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Miley -- who was 16 at the time -- was dancing with 44-year-old Adam Shankman during a wrap party last summer in Georgia for the movie, "The Last Song." Shankman, who is openly gay, produced the movie as well as "Hairspray" and other flicks and is a judge on "So You Think You Can Dance?"
The people who shot the video say they were offended by the dirty dancing -- which included a graphic lap dance.
We're told Miley's parents were not at the wrap party. Miley's reps had no comment.
By Jeremy A. Kaplan
Microsoft Office has been the best selling piece of software for five years running. How does the company plan to compete when it releases Office 2010 Wednesday? Make most of it available for free.
To counter the popularity of Google's online Docs application, which bundles a word-processing tool, spreadsheet editing, presentation functionality and more into one free app, Microsoft is adding its own free online component: Web apps.
The Office 2010 suite, which Microsoft will release to business customers tomorrow and to consumers in early June, will include the ability to create, edit, view and share files online using the company's SkyDrive website. In fact, you won't even need to buy the program to use the online tools; Microsoft will make the majority of Office functionality available for free to anyone -- whether they've bought the new suite or not.
To use the online functions, simply visit SkyDrive.com (or the Facebook-ified version at docs.com). You can also save a file from one of the Office 2010 apps directly to SkyDrive. Then visit the file from any browser, anywhere you go, and click the edit button to bring up editing options. The free versions of these apps don't include all of the functionality you'll find if you buy Office 2010, but most users will probably find it sufficient.
So which is easier to use, Google Docs or Office 2010? Both are relatively straightforward programs, though Office adds some neat extras, such as the ability to broadcast a PowerPoint presentation across the Internet. Office Web Apps have a few rough edges still, but once ironed out they'll be very robust programs -- especially considering the price.
There's more to Office 2010 than just that, of course. Outlook fans will appreciate a new Social Connector feature, which brings the e-mail and calendaring program into the world of social networking. It lets you sync contact data with popular social networks, sharing status, pictures, shared documents and more.
Office 2010 Also adds a very neat "broadcast" function for PowerPoint presentations. The feature uploads your presentation to a secure website and gives you a unique URL to it; pass the URL to your friends or colleagues to create an impromptu presentation from wherever you are. It's a very convenient way to collaborate -- though to start such a presentation, you'll need to buy Microsoft Office 2010.
There are many other smaller improvements, of course, such as Excel's Sparklines -- a new data visualization technique that adds little trend lines into individual cells -- new text effects for Word, video editing functions in PowerPoint and so on.
But the biggest change users will encounter is hardly a new one at all. When Microsoft released Office 2007, the company rewrote the rules for interfacing software with "the Ribbon," a new paradigm that bubbles up contextual commands -- in theory, just the ones you'll want for whatever you're doing.
The interface is polarizing: You either love it or can't figure out how to use it. And that's part of the reason MS didn't have a gigantic hit on its hands with the last version of its productivity suite. With Office 2010, the Ribbon expands onto all of the Office apps. Learn to love it, in other words -- and embrace the online future of Office.
Office 2010 sells in several versions. Office Professional, which includes Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, Publisher 2010, Access 2010, and premium technical support is priced at $499 for the full boxed copy or $349 for the product key card.
Office Home and Business sells for $279 in a box, or $199 for a product key that lets you download and activate the app online. This version includes Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, and Outlook 2010.
Office home and Student is priced at $149 for the boxed version and $119 for the product key card and includes Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, and the Office Web Apps. It is available in a Family Pack, allowing use on three PCs in one home.
It's the ultimate prison break for murderers and rapists - en-suite bathrooms, £1million Banksy-style art and even windows without bars.
That's the 'hard-time' waiting for some of Norway's most dangerous criminals in the new purpose built £15 million Halden Prison.
The jail took 10 years to build and has been touted to be the most humane in the world for its 252 inmates.
Home away from home: One of the private cells at Norway's new Halden Prison - which appears to be nicer than most university dormitory rooms
It's the end of 'dropping the soap' jokes with these posh en-suite bathrooms for inmates at the new £15million prison
Prison authorities claim the luxury environment of the 75-acre site helps reduce the country's already very low crime rate.
