Maino ft. T-Pain - All of the Above

6:25:08 PM, Sunday, May 01, 2011
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Midnight Lady

6:19:47 PM, Sunday, May 01, 2011

-- From a photo session for Russian band "Vragi".

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windchILL - Pay Homage

6:05:30 PM, Sunday, May 01, 2011
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Experience Human Flight: Skydiving in Slow Motion

5:58:35 PM, Sunday, May 01, 2011

-- Gorgeous video by Chas Mackinnon and Brad Goble of Melbourne-based design studio BETTY WANTS IN. In February 2011, the five times world champions Fred Fugen and Vince Reffett from Soul Flyers were invited to Melbourne to provide advanced 3D coaching to some of Australia's leading Skydive athlete talent, - this is the result.

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Welcome To JihadVille

5:49:34 PM, Sunday, May 01, 2011

"These days, gamification is so hot that everyone is fascinated by it--even terrorists.

Is there no productivity issue that can't be solved with gamification?

Unlikely, as gamification, the idea of applying game mechanics to non-games, has conquered corporate America, education, and healthcare, and has begun to catch on in the expanding spaces of terrorism and militant Islamism.

In a recent article in Foreign Policy, security consultants Jarret Brachman and Alix Levine wrote on what they call the World of Holy Warcraft and argued that jihadist bulletin boards and chat rooms are making use of the same gamification techniques that Foursquare and airlines, among others, use. We took the opportunity to ask Brachman a few questions and to find out whether Anwar al-Awlaki reads Jane McGonigal too.

FAST COMPANY: Why do you both think gamification is such a good way of analyzing why people spend so much time in jihadist bulletin boards or chat rooms?

JARRET BRACHMAN: I think that it's less us thinking it's a good way to view them, and rather them thinking that it's a good way to incentivize partcipation in their own space. We actually stumbled on the gamification concept after briefing a room full of techies about how al-Qaeda and their global supporters are using the Internet. It was this group who were familiar with gamification that helped us to see what had been going on under our noses--we just didn't have a framework in our minds for understanding it, so we did so ancedotally. Gamification allows us to make sense of the introduction of points, status, levels--elements that are being introduced into forums of all kinds--in order to increase and enhance participation. But the difference is that with al-Qaeda, gamification is being used for promoting hatred and encouraging militancy, as opposed to rewarding you for brand loyalty in where you shop or on what airline you fly..."

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Colourful Creatures: Amazing 'X-Ray Style' Images of Ocean Dwellers at Night

5:19:08 PM, Sunday, May 01, 2011

"This incredible set of photographs reveal capture some of the sea's inhabitants in a way you have never seen before.

The stunning pictures, taken off the coast of Hawaii, were taken in the dead of night with a special flash to give a wonderful display of colours.

Among the 'colour x-ray' style images are pictures of rare squids, jellyfish and shrimp. 0Measuring just a few centimetres in length they can be found living off the coast of Kailua-Kona.

Fine art photographer Joshua Lambus took the picture and believes he has been on more than 400 'blackwater' dives.

The 25-year-old had the idea after becoming frustrated with running charters for divers who just wanted to see turtles, dolphins and whales.

To get the unique images, Joshua waits until nightfall to head out about three miles on a boat. He then cuts the engine and dives into the water..."

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Fight Music - Eminem ft. D-12

5:03:54 PM, Sunday, May 01, 2011

-- Yeh, it's uncensored. Obviously.

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Reagan Tells Soviet Jokes

11:50:22 PM, Saturday, April 30, 2011

-- Reagan got jokes! Obama should tell terrorist jokes.

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The Amputee Rap by Josh Sundquist

10:38:04 PM, Saturday, April 30, 2011

-- A-M-P-U-T Double EE, the glass is half full yea I still got threeee! This guy is great!

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Wild Mandarin Duck on Dark Green Lake, UK by David Slater

1:32:56 AM, Saturday, April 30, 2011
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The Australian Peacock Spider’s Mating Dance

1:32:38 AM, Saturday, April 30, 2011

-- Australian Peacock Spider is one good looking spider! Also a pretty interesting video, but also one of the worst nature show narrations ever?...

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Eiffel Tower by Przemyslaw Stradczuk

12:55:08 AM, Saturday, April 30, 2011
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Home Builder Turns Trash into $10,000 Green Homes

12:24:44 AM, Saturday, April 30, 2011

"Dan Phillips is one of the most unconventional home builders you'll ever find. In fact, he's more an ecological social messiah than a home builder (see video below). For $10,000, he builds affordable homes for low-income people that are attractive, energy-efficient and save landfills. Most builders purchase building materials -- piles of wood, sheet rock, nails, bricks, and tiles -- that are used in construction and then, when the house is finished, the waste is discarded to the dump. Phillips, 66, salvages those materials, hauling them from the trash or even picking them up on the road, to build or remodel homes for low-income buyers.

He says he's just doing what people have been doing for years -- using whatever they can scrounge up to to build shelter.

"And if you ponder what could be used," says the Huntsville, Tex., resident, "then building materials are everywhere."

Phillips himself has been "everywhere": He worked as an intelligence officer in the Army, then as a dance instructor, an antiques dealer and a puzzle maker. Fourteen years ago he started a new career: Creating affordable homes for low-income families out of trash. He is a self-taught carpenter, electrician and plumber. His motivation came from the disparity he saw between landfills overflowing with discarded building materials and a lack of affordable housing. He started Phoenix Commotion, a for-profit company that hopes to solve the world's social problems associated with housing.

Phillips builds homes for as little as $10,000, making them energy-efficient with tight insulation, solar hot water and even a rainwater catchment system. He hires unskilled workers, teaches them marketable construction skills and then helps them find jobs when the project is complete. He keeps the landfills shallow by using truckfuls of leftover building materials such as lumber, tile and granite. Locals even hand off their old fixtures and doors to Phillips when they remodel, which he keeps in a warehouse and distributes free to low-income and needy people and organizations..."

-- Sounds like something I would do! Good man.

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The Tornado Took My Hamburger, Fries, and a Drink!

10:00:55 PM, Friday, April 29, 2011

-- I know the devastation caused by the recent tornadoes is no laughing matter and by no means am I trying to make light of it, but I had to share this guy. DAMN NATURE, YOU SCARY!!!

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Stem Cell Research Ban Overturned By U.S. Appeals Court

1:47:50 PM, Friday, April 29, 2011

"WASHINGTON -- A divided federal appeals court has ruled that opponents of taxpayer-funded stem cell research are not likely to succeed in a lawsuit to stop it.

In a 2-1 decision Friday, the panel of the U.S. court of appeals in Washington overturned a judge's order that would have blocked taxpayer funding for stem cell research.

The panel reversed an opinion last August by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, who said the research likely violates the law against federal funding of embryo destruction.

The 1996 law prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars in work that harms an embryo, so private money has been used to cull batches of the cells. Those batches can reproduce in lab dishes indefinitely, and the Obama administration issued rules permitting taxpayer dollars to be used in work on them."

-- Finally, science and common sense have won out over religious fanaticism­.

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