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Friday, June 17, 2011

The Flaming Lips Play Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The Flaming Lips Play <em>Dark Side of the Moon</em> at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

photo by Colin Young-Wolff

The day began at sunrise, when the band joined up with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for a secret acoustic performance of "Do You Realize," using the cemetery's bell tower as an instrument.


The Oklahoma psychedelic rockers finished their two-night stint at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Wednesday, June 15, by playing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety, following by some of their own classic jams. Singer Peaches made a surprise appearance for a few songs. It was the perfect ending to a day that began at sunrise, when the band joined up with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for a secret acoustic performance of "Do You Realize," using the cemetery's bell tower as an instrument. For more on Tuesday night's show, see "The Flaming Lips @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery" and "Flaming Lips Stir Souls (Living and Dead) at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery."


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Best Keyboard Ever……

Best Keyboard Ever……Best Keyboard Ever

Seeing red: How a lunar eclipse and volcanic ash create colourful phenomenon for moon-gazers

By Daily Mail Reporter
From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

Red colour most vivid in Asia

Sky watchers were treated to a stunning lunar eclipse last night as ash in the atmosphere from a Chilean volcano turned it blood red.

Scientists said the specific phenomenon - known as a 'deep lunar eclipse' - often exudes a coppery colour. But the intensity of the colour depends on the amount of ash and dust in the atmosphere.

Luckily for moon-gazers, there was plenty of ash in the air so the moon appeared orange or red, especially in Asia.

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The moon, photographed by an observer in Tel Aviv, exudes a reddish colour during a deep lunar eclipse last night

The moon, photographed by an observer in Tel Aviv, exudes a reddish colour during a deep lunar eclipse last night



A composite picture showing the total lunar eclipse in the east of Beirut, Lebanon yesterday. People in the eastern half of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia were able to enjoy the entire event

A composite picture showing the total lunar eclipse in the east of Beirut, Lebanon yesterday. People in the eastern half of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia were able to enjoy the entire event



The lunar eclipse is seen over the Atomium in Brussels, in the early hours of the morning, local time

The lunar eclipse is seen over the Atomium in Brussels, in the early hours of the morning, local time


Air travellers haven't been so lucky: The ash has grounded hundreds of flights around the region.

The dramatic event, the longest total lunar eclipse since 2000, turned the moon blood red for 100 minutes during the period of totality.

But Europeans missed the early stages of the eclipse because they occurred before moonrise.

The eclipse began at 6.24pm and ended at midnight but sunset didn't occur in the UK until 9.19pm.


The Staten Island Ferry cruises along the water as the moon rises over Brooklyn as seen from Liberty State Park

The Staten Island Ferry cruises along the water as the moon rises over Brooklyn as seen from Liberty State Park


The total lunar eclipse is seen above the old city walls during the Jerusalem Festival of Lights

The total lunar eclipse is seen above the old city walls during the Jerusalem Festival of Lights


The moon is seen during different stages of the total lunar eclipse in Gaza town in the Gaza Strip, which borders Egypt and Israel

The moon is seen during different stages of the total lunar eclipse in Gaza town in the Gaza Strip, which borders Egypt and Israel


The Earth casts its shadow over the moon during a total lunar eclipse seen from Manila bay, Philippines, at dawn on 16 June 2011


An airplane lands at Fiumicino International airport during a partial lunar eclipse in Rome, Italy

A boat sails by Manila Bay, Philippines, at dawn this morning under a red moon, while an airplane lands at Fiumicino International airport in Rome, Italy, during the lunar eclipse

Scientists had reassured sky watchers that the eclipse could be safely observed with the naked eye.

People in the eastern half of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia were able to enjoy the entire event.

However, those in the U.S. missed out as the eclipse occurred during daylight hours.


Moon caught in a crescent shape above Skopje, Macedonia

Moon caught in a crescent shape above Skopje, Macedonia



A partially eclipsed moon rises in the sky over Moscow, Russia, last night

A partially eclipsed moon rises in the sky over Moscow, Russia, last night


This graph shows when the total lunar eclipse was visible on Earth

This graph shows when the total lunar eclipse was visible on Earth



Today's Google Doodle paid tribute to the lunar eclipse with a video graphic

Today's Google Doodle paid tribute to the lunar eclipse with a video graphic

The moon is normally illuminated by the sun. During a lunar eclipse the Earth, sun and moon are in line and the Earth’s shadow moves across the surface of the full moon.

Sunlight that has passed through the Earth’s atmosphere makes the moon appear red, brown or black.

The moon travels to a similar position every month, but the tilt of the lunar orbit means that it normally passes above or below the terrestrial shadow. This means a full moon is seen but no eclipse takes place.


Neon Posters ...they move in front of your lucky eyes

From: http://www.shortlist.com/


We've been giving a serious amount of man-love to film posters of late. If you don't believe us then try clicking here or here or, if you're really brave, here.

But, in some bid to try and outdo every other poster-maker in the world, the mysteriously named Mr Whaite has created these awesome neon posters that actually move and everything.

