Magical Number 7 +/- 2

The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on our Capacity for Processing Information A research paper published in 1956 hypothesized that human working memory can hold up to seven bits of information, plus or minus two, at once. Referred to as “Miller’s Magic 7,” this theory was the basis for the seven-digit phone number, the recommended maximum of menu items on a Web page, among other things.   I was confronted with this thought while attending a train the trainers course in 1984, on the bottom of Les Diablerets glacier in Swiss. Good old DEC years! And … Continue reading Magical Number 7 +/- 2

Babylon 5: The Lost Tales

I am a big fan of the Babylon 5 series. It was broadcast many years ago, a good memory. So I was pleasantly surprised to learn that a direct-to-DVD series will be released under the title The Lost Tales. The first DVD has been released this week . Now either this new series has a very slow start or I am going to be rather disappointed. Two tales are told. A very slow and without any action first one about a demon escaped from earth, nearly without tension, and without any surprise in the end. Lots and lots of blabla, … Continue reading Babylon 5: The Lost Tales

Eureka, the series is back for another season

Eureka, the scifi series second season has started Quote: Marshall Jack Carter: Let’s not shoot the crazy end-of-the-world machine just yet. The series mixes light humour, typical scifi techno blabla and fun characters like the marshal and the techno do-it-all Henry Deacon, freaks like Fargo and Taggart, the into a nice summer melt. Keeping with current trends in scifi, it keeps the aliens, humanoid heavy make up type of guys, out. And also with current trends (heroes, 4400) people with ‘abilities’ are in. Its not the best scifi series ever, but a nice thing to watch during summertime. Now if … Continue reading Eureka, the series is back for another season

The New 7 Wonders of the World

The New 7 Wonders of the World were announced during the Official Declaration ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, July 7, 2007 – 07.07.07 Interesting to see that not any modern man made wonder became part of the list! In general I agree with the list, though the Christ Redeemer in Brazil is a very weak choice. Any way, here is my list. Not in any order, I value them equal. Apart from the Tal Mahal and Machu Pichu I have (or will next month, China!) visited them all. Colosseum, Rome. The Romans really knew how to build. Very modern … Continue reading The New 7 Wonders of the World

Musical roots: Randy Newman

  A man with a song, good text and a piano, Randy Newman!  Political Science by Randy Newman No one likes us-I don’t know why We may not be perfect, but heaven knows we try But all around, even our old friends put us down Let’s drop the big one and see what happens We give them money-but are they grateful? No, they’re spiteful and they’re hateful They don’t respect us-so let’s surprise them We’ll drop the big one and pulverize them Asia’s crowded and Europe’s too old Africa is far too hot And Canada’s too cold And South America stole … Continue reading Musical roots: Randy Newman