Friday, July 16, 2010

Rubens Tubes (Fun to say)


Thanks: Rubens Experiments

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bad Day #19

Madhuri, an Indian elephant, swings a monitor lizard around by its tail. The unlucky creature had been swept off the ground and was carried around for a number of days by the elephant. With its tail firmly clamped in the animal’s trunk the lizard was swung around and occasionally put back on the ground. The scene was captured by Jagdeep Rajput during a trip to Corbett National Park in India

Picture: Jagdeep Rajput /Solent (via Pictures of the day: 14 July 2010 - Telegraph)


LINK 

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Reality Overated? Or, we don't need no stinking facts...

By MAX FISHER on July 13, 2010 11:48am

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In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger. ... Instead of changing their minds to reflect the correct information, they can entrench themselves even deeper.

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Alternative Views...


'role reversal' 2005
acrylic plastic, 165 x 175 x 175 cm
courtesy of cosmic galerie, paris



'role reversal' 2005
acrylic plastic, 165 x 175 x 175 cm
courtesy of cosmic galerie, paris

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Very strange business model

By Mary Jo Foley | July 12, 2010, 8:03pm PDT

The way Microsoft is phrasing the new end of life dates for XP is less clear-cut. The Microsoft “Blogging Windows” blog, in a July 12 post, explained it this way:

“(W)e have decided to extend downgrade rights to Windows XP Professional beyond the previously planned end date at Windows 7 SP1. This will help maintain consistency for downgrade rights throughout the Windows 7 lifecycle. As a result, the OEM versions of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate will continue to include downgrade rights to the similar versions of Windows Vista or Windows XP Professional.  Going forward, businesses can continue to purchase new PCs and utilize end user downgrade rights to Windows XP or Windows Vista until they are ready to use Windows 7.”

The only company I know that adheres to the maxim, "The aheader I go  the behinder I get."  Very strange business model.

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Isn't it FUDdy, isn't it lame...

Ballmer: Windows 7 Slates Coming Soon

I find it humorous in the extreme that Microsolth can't even mount a credible FUD campaign any more.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

'American Splendor' passes...

Harvey Pekar, Who Chronicled Ordinary Lives in ‘American Splendor’ Comics, Dies

Harvey Pekar


Link = New York Times

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Genius ... another perspective.

For the Romans, ‘genius’ was one word predating our contemporary idea of potential.  The Roman word ‘genius’ was used to designate the particular spirit of a place - that convergence in a landscape of plant, terrain and weather whereby, say, any specific tree has an utter, enchanting uniqueness.  In a sense, that tree can never exist in the same form at any other moment of time and space.

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