Christoph Bussler

Interesting Things


| Air | Architecture | Blogs | Fun | Database | Education | History | Human Computing | Innovation | Leadership | Live Cams | Movies | Museum / Exhibition | People Movers | Prediction | Presentation Styles | Principles of Computing | (3D) Printing | Privacy | Robots/Robotics | Social Computing | Socially-Oriented Engineering | US | Without Vowels | Z Bag | Zero Energy |

An effort of preservation, restoration, and creation of an historical site at the old Flying Tigers airstrip in Guilin, China is documented here:


An interesting concept that might help dealing with the spiraling cost of real estate, space as well as energy can be seen at

An amazing architecture is the "City of Culture" in Spain, see here:

The famous ice hotel is here:

Ever seen a house being built under 3 hours? Watch here the world record:

Some clever architecture work:

Interesting approach to shelter building:

Hexa Yurts:


Marc Andreessen's blog: (Specifically on startups:

Shai Agassi's blog:


HPI Genealogy of Relational Database Management Systems:

The 451 Group has a database poster here that includes also NoSql databases:


Education undergoes a major shift currently, not only at the college and university level, but also in schools.

Escalating Cost of Education: ../interesting_things/06689259.pdf


Fun for database geeks:


Energy efficient beer bar:

A line rider:

All my life for sale:

Sydney Olympics swimming competition with one swimmer:

About female and male brains:

Pacific Northwest tree octopus:

Phone dependency of teenagers: ../interesting_things/zits_01.pdf

International Guidelines For Problem Solving:


History of the Internet and an interview with Kleinrock, see here:

An analysis of growth (income) vs. health (life expectancy) for the last 200 years:

Human Computing

Amazon has implemented the modern equivalent of the Mechanical Turk:


A fun and interesting presentation on Human Computation is here:

Some folks believe in replacing oil as a future strategy:

3D Printing is coming in all aspects of product development. Examples are

The Simple Shapes of Startups:

Innovation in San Francisco: ../interesting_things/12705127233_75fcd865b4_n.jpg


A Leadership Primer from General (Ret.) Colin Powell, Secretary of State:

A simple management approach:

Live Cams
Museum / Exhibition

A very interesting exhibition is I have seen it in San Jose in the TechMuseum and it is very unusual and very impressive. Some more info is here: ../interesting_things/bw_studentguide_200606.pdf.

Foundation and Museum on long term thinking:

People Movers

Skaters and scooters start going high-tech. BMW presented on example, it is here:

Another high-end scooter company is LiquidRoam at

Tear drop trailers are a cheap and easy way to get around, see some models here at and Another new vendor who also rents tear drop trailers is here: And more teardrops:

Interesting campers are here at and The super high end of RVs can be found here: More of those are here:

An interesting bike / stroller / scooter company is Torker at

More interesting attempts to catch the green market are here: and

Some accessories for bikes to stay visible:

Cars had 60 miles/gallon efficiency a long time back:

Amount of software on cars: [Cached]

Kick bikes are a lot faster than scooters:

Private and commercial space rides can be booked here: Trips start at the Spaceport America:

Renting the Necker Belle cat can be done here: She is part of an exclusive collection:

Future Models and Concepts:

Build your own car here:

One wheel skate board:


A marketplace run by stocks for predicting interesting events and outcomes can be found here:

Charles Stross, Shaping the Future:

Presentation Styles


Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig ( has a very unique style of presentation using the Microsoft PowerPoint tool (or any other tool of this particular nature. A great example is "free culture" at Many things have been written about his style, and even a web site is dedicated to his refreshing approach (

This style was very appealing to me as I have given many PowerPoint presentations myself and I had to sit through many, many more. My experience with this style is that first, it is a lot easier to prepare the presentation, second, it forces to really get the point down in a few words, but third, more importantly, the audience is fascinated and is really paying attention. Not only because it is a new style, but mainly because it is easy to instantaneously recognize the slide contents, but also because the slides are presented in a rapid way.

I can only recommend trying out this style and experience the enormous difference in situation yourself.

White board Animation

I recently came across another great style of presentation, a narrative on a white board, but in high-speed. Have a look here: and here:

Principles of Computing

Peter Denning introduces his ongoing work on the Great Principles of Computing in an ACM Ubiquity interview at The site about the Great Principles of Computing is at I was particularly interested in the topic of coordination and wrote down some thoughts in my research section: research_work.html#PrinciplesOfComputing.

(3D) Printing

Conductive paint:

Shoe printer:

Pancake printer:


Dropbox peeking:

See who is watching:

How Facebook Knows What You Looked at on Amazon:

NSA Exploit of the Day:


Robots are a fascinating development and many different forms are developed currently, research-wise, but also for practical use. Examples are the DARPA Grand Challenge (, a company called iRobots that has a whole variety of robots, including a do-it-yourself kit (, the Lego NXT kit in the Mindstorm series of Lego (

A different kind of robot is IvanAnywhere, a remote robot that is a surrogate of a remote office worker (

Yet another type of robot are nanorobots, an example can be seen here:

Robots can fly, too, as seen here:

Advanced are made in unknown territory:

A robot is used in a telegarden:

Robots as combination of blocks:


Social Computing

An interesting approach to information management for social computing around a person is here:

Socially-Oriented Engineering

The effort "one laptop per child" can be found here:


Obama's proposed budget can be found here. The introduction is very interesting to read: [Cached]

Text without Vowels

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(On type of interesting stuff is that even without the vowels you can still read the text perfectly. While scientifically there might be a straight forward explanation for this, I find it fascinating. And, it saves a lot of space, too.)

Z Bag

The Z bag is a bag at the end of the alphabet that collects a random set of interesting things:

Zero Engergy

At this point this is a random selection of zero energy and energy efficient housing links:

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