World Cup 4 Gamblers

This post is going to all the gamblers among yourselves. Especially to those who have more trust in maths than coincidence here is the ultimate guide how to make your (first) million. Some genius UK minds have developed a formula to predict the outcome of this year’s World Cup. So if you want the millions billions and have nothing to lose, apply the knowledge.

The World Cup predicted

Well in few weeks, we will see, richer than rich or impoverished by trust in sciences… 🙂

noted @: informationisbeautiful

Want More Speed? Turn On Wi-Fi Afterburner

WiFi

Is the common Wi-Fi to slow for your demands? Are you one of the guys who dream of streaming HD vidz from their media server but are still limited by the common turtle speed?

Then strap on the seatbelts. An Agreement between Wi-Fi Alliance and Wireless Gigabit Alliance states that Wi-Fi Alliance will open up their specs to new frequencies in 60 GHz range in contrast to today’s 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. This expansion of operation mode will be accompanied by much higher speeds up to 6 Gbps compared to (theoretical) 150 Mbps of those lower spectrum.

Of course dudes will kick some knowledge and say “hmm, 60 GHz, pretty high, what about the propagation range?” Well, indeed the main drawback is that the application of devices providing that mode of operation, will be restricted to a line-of-sight connection as the waves won’t be able to hit through walls. However the increased throughput is supposed to be worth it.  Besides, the devices will support two or even all three bands to switch the operation mode by demand.

To rely on the statement of Edgar Figueroa, executive director of the Wi-Fi Alliance, the first routers and gadgets with above capability will be available within next two years.

resources: Mashable, Wired

The Roots of ‘The Diva Dance’ aria

Although I always liked ‘The Diva Dance’ scene from ‘The Fifth Element’ I never really thought about whether it’s actually a piece composed specially for the flick or already existed before (and modified for the movie).  A brief look to Wikipedia reveals that the whole performance consists of two parts, the first classical part shifts to a rather trance styled part.

Well, the first part is taken from Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor: “Il dolce suono”, the mad scene of Act III, Scene II. It is sung by the Albanian opera singer Inva Mula-Tchako. Originally Luc Besson (the director of the movie) intended to take Maria Callas’s version of the aria from her 50s recording, but the quality was not good enough, so he had to switch to Inva. However in my opinion she made a fine job, although of course I’m not a huge opera pro to judge about.

The second part, which I really love, as it expresses the nowadays mash up society, is called the ‘The Diva Dance’ and is really awesome. I did not really found much info about it, so enlighten me please, if you know more.

Enough words written, below some clips which will give you much better idea, what I’m talking ‘bout.

First, of course the original scene:

Of course there are several interpretations, let’s take a look by (more or less) famous singers including Inva and Maria itself:

It is obvious from the recordings that the equipment in those old days could not compete with nowadays clearness, if you compare Callas and Invas records. Note, I’m not speaking that Inva is better than Maria, it’s just about the technique.

and following some unorthodox, but still interesting approaches:

inspired by urlesque

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants – An Overview

Few days ago S. Pellegrino and Aqua Panno awarded 50 best restaurants in the world. For all people who love lists and visual experience I created a map where you get an overview of all places. It’s interesting to see the most of them are concentrated in Europe and USA. Though there also a few of them in South Africa, Japan and Australia. Related to single countries the USA has the most of them with 9 Gourmet restaurants, followed by France with 6 and Spain with 5. If go for a city, again in USA, New York is the place to be eat, having 6 top locations. If New York is bit to far, for us Europeans, jump into the car, visit Paris – L’Amour and French Cuisine fits right good, as you can find 5 place to enjoy the good food with a tasty wine.

So, where is my credit card?

The World's 50 Best Restaurants