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Friday, October 29, 2010

PEOPLE ARE FREAKIN' AWESOME


People Are Awesome: A compilation of awesome people doing incredible things. Music: Mecha Love by Hadouken, out now on iTunes:

All the clips used (not in order), check out the originals & support their channels...

FLYBAR 800 FLIP VARIATIONS
JOE MURRELL PISTOL FLIP
20 FOOT FRONTFLIP
AMAZING JUGGLING - AMSTERDAM
IMPOSSIBLE BASKETBALL BASEBALL SHOT
SHALLOW DIVE RECORD
40 BMX BICYCLE POOL JUMP STUNT WITH SLOW MOTION VERSION
WORDS MOST TALENTED MAN
IMPOSSIBLE BACK FLIP BASKET BALL SHOT
TOP 10 BIGGEST AND BEST JUMPS EVER
MASTER OF BUSINESS CARD THROWING
BEST PARKING EVER - 6 YEAR OLD GIRL
SOMETHING YOU CANT JUST WATCH ONCE BECAUSE YOU JUST CANT
THE GREATEST BOWLING STRIKE EVER - OVER THE BARSTOOL BOWLING TRICK SHOT
JACK NICKLAUS 100 FOOT PUTT
PROFESSOR LONG HAIR BIG CHIEF
ABENE BM CHEZ KIKI PT 1
HUGE BIKE JUMP INTO A POND 30 FEET IN THE AIR
66 INCH JUMP BY ADRIAN WILSON
EXTREME FREERUNNING
PAUL BASAGOITIA IN HIS BACKYARD
TERRY PRICE - MINI VIDEO
EPIC SKATEBOARD VIDEO
BACKFLIP DARKSIDE
WORLD RECORD QUATERPIPE JUMP - SIMON DUMONT GOES HUGE
DAVE BACHINSKY EL TORO 20 STAIR KICKFLIP
DAMIEN WALTERS 2010
THINKBIKESCOM - MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS STREET VIDEO
GUINESS WORLD RECORDS HIGHEST BICYCLE BUNNY HOP
SHAOLIN MONK BALANCES ON 2 FINGERS
CRAZY TRAMPOLINE STUNT
HOLY BACKFLIP
INSIRED BICYCLES - DANNY MACASKILL APRIL 2009
KEVIN ROBERTSON SETS BMX WORK RECORD 27 FEET
INSANE CHAIR BALANCING
BMX FLATLAND BEST RIDER
HIGHEST WATERFALL DIVING
EXTREMELY HIGH BACKFLIP
HIGH DIVE
HISTORICAL SKATEBOARDING TRICKS
URBAN NINJA
IMPOSSIBLE SOCCER SHOT
AMAZING ROGER FEDERER TRICKSHOT ON GILETTE AD SHOOT
THE 200 YARD GONG SHOT
TAIG KHRIS SAUT TOUR EIFFEL OFFICIAL RECORD
WALK ON WALTER LIQUID MOUNTAINEERING
THE WORLDS FARTHEST BASKETBALL SHOT
MOST IMPOSSIBLE BOWLING TRICK SHOT
KAKA JOGA BONITO
CRAZY BASKETBALL TRICK SHOT
LEBRON JAMES BEST BASKETBALL TRICK AMAZING
SOME AWESOME THINGS
BACKFLIP PENALTY KICK
FEDERER TWEENER
AWESOME CHEERLEADING STUNTS
TRIPLE BACKFLIP 60 FOOT ROPE SWING

Texas Group Offers $10,000 To Disprove Pot Safer Than Alcohol

By Steve Elliott
From: http://www.tokeofthetown.com/

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Graphic: Safer Texas Campaign
The Safer Texas Campaign is offering $10,000 to anyone in Texas who can disprove three statements that demonstrate marijuana is safer than alcohol.

The three claims are:

1. Alcohol is significantly more toxic than marijuana, making death by overdose far more likely with alcohol.

2. The health effects from long-term alcohol consumption cause tens of thousands of more deaths in the U.S. annually than the health effects of the long-term consumption of marijuana.

3. Violent crime committed by individuals intoxicated by alcohol is far more prevalent in the U.S. than violent crime committed by individuals intoxicated with marijuana only.

"We are confident that this $10,000 will not be claimed," said Safer Texas Campaign manager Craig Johnson.

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​ "Marijuana is objectively and unquestionably less harmful than alcohol, and these three statements are representative of that fact," Johnson said. "Alcohol is more toxic than marijuana, more likely to lead to the death of the user -- either by overdose or chronic use -- and more likely to contribute to violence."

"For good measure, alcohol is also more addictive than marijuana," Johnson said. "As we consider whether to reform our marijuana laws, it is important that the people of Texas understand these facts."

