Archive for September, 2009

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If the relationship between Apple and Mac CPU provider Intel was any closer, the two companies might have to start labeling their record collections and discussing whether to keep the wagon wheel table. In an intriguing technology demonstration last week, it was pointed out that the in-development Intel ultrafast optical connection called Light Peak was being shown on a rather elaborate hackintosh, running good old Mac OS X. This raised an eyebrow or two, but the background story seems to be just as interesting.

[From Is Apple behind the development of Intel’s Light Peak?]

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Thumbing through his local Swedish newspaper, Göteborg resident Mattias Akerberg found himself troubled by a full-page advertisement for Ikea. It wasn’t that the Grevbäck bookcases looked any less sturdy, or that the Bibbi Snur duvet covers were any less colorful, or even that the names given to each of the company’s 9,500 products were any less whimsical. No, what bothered Akerberg was the typeface. “I thought that something had gone terribly wrong, but when I Twittered about it, people at their ad agency told me that this was actually the new Ikea font,” he recalls. “I could hardly believe it was true.”

[From The Font War: Ikea Fans Fume over Switch to Verdana – TIME]

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NO, SERIOUSLY!!!

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[From DesignVerb! – Stefans: Stormtroopers a day!]

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Sep
23

Vintage Synth Explorer

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Buchla 200e Series
Another West Coast contender, the Buchla has many similarities to the Serge including the fact that the 200e is also a full-blown modular synthesizer that is current, modern and can be bought brand new today from Buchla. Although the 200e is updated, it’s still fairly similar to its classic predecessor from the 70’s, the original 200 series, making it truly a surviving modern-day classic. Click here for the review.

[From Vintage Synth Explorer]

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There are really only a few tricks to writing properly for the web. If you know how to write, you are already 95% of the way there.

These are some of the more common mistakes that I’ve seen in web copy and some tricks that I use every day to write effectively, from e-mails to site pages.

You don’t need to be an English major to understand any of this advice either. It is written in plain English that everyone can understand.

These are tips based on my own experience and education as a writer, and particularly as a writer specializing in the web.

If you’ve got some tips of your own feel free to share them in the comments section.

[From 20 Tips on How to Write for the Web | Webdesigner Depot]

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Sep
22

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It’s one thing when Fox News personalities say things that are totally loony; this happens at least once a day, if not at least once an hour.

It’s another thing entirely when Fox News Channel itself puts out advertising that is so obviously demonstrably false as to be discredited within minutes. That doesn’t happen quite as often, but it did just now. The above poster is part of an advertising campaign by Fox to try and claim that they are the only balanced news outlet out there, because they were the only one who covered the anti-Obama rallies on 9/12. The problem? Just about every mainstream news outlet covered them, including all the networks they claim didn’t. Want proof? Here:

[From The Daily Background » Epic Fox News Fail]

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Recently, Americans have begun taking a stand for some of their most fervently held beliefs. Let’s see what they’ve had to say!

[From Dribbleglass.com–The Illiterate Minority]

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Sep
22

em32 Eigenmike® microphone array

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The Eigenmike® microphone array is a patent-pending unique scalable microphone array with elements embedded into a rigid sphere. Individual microphone outputs are processed with a novel beamforming algorithm which enables the ability to record and playback accurate 3D spatial audio.
The Eigenmike® microphone array’s directivity pattern can be controlled in real-time or stored and processed at a later time. Eigenmike® array technology is based on the principles of spherical harmonic decomposition. Some key characteristics include:

infinite control of directivity pattern (shape and direction)
any number of unique beamformer outputs
electronically steerable
complete spatial description of the 3D sound-field
post sound-field processing of prerecorded eigenbeam signals
scalable in size and number of elements
uses extremely low-noise, wide-band professional electret microphone capsules
microphone preamp programmable gain and 24-bit, 44.1 kHz A/D conversion
done inside the spherical array baffle (other sampling rates are available)
single CAT5 cable powers em32, carries all digital microphone data,
controls the microphone PGA settings, and reports microphone status.
EMIB interface box converts em32 digital stream to standard Firewire
ASIO drivers supplied: em32 appears as a standard 32-channel sound card

[From Untitled]

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Nicholas “Net Neutrality” Deleon here with truly shocking news: six Republican senators have tacked on an amendment to an appropriations bill that would block the FCC’s attempt to make Net Neutrality a reality. So remember, kids: when you think of a free and open Internet, don’t think of the GOP. It’s not your friend here.

The Senators involved are: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas; Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas; Sen. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina; Sen. John Ensign of Nevada; Sen. John Thune of South Dakota; and Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana.

