Monthly Archives: June 2012

The New Thames Cable Car – In Pictures

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The Emirates Air Line, the UK’s first urban cable car, links the North Greenwich Peninsula with Royal Docks. In one of the more controversial sponsorship deals in Transport for London’s history, the eponymous airline got its name on the Tube map, and on the cable car’s two terminals.

At a height of 90m, the views across the Docklands and Canary Wharf and toward the Olympic Park are impressive, if not spectacular. The price – adult fares are £3.20 for Oyster users, £4.30 cash.

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T-Rex Trying…

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I love artist Hugh Murphy’s highly amusing Tumblr, T-Rex Trying, in which the most infamous of dinosaurs is depicted attempting to do every day things such as stowing his hand luggage into the overhead locker, trying to make a move while watching a movie and trying to be a matador. It’s simple, silly and sweet, all at the same time.

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Incredible 3D Sketchbook Illustrations

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Nagai Hideyuki is a 21 year old artist from Japan, he creates drawings that seem to leap out of the sketchbook before your very eyes. It’s amazing to see what can be done with just a pencil and paper and the right angle for capturing a photo. The way he uses lighting, shading, and anamorphosis to create these 3D images is reminiscent of MC Escher but even more mind-blowing.

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Colorful Exploding Water Balloons

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London-based photographer Edward Horsford has mastered the technique of timing in these photographs that feature split-second water balloon explosions. He is well known for this exciting series, and he says, “I started these as a way to challenge myself technically and creatively.” Wow, he has had great success with his self-initiated challenge!

Horsford’s goal in photography is to capture high speed moments that are rarely seen. Focusing on a solid background, his own hand, and a colorful water balloon, he perfectly times the moments when each rubber balloon breaks and a spray of water floats in the air before quickly flooding to the ground.

Horsford built his own trigger, customized to function and adapt to exactly the right speeds. He sets up in the dark and uses a flashlight to focus on the main point of his image. He then experiments with composition, strobe lighting, angles, and color combinations to keep his photographs visually interesting. The process is so complex and exact, that each photograph is more unique than the next!

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World’s Smiles

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Yoko Ono is using Twitter and Instagram to make a Film of World’s Smiles.

In 1967, Yoko Ono publicly shared that her ultimate goal in filmmaking is to create a film which includes “a smiling face snap of every single human being in the world.” Forty-five years later, she can now easily turn her visionary project into reality through #smilesfilm, a worldwide mass participation photography project that uses social networking and media platforms Twitter and Instagram.

Ono’s ambitious project calls on people around the world to participate in her project by uploading images of themselves smiling and including the hashtag #smilesfilm, which then collages all entries in the official project website.

“People from cities and countries around the world can freely upload their smiles by mobile phone and computer to the world and its people. Each time we add our smiles to #smilesfilm, we are creating our future, together. Give us your smile! I love you!”
Yoko Ono

Smile!!! 🙂

Mooooo

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Guinness Draught vs Original – So What’s The Difference?

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Two beers; one name. There can be little difference, surely? Well you’ve clearly never tasted GUINNESS Draught and GUINNESS Original side by side says top beer blogger Jeff Evans

There’s a mere 0.1% variation in strength, but the way in which they are presented makes a whole world of difference to the appearance and, more importantly, the taste.

Draught in a can

GUINNESS Draught was introduced in 1988, a canned equivalent of the Draught GUINNESS in pubs that first saw the light 30 years earlier.

Back in the 1950s, cask-conditioned stout was being phased out in Ireland, but the new-fangled keg beer dispense systems, using pressurised carbon dioxide to store and serve the beer, were not popular with drinkers who preferred the softer carbonation of the original cask beer.

Hence GUINNESS set to work on devising a revolutionary new dispense system, using a mixture of nitrogen and carbon dioxide gases. The result was a stout that had a smooth, creamy texture and was a delight to observe as it filled the glass with a milky swirl.

Bottled GUINNESS Original, or GUINNESS Extra Stout as it was known at the time, continued to be popular in its own way, devotees preferring the lively presence of carbon dioxide bubbles in the beer, which delivered a complex, more challenging stout than that presented in draught form.

Appreciation of GUINNESS Draught begins with the eye. Pouring a glass is pure theatre, watching the eddying surge as the creamy top slowly subsides, the darkness rises from beneath and the beige-and-honey no man’s land in the middle gradually diminishes.

Chocolate and mellow coffee fill the aroma before malty sweetness with hints of caramel washes softly over the tongue. It’s a frothy caffè latte in beer form, underpinned by a bite of tart roasted grain that pushes through even more in the quickly drying, increasingly bitter finish.

The Original version

GUINNESS Original, on the other hand, is a more assertive character. Instead of a smooth, dense, laid-back mousse of foam on the top, the head is rocky and jagged, comprised of tiny bubbles that prickle and pop in the mouth.

