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Caroline Kennedy Endorsement Historic

Posted 1/31/2008 12:05 pm by and Andrew Sorcini

Barack Obama usually gets a reaction. Critics say he’s inexperienced (although he spent years in state government in Illinois.) Supporters liken his campaign as ultimately positive in a world where the last eight years have been mired in toxicity and corporate greed. And, long before the events of this past weekend, he was compared to […]

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Wal-Mart Isn’t As Bad As You Think (Especially for the Economy)

Posted 1/31/2008 11:04 am by and RJ Saddler

Wal-Mart is actually good for our economy. You may not get that perspective if you ask someone off the sidewalk what they think of the Low Price giant. Nearly a quarter of Americans believe they’re hurting our financial status even more (despite the fact that almost every person in this country lives within 15 miles […]

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How To Make Your Own HDR Images

Posted 1/31/2008 9:38 am by and Andrew Sorcini

Photography is an amazing hobby to mess around with. I’ve seen what happens when people manipulate great images, and the results are always amazing. For example, high dynamic range images (HDR) exhibit a technique to use composite exposures to produce picture quality that borders on the unrealistic. However, it’s utterly impossible to take your eyes […]

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Surprised Scientists Discover how to Reverse Loss of Memory

Posted 1/31/2008 9:03 am by and RJ Saddler

While performing an experimental brain surgery on a 50 year-old man, scientists may have stumbled upon a mechanism that can reverse the loss of memory. The surgery, originally intended to suppress the man’s appetite, used deep-brain simulation to send electronic impulses in the ‘appetite’ part of the brain. Instead, the patient had an intense experience […]

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Director Del Toro Takes Over ‘Hobbit’ Films

Posted 1/31/2008 8:48 am by and Andrew Sorcini

New Line Cinema and MGM are in talks with Mexican director Guillermo del Toro to take over directing the J.R.R. Tolkien Hobbit films. So far the project, which would include back-to-back installments of the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has been repeatedly sidelined. In part due to the WGA strike (yes, it […]

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Lego Celebrates 50th Birthday

Posted 1/31/2008 7:56 am by and Andrew Sorcini

There has always been a wonderful sense of accomplishment when I was a child to build something from start to finish.  The idea of taking small things and building something from scratch. Legos allowed me to do that. The small plastic parts ridged with circular “bumps” always felt so aesthetically wonderful rolling on the tip […]

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CBS Teams Up With Canada’s CTV For New Series

Posted 1/30/2008 9:31 am by and RJ Saddler

Despite recent positive developments regarding the WGA strike, CBS Paramount Network TV isn’t holding its breath. Variety reports that the Eye has found a way around the conflict—outsourcing. On Monday, CBS released the details of a deal it has made with Canada’s CTV to begin the production of a new primetime drama series.  A brief […]

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Gecko-Inspired Adhesive Developed by Berkley Researchers

Posted 1/30/2008 9:06 am by and RJ Saddler

Ever wondered how a gecko stays attached to a vertical surface? Well, researchers over at the University of California, Berkley, wondered that too. And, of course, they figured it out. The gecko’s padded feet attach to the surface and the gecko’s feet slide along the surface — and then once they lift their feet, it […]

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Today is International Delete Your MySpace Day!

Posted 1/30/2008 9:03 am by and Andrew Sorcini

Maybe it’s the constant stream of spam to your Inbox. Or the automatic music that seems to play every time you look at someone’s account. Speaking of profiles, how is it possible that MySpace pages are so ugly? Not everyone is happy with MySpace. Especially this guy who instigated an International Day to commission the […]

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Gigantic Mech Animals On The Streets of Nantes

Posted 1/30/2008 7:04 am by and Andrew Sorcini

Why travel is a box, which I’m sure the kids call something crazy. Like, you know, a car, when you can ride in an a big giant animal made of steel and gears. Gigantic Mech Animals to be exact. An elephant that is reminiscent of the large Elephant creatures from Fellowship of the Ring is […]