It literally took two seconds to look up these guys’ top contributors, and you’ll be absolutely shocked at the findings. Guess who is Sen Brownback’s top donor this cycle? AT&T at a cool $11,000 so far! Sen. Brownback? Oh my, looks like AT&T has given him some $35,000 thus far! And what about that Vitter gentleman? Yeah, AT&T has given him $19,500 this cycle.

So that’s three out of the six senators who have a huge financial incentive to see to it that AT&T doesn’t have to play nice by the Net Neutrality rules.

You folks are free to draw your own conclusions, but if I were you I’d make a cool Twitter hashtag like “#ATTSENATORS.” I’m sure I’m not the only person who finds it a little bit suspicious that three of the senators who have attached their name to the amendment are sucking at the teat of AT&T.

But whatever. It’s just the Internet. Who cares about that?

[From AT&T linked to GOP senators who have proposed anti-Net Neutrality bill in Congress. Pretend to be shocked, please.]

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Sep
22

PREZ

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News Anchors Can’t Stop Laughing Watching Paris Model Fall Twice On Runway (VIDEO)

[From News Anchors Can’t Stop Laughing Watching Paris Model Fall Twice On Runway (VIDEO)]

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The work of Heather Jansch started from her two passions: drawing and horses. She has a very interesting and diverse biography, many exhibitions, one book published (Heather Jansch’s Diary: A Year in the Life of…..), and another one in progress.

[From Driftwood Horses by Heather Jansch › Zuza Fun]

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Some artists use paint, others bronze – But for Nathan Sawaya he chooses to build his awe-inspiring art out of toy building blocks. LEGO® bricks to be exact. The former corporate lawyer quit his job in 2001 to focus on becoming the world’s foremost LEGO artist.

With more than 1.5 million colored bricks in his New York studio, Sawaya’s sculptures take many forms.

Sawaya’s art is currently touring North American museums in a show titled, The Art of the Brick. It’s the only exhibition focusing exclusively on LEGO as an art medium. The creations, constructed from nearly one million pieces, were built from standard bricks beginning as early as 2002. More information on the tour, dates and locations can be found here.

A full-time freelance artist, Sawaya accepts commissions from individuals, corporations, and … well just about anyone with a good idea! He’s also available to design and build custom creations at events, photo shoots and conventions.

So let Sawaya know what you have in mind, he says, that there are literally no limits to what he can create out of LEGO.

To make this post even better Panda has put interesting facts about LEGO bricks underneath the pictures, and marked them with “+”. Hope you like it.

[From 20 Incredible LEGO Artworks by Nathan Sawaya | Bored Panda]

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There was a time, not so long ago, when the term “Internet Freedom” actually meant what it implied: a cyberspace free from over-zealous legislators and bureaucrats. For a few brief, beautiful moments in the Internet’s history (from the mid-90s to the early 2000s), a majority of Netizens and cyber-policy pundits alike all rallied around the flag of “Hands Off the Net!” From censorship efforts, encryption controls, online taxes, privacy mandates and infrastructure regulations, there was a general consensus as to how much authority government should have over cyber life and our cyber liberties. Simply put, there was a “presumption of liberty” in all cyber matters.

[From The Day Internet Freedom Died – Forbes.com]

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Sep
20

Weener Kleener Soap Ring

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I don’t know what kind of world we live in where an inventor is coming up with a) new ways to shape bars of soap b) a device that increases the efficiency of me pulling on my weener for the sake of hygiene c) a package for said product with copywriting that displaces all my $.99 jokes.

[From Weener Kleener Soap Ring (SFW) – Cleaner – Gizmodo]

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Sep
18

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Sep
17

Rare tongue-eating parasite found

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A rare parasite which burrows into host fish before eating and replacing their tongues with itself has been found off the Jersey coast.

Fishermen near the Minquiers – islands under the jurisdiction of Jersey – found the isopod, a type of louse, inside a weaver fish.

Marine researcher Paul Chambers, from the Société Jersiaise, was one of the fishing party and identified the find.

He said he was surprised to find the isopod away from the Mediterranean sea.

Isopods are normally about 2cm (1in) long and live in fish, surviving on the animal’s blood, in warm waters.

‘Quite vicious’

Mr Chambers told: “When we emptied the fish bag out there at the bottom was this incredibly ugly looking isopod.

“Really quite large, really quite hideous – if you turn it over its got dozens of these really sharp, nasty claws underneath and I thought ‘that’s a bit of a nasty beast’.

“I struggled for weeks to find an identification for this thing until, quite by chance I stumbled across something that looked similar in a Victorian journal.

“Apparently there’s not too much ill effect to the fish itself except it’s lost its tongue.”

Experts at the University of Southampton confirmed that the creature was an isopod and that there had been several sightings of them in Cornwall in 1996.

