From Pocket Lint:
Monopoly owners Hasbro will be launching a circular version of the board game to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its creation the company has announced at this year’s Toy Fair.
The game, which stays the same when it comes to gameplay, will involve players moving around the board as if it were a roundabout rather than the traditional square set we’ve all come to know and love.
But it’s not just a random move to give die-hard fans a reason to buy yet another version, it turns out one of the first concepts for the board game was circular according to Hasbro.
Not to be out done by the latest video games, however, the Monopoly board will do away with cash and the chance to raid the bank when no-one is looking. Players instead will be issued with a chip and pin credit card and a central console that plays banker. No fair.
Originally posted 2009-08-03 14:52:21.
From Seattle PI:
NEW YORK — J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose “The Catcher in the Rye” shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.
Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author’s son said in a statement from Salinger’s literary representative. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.
“The Catcher in the Rye,” with its immortal teenage protagonist, the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield, came out in 1951, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made “Catcher” a featured selection, advised that for “anyone who has ever brought up a son” the novel will be “a source of wonder and delight – and concern.”
Enraged by all the “phonies” who make “me so depressed I go crazy,” Holden soon became American literature’s most famous anti-hero since Huckleberry Finn. The novel’s sales are astonishing – more than 60 million copies worldwide – and its impact incalculable. Decades after publication, the book remains a defining expression of that most American of dreams – to never grow up.
UPDATED: This link still works and identifies the writers and their abused substance(s) of choice.
Via Boing Boing
New Hi-Res Views of Mars's ''Fear'' Moon Unveiled
In April the Mars-orbiting HiRISE camera caught new high-resolution snapshots of Phobos, a Martian moon named for the Greek god of horror.
First Mars Avalanches Seen In Action
NASA scientists might have been yodeling for joy in March when they saw the first-ever picture of active landslides occurring on Mars.
Link to National Geographic Top Ten Collection
Originally posted 2009-02-02 13:23:01.
A multimillion-pound collection of forged art seized by police has gone on public display for the first time.
Spot the difference: This ‘Lowry’ pastel is one of the top fakes in the display
The exhibition, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, features more than 100 fake works from Lowry paintings to Barbara Hepworth sculptures.
Experts say the collection, which also includes ‘paintings’ by Thomas Moran and graffiti artist Banksy, would be worth £4m if genuine.
Many of the works are by one of most notorious forgers in British art history, Shaun Greenhalgh from Bolton.
Greenhalgh was jailed for four years and eight months in 2007 after police discovered an astonishing cottage industry in his garden shed.
His output ranged from replicas of ancient Egyptian statues to Lowry pastels and even a “lost” Barbara Hepworth duck sculpture.
Among the other forgers with works on display are John Myatt and Robert Thwaites.
This fake of the Amarna Princess by Greenhalgh sold for a whopping £440,000
Detective Sergeant Vernon Rapley, who leads the Metropolitan Police’s art and antiques unit, says it is not just the rich and famous who fall victim to art crime.
He said most forgers create works worth less than £10,000 knowing they will attract less attention and may not be checked thoroughly.
Despite the arrest of Greenhalgh and others, DS Rapley said art forgery is still a thriving business, with Banksy and Tracey Emin among the living artists most often copied.
He said: “This display will demonstrate that art crime is not just a topic for historic consideration.
“It reveals a situation very much alive and at the forefront of the art and antiques unit’s priorities today.
No ducking the quality of this fake
“We hope that by highlighting some of the new techniques criminals use, we can educate people in what to look out for and encourage greater reporting of these crimes.”
Detective Constable Ian Lawson added: “With the internet, people are not perhaps taking as much care as they might in the past.
“They are buying things without checking them thoroughly and we need to get the message across, people must be on their guard.”
The V&A display, which runs until February 7, also includes materials, such as vintage typewriters and false stamps, used by forgers to create false paperwork.
Some forgers inserted letters, invoices and other documents into archives to invent a history for their work to make it appear authentic.
Sky News Online
Previously Banksy related:
- The “Village Pet Store And Charcoal Grill” Opens in New York City
- Banksy on the move, takes on the KKK in Birmingham, Alabama
- Time lapse video of Banky’s ‘Cans Festival’
- Photos from Banksy’s Cans Festival — 05.07.08
- Graffiti artist Banksy unmasked???
