January 7th, 2007 SkyHorse
Sooner or later if you live in a country with the visa-waiver program with the US (i.e. most EU countries and a few more) your passport will be issued with a always-on radio frequency identification chips, making it easy for officials â€“ and hackers â€“ to grab your personal stats. Getting paranoid about strangers slurping up your identity? Hereâ€™s what you can do about it. But be careful â€“ tampering with a passport is punishable by 25 years in prison. Not to mention the â€œspecialâ€ customs search, with rubber gloves. Bon voyage!
1) RFID-tagged passports have a distinctive logo on the front cover; the chip is embedded in the back.
2) Sorry, â€œaccidentallyâ€ leaving your passport in the jeans you just put in the washer wonâ€™t work. Youâ€™re more likely to ruin the passport itself than the chip.
3) Forget about nuking it in the microwave â€“ the chip could burst into flames, leaving telltale scorch marks. Besides, have you ever smelled burnt passport?
4) The best approach? Hammer time! Hitting the chip with a blunt, hard object should disable it. A nonworking RFID doesnâ€™t invalidate the passport, so you can still use it.
Based on http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/15.01/start.html?pg=9
November 23rd, 2006 SkyHorse
One gold-plated six-iron: â‚¬10.000
One shuttle flight into orbit: â‚¬500 million
One International Space Station: â‚¬100 billion
Playing golf with planet earth in the background, while doing the longest golf drive: Priceless.
November 1st, 2006 SkyHorse
This is the first of a series of award-winning* photos I took.
1999 Reims, France. Reims cathedral with the sun eclipse in the background. (C) 1999 SkyHorse.Org
* Awarded by the “Friends and Family of SkyHorse.Org Foundation”
May 8th, 2005 SkyHorse
Wanting to go away for the time being led me into digging some old photographic reports of a trip to Bologna…
I wanted to share this great experience of a couple of nights in Italy’s most beautiful city.
Bologna is mystical in every sense of the word, is alive in every corner and transpires inspiration to those who pass by.
This is the only picture that can resume this all:
Going home late at night through the historical arcades with that certainty you had a glass too many…