The most beautiful Love Song

This is – IMHO – really the most beautiful and romantic love-song a nerd can sing to his girl-friend.

I still watch TBBT every week, but unfortunately the episodes are not as good, funny, or at least “nerdy” anymore as they used to be, especially in the second and third season. The girls in the show shifted the centre of gravity of the story to the love-affairs of the four friends, instead of having fun with Geek LifeStyle.

However, this episode, S07E06 “The Romance Resonance”, was for once very good again, and the song, that Howard wrote and sang for his wife Bernadette (since it is the anniversary of their first date), proves that the makers can still add some geeky flavor into it.
More of that, guys; please!! There are already too many trite TV-shows about vapid teenage people with their shabby love-troubles.

If I Didn’t Have You (Bernadette’s Song)

If I didn’t have you
Life would be blue
I’d be Dr. Who without the Tardis
A candle without a wick
A Watson without a Crick
I’d be one of my outfits without a Dick-ie
I’d be cheese without the mac
Jobs without the Wozniak
I’d be solving exponential equations that use bases not
found on your calculator making it much harder to crack
I’d be an atom without a bomb
A dot without the com
And I’d probably still live with my mom

And he’d probably still live with his mom

Ever since I met you
You turned my world around
You supported all my dreams and all my hopes
You’re like Uranium 235 and I’m Uranium 238
Almost inseparable isotopes

I couldn’t have imagined
How good my life would get
From the moment that I met you, Bernadette

If I didn’t have you
Life would be dreary
I’d be string theory without any string
I’d be binary code without a one
A cathode-ray tube without an electron gun
I’d be “Firefly,” “Buffy” and “Avengers” without Joss Whedon
I’d speak a lot more Klingon Heghlu’meH QaQ jajvam

And he’d definitely still live with his mom

Ever since I met you
You turned my world around
You’re my best friend and my lover
We’re like changing electric and magnetic fields
You can’t have one without the other

I couldn’t have imagined
How good my life would get
From the moment that I met you, Bernadette

Oh, we couldn’t have imagined
How good our lives would get
From the moment that we met you, Bernadette

Published on Oct 24, 2013
Written by Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome
Published by Warner-Barham Music LLC (BMI)
Performed by Simon Helberg, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, and Mayim Bialik
& © 2013 Warner Bros. Television

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Tresorit – Create and access content easily.

Well, it was not that easy to access my content, because I lost my password. 😦
Tresorit is another cloud storage service, like the well-known DropBox. I signed up for a Tresorit account when it was in its very initial stage (6 months and 13 days ago!); there were no mobile apps for it. So, I installed the desktop application, uploaded my first Tresorit and sat back to wait for better times to come. Then they released their Android app and now, finally, the iOS-app.
Because I was an early bird, I received 50 GB of storage! Downloading the iOS-app gives me an additional 5GB Bonus space, so I hurried to the iTunes Store to download the app and…damn, what the hack was my Tresorit “LetMeIn”?
Frantically firing all my possible passwords into the login screen, I began to face the horrible fact that I obviously didn’t recall my password. I always thought my password-system was watertight – what a terrible mistake!
Tresorit has no way of recovering your password, due to security reasons, as they say. So the problem is, actually…they’re too strong!
Okay, after several attempts, I finally hit the magic word and I was able to Login again.
Really Strong!
They even challenge the Hacker-community with a bounty of $25,000:

Hacking Challenge
Unlike other cloud storage services, we make sure no hacker, Tresorit administrator or government agency
can get your data from our servers.

If you run out of storage with your DropBox account, ánd your iCloud, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive space, you probably should think about Tresorit. The Free Plan offers already 5 GB, which is not too bad.

More Online Courses for Independent Learning.

This week on FaceBook via FreeYourKids: MIT Open CourseWare publishes virtually all of its courses online for free. Not entirely new, but still interesting as another option for independent learning.

“The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.”
Dick K.P. Yue, Professor, MIT School of Engineering

Read also this post on the Open Culture-website:
625 Free MOOCs from Great Universities (Many Offering Certificates).
And then there is edX, that will launch mooc.org in the first half of 2014.

Geek Fun.

Costumed Roleplaying is a custom of dressing like fictional characters, better known as “Cosplay”.
The WonderCon – convention this year took place in Anaheim, CA, on April 1, 2013.
Here is the video:

That is fun, and I wish I could have been part of it!

On the opposite of the geek-spectrum there is this video: PSY “Gentleman” Parody – Fed Up Angry Geeky Girl! It is supposed to be fun, but for some reason I’m missing the sense of humor to understand the parody. I think it is stupid. The original K-pop song by PSI isn’t much better, of course, but probably the G-word attracts too many people yet?

Here Geekiness has been corrupted into something common, to say the very least.

Walking on the Geek-Side of Life means Living on the Edge. But this video is a Fall into the Abyss of Banality.

MyScript Notes Mobile

MyScript Notes Mobile is an application that allows you to create and customize an unlimited number of notebooks or other documents like sticky notes, in which you can write or draw. You can search for keywords and convert your text – although I have to work on my handwriting for that to be efficient :-).
You can also insert multimedia content (audio, videos, maps, links or pictures) and then export your creations to Twitter, Facebook, Evernote and Dropbox – or e-mail.
MyScript has a whole line of products, MyScript Memo (writing notes, shopping lists or memos on-the-go) and MyScript Calculator are free. MyScript Notes will cost you some money, but since you can maintain an unlimited numer of notebooks at the same time, it will also save you a lot of money. And, you can still have the best of two worlds: maintaining a paperless life and old-fashioned note-taking in you own handwriting.
That brings me to the one thing I forgot: you need a stylus. And a tablet, of course…

Connotea is closing

Connotea, nature.com’s social bookmarking site, is closing on March 12th, 2013.
Bad News? I don’t think so, because there are a lot of bookmarking tools, and the world of the internet is changing rapidly.
So: in the beginning you simply bookmarked inside your browser. AFAIK you can still do that with most browsers, but who cares. Then Social Bookmarking came into existence: Delicious was the thing. My account still works, but it is only kept up-to-date automatically via Diigo, and from there I sync (once in a year or so) with Evernote. I’ve got seven followers at Delicious, but if Delicious decides to shut down, I probably even will not notice it, unless, of course they’ll send me a notification.
For my more scientific bookmarking and reading I use CiteULike and Mendeley. And of course Connotea, because I always try everything there is on the Web. Mendeley has a desktop tool, an app for my tablet and talks to CUL. CUL syncs with Delicious; the problem is that Connotea, “developed for clinicians and scientists”, chose to reduce noise by not syncing with Delicious (and other bookmarking sites). There is a way to synchronize with CUL, but there were simply too many mouse-clicks needed to do that. The internet is fast and Information Overload – is there is such a thing like that – is part of the game.

I just exported my Connotea bookmarks to Diigo: there were only five, four of them already in my CUL and Mendeley library, the one that wasn’t, was a paid article (> $30!) that I won’t ever read.

So, I regret to say, I won’t miss it.