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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Surfing and tattoos, a ride culture lifestyle


The recently launched WSTRNCV Magazine concerns itself with "ride culture", featuring the best of "boards & wheels." They cover topics such as surfing, skateboarding , snowboarding, vintage motorcycles, custom cars and the music and art that immerses these cultures.

Included here is a selection of surf culture images from their launch issue. Also check their short video featuring the rather stunning Indonesian actress/designer Fahrani Empel.

WSTRNCV Magazine was kind enough to let us use their images and we thought we should share them with our readers as we think that not only is the imagery stunning but we get to experience a bit of a hidden lifestyle, as we are taken on a wild journey. Enjoy.

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Actress/designer/tatoo artist Fahrani Empel
shot in Los Angeles. WSTRNCV Magazine photo:
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ASP world tour surfer Luke Stedman displaying his unique drop in technique. WSTRNCV Magazine photo: ©Nathan Smith
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Actress/designer/tatoo artist Fahrani Empel
shot in Los Angeles. WSTRNCV Magazine photo: ©Kiino Villand.
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Board shaper/wetsuit designer Jill Hansen
Shot in Hawaii. WSTRNCV Magazine photo: ©Imani Lanier
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North Sumatra, Front Side Air
WSTRNCV Magazine photo: ©Steven Brisick
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Actress/designer/tatoo artist Fahrani Empel
WSTRNCV Magazine photo: ©Kiino Villand.
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ASP world tour surfer Luke Stedman shot in Hawaii
WSTRNCV Magazine Photo: ©Imani Lanier
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ASP world tour surfer Luke Stedman shot in Hawaii
WSTRNCV Magazine Photo: ©Imani Lanier
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Board shaper/wetsuit designer Jill Hansen
Shot in Hawaii. WSTRNCV Magazine photo: ©Imani Lanier
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Actress/designer/tatoo artist Fahrani Empel

©Kiino Villand.
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Legendary pro skater Steve Olson riding to the beach
WSTRNCV Magazine photo: ©Mike Miller.
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ASP world tour surfer Luke Stedman shot in Hawaii
WSTRNCV Magazine Photo: ©Imani Lanier
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Photographer/director/surfer Steven Lippman
shot in Malibu. WSTRNCV Magazine photo: ©Kiino Villand

The 10 Types Of Bad Girls & Why You Fall For Them

From: http://www.askmen.com/

Which type of bad girl do you go for - and why? Find out the difference between the Sex Siren and the Addict before it's too late.

By Carole Lieberman, Ms. Heidi

Why She Plays The Bad Girl

Columbia Pictures
“Just as little girls are forewarned that they’ll need to kiss a lot of frogs before they find their prince, society forewarns little boys that they’ll need to slay a lot of dragons before they’ll win the heart of their true princess. These men grow up believing they are not entitled to a princess unless they accomplish some death-defying feat equivalent to slaying a dragon, such as making a ton of money, driving a fancy car, living in a mansion, displaying trophies attesting to their prowess in some sport or being able to flash business cards with an impressive title after their name.”

So begins my new book, Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets, a self-help relationship book written to empower men and women to find the love they deserve. In today’s times, true love has become more elusive than ever. Instead, men and women -- fearful of being rejected and abandoned -- end up hurting each other and perpetuating the pattern of “bad” relationships. Bad Girls are on the rise, taking advantage of men’s insecurities to trap them by making them feel like the biggest stud on the planet.

My book continues: “A bad girl is a woman whose heart has been hardened by men who have hurt, abused or abandoned her in her past…. To protect herself, she has taken her heart off her sleeve and locked it away, having given up hope of ever meeting a charming prince who will kiss her and make her feel lovable…. She transforms her pain, fear and anger into a single-minded crusade to get ‘something’… leaving men’s broken hearts in her wake.”

Depending on which of the Dozen Dangerous Damsels she is, that “something” can include money, drugs, sex, protection, an affair, a man to hang in there without a commitment, a husband, someone else’s husband, a lifeline, a toy boy, a yes-man, or revenge. What makes each type of Bad Girl tick and why men are attracted to her have unconscious roots in childhood. Here are 10 examples of these damsels.

The Gold-digger (like Anna Nicole Smith and Oksana Grigorieva) wants a sugar daddy to pamper her because she feels entitled to take from a man what her father couldn’t or wouldn’t give her.

The Addict (like Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and Brooke Mueller) not only wants her substance of choice, but also an enabler to help her fill the inner void left over from lack of nurturance as a child.