Each inmate gets a private cell with mini-fridge, flat-screen TV and even a private en-suite bathroom and barless windows - because they let in more sunlight.
Then for every 12 to 15 rooms there is a top-notch kitchen with stainless steel work tops and lounge areas complete with IKEA-style sofas and coffee tables.
To cap-off their stay at Halden, the pampered prisoners can even enjoy a gym - complete with rock-climbing wall - a music studio and luxury library.
Keeping prisoners healthy: The rock-climbing wall and basketball nets in the new gym at the prison
Banksy-style: A £1million mural in the prison courtyard by Norwegian street artist Dolk
Architect Hans Henrik Hoilund admitted Halden holds some of Norway's most dangerous prisoners but - believes its design means they don't re-offend.
He said: 'The most important thing is that the prison looks as much like the outside world as possible.
'To avoid an institutional feel, exteriors are not concrete but made of bricks, galvanized steel and larch; the buildings seem to have grown organically from the woodlands.
'And while there is one obvious symbol of incarceration - a 20-foot concrete security wall along the prison's perimeter - trees obscure it.
'And it's top has been rounded off, so it isn't too hostile.'
A jail cell corridor in the new prison - where half the guards are female as it is believed this decreases aggression
The landscaped prison grounds surrounding the institution
The Norwegian Banksy-style artist Dolk was also hired to paint a £1million mural on the prison wall showing a prisoner in striped uniform using a ball and chain as a shot put.
Halden opened it's doors officially last month, taking in the first batch of inmates. Prison governor Are Hoidal said there have been no escape attempts.
He said: 'In the Norwegian prison system, there's a focus on human rights and respect.
'We don't see any of this as unusual.
'When they arrive many of them are in bad shape and we want to build them up, give them confidence through education and work and have them leave as better people.'
Halden also features jogging trails in nearby woods and a freestanding two-bedroom house where inmates can host their families during overnight visits.
In Norway only 20 per cent of prisoners end up back in jail after release, compared to between 50 and 60 per cent in the UK.
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The Associated Press
Published: May 11, 2010
CHICAGO - Playboy readers who can only imagine what it would look like if a centerfold jumped right off the page are getting new specs to help them see into Hef's world.
The magazine's June edition hits newsstands Friday equipped with 3-D glasses. Now the toy that has kids dodging dragons, meatballs and tall blue aliens at the movies will help adults focus on what is, at first glance, a very blurry Playmate of the Year.
"What would people most like to see in 3-D?" asked Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. "Probably a naked lady."
Hefner makes no secret of hoping to capitalize on the popularity of 3-D movies such as "Avatar" and "How to Train Your Dragon," even as he makes no secret of not quite getting what all the fuss is about.
"I'm not a huge enthusiast of 3-D," he said in a telephone interview. "I leave real life to go to the movies and 2-D is fine with me."
If the thought of grown men sitting back in their recliners with a pair of 3-D glasses doesn't quite say "Playboy," it should be noted that a few months ago the magazine put Marge Simpson — yes, the blue-haired animated mother of Bart — on the cover and in a two-page centerfold.
"In today's print environment you have to create newsstand events," said the editorial director of the Chicago-based magazine, Jimmy Jellinek. "Marge Simpson was one of those."
Playboy certainly must do something to get more people, especially younger people, to buy a magazine that has seen circulation plummet from 3.5 million in 2006 to 1.5 million today.
Jellinek said he hopes the issue featuring centerfold Hope Dworaczyk in 3-D also reminds people that for all the infatuation with the Internet, there is nothing quite like having a magazine in your hands.
"People want things that last and have meaning," he said.
The thought hadn't occurred to Hefner. But, now that you mention it:
"This particular picture is one example of how books and magazines are different (than computer images)," he said. "You can hold it in your hands, save them, and as Dad used to, put them under the mattress."
Hefner notes there also are plenty of good old-fashioned 2-D pictures of Dworaczyk — the 51st Playmate of the Year, for those counting at home.
