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21/01/10 – Rollz Plugged in – Tune of the Day….

January 21, 2010

Rollz Plugged  in – Tune of the Day….

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TOTD – 08/01/10 – Dubstep Friday

January 8, 2010

Adam F & Horx feat. Redman – Shut The Lights Off (Caspa & Trolley Snatcha remix)

Rusko – Bloc Mix 2009 [Part 2]

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The Cove | TakePart Social Action Network: Controversial Issues, Activism, Environmental, Human Rights, Political News

December 3, 2009

The Secret is Out. Spread the Word.

The Cove exposes the slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises in Taiji, Japan every year, and how their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan and other parts of Asia, often labeled as whale meat. The majority of the world is not aware this is happening as the Taiji cove is blocked off from the public. The focus of the Social Action Campaign for The Cove is to create worldwide awareness of this annual practice as well as the dangers of eating seafood contaminated with mercury and to pressure those in power to put an end to the slaughter.

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One Peice Licking

December 1, 2009

One-piece lickers

This is a group for all those Alpiney people out there who just love to lick one-piece ski suits.

If you want to play the game, this is how it works:

1. Identify your target.
2. Approach with caution. One-piece wearers can be aggressive and often foreign.
3. Go in for the lick and add a point to your daily score.
4. Preferably, have someone take a photo of the lick.
5. Return to your friends and announce the flavour of the one-piece (e.g. “Mmmm… Tutti frutti!”).
6. Add the photo to this group.

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The Ultimate List of Google Wave Robots

December 1, 2009

 

by Sebastian Anthony (RSS feed) Nov 30th 2009 at 3:00PM
This list has been a long time coming, and for that I apologise. But I think it will be worth the wait. In just the last month invites for Google Wave have opened right up with second and third generation testers getting invite codes of their own to distribute. Developers and users are now flooding into the new and exciting service. As a result, we’re seeing rapid and extensive development of both Robots and Gadgets. This article’s about Robots — if you want Gadgets, we got gadgets, but they will not be covered here. What I’ve done is compiled a list of useful robots that actually work and seem to be actively maintained. You can find lists of robots all over the place, but they’re full of useless and broken bots.

 

What are Robots in the world of Wave? They are very similar to what you might initially assume: they perform tasks and process data so that you don’t have to. Robots are capable of real-time translation, or bringing news and stock tickers into a specific wave. Robots are what make Google’s Wave truly powerful and extensible — they are what allow you to send and receive Twitter tweets and feeds directly into your Wave user interface. In theory, with robots, you could experience most of the Internet from within Google Wave. News, email, games, instant messengers… everything will feed into your Wave inbox.

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Prepare to be impressed by these robots… or if you believe in John Connor, Skynet and the eventual cyborg apocalypse, prepare to be afraid; very, very afraid.


NOTE:
For various technical reasons, robots can disappear or break without warning. At the time of writing, these robots work… but if you can’t get them to work, Google is probably doing some maintenance, or the robot’s developer is busy bug-testing. Google Wave is still very much in beta testing!

To use a robot, simply drop in its address as a new Wave participant.

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1. Multi Lingual Bot — multilingual-bot@appspot.com

Say there’s a hot girl, but she doesn’t speak English — or, wait, better example: you’ve picked up a new client that speaks patchy English and you need to communicate a design specification. Perhaps more importantly, maybe you don’t speak any languages other than English? Well not to worry! This bot translates each blip (a message in a wave) into a language that you specify. You type in English, they read your translation in a language of their choosing… and vice-versa!

How awesome is that?

2. CleanTXT — cleantxt@appspot.com

I tried to take a better screenshot of this robot, but it seems I just don’t know how to type like a proper ‘txt kiddie’. But even so, if you’re a ‘proper’ writer like me and hate, revile and wish ten kinds of hell upon those that write like deranged apes, this is a great robot to keep waves clean and readable.

