Muenster during cold winter days

This year winter has been cold with a lot of snow in Muenster. I’ve been doing some night (and day) photography and finally I got a chance to upload some of them in my photoblog.
The first and second photos are taken before the Christmas holidays showing the St. Labmerti church in Muenster and the other three are taken from Burg Vischering, a famous water castle in the area.
To see the photos in bigger size in the photoblog click on them. I used my new Tamron AF 10-24 objective (Canon mount) and a tripod for all these photos.

St. Lamberti (Münster) Typical Muenster Burg Vischering
Burg Vischering 2 Burg Vischering 3

I thought I’ll also share a few words about the objective. The picture quality is great, and it definitely is good value for the money. If compared to the ultra wide Canon (or Nikon) objectives it is relatively cheap. The build quality is also relatively good and there is a 5 year guaranty on it. Here you can read the dpreview on the objective.

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Darwin 2009 t-shirts


Mikero has designed a few Darwin posters (See the other designs in his weblog). He is now selling these designs as t-shirts and posters through The income will go to NCSE so you can get a nice t-shirt for a good cause. I checked and it seems that they do international delivery, but maybe I have to find a few other interested colleagues and share the shipping cost with them. (Interested Marco?)

Teaching Creationism in Germany

A friend of mine send me a video documentary in YouTube (Von Göttern und Designern, Christlicher Fundamentalismus part 1) about a School in Germany in which they teach “Intelligent Design” in parallel to Evolution theory. Although they teach both “theories” to children the school teacher says that he believes in creationism and as a result influences the opinion of the students. Unfortunately the Documentary is only in German so if you can understand German here is the first part of it.
The funniest (or the saddest) part of it is about a Museum in the US where in an interview one of the museum workers explains that “the Dianasours were vegetarian in Heaven and used their teeth and nails to pick and eat heavenly fruits!”.
Yesterday I also read PZ Myers post about the Gaurdian’s article on British creationism, it seems that they are invading Europe seriously.
If you watch the documentary and/or read the Gaurdian’s paper and need to cool down you can do so by watching “Creationism: A Cautionary Tale” from

Obama on Science and Evolution

A new Gallup Poll shows that only 39% of Americans say they “believe in the theory of evolution,” while a quarter say they do not believe in the theory, and another 36% don’t have an opinion either way. According to their work which is based on telephone interviews with 1,018 adults, believing in evolution has a strong relationship to educational level. I think there is not much to say. Fortunately President Obama does appreciate Darwin and Science. Listen and watch his views on Science and notes on Darwin’s Birthday:

Darwin Year 2009

Photo from Wiki commons

Today is the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth, year 2009 is Darwin’s year. 2009 also is the 150th anniversary of his great work, “on the origin of Species”. A few quotes from Charles Darwin in honor of his day (and year).

A republic cannot succeed till it contains a certain body of men imbued with the principles of justice and honour.
The Voyage of the Beagle (1839), Ch. VII, Buenos Ayres and St. Fe.

If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down. But I can find out no such case.
Charles Darwin,Origin of Species (1859)

It has often and confidently been asserted, that man’s origin can never be known: Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
The Descent of Man (1871), Introduction, p. 4

References and more reads:
Darwin Day Celebration website
Charles Darwin in Wikiquotes
Charles Darwin
History of Evolution thoughtToday’s featured article in Wikipedia

Sky tower Auckland

I have added a few of my pictures from Sky Tower in Auckland to my Photoblog. I tried to include views from all sides of the tower. I took some of the pictures from the restaurant were we had a nice 3 course lunch plus wine, which cost only 65 NZ$. Taking into account the quality of the lunch and that we didn’t have to pay entrance for the tower this is very cheap! So if you happen to visit Sky tower remember to reserve a table for lunch in the restaurant and enjoy a great meal with a nicer view!
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Sky tower Auckland Maori sculpture inside Sky tower Sky tower View 1
Sky tower View 2 Sky tower View 3 Sky tower View 5
Sky tower View 6 Sky tower View 7 Sky tower View 8
Sky Jump

Amazing inauguration panorama

David Bergman, has made a “big photo” from the big event last week. He has used a robot Gigapan and a canon G10 to have 220 photos and mix all of them in a huge Panorama that has 1474 mega pixels. Look at this great Panorama here in full screen. If you zoom in you can recognize the faces of the 2 million people on this photo. Read more about this amazing work here and here.

Also check out Obameter, it is a list compiled about 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.