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Thursday, April 28, 2011

paint Man Without Arms Paints With His Mouth And Feet picture

Huang Guofu, aged 41, lost both of his arms at the age of four after suffering electric shocks. Born in Tongnan, Chongqing, China, he developed an interest in painting at the age of 12. He started small but dreamed big, painting pictures he saw in his textbooks by using his feet.

Huang left school at the age of 18 to raise money to combat the illness that later claimed his father’s life. He became a traveling artist, creating works on the streets of many cities and selling them to passersby.

In 1999, Huang found true love in a city in Sichuan Province in the person of Hu Guohui. They married in 2000 and she became a staunch supporter of her husband’s achievements, skill and determination to succeed at all costs.

In 2002, the couple moved back to Huang’s hometown in Chongqing and Hu became her husband’s aide. When he wanted to draw outdoor scenes, she carried his supplies and traveled with him.

As if all of this isn’t amazing enough, Huang is now vice-curator of the newly established Chongqing Talents Museum, and is planning to paint a mural depicting scenes of old Chongqing.

He is conducting his research for this project via a computer, which he accesses by biting on a chopstick and using his right foot to clamp a pen that touches the keyboard.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"Sony is warning its millions of PlayStation Network users to watch out for identity-theft scams after hackers breached its security and plundered the user names, passwords, addresses, birth dates, and other information used to register accounts. Sony's stunning admission came six days after the PlayStation Network was taken down following what the company described as an 'external intrusion'. The stolen information may also include payment-card data, purchase history, billing addresses, and security answers used to change passwords, Sony said on Tuesday. The company plans to keep the hacked system offline for the time being, and to restore services gradually. The advisory also applies to users of Sony's related Qriocity network."

good thing they are being sued because of this

"Like clockwork, the first lawsuit resulting from the security breach of the personal data of more than 75 million Sony PlayStation Network customers has been filed. The suit was filed today on behalf of Kristopher Johns, 36, of Birmingham, Ala., in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Johns accuses Sony of not taking 'reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users.' He also believes Sony took too long to notify him and other customers that their personal information had been exposed. Because of that, the complaint alleges, Sony did not allow its customers 'to make an informed decision as to whether to change credit card numbers, close the exposed accounts, check their credit reports, or take other mitigating actions.'"

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sony has finally come clean about the "external intrusion" that has caused the company to take down the PlayStation Network service, and the news is almost as bad as it can possibly get. The hackers have all your personal information, although Sony is still unsure about whether your credit card data is safe. Everything else on file when it comes to your account is in the hands of the hackers.

In other words, Sony's security has failed in a spectacular fashion, and we're just now finding out about it. In both practical and PR terms, this is a worst-case scenario.

What did they get?

Here is the data that Sony is sure has been compromised if you have a PlayStation Network Account:

  • Your name
  • Your address (city, state, and zip)
  • Country
  • E-mail address
  • Birthday
  • PSN password and login name

"An pricing algorithm which lets sellers set prices based on other sellers' prices led to a positive feedback loop, causing the biology text The Making of A Fly to reach $23M. Biologist Micheal Eisen writes: 'What's fascinating about all this is both the seemingly endless possibilities for both chaos and mischief. It seems impossible that we stumbled onto the only example of this kind of upward pricing spiral. And as soon as it was clear what was going on here, I and the people I talked to about this couldn't help but start thinking about ways to exploit our ability to predict how others would price their books down to the 5th significant digit -- especially when they were clearly not paying careful attention to what their algorithms were doing.' The price of the book was reset but is currently back up to $976.98."

British police say a man has died after a safety net gave way during a human cannonball performance at a "daredevil" stunt show in southern England.

Police in Kent said on Monday the show was cancelled after the 23-year-old stuntman died after suffering serious head and neck injuries when he hit the ground.

The incident happened in front of a large crowd during the Easter Bank holiday extravaganza show at the Kent County Showground, in Detling.

Inspector Tony Ball, from Kent police, told the BBC the stuntman was acting as a "human cannonball" when a safety net "failed to engage".

Eyewitnesses saw the stuntman being fired about 15m but the recoil from the massive barrel caused the safety net to collapse.


