dinsdag 28 oktober 2008

081026Vijlen kroegjesroute 14

dit soort doorkijkjes dus voortdurend. Prachtig!De cafehouders in Zuid Limburg hebben allerlei wandelingen uitgezet onder de naam kroegjestochten.
Joop had de dag er voor het boekje gekocht in de prachtige kroeg in Sippenacken.
En vandaag route 14 gelopen. Een rondwandeling vanuit Vijlen A gen Kirk langs het Hijgend Hert en weer terug.
niet alleen kolossaal grote appeltaart, maar ook nog eens een halve spuitbus slagroom. Jammie!

Het Hijgend Hert is de enige echte skihut in Limburg en de appeltaart was heerlijk en heeeeeel groot.
Wederom prachtig gebied.
De foto's zijn te zien als je op de titel klikt.

Op de Kroegjesroute website staat:
Wandelen door het prachtige zuid-Limburgse heuvellandschap in combinatie met heerlijk eten en drinken. Wat wil je nog meer? De Vijlenerberg kroegjesroutes is een samenwerkingsverband tussen 12 supergezellige, typische (eet) cafés’s en herbergen, gelegen op en rondom de Vijlenerberg. De sfeer is er gemoedelijk, warm en gastvrij. Een fijne plek om te genieten van heerlijk eten en drinken na een prachtige wandeling.

Op Bie de Tantes website staan ook veel kant en klaar wandelroutes.

081025 Vijlen - A gen Kirk 13 km

wijngaard onderweg

Ontrack wandeling A gen Kirk 13 km
Klik op titel om de foto's van de wandeling te zien

Een weekend bij Joop en Hannie. Het zou mooi weer worden, maar uiteindelijk bleef het behoorlijk bewolkt.

vergezichten onder een bewolkte hemel

Vanuit Klimmen naar Vijlen gereden om daar de Ontrack wandeling te lopen.
Mooie wandeling, die op en af ging. Onderweg wijngaarden en vele mooie vergezichten.
In Sippenaeken een prachtig cafe (Cafe Lambert) om te genieten van speciale bieren en kaasplankje.

Joop en Hannie, de bergbeklimmers
De Ontrack beschrijving:Deze mooie kroegjesroute loopt van café A gen Kirk in Vijlen naar Auberge le Barbeau in het Belgische Sippenaeken en terug. Via het Vijlenerbos wandelt u naar het prachtige Geuldal. Onderweg wordt u getrakteerd op prachtige vergezichten. De route voert langs vakwerkhuisjes en boerderijen met hoogstambomen, loopt door het open veld en volgt ook kleine bospaadjes. Soms gaat het steil op en neer en er moet aardig geklommen en gedaald worden. Neem voor de zekerheid wandel- of nordic walkingstokken mee.

maandag 20 oktober 2008

Top 10 Forecasts for 2009 and Beyond

Each year since 1985, the editors of THE FUTURIST have selected the most thought-provoking ideas and forecasts appearing in the magazine to go into our annual Outlook report.

Here are the editors' top 10 forecasts from Outlook 2009:

1. Everything you say and do will be recorded by 2030.
By the late 2010s, ubiquitous, unseen nanodevices will provide seamless communication and surveillance among all people everywhere. Humans will have nanoimplants, facilitating interaction in an omnipresent network. Everyone will have a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address. Since nano storage capacity is almost limitless, all conversation and activity will be recorded and recoverable.

2. Bioviolence will become a greater threat as the technology becomes more accessible. Emerging scientific disciplines (notably genomics, nanotechnology, and other microsciences) could pave the way for a bioattack.
Bacteria and viruses could be altered to increase their lethality or to evade antibiotic treatment. Another long-term risk comes from nanopollution fallout from warfare. Nanoparticles could potentially cause new diseases with unusual and difficult-to-treat symptoms, and they will inflict damage far beyond the traditional battlefield, even affecting future generations.

3. The car’s days as king of the road may soon be over.
More powerful wireless communication that reduces demand for travel, flying delivery drones to replace trucks, and policies to restrict the number of vehicles owned in each household are among the developments that could thwart the automobile’s historic dominance on the environment and culture. If current trends were to continue, the world would have to make way for a total of 3 billion vehicles on the road by 2025.

4. Careers, and the college majors for preparing for them, are becoming more specialized.
An increase in unusual college majors may foretell the growth of unique new career specialties. Instead of simply majoring in business, more students are beginning to explore niche majors such as sustainable business, strategic intelligence, and entrepreneurship. Other unusual majors that are capturing students’ imaginations: neuroscience and nanotechnology, computer and digital forensics, and comic book art. Scoff not: The market for comic books and graphic novels in the United States has grown 12% since 2006.

5. There may not be world law in the foreseeable future, but the world’s legal systems will be networked.
The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN), a database of local and national laws for more than 50 participating countries, will grow to include more than 100 counties by 2010. The database will lay the groundwork for a more universal understanding of the diversity of laws between nations and will create new opportunities for peace and international partnership.

6. Professional knowledge will become obsolete almost as quickly as it’s acquired. An individual’s professional knowledge is becoming outdated at a much faster rate than ever before.
Most professions will require continuous instruction and retraining. Rapid changes in the job market and work-related technologies will necessitate job education for almost every worker. At any given moment, a substantial portion of the labor force will be in job retraining programs.

7. The race for biomedical and genetic enhancement will-in the twenty-first century-be what the space race was in the previous century.
Humanity is ready to pursue biomedical and genetic enhancement, says UCLA professor Gregory Stock, the money is already being invested, but, he says, "We’ll also fret about these things-because we’re human, and it’s what we do."