3-D may be all the rage, but Hefner said he first thought of using it when he launched his magazine in the 1950s.
"I actually signed a photographer to shoot two nude women in 3-D in Chicago," he said. But he scrapped the idea when he discovered how expensive it would be to include the glasses.
This time around, HBO is helping out. HBO wanted a creative way to promote its show "True Blood," and having Playboy include 3-D glasses with the show's name on them seemed a good way to do it, said Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey.
So, do the glasses work? Well, it does kind of look like Dworaczyk is handing you the wine glass she's holding. And she says the photograph makes everything a little, well, bigger.
"It's kind of like it says on the rearview mirror," Dworaczyk joked. "Things may appear larger."
Fieldwork led by researchers at University College London and The University of Manchester, has shown the remote Pacific island’s ancient road system was primarily ceremonial and not solely built for transportation of the figures.
A complex network of roads up to 800-years-old crisscross the Island between the hat and statue quarries and the coastal areas.
Laying alongside the roads are dozens of the statues- or moai.
The find will create controversy among the many archaeologists who have dedicated years to finding out exactly how the moai were moved, ever since Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl first published his theory in 1958.
Heyerdahl and subsequent researchers believed that statues he found lying on their backs and faces near the roads were abandoned during transportation by the ancient Polynesians.
But his theory has been completely rejected by the team led by Manchester’s Dr Colin Richards and UCL’s Dr Sue Hamilton.
Instead, their discovery of stone platforms associated with each fallen moai - using specialist ‘geophysical survey’ equipment – finally confirms a little known 1914 theory of British archaeologist Katherine Routledge that the routes were primarily ceremonial avenues.
The statues, say the Manchester and UCL team just back from the island, merely toppled from the platforms with the passage of time.
“The truth of the matter is, we will never know how the statues were moved,” said Dr Richards.
“Ever since Heyerdahl, archeologists have come up with all manner of theories – based on an underlying assumption that the roads were used for transportation of the moai, from the quarry at the volcanic cone Rano Raraku.
”What we do now know is that the roads had a ceremonial function to underline their religious and cultural importance.
“They lead – from different parts of the island – to the Rano Raraku volcano where the Moai were quarried.
“Volcano cones were considered as points of entry to the underworld and mythical origin land Hawaiki.
“Hence, Rano Ranaku was not just a quarry but a sacred centre of the island.”
The previous excavation found that the roads are concave in shape –making it difficult to move heavy objects along them
And as the roads approach Rano Raraku, the statues become more frequent – which the team say, indicated an increasing grades of holiness.
“All the evidence strongly shows that these roads were ceremonial - which backs the work of Katherine Routledge from almost 100 years ago, “ said Dr Sue Hamilton.
“It all makes sense: the moai face the people walking towards the volcano.
“The statues are more frequent the closer they are to the volcano – which has to be way of signifying the increasing levels of importance.”
She added: “What is shocking is that Heyerdahl actually found some evidence to suggest there were indeed platforms.
“But like many other archaeologists, he was so swayed by his cast iron belief that the roads were for transportation – he completely ignored them.”
Routledge and her husband arrived at Easter Island in 1914, to publish her findings in a popular travel book, The Mystery of Easter Island in 1919.
Geophysical surveys are used to create subsurface maps by passing electrical currents below the ground and measuring its resistance.
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We've got the first trailer for The Adjustment Bureau, a twisty sci-fi movie based on a Philip K. Dick short story; watch it here.
Following is the official description.
Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue the only woman he's ever loved across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York.
On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)—a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart.
David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself—the men of The Adjustment Bureau—who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path ... or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.
The Adjustment Bureau is written for the screen and directed by George Nolfi (writer of Ocean's Twelve, co-writer of The Bourne Ultimatum). It is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick ("Total Recall," "Minority Report" and "Blade Runner").
Looks cool to us! It opens Sept. 17. Check out larger versions of images in the gallery below.
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Not to be outdone by the guy who built an Imperial Walker bunk bed for his son, one of our readers built a triple bunk bed Imperial Walker. Crazy? Yes. Awesome? Oh yes!
