Jan
29
2008
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Jan
29
2008
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Excellent examples of Obama ’08 campaign graphics

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I can remember all the crappy graphics of previous political campaigns but Obama's gives us the sense of how 'current' he is.

Link to more samples. Thanks Devin. 

Written by Peter C in: Design,Events,History,Illustration |
Jan
29
2008
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Killer shark pictures

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Link to more pictures. Thanks Brady. 

Written by Peter C in: Fishing,Photography |
Jan
27
2008
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Quantum of Solace Trailer — Bond, James Bond

The first official teaser trailer for the 22nd James Bond film. Link.

Originally posted 2008-07-01 11:14:46.

Written by Peter C in: Entertainment,Video |
Jan
26
2008
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Waterfall Project coming to New York (Summer 2008)

UPDATE: Video available here or by clicking on the image.

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NEW YORK – Four giant waterfalls will be erected in New York for three months this summer in a public art project city officials hope will create $55 million in extra tourism revenue for the Big Apple.

The waterfalls, including one that will fall from the famed Brooklyn Bridge, are the brainchild of Danish artist Olafur Eliasson. Installation will cost $15 million, funded by private donations to New York's Public Art Fund.

Link 

Written by Peter C in: Arts,Design,Events |
Jan
25
2008
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Packing Wurst

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Written by Peter C in: Design,Food,Humor,Photography |
Jan
25
2008
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Forget crop circles — try sheep circles…

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Guess they'll eat feed in the shape of anything.

Link 

Written by Peter C in: Hmmn. Interesting.,Weird News |
Jan
22
2008
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China continues its suffocating stranglehold on Tibet

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found image of Taleban (similar) ignorance

A SENIOR Tibetan lama and Chinese government advisers have defended contentious rules banning reincarnations of "living Buddhas" without approval.

The rules are apparently aimed at empowering China to name the next Dalai Lama when the 14th and current Dalai Lama dies.

Last July, China's State Administration of Religious Affairs issued regulations banning reincarnations of living Buddhas, or holy monks, who failed to seek government approval, ostensibly to manipulate the centuries-old practice and legitimise future appointments by the atheist Communist Party.

Link to article

Previous Tibet related on P&F:

China frees 3 Canadian activists after Tibet protest

Written by Peter C in: Events,History,Hmmn. Interesting.,Politics |
Jan
17
2008
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The dB’s — footage from 1986

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One of the most influential, yet unsung bands of the eighties…

Links:

1. Not Cool

2, Amplifier 

Written by Peter C in: Entertainment,Music,Video |
Jan
11
2008
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Jan
11
2008
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Louis the octopus who loves his Mr Potato Head

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Louis the octopus clearly thinks two heads are better than one when it comes to toys.

The 1.8m-wide (6ft) creature is so attached to Mr Potato Head that he turns aggressive when aquarium staff try to remove it from his tank.

The giant Pacific octopus was given the toy for Christmas and has even learned to dig out food hidden in a secret box at the back of it.

'He's fascinated by it,' said Matt Slater, of the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay, Cornwall. 'He attacks the net we use to fish the toy out every time we try to take it away.'

Mr Slater added: 'Octopuses are very intelligent and they like to be stimulated and busy.'

Found here 

Written by Peter C in: Humor,Weird News |
Jan
11
2008
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14 year old hacks Polish train system with TV remote and derails four trams

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From The Register:

A Polish teenager allegedly turned the tram system in the city of Lodz into his own personal train set, triggering chaos and derailing four vehicles in the process. Twelve people were injured in one of the incidents.

The 14-year-old modified a TV remote control so that it could be used to change track points, The Telegraph reports. Local police said the youngster trespassed in tram depots to gather information needed to build the device. The teenager told police that he modified track setting for a prank.

"He studied the trams and the tracks for a long time and then built a device that looked like a TV remote control and used it to manoeuvre the trams and the tracks," said Miroslaw Micor, a spokesman for Lodz police.

"He had converted the television control into a device capable of controlling all the junctions on the line and wrote in the pages of a school exercise book where the best junctions were to move trams around and what signals to change.

"He treated it like any other schoolboy might a giant train set, but it was lucky nobody was killed. Four trams were derailed, and others had to make emergency stops that left passengers hurt. He clearly did not think about the consequences of his actions," Micor added.

Transport command and control systems are commonly designed by engineers with little exposure or knowledge about security using commodity electronics and a little native wit. The apparent ease with which Lodz's tram network was hacked, even by these low standards, is still a bit of an eye opener.

Problems with the signalling system on Lodz's tram network became apparent on Tuesday when a driver attempting to steer his vehicle to the right was involuntarily taken to the left. As a result the rear wagon of the train jumped the rails and collided with another passing tram. Transport staff immediately suspected outside interference.

The youth, described by his teachers as an electronics buff and exemplary student, faces charges at a special juvenile court of endangering public safety.

