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Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai (Ukraine) 2007 Eurovision (2nd Place Winner)

He makes some good points, but bad grammar still makes my skin crawl.

Years ago when I first heard that Apple was developing a tablet I had dreams of drawing directly on the screen. I already had a Wacom Cintiq but it was a monster: the screen was dim and the cables and boxes coming out the thing made it cumbersome and ugly.

Too bad Apple didn’t share my dream. I already had a Macbook Air, so why exactly would I need a tablet too?

Now there is Paper, the best reason I’ve seen to actually buy an iPad.

New York to Los Angeles in 45 minutes.
Washington DC to Beijing in 2 hours.
350mph local, up to 4000mph international.

More info at: http://et3.com/

A few years ago, Veronika Scott, now 23, set up a coat manufacturing business in a graffiti-covered building in an old Irish manufacturing neighborhood of Detroit. She had a few sewing machines and a drive to help the homeless.She wanted to make a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag, originally intended just for Detroit’s homeless. But when she presented it at Aspen Fashion Week a year ago, some in the audience asked where they could get their own coats.

via Sleeping Bag Coat for the Homeless Finds Fans in the Fashion World | PBS NewsHour.

Politifact: “You sully the reputation of anyone who cites you as an authority on factishness, let alone fact.”

Politifact: You are fired

Rachel Maddow excoriates the ostensible fact checking site Politifact for researching a claim, determining the claim to be true, and then declaring it half true for reasons that have nothing to do with the fact checked claim.

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Even non-Star Trek fans have dreamed about teleporting away to space by just saying Beam Me Up, Scotty. And though it’s unlikely to ever happen in our lifetimes (prove me wrong smart people!), the special effects maestro Shanks FX has cooked up a slick way to recreate the Star Trek teleportation effect with Christmas lights.

via Watch Christmas Lights Recreate Star Trek's Beam Me Up Scotty Effect.

There’s some logic to his argument, but given his company’s history in particular (see Nestlé Boycott and Child Slave Labor Practices), the idea of privatizing water and putting control in the hands of corporations is absolutely horrifying.

h/t: Nestle CEO: ‘Access to water should not be a public right’ | Death and Taxes.

Nestlé CEO Peter Brabeck:

Water is of course the most important raw material we have today in the world.It’s a question of whether we should privatize the normal water supply for the population. And there are two different opinions on the matter.

The one opinion which I think is extreme is represented by the NGOs who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means that as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.

And the other view says that water is a foodstuff like any other and like any other foodstuff it should have a market value.

Personally I believe it’s better to give a foodstuff a value so that we’re all aware that it has its price and then that one should take specific measures for the part of the population that has no access to this water, and there are many different possibilities there.

I’m still of the opinion that the biggest social responsibility of any CEO is to maintain and ensure the successful and profitable future of his enterprise. For only if we can ensure our continued longterm existence will we be in the position to actively participate in the solution of the problems that exist in the world. We’re in the position of being able to create jobs.

[later he praises a video of a Nestlé factory in Japan]

The Japanese. You can see how modern those factories are, highly robotized, almost no people.

Hypocrisy Much?

Byrne has acknowledged that “The Secret” is inspired by “The Science of Getting Rich,” a 1910 self-help book, still in print, that encouraged readers to focus their thinking on wealth. (The official “The Secret” Web page offers e-book downloads of the older tome.) While “The Secret” added elements of quantum physics, Radford said, the general theme of success or failure hinging on thought was nothing new.

“One of the interesting facets of this mentality is that it keeps reviving itself,” said Radford. “In skepticism we have what we call rubber duck syndrome. The rubber ducks at the carnival, when you push them down with a stream of water, they pop right back up.” Indeed, despite Alexis Neiers’ imprisonment and struggles with addiction, her mother still identifies with “Secret”-inflected beliefs, sharing tenets of the visualization-based New Thought movement and descriptions of “vibrational directors” on her personal Facebook page.

via From “Bling Ring” to Oprah, “The Secret” lives on – Salon.com.