In the above example, it capitalises ‘lol’, and replaces ‘r’ with ‘Are’ — the author says it’ll do a lot more. Give it a go and find out just how illiterate you can be before it stops assisting you.

3. Dice Bot — dice-bot@appspot.com

You’ve probably gathered from the Wave Gadgets article that I like dice-rollers. I think the first thing that Wave will replace is forums and email. Dice-rollers… forums… email… what’s the common thread here? Role-players of course! Unlike the dice-rolling gadget I showed you previously, this neat robot actually converts your dice rolls in-line with your blips.

4. Piratify — piratify@appspot.com

I thought long and hard about including the Talk Like A Pirate robot. I mean, is it really useful? Maybe, if you’re role-playing a pirate? Or perhaps you can use it once a year on September 19th, the official Pirate Day? I can’t really justify this robot’s inclusion in the list, so I’ll just say that it’s really quite fun. It’s always a pleasant surprise when you’re having a deep-and-meaningful with a female friend and suddenly you — or she — bursts out with a big all-caps ‘YAARRRRR!’

It’s a real ice-breaker.

5. Wikify — wikifier@appspot.com


I am using this screenshot to illustrate the potential issues of using more than one robot in a wave. For obvious reasons, when two robots try to manipulate your blip you can get some… interesting results.

Wikify simply replaces <wikify topic_name_here> with a link to the relevant Wikipedia entry. As you can see in the screenshot, ‘furries’ is correctly forwarded — and someone needs to make a Download Squad entry!

This is more of a ‘convenience’ robot, I think, but may be useful for the heated discussions that can occur in forum forays and rapid-fire emails. There are plenty of ‘search’ robots that can drag results from external sites into Wave, but they are too numerous to list here!

6. Treeify — treeify@appspot.com

I stumbled across this very neat robot a few weeks ago when looking for something to organise a bunch of waves. Google Wave in its basic form is completely flat — you can link between waves, but there’s no inherent structure. With Treeify you can form trees of data — hierarchical structures that let you easily create projects or knowledge bases.

Obviously, when you are potentially collaborating with hundreds of wavers, a well-defined structure that keeps data atomic and easily-findable is highly valuable. Treeify does just that.

7. Emoticony — emoticonbot@appspot.com

You know, I’ve only just realised you can’t spell ’emoticon’ without ’emo’? How about that. Personally I would never install a robot like this, but I can think of a lot of people that might. There aren’t a huge number of graphics available, but more than enough to get going with (a complete list can be found on the Emoticony wiki).

As for the quality of the smileys themselves, I’m sure they will improve as time goes on! As will support for the more obtuse anime smiley faces hopefully…

Also, looking at the screenshot, I wonder if there will be an option to disable the ‘and Emoticony’ text in every blip. Might get a little irritating after some time.

8. Embeddy — embeddy@appspot.com

Are you sick of the cutesy ‘-y’ naming convention yet?

This isn’t actually much of a robot, but more of a ‘helper’. You may have noticed, if you’ve seen the large Wave Tech Demo video that waves can be embedded into normal HTML webpages. Most of your non-email-like interaction with Wave will probably be out there on the Web!

This is how you turn a wave into a blog entry or a forum — simply by embedding a Wave onto a web page. You do need a Wave login to view and participate in each wave however… but judging by the number of invites going out, that’ll be real soon now!

9. Hangman bot — wavehangman@appspot.com

I made it all this way without including a game! There’s surprisingly slim pickings when it comes to actual, programmed games at the moment — perhaps because they’re all in development at the moment, awaiting Wave’s public release?

Hangman works just as you’d expect. I have no idea how big the dictionary is, or how long and esoteric the words can be, but it’s a great little time-waster nonetheless.

Also, note how the name is entirely un-cutesy. ‘Hangman bot’ — straight to the point.

10. Notify — wave-email-notifications@appspot.com


Here’s a good one to end off with! Notify simply sends you an email when someone updates a wave that you’re following. You’re probably thinking this is a bit backward, considering Wave is meant toreplace email. And you’re right, it is backward — but until Wave is connected to the outside world, it’s vital!