The stuntman before being launched into the air. (AP)

The stuntman before being launched into the air. (AP)

The 23-year-old

The 23-year-old "human cannonball" stuntman. (AP)

Friday, April 22, 2011

how to actually smell like said creatures/roles

Dwarf: Smells strongly of BO, smoke, and earth
Elf: Smells of BO poorly covered with essential oils
Half-Elf: More BO, less essential oils.
Halfling: BO, but at half strength, with a hint of bacon and eggs.
Orc: 8 times the BO standard, plus the stench of rotten breath.
Cleric: BO covered with incense
Fighter: BO, double strength
Mage: Smells like Brylcreme.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is selling a line of RPG-inspired perfumes intended to invoke the mythical races of elves, dwarves, half-elves, hobbits and orcs, as well as the distinctive aromas of clerics, fighters, mages, paladins and such.

DWARF: Iron filings and chips of stone, Styrian Golding hops, and soot-covered leather.

ELF: Pale golden musk, honeycomb, amber, parma violet, hawthorne bark, aspen leaf, forest lily, life everlasting, white moss, and a hint of wild berry.

HALF-ELF: White sandalwood, beeswax, white tea leaf, oud, and a hint of sophisticated urban musk.

HALFLING: Porridge, kukui nuts, and pastry crumbs.

ORC: Field grey courgette musk, roughly cured leather, and vetiver.

CLERIC: Rose amber, frankincense, myrrh, champaca flower, Peru balsam, cistus, palisander, cananga, hyssop, and narcissus absolute.

FIGHTER: Leather, musk, blood, and steel.

MAGE: All mystique and thrumming power: gurjum balsam, Sumatran dragon's blood resin, olibanum, galangal, oleo gum resin, and frankincense.

Just send them home already ffs


“Asylum seekers detained in Australia have reportedly gone on a rampage and burned down much of their immigration detention center in Sydney, in one of the most serious cases of such unrest.

A quarter of the 400 mostly Middle Eastern asylum seekers held at the Villawood Detention Center in the city's west took part in a night-long riot, DPA reported.

Detainees reportedly turned violent after their requests for asylum were turned down.

More than 6,000 people are being held in immigration detention centers in Australia, a coveted destination for asylum seekers from poor and war-torn countries like Afghanistan and Iraq seeking to start a new life.”

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Being Human is a British supernatural drama television series. It was created and written by Toby Whithouse and is currently broadcast on BBC Three. The show blends elements of flatshare comedy and horror drama. It stars Aidan Turner as Mitchell (a vampire), Russell Tovey as George (a werewolf) and Lenora Crichlow as Annie (a ghost) all of whom are sharing accommodation and attempting—as best as they can—to live a "normal" life and blend in with the ordinary humans around them. During the show's second series, Sinead Keenan became part of the main cast. The first two series were set in in Totterdown, Bristol and the third series relocated to Barry Island, Wales.

Season 1-3

Season 3

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Manuel Segovia still speaks Ayapaneco to his wife and daughter, who understand him

Manuel Segovia still speaks Ayapaneco to his wife and son who understand him but speak only a few words themselves. Photograph: Jaime Avalos/EPA

The language of Ayapaneco has been spoken in the land now known as Mexico for centuries. It has survived the Spanish conquest, seen off wars, revolutions, famines and floods. But now, like so many other indigenous languages, it's at risk of extinction.

There are just two people left who can speak it fluently – but they refuse to talk to each other. Manuel Segovia, 75, and Isidro Velazquez, 69, live 500 metres apart in the village of Ayapa in the tropical lowlands of the southern state of Tabasco. It is not clear whether there is a long-buried argument behind their mutual avoidance, but people who know them say they have never really enjoyed each other's company.

"They don't have a lot in common," says Daniel Suslak, a linguistic anthropologist from Indiana University, who is involved with a project to produce a dictionary of Ayapaneco. Segovia, he says, can be "a little prickly" and Velazquez, who is "more stoic," rarely likes to leave his home.

The dictionary is part of a race against time to revitalise the language before it is definitively too late. "When I was a boy everybody spoke it," Segovia told the Guardian by phone. "It's disappeared little by little, and now I suppose it might die with me."

Segovia, who denied any active animosity with Velazquez, retained the habit of speaking Ayapaneco by conversing with his brother until he died about a decade ago. Segovia still uses it with his son and wife who understand him, but cannot produce more than a few words themselves. Velazquez reputedly does not regularly talk to anybody in his native tongue anymore.

Suslak says Ayapaneco has always been a "linguistic island" surrounded by much stronger indigenous languages.

