Archive for January, 2009

LED Medienfassade


Linz. Molecular biology and genetic engineering are decoding the building blocks of life, manipulating them, and creating artificial life forms. Orbiting telescopes are enabling us to peer into the depths of space and time. Imaging procedures are revealing processes taking place within the human bodya€"for instance, the brain while it thinks. Almost daily, new technologies and research are producing never-before-seen images. Images that are bringing to light what used to be hidden deep inside us, and are going about changing our worldview and our picture of what it means to be a human being a€¦

Constructing -> luminapolis


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Posted: January 16th, 2009
at 8:20pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: green,architecture,science

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Supporting equality


In September of last year, Google announced its opposition to California’s Proposition 8. While the campaign was emotionally charged and difficult for both sides, in the wake of the election many were concerned with the impact Proposition 8 could have on the personal lives of people they work with every day, and on California’s ability to attract and retain a diverse mix of employees from around the world.

That’s why we’ve signed an amicus brief (PDF file) in support of several cases currently challenging Proposition 8 in the California Supreme Court. Denying employees basic rights isn’t right, and it isn’t good for businesses. We are committed to preserving fundamental rights for every one of the people who work hard to make Google a success.

Please join us in continuing to fight for equality for all Californians.

via -> googleblog.blogspot

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Posted: January 16th, 2009
at 12:38am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: web,politricks,"ninja"

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DIY: Make A Stink Bomb

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Posted: January 16th, 2009
at 12:31am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: youtube,weaponry,diy

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Stunt Their Own Stunts


For watchers of business spin, nothing produces a bigger cringe than a publicity stunt that is either poorly conceived or poorly executed. And yesterday afternoon, the Coffee Wars provided us with beautiful examples of each.

Poorly Conceived: As the latest tactic in its public redemption strategy, Starbucks pointed out that its baristas didn’t understand how to work the automated machines that now make their espressos, simultaneously shutting down 7,100 U.S. stores for a conspicuously public re-training effort. Janet Adamy’s WSJ story reports that the explicit contrition came straight from the top.

"Over the years we kind of lost our way," Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz told workers in a video that started the training.

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Posted: January 15th, 2009
at 2:12pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: business,grub

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Who Owns Seydou KeAAta?

He was poor, so he made prints, using a 5-by-7-inch view camera, by placing the negative directly against the photographic paper, used his bed sheet as a backdrop, and photographed outdoors using available light.

It is a story that includes screaming fights, a lawsuit and charges of theft, forgery and perjury. It survives the photographer himself, who died in 2001. And it touches on the broadest channels of human history, from colonialism to capitalism to revolution to race. But it also involves a conflict of the most rarefied sort - a philosophical disagreement over the nature of photography and the concept of authenticity.

Read the NY Times article here or view the exhibition website here.

.::Photo link - thanks again to Bianca.

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Posted: January 14th, 2009
at 4:17am by Black Ock

Categories: photo,contemporary

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Paul Chan

The negative space of the Lights is the name for the collection of texts that seems to bridge the gap into the realm of visual art with an ironically web 1.0 convention of strike text.AA One of our ninjas on the ground, blending in with the civilian population, Bianca, sent us this stuff about a month ago. We thank her in true MNP fashion by actually posting her entry!AA Apparently this art can be seen on the streets of the city.


As always, if you see something that you think we should know about, drop us a line at We try to eventually get to all worthy suggestions.

Enter -> Artist Paul Chan

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Posted: January 14th, 2009
at 4:02am by Black Ock

Categories: art,contemporary

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Top Ten Hottest Tanglers

MMmmA fighter Erin Toughill

The dude who wrote this …article… on this website asked us to post this.  This is a warning - you will NOT find anything profound on this website.  You will, however, find a list of the top ten "hottest" MMA fighters [ accompanied, hilariously, by a list of the top ten, um, "butchest" femmes of similar occupation ].  If you’re in to that sort of thing, well, we may have just made your day, but we do not claim responsibility for the content.  As a side note, female ninjas in our clan are hot, and will break both your legs - and that’s before using any other weapon besides pure intention.  Wow… I think we just had a Maxim moment… frightening.

.::Be amazed and astounded -> here

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Posted: January 14th, 2009
at 1:18am by Black Ock

Categories: too good to be true,"ninja"

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Throwing Star Magnets

For just 19 buckaroonies… they could be yours.AA At least it will sorta make up for the smell’a’funk and the dearth of food in yo’ fridge, ninja.

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Posted: January 14th, 2009
at 12:48am by Black Ock

Categories: home,weaponry

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"Row, Row, Row Your House"

From the New School Free Press (Kate Hanselman):

Looking strikingly like an old Gloucester fisherman, with a full black beard and windblown hair, Dayyan Armstrong trudged through the afternoon drizzle at the Worlda€™s Fair Marina. Wearing a wool sweater over a plaid oxford, with an earthen mug in hand, he unlocked the pale blue metal gate leading to the docks. As he traipsed past rows of weatherbeaten boats bobbing calmly on their tethers, he explained that his situation was a little precarious. a€oeNo one really cares that Ia€™m here except this one guy who keeps asking me if I live here…I had to hide behind a bush once, but he saw me and waved,a€A he says.

Armstrong, a 23-year-old student in the New School Masters program for Economics, has been living on his 28-foot sailboat, Goose, since this summer, when he sailed her down from Maine. He lives in the marina between LaGuardia Airport and Shea Stadium in Queens and pays roughly $980 for the six-month winter season to moor his boat.

a€oeIn high school, for my stepbrother and I, it was, do we get a car or a sailboat?a€A Armstrong said.

.::Read on at -> NS Free Press

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Posted: January 12th, 2009
at 10:52am by Black Ock

Categories: hood status,too good to be true,green,home,fo' real?,travel

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