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Pharrell, Nas, GrandMaster Flash - Press Conference

 

this is 1of 4 videos of Pharrell Williams, Nas, and Grandmaster Flash @ the Smirnoff Experience Press Conference talking about music and Africa (not African Music).

For the Rest of the Videos find them @ Blogs.BET

 

Damon, Wyclef on Haiti Crisis

 

If you able to help by donating by doing anything even donating the $5 Wyclef recommend in this interview, go to Yele Haiti.

Yele.org

via CNN

 

Shawn Frayne - Turbine-Less Wind Generator

 

Working in Haiti, Shawn Frayne, a 28-year-old inventor based in Mountain View, Calif., saw the need for small-scale wind power to juice LED lamps and radios in the homes of the poor. Conventional wind turbines don’t scale down well—there’s too much friction in the gearbox and other components. “With rotary power, there’s nothing out there that generates under 50 watts,” Frayne says. So he took a new tack, studying the way vibrations caused by the wind led to the collapse in 1940 of Washington’s Tacoma Narrows Bridge (aka Galloping Gertie).

Frayne’s device, which he calls a Windbelt, is a taut membrane fitted with a pair of magnets that oscillate between metal coils. Prototypes have generated 40 milliwatts in 10-mph slivers of wind, making his device 10 to 30 times as efficient as the best microturbines. Frayne envisions the Windbelt costing a few dollars and replacing kerosene lamps in Haitian homes.

More info @ Popular Mechanics

via 37signals

 

Stunning Open Cermony Pictures

 

These are 3 out of the 24 stunning images captured of the 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony.  The repeatition is immense.

View the rest of the 24 images @ Boston.com

 

Beijing's Bird Nest - Olympics 2008

 

Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron beijing Times

A really nice look at how Architecture plays a very important role in the Olympic Games.  This series of games will be held in the Herzog and de Meuron designed "Bird Nest," its gorgeous and breaking way from conventional thought of structure and form.

View the SlideShow of "Beijing's Bird Nest" via New York Times

 

The New York Times is Shameless

 

As typical as the Times has been over the years this story does not surprise me the least.  They constantly reveal national security secrets and cause headaches for our intelligence community.  After all the media coverage lately about interrogation tactics used by the CIA in the War on Terror, you would think that the media would have some sort of respect for the few who have remained clean during these interrogations.  I won't even say his name, but the Times revealed the name of a retired CIA interrogator who through peaceful means gathered infromation from one of the worst terrorists in our generation KSM (Khalid Sheikh Mohammed).  Over extended periods of time this agent was able to extract tons of useful information from this guy who, among his accomplishments, took part in planning September 11th, the beheading of Daniel Pearl, and countless bombings accross the arab world over the past 30 years.

The Times makes me sick.  Now this commendable agent has to live in fear the rest of his life hoping that Al Qaeda does not find him. 

I thought this picture was appropriate, got it from MichelleMalkin.com.

 

NYTIMES article

HotAir

 

The Extreme Divide

 

Check this out: pictures in various cities such as Sao Paolo, Brazil (above), Caracas, Venezuela, and Dharavi, Mumbai showing the incredible divide between the rich and poor. This picture above amazes me mostly becuase of terraced balconies with swimming pools and the size of the tennis courts versus the size of one favela.

deputyDog

 

Handguns - Disarming Britain

 

This takes Spike Jonze's simple idea and it makes more complex and horrifying.  And it definitely redefines what "Disarming" would have to really mean.

Director Brett Foraker for a series on Channel 4 called Disarming Britain

found via (Its Nice That)

 

Trading Places with Indian Outsourcers - 30days

 

30 days On Morgan Spurlock's 30days he sends a layoff computer programmer to India, to reclaim his outsourced job.  It was a really nice episode showing the other side of outsourcing.

Watch the Full Episode via Tim Ferriss's Blog

 

The Clinic - Night Club

 
singapore based night club the clinic

 

This is a 13 room night club in Singapore with was inspired by a clinic, right down to the restaurant furniture being wheel chairs. The floor plans are shapes of prescription drugs. found via Random Good Stuff

The Clinic