Right now, you can’t send anything in or out from Wave (without using robots!) Tabbing between Wave, Gmail and your other social networks is pretty irritating, especially if most of your friends still haven’t been invited! The Notify robot lets you close your Wave tab, which saves a lot of resources, let me assure you — Wave is heavy. Then just open it up every time an email arrives in your inbox telling you there’s been an update!

Obviously, Google Wave will ultimately replace email and every other communication channel on the Internet — but until then, this is a must-have robot.

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As always, if you have a ‘killer’ robot that the world should know about, leave a link to it in the comments!

 

 

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Youtube Video of the day…. 01/12/09

December 1, 2009

Attacca Pesante, Shea Soul – Make It Funky For Me (Rusko Remix)

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10 Most Amazing Artifacts

December 1, 2009

The Bible tells us that God created Adam and Eve just a few thousand years ago, by some fundamentalist interpretations. Science informs us that this is mere fiction and that man is a few million years old, and that civilization just tens of thousands of years old. Could it be, however, that conventional science is just as mistaken as the Bible stories? There is a great deal of archeological evidence that the history of life on earth might be far different than what current geological and anthropological texts tell us. Consider these astonishing finds:

The Grooved Spheres
Over the last few decades, miners in South Africa have been digging up mysterious metal spheres. Origin unknown, these spheres measure approximately an inch or so in diameter, and some are etched with three parallel grooves running around the equator. Two types of spheres have been found: one is composed of a solid bluish metal with flecks of white; the other is hollowed out and filled with a spongy white substance. The kicker is that the rock in which they where found is Precambrian – and dated to 2.8 billion years old! Who made them and for what purpose is unknown.

The Dropa Stones
In 1938, an archeological expedition led by Dr. Chi Pu Tei into the Baian-Kara-Ula mountains of China made an astonishing discovery in some caves that had apparently been occupied by some ancient culture. Buried in the dust of ages on the cave floor were hundreds of stone disks. Measuring about nine inches in diameter, each had a circle cut into the center and was etched with a spiral groove, making it look for all the world like some ancient phonograph record some 10,000 to 12,000 years old. The spiral groove, it turns out, is actually composed of tiny hieroglyphics that tell the incredible story of spaceships from some distant world that crash-landed in the mountains. The ships were piloted by people who called themselves the Dropa, and the remains of whose descendents, possibly, were found in the cave.

 


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The Ica Stones
Beginning in the 1930s, the father of Dr. Javier Cabrera, Cultural Anthropologist for Ica, Peru, discovered many hundreds of ceremonial burial stones in the tombs of the ancient Incas. Dr. Cabrera, carrying on his father’s work, has collected more than 1,100 of these andesite stones, which are estimated to be between 500 and 1,500 years old and have become known collectively as the Ica Stones. The stones bear etchings, many of which are sexually graphic (which was common to the culture), some picture idols and others depict such practices as open-heart surgery and brain transplants. The most astonishing etchings, however, clearly represent dinosaurs – brontosaurs, triceratops (see photo), stegosaurus and pterosaurs. While skeptics consider the Ica Stones a hoax, their authenticity has neither been proved or disproved.

 


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The Antikythera Mechanism
A perplexing artifact was recovered by sponge-divers from a shipwreck in 1900 off the coast of Antikythera, a small island that lies northwest of Crete. The divers brought up from the wreck a great many marble and and bronze statues that had apparently been the ship’s cargo. Among the findings was a hunk of corroded bronze that contained some kind of mechanism composed of many gears and wheels. Writing on the case indicated that it was made in 80 B.C., and many experts at first thought it was an astrolabe, an astronomer’s tool. An x-ray of the mechanism, however, revealed it to be far more complex, containing a sophisticated system of differential gears. Gearing of this complexity was not known to exist until 1575! It is still unknown who constructed this amazing instrument 2,000 years ago or how the technology was lost.

