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May
31

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An American woman claims she became pregant after watching a 3D porno.

US military man Erick Jhonson came home from a stint in Iraq to find that his wife was pregnant. Clearly he assumed she had an affair, but his wife Jennifer claims the “other man” was actually someone a little less physical.

It seems he actually buys her story, however. “I see it as suspicious. The films in 3D are very real. With today’s technology, anything is possible,” he said.

[From Woman says 3D porno made her pregnant – Husband claims “anything is possible” | TechEye]

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Sigrid from Norway emailed with a reader request that I thought I’d tackle today, because it’s an easy one. :) “I love library and rooms and walls full with bookshelves. I would be honoured if you could post some pictures of rooms and walls full with bookshelves.” I would give anything to have a library, a room filled with floor to ceiling bookcases to fill with my ever-growing collection of shelter mags and books. I love to see how people cope with their own book and mag collections. Here are some rooms where large collections are easily stored away.

[From desire to inspire – desiretoinspire.net – Reader request – bookshelves]

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The Windows era is over announces Joe Wilcox at Betanews. Is it?

He certainly makes a compelling argument. Like other tech behemoths before it, Microsoft’s products are simply being rendered irrelevant by new technologies, new ideas, and new products that have come out of the blue and swept them aside.

Largely thanks to Apple’s innovation and success in the consumer space, mobile computing is no longer a niche product. It’s mass market, and the iPad is going to spawn so many copycat products that the stores will be swimming with them. Apple showed the way, and everyone else in the tech business saw instantly that they should follow along, as fast as possible.

Or as Joe puts it: “A new era dawns.”

What’s more, Joe says Microsoft no longer has the loyalty of its partners. Intel sells chips to Apple now. HP has purchased Palm and is working furiously to make new tablet devices. It’s as if the industry has seen Microsoft’s future, and wants to distance itself from it, to break the connections.

So as Apple breezes past Microsoft in the market cap stakes, where next for Windows? Are the improvements made in Windows 7 enough to turn things around, and slow the momentum? Is Joe right to say the Windows era is over?

[From Joe Wilcox: “The Windows Era Is Over” | Cult of Mac]

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Gary Coleman is dead. He was taken off life support on Friday morning and passed away, Radaronline.com reports. His wife Shannon Price and her father were at the hospital.

Coleman, 42, was best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on “Diff’rent Strokes.” Word got out that he was hospitalized Thursday and in critical condition.

This is breaking news, more to come.

[From Gary Coleman DEAD: ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Actor Dies In Utah Hospital]

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“Our fine arts were developed, their types and uses were established, in times very different from the present, by men whose power of action upon things was insignificant in comparison with ours. But the amazing growth of our techniques, the adaptability and precision they have attained, the ideas and habits they are creating, make it a certainty that profound changes are impending in the ancient craft of the Beautiful. —Paul Valéry, Aesthetics

[From Pixelsatanexhibition.com – Art of the iPhone]

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WELL I GUESS THAT ANSWERS THAT!

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SEATTLE — Apple has surpassed Microsoft as the largest technology company in the world by market capitalization.

Apple’s move comes as the company’s iPhone, and now its iPad tablet computer, have taken on more of the personal computing tasks once handled by computers running Microsoft’s Windows operating system and other programs.

Market cap is the dollar value of a company’s outstanding shares. On Wednesday, Apple Inc.’s shares slipped $1.11 to close at $244.11, making its market cap about $222 billion.

But Microsoft Corp.’s stock fell $1.06, or 4.1 percent, to close at $25.01, for market cap of about $219 billion.

The only U.S. business with a higher market value is Exxon Mobil Corp. The oil company’s market cap is about $279 billion, based on Wednesday’s closing price of $59.31.

(This version CORRECTS the spelling of Exxon Mobil)

[From Apple Dethrones Microsoft As World’s Biggest Tech Company]

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[From MacDailyNews – AutoCAD returns to Mac; first screenshots posted online (with image)]

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May
20

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Ayman Shamma’s iPad steel drum just might revolutionize music on street corners and subway stops.

Shamma made a pair of drum sticks out of conductive material, then wrote an iPad app that mimics the sound of a steel drum, without any heavy equipment to lug around.

