability to create a fully functional copy of itself, explicitly including the final assembly.

The interest of this concept on the one hand lies in the possibility of conducting long-term space missions, on the other hand there are strong economic implications: A machine capable of reproducing itself is consequently also able to manufacture a broad range of products. Continue reading “Self-replication”

Steven Dunston – [2003] To Get Home Before Night Comes

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Fully radio compatible pop music is not easy to find in free music sources. So I am very happy to have found this little gem on Jamendo. The album features relaxed Pop music with emphasis on piano and melancholic vocals. Continue reading “Steven Dunston – [2003] To Get Home Before Night Comes”

General Fuzz – [2008] Red Balloon

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Much of the free electronic music available these days is quite minimalistic, experimental or both. This album is – surprise – different. Although being produced entirely electronic, it is enjoyable also by the non-hardcore electronic listener. It features groovy rhythms, catchy melodies and harmonic, erm… harmonies. Continue reading “General Fuzz – [2008] Red Balloon”

Technological Singularity

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In my English course I had to prepare a presentation on a topic regarding new technologies. Having recently read the novel “Accelerando” by Charles Stross (available online for free) I had a suitable subject ready: a technological singularity. You maybe have heard of other types of singularities in mathematics or cosmology, but this one is quite different. Continue reading “Technological Singularity”

Observatory of Nice

Yesterday I visited the observatory of Nice which nowadays is part of the institution Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, the combination of 7 astronomic sites in the region. It was finished in 1888, financed by the French banker Raphaël-Louis Bischoffsheim. By that time it possessed the world’s biggest lens. The gallery also shows the botanic assets since the 35 hectare big estate is mainly covered by a park. The last pictures show some photos of Nice taken later the same day.

Coax – [2008] The Ice Garden

Icy cinematic orchestral soundtrack. Calm instrumentals with electronic ambient influence. A Kahvi classic (pun intended).

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I will start my (hopefully long and prospering) series of music reviews with a very unusual piece of music, considering that it is released at Kahvi, a Netlabel for electronic music.

It is unusual because this album consists purely of orchestral and piano music. Both technical and musical quality are astonishing. In total, it sounds like the O.S.T. to a film playing in Siberia. Don’t evaluate this album based on the performance on laptop-speakers. This music needs headphones or real speakers to not get destroyed by distortions. On my laptop it sounds awful… Continue reading “Coax – [2008] The Ice Garden”

foobar2000

foobar2000 is probably the most flexible audio player for Windows currently available. Its most obvious difference from other widespread applications like Windows Media Player, iTunes or WinAMP is its unskinned user interface using standard controls. This lack of skinning makes it possible for the user to interactively design his/her own layout consisting of so-called UI elements. Among them are (tabbed) playlist views, an album art viewer, text display and several browsers for the internal media library. Continue reading “foobar2000”