He's developed these gifs which imagine a world where a large amount of money is used to promote films in the seediest part of town. He's promised more to come so stay tuned.

To see more of his work click here.









R2D2 Swimsuits: The MOAR Bikinis Edition

From: http://www.geeksaresexy.net/

When one of our Facebook page commenters told us he wanted “LESS BIKINIS, MOAR SCIENCE”, I was about to stop posting pictures of female cosplayer altogether, but fortunately for me (and probably for a lot of you too), a horde of loyal fans came to the rescue telling me that they wanted more of both. So to satisfy everyone’s appetite, we’ll start things off with a post compiling some of the best pictures of ladies wearling Black Milk Clothing‘s awesome R2D2 swimsuit, which unfortunately doesn’t seem to be on sale anymore. Oh, and for all you science fans, don’t worry, Adrienne has already started working on a series of “MOAR science”-themed posts, a little like Jimmy’s old “Science is Sexy” series, which you should all go check out if you already didn’t.

Edit: The word “bikini” in this post is used as a metaphor. Thank you! ;)

Former President Carter Urges Marijuana Legalization


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

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Photo: Jimmy Carter Library & Museum
Former President Jimmy Carter: "Maybe the increased tax burden on wealthy citizens necessary to pay for the war on drugs will help bring about a reform of America's drug policies"
In a new op-ed published in The New York Times to coincide with Friday's 40th anniversary of President Nixon declaring "War On Drugs," former President Jimmy Carter supports recent recommendations for countries around the world to try "models of legal regulation of drugs ... that are designed to undermine the power of organized crime and safeguard the health and security of their citizens."

In the New York Times op-ed, President Carter called the recommendations of the Global Commission on Drug Policy "courageous and profoundly important."


"In a message to Congress in 1977, I said the country should decriminalize the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, with a full program of treatment for addicts," Carter wrote. "I also cautioned against filling our prisons with young people who were no threat to society, and summarized by saying: 'Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself.' "

"Those ideas were widely accepted at the time," Carter wrote. "But in the 1980s President Ronald Reagan and Congress began to shift from balanced drug policies, including the treatment and rehabilitation of addicts, toward futile efforts to control drug imports from foreign countries."

"One result has been a terrible escalation in drug-related violence, corruption and gross violations of human rights in a growing number of Latin American countries," Carter wrote.

"Maybe the increased tax burden on wealthy citizens necessary to pay for the war on drugs will help bring about a reform of America's drug policies," Carter wrote. "At least the recommendations of the Global Commission will give some cover to political leaders who wish to do what is right."

The Diwheel unveiled: The gravity-defying electric vehicle that places the driver BETWEEN two giant wheels

By Claire Bates

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


When an evil henchmen flees from Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith he hops into a futuristic wheelbike to escape.

Now this strange-looking vehicle, which places the rider between two giant wheels, has moved from science fiction to reality.

A team of students from the University of Adelaide have created their own version called the Diwheel.

The Diwheel: The driver is strapped into the bright yellow electric vehicle with a racing car harness

The Diwheel: The driver is strapped into the bright yellow electric vehicle with a racing car harness

The gravity-defying vehicle has two large wheels that are axially aligned with an inner frame. This holds the driver who is strapped in with a racing harness. A joystick is used to turn it on the spot and drive it forwards at up to 25mph.

The bright yellow electric motor is affectionately known as Edward, which is short for Electric Diwheel With Active Rotation Damping.

The mechanical design and some of the electronics were completed in 2009 while the majority of the electronics and control systems were developed in 2010.

The rider can either lock the inner frame to the wheel using a handbrake for a 360degrees experience known as 'gerbiling' or leave it unlocked for a smoother ride.

However, the students found the driver would rock back and forth even when the Diwheel was unlocked while starting and stopping. While this would be perfect for a fairground ride it wasn't ideal for an every-day vehicle.

On a roll: A student shows how a control system keeps the driver stable within the Diwheel

On a roll: A student shows how a control system keeps the driver stable within the Diwheel

To ensure a stable ride they used mathematical equations of motion to create a computer model of the Diwheel and then used this for numerous simulations. They then built a real-life control system using the findings.

Student Jack Parsons, who worked on the project, said: 'Edward not only rocks but it's green too.

'It's fully electric, and employs regenerative braking, so energy is recovered when slowing down.'

Those dare devils who fancy seeing the road from a different perspective can even invert the inner frame and drive around upside down.

The sealed lead acid batteres give about 1hours worth of juice for 'fairly aggressive driving' including turns and spins, although it would last several times longer in the hands of a careful driver.

At present the Diwheel can only climb inclines of 12degrees so while a a trip to the shops would be possible, the driver would need to avoid any hills.

The Wheelbike in the film Star Wars
The DiWheel known as Edward

The DiWheel (right) bears a resemblance to the wheelbike featured in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (left)

10 Most Secure Locations on the Planet

From: http://www.brownsafe.com/

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They say safety is relative. Some people go their entire lives and NEVER feel safe. Others take incredible precautions to protect both themselves and their loved ones from anyone and anything that may seek to cause them harm (babyproofing anyone?).