The Sex Siren wants to be idolized for her sexual powers and uses sex as a weapon to turn men into lapdogs. Marilyn Monroe was sexually abused as a little girl and later used her sensuality as a survival strategy to hide the pain.

The Sexual Withholder wants to avoid having sex or to have sex only under conditions that she imposes because growing up, her femininity was wounded. As a preteen, Brooke Shields played a nude prostitute in reel life, which later caused conflict in real life about her sexuality.

The Husband Hunter & Trapper (like Jessica Simpson and Nadya Suleman) wants the security of being taken care of and the status of being a “married lady.” Since she doesn’t feel love for herself, she resorts to setting traps to catch a husband.

The Husband Stealer (like Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and Rielle Hunter) wants to prove that her beauty and charm are irresistible, even after a man has pledged his heart to another.

The Ultimate Damsel in Distress (like Blanche du Bois in Streetcar Named Desire and Susan Mayer in Desperate Housewives) wants to be rescued from fire-breathing dragons, which today means anything from loneliness to a low-credit score.

The Cougar (like Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon and Linda Bollea) wants a boy toy to play with, to help her turn back the clock so that she still feels desired and desirable and still has power over men.

The Ball-buster (like Sarah Palin and Kate Gosselin) wants a man to prove he loves her by perpetually scrambling to meet her insatiable demands and surrendering to her so she can feel as though she has control over her world.

The Bad Girl Scorned (like Alex Forrest/Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction and Monica Lewinsky) wants her man to cancel his plans to break up with her. Failing this, she wants to destroy his life by stalking him or extracting revenge.

To uncover the secrets Bad Girls use to make otherwise smart and successful men fall head over heels for them, I interviewed over 100 men who shared intimate details of their Bad Girl experiences. Their stories forewarn male readers and help them heal their wounds by seeing themselves in these similar predicaments. By understanding what makes each of these women tick, a man can crack the Bad Girl code and discover why he gets swept up in the heartbreaking drama, leaving good girls on the shelf who are ready to love him for who he truly is -- not how many dragons he has slain. Happy hunting!



Carole Lieberman, M.D., is a Beverly Hills psychiatrist and three-time Emmy Award winner. You’ll recognize her from her countless TV appearances -- from Oprah to O’Reilly. Bad Girls (Cogito Media Group) is available wherever books are sold. Watch the trailers on http://www.badgirlsbook.com.

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Man and machine tied in 'Jeopardy' game-show match

From: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/

$1.5 million at stake as computer takes on two human champs on TV

Image: Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter
Seth Wenig  /  AP
 
"Jeopardy" champions Ken Jennings, left, and Brad Rutter, right, look on as an IBM computer called "Watson" beats them to the buzzer to answer a question during a practice round of the "Jeopardy!" quiz show in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. in January. The real competition is being aired this week on the syndicated TV program.
In the "Jeopardy" battle of man vs. machine, man and machine were neck-and-neck on Monday. 

Human player Brad Rutter and the supercomputer named Watson ended an initial round tied at $5,000. The other challenger, human Ken Jennings, was in third with $2,000.

Rutter (the show's all-time money-winner with $3.25 million) and Jennings (who has the longest winning streak at 74 games) are the most successful players in "Jeopardy" history. Watson, named for IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, is powered by 10 racks of computer servers running the Linux operating system.
"You are about to witness what may prove to be an historic competition," host Alex Trebek told viewers at the top of the show.

No question, Watson proved to be an amazing competitor — maybe even a little creepy in the speed and accuracy he displayed.

With categories including Beatles People, Olympic Oddities and Name the Decade, the round got started with Rutter choosing the first question, Alternate Meanings for $200: "4-letter word for a vantage point or a belief."

"What is a view?" was Rutter's correct response.

But Watson took charge with his answer to Alternate Meanings for $400: "4-letter word for the iron fitting on the hoof of a horse or a card-dealing box in a casino."

"What is a shoe?" said Watson in his resonant electronic voice.

His next selection was the game board's Daily Double, and, after wagering $1,000, he correctly named the literary character being sought: "Who is Hyde?"

At one point Watson was dominating to the tune of $4,000, against $200 each for Jennings and Rutter. Then Rutter, giving hope to worried human viewers, began his rally.

Along the way, Watson made a few embarrassing stumbles.

After Jennings incorrectly said the 1920s was the decade in which Oreo cookies were introduced, Watson jumped in with his answer: "What is 1920s?"