 


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The Baghdad Battery
Today batteries can be found in any grocery, drug, convenience and department store you come across. Well, here’s a battery that’s 2,000 years old! Known as the Baghdad Battery, this curiosity was found in the ruins of a Parthian village believed to date back to between 248 B.C. and 226 A.D. The device consists of a 5-1/2-inch high clay vessel inside of which was a copper cylinder held in place by asphalt, and inside of that was an oxidized iron rod. Experts who examined it concluded that the device needed only to be filled with an acid or alkaline liquid to produce an electric charge. It is believed that this ancient battery might have been used for electroplating objects with gold. If so, how was this technology lost… and the battery not rediscovered for another 1,800 years?

 


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The Coso Artifact
While mineral hunting in the mountains of California near Olancha during the winter of 1961, Wallace Lane, Virginia Maxey and Mike Mikesell found a rock, among many others, that they thought was a geode – a good addition for their gem shop. Upon cutting it open, however, Mikesell found an object inside that seemed to be made of white porcelain. In the center was a shaft of shiny metal. Experts estimated that it should have taken about 500,000 years for this fossil-encrusted nodule to form, yet the object inside was obviously of sophisticated human manufacture. Further investigation revealed that the porcelain was surround by a hexagonal casing, and an x-ray revealed a tiny spring at one end. Some who have examined the evidence say it looks very much like a modern-day spark plug. How did it get inside a 500,000-year-old rock?

Ancient Model Aircraft
There are artifacts belonging to ancient Egyptian and Central American cultures that look amazingly like modern-day aircraft. The Egyptian artifact, found in a tomb at Saqquara, Egypt in 1898, is a six-inch wooden object that strongly resembles a model airplane, with fuselage, wings and tail. Experts believe the object is so aerodynamic that it is actually able to glide. The small object discovered in Central America (shown at right), and estimated to be 1,000 years old, is made of gold and could easily be mistaken for a model of a delta-wing aircraft – or even the Space Shuttle. It even features what looks like a pilot’s seat.

 


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Giant Stone Balls of Costa Rica
Workmen hacking and burning their way through the dense jungle of Costa Rica to clear an area for banana plantations in the 1930s stumbled upon some incredible objects: dozens of stone balls, many of which were perfectly spherical. They varied in size from as small as a tennis ball to an astonishing 8 feet in diameter and weighing 16 tons! Although the great stone balls are clearly man-made, it is unknown who made them, for what purpose and, most puzzling, how they achieved such spherical precision.

Impossible Fossils
Fossils, as we learned in grade school, appear in rocks that were formed many thousands of years ago. Yet there are a number of fossils that just don’t make geological or historical sense. A fossil of ahuman handprint, for example, was found in limestone estimated to be 110 million years old. What appears to be a fossilizedhuman finger found in the Canadian Arctic also dates back 100 to 110 million years ago. And what appears to be the fossil of ahuman footprint, possibly wearing a sandal, was found near Delta, Utah in a shale deposit estimated to be 300 million to 600 million years old.

Out-of-Place Metal Objects
Humans were not even around 65 million years ago, never mind people who could work metal. So then how does science explain semi-ovoid metallic tubes dug out of 65-million-year-old Cretaceous chalk in France? In 1885, a block of coal was broken open to find a metal cube obviously worked by intelligent hands. In 1912, employees at an electric plant broke apart a large chunk of coal out of which fell an iron pot! A nail was found embedded in a sandstone block from the Mesozoic Era. And there are many, many more such anomalies.

What are we to make of these finds? There are several possibilities:

  • Intelligent humans date back much, much further than we realize.
  • Other intelligent beings and civilizations existed on earth far beyond our recorded history.
  • Our dating methods are completely inaccurate, and that stone, coal and fossils form much more rapidly than we now estimate.

 

In any case, these examples – and there are many more – should prompt any curious and open-minded scientist to reexamine and rethink the true history of life on earth.

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