If you believe you can disprove these assertions, well, first of all, you're mistaken. Ell oh ell.

But if you really think you can disprove the three statements, please send peer-reviewed studies or government statistics that contradict all three to safertexas@protectyouth.org.

The Safer Texas Campaign says it is not an anti-alcohol campaign, nor does it advocate the use of marijuana.

"However, the campaign works to address increasing public safety concerns that our state laws prohibiting marijuana are sending a dangerous message to the public that alcohol is more acceptable than marijuana, despite the fact that every objective study on alcohol and marijuana has shown marijuana is a much safer substance than alcohol to both the user and to society," the group said in a statement.

Foo Fighters Reunite, Krist Novoselic Joins the Band

by Bob Marshall
from: http://www.prefixmag.com/

In what will be the closest thing to a Nirvana reunion since 1994, Krist Novoselic will join his old bandmate Dave Grohl in the Foo Fighters as bassist. If that's not enough, the Foo Fighters' next album is being helmed by Nevermind producer and ex-Garbage drummer, Butch Vig.

The Foo Fighters album, their first since 2007's Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace is due out next year. Coincidentally, 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of Nevermind, a fact that is surely not lost on Grohl and Novoselic.

Of course, with Novoselic playing bass now, what happens to Nate Mendel, the band's current and original bassist? Currently, there's no word that Mendel is officially out of the band, and he's been busy over the last year playing with his old band, Sunny Day Real Estate. However, not everyone is obsessed with the fate of 90s emo-rock legends, and for those who don't care and just want to hear more about the new record, Grohl says, "Foo Fighter fans are going to freak out because, honestly, it's awesome." [Billboard]

WHDI Kits Explored: Asus WiCast, brite-View HDelight

Home Theater PC buffs rejoice, wireless HDMI technologies have finally come of age. Though there are two camps firmly entrenched in the market (Intel's WiDi and WHDI), the bottom line is lag-free full HD 1080p HDMI wireless video/audio transmission is now a reality. No longer does that HTPC need to be shoehorned into the confines of your entertainment center. And that desktop replacement notebook you have perched on the coffee table just got a major display upgrade, seamlessly connected to your HDTV; look Ma, no wires. Stay with us as we take you through a tour of two WHDI standard-based wireless HDMI transmitter kits--the Asus WiCast and the briteView HDelight. Big screen gaming nirvana and multitude of media center goodness takes center stage at HotHardware.


Both of these WHDI-based kits utilize the same family of Amimon WHDI transmitter and receiver chipsets. The technology is capable of full 1080p HD video and Dolby Digital surround sound audio transmissions over distances of up to 30 feet with less than a millisecond of latency. This new technology is, in a word, "amazing" actually.

Asus WiCast and brite-View HDelight Specifications
Amimon Power WHDI Standard-Based Technology
Video: Up to 1080p at 60Hz, <1>Audio: Up to 8 channels
Wireless HDMI Technology: WHDI
Transmission Distance: 5 to 10 meters (line of sight), can function not line-of-sight
Operation Frequency: 5.15 ~ 5.85 GHz
Data Rate: 3G bps
Power Supply Transmitter: DC 5V, 2A adapter or USB power
Receiver: DC 5V, 2A adapter
Interface: Transmitter: 1 x HDMI input
Receiver: 1 x HDMI output
  • Air-bridge your PC and HDTV in uncompressed 1080p HD quality
  • Support up to 1080p @ 60Hz HD quality resolution
  • Less than 1ms latency making it ideal for PC and online gaming, HD video and Blu-ray
  • Wireless transmission protected by HDCP Revision 2.0
  • Auto Set-up, Plug & Play
  • HDMI 1.3 supported

Diagram showing an integrated transmitter implementation of the WHDI standard...


Amimon WHDI Transmitter and Receiver Pair Chipset


Asus WiCast WHDI Wireless Transmitter Kit - Click for full resolution images


brite-View HDelight WHDI Transmitter Kit - Click for full resolution images

We're giving both of these kits a solid HotHardware rating with our Editor's Choice award. Yes, they performed that well. Performance with both products was identical for all intents and purposes with only a small size advantage going to the Asus WiCast. Currently we see prices ranging from $189.99 to $199.99 for the Asus WiCast and the HDelight from brite-View is listing for $169.99. If you're in the market, you can decide which system makes most sense to you.

The WiCast is slightly smaller and minimalistic, something that could be important in your usage environment. But then again, currently you can save up to $20 going with the brite-View product. Either way, you really can't go wrong and we're more than comfortable giving these two products our full EC rating. True, the fact of the matter is, the technology is best implemented fully integrated on the transmitting device side. However, a kit like this provides users with the flexibility of connecting virtually any standard HDMI output from any device and also make use of it on multiple devices you may have kicking around. Wireless HDMI technology has finally come of age, thanks to Amimon and the folks at Asus and brite-View. And we'd have to say it's .