Gizmodo reader Jonathan explains that he came up with the idea for this awesome bed because of some space restrictions in a new home:
I built the triple bunk bed for my mother's new home to be used by my son, and nephews. My mother moved into a small home without much of a yard and was looking for a creative way to entertain the grandchildren while at the same time solving the problem of limited sleeping space and limited square footage. The beds could, however, take advantage of her 10 foot ceilings.
I've always been a big Star Wars fan and was looking for a subject that made sense for this design. A Walker already had four legs and it seemed an obvious choice to base my design on. I wanted it to look as real as possible. In order to accomplish movement, I made the bunk beds appear to be walking. I also made several additions to the beds, for example a complete Hoth lego display case on the second level as well as additional areas for the kids to play and climb.
When I started the project I had to solve the problem of skewing the scale of the model to suit the needs of three beds and also had to figure out a way to make the entire design modular in concept. I never intended it to be quite so detailed but this aspect took on a life of its own as I began to build it.
I live in a town home in Carmel Indiana and have always had a modest wood shop. It's composed of compound sliding saw, a few sanders, a drill press, router, cnc router, and a few saws and sanders from
Festool. I worked on the project two days a week from the end of September 2009 until its completion in February 2010. I would guess I had somewhere between 300-400 hours by the time the sanding and
painting was complete. It received quite a bit of attention from friends and neighbors during the end of its time in my garage. After its completion it was taken apart and transported to my mother's house in Ohio and it took approximately two men two hours to first take it apart and then an additional two hours to put it back together.
I've gotta say, that's the best justification for spending 300-400 hours on a Star Wars-inspired project I've ever heard.
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Namaste! The LOST TV series has inspired people from around the globe to create some of the best fan made art ever! For six years, Lost fans have included amazingly talented artists with Lost-themed vision, incredible creativity, and an insatiable appetite for the island’s mysteries. Lost fans are now somewhere in-between a frenzy to having fun. Here is a huge collection of Lost fan art. Like LOST itself, some of the fan art is fantastic, while some is simply freaky and WTF?!?
You may not be a fan of the TV series Lost, but the fans are diehards! Lost is almost over, with too many questions left unanswered. Whether or not that will leave an opening for a series of Lost movies on the big screen is yet to be known. However, the cult-like following will live on and continue to grow as new people watch reruns. Here are some of the best or most freaky fan art in a goodbye tribute to Lost.
Lost is one epic WTF after another. The only “given” is to expect that things are not what they seem. If you know nothing of Lost, you will not understand the hieroglyphics or the countdown timer. Explaining it is for the experts, but once upon a time Oceanic Flight 815 crashed on the the island. The survivors found the Hatch and the Numbers had to be entered into the station’s computer. Execute needed pushed every 108 minutes to prevent system failure and the dreaded hieroglyphics (or end of the world). From Desmond Hume, to John Locke, to Mr. Eko, in fact everything about the island, was never what it seemed. Each episode included a minimum of one WTF moment, leaving fans to speculate until the next episode.
(image credit: Adventures in Bento Making)
As a Lost fan, you see clues everywhere. The Numbers, also Hugo Hurley Reyes‘ “winning” lottery numbers, might be found in something as simple as minestrone soup. Everywhere you look, Lost is there. Crystal Watanabe creates the most fabulous Lost tributes as Bentos. Her site, Adventures in Bento Making, is a perfect example of how creative and diehard LOSTies can be.
To celebrate the final season of the series Lost, a group of designers and artists who are also fans of the program were challenged to create screenprints of the most memorable moments in the unforgettable series. They are not the only ones with fan art. Glenn Jones creates t-shirts designs, including the Dharma milk carton. People all over the world have created t-shirt tributes to their favorite Lost character.
Hot Meteor creates some awesome Dharma vintage posters as if from Circa 1974. These Lost tributes to the Dharma Initiative are “Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em” and “Reach out and touch someone.”
This was part of the Lost Underground Art show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. Created by artist Carlos Ramos and titled, “DHARMA Science Manual Volume: 4,” this 20 X 24 inch masterpiece sold for $975.00!