Where are you most safe? Are you thinking about places where you can retreat and hide from the world? If so, here are the 10 Most Secure Locations on the Planet that are considered the safest, for various reasons.

1. Fort Knox

Located in Kentucky south of Louisville, Fort Knox is home to the United States’ monetary assets, said to hold tons of gold – 5,000 tons at last estimate (equal to about 2% of ALL Gold ever mined from the Earth). To make it safe enough (if the location surrounding by the military camp isn’t enough) there is a bank vault within a deep basement of the building that has a 250 ton door marking its entrance.

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2. Cheyenne Mountain

This is also in the United States, located just outside of Colorado Springs, CO. It is the command center and control, communication and the intelligence center for both the United States Space Command missions and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Built at the height of the Cold War, the facility is said to be sturdy enough to survive a multimegaton nuclear detonation within 1 nautical mile (1.9km) of it’s center. It has blast doors that each weigh, individually, 25 tons.

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3. Haven Co

Located in the Sealand in the North Sea, about six miles off the coast of Britain, this location is a company base founded in 2000. The company provides data protection. The only way you can get in is if you are an authorized staff member, an investor in the company or you are a Royal Family member. Although services for HavenCo ceased without explanation in 2008, it’s an example of the type of “island data haven” that is very secure do to it being SO HARD to get to traditionally.

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4. Area 51

The famed stories be true or not, this area in the remote deserts of Las Vegas is more than just strange. It is also one of the most secure locations on the planet. It is a United States military base ( a detachment from Edwards Air Force Base in CA) where no one knows what’s occurring, except those that work there and the President. Known by many names (Groom Lake, Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, etc.) Area 51 is believed to be a testing ground for advanced and experimental aircraft.

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5. Air Force One

One of the most well built planes in the world and what many consider the world’s most secure moving location, Air Force One has plenty of security. The United States President travels in a modified Boeing 747-200B series aircraft. It has the world’s most advanced flight avoidance, air-to-air defense, and electronics technology packages available anywhere in the World, all for the protection of the Commander-in-Chief and his entourage.

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6. ADX Florence Prison

The Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX for short) is a supermax prison (for men) in Colorado housing the baddest of the bad. These criminals are considered the most dangerous cons in the US and has earned the prison the nickname of “Alcatraz of the Rockies.” Described by one former ADX warden as “a cleaner version of hell”, security measures at the prison include attack dogs guarding the area between the prison walls and 12 ft. high razor wire fences, 1,400 remotely controlled steel doors, motion detecting laser beams, pressure pads and cameras. Current residents of the prison include infamous “Shoe Bomber” Richard Reid, 9/11 terrorist mastermind Zacarias Moussaoui, and Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols among many, many others.

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7. The 1960’s Bar

Located 100 feet underground within Britain’s secret subterranean Burlington bunker complex in Wiltshire, England, the 1960’s Bar is a recreation of a pub popular with British Government officials. This top secret base was first constructed during the Cold War and designed to be a refuge for the higher-ups to reconstruct Britain in the event of a nuclear attack…needless to say they figured they would need a few pints to wait out the radiation.

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8. Bold Lane

Located in Derby, England, this car park is multi-story stronghold for 440 cars. First conceived and designed by an agricultural engineer after he had the window of his car smashed and his radio stolen while in an airport parking structure. Sophisticated security measures include CCTV cameras, panic buttons, bar-code scanning entry doors, and advanced sensors controlled by a central computer that detect any and all movements of each car. Although, at over $30 dollars an hour, keeping your auto safe in the UK isn’t cheap.

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9. Deposed Iraqi Leader Saddam Hussein’s Baghdad Bunker

The 2,150 square-yard bunker was originally designed to withstand the blast of a nuclear bomb and house 50 people. Located nearly 100 feet underground, security measures for the Dictator’s refuge included three-ton Swiss-made doors, 5ft-thick walls, a 6ft-thick steel-reinforced concrete ceiling, and two escape tunnels. The bunker survived seven American dropped bunker busters and 20 cruise missles during the war. Unfortunately, it couldn’t survive looting and was picked almost completely clean during the last days of the war by Iraqi soldiers.

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10. Granite Mt. Mormon Church Records Facility

The records storage of the Mormon Church is a massive vault encased in rock at Granite Mountains, Utah first opened in 1965. Armed guards waving metal detector wands usher visitors into a concrete bunker before swinging open metal gates to a tunnel entrance. Excavated 600 ft inside the mountain, the vault features state-of-the-art environmentally controlled document storage chambers as well as administrative offices, shipping and receiving docks, a processing facility and a restoration laboratory for microfilm.

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These are just a sampling of some of the world’s most SECURE locations. With the near daily unrest that occurrs even in developed countries today, there has been a lot of discussion about how secure any location really is. However, chances are good that if you are deep within these systems, you will be safe at least for some time.

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