How to stream flash videos via Dropbox

1. Create a folder named “flash” at your public Dropbox folder.

2. Upload all files and folders from this zip file to the prepared Dropbox folder.

3. Convert your desired video file to the flv format and name it “yourvideo.flv”.

4. Copy the converted file to this subfolder: /dropboxusercontent/public/flash/videos

5. Get public Dropbox links for all files that appear in this html script.

These are:
[xxx is a placeholder for your link specifics]

6. Copy those links to the corresponding locations in the script.
7. Copy the whole code to your web page. That’s it. If you have any questions, just send me an email.
Of course you can change some parameters in the code and in the file settings.xml to adjust the player to your demands.

… and here you can see that it works …

[As of March 2017 Dropbox has disabled public folder sharing, so this does not work anymore, at least with Dropbox.]

Alternative History, Part I: The Life of the Austrian Painter Adolf Hitler [1889-1915]

Born in 1889 at Braunau am Inn, Upper Austria, Hitler grew up in Passau and Linz.

Bild: Hitler as infant / Hitler als Kleinkind
Hitler as Infant

At the age of ten Adolf discovered his passion for drawing and painting, but his father Alois ignored this desire and sent his son in 1900 to the “Realschule” of Linz, a technical high school of about 300 students. There he met Ludwig Wittgenstein (the later world famous philosopher). They both shared an interest for art and music (especially Wagner operas) and soon became friends. In school Hitler had deficits in mathematics and grammar, but with the help of his friend Ludwig (who was top of the class) he eventually managed to quit school with a diploma.

School class photo / Klassenfoto
bottom left: Wittgenstein | top right: Hitler

In 1907 Hitler moved to Vienna to enroll at the Academy of Fine Arts. The assessment commission attested him talent for drawing, respectively architectural images, but yet rejected him, because of his “unfitness for painting”. Maybe Hitler was not an artistic genius, but he had a strong will and was fairly disciplined. In 1908 Hitler passed the entrance test again, this time successfully.

Collage of Hitler paintings / Collage von Hitler-Gemälden
This collage unites some early works of Adolf Hitler, right in the middle a photograph of the artist as a young boy.

In 1910 Hitler became the last “Meisterschueler” of Christian Griepenkerl (1839 – 1912), curiously enough the professor who rejected him in 1907. In 1912 Hitler had his first more extensive exhibition at the Secession hall in Vienna. At this time his style was strongly influenced by landscapists like Van Gogh and Cézanne, but of course in his own expressionistic interpretation.
Since 1913 Hitler and Ludwig Wittgenstein lived together in a spacious urban villa at the Viennese Kundmanngasse that was built according to own construction plans. At this time their homosexuality was already an open secret. With the beginning of World War I in 1914 both of them joined the Austrian army (Wittgenstein voluntarily, Hitler by force). While Wittgenstein stayed uninjured and even could finish his first main work in the trenches (the Tractatus logico-philosophicus), Hitler was shot during a harsh attack of the Serbian enemy in January 1915 and died from exsanguination, aged only 25.
Hitler was not the only famous German speaking painter who lost his life in the trenches. August Macke, Franz Marc and Franz Noelken also died at the frontline. It’s hard to imagine what artworks those fallen heroes may have produced if they did not have died that young …

How to convert common email prefixes into cool ones and some remarks on perfect numbers

but useful for spamming
1101111000 (888 binary)
MCCCXXXVII (1337 latin)
hellogoodbye (beatles)
asics [anima sana in corpore sano (acronym)]
iris queen (anagram)
onoff or loremipsum or whatever
liam (gallagher)
finalsolutions (rather evil than cool)
neverod@doreven (palindrome)
surname etc
doe (placeholder name)
or robert.trebor (ananym)
more boring prefixes (but also useful for spam attacks): office, orders, reception, support 
more geeky ones: 3.14159… (pi of course); 42 (answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything –> even Google knows that); 6, 28, 496, 8128, … (perfect numbers – by the way: take a look at their end digits –> yes: always 6 or 8 …)
extreme nerdy: transform perfect numbers into binary code:
6 = 110 (in Germany also the counterpart to 911)
8 = 11100
496 = 111110000
8128 = 1111111000000
As you can see, perfect numbers have a special structure in binary code (p ones followed by p − 1  zeros). I was really excited when I detected this pattern, but I was of course not the first one (unbelievable what enlightenments can arise on the quest for cool mail prefixes). If you study the explanation for the pattern, you will realize that perfect numbers are closely linked with Mersenne primes. Just take a look at their binary structure:
3 = 11
7 = 111
31 = 11111
127 = 1111111
[I have to close this chapter here, but I will return to perfect numbers sooner or later]
Well, my personal prefix derives from the scientific name of the common box (Buxus sempervirens). Sempervirens means “always strong or virile”, referring to the evergreen and frost-resistant leaves of the box.

