Archive for February, 2011

Theo Jansen

Walking on compressed wind from the "wind stomach," Theo Jansen’s work is beyond amazing. His work literally flies…

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Posted: February 26th, 2011
at 5:11pm by mnp


Categories: myninjaplease,contemporary,9th dan

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What is a Blog?

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Interpreted from the I&B Ministry, supplement to India’s Information Technology Amendment Act 2008:

This is tricky: blogs do two things - they publish content, and have user generated content in the form of comments. at one level, they are a publisher, and at another, an intermediary. The guidelines however, clearly define a blogger only as a user, and that a blog is A"a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video." This is generic, and could mean any online publication, including ours, and online publishers would also come under the ambit of the definition of the term 'users'.

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Posted: February 26th, 2011
at 2:16pm by mnp


Categories: web,politricks,blogs,what is?,law

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What are trees good for? The Wilson Quarterly goes into the history of Arbor Day and the "cooling" down of a Chicago.

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Posted: February 26th, 2011
at 1:54pm by mnp


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Distributed teams- do they work and how do they work? Happy Moments shares some insight in this process.

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Posted: February 26th, 2011
at 1:47pm by mnp


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New format here in The Column - have a question that you want to be answered by the staff? Ask us and we will answer, or try to! If we get no questions, you’ll find musings on today’s happenings. -MNP

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Posted: February 26th, 2011
at 10:54am by mnp


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48-Hour Fresh Fruit

A recipient of the Queens Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category in 2008, Blue Skies has been a leader in exporting "just-harvested" fruit to Europe from mainly Ghana and they are solely responsible for about 1% of Ghana’s entire volume of exports. With their foundation and their 'add value at source' approach- there is a reason that they have an annual turnover of £30 million.

With in 48 hours, Blue Skies works diligently to harvest a range of fruits, such as pineapple, pomegranate, mango, and melon at their optimal maturity. In order to maintain flavor and freshness, Blue Skies' cut and pack the fruit in the country of origin (i.e.- Ghana) and then with alacrity, fly the final product to Europe to be sold in retail outlets. AAll of Blue Skies's products appear to be absent preservatives, additives, artificial colors, stabilizers, and emulsifiers. Consequently, their products have a relatively short shelf life.A(Source)

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Posted: February 26th, 2011
at 10:35am by mnp


Categories: green,business,grub,development

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Making big changes all at one time is dangerous: there's plenty of opportunity to rush, screw up, and jeopardize the entire process with carelessness or lack of foresightaor just get too overwhelmed with enormousness of the end result. The more complicated or larger a task, the harder it is to be confident that what you're doing is the right step and will be executed correctly.

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Posted: February 26th, 2011
at 10:22am by mnp


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There are numerous issues with standardized testing (e.g. teachers mold curriculum around tests or tests do not provide students a measurement of their scholastic ability beyond the norm). But the primary issue is that such tests don’t actually measure thinking.

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Posted: February 26th, 2011
at 10:21am by mnp


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Quote of the Day

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Any nitwit can understand computers, and many do. Unfortunately, due to ridiculous historical circumstances, computers have been made a mystery to most of the world. And this situation does not seem to be improving. You hear more and more about computers, but to most people it's just one big blur. The people who know about computers often seem unwilling to explain things or answer your questions. Stereotyped notions develop about computers operating in fixed waysaand so confusion increases. The chasm between laymen and computer people widens fast and dangerously. -Ted Nelson, Computer Lib, 1974. via

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Posted: February 26th, 2011
at 7:45am by mnp


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