Archive for March, 2008

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In a short few years, blogging has grown into a huge social and business activity. Its become so simple to set one up, that thousands of new blogs are created every day and millions exist across the net. But the fact that everyone can publish instantly, or make a video, or music track, or photograph, and make it available to anyone across the world, doesn’t make it any easier to create good or great content. In fact the proliferation of poor content bombarding everybody, everyday on the net, is actually making it more difficult for potentially good content to get visibility. Whatever about the millions of personal journals online, business blogging has become an crucially important marketing tool.

Read more on Business Week.

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A MacBook Air was hacked in two minutes by a software engineer at a security conference contest. He exploited an unknown security hole in Apple’s Safari browser and could claim a $10,000 prize. No public disclosure on the bug details will be made until Apple has addressed the issue.

Read more at News.Com

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This blog is less than a month old and at the end of March 2008 and there’s been an average of three posts per day, covering quite a diverse range of topics in the four primary areas: Arts, Business, Lifestyle and Science.

Here’s a summary of all the posts for March 2008

  • Blogs: Finding the precious needles in the haystack
  • MacBook Hacked
  • Low-cost flights to space
  • What obsession can do to a man
  • Testing Muslim Racism in the USA
  • Freeze Dry Your Pet
  • Ice-free Arctic soon
  • Lasers a Bright New Future
  • British National Gallery Painting Was Owned By Hitler
  • X Prize in Genomics
  • A nightmare but true
  • Risky Business
  • Heathrow Hell
  • A camera that can see through clothes
  • The Gallery: A very short documentary
  • Men on the Moon: Its getting crowded up there
  • Arthur C Clarke Predictions for the 21st Century
  • The Lightening Field
  • The Controversial Embryology Bill
  • The World’s Most Expensive Violin
  • Aging well or not?
  • Iraq: 4000 US military and an estimated 250,000 Iraqis killed
  • Chinese Turning Hoops to Keep the Tibet Uprising out of the Olympics
  • World’s Tallest Man is a Gentle Giant.
  • JK Rowling considered suicide
  • Buddhist Dog
  • Art from Digital Recycling
  • Jailed in Dubai
  • No End in Sight
  • The Pope’s Celebration
  • A Blast from the Past: Mr Blue Sky
  • Lark: Philosophy and Dance
  • Environment under Threat
  • The Future of the Web
  • Work in the Future
  • Salt on Mars
  • America for Sale?
  • Coca Cola sponsored crucifixion in the Philippines
  • Smoking in the Developing World
  • French Euthanasia Case
  • Ahh, a coffee and some social networking
  • Killing Floyd
  • Visa’s new ad
  • Wired Top 10 Red Photographs
  • Euro could soon be the dominant global currency
  • Lunar Telescope Farm?
  • A Blast from the Past – The Look of Love
  • Battling to see the Chinese Army at the British Museum
  • Wired Self-Portrait contest
  • Propeller Island City Lodge Berlin
  • Controversy over human-animal embryos
  • Nowhere Safe
  • Employers browsing candidate’s Social Networking profiles
  • Hi-tech house in the country
  • Egg-actly what the doctor ordered
  • Race to the top
  • Iraq – a five minute summary
  • Smart Goggles
  • Filmmakers and Art Galleries
  • Spanish Film Festival: The Orphanage
  • Dark Mirror Video Installation at the IMMA
  • Learning Online

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It looks like space travel could become more affordable in the near future with the development of the Lynx space taxi. It will be able to fly from a standard airport up to 40 miles in space.giving the passenger a breathtaking view of the earth from space. However NASA defines space as 50 miles or higher so it will be debatable if it is actually a space flight, and even if it does become more affordable, that means that the very rich can afford it, as opposed to the super rich. For now it looks like mere mortals will have to keep their feet on the ground or perhaps fork out 3000 euro for a zero-gravity flight from Kennedy Space Centre. Read more in the Times Online

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Simon Garfield rediscovered his childhood love of stamp collecting, in his late forties, but this time it developed into an obsession which has cost him his marriage, and financial problems. Its an all-consuming passion and obsession, excluding nearly everything else (but he also had an affair with a beautiful young woman) .

He collects those very rare stamps which have mistakes on them, prizes to be hunted down and taken. “Stamps don’t leave you. They are not like people.” he says, but he also knows that compulsive collecting is a compensation for a loss in his life.

Read the Guardian Online compelling extract from the book “The Error World: An Affair with Stamps” by Simon Garfield.

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ABC News Primetime recently ran a test to gauge reaction to Muslim racism in the USA. This video on YouTube.com shows quite surprising results: 15% approved racism, 32% challenged racism, but most surprising is that 53% were silent. Obviously this is just one test so it doesn’t represent the broad US opinion, however it does raise the difficult question: What is the US national attitude towards Muslims living in America?

It made me think about a recent conversation I had with an estate agent in London. He was a perfectly decent guy (as far as estate agents can be !!) and we had several conversations about quite a range of topics, however, after telling me about a Muslim woman who had looked at the same property he was showing me, he said “I cant help it, but every time I look at a Muslim, all I can see is a terrorist”. I said nothing, as I was taken aback, however I did think, (and I’m Irish) that if that had been 15 years ago, in the 1990’s (the time when there were IRA bombings in London) he would probably have said “…every time I look at an Irishman all I can see is a terrorist”.

Terrorist actions have more effect than just a terrifying consequence for their victims, they can also polarize a community in the country attacked, which can have long lasting, and often hidden, effects.

So it seems to me that the essence of racism is focusing on the actions of a few and then treating everyone from that country or race as if they have the same attitude. I’m not sure how to combat this because we are constantly bombarded with images of the horrors in Iraq. however, I am sure that 99% of their population, like us, just wants to live a decent life.

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For anyone who has had a beloved pet, a dog or a cat, or other animal who had become part of the family, their death is always a traumatic moment because emotional attachments are formed during the pets lifetime, and, at the end of it’s life, it hurts. For most people they grieve and then move on after a while.
But now, the height of bad taste, is available – Freeze Dry Your Pet in Colorado and if you’re not close by, just send it by FedEx. So how do they do it? well the FAQ on the site says that they slowly remove all the liquid from the frozen object using a vacuum, and once this is done, your pet will last forever. I image hell would have to freeze over before most pet owners would dispatch their beloved pet for immortalization.

Check out PetPreservations.com for more gory details.

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