News Photo Of The Day- Viet Vets Buried At Arlington

Remains of Vietnam War vets buried at Arlington National Cemetary.

Rich Shulman writes

The dignity of these ceremonies is impressive, even as the Pentagon is taking flak over the treatment of remains at the Dover mortuary.

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

The caisson carrying the remains of the three soldiers missing in action from the Vietnam War, arrives for burial services at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Nov., 9. The remains represent the entire crew are being buried in a single casket are; Capt. Arnold E. Holm, Jr. of Waterford, Conn., Spc. Robin R. Yeakley of South Bend., Ind., and Pfc. Wayne Bibbs of Chicago.

From MSNBC.com

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Look Out! Here Comes The Sperm Bike

Sperm bike comes to Seattle

Anthony Bolante / Reuters

Biological analyst Alan Dowden of the Seattle Sperm Bank rides the Sperm Bike, a custom-designed, high-tech bicycle used to deliver donated sperm to fertility clinics, in Seattle Nov. 8, 2011.

Anthony Bolante / Reuters

Biological analyst Alan Dowden of the Seattle Sperm Bank places a transportation container aboard the Sperm Bike, a custom-designed, high-tech bicycle used to deliver donated sperm to fertility clinics, in Seattle, Nov. 8, 2011.

From MarketWire:

Seattle has become the second city to showcase a ‘sperm bike’ making sperm  deliveries from a sperm bank to fertility clinics. The European Sperm Bank, one  of the largest in Europe and located in Copenhagen, Denmark — perhaps the  world’s most bike-friendly city — made news reports globally after it began  deliveries in a custom-designed bike with a cooling system built inside the  ‘sperm head‘ for storing tanks with sperm specimens.

The company’s CEO,  Peter Bower, says, “The first idea was how we could deliver to the fertility  clinics in a CO2-friendly way. Then we realized that the bike could promote both  cycling and the need for donors to help childless families around the world.”

The European Sperm Bank’s Seattle lab (www.europeanspermbankusa.com)  worked with Portland’s Splendid Cycles and Antimatter.com to construct the sperm  structure, built of Jesmonite on top of a Bullitt cargo bike. With the tail, the  bike is 9 1/2 feet long and weighs about 110 pounds fully loaded. The Seattle  version includes a small electrical motor to give riders a boost on Seattle’s  many hills (unlike flat Copenhagen, where the assist is not needed).

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Watches To Be Watched

Telling Time on the Dot: Cool Futuristic Analog-Style Watch

The ultra-minimalist Dot Watch designed by Samuel Jerichow is like a futuristic bracelet hiding a fun little secret. The flexible wrist piece is covered with a PVC-based coating, letting a single dot permanently stick up in the middle of the display area.

When you press the dot, two other dots appear like magic. Their positions on the wrist band represent the time, just as they would on a watch with a face. Of course, it takes a little imagination to picture the numbers on that blank expanse on plastic.

After five seconds, the hour and minute dots disappear again, retreating into their hidden spaces within the machinery of the wristband. The Dot Watch is strictly conceptual at this point, suffering – as many cool-looking concepts do – from a lack of suitable existing technology.

Analog, Digital, Mechanical: The Watch That Has it All

This amazing watch has a few qualities you don’t see every day: digital time displayed in an analog, mechanical fashion; exposed gears and sprockets; and an understated industrial kind of vibe. Designed by French designer Francois Quentin, the 4N Watchis an extremely slick design, but it maintains a rough, almost industrial sensibility.

Operating on three different dials, the numbers that make up the time rotate and meet up in the middle inside a yellow highlighting box. The numbers look like a digital readout, but they are in fact printed on the discs which are constantly rotating.

The watch seems to be pretty high end, with the dials being made of either aluminum or titanium and the housing being produced in either 18K white gold or platinum. The band will be offered in a variety of materials, but only a total of 16 pieces will be produced in each model type. Expensive, exclusive and extremely stylish? We definitely want one.

Antique Watch + LEDs = Stunning Steampunk Pocket Watch

paul pounds led pocket watch

We’ve seen plenty of new gadgets masquerading as old ones, but none of them have achieved the feat quite as gracefully as this one. Paul Pounds took a broken antique pocket watch, gutted it, and replaced the display with a custom face and LEDs in place of the second, minute and hour hands.

retrofuturistic watch

The result is a gorgeous timepiece that is functional and delightfully retrofuturistic. A cell phone motor vibrates each second to produce an audible “ticking” sound as the LED representing seconds moves around the face of the watch. The design juxtaposes the comforting, familiar sound of the ticking with the futuristic electronic look of LEDs.

The watch’s new features include an optical sensor that will dim the lights when the watch is opened in low light to avoid blinding the user. While this version is absolutely beautiful, Pounds is already making plans to remodel another old pocket watch into a 21st century version.

From Gajitz.com

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News Photos Of The Day- Dressing Collected Corpses As Dolls

Editor’s note: This post contains graphic images of dead bodies.

“Cemetery collector” with 29 bodies arrested

MOSCOWRussian police have arrested a man described by local media as the “cemetery collector” for digging up 29 corpses and dressing the remains in female clothing to display around his flat.   

Grainy police video images of the man’s cramped flat showed what look like several life-sized female dolls without faces, some with platinum blond wigs.

“During a search of his flat and garage, 29 self-made, life-size dolls dressed in the clothes of buried people were found,” a spokesman for police in Nizhny Novgorod, 400 km (250 miles) east of Moscow, said Tuesday.

“It was ascertained that he used mummified human bodies from graves to make them (the dolls).”

