Archive for April, 2008

palm jumeirah from google earth

The superb marketing machine for Palm Jumeirah, the man-made luxury island in Dubai, described it as the Eight Wonder of the World, and it is indeed a tremendous feat of engineering. However all may not be so well in this paradise which has been built by tens of thousands of low paid, migrant workers. Luxury multi-million pound villas are closely packed side by side and the lush tropical vegetation from the marketing materials, is not as evident. There are certainly many good features to this location, but the reality of £800 monthly air-conditioning bills and sometimes 48 C temperature, can take the edge off it.

Read more in the Guardian

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BusinessOver30.com has been launched and it is a magazine style web site where you’ll find all the best and most current business articles and content, including Business, Finance, Technology, Politics, Economics, and Innovation.

This blog (LifeOver30.com) compliments BusinessOver30.com by providing regular posts on Arts, Photography, Environment, Science, Lifestyle, Media and Health.

From time to time some posts will be made to both sites, and for a while, new content posts on BusinessOver30.com will be posted as single line links on LiferOver30.com

Enjoy !

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Filmaka.com is a new site for aspiring filmmakers all over the world. You
can submit your high quality 3-minute short, have it evaluated, enter competitions
to win funding to help make a feature film, a documentary or a TV comedy series.

Its the brainchild of Deepak Nayar, who was behind such films as “Buena Vista Social Club” and “Bend it Like Beckham,” and Sandy Grushow, the former chairman of Fox Television Entertainment Group.

The judges of the competition include directors Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, and Paul Schrader

Read more on the Reuters site

And visit the Filmaka.com site here.

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surgery3 - cc - crucially

It could only happen in LA…
A plastic surgeon, has sensed the pain that intending cosmetic surgery patients were experiencing when trying to explain to their young children, that mommy was getting her nose reshaped and her sagging stomach, tucked, to become a trimmer, leaner mommy!! He’s come up with a kids picture story book for 4-7 year-olds explaining why mommy is going under the knife.
I can just imagine the kids questions while this “story book” is being read at bedtime. “Mommy, is the surgeon going to cut my tummy open?”

Read more about the solving the plight of those getting a “mommy make-over” on the Reuters site.

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solar panel - cc - pink dispatcher

When you think of green homes, it brings up an image of a hi-tech house in a rural area, with solar panels soaking up the sun’s free energy and a few wind turbines out the back to collect and convert more free energy. But now Robin Wilson has created a zero net energy home right in the centre of San Francisco suburbia. La Casa Verde in the Mission district is as green as they come.

Read more on News.com

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When Asus launched the Asus EEE PC 701 last year, it started a revolution: the Internet Appliance. Finally there was a very cheap, extremely light (less than 1Kg) and small laptop with great connectivity, solid state memory (no hard drive) and a very simple user interface, so simple in fact that the device was initially targeted at kids. But very soon everyone wanted one, (young and not so young) and it took me a month on a backorder list, to get one.
Now they’ve updated it using the same winning format but with a 9 inch screen rather than the original 7 inch screen (but the device is the same size and weight). They’ve also upgraded the internal solid state drive to 20 GB and made lots of other improvements, creating an even better ultra portable device.

Read more on Trusted Reviews and then place your order because there’ll be millions queuing up to get one.

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hanging gardens - cc - mixstar

An exhibition on the history and art of Babylon is currently in Paris and will be moving to Berlin and later to London. Archaeologists show that Babylon was a city of innovation, contrary to the reformation Christians description as place dedicated to orgies and feasting. Babylon produced many developments in medicine, astronomy and mathematics and the exhibition explores some of the major discoveries.

Read more in the Economist.

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