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The Caspian Sea
Lakes and seas are governed by very different sets of international rules and the consequences for the Caspian Sea are quite significant. While the countries around the lake agreed upon how to split the sea in 2018 (see link below), this is an interesting case to remember.

Link to content | Posted: 2022-08-14 | Category: Text


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Link to content | Posted: 2022-06-30 | Category: Photo


This is an image post.

Link to content | Posted: 2022-06-05 | Category: Photo

The original emoji
These are the original Japanese emoji (1997) that created a new visual language and changed global electronic communication ever since. It is incredible how much more impact these emoji have had when compared to e.g. Microsoft Wingdings (1990) and Zapf Dingbats (1978). I suspect the emoji were a solution to a much bigger problem than just providing symbols: Efficient communication on low-resolution cell phones with only numeric keyboards.

Link to content | Posted: 2022-05-03 | Category: Text

Open standards
I was browsing for a podcast episode of Desert Island Discs recently and saw this announcement:

Looking for the latest episode? New episodes of Desert Island Discs will now be available first on BBC Sounds for four weeks before other podcast apps.

Since the BBC has a huge library of podcasts and has consistently been supporting RSS for a very long time, this is a big setback for the future of RSS.

Link to content | Posted: 2022-04-26 | Category: Text

Airborne wind energy
Crosswind kite power solutions appear to be quite a promising technology. Imagine the endless possibilities with a portable kite-based power source.

Link to content | Posted: 2022-02-24 | Category: Text

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