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Miniature War: Browser Giant Firefox takes on Opera Mini

Posted 1/29/2008 11:14 am by and Andrew Sorcini

Remember that huge New York Times advertisement that begged the question: “Are you fed up with your web browser?” That was the Mozilla Foundation taking off the gloves to lay the smack down against Microsoft and their crummy Internet Explorer alternative. When they wage war, they mean it. Firefox has been gaining some serious traction […]

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Reside Like a Rap Star

Posted 1/29/2008 9:25 am by and Andrew Sorcini

While some prefer to party like a rock star, others are more inclined to dwell in the same manner as some of the hottest rappers of our time. Weichert Realtors has posted a listing of 8 rap star homes for sale. So if you have ever found yourself thinking, “I wish I could live in […]

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New Treatment Eliminates Brain Clots

Posted 1/29/2008 9:15 am by and Andrew Sorcini

With 700,000 Americans suffering from strokes each year (and over 150,000 dying from them), doctors are continuously researching new ways to clear brain clots. Strokes generally occur when the blood vessels feeding the brain become blocked, which deprives brain cells of oxygen until they die. For those who suffer a stroke, the clot-eliminating drug TPA […]

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40 Inspiring Business Quotes

Posted 1/29/2008 9:10 am by and Andrew Sorcini

We all need to derive encouragement from somewhere. Maybe you look up to successful entrepreneurs, or emulate successful companies. Check out these 40 Quotes About Business to see what the greatest minds of our time (and beyond) have said about life, success, and accomplishments. As you can see, not all great business quotes are made […]

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Leaked UK Document Regarding Creating Database State

Posted 1/29/2008 8:51 am by and Andrew Sorcini

Boing Boing has a post this morning asking other websites and blogs across the web to mirror their post regarding coercion of UK citizens into a National ID Registry. Phil from the UK anti-ID-register group NO2ID sends in this nugget — note the call to action there. We’ve got a sensitive government document revealing the […]

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Ghost Town In Kolmanskop

Posted 1/29/2008 5:13 am by and Andrew Sorcini

The sands have taken over a town in Kolmanskop in southern Namibia. 100 hundred years ago, people found hope of quick fortune in the Namib desert but within two years, nothing was left. The town had a school, a hospital and even a casino. But the diamonds that fortune seekers sought helped build a community […]

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Voluntary Overtime: Necessary, or just a Popularity Contest?

Posted 1/28/2008 11:52 am by and RJ Saddler

Surviving in the jungle of work can be a daunting task. With everyone putting in more and more hours all the time, feeling like you have to rack up 90 hours a week can seem natural. But how many people out there practice voluntary overtime with no compensation? A number of new entrants (we’re looking […]

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Disney Goes Hollywood with Annie Leibovitz

Posted 1/28/2008 9:56 am by and Andrew Sorcini

Disney’s going for broke this year! The Walt Disney Company, in an effort to drum up more business for their chain of theme parks, has teamed up with world-renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz for a new advertising campaign. Leibovitz, the genius behind John Lennon’s naked Rollingstone cover, will be responsible for bringing Disney’s Year of […]

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RFID Tags: Is Big Brother Really Watching You?

Posted 1/28/2008 9:25 am by and RJ Saddler

Imagine buying groceries or clothing without having to stand in the checkout line. For business owners, what if there was a way to drastically cut the amount of thefts in your store. For everyday consumers, what if the government could draw a profile on you based on the products you buy… and keep tabs on […]

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It’s Alive! Cyberpunk Creations Come to Life

Posted 1/28/2008 8:47 am by and Andrew Sorcini

Ever heard of the term cyberpunk? It’s kind of a science fiction spinoff of culture that exhibits technological, or cybernetic, elements in the design. For example, Christopher Conte literally brings these designs to life in a gallery of work seen here. The set of unique pictures includes steam-powered insects, robotic arms, even unmanned attack chopper. […]

