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USA announces it is to host World Press Freedom day 2011. The theme is 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers.

"The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals’ right to freedom of expression."

Also in the news, USA pressures Mastercard, Visa and Paypal to suspend payments to Wikileaks

 


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This must have been great to see for real!

Giant marionettes!

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The old thing about automatically translating to and from Japanese.

Why are we here

Very Zen

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Saturday Morning Watchmen.

Really takes me back to my childhood.

Really hope Dr. Manhatten's not a stick shift. 

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Firstly though, Cool and bizarre pictures

I was listening on the radio t a report talking about bank bonuses and that there was a person who complained that the bank was taking too much risk. 

As it turned out, he was right.  But that doesn't actually mean anything.  Hindsight is always 20-20.  Here's an example: I can predict with 100% accuracy, the results of 5 coin tosses.  I'll make 31 other predictions that are wrong... 

I read in the Metro that 11% of girls aged 12-18 are allowed to have boys stay overnight.  Sounds pretty awful doesn't it?  But a third of that group is above 16.  If 33% of that group are allowed boys to stay overnight, then that would explain the statistics perfectly, but wouldn't sound nearly as shocking. 

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The Highwayman who I wanted to remember the name of some time ago was John Nevison.

Wish I could remember why I wanted to know. 

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For the handful of you who haven't already seen this:

A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!

Pretty cool! 
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I have mixed feelings about April Fools Day.  On one hand, it's quite nice to have a bit of levity and a lot of the silly stories are quite amusing, on the other hand, a lot of people don't actually know how to be funny. 

Still, there were some good 'uns. 

From the BBC - Flying penguins.  Cute.  I want it to be true!

From Thinkgeek - a Betamax to HD DVD converter.

Virgin and Google to set up a base on Mars.  (Can't imagine the ping times being that good).

It's a busy time for Google since they plan to add time travel capabilities to Gmail.

For inspiration for next year - some harmless geek pranks.

And finally - from the BBC again, 10 stories that actually aren't April fools
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As part of a whale tracking scheme, Greenpeace decided that they should find a name for one of their whales.   Some 11 000 names were submitted, and the public were invited to choose the ones they like best. 

The ideas are often poetic, and apt for a whale - names such as ", meaning "divine power of the ocean" in Polynesian, and "" - the Innuit goddess of the sea were considered. 

After an enthusiastic campaign by Reddit and BoingBoing, the leading cnadidate by a huge margin is "Mr. Splashy Pants"!

What a fantastic name for a whale!
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And I found a "Gothic Larp Medieval prom dress fetish murder mystery". and "WINGS demon gargoyle LARP monster fancy dress vampire"

I think this could be useful for any goths with a dress fetish going to a medieval LARP set at a prom
involving murder mystery. Not quite sure what system allows for winged demon vampire gargoyles but since it involves fancy dress, I guess all of them.  (Yeah, I know why they did it, but I like to think tat someone gets maximum utility out of them).

Anyone else want to come to my place on Sunday. Current plan is board games and watching Firefly.  May go for coffee some time in the afternoon.  
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Medical advice from a gaming forum.  And what we can learn from this is

Don't rely on medical advice from the intarwebs.

Inversion

Jul. 2nd, 2007 11:52 am
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(:sıɥʇ 'ʎʇı1ıʇn 1nɟǝsn

uʍop ǝpısdn ǝsɹǝʌıun ǝɥʇ pǝuɹnʇ ǝʌɐɥ oʇ ɹɐǝddɐ ı .buısnɟuoɔ ʍoɥ
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I have a certain fondness for old ads.  Tech ads from the 70's and 80's are always retro cool. 

Here's one telling people about email in 1977.

EDIT: Changed link to original source. 

Plenty more  where that came from.

My weekend

Jun. 25th, 2007 11:28 am
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More or less did this.

(Yes I am feeling lazy.  Does it show?)
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Really can't be bothered actually working today, but there's only so much time I can waste doing non-work stuff.  I need an extra day of weekend.  Maybe I should have taken a half day and gone to [personal profile] blazingskies' bash. 

Random opinions for the week:

Paris Hilton appears to be in and out of jail.  A lot of commentators seem to think that the reason for the interest is because of Paris Hilton.  Can't speak for everyone but the reason I'm keeping track is because I get a little upset with te way the law doesn't seem to apply to the rich. 

Somewhat disturbed by a repeated suggestion that foreign aid does more harm than good to developing nations. 

From a couple of weeks ago, the foreign office said John Prescott's attitude was 'eff them because I'll be the one coming back with the effing sun tan'.  It must be nice to be a politician who is immune from being forced to resign.  Still, remarkable honesty from a politician.

Random Rambling

Also discovered there's a Ceroc class within walking distance.  Shame they do the classes on Sundays - my chill out in front of the telly day. 

Not really sure if that's what I want to do with my evenings.  I keep meaning to look at acting, but then find myself intimidated because I don't know if any of them want competent actors. 

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