Link

Written by Peter C in: Hmmn. Interesting.,Tech,Weird News |
Jan
10
2008
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Maverick’s surf contest is on for Saturday 01-12-08

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HALF MOON BAY – Many of the world's best and bravest surfers are heading toward Half Moon Bay as organizers of the legendary Maverick's Surf Contest have scheduled the big-wave event for Saturday.

Surfers were given the word this morning, said brothers and surf partners Tyler and Russell Smith of Santa Cruz.

Organizers have been waiting for high-quality conditions – huge waves coupled with clear weather on the San Mateo County coast – since the contest window opened Dec. 7. Last year, a dearth of surf scuttled the event.

The contest, with a $75,000 prize pool, will be held Saturday morning off Pillar Point, with 24 surfers paddling into waves in a series of heats that will determine the winner. This will be the sixth time the contest has been held since 1999.

The timing of the event on a weekend may draw record crowds, but organizers have provided other ways for people to watch the show.

The surf break is more than a half-mile from the beach, so spectators may be in better position in front of computer screens, watching a free live Webcast, or by seeing the event shown on the big screen at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Admission to that is $20. More details are available at the contest's Web site, www.maverickssurf.com.

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Jan
07
2008
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New carry case for your Taser and MP3 Player…

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Jaysus, gotta get me one of these. iTase? 

LAS VEGAS – A handy new holster from Taser International Inc. holds not only your stun gun but a music player too.

Link to article 

Written by Peter C in: Design,Tech,Weird News |
Jan
07
2008
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Her nickname is Snakegirl – and just one look at her extraordinary stage act reveals why…

 

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The 18-year-old contortionist, who dresses in a snakeskin costume, is amazing audiences with her incredible poses and eye-watering gyrations. 

Nokulunga Buthelezi is so naturally flexible that her mother found her asleep one day when she was three – with her legs tucked behind her neck.

Six years later, the young girl from South Africa joined a touring circus in the United States and is now a major star of Afrika! Afrika!, a £4.2million extravaganza opening at the O2 arena in London on January 17.

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Written by Peter C in: Arts,Entertainment,Weird News |
Jan
07
2008
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Bride’s wedding cake is a full-sized likeness of herself

This is wrong on so many levels… 

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Link with four more pictures. 

Written by Peter C in: Events,Food,Humor,Weird News |
Jan
04
2008
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PSA : The end of the world will be on Saturday, July 5, 2008

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Disclaimer: image represents a Raelian craft and not one of the Xists. see below

CLEVELAND, Ohio, January 4, 2008: The Church of the SubGenius has announced that the end of the world will take place on Saturday, July 5, 2008. In preparation for the fulfillment of this doomsday prophecy, the Church is requesting that all of its members participate in a bizarre religious ceremony taking place in upstate New York, during the final weekend before the arrival of the apocalypse.

Since its inception in 1953, Church founder J.R. "Bob" Dobbs has predicted that a fleet of flying saucers will arrive at the beginning of July to destroy the worldwide Conspiracy against the Church of the SubGenius, while all ordained SubGenius ministers will be rescued by escape vessels piloted by the Alien Sex Goddesses, also known as the Xists.

The Church is inviting all of its members worldwide to gather together for the final hours in Sherman, New York from Wednesday, July 2 to Sunday, July 6, at a clothing-optional outdoor campground called Brushwood Folklore Center. The first gathering at this compound took place in 1996, and the event has increased in size and participants each following year. 1998 was designated the first true "X-Day," and each successive year has added one to the total. This year's celebration in 2008 is X-Day 11, or X-Day XI. 

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Jan
03
2008
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Puppies and Flowers : Rare unpigmented penguin

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The sighting of a rare penguin has excited researchers newar Mawson Huts in Antarctica.

An adult, unpigmented Adelie penguin was photographed near Granholm Hut on Sunday.

Penguins lacking pigmentation are referred to as "leucistic" and don't usually survive until adulthood because they attract predators and don't breed.

Australian Antarctic Division biologist, Rhonda Pike, says only one penguin with the genetic defect has been detected over a number of breeding seasons in a population of 4,000 Adelies.

"We have a population of tagged birds out there and we've never tagged any of the leucistic birds," said Ms Pike.

"So we don't know if it's the same one coming back year after year, but yeah, one out of 4,000."

Link to source

Jan
03
2008
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Hoax nuke blast seen on TV weather

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PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) — Members of a Czech art group who hacked into television broadcasting with images of a hoax nuclear explosion were charged and will have to stand trial, a state prosecutor said Thursday.
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The six members of the Prague-based Ztohoven group were charged last month with spreading false information and face up to three years in jail if convicted, said Dusan Ondracek, the state prosecutor in the northern town of Trutnov, who is in charge of the case.

On June 17, viewers of a Czech television channel watching a Web cam program monitoring weather in various Czech mountain resorts could see a nuclear explosion taking place in the Krkonose or Giant Mountains in the northern Czech Republic.

Link to article

Link to YouTube clip 

Jan
02
2008
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Y&R Mumbai’s clever OOH stickers

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Drivers would presumably slow down to avoid the 'sticker' potholes and then encounter the message: "Feels like Pioneer Suspension". Nifty.

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