May 1, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment

Harry Potter and the magical museum exhibit

May 1, 2009 at 9:34 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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By broom, by apparition, by Lake Shore Drive, get to MSI for a Potter fix

Be careful in the hidden forest

Monsters peek out as part of the forest set in the Harry Potter exhibit. (Photo for the Tribune by Stacie Freudenberg / April 23, 2009)

I almost don’t want to tell you how cool the new “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” show at the Museum of Science and Industry is, because I’m afraid I’ll spoil it for you. If you don’t know the difference between an Acromantula and a Firebolt, then you might not care anyway. But if you’ve seen and enjoyed the movies (and/or the books), you really, really need to go see this exhibit, which opens Thursday. It’s that cool. And don’t be afraid to geek out when you see (yeah, I’m going to have to give some stuff away; I’ll be gentle): ….


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To Avoid Swine Flu? Here Is An App For That

May 1, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Swine Flu Tracker

How some companies are clearly trying to capitalize on the Swine Flu craze that is sweeping the nation. Naturally, someone just had to make an iPhone app.

And the winner is IntuApps, which has Swine Flu Tracker, waiting for approval from Apple before it’s released into the App Store. IntuApps’ Barry Schwartz, who is also a blogger, sent along some screenshots of the app. In it, you can see the current Threat Level for the disease, a map showing confirmed and suspected cases, a symptoms area to inform people, and an alert page for breaking news on Swine Flu.

IntuApps is an iPhone app shop. Notably, they made the Swine Flu Tracker app in April 2009.

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A Victory For Decency

May 1, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Brown defeated over Gurkha rules – a victory for decency

Gordon Brown’s government has suffered a surprise defeat in the Commons on its policy of restricting the right of former Gurkhas to settle in the UK.

MPs voted by 267 to 246 in favour of a Lib Dem motion that all Gurkhas be offered an equal right of residence.

The Conservatives, SNP and several Labour MPs  backed the Lib Dem motion to scrap rules which leader Nick Clegg called “shameful”.

It is the biggest Commons victory achieved by the Liberal Democrats since their formation two decades ago, and is the first time a government has lost an opposition day debate since James Callaghan in January 1978.  For me it gives hope to those who had lost faith in politicans to do the right thing.

I can only endorse the view expressed by Nick Clegg who said the symbolic vote was a “victory for decency”.

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May 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has won the country’s general election, but has fallen just shy of a two-thirds parliamentary majority that would have empowered it to make changes to the constitution.

Jacob Zuma

President of the African National Congress[1]

Final results gave the party 65.9 per cent of the vote, equivalent to 264 seats in South Africa’s 400-seat parliament

The party’s credentials for ending white minority rule were more important for many voters than its heavily criticised record on fighting poverty, violent crime and HIV/AidsIn his victory speech on Saturday, Jacob Zuma, the ANC leader, said that South Africa’s next president would be a “president for all”.

“Working together we will make it a government for all South Africans,” said Zuma, who is now set to be elected president when parliament convenes on May 6.

Zuma’s ANC lost the support of four per cent of voters since the 2004 elections [Reuters]

A newly formed party of ANC dissidents, the Congress of the People (Cope), failed to make a dramatic impact on the vote held last Wednesday, winning only 7.4 per cent of the vote.

The ruling party’s closest rival was the DA, with just over 16.7 per cent of the vote.

Zuma, 67, has assured investors in South Africa that he will not be dropping policies they are comfortable with, even though his trade union allies want more help for the poor.

Electoral officials estimated the turnout at more than 77 per cent, a little higher than in 2004.

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May 1, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment

Video: View the Most Mysterious Places on Earth

Take a tour of the world’s strangest places, where unexplained forces and bizarre illusions jam the signals of reality. Watch a video montage of Uta Kögelsberger’s photos and video taken during her month-long photo shoot of mystery spots.

Illustrative Typography

May 1, 2009 at 11:51 am | Posted in Art, Image Metrics | Leave a comment
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Seb Lester is
a typographer who designs fonts, animates with type, and creates
typographical compositions like this one. He calls this category of
typography “illustration”.   The term  could be a subject of debate.


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