You can whip up a pair of drumsticks in about half an hour following his tutorial and start annoying the neighbor’s immediately with Shamma’s preferred apps, Magic Piano or iDaft.

[From Busker’s Delight: iPad Steel Drum | Cult of Mac]

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Smoke a Joint, Get Arrested for Drugged Driving a Week Later

[From Smoke a Joint, Get Arrested for Drugged Driving a Week Later – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine]

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Pop quiz: Which is longer, the United States Constitution or Facebook’s Privacy Policy?

[From The Price of Facebook Privacy? Start Clicking – NYTimes.com]

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May
11

Rumor: MobileMe may soon be free

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Rumor: MobileMe may soon be free by Chris Rawson (RSS feed) on May 11th, 2010 MacDailyNews reports an unconfirmed rumor that Apple may soon make MobileMe’s services free to all users. MobileMe currently costs US$99 per year for a subscription; it provides cloud storage, email, photo galleries, and syncing of contacts/calendars/bookmarks across Macs, PCs, iPhones, and iPads (not to mention Find My iPhone). While the service has many useful features (some implemented better than others: I’m aiming my stinkeye at you, iDisk), many have balked at the price tag. Similar storage and email services from competitors like Google and Microsoft come either free of charge or at reduced cost compared to MobileMe; even MobileMe’s distant ancestor, iTools, was a free offering back in the day. Of course, MobileMe delivers more iPhone & Mac-friendly syncing than Google does, but at $99 per year, it’s a fair bet that few people are taking advantage of everything MobileMe has to offer. MacDailyNews’ source says MobileMe will become free of charge “sooner than later… depends on certain facilities going operational.” This almost certainly refers to Apple’s new server farm in North Carolina. Aerial footage of Apple’s server farm, released in February, showed that the complex’s buildings were either mostly or entirely constructed, so the facility may be ready to go online at any time. I hope this rumor is true, especially the “sooner than later” part — my MobileMe subscription is due for renewal at the end of this month

link: TUAW — The Unofficial Apple Weblog


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May
08

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May
08

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May
08

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May
08

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A sweet collection of carefully handpicked high quality free fonts, which are all suitable to be used for creating attractive typography headlines which will attract people’s attention. A collection of amazing fonts which are suitable and perfect for web design projects as well print based projects. There is a misconception by designers that free fonts are usually cheap looking and cannot be used in order to create a good design, but what designers don’t realise is that there is the odd good free font it just takes time in order to find the perfects ones. This is the exact purpose of this article to be bookmarked by designers and to referred to in the future when working on a design projects where money may be tight and the client can’t afford to splash out on big expensive fonts. This post will be a handy resource for designers searching high quality good free fonts.

link: 40 Beautiful Free Fonts For Creating Attractive Typography Headlines | Creative Nerds


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The Food

Maggie asked me about any dietary/cultural/American food restrictions that I might have. I told her that there were none at all and I would like to try all kinds of Chinese food. Maggie took this as a challenge! The picture below is one of our first meals. Starting from the 1:00 position and working clockwise: A salad – not that much different than an American salad. Then at 4:00 there’s Choudoufu. This translates as “Stinky Tofu” but I think a better name would be “cowpie surprise”. Basically it looks and smells like something you could find in a cattle field and it tastes just like it smells. In between the choudoufu and the salad is a dish of hot pepper that you can dip the Choudoufu in to take the edge off. At the 6:00 position is pig lung in hot oil. In the 8:00 position is the internal organs of sparrows. This has a relatively normal kind of taste but with strange shapes and textures. In the 10:00 position is something Maggie described only as “beef”. I had some and said that this and the salad are the only things on the table that most Americans eat. Then I ate one of the vegetables with the beef and made a face and Maggie smiled. The Chinese name for the vegetable translates as “Bitter Vegetable”. Later we found that the American name is Balsam. I told Maggie that as far as I know, Americans only use Balsam in shampoo.