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Terrorist Plot Thwarted In Europe

Posted 1/28/2008 8:11 am by and RJ Saddler

Allow me to wax philisophical this Monday morning as we take a look at the latest story about a foiled plot where suicide bombers were reportedly going to attack cities in Spain, Germany, France, Britain and Portugal and how an informant who infiltrated the mission halted the plan. CNN is reporting that Islamic suicide bombers, […]

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Bill Gates Speaks on Using Capitalism to Help Others

Posted 1/25/2008 11:19 am by and RJ Saddler

When one of the richest men on the planet says something, people listen. That’s what happens when Bill Gates talks about money, at any rate. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he talks about how a new form of capitalism is needed to fix things for not just the rich, but the poor […]

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All About the FCC, Google, and the Billion Dollar Spectrum

Posted 1/25/2008 9:35 am by and Andrew Sorcini

If you follow the Internet giant Google even a little bit, you may have heard about how they are gunning for bid on America’s last chunk of broadcast spectrum. If not, then you probably didn’t understand that last sentence. In case you identify with the latter, RobertCringely has written an incredibly thorough column entitled “Everything […]

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‘Toy Story’ Trilogy Adds Another Dimension

Posted 1/25/2008 9:34 am by and Andrew Sorcini

Disney and Pixar are partners in crime once more! Following up on the success of Toy Story and Toy Story 2, the team has decided to add a third installment to the series of computer-animated films about a young boy’s plastic playthings. Luckily, both Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, the talented voices behind the two […]

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And The Walls Come Tumbling Down …

Posted 1/25/2008 9:14 am by and RJ Saddler

When Hamas militants tore down part of a wall that was built on Tuesday that separated Egypt from the Palestinians several years ago, it had a huge impact on the global community who is watching the situation with some trepidation. The idea of putting up a wall to keep a border problem under control is […]

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Madrid Builds Air-Tree to Generate Oxygen and Electricity

Posted 1/25/2008 8:48 am by and RJ Saddler

Well, it may not be the most beautiful building/machine ever created, but this structure was created in Madrid to help generate energy to sell to electric companies — through the use of solar panels and trees. Created by Urban Ecosystems, the “Air Tree” is supposed to have a beneficial impact on Madrid’s environment. The structure, […]

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Inside Out Teddy Bears

Posted 1/24/2008 5:38 pm by and Andrew Sorcini

Kent Rogowski  turn bears inside out. Teddy Bears that is. It’s not as grim as it sounds. By taking the bears and turning them inside out there is something quite beautiful and oddly nostalgic about the photography project that he began and that has recently been published into a book, Bears. The photography series breaks […]

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Hackers vs. Church of Scientology… Fight!

Posted 1/24/2008 10:13 am by and Andrew Sorcini

It’s been many years since I’ve seen a good flame war break out, but this one is making up for lost time. The Church of Crazy Tom Cruise Scientology tried to put a $5000 bounty on members belonging to Anonymous, the online hacker group. After all, their latest project against scientology describes everyone from across […]

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The Creepiest Scifi Movie Sets Ever

Posted 1/24/2008 9:21 am by and Andrew Sorcini

If you’re gonna make a movie about aliens in space, then you’re gonna need a spaceship. I don’t think anyone would have appreciated Ridley Scott’s make-believe world in his 1979 blockbuster Alien without having those killer spaceships. The set of a Scifi movie makes or breaks the film. And the Science Fiction experts over at […]

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Round-Trip Vacation to Space Even Closer to Reality

Posted 1/24/2008 9:02 am by and RJ Saddler

By as early as next year, everyday citizens could be able to experience one of the greatest thrill rides in (or out) of this world. The model of the “SpaceShip Two” was unveiled Wednesday by British entrepreneur and billionaire, Richard Branson. He hopes his low-cost (aka $200,000) adventure into space will be become enjoyed by […]

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