"No," Trebek told him. "Ken said that.
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Rutter got it right when he responded, "What are the 1910s?"

Later, Watson slipped up on the question: "Stylish elegance, or students who all graduated in the same year."
"What is chic?" ventured Watson.

"What is class?" Rutter correctly answered.

The exhibition matches will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday on the popular trivia TV game show. Two complete games will be aired. The contestant with the highest cumulative score collects $1 million. The runner-up receives $300,000, and the third-place contestant gets $200,000.

IBM has said all of Watson's winnings will be given to charity. Jennings and Rutter plan to donate half of their winnings to the charities of their choice.

The bouts were taped at the IBM research center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., last month. Both men and Watson have managed to keep the final outcome under wraps.

Watson is the result of years of development by IBM researchers. Like human contestants, it has no recourse to the Internet during play. Rather, it draws upon a huge database of information in its 15-trillion-byte memory, and sifts through potential answers with 2,880 processor cores.

The computer can identify the right answer with lightning speed — but it can also misfire badly, as occasionally seen on Monday. The reason is that Watson doesn't always catch the context for "Jeopardy" clues, which often play upon puns or clever word associations with the category titles. Watson's developers say the capacity to learn through real-world experience is something that may be built into future generations of question-answering computers.

Outside observers have estimated the cost of Watson's development in the range of tens of millions of dollars, or even hundreds of millions. Although Watson was optimized for playing "Jeopardy," IBM and its academic partners say Watson's progeny could help answer questions in a wide spectrum of specialized, data-heavy fields, including medicine and engineering.

This report includes information from The Associated Press' Frazier Moore and msnbc.com.



Play This Holographic "Instrument" Using Your Mobile Phone

Music Boxel from aircord on Vimeo.

Using smartphones to interact with installations at exhibitions is something we’ll no doubt be seeing a lot more of. Artists Sander Veenhof and Mark Skwarek already used them to launch a guerrilla AR attack on MoMA in their DIY Augmented Reality Art Invasion last October. Not quite as audacious but still thrilling is this collaborative installation, Music Boxel, from Japanese interactive designers Aircord and Uniba.

It’s a multi-user interactive music game which allows people to interact with it using their smartphones. By holding their phone up to a QR code they download the software and can then point it at the 3D hologram and add or remove voxels, changing the graphical interplay of the display and the pixellated sounds it makes.
Aircord have been experimenting with 3D holograms and mobile devices for a while now. Check out the video below, which shows a mobile phone used for 360 degree 3D projection.



N-3D "Mobile Ver." from aircord on Vimeo.

Coca Cola recipe 'discovered'

From: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

A website claims to have uncovered Coca-Cola's top secret recipe.

Coca-cola bottles: Flat Coca-Cola 'should not be given to children with diarrhoea and vomiting'
Coca-Cola's top secret recipe has allegedly been revealed Photo: REUTERS
The ingredients of the drink, created by John Pemberton, a medicinal pharmacist in 1886, have always been a mystery.
However, Thisamericanlife.org claims to have discovered a list in a photograph in a newspaper article giving the ingredients and exact quantities to make the drink.
The Feb 8 1979 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a photo of someone holding open a book with a recipe claimed to be an exact replica of Pemberton's.
The recipe reportedly contains the exact measures of all the different oils needed for Coca Cola's secret ingredient, Merchandise 7X.
Despite making up only one per cent of the drink's total formula, Merchandise 7X is thought to give the popular soft drink its unique taste.
The official recipe is said to be guarded 24-hours a day in a vault in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 'secret recipe'
Fluid extract of Coca 3 drams USP
Citric acid 3 oz
Caffeine 1oz
Sugar 30 (it is unclear from the markings what quantity is required)
Water 2.5 gal
Lime juice 2 pints 1 qrt
Vanilla 1oz
Caramel 1.5oz or more to colour
7X flavour (use 2oz of flavour to 5 gals syrup):
Alcohol 8oz
Orange oil 20 drops
Lemon oil 30 drops
Nutmeg oil 10 drops
Coriander 5 drops
Neroli 10 drops
Cinnamon 10 drops

Apple's iPhone Mini Rumors: Why They Now Make Sense

BY Kit Eaton
From http://www.fastcompany.com/


iPhone Mini

Numerous rumors have surfaced about Apple's future smartphone plans, and this time they have the ring of authority. If they prove true, an iPhone Mini really is inbound, and--among other news--this tells us Apple's success is only going to intensify, despite strong competition from Android.