The raised carbonation level ensures that there’s a sharpness to the taste that accentuates the bitter roasted grain flavours. Sweet, milky coffee, caramel and chocolate once again all feature but the almost burnt malt flavour seems stronger, leaving a refreshingly tart, roasted bitterness in the chocolatey finish. You can find both beers in most leading supermarkets.

My first memories of GUINNESS are the remarkable television commercials of the 1960s and 70s. GUINNESS was a drink that held me in thrall. I particularly remember the clever campaign that ran during the long, hot British summer of 1976.

‘Ice cold GUINNESS’ was the theme, emphasising the point that such a complex dark beer would maintain much of its flavour even when chilled right down and offer a far more satisfying drink than the insipid lagers of the day.

It’s a theory I follow even to this day. Dark beers are most certainly not just for winter.

Mooooo

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Rio+Social – How Technology Is Speeding Up Humanitarian Response

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Rio+Social is a one-day event, co-hosted by Mashable in Rio de Janeiro. It will explore how social media and technology can play a pivotal role in creating sustainable solutions for the future of the planet. The day will be an opportunity to push the conversations of government leaders being held at Rio+20 beyond the UN conference to a digitally connected audience around the world.

RIO DE JANEIRO — Amid discussions Tuesday of ways social media can be used to ensure a sustainable future for the planet, one Rio+Social conversation emphasized how technology is accelerating and improving humanitarian relief.

Antonia Guterres, U.N. high commissioner for refugees, Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, and Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the World Food Programme discussed how their respective organizations use technology to address the world’s challenges, in a panel moderated by Robb Skinner, associate director of the U.N. Foundation.

“We need to use technology to deliver because we are overwhelmed by the humanitarian problems in the world,” Guterres said. “If you have solar lamps you can allow young people to study at night in refugee camps. If you have solar lamps in the streets, you can have less women being raped at night in refugee camps.”

For Cousin, whose response to humanitarian crises comes from the lens of food security, technology can have a different affect on sustainable development.

“Technology will ensure we can create a more sustainable world that’s less damaging to our environments and will move us all forward together,” she said. “Technology gives us the ability to create more resistant seeds, which will lead to more nutrient-rich diets.”

Ericsson views technology’s role in humanitarian issues to be about access to information. The company has found that in the next five years 85% of the world will have broadband Internet connection on mobile.

“We believe so firmly that telecommunications and connectivity can have a huge impact,” Vestberg said. “Broadband is what’s going to bring everything all together.”

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Here are five ways mobile is being used to ensure a sustainable future for our planet.

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Disease Response
During the past year, HP, along with partners Positive Innovation for the Next Generation (PING) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), have introduced a mobile solution to disease outbreaks in two African countries: Botswana and Kenya.

HP trained health workers to respond to the symptoms of malaria by reporting potential outbreaks via text message to authorities, which takes about three minutes. The method of disease response, before the introduction of mobile, could take three to four weeks from remote regions.

“Mobile phones in the health space feels like the Internet and ecommerce in 1994 and 1995,” says Paul Ellingstad, HP’s director of global heath. “Right now, we know it’s a connection point, since 5.7 billion people have access to a mobile phone. With that sort of pervasiveness, you can provide health information, education and prevention to millions at risk of death.”

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Education Through Gamification
Gaming for good is a concept many westerners are familiar with: Some social and mobile games feature informational content about global issues.

Games for Change has taken the idea an important step forward, by creating three educational games for women in the developing world for the Half the Sky movement, started by Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Feature phone users, without high-speed Internet connection, can take part in three mobile experiences, which teach them about deworming, maternal health, family planning, life cycle events and gender equality.

“We saw that there is an emerging market in developing world, so why not go and make change that will reach the people most effected by the issues,” says Asi Burak, Games for Change co-president. “This is an amazing opportunity for people who don’t have a computer, for whom mobile phones are their only tool.”

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Monitoring Government Accountability
Though healthcare is officially a right for all citizens of India, according to the country’s government, many remote regions lack access to treatment due to healthcare worker absenteeism.

The Indo-Deutch Project Management Society (IDPMS) introduced a solution through technology, using mobile phones to report absences in the state of Karnataka. Anyone who owns a phone can now report to authorities that his needs are not being met. Through the use of mobile phones for monitoring, citizens can gain access to their rights for the first time.

“Information used to be spread by the country or the state,” says Oscar Abello, senior program associate at the Results for Development Institute. “People can now start from the ground level to create a feedback loop, so the government can finally be held accountable.”

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Preserving the Rainforest
Brazil’s Surui tribe, a group native to the Amazon Rainforest, has been subject to the devestating effects of logging on its ancestral lands. Google helped the Surui devise a solution, through the use of Android phones, to monitor one of the land’s most valuable resources, its carbon stock.