link: The Food


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May
07

A Brave New World

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A Brave New World On This stupendous Lp Aldous Huxley Narrates his eerily prophetic Brave New World Brave_new_world_cover_1 Download brave_new_world_side_1.mp3

link: RecordBrother: A Brave New World


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A SWAT team raided Jonathan Whitworth’s house in Februrary looking for a “large amount of marijuana.” They shot his two dogs, killing one. All they found was a pipe, a grinder, and a “small amount” of weed. Now there’s video. With an almost admirable efficiency, the Columbia, Missouri SWAT team knocked down the Whitworth family’s door, shot both dogs, and handcuffed Jonathan against the floor while hustling his wife and kid out the door. They were acting on information that Whitworth had a significant amount of marijuana he intended to sell. What they found instead was some stoner paraphernalia—a pipe and a grinder—and a “small” (i.e. misdemeanor) amount of the drug. This unfortunate (and unfortunately common) experience with the war on drugs—one that was shared by the entire Whitworth family, including the seven-year-old son—made the internet rounds when it happened in February, but without some kind of audiovisual stimulation it’s hard to communicate the sheer terror of a dozen heavily armed men breaking into your house at night and shooting your dogs. Now we have video. Via Radley Balko, here’s what it’s like to be raided by the police:

link: SWAT Team Raids House, Shoots Dogs over ‘Small Amount of Marijuana’ – Police – Gawker


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[From YouTube – Giorgio Moroder – From Here To Eternity]

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[From YouTube – SPACE : ”Running in the city” (1978)]

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[From YouTube – Massiera/Torelli – Radio Galaxia (1976)]

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May
06

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May
06

WFMU HTML 5 Audio Player

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[From WFMU HTML 5 Audio Player]

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“There’s an interesting chart in a report to clients issued early Thursday morning by Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“What caught my eye, however, was what her proprietary research shows about the impact of the iPad and other tablets on the broader gadget market, starting with netbooks. As her chart shows, sales growth of these low-cost, low-powered computing devices peaked last summer at an astonishing 641% year-over-year growth rate,” Elmer-DeWitt reports. “It fell off a cliff in January and shrank again in April — collateral damage, according to Huberty, from the January

[From MacDailyNews – Netbook Killer: Apple’s revolutionary iPad destroying the netbook business]

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Beginning in Sydney, Australia three years ago, Earth Hour has grown into a global observance. States, large organizations and individual people observed Earth Hour 2010 on Saturday March 27th, as homes, office towers and landmarks turned off their lights for an hour starting at 8.30 pm local time to raise awareness about climate change and the threat from rising greenhouse gas emissions. Collected here are a series of before-and-after photographs from this year – which (starting with the second one below) will fade between “on” and “off” when clicked. [See also: last year] This effect requires javascript to be enabled. (26 photos total)

[From Earth Hour 2010 – The Big Picture – Boston.com]

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Last August, we wrote about the “Double Down,” a mysteriously tempting (and potentialy lethal) new food item being tested by KFC. For those coming late to the story, it’s bacon and cheese sandwiched between two pieces of fried chicken. And now, many months later, I’ll finally be able to get my hands on one.

KFC announced the decision to go live with the Double Down yesterday, but we weren’t sure they weren’t playing a April Fools gag. But no, they truly are going nationwide with the delicacy on April 12.

The sandwich will be available in two forms. The Original Recipe sandwich will set you back about 540 calories, 32g of fat and 1380mg of sodium. The not-as-bad-for-you Grilled Double Down totals 460 calories, 23g of fat and 1430mg of sodium.

UPDATE: Some Vegan bloggers have already reverse-engineered the Double Down!

[From KFC’s Bacon Sandwich On Fried Chicken “Bread” Starts Killing People Nationwide April 12 – The Consumerist]

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May
05

Cupidtino

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Cupidtino is a beautiful new dating site created for fans of Apple products by fans of Apple products! Why? Diehard Mac & Apple fans often have a lot in common – personalities, creative professions, a similar sense of style and aesthetics, taste, and of course a love for technology. We believe these are enough reasons for two people to meet and fall in love, and so we created the first Mac-inspired dating site to help you find other Machearts around you.
Cupidtino will launch in June 2010 exclusively on Apple platforms – Safari, iPhone and iPad apps. It’s time to share the love.

[From Cupidtino ]

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