David Beckham Goes Undercover In A Massage Parlor

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David Beckham Goes Undercover In A Massage Parlor

There aren't many times you will see a clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show on a sports blog, but when a segment of hers features soccer star David Beckham going undercover for some massage parlor humor, we simply have to make an exception.

Ellen asked Beckham to take part in a segment of the show that features popular celebrities interacting with other individuals in certain situations as Ellen gives them instructions through an ear piece with the hidden cameras rolling. If you don't quite understand the concept, take a look at the following video. With all the index finger massaging and happy birthday humming, it may get you hooked on Ellen for life...Or maybe not. However, it should at least get a laugh out of you.

Enjoy!


Concern Grows Over Four Loko Craze

From: http://www.koco.com/

Inexpensive Drink Packs Potent Punch, Experts Say



OKLAHOMA CITY -- Doctors are sounding alarms about a dangerous drink that’s becoming particularly popular among college students.

Experts said drinking one can of Four Loko is like drinking a six-pack of beer and one big energy drink.

It sells for $1.89 a bottle and that makes it especially appealing to young people.

“First of all, it’s cheap to get, so a lot of students can go out and get it for like, a couple of dollars in their pockets,” said University of Central Oklahoma student Dominic Jones.

"I'm always looking for something cheap, any bargain prices I could find," said UCO student Kathryn Buynak. "That's pretty cheap, so a lot of college students would go for that."

Jones said it also has an appealing taste, kind of like Gatorade, soda, punch or a fruit-flavored liquor.

It's been on the market in Oklahoma for about three months and has earned a following.

State leaders said they’re concerned about the contents of the container, sometimes called a “blackout in a bottle.”

"The caffeinated alcoholic beverages are definitely the concern and are at the top of our concern,” said John Maich of the Alcoholic Beverage Law Enforcement Commission.

He said doctors currently don’t know how the combination of caffeine and alcohol can affect a person’s body.

He said the drink is so inexpensive because it's considered a malt beverage and is subject to a 10-cent tax. Distilled spirits or hard liquor can be taxed at $1.50. He said that if the state can change the alcohol tax loophole, Four Loko won't be available for the low price.

The federal Food and Drug Administration is starting an investigation into the combination, but results won’t be available until next summer or next fall. State leaders have asked the government to regulate such drinks until more information is available.

Jones said he would have mixed feelings if the government decided to pull Four Loko off the shelves.

“I’d be 40 percent upset and 60 percent glad,” he said.

He said he would be 60 percent glad because he recognizes the dangers, but he’ll also miss the way people have used it to celebrate.

“It’s a way to have fun, because college students, we study a lot and we need a break sometimes,” he said.

French-Fry Fascination: How Other Countries Flavor Fries

Japan

In Japanese fast-food restaurants, like First Kitchen and McDonald’s, fries are seasoned with flavored powders such as seaweed, barbecue, Italian seasoning, basil, and even chicken soup. First Kitchen actually has toppings bars where you can create their so-called “flavor potatoes.”

Photo source: petrr (cc)


Hong Kong and Singapore

McDonald’s calls these seasoned fries “shake shake” fries, and they’re sold in other Asian countries, as well. You put the fries in a bag, pour a seasonings packet over them, and shake it up until the fries are coated.

Photo source: iMorpheus (cc)


Philippines

Banana ketchup is the condiment of choice in the Philippines. It’s actually sweeter than tomato ketchup is, and a little spicier, too—think Thai chili sauce with a hint of vinegar. Banana ketchup is also used as spaghetti sauce.

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

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Malaysia

Like Filipinos, Malaysians like their french-fry accompaniments sweet and with a little kick. Chili sauce is a frequent addition to many foods here, but it works especially well with fried goods.

Photo source: Like the Grand Canyon (cc)

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UK

Other than a robust dash of malt vinegar and salt, french-fry fans in the UK fancy HP Sauce, a brown sauce made with malt vinegar, tomatoes, tamarind, and various spices. Brown sauce is also big in Canada.

Photo source: Annie Mole (cc)

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Australia and New Zealand

Aussies and Kiwis also enjoy vinegar on their fries, but rather than use plain old table salt, they reach for chicken salt. In fact, they use chicken salt the way we use regular salt, giving all their fried entrées a subtle dose of poultry flavor.

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Denmark and France

Rémoulade is the most popular topping on french fries in Denmark and France. It’s mayonnaise-based and usually includes ingredients such as curry, paprika, lemon juice, horseradish, mustard, and so forth.

