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The First Trailer and Exclusive Poster for 'Pearl Jam Twenty' Makes Us Miss Our Teen Angst Years


By Aiden Redmond
From http://blog.moviefone.com/
 
If you're one of the many who remember the day you first bought Pearl Jam's debut album, 'Ten,' and then listened to it until the cassette melted into your stereo, then get ready to feel old. Yup, it's been a full 20 years since 'Ten' came out and established Pearl Jam as one of the defining voices of the grunge era, and not only have they been kicking ass ever since, but apparently they've been filming their musical journey all along.

With an upcoming tour on the horizon to celebrate their 20th anniversary as band, we now have our hands on the first trailer and exclusive poster for the upcoming rockumentary, 'Pearl Jam Twenty.' As per the studio:
'Pearl Jam Twenty' chronicles the years leading up to the band's formation, the chaos that ensued soon-after their rise to megastardom, their step back from center stage, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them -- giving way to a work culture that would sustain them. Told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound, the film is carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely-seen and never-before seen footage spanning the band's career. 'Pearl Jam Twenty' is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam: part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists."
Check out the trailer and the poster:



They're definitely going for the 'U2 3D' effect with the poster, but who cares -- this will be awesome and it's sure to have one hell of a soundtrack.

Directed by Cameron Crowe, it's set to hit theaters on Sept. 20 for one night only before getting a week-long run on Sept. 23, and it features the many members of Pearl Jam (obviously) along with appearances from Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and the late, great Layne Staley from Alice in Chains. We don't know about you, but we're already dusting off our ripped jeans and plaid flannel for this one.

How excited are you for 'Pearl Jam 20?'

Awesome Vertical Garden With Recycled PET Bottles At Poor Family Home In Sao Paulo



by Paula Alvarado
from http://www.treehugger.com/


Vertical Garden With Recycled PET Bottles In Sao Paulo Photo
Photos: Rosenbaum.

Brazilian design studio Rosenbaum collaborates with TV show Caldeirao do Huck in a segment called Lar doce lar (Home Sweet Home), which helps families in need re-designing their homes to improve their lives and self-esteem.

In its latest work for a family living in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, the firm included this neat vertical garden made from recycled PET bottles.

Close-up Vertical Garden With Recycled PET Bottles In Sao Paulo Photo

Although the idea is cool in itself, it's so much better knowing that it's part of a project to improve the lives of three women (mother and two daughters) that live in a one bedroom home with an income of 200 Reais (130 US Dollars) a month.

Putting together an urban farm was not the designer's whim either: the women already had an eco conscience and grew in small containers made from recovered food packaging.

PET Bottle Recycled As Hanging Plant Container Photo

The arrangement is of course thought for vegetables that don't take a lot of space to grow, like spices and medicinal herbs.

Its structure is pretty self-explanatory from the pictures, but the response from the public was so positive that the designer published a little tutorial showing how to cut and hang the bottles.

Instructions To Recycle PET Bottle As Hanging Plant Container Image
The whole design for the house is gorgeous, more pics of the reformed kitchen, room and living room can be seen at the designer's website.
Just like mentioned in my previous article about Adobe for women, it's encouraging to see designers' skills used for these types of purposes instead of focused in creating more stuff.

Vertical Garden With Recycled PET Bottles In Sao Paulo Photo

UK Storm Trooper armourer can go on selling his gear; Brit copyright on Star Wars costumes has lapsed

Andrew Ainsworth is a Londoner who designed the original Storm Trooper helmets for George Lucas’s Star Wars. Ainsworth has been casting new armour from his original moulds for the past eight years, selling them to fans at up to £1,800 a throw. Lucas sued Ainsworth in a US court, which held that he had violated Lucas’s copyright; but because Ainsworth has no US assets, Lucas had to bring suit in the UK to collect. However, UK law affords only limited copyright to costumes, and the UK Supreme Court held that costumes are not sculptures, and only get a 15 year term of copyright in the UK, meaning that Storm Trooper armour is now in the public domain in Britain. The court also found that Ainsworth had violated US copyright.

Mr Ainsworth sells his Stormtrooper costumes for up to £1,800
A prop designer who made the original Stormtrooper helmets for Star Wars has won his battle with director George Lucas over his right to sell replicas.
Andrew Ainsworth, 62, of south London, successfully argued the costumes were functional not artistic works, and so not subject to full copyright laws.
George Lucas loses Stormtrooper battle at Supreme Court
(Thanks, @erichhugo!)

MS-DOS is 30 years old today

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Thirty years ago, on July 27 1981, Microsoft bought the rights for QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System) from Seattle Computer Products (SCP) for $25,000. QDOS, otherwise known as 86-DOS, was designed by SCP to run on the Intel 8086 processor, and was originally thrown together in just two months for a 0.1 release in 1980. Meanwhile, IBM had planned on powering its upcoming Personal Computer with CP/M-86, which had been the standard OS for Intel 8086 and 8080 architectures at the time, but a deal could not be struck with CP/M’s developer, Digital Research. IBM then approached Microsoft, which already had a few years of  experience under its belt with M-DOS, BASIC, and other important tools — and as you can probably tell from the landscape of the computer world today, the IBM/Microsoft partnership worked out rather well indeed.

IBM released its Personal Computer in August 1981 running version 1.14 of SCP’s QDOS — but a few months later Microsoft produced MS-DOS 1.24, which then became the standard IBM PC operating system. In March 1983, both MS-DOS 2.0 and the IBM PC/XT were released. The rest, as they say, is history. MS-DOS 3.0 followed in 1984 (alongside the IBM PC/AT), and MS-DOS 4.0 with a mouse-powered, menu-driven interface arrived in 1989. It’s around this point that IBM’s PC operating system, PC-DOS, began to diverge from MS-DOS — and of course, come 1990, Microsoft released Windows 3.0, which would change Microsoft’s focus forever. It’s also around this time that developers start to feel the pinch of the 640KB conventional memory limit imposed by IBM’s original hardware specifications.

Original 5 1/4" floppies with MS-DOS 2.0
MS-DOS 2.0 on 5 1/4″ floppies — from Ty’s Hobbies Website

Still, come 1991, MS-DOS 5.0 was released (along with the much-loved QBASIC), and MS-DOS 6.0 with much-maligned DoubleSpace disk compression tool appeared in 1993. By this stage, IBM, Digital Research (DR-DOS), and Microsoft were all leapfrogging each other with different version numbers and features. IBM released PC-DOS 6.1, and MS followed quickly with MS-DOS 6.2. IBM released PC-DOS 6.3 — and Novell trumped them all by releasing Novell DOS 7.0. In 1995, however, Windows 95 with an underpinning of MS-DOS 7.0 and its new FAT32 file system was released, and the history of DOS draws to a close. Every other version of DOS was quickly squished out of existence by Windows 95, and it wouldn’t be until the late 90s and the emergence of the Dot Com Bubble that another command-line OS would yet again rise to prominence in the shape of Linux.

Wikipedia has an excellent account of the history of x86 DOS operating systems, and also a table that compares and contrasts each of the different versions from IBM, MS, Digital Research, and others. If you’re interested in the original development of QDOS, check out its creator’s blog.

Read more about QDOS, CP/M-86, MS-DOS, and the IBM PC

Shark Bites No Match For Dolphins' Powers Of Healing

Nari, a dolphin bitten by a shark in February 2009, was almost completely healed one month later.
Enlarge Courtesy of Dr. Michael Zasloff
  Nari, a dolphin bitten by a shark in February 2009, was almost completely healed one month later.
Nari, a dolphin bitten by a shark in February 2009, was almost completely healed one month later.
Courtesy of Dr. Michael Zasloff
 
Nari, a dolphin bitten by a shark in February 2009, was almost completely healed one month later.
Dr. Michael Zasloff, a surgeon and researcher at Georgetown University, is famous for discovering compounds in the skin of frogs and sharks that can fight disease in humans.

Now, he's tapping another animal to mine the secrets of its immune system. It turns out dolphins have a remarkable ability to heal quickly—and seemingly painlessly—from severe shark bites. Zasloff hopes that learning how dolphins resist infection and use stem cells to rebuild missing tissue will provide some insight into how to help injured humans.

To do this research, Zasloff reviewed the "clinical histories" of a few dolphins who recently succumbed to shark bites. He also interviewed all the dolphin experts he could find. His results appeared in a letter in the online version of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
  Shots caught up with Zasloff last week to learn more about his adventures in dolphin biology.
Q: OK, so imagine a human and a dolphin both being bitten by a shark. How would the healing process differ between the two?

Well, the dolphin wouldn't hemorrhage...or have any infection, which is miraculous. And despite having sustained massive tissue injury, within about month the animal will restore its normal body contour. There'll be some surface markings, but a chunk of tissue maybe the size of a football will have been restored with essentially no deformity.

And what is equally amazing is that handlers who know these animals will tell you that they observe absolutely no indications in the animal's behavior that it's in pain.

Q: And the human?
Even if it was a tiny bite, we would die of sepsis, or infection, within three or four days if we weren't given antibiotics because sharks have a lot of dangerous bacteria in their teeth. Then we'd have to make sure all the [infected tissue] was removed. If we were lucky and got it all, we'd still have this massive hole, which you may or may not be able to fill.

Q: Why are dolphins so good at healing?
Dolphin blubber makes compounds like organohalogens that act as natural antibiotics and keep the tissue from getting infected.


The next mystery is the recovery of contour [of the body]. When the animal restores its wound, it regenerates the complex structure of blubber. It doesn't create a scar; it produces a sort of patch that ultimately is woven back into the surrounding tissue.

What is exciting is that there must be great numbers of stem cells [involved], and by looking at these stem cells, we would probably be able to identify what they are and possibly even the hormones or proteins that are involved in their expansion. And if we looked for comparable cells in man, these might be the very cells that we would want to use to promote healing of complex wounds in us.

Q: So what are the next steps for research?
Identification of the antimicrobial agents, which have to be in those tissues. All you'd have to do is take some dolphin blubber, extract it, and start looking for stuff that would kill bacteria.

And with the pain issue, it's the same thing. You would take the blubber or the regenerating tissue, you'd isolate stuff—purified components or crude—and you'd administer it to mice. And lo and behold, you may find, in the regenerating tissue or the decomposing blubber, the long-sought natural morphine that we've been looking for.

Q: You've gone through the process of drug development with some of the compounds you've found in the tissue of other animals—frogs, for instance. How long before we see dolphin-inspired therapies?
I wish I could work on this, but I don't have access to dolphins. So I'm just putting this out there for other researchers to see. Once you appreciate that this is kind of a miracle, it isn't terribly hard to come up with ideas [for how to do the research]. The hardest part is to realize that there's a miracle in your midst.

First Windows "Mango" Phone Unveiled

The first smartphone based on the new "Mango" edition of Microsoft's Windows Phone platform was unveiled on Wednesday in Tokyo.

The phone is the first of several handsets due over the next few months, that Microsoft hopes will signal its return to the smartphone market as a serious player. (Video of the new phone and its launch is available on YouTube.)

If that wish sounds familiar, it is. This time last year the company was hoping the first version of the Windows Phone 7 would accomplish the same thing. But that didn't happen.

Despite getting several thousand applications and generally positive reviews, the new platform, which replaced Windows Mobile, was relegated to the sidelines by a rush of new Android devices and updates to Apple's iPhone.

Far from boosting its market share, the introduction of the new operating system saw Microsoft lose share.
Microsoft captured 2.7 percent of the smartphone market during the first quarter of 2011, according to IDC. But a year earlier during the first quarter of 2010, its market share was 7.1 percent, the market research company said. In terms of handsets shipped, those with Windows Phone 7 or Windows Mobile fell from 3.9 million to 2.8 million phones in the two periods.

"We've gone from very small to....very small," quipped Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer earlier this month on his company's lackluster performance.

Mango, officially Windows Phone 7.5, adds some 500 improvements to the Windows Phone 7 platform, according to the company. They include an e-mail "conversation view" that is said to make long e-mail discussions more efficient, a "threads" feature that brings together text, instant messages and Facebook chat, and Internet Explorer 9 for faster Web browsing.

Some of those improvements can be seen in the new handset, the IS12T, which will be available in Japan only. Built by Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications, the phone will be available in September or after. No price was disclosed.

The company is one of several partners Microsoft is working with on Mango handsets. Others include Taiwan's Acer and China's ZTE, but perhaps the most awaited phones will be from Nokia.

The Finnish cell phone maker threw its weight behind Windows Phone 7 earlier this year when it announced a wide ranging agreement with Microsoft to collaborate on future handsets and technologies.

Nokia is losing market share to aggressive competitors, but it remains one of the world's largest manufacturers of smart phones, so it has the potential to help Microsoft shift the market.

The launch of the phone came just hours after Microsoft signed off on the operating system and declared it ready to be installed in consumer handsets. That should mean additional phones will get launched in the coming weeks.

For Japanese consumers, the IS12T phone has a 3.7-inch screen and a 13.2 megapixel camera. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are included in the CDMA-based phone. It weighs 113 grams and Fujitsu Toshiba says the battery should provide more than 11 days on standby and more than 6 hours of talk time.

The phone has 32GB of memory and is waterproof with an IPX5 rating.

Martyn Williams covers Japan and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address is martyn_williams@idg.com

Exotic Animals: 12 of the World’s Most Expensive Legal Pets to Own

From: http://urbansavior.com/

Monkeys, Lions and Chimpanzees are animals we often see in the wild or on the Discovery Channel, however many of these exotic animals can be purchased legally within the United States. Living in an acceptable jurisdiction and acquiring the correct permit could get you an exotic pet that most of the world only dream of.
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12 – Bengal Cat. Price Tag: $800-$3,000

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The Bengal Cat is bred by mating a domestic black shorthaired cat with an Asian Leopard cat.
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As with many hybrids the goal is to create a domestic cat in size and demeanor with the exotic Asian Leopard Cat appearance and coloring.
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As with most hybrid cats, the breed becomes more and more domesticated with each successive generation, therefore the ideal domesticated breed would be at least three to five generations removed from the original breed.
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11 – Snow Macaque. Price Tag: $3,500

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The Snow Macaque is considered a threatened species as we continue to encroach on more and more of the animal’s habitat.
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Coveted licenses and special permits are mandated to own this very rare animal.
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The Snow Macaque is a smaller primate with a lifespan of over 25 years with the distinguishing feature of a hairless red face.
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10 – Squirrel Monkey. Price Tag: $4,000

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This primate is about the size of a squirrel thus name after that. Generally the squirrel monkey does not get any bigger than 2 pounds and is considered a very social, affectionate and peaceful animal.
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These complacent characteristics make the animal a highly desired pet, however as with most of these animals, many states do not allow them to be privately owned.
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9 – Chinese Crested Hairless Puppies. Price Tag: $4,000-$5,000

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These dogs weigh about 5 to 12 lbs and are very vivacious, alert and friendly animals. Considered to be one of the rarest dogs, these dogs are prone to sunburning on a hot and clear day.
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8 – Savannah Cat. Price Tag: $4,000-$10,000

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Bred in a similar process to the Bengal Cat, the Savannah Cat is bred by mating the African Serval with a smaller domestic cat.
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Concurrently, the gestation periods between the two animals are different.
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Due to these factors, the Savannah is a more expensive and rare breed.
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7 – Mona Guenon. Price Tag: $6,000  

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The Mona Guenon’s natural habitat is within the Western African tropical forests, however this animal is capable of adapting to any forest environment. Therefore, despite special permits and licenses to own this animal, it is not considered an endangered specie.
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6 – Debrazzas Monkey. Price Tag: $10,000

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The DeBrazza’s Monkey is easily recognizable by its white beard and yellowish gray fur.
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Life span of these species is about 22 years.
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Though many people do shell out the hefty price for this primate, they become disappointed when the docile and tender babies grow to become unpredictable and hostile adults.
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5 – Striped Ball Python. Price Tag: $10,000

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Master Python Breeder, Bob Clark states that he has an exclusive on this genetic striped ball python.
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The prominent stripe is what makes this reptile very unique. More clearly, the striped ball showcases a yellow dorsal stripe with a a black border, clearly differentiating them from any other snake.
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4 – Hyacinth Macaw. Price Tag: $6,500-12,000

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Macaws overall are very expensive. Generally costs $20,000 a pair.
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These magnificent birds are about 40 inches long and have a bright blue coloring. Their wing span is about four feet and these birds make popular pets despite their expensive price tag.
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3 – Reticulated Albino Type II Tiger Python. Price Tag: $15,000

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ТMaster Python Breeder, Bob Clark’s Reticulated Albino Type II Tiger Pythons sell for $15,000 each.
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An extremely rare breed, these pythons showcase a co-dominant tiger pattern, making them extremely popular in the snake world.
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2 – Chimpanzee. Price Tag: $60,000-$65,000

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Chimpanzees are highly intelligent primates and are closely related to humans. Chimpanzees weigh about 115 lbs and the male is slightly larger than the female.
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The natural habitat of the Chimpanzee is within central Africa and western Africa. Though an endangered specie, Chimps are legal pets in some states.
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1 – White Lion Cubs. Price Tag: $138,000 

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White Tigers are very rare because of a recessive gene and the animals are not considered to be albino.
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The White Tiger’s eye color is similar to the regular tigers, however the coat pigmentation and skin are not.
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Due to price, demand, upkeep and scarcity, the White Lion remains one of the most difficult animals in the world to obtain.
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