- Graffiti artist Banksy pulls off most audacious stunt to date – despite being watched by CCTV
- Banksy returns to Bethlehem
- Banksy’s debt to Warhol revealed in London show
- Banksy in New Orleans
A list of all short codes to text to to donate on your phone bill in the United States:
- Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross for Haiti efforts. You can donate $10 up to three times, and 100% of the donations will reach the Red Cross Foundation. This effort is run by Mobile Accord.
- Text YELE to 501501 to donate $5 to the Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation. 501501 is run by Give On the Go, a service provider for the Mobile Giving Foundation. Ashley Nay, who is in Business Development at Give On the Go told MobileActive on the phone that “100% of the donations go to YELE” from these donations.
- Text HAITI to 25383 to donate $5 to International Rescue Committee.
- Text RELIEF to 30644 to get automatically connected to Catholic Relief Services and donate money with your credit card.
- Text CERF to 90999 to donate $5 to The United Nations Foundation.
- Text DISASTER to 90999 to donate $10 to Compassion International.
- Text HAITI to 85944 to donate $5 to the Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International.
A list of all the non-US short codes that we know are serving as donation lines.
- Germany: text HAITI to 81190 to donate $5 (out of which $4.83 will go to Aktion Deutschland Hilft).
- Denmark: text Katastrofe to 1231 to donate 150 kr, or call 90 56 56 56.
- Canada: text HAITI to 45678 to donate $5 to the Salvation Army, again courtesy of the Mobile Giving Foundation.
- Italy: text to 48540 to donate to the Italian Red Cross if you are on the WIND or 3 networks. If you are on Vodacom or TIM, text 48451 to donate EUR 2 (Telecom Italia users can also call this number). (Read More)
- France: 80 222/Croix Rouge française, 80 333/Secours Populaire, et 80 444/Secours Catholique. One euro per SMS. (From a user)
- Mexico: Telcel users can text 8888, donations will go to the Carlos Slim Foundation (Thanks @sorrelkydd)
"It was either me or the wife who was going to go in. And I would have been in trouble if the wife went in, so that was it."
As these pictures show, devoted Marc Greenhalgh risked life and limb saving his trapped pet from the middle of a freezing lake.
Mr Greenhalgh, 25, a bricklayer, said he was walking with his wife, Trisha, 24, when the dog ran onto the frozen water while chasing a duck.
But what the pet – named Jarvis – didn't realise, was that the middle of the lake wasn't frozen. And as he bounded across, he fell into the freezing water.
Mr Greenhalgh, who has only had the two-year-old rescued cocker spaniel for the past two months, said:"It certainly wasn't how I planned to start the New Year.
"Me and my wife were walking through the park and the dog was off the lead. He started to chase the ducks and ran straight into the middle of the pond – and into the water.
"To start with, we were shouting at him to come out. Then there was a crowd of about 10 or 15 people around all trying to get him out.
"After about five minutes I realised he wasn't coming. We tried a branch but he was too far out.
"So it was either me or the wife who was going to go in. And I would have been in trouble if the wife went in, so that was it."
Mr Greenhalgh said the ice on the Alkrington Woods' lake, in Middleton, Greater Manchester, was thicker than he thought – and the water deeper.
Wading to safety after the rescue
He said: "It was extremely cold. Someone had said I would be able to wade in and get Jarvis as it wasn't that deep.
"At one stage, though, it was up to my neck. I was so cold."
And when Mr Greenhalgh, who lives in Greater Manchester, finally got back to dry land, he said there was more sympathy for the spaniel than for him.
He said: "When we both got out I was so cold. The crowd that was gathered started petting Jarvis and they were definitely more concerned about him than me!
"I had to jog back to the car and get the heat on straight away."
Jarvis, though, does not seem to have learned his lesson.
Mr Greenhalgh said:"This happened on New Year's Day and we've been walking in the woods since then.
"But I keep him firmly on the lead now. He wants to be off chasing the ducks but, even if he hasn't learned his lesson, I've learned mine."
Originally posted 2009-01-06 15:37:49.