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Japanese Show of the Week #18

Ohhh boy… THIS….

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ISH RIGHT HERE… is hilarious.

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Posted: June 3rd, 2008
at 8:13am by Black Ock


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Check Cashers - Dallas Penn

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Another case of some ignorant fools proving a valid point. I hope you’re enjoying Video Monday (on Tuesday).

If you havent checked out our selection of documentaries, you’re fast asleep. To watch, click on "documentary" in the category cloud on the far right. Or right there.

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Posted: June 3rd, 2008
at 8:08am by Black Ock


Categories: hood status,not ninja-worthy,real life news

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Nineteen Ninety-Now #5

Wow…

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You know you used to watch it.

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Posted: June 3rd, 2008
at 5:18am by Black Ock


Categories: youtube,robots,mnp is for the children

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MNP Geospatial : O’Reilly Where 2.0 2008 Conference

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Where to start and where to begin?

We would like to say happy trails to all of the attendees, speakers, and Brady Forrest, Conference Chair, for enabling a spectacular culmination of ideas and of course people.

I was happy to partake in most of the tutorials and listen amongst the speakers while experiencing the bounds of the various "heat" maps that were located throughout the conference quarters. Apparently by the end of the conference like-minds had been appointed none other than a grossly giddy quite title. [see the O’Reilly photo at the end of this leaf]

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In accordance with the final speaker of the assembly, Erik Hersman, it would be ignorant not to capstone anterior surprises: the activist mapping that was prevalent throughout caught the most of my attention. Eduardo Jezierski spoke passionately about the unique relationships of choice presented when definition arrives at the corner of life and death.

Are maps accessible enough for general consumption? George Demmy and TerraGo Technologies have solved this quandary by paralleling the PDF format with GIS.

MNP asks eight (8) questions concerning the future of the geospatial web

What kind of ramifications does the radius creep of related map stock pose for accurate data?

Are humans inherently familiar with maps?

How do people look for local information?

Are neighborhoods redundant or sequential in the quest to better understand city framework?

What is the proper form of a map?

How do we accurately report "data"?

What are movement signatures?

Which industries will be impacted the most by GIS?

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The most creative application of map wizardry? Bar none, Andrea Vaccari, team member of the NYTE project really pressed the steam for an instant boil of how paired maps are with the visual.

Chimp geniuses would have had fun with all of the possibilities that DIY drones set forth. That being said do NOT sleep on Light42.

How does this all relate to the real/city world approach to progressive geospatial understanding? According to the crowd theory of Paul Torrens, these value packages can only be evaluated within the boundaries of understanding the nuances of exception as well the opponents of acceptance.

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Who will rule the map world? A grand question that ESRI, Google Earth, and Virtual Earth would love to answer. If I was wearing the right hat, it would probably be a toss-up between the capabilities, the level of interaction, and the information….. until Where 2.0 2009!
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Posted: June 2nd, 2008
at 8:01am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: hood status,myninjaplease,computers,apple,web,cell phones,robots,weaponry,architecture,design,science,et cetera,diy,maps

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Slick Rick The Ruler Pardoned by New Gov

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Posted: June 2nd, 2008
at 7:03am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: hood status,myninjaplease,music,celebrity,too good to be true,home,mnp is for the children,fo' real?,9th dan

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The pitch from ExcelAire

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Fly from Paris to a€¦ Ronkonkoma?

Charter flight company ExcelAire is making a pitch to swank European travelers to park their private jets at its hangar at Islipa€™s Long Island MacArthur Airport.

The reasons: Fuel is cheaper there, taxi time are as short as ever, takeoff delay is non-existent, and youa€™re right next to the Long Island Expressway for a quick drive to the city (depending on the time of day of course a€" aim for 4 a.m.).

From their commercial (press release) libizblog

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Posted: June 2nd, 2008
at 6:53am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: hood status,myninjaplease,bling,business,robots,gear,architecture

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PC in the UK: Cops Bust Teen For Calling Scientology a Cult

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If therea€™s any doubt that the enforcement of political correctness in the U.K. is turning ordinary citizens into criminals, a 15-yr-old youth was issued a criminal summons after he had written on a sign that Scientology was a cult.

Police confiscated his protest sign at a demonstration against the Church of Scientology at their headquarters in London and then issued him a criminal summons. According to the British newspaper the Guardian, the 15-yr-old had written on a sign: a€oeScientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous culta€A. The police called it a€oeabusive and insultinga€A. dbkp

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Posted: June 2nd, 2008
at 5:48am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,celebrity,not ninja-worthy,mnp is for the children,politricks,real life news,science

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The Power of Market Capitalization

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What is the correlation between a company’s size, as measured by market capitalization, and its power? I’m not sure how one would measure power, but I don’t think that market cap is a good proxy for it. ADM is worth $29 billion; Halliburton is worth $33 billion. Both, I think, have more power than, say, Procter & Gamble ($228 billion), and they surely have more power than Berkshire Hathaway ($218 billion) - although since "power" remains undefined, such determinations will always be a bit fuzzy.

All the same, it’s not surprising that Ken Auletta uses Google’s market capitalization as an indicator of its power:

In response to prodding by consumer activists, some government officials-notably Senator Herb Kohl, a Wisconsin Democrat-have begun to ask: Does Google, which today is among America’s ten richest corporations, with a market value of just over two hundred billion dollars, have too much power? (ExxonMobil, valued at just under five hundred billion, is No. 1.)

One problem here, of course, is that market cap is not a great proxy even for how "rich" a company is, and it might well make more sense to use revenues or profits instead. (In which case Google drops down the league tables quite rapidly.) Indeed, according to Justin Fox, using market cap for these kind of comparisons is a relatively new device:

I think it’s fair to say that, over the course of the 1990s, the idea that the stock market knew best gained an awful lot of strength in public discourse. Just think of the tendency to judge companies by their market capitalization. Very few people outside of investing circles did that before the 1990s, but by the end of the decade everybody was talking about Cisco or Microsoft being "worth" $400 billion (or whatever).


I do think that it’s silly to think that a company has much more power than it used to just because speculators have run up its stock price. Yes, the increasing power of the company might be part of the reason why the stock price has risen - but then again, it might not, or it might only be a small part. The classic "strip and flip" strategy employed by private-equity funds, in fact, is based on the idea that it’s possible to increase a company’s value by decreasing its power.

I would explain market cap’s popularity as a function not of increased adoption of the efficient market hypothesis, but rather as a function of the internet. It takes just seconds to find the market cap of any company in the US, and most companies in the world. And once you’ve done that, you have an easy apples-to-apples metric with which you can compare any company to any other. It’s almost impossible to resist. portfolio

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Posted: June 1st, 2008
at 12:35pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: web,business

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Whip of the week

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Posted: June 1st, 2008
at 12:19pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: whips

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