Eric Tan designed “The Crash.” It was one of 300 hand-signed and numbered screenprints. Jason Casey created “Mr. Eko stares down the smoke monster.” Arinen drew Charlie Pace and “Not Penny’s Boat.” Buuya drew a different character like this “Benjamin Linus” every day of June.
Scott Campbell created these framed 5 X 5 watercolor showdowns on archival paper. “LOST Showdowns” sold at the Underground Art Show for $350 each.
If you are a Lost fan, then it goes without saying that you have an insatiable appetite for rehashed theories of flight Oceanic 815, of the black smoke monster, of the intriguing Dharma Initiative, of the parallel universes, of the island and all of its mysteries. Don’t get us started on Adam and Eve. Here are a few of the important logos, sayings, and clues, printed on shirts by diehard fans.
Here are a few more favorite Lost characters and a tiny drop in the bucket of t-shirt designs available in tribute to each. These are Hurley, Desmond, Dr. Daniel Faraday, James “Sawyer” Ford, and Sayid Hassan Jarrah. Depending upon how many questions are left unanswered, how many characters are offed, and how this epic TV series ends, Lost fans may break into worldwide riots in the streets.
Do you like plush toys? When the polar bear charged across the tropical island, it was a giant WTF!?! This polar bear was created by Danielle Buerli and titled “The Dharma Bear.” This eight inch plush bear makes a roaring noise when squeezed and has small Dharma biscuits in a pouch. At the Underground Lost Art Show, it sold for $350!
Wade Schin created these one-of-a-kind, five inch sculptures of Hurley and Locke. They have magnetic feet and bases for extra stability. At the Underground Art Show, each sold for $815!
Almost any product you can think of has been turned into a Lost piece of art. From skateboards, clocks, hats, water bottles, it’s out there if you but look due to the awe factor of this highly addictive, intensely mysterious and controversial series. Some people hate Lost and will be happy to see it go. Even Lost fans like to bash Lost plots sometimes, but one thing rings true for all diehard fans. We will be lost without Lost.
With six seasons, Lost has been turned into fan art and into toys for fans. One example of Lostie toys are the Lost Kubricks from Medicom. This series included Locke, Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Sayid, Charlie and Hurley.
Tragedy seems to rule side by side with WTF!?! Hurley and Libby, Charlie and Claire, Richard, Locke and the hatch, Juliet and Ben, none escaped unscathed from tragedy. Lostpedia is a great source among thousands, perhaps millions, of sites which discuss or debate Lost theories.
Ahh, love, what we would do without it? The love quadrangle between Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Juliet was just one of the dramatic conflicts that helped drive the plot. Jate is the fan-given name to the relationship between Jack and Kate while Skate is the fan-given name to the romantic relationship between Sawyer and Kate. These amazing works of art have had six seasons to grow. ”LOST Season Four“ is by grantgoboom. “LOST II” is by juarezricci. “Sawyer and Jack“ was drawn by RobD4E.
Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse must have truly wanted to break our hearts and bring on the waterworks over the Kwons. Jin and Sun were blessed by Jacob on their wedding day. After Sun’s rescue, she gave birth to their daughter Ji Yeon. Once reunited on the island, that blessing by Jacob seemed like a curse. When Jin and Sun drowned together in the submarine, millions of voices around the globe shouted WTF?!?
Charm City Cakes made a special cake for the series’ 100th episode. “It has been more than four years since that fateful airliner, Oceanic Flight 815, crashed onto an Island on September 22nd, 2004. After 99 episodes full of ominous mythology, startling discoveries, shocking cliffhangers, buried secrets, and stunning character development – we have reached the 100 episode milestone.”
We, the fans, love Lost. You’ve seen but a tiny sampling of awesome Lost fan art collected here. Six years later, we are still addicted and without answers to millions of questions. If you are not a Lostie, but know one, don’t call for we will have our phones off. We will be having parties. We will be ready and waiting for the Lost final showdown. To try to come between us and our beloved TV series may be hazardous to your health!