We've heard many rumors about an iPhone Mini over the years, some from insiders who even claim to have seen the technology, but the actual device has never surfaced. Presumably that's because Steve Jobs, or someone else high up on Apple's team, decided that the technology (or the market) wasn't yet mature enough to support it. The rumors resurfaced and intensified recently--and peaked this weekend, with an article in the Wall Street Journal that unmistakably suggests a smaller, next-gen iPhone is really en route.

The reason these rumors make sense is clear: The WSJ's headline is all you need to see, really--"Apple Works on Line of Less-Expensive iPhones." Ever since it arrived the iPhone's high unit price has been problematic for many commenters and many consumers. Apple even got it hugely wrong at first in 2007, and had to quickly drop the price and offer a refund to some early adopters. That of course hasn't stopped the device from selling by the tens of millions--even in some overseas markets where its price isn't reduced by carrier subsidies.

But the tide of sales has begun to turn against Apple, and Android phones are now outselling it in many places, including the U.S. This trend is likely to continue because Apple keeps its ecosystem all to itself, whereas Google shares its OS for free to partner manufacturers, its business model relying on income from embedded mobile ads (and thus a broad-spread of devices is in Google's favor). Android phones are available in a diversity of designs and prices, and some even go for free--something Apple simply can't compete with. It's tried, by keeping the previous-gen iPhone alive at a low price while the next-gen one ships, but consumers are aware of Apple's software tricks, and know their cheap devices won't necessarily run the hottest and greatest of apps.

Hence the iPhone Mini (as we'll assume it's called, for now). The WSJ suggests it's about half the size of the iPhone 4, and will cost carriers about half as much--no doubt due to cost savings achieved in its production. This will mean an iPhone for 2011 on contract may be free, although you'll have to accept some limitations imposed by its smaller display compared to the "full size" unit. Assuming the device has all the same design cues that we're familiar with, and Apple doesn't underpower the unit to save a few extra dollars, it may even outsell the full-sized phone because it'll appeal to the masses to whom the iPhone's full price is a barrier. This is precisely the same business thinking that drives sales of the iPod Nano (and the Mini before it). A Mini iPhone would pitch Apple's device into direct competition with Google across the entire smartphone market, and possibly stem the flood of Android phones.

Meanwhile, the WSJ is also reporting Apple's planning a revamp of MobileMe--its cloud-based ecosystem behind the iPhone and iPad--that will make it free, and more powerful. By pulling off this trick, the WSJ suggests the iDevices won't need so much on-board memory, as they'll simply be able to save, share and view content from the cloud (over 3G or Wi-Fi). This could save on unit costs, keeping the price down, and step neatly around the fact that Android phones have expandable memories via SD cards, which appeals to some types of user. If this also implies wireless access to your iTunes library (which may leverage the skills of streaming service LaLa that Apple bought last year, and make use of Apple's enormous, mysterious North Carolina data center) it also transforms the iPhone into the true mobile media device it's always been intended to be, challenging Google, Amazon and the horde of streaming music services that have emerged as competition.

Some additional data on the cloud storage rumor suggests Apple may swap out all of the iPhone Mini's storage memory for cloud-based storage. Since it's the most expensive portion of the phone, and users now expect multiple-gigabytes of storage, this makes good sense, though it may limit the situations you try to use the phone in (in-flight, for one).

Other rumors hint at an improved screen on the new iPhones that has "edge-to-edge" display powers, allowing Apple to compete with some classes of Android phone that have huge displays, and turning it into a portable media consumption device that's much more future-friendly. Lastly there's also a hint that Apple's including voice recognition powers in the phone, competing with Google's technology, appealing to limited-accessibility users and enabling all sorts of advanced gaming and app powers too.

In other words, although Apple does not have a "revolutionary" new product on the table for 2011, it doesn't look like it will lose its smartphone crown any time soon.

AT&T says thank you to iPhone users with 1000 bonus minutes



AT&T is continuing to say thank you to their iPhone users who are sticking with them. Last week was a 20% off an accessory coupon and this week is a free extra 1000 rollover minutes. Some readers have sent in screenshots of the above, let us know if you received one, too. Thanks, Vinod.
Update: We are hearing that if you did not recieve the text just send the word “yes” to the 11113020 number and you will recieve a text that says your account has been credited!  Anyone want to verify?
Update 2: Confirmed below!
Update 3: There was some concern it was a scam but we’ve now verified it with AT&T – It’s legit.

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