Mr Chambers added: “It doesn’t affect humans other than if you do actually come across a live one and try and pick it up – they are quite vicious, they will deliver a good nip.”

[From Rare tongue-eating parasite found]

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Scientists unveil plan designed to cut cost of space travel
Gravitational corridors could help spacecraft ply the solar system like ships borne on ocean currents, it has been disclosed by scientists investigating space travel.

[From Scientists unveil plan designed to cut cost of space travel – Telegraph]

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Sep
17

YouTube – Bollywood condom video

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[From YouTube – Bollywood condom video]

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O’REILLY: The public option now is done. We discussed this, it’s not going to happen. But you say that this little marketplace that they’re going to set up, whereby the federal government would subsidize insurance for some Americans, that is, in your opinion, a public option?

OWCHARENKO: Well, it has massive new federal regulation. So you don’t necessarily need a public option if the federal government is going to control and regulate the type of health insurance that Americans can buy.

O’REILLY: But you know, I want that, Ms. Owcharenko. I want that. I want, not for personally for me, but for working Americans, to have a option, that if they don’t like their health insurance, if it’s too expensive, they can’t afford it, if the government can cobble together a cheaper insurance policy that gives the same benefits, I see that as a plus for the folks.

[From Bill O’Reilly Backs Public Option (VIDEO)]

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Shits And Giggles
“Ripcord”
Previously unreleased
In a sidestep from his lo-fi Haunted Graffiti releases for Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label, Ariel Pink has teamed up with underground fringe unit Vas Deferens Organization, plus free jazz trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez and his son Aaron, who plays bass, to form Shits And Giggles. “Ripcord” showcases the group’s work in progress, in what they describe as a “wanton miscegenation of psych/Prog, post-punk, plunderphonics and laptop fuckery”.

[From The Wire: Adventures in Modern Music: Issues]

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[From urban sax on MySpace Music – Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads ]

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The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered an insurance company to pay $10 million for wrongly revoking the insurance policy of a 17-year-old college student after he tested positive for HIV. The court called the 2002 decision by the insurance company “reprehensible.”

That appears to be the most an insurance company has ever been ordered to pay in a case involving the practice known as rescission, in which insurance companies retroactively cancel coverage for policyholders based on alleged misstatements – sometimes right after diagnoses of life-threatening diseases.

The ruling emerges from a conservative Southern state with one of the most pro-business climates in the country. And it comes as progressive Democrats on Capitol Hill are pressing for health care reforms, such as a public insurance option, that reflect wariness about the private insurance industry’s motives.

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court’s verdict against Fortis Insurance, now known as Assurant. The trial jury had awarded the former college student, Jerome Mitchell, $15 million in punitive damages; the Supreme Court reduced that amount by $5 million.

[From Insurance Company Must Pay $10 Million For Revoking Policy Of Teen With HIV]

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Insurance Industry Got A Lot For The $3 Million It Gave Baucus





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WASHINGTON — Sen. Max Baucus on Wednesday brought out the much-awaited Finance Committee version of an American health-system remake – a landmark $856 billion, 10-year measure that starts a rough ride through Congress without visible Republican backing.

The bill by Baucus, chairman of the Finance Committee, would make major changes to the nation’s $2.5 trillion health care system, including requiring all individuals to purchase health care or pay a fine, and language prohibiting insurance company practices like charging more to people with more serious health problems.

[From Health Care Bill: Baucus Senate Legislation Finally Unveiled]

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Vera Lynn, who made her name entertaining troops in World War II after recording her first song 70 years ago, has become the oldest living artist to have a number one album.

[From 92-year-old outsells Beatles to top UK charts – CNN.com]

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[From YouTube – Jan Švankmajer: Historia naturae]

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[From YouTube – Varanasi (aka Benares, aka Kashi) Holy Men]

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Sep
13

Incredible Shadow Art Created From Junk

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Real Life is Rubbish, 2002: Image via: Pantherhouse

British-born and -based artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster skilfully skirt the boundaries between beauty and the shadowier aspects of humanity, playing with our perceptions as well as our notions of taste. Many of their most notable pieces are made from piles of rubbish, with light projected against them to create a shadow image entirely different to that seen when looking directly at the deliberately disguised pile.

Dirty White Trash (With Gulls), 1998
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The photo above shows White Trash (With Gulls), one of Webster and Noble’s earliest trash-based pieces. Six months’ worth of household waste plus a pair of dead seagulls comprise the heap of refuse. It’s no accident that it took the couple a further six months to make the piece, during which time they were eating and consuming – as you do. On the wall, the shadow figure self-portraits of the artists take a break with a cigarette and a glass of wine.

[From Incredible Shadow Art Created From Junk]

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[From Health Care Bill To Cover Undocumented Immigrants? False.]

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