Did you mean Google?

How long will it take until the Google engine becomes aware of itself? 10 years? 100 years? Or is this out of question?
Are there are any signs of self representation by now? And how to detect them?
I made a test that can easily be repeated by YOU, my dear reader. Remember: Google is a compliant proband. He/She/It will tell you the same secrets that I got from him/her/it. First google “google” with three o’s (gooogle), four o’s (goooogle) and so on … (make sure that Google instant predictions are off)
Result: More than four o’s are to much for our little search engine. “Did you mean google” appears only with three to four o’s. From 5 to 124 o’s you actually get search results (but the more o’s the more senseless). I guess there are websites with even 125 Google-o’s, but they don’t appear in the results, because a Google search term is limited to 128 signs (7 Bit).
Now we should dare the enlightening look into the mirror: Type “elgoog” and press “I’m Feeling Lucky” (even if you don’t feel lucky)
Result: You land on a page where the Google site is completely mirrored, or formulated correctly: .derorrim yletelpmoc si eglooG erew egap a no dnal uoY
For rash readers, here is the direct link to the “mirror server” 😉
Now that we know that Google recognizes his twin brother elgooG and can count to four, we should grant the engine at least recreational holidays once a year …
PS: For all 1337 fans I have another cool Google gimmick /// ƒ0r 4££ 1337 ƒ4n$ 1 h4v3 4n07h3r 9009£3-91mm1(|{ /// Check it out:

On the seventh day Z. created the timeline …

The next step in social networking is made. Since December 6, 2011, Facebook’s “Timeline” is available and replaces the conventional user profile. From now on every post and like is set into the larger context of the user’s life career. The profile isn’t static anymore, but changes and grows like an organism, like Facebook has grown in size and complexity over the past years, not to mention Google or the internet as a whole.
After the formation of chemical elements and their compounds, living matter and human consciousness, evolution has finally entered the world of the binary code …

perpetuum mobile invented? Follow-up: no.

The world’s energy demand could be covered with a single stroke, if low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR) could be evoked. LENR (or cold fusion) would practically be an inexhaustible energy source, without the well-known risks of nuclear fission. The problem: According to present knowledge LENR offend against the generally accepted laws of physics and established theories. Nevertheless there is an Italian inventor (Andrea Rossi) who claims to have invented a machine that can evoke those divine reactions. His patented “Energy Catalyzer” allegedly transforms nickel into copper by infusing heated hydrogen. In fact Rossi has already found investors in the US and Europe. It seems that his device really works: The engineer Domenico Fioravanti tested the prototype for an undisclosed customer and reported that the plant released about 2,5 kW during five hours of self sustained mode. If Rossi has actually single-handedly found out the recipe for cold fusion, he would have secured his place in the history books. But caution is called for – how many scholars and pseudo-scientists have claimed to have squared the circle before?
Nevertheless, Rossi has graduated with a thesis on Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. And we remember how heavily Einstein was underestimated in his early career …
Follow-up: Until now [October 2, 2015] nothing has been severely proved or disproved. However there are indications that the device is an imposture. More at Wikipedia:

against the oblivion of being …

Salve, my dear reader,

… in the ephemeral world we live in the ecstasizing details are vanishing into oblivion quicker than light. Like in the prelude of Faust is said:

What gleams is born but for the moment’s pages;
the true remains, unlost to after-ages.

This blog wants to be more than just a collection of snapshots in time, a sublime ambition of course, but at least an ambition.

So look forward to coming posts.