Photo source: cyclonebill (cc)

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Germany

Mayonnaise- and aioli-based condiments are also what Germans request most when ordering a currywurst meal, which often comes with a side of fries. The curry ketchup that coats the meat also makes a fine dipping sauce.

Photo source: Like the Grand Canyon (cc)

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Netherlands

No need to sit down with french fries in the Netherlands, where fries are put in big cones for on-the-go snacking. Mayonnaise is the usual topper, but lest you get grossed out, it’s creamier and more flavorful than the mayonnaise we have in the United States is.

Photo source: ryemang (cc)

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Belgium

The Dutch people’s love for french fries is matched only by the Belgians’, who also put fries in cones and douse them in everything from peanut sauce to spicy ketchup to curry mayonnaise—sometimes all in the same cone.

Photo source: Like the Grand Canyon (cc)

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Bulgaria

Don’t expect an array of liquid toppings like what you’d find in Belgium if you order fries in Bulgaria. Instead, they come sprinkled with spices and sirene, a tangy cheese that’s similar to feta.

Photo source: cherrylet (cc)

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Romania

In Romania, you dip french fries in mujdei, a spicy sauce made with minced garlic cloves, salt, oil, vinegar, and a little bit of water. The consistency can be more on the liquid or paste side, depending on one’s preference.

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

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Puerto Rico and Argentina

Mixing mayonnaise and ketchup creates Russian dressing in the United States (or “fry sauce,” as it’s known in Utah and surrounding areas), but it goes by “mayoketchup” in Puerto Rico and by “salsa golf” in Argentina. A common ratio is two parts mayonnaise to one part ketchup.

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

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Canada

Canadians cite poutine as a surefire hangover cure, as the jaw-dropping amount of grease it contains could surely soak up a whole year’s worth of alcohol. Even so, beef gravy and fresh cheese curds remain their preferred way to flavor french fries, even when sober.

Photo source: LWY (cc)

United States

Not to be outdone by our friends up north, we also favor cheese and beefy substances on top of our fries. Of course, the cheese is hardly fresh (though it is American!), and the gravy is eschewed for an even heartier chili.

Photo source: Virtual Ern (cc)




Incredible Cliff-Top Dwellings


People will do anything to get the best view, even if it means building a home on a precariously situated piece of property.

Meteora

Requiring a system of ropes, nets and ladders to climb, this Greek monastery ensured a life of solitude for its worshipers. Photo source: Arjun

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People will do anything to get the best view, even if it means building a home on a precariously situated piece of property.

Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Taktshang, also known as the Tiger’s Nest, is an incredible Buddhist monastery snuggled in a ten-thousand-foot cliff in the Bhutanese mountains.

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People will do anything to get the best view, even if it means building a home on a precariously situated piece of property.

The Swallow's Nest

Located in Ukraine and overlooking the Black Sea, this home was built in 1895 for a Russian general.

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People will do anything to get the best view, even if it means building a home on a precariously situated piece of property.

Bridal Veil Falls

Located in Telluride, Colorado, this residence is also a hydroelectric plant that supplies 25 percent of Telluride’s electricity. Photo source: Terry Foote (cc)

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People will do anything to get the best view, even if it means building a home on a precariously situated piece of property.

The Pole House

Located near Melbourne, Australia, the Pole House is one of the famous landmarks on the Great Ocean Road. Photo source: vlad (cc)

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People will do anything to get the best view, even if it means building a home on a precariously situated piece of property.

Salish Lodge & Spa

Located just east of Seattle, Washington, this incredible resort was made famous in the TV series Twin Peaks. Originally built in 1919, the lodge was completely refurbished in 1988.

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People will do anything to get the best view, even if it means building a home on a precariously situated piece of property.

The Hanging Temple

Located near Mount Heng in the province of Shanxi, China, this temple is over 1,500 years old. Photo source: Gisling (cc)


People will do anything to get the best view, even if it means building a home on a precariously situated piece of property.

Ronda, Spain

Located just south of Seville, the cliff-top town of Ronda is split by a one-meter-deep canyon named El Tajo.

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People will do anything to get the best view, even if it means building a home on a precariously situated piece of property.

Castellfollit de la Roca

Located in Catalonia, Spain, this cliff-top town will get your attention when you open your bedroom window in the morning.

Amazing Bird Photos You'll Swear Are Fake


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I've been following a particularly interesting photographer on Flickr now for awhile, and the images he posts seem just unreal. But they're not!

Chickadee In Flight

They're incredible images of birds in flight, captured with a special camera set-up. While the photos look like paintings, they are indeed photos. You'll be amazed to see some of the movements of birds Gerry Sibell has been able to immobilize -- from hummingbirds battling wasps to goldfinches having mid-air standoffs.

Click here for the Full Gallery: http://www.treehugger.com/

Star Wars: flying Millennium Falcom


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