China to Create World’s Largest City
|1:17:38 PM, Friday, February 04, 2011|
"A city twice the size of Wales and 26 times the size of London. In China it's not just possible, it's being planned.
It would be a city bigger than Wales, but it’s perfectly in line with China’s building mantra: go big or go home.
Planners are proposing to merge nine cities around the Pearl River Delta in southern China, from Guangzhou to Shenzhen, just north of Hong Kong, reports The Telegraph.
Called the "Turn The Pearl River Delta Into One" plan, the proposal will create a 16,000 square mile area “that is 26 times larger geographically than Greater London, or twice the size of Wales,” according to the paper.
China is creating its first mega city, which will challenge the dominance of China’s current main urban areas of Beijing/Tianjin and Shanghai.
The goal of the new city will be to integrate China’s manufacturing base, which will include the cities of Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Jiangmen, Huizhou and Zhaoqing.
Together, according to the Telegraph, they account for nearly a tenth of the Chinese economy.
The new zone will be created over the next six years, and will connect the current cities’ transport, energy, water and telecommunications networks.
The area will also have an express rail line to Hong Kong.
If you’re having a difficult time imagining this, think of it as China’s version of Tokyo.
"The idea is that when the cities are integrated, the residents can travel around freely and use the health care and other facilities in the different areas," said Ma Xiangming, the chief planner at the Guangdong Rural and Urban Planning Institute and a senior consultant on the project.
This is not the only massive urbanization plan going on in the country. By 2025 China will have 221 mega cities with more than 1 million residents, and eight cities each with a population of more than 10 million.”
-- China shall own us all. First the insane bridges now this.
Video of a Cherry Picking Machine at Work
|11:20:31 PM, Thursday, February 03, 2011|
-- And all these years I've been picking cherries by hand...
Gladiator Spider in Action
|11:08:09 PM, Thursday, February 03, 2011|
LAWS - Run Away
|3:35:10 PM, Thursday, February 03, 2011|
Minneapolis Woman Accused of Mailing Puppy
|3:13:37 PM, Thursday, February 03, 2011|
“A Minneapolis woman has been cited for animal cruelty after postal workers say they discovered a puppy in a box she was mailing to Georgia.
Police say the box was taped shut and had no air holes. And, had it been sent for delivery, the box would have been put in an airplane's unheated and non-pressurized cargo hold. Sgt. William Palmer says the Postal Service told police the dog would have died.
Postal Service spokesman Pete Nowacki says post office employees became suspicious when the box fell off the counter after the woman left last Tuesday. Postal inspectors were summoned, the box was opened and the 4-month-old poodle mix was found inside, panting hard, but unharmed.
Nowacki said it was the first time he heard of something like this in his 25 years on the job.
"I'm dumbfounded," said Nowacki. " I can't see a way you look at this and think it's a good idea."
The woman who dropped off the puppy, Stacy Champion, was ticketed….”
-- For video follow link.
Undercover Surveillance Cats
|3:00:33 PM, Thursday, February 03, 2011|
-- Public domain?...
Sara Bareilles King of Anything Live
|1:45:36 AM, Thursday, February 03, 2011|
-- Sara Bareilles talking about her cover of Coldplay’s “Yellow” and performing a live concert version of her single “King of Anything”.
Egyptian Revolution Protest Manual (How to Protest Intelligently)
|1:18:25 AM, Thursday, February 03, 2011|
-- This document is an Arabic manual for Egyptian protesters circulated via email and in hard copy prior to the protests on Friday January 28, 2010. For background on the document and English translations of selected portions, see The Atlantic’s article Egyptian Activists’ Action Plan: Translated. via Public Intelligence.
Egypt: Were the Army and the Cops in Cahoots All This Time?
|12:53:33 AM, Thursday, February 03, 2011|
“The people of Cairo are now waiting to learn the toll from the battle of Tahrir Square on Wednesday. The clashes, which broke out barely an hour after the government allowed Internet connections to resume, have added a new twist to the drama that has gripped the Arab world's largest country: Has the army been on the side of the government after all?
Since military tanks moved in across Egypt on Jan. 28, the army has largely held the support of the anti-government demonstrators and the city's residents. "The whole military is supporting the revolution," said Taher Mohamed, a lawyer, as he headed into Tuesday's so-called march of millions. The sentiment was widespread: the army is neutral; it represents the people; it has refused to fire on demonstrators. Protesters hoping to see President Hosni Mubarak fall paused to shake hands with soldiers or cheer them from the tops of tanks. (See TIME's exclusive pictures of the turmoil in Egypt.)
But on Wednesday, busloads of Mubarak supporters armed with sticks and machetes as well as a small army of men on horseback were able to get through Cairo's many military and civilian checkpoints, advancing into Tahrir Square seemingly without hindrance from the military. All of this occurred on a day when pedestrians and drivers had to weave their way through practically impenetrable army roadblocks all around downtown Cairo…”
-- That's what I've been afraid of since their apparent declaration of neutrality. There's too many unknowns. Hopefully this revolution does not turn in to a civil war.
Life-Size Lego Set of the Day
|12:39:20 AM, Thursday, February 03, 2011|
-- Open Source Ecology — a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters who believe that “everyone in the world should have access to the technologies they need to escape poverty” — are hard at work on piecing together The Global Village Construction Set: “A set of the 40 different machines that it takes to create a small civilization with modern-day comforts.”
So far only one machine — a Compressed-Earth Brick Press — has been made available for purchase, but other machines will be following shortly.
Learn about the GVCS and how you can participate at OpenEcology.org. via The Daily What.
Wearable Planters by Etsy Seller Colleen Jordan
|6:00:59 PM, Wednesday, February 02, 2011|
Intimidator: The Story of a Blind Mechanic
|5:53:47 PM, Wednesday, February 02, 2011|
-- Excellent and very real short film. Watch it.
The Lake That Glows in the Dark: Eerie Phenomenon That Turned Waters (And Midnight Swimmers) Luminous Blue
|5:45:11 PM, Wednesday, February 02, 2011|
“Swimming is supposed to give you a healthy glow, but these swimmers weren't quite sure what was going on when they took a late-night dip and turned a fluorescent shade of blue.
'It was like we were playing with radioactive paint,' said photographer Phil Hart who snapped the bizarre sight as his friends emerged from a lake in the dark of night.
The light is created by a chemical reaction called bioluminescence, which happens when a naturally-occuring micro-organism in the water is disturbed.
Phil, 34, put his camera on a very slow shutter speed and threw sand and stones into the water to cause the reaction and capture as much of the blue haze as possible.
These images are particularly stunning because the concentration of the micro-organism 'Noctiluca Scintillans' was abnormally high when he took the photos at Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, Australia.
Phil said: 'To be there watching this bioluminescence is spellbinding and to see it like this is very rare.
'I am a program director with an organisation that has been running canoeing camps on the Gippsland Lakes for 50 years. Nobody can remember the bioluminescence ever being as bright as this…”
Cyanide and Happiness - Dogs
|10:52:58 PM, Tuesday, February 01, 2011|
Eau Rouge Overlap - Forumla 1 vs FIA GT Cars
|9:39:49 PM, Tuesday, February 01, 2011|
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