Monday, October 31, 2011

BBC News - 7 billion people and you: What's your number?

Very nice tool by BBC!

It tells you where you fit in the 7 billion people according to your date of birth, like for example I am the 4,996,698,520th person.

It also tells you your country's population as well as the average yearly growth there and the amount of births, deaths and immigrants each hour.

Then according to your gender, it tells you the average life expectancy.

In each of those steps, it also shows you the numbers for the highest and lowest countries in the world.

It's a nice tool that makes you realize some facts about the world.

So here are my numbers, how about you? It would be nice if you share them with me! :) Here is the link:

My results using BBC tool on this link

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Aurora - TSO Photography

Taken from Wikipedia page

The aurora is the appearance of some light in the sky showing different colors.

This video shows this phenomenon in a magical way!

The Aurora from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

As written under the video on the original page:

"I spent a week capturing one of the biggest aurora borealis shows in recent years. Shot in and around Kirkenes and Pas National Park bordering Russia, at 70 degree north and 30 degrees east. Temperatures around -25 Celsius. Good fun."

Music is Gladiator soundtrack "Now we are free"

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Reality about employment these days in a funny comic!

C'est si vrai! Un peu ce qui m'arrive maintenant...

It's so true! Kind of what is happening to me right now...

Taken from PrincessH's SketchBlog: "Un pti peu d'actualité, pour changer...."

Un pti peu d'actualité, pour changer.... - PrincessH's SketchBlog

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fifth Gear: 120mph (~193km/h) Mega Crash -> fastest ever

From Fifth Gear's 120mph Mega Crash page:

"Fifth Gear have a reputation for conducting shocking crash tests, and this time Jonny Smith is conducting our fastest ever smash. With even the most basic cars being able to achieve speeds in excess of 100mph, there's a real possibility of car crashes happening at such speeds. To find out just how devastating such an impact is, we crash a Ford family car into a concrete wall at a speed of 120mph - the unmissable result is both shocking and sobering."

Here is the video:

Installing Android Development Tools (ADT) in Eclipse Error

If you are trying to install the Android SDK, specifically the ADT in Eclipse (especially Eclipse on Linux installed via a package manager) and during the installation it says:  

The operation cannot be completed.  See the details.

Cannot complete the install because one or more required items could not be found.
Software being installed: Android Development Tools 14.0.0.v201110171935-205994 ( 14.0.0.v201110171935-205994)
Missing requirement: Android Development Tools 14.0.0.v201110171935-205994 ( 14.0.0.v201110171935-205994) requires 'org.eclipse.wst.sse.core 0.0.0' but it could not be found

Then here is the solution:

1) In Eclipse, go to "Help" then choose "Install New Software..."

2) Click on "Add" and add the following according to your Eclipse version:

Eclipse Indigo (3.7):
Name: Indigo

Eclipse Helios (3.6):
Name: Helios

Eclipse Galileo (3.5):
Name: Galileo

Eclipse Ganymede (3.4):
Name: Ganymede

3) Press "ok"

4) Then in "Work with" select the ADT Plugin that you added earlier

5) Tick/check the "Developer Tools" checkbox and make sure that the "Contact all update sites during install to find required software" at the bottom of the dialog is also checked/ticked

6) Press "next"

Your ADT should now show no error. Let me know if this solution worked for you! :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

"Self Study" by Natalie Nazanin Abbassi

It is a blog post about Natalie's two different worlds: being an American and being an Iranian. She demonstrates the difference through photos that she takes of herself in different situations. It shows how the same person reacts in two different ways according to the culture that surrounds her/him at that point in time.

It is really a nice work and it also relates to me and reflects some aspects of my life, having also two totally different backgrounds and cultures: Canadian and Egyptian.

Blog post: Self Study by Natalie Nazanin Abbassi

It is a bit freaky with this wireless technology - Morten Ingemann

It is a bit freaky with this wireless technology - Copyright: Morten Ingemann

A funny comic by Morten Ingemann. Morten Ingemann is a cartoonist from Denmark, born in 1960. Here is a site with his comics in Danish and here is a link to the original version of this comic.

Ormie - Arc Productions

From Ormie's page on Arc Productions - Animation & Visual Effects

From Ormie's synopsis on Arc Productions - Animation & Visual Effects:

"Ormie is a Pig, in every sense of the word. Pig see cookie. Pig want cookie. But they are out of reach...or are they? See Ormie's attempts to gain the warm sweet taste that is his obsession.

Ormie has garnered 8 Festival Awards including Best Short Film (Savannah FF 2010, Palm Springs Int'l Shorts Fest 2010, Sprockets 2010, Seattle Int'l FF 2010) and the Audience Award (New York Int'l Chidren's FF 2011).

Developed by Rob Silvestri (Directorial Debut)

Rob Silvestri"

It's a very funny small animation. Here is the video:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Flooding near Bangkok has taken about 25 percent of the world's hard disk manufacturing capacity offline - Slashdot, InfoWorld, Scientific American

News on 18th of October 2011:

Flooding Takes Major Hard Drive Plant Offline; Shortages Predicted - Slashdot

The impending hard drive shortage -- and possible price hikes - InfoWorld

UPDATE 1-Thai floods mean big loss to Western Digital exports-minister - Scientific American 

John Lennon - Imagine

Imagine by John Lennon, from the album Imagine, recorded in 1971. This song is considered an anti-war anthem. According to wikipedia, the lyrics were criticized by religious groups because of the part saying:

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

Lennon's reply was the following: "If you can imagine a world at peace, with no denominations of religion - not without religion, but without this 'my God is bigger than your God' thing - then it can be true."

John Lennon was one of the founding members of The Beatles

Here is the song with lyrics:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Preparing for Halloween at Save-On-Foods

I was buying some groceries at Save-On-Foods in Cambie street, Vancouver, when I found this huge Jack-o'-lantern (Halloween carved pumpkin) made out of Coca Cola Zero, A&W Root Beer and Sprite boxes. It's their own way of preparing for Halloween I guess! 

Photo taken with my HTC

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rest in Peace Steve Jobs

The world has lost such an amazing, creative and inspiring person yesterday... Rest in Peace Steve Jobs

A word from him: Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Screenshot of's tribute to Steve Jobs. Picture taken from Wikipedia

Adele - Someone Like You

Adele - Someone Like You: A song that makes you really feel the singer-songwriter's deep feelings...

According to Adele's Wikipedia page, this song was number one in the UK, New Zealand and Australia after she sang it in the 2011 BRIT Awards.

That's a link to her official website.

That's the video clip that was released for this song:

And that's her performance in the 2011 BRIT Awards with lyrics: