A company at a German trade show has attached tiny banner advertisements to flies and set them loose on unsuspecting visitors, in a bizarre yet effective marketing stunt.
If you’ve confused advertisers with insects before, here’s a little reminder: one spends their time eating and excreting pure shit, the other is an insect.
Organizing for America has picked 20 finalists for its Health Care Reform Video Challenge. The winner will air on national television. See all the ads below and tell us your favorites; to vote in the contest go here.
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Racing across the universe for the last 7.3-billion-years, two gamma-ray photons arrived at NASA’s orbiting Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope within nine-tenths of a second of one another. The dead-heat finish may stoke the fires of debate among physicists over Einstein’s special theory of relativity because one of the photons possessed a million times more energy than the other.
For Einstein’s theory, that’s no problem. In his vision of the structure of space and time, unified as space-time, all forms of electromagnetic radiation — gamma rays, radio waves, infrared, visible light and X-rays — are reckoned to travel through the vacuum of space at the same speed, no matter how energetic. But in some of the new theories of gravity, space-time is considered to have a “shifting, frothy structure” when viewed at a scale trillions of times smaller than an electron. Some of those models predict that such a foamy texture ought to slow down the higher-energy gamma-ray photon relative to the lower energy one. Clearly, it did not.
Even in the world of high-energy particle physics, where a minute deviation can sometimes make a massive difference, nine-tenths of a second spread over more than 7 billion years is so small that the difference is likely due to the detailed processes of the gamma-ray burst rather than confirming any modification of Einstein’s ideas.
After recent Pakistani military operations in Pakistan’s own Swat Valley to push out Taliban insurgents who had taken control of the region, its operations are now more focused on the Taliban strongholds in the South Waziristan region. Pakistani troops and Taliban militants have been locked in intense clashes recently in the tribal area which has killed more than 150 people. Relief workers say that more than 120,000 people have been displaced by the fighting. Insurgent responses to the increased military pressure have included numerous bombings and suicide attacks, killing and injuring scores across Pakistan in recent weeks. Just today a car bomb in a busy marketplace in Peshawar killed more than 93 people, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an official visit – announcing the latest in a series of U.S. aid packages to Pakistan. (36 photos total)
1. A man stands near the scene of an explosion in Peshawar, Pakistan on Wednesday Oct. 28, 2009. A car bomb has torn through a busy marketplace in northwestern Pakistan, collapsing several buildings, setting fires and killing at least 93 people including 60 women and children, mere hours after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in the country on an official visit. (AP Photo/Mohammad Iqbal)
Rowell is a new member of the five-man Stockton police force. So, last Tuesday he didn’t think twice about pulling over a driver in a small white car for avoiding a DUI stop.
“He didn’t have a driver’s license, so I issued him a citation for that,” Rowell explained.
He didn’t think twice, that is, until he handed the ticket to the court clerk.
“She looked at it and said, ‘Hey, you know you just gave the mayor’s son a ticket?’ And I said, ‘Oh, crap,’” Rowell said.
He said he had never met the driver, 29-year-old Jared Rydalch, before. He said Rydalch told him he was out looking for his dog, and asked him to tell the other officers to not pull him over again.
“I told him, ‘No. If I see you driving around again, I’m going to pull you over again,’” Rowell said.
Rowell said he knew there was trouble when, about 20 minutes later, he found the chief of police in the mayor’s truck in a heated discussion. Then he said the mayor, Dan Rydalch, rolled down the window and demanded he get in his truck. When he refused, Rydalch abruptly fired him on the spot.
“He told me, ‘All right, I want your badge in the morning,’” Rowell said. “I tried to defend myself and say, ‘First of all, look, he was breaking the law. Second of all, I didn’t know he was your son.’”
Shortly after the incident, Rowell was told he was suspended without pay, indefinitely.
This extraordinary scene took place recently at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, West Africa.
When a chimp called Dorothy, who was in her late 40s, died of heart failure, her fellow apes seemed to be stricken by sorrow.
As they wrapped their arms around each other in a gesture of solidarity, Dorothy’s female keeper gently settled her into the wheelbarrow which carried her to her final resting place – not before giving this much-loved inhabitant of the centre a final affectionate stroke on the forehead.
Claiming that the president was preying on the public’s fear of contracting a fatal disease last week when he declared the H1N1 virus a national emergency, Republican leaders announced Wednesday that they were officially endorsing the swine flu. “Thousands of Americans—hardworking ordinary Americans like you and me—already have H1N1,” Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said during a press conference. “Now Obama wants to take that away from us. Ask yourself: Do you want the federal government making these kinds of health care decisions for you and your family?” Other prominent Republicans opposing Obama’s declaration of emergency include Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, who urged residents of his state to continue not washing their hands, and radio host Rush Limbaugh, who made a point of dying of the virus during his show on Wednesday.
Features like this means Android 2.0 is going to be an interesting competitor in the smart-phone market. I like that.
Oh, and have a look at the effects of this announcement on the TomTom stock price.
In Monrovia, Liberia, there’s a guy taking the matter of a lopsided, state-run media and reshaping it into a free-of-charge, independent news-aggregator—all accomplished with dry-erase board and couple markers. (Sorry, internet!) Each morning, at 10:45 AM, Alfred Sirleaf wakes up and heads down to his bulletin board to post the day’s news, culling together a slate of stories his countrymen might otherwise never see. Grateful readers line up in droves, on foot and in cars, to read these updates, in what has been described as the country’s—and probably the world’s—only analog blog.
That’s what the famous Hamlet soliloquy might look like if subjected to Amazon’s newly-patented System and Method for Marking Content, which calls for ‘programmatically substituting synonyms into distributed text content,’ including ‘books, short stories, product reviews, book or movie reviews, news articles, editorial articles, technical papers, scholastic papers, and so on’ in an effort to uniquely identify customers who redistribute material. In its description of the ‘invention,’ Amazon also touts the use of ‘alternative misspellings for selected words’ as a way to provide ‘evidence of copyright infringement in a legal action.’ After all, anti-piracy measures should trump kids’ ability to spell correctly, shouldn’t they?”
I don’t understand how you can patent something with obvious prior art – and map makers have done this just about forever as well. And why do people insist on sabotaging their own product out of fear someone might violate their copyrights?
Path Finder can copy a 167GB Aperture library file to an external drive, however the finder can not complete the process and throws an error.
I remember when you couldn’t even create a file over 2 Gb…