Its demise was sealed by the advent of education in Spanish in the mid 20th century, which for several decades included the explicit prohibition on indigenous children speaking anything else. Urbanisation and migration from the 1970s then ensured the break-up of the core group of speakers concentrated in the village. "It's a sad story," says Suslak, "but you have to be really impressed by how long it has hung around."

There are 68 different indigenous languages in Mexico, further subdivided into 364 variations. A handful of other Mexican indigenous languages are also in danger of extinction, though Ayapaneco is the most extreme case.

The name Ayapaneco is an imposition by outsiders, and Segovia and Velazquez call their language Nuumte Oote, which means the True Voice. They speak different versions of this truth and tend to disagree over details, which doesn't help their relationship. The dictionary, which is due out later this year, will contain both versions.

The National Indigenous Language Institute is also planning a last attempt to get classes going in which the last two surviving speakers can pass their knowledge on to other locals. Previous efforts have failed to take hold due to lack of funding and limited enthusiasm.

"I bought pencils and notebooks myself," Segovia complains. "The classes would start off full and then the pupils would stop coming."

Suslak says the language is particularly rich in what he calls sound symbolic expressions that often take their inspiration from nature, such as kolo-golo-nay, translated as "to gobble like a turkey".


Monday, April 11, 2011

Indonesian parliament member from Prosperous Justice Party Arifinto watches a porn video on his tablet computer (AP)

The MP resigned yesterday afternoon, but not after squirming for days to try and avoid it.

His first excuse was that it was a link in an email (no, he couldn't remember the name of the sender or the title of the email) and he closed the window immediately once he realised it was porn. It was pointed out that there is a series of photos that clearly shows him opening a folder on his computer and selecting one of the videos listed. He watched the video for several minutes.

Then one of his PKS (Prosperous Justice Party) buddies tried the old "well, hey - we're all human and therefore fallible" line of reasoning. Nope, sorry. Not when you guys were the architects of the ridiculous Porn Law and extend no such understanding to others - notably not to Nazriel Irham (Ariel) who has been mentioned already in this thread. He was given a harsher sentence because he was a public figure. I assume the same logic will prevail in this case?

Finally, Arifinto jumped before he was pushed. But don't worry - because he resigned and wasn't fired, he's still entitled to a full state pension and medical coverage.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hair loss in mice due to high levels of the stress molecule, CRF, was reversed when CRF signaling was blocked.


At the time they returned to the cages to find that their bald mice had miraculously grown their hair back, the scientists at UCLA had no intention of curing baldness. Originally, theirs was in fact a study aimed at reducing the harmful affects of chronic stress. The unanticipated side effect of their treatment could prove a boon to balding men and women everywhere, not to mention to the drug company that delivers the cure to them.

Stress is beneficial in small doses, heightening our ability to run away from predators or to concentrate while taking an exam. But chronic stress can bring about an array of mental or physical disorders such as high blood pressure, anxiety disorders, rheumatic diseases, muscle pain, a weakened immune system and neurodegenerative diseases. Chronic stress also causes our hair to fall out.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Ok, so THIS will become a painting of a Chinese tiger! Doesn’t look like it now, but wait and see..

First off, Craig makes a sketch…

Then he adds some color…

And the process is complete!

2 The White Tiger

Do you see a human body here?

Look from another angle…

Saturday, April 2, 2011

There are a lot of things you can do with a $750,000 Lamborghini Gallardo. Driving it tops the list, while letting in sit in your driveway to give off the impression that you’re important is a close second. Coming in third, of course, is smashing the ever-loving crap out of it with sledgehammers.

That’s precisely what one Chinese entrepreneur did when his car wouldn’t start and the dealer, located in Qingdao, failed to correct the issue. After being picked up by truck and supposedly fixed, it was returned to the owner, who found that not only would the car not start, but the chassis and bumper were also damaged.

The owner of the car and the dealership went back and forth in an attempt to get the problem resolved. Unfortunately, the entrepreneur felt actions spoke louder than words and, with the help of a group of men he hired, smashed the Lamborghini with sledgehammers. The kicker? The event, which reduced the value of the car by what can only be described as “a whole Hell of a lot,” was held on World Consumer Rights Day.

One can presume the entrepreneur acted rather….hastily in his decision to destroy such a valuable car, but I imagine if you have enough money to buy a $750,000 car, you have enough money to smash it buy another one.

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