8. Urbanization will hit 60% by 2030.
As more of the world’s population lives in cities, rapid development to accommodate them will make existing environmental and socioeconomic problems worse. Epidemics will be more common due to crowded dwelling units and poor sanitation. Global warming may accelerate due to higher carbon dioxide output and loss of carbon-absorbing plants.

9. The Middle East will become more secular while religious influence in China will grow.
Popular support for religious government is declining in places like Iraq, according to a University of Michigan study. The researchers report that in 2004 only one-fourth of respondents polled believed that Iraq would be a better place if religion and politics were separated. By 2007, that proportion was one-third. Separate reports indicate that religion in China will likely increase as an indirect result of economic activity and globalization.

10. Access to electricity will reach 83% of the world by 2030.
Electrification has expanded around the world, from 40% connected in 1970 to 73% in 2000, and may reach 83% of the world’s people by 2030. Electricity is fundamental to raising living standards and access to the world’s products and services. Impoverished areas such as sub-Saharan Africa still have low rates of electrification; for instance, Uganda is just 3.7% electrified.

All of these forecasts plus dozens more were included in the report that scanned the best writing and research from THE FUTURIST magazine over the course of the previous year. The Society hopes this report, covering developments in business and economics, demography, energy, the environment, health and medicine, resources, society and values, and technology, will assist its readers in preparing for the challenges and opportunities in 2009 and beyond.

The Outlook 2009 report was released as part of the November-December 2008 issue of THE FUTURIST magazine. An individual report can be obtained from the World Future Society for $5 in both print and in PDF. Information on subscriptions can be obtained from the World Future Society, publisher of THE FUTURIST.

zondag 19 oktober 2008

Review T-Mobile G1 Google Android device

Matthew Miller Review Oct 15, 2008
The biggest mobile news of 2007 was definitely the Apple iPhone and I think the biggest news of this year is the Google Android. I enjoyed my trip out to see the T-Mobile G1 launch last month and have now had the opportunity to use the T-Mobile G1 for almost a week. As a long time T-Mobile customer I am pleased to finally see a 3G device and one as functional and powerful as the G1. The G1 is not perfect, what mobile device is?, but after getting to spend time with it I am very pleased and happy I pre-ordered my own for delivery next week. You can check out my hardware image gallery with 57 pictures and my other image gallery with over 215 images that show every screen on the device, including pop-ups and options that appear with tap and holds on the display. I also have included 5 YouTube videos that show the device in action. The T-Mobile G1 is the first Google Android device and as I state below, the future success is largely dependent on developer ingenuity and involvement.

Read the whole review >>

vrijdag 17 oktober 2008

Computer circuit builds itself

Computer circuits made from organic molecules could be used to build lightweight, flexible displays. Nature news publication 15 October 2008

“We dump it in a beaker with a solution of the molecules, we take it out, we wash it, and it works.” Dago de Leeuw Philips Research Laboratories, the Netherlands

Organic molecules organize themselves to form a bridge between electrodes.

A team of European physicists has developed an integrated circuit that can build itself. The work, appearing in this week's Nature, is an important step towards its ultimate goal — a self-assembling computer.
Today's computer chips are made by etching patterns onto semiconducting wafers using a combination of light and photosensitive chemicals. But the technique is being pushed to the limit as ever more processing power is being packed onto chips, requiring engineers to etch details just a few tens of nanometres across. So scientists are hunting for alternative ways to assemble even tinier chips.

Letting them build themselves is, in many ways, the most obvious solution, says Dago de Leeuw, a researcher at Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. "The nicest example is DNA," he says. Our genetic code provides a set of instructions that can be used to marshal molecules into an entire person, and researchers would like to come up with a similar set of compounds able to organize each other into circuits.
That's no small task. To make a circuit that is truly self-assembling, physicists would need to get insulators, conducting electrodes and semiconductor transistors to all link to each other automatically — something that is still a long way away, says de Leeuw.

woensdag 8 oktober 2008

Sony shows OLED-tv less than 1mm thick

On the 2008 Ceatec elektronica fair lots of vistors came to see the ultra thin Oled protype screens of Soney.
This DigInfo Youtube movie shows this amazing thechnology.

woensdag 1 oktober 2008

081001Bulgarije Jeepsafari

De ochtend begint goed.
Vandaag staat de jeepsafari op het programma.

De tocht vooert door het achterland en gaat van de hoofdwegen af. Er wordt een brandy-stokerij bezocht waar we het brouwsel mogen proeven. Ook wordt er een authentiek Bulgaars huis bezocht. Een picknick lunch.

Oude Russische legertrucks kwamen voorrijden en de rit begon. Dubbele klutsch, hortend en stotend gaan wij op weg. Een luide knal (naverbranding) maakt ons allemaal wakker. Dan van de weg af en naar een soort verzamelplaats.
Daar begint het dan. De chauffeurs zijn net kinderen met hun speelgoed. Scheurend door de modder, heuvel op en heuvel af. Knots, bots, knots, bots, knots, bots op weg. Door riviertjes en extra stijle heuvels op en af. Leuk.
Er wordt een distilleerderij bezocht en wij kunnen de Bulgaarse raki proeven.
Dan een tussenstop bij een Bulgaarse vrouw die ons karnemelk en brood laat eten. Dan weer op weg. Knots, bots, knots, bots. Op een heuvel een stop om panorama foto's te maken.

En dan laat 1 jeep het afweten. Het blijkt dat onze legertruck de sterkste is en de kapotte wordt vastgemaakt met een touw en we gaan weer verder. Even nog een woning bezocht waar honing verkocht wordt en dan naar de picknick plaats, waar een zigeunerorkestje ons opwacht. Gezellig, eten, drank, muziek en veel lol. Uiteindelijk weer ingestapt en weer terug in het hotel.