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New Money [in China]


Check out the new 10 yuan notes being issuedAA in China - notice that something is missing?

That’s right, for the first time in a decade the Chinese government is issuing new bills that DO NOT feature an image of Chairman Mao. Crazy.

And that’s not even it - the featured image on the new bill is Herzog & de Meuron‘s Beijing National Stadium [known in Beijing as ‘the Bird’s Nest‘]. So not only did Mao get pushed off the new money, but the replacement is basically a symbol of the ‘new’ China. My ninjas, please!

::via the BBC::


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Posted: July 17th, 2008
at 8:00am by orangemenace

Categories: hood status,myninjaplease,art,architecture,contemporary,fo' real?,real life news

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Mystery on Fifth Avenue


THINGS are not as they seem in the 14th-floor apartment on upper Fifth Avenue. At first blush the family that occupies it looks to be very much of a type. The father, Steven B. Klinsky, 52, runs a private equity company; the mother, Maureen Sherry, 44, left her job as a managing director for Bear Stearns to raise their four young children (two boys and two girls); and the dog, LuLu, is a soulful Lab mix rescued from a pound in Louisiana.

They are living in a typical habitat for the sort of New Yorkers they appear to be: an enormous a€™20s-era co-op with Central Park views (once part of a triplex built for the philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post), gutted to its steel beams and refitted with luxurious flourishes like 16th-century Belgian mantelpieces and custom furniture made from exotic woods with unpronounceable names.

But some of that furniture and some of those walls conceal secrets a€" messages, games and treasures a€" that make up a Rube Goldberg maze of systems and contraptions conceived by a young architectural designer named Eric Clough, whose ideas about space and domestic living derive more from Buckminster Fuller than Peter Marino.

The apartment even comes with its own book, part of which is a fictional narrative that recalls a€oeThe Da Vinci Codea€A (without the funky religion or buckets of blood) and a€oeFrom the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,a€A the childrena€™s classic by E. L. Konigsburg about a brother and a sister who run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and discover a€" and solve a€" a mystery surrounding a Renaissance sculpture. It has its own soundtrack, too, with contributions by Kate Fenner, a young Canadian singer and songwriter with a lusty, alternative, Joni Mitchell-ish sound, with whom Mr. Clough fell in love during the project. via

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Posted: July 16th, 2008
at 6:30am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,myninjaplease,bling,music,art,home,games,architecture,design,real life news,boredom killer,philanthropy

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when you get a new car…

This is all cool and everything except…
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My grandpa could most definitely pop & lock better.AA In other news,AA what does this mean for the hyphy movement?AA International acclaim or slow death?

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Posted: July 14th, 2008
at 12:39pm by Black Ock

Categories: hood status,10th dan

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Just a Friendly Reminder

Professor James Duane reminds us why we shouldn’t talk to the police.

Part II:

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Posted: July 11th, 2008
at 9:21am by Black Ock

Categories: hood status,weaponry,real life news

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The world is upon us.


The world is upon us.


Bothersome like a whimsical thought of what is apparent of achievement and what needs to get done. To think for a second that what you want is what we want is right. And to think of the later is too late and gone to be done just right. Let us bring flight to those that cannot fly and blind those that can already see.


For in the long run it is us that stand in the way. It is us, the leaders that carry the torch from a land far away to enlighten and then frenzy an irreplaceable interconnectedness. The gates have opened. Signals and co-opted simplicity shed these lights and are only less manly than the comfortable tunnels of Winnipeg, Canadia. Moving on and progressing are the hardest of things, more dense then of the iron, brass, and cult copper that are forged together on a daily commotion.


Let us bring flight to those that cannot fly and blind those that can already see. I’ll see you in station and we will have fun.

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thanks for Stanky Plank for sending this in

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Did you know that most books published between 1923 and 1963 are in the public domain?

At least that is what Google, in reviewing Copyright renewals is finding. See Google Book Search Blog on US copyright renewal records available for download.Googlea€™s latest announcement (the topic of that post) was scraping together a 56MB XML file (zipped) containing a list of the books that were not renewed.The fact that Google is tracking such information and (presumably) scanning those public domain books for online readinga€¦is an unbelievable thing.

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Gap Evacuee Tells Story

The black van slid to a halt and the good doctor ejected himself from the shotgun seat. a€oeWea€™re evacuating!a€A he said, as he and two friends race-walked toward his house, next door to ours. Hea€™d had to talk his way past the police to get up the hill from Cathedral Oaks, sliding by only because his friends from Carp had left two Labs in his back yard before theya€™d gone to dinner.

Suzanne and I had been having our own dinner on Thursday evening when the lights finally died, after a half-hour of fritzing televisions and power-surging phone messages. We were in the Dream House, the one wea€™d bought in 2001 and moved into exactly one month ago. Wea€™d nested after extensive renovation, doing all the little things you do to make a place yours, down to the anal stuff of alphabetizing books by author, within categories, or happily noting when the hummingbirds found the feeder. When I flew back to the Chicago area for my last graduation as a professor and to check out our for-sale house there, the going-away salutations were tearful but Ia€™d already moved West in my head. I missed our cocoon. via independent

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MY NINJA PLEASE! 7.3.08 : WorldsNest :: Habitat Universe


I’ll say it once, and I’ll say it again. DO NOT SLEEP ::: via WorldsNest

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Prospect Magazine : Top 25 Intellectuals


1 Fethullah GAAlen (*)

2 Muhammad Yunus (*)

3 Yusuf Al-Qaradawi (56)

4 Orhan Pamuk (54)

5 Aitzaz Ahsan (*)

6 Amr Khaled (*)

7 Abdolkarim Soroush (15)

8 Tariq Ramadan (58)

9 Mahmood Mamdani (*)

10 Shirin Ebadi (12)

11 Noam Chomsky (1)

12 Al Gore (*)

13 Bernard Lewis (34)

14 Umberto Eco (2)

15 Ayaan Hirsi Ali

16 Amartya Sen (8)

17 Fareed Zakaria (35)

18 Garry Kasparov (*)

19 Richard Dawkins (3)

20 Mario Vargas Llosa (29)

21 Lee Smolin (*)

22 JAArgen Habermas (7)

23 Salman Rushdie (10)

24 Sari Nusseibeh (65)

25 Slavoj Zizek (23)

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Posted: July 2nd, 2008
at 6:54am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,celebrity,web,games,weaponry,fo' real?,9th dan,"ninja",et cetera,competitions

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