Carbon offsets are sold to companies to counterbalance the negative toll their manufacturing, transportation or electricity are having on the globe.

While it may seem antithetical to use smartphones to help preserve the tribe’s traditional culture and lands, the Surui’s leader, Chief Almir, believes technology is a tool with great power to do good. As a testament to his work with Google, he hopes to open a center for technology and culture on the tribe’s ancestral lands.

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Disaster Response
Last week, the American Red Cross released a first aid app, which provides resources for responding to emergency medical situations and general must-know information. The first aid app is the first in a series on preparedness apps the Red Cross will release this year.

Though the app has just been released for the U.S., it reveals to the power of mobile in disaster relief efforts and emergency medical response around the world. People living in remote locations can access safety procedures and how-tos when there is no medical professional around.

“We’ve reached a new paradigm of communicating and sharing information, and we think we’re going to see a very measurable impact,” says Jack McMaster, Red Cross president for preparedness and health and safety services. “The tricky part is, if you bring information to people well in advance, they don’t pay attention to it. The book format is left at home on a shelf.”

Social media and technology hold a unique position when it comes to shaping sustainable solutions for the future or our planet.

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Famous Portraits

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Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) is one of the masters of 20th century photography. His body of work includes portraits of statesmen, artists, musicians, authors, scientists, and men and women of accomplishment. His extraordinary and unique portfolio presents the viewer with an intimate and compassionate view of humanity.

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Albert Einstein

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Joan Crawford

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Jacques Cousteau

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George Bernard Shaw

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Fidel Castro

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Humphrey Bogart

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Ernest Hemingway

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Elizabeth Taylor

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Brigitte Bardot

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Andrey Hepburn

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Winston Churchill

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Pablo Picasso

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Pope Pius XII

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Muhammed Ali

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Mother Teresa

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Martin Luther King

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Margot Fonteyn

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John F. Kennedy

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Disney Scandals

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The Disney universe have been shaken by several scandals …
The artist José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros undermines all ideals of fairy tales. His paintings are scandalous glimpse of the otherwise rosy world of Snow White, Dumbo and Co., we must recognize that even the most fabulous character has vices and secrets. That with the happy ending always occurring, we must also reconsider.

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Psycho – 52 years of Fright Complex

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52 years ago Alfred Hitchcock show for the first time on the cinemas PSYCHO, one of his best movies and one of the best movies of all times.

I haven’t have the pleasure to watch Psycho at the cinemas, only on DVD, and for me is one of my top 10 movies. I remember feeling such tension that my eyes start to hurt because I could not blink. It was and still is amazing.

I think it’s incredible the way he puts terror in the public mind and not necessarily on the screen.

Like in the movie Psycho, has a horrible (and very famous) scene on the beginning, the girl being murdered in the shower, as the film develop has less and less physical horror in to it. The horror was left in the mind of the audience – less and less violence but the tension in the mind of the viewer it has been increased. By the end there was no violence but the audience was screaming in agony. Simply genius!!!

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Based on Stephen Rebello’s 1990 classic Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, will be released a film entitled “Hitchock“ scheduled for release on the big screen sometime in 2013.

The Fox Searchlight production began filming in April of 2012, co-starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, directed by Gervasi and produced by Alan Barnette and Tom Thayer. Black Swan co-writer John J. McLaughlin wrote the first screenplay drafts; subsequently, Stephen Rebello wrote additional drafts that shifted the focus of the film to the complex personal and professional relationship of Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, during the filming of the life-changing Psycho.

Scarlett Johansson was announced on March 2, 2012 to play the original 1960 film’s biggest box-office star, Janet Leigh, along with James D’Arcy as Psycho’s lead, Anthony Perkins and Jessica Biel as Vera Miles. On March 21, additional cast members were announced including Toni Collette as the director’s trusted assistant, Danny Huston as screenwriter-playwright Whitfield Cook, Michael Stuhlbarg as powerful agent and studio boss Lew Wasserman, Michael Wincott as psychopathic murderer Ed Gein, Ralph Macchio as screenwriter Joseph Stefano and Richard Portnow as legendary Paramount Studios boss Barney Balaban and Wallace Langham as graphic designer Saul Bass.

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You’ve got time, so I recommend that you check out the book beforehand. It’s a great read for Hitchcock (and classic cinema) fans.

Click here for more information about Rebello and his work! Also here’s a link to an excerpt from the first chapter of Rebello’s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. Warning: it’s not proper reading for the weak of heart or stomach. It’s a look at the real-life serial killer- a man who was actually psychotic- who inspired Hitchcock to create Norman Bates.

And here are five things you didn’t know about the making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello:

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