Police described the man, who was arrested following the desecration of graves in the area, as a local historian and an expert in the study of place names.

Media cited friends as saying they had never seen the dolls and that he was a learned, if eccentric, man.

Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters.

AP

This undated video image provided by the Russian Interior Ministry’s branch in the Nizhny Novgorod region on Monday, Nov. 7, shows a suspect accused of vandalizing graves in the region of Nizhny Novgorod, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Moscow. Police didn’t name the suspect, who  kept 29 mummified bodies at his apartment and dressed them up like dolls, but Russian media reports identified him as Anatoly Moskvin, a local historian.

Reuters

A still image taken from undated police footage shot inside the flat of Anatoly Moskvin and released to Reuters on November 8 shows books, clothes and dressed figures, reportedly mummified bodies desecrated from cemeteries. Russian police have arrested a man described by local media as the “cemetery collector” for digging up 29 corpses and dressing the remains in female clothing to display around his flat. Police discovered dolls and corpses dressed as dolls during the search.

Reuters

A still image taken from undated police footage shot inside the flat of Anatoly Moskvin and released to Reuters on November 8 shows books, clothes and dressed figures, reportedly mummified bodies desecrated from cemeteries.

Reuters

A still image taken from undated police footage shot inside the flat of Anatoly Moskvin and released to Reuters on November 8 shows books, clothes and dressed figures, reportedly mummified bodies desecrated from cemeteries.

DIY Multi-Sectional Curved Couch

Cool Curved Couch: Design Your Own Custom Sectional Sofa

Like a life-sized LEGO or tinker-toy set, this do-it-yourself modern sectional lets you wrap and twist one, two, three or more modules together in all kinds of clever and unique formations to suit any living or dining room space (and double as a sleeper as well).

Unlike many of its contemporary equivalents every part of these pieces comes into play, from the fronts and backs to the back rests and legs – arm supports morph into leaning surfaces and transform back again. Bright-colored accent pieces (ottomans and other accessories) can be set up to contrast with the stark whites and blacks or mellow grays and browns of the main sofa elements.

One could even imagine cool modular configurations in which the whole snake-like couch form stretches from one room into the next, connecting people across various rooms during parties or even for everyday use depending upon the particular plan and layout of a home and its existing furnishings. Forget one-piece, two-piece or three-piece variants – really, one of these could go on forever.

From Dornob

News Photo Image Of The Day- Lone Protester

Lone Occupy Atlanta protester arrested inside park

The AP reports:

Atlanta police said one protester draped in an American flag inside Woodruff Park was arrested after refusing to leave by a Sunday night curfew, and four other people on bicycles were arrested near the park — three for traffic violations and one for obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

 

Erik S. Lesser / AP

The 23-year-old woman in the park was warned three times in English and Spanish to leave before she was arrested, police spokesman Carlos Campos said.

At the time, dozens more demonstrators chanting slogans like “We’re hungry! We’re poor! What are you wasting our money for?” stood behind barricades surrounding the park, where police had warned they would enforce an 11 p.m. curfew.

Occupy Atlanta organizer Tim Franzen said having one person protesting was just as powerful as several. Read the full story.
See more pictures from the global Occupy protests on PhotoBlog.

 

Article from MSNBC.com

Sports News Photos Of The Day- Bute Outpoints Johnson

Lucian Bute defeats Glen Johnson for the IBF Super Middleweight boxing championship

Robert Hood writes

Every now and then you see a picture of what happens to the human body during moments of extreme exertion. Are those concussion waves in Johnson’s scalp?

Mathieu Belanger / Reuters

IBF Super Middleweight champion Lucian Bute of Romania punches Glen Johnson of Jamaica during their IBF Super Middleweight championship fight at the Colisee de Quebec in Quebec City, Nov. 5, 2011. Bute won the fight.

AP reports

QUEBEC CITY – Montreal fighter Lucian Bute successfully defended his IBF super-middleweight title with a one-sided decision over Glen Johnson on Saturday night.

The 31-year-old Bute improved to 30-0, winning all 12 rounds on two judges’ cards and 11 of 12 on the other in front of a crowd of 15,306 at the Colisee.

“It was a great fight and a great performance for me,” said Bute, born in Romania. “Glen Johnson is a great fighter. To beat him, you have to avoid the jab. I did that and I tried to out-jab him. I have to be able to beat guys like him.”

Mathieu Belanger / Reuters   Lucian Bute poses with his belt after defeating Glen Johnson.

The 42-year-old Johnson dropped to 51-16-2. He has lost four of his last six fights.

The Jamaican injured his right arm in the fight.

“I think I won the fight,” said Johnson, known as the Road Warrior because he often fights in his opponents’ home cities. “I beat him with one hand.

Lucian Bute, Glen Johnson

“It’s tough to win in your opponent’s hometown because as soon as he does one little thing, the crowd goes crazy instead of paying attention to what the punches are telling you.”

On the undercard, Canadian super-bantamweight Steve Molitor improved to 34-2, outpointing Quebec fighter Sebastien Gauthier in a 10-round split decision.

Molitor had winning scores of 96-94 and 96-94 and other judge had it 96-94 for Gauthier.

Hometown fighter Pier-Olivier Cote (18-0) stopped American Jorge Luis Teron in the second round to take the vacant IBF Intercontinental light weltwerweight title.

Local favorite Kevin Bizier (15-0) drew a rousing cheer when he stopped Danish veteran Christian Bladt with a straight left to the jaw in the third round of their welterweight bout. American featherweight Rances Barthelemy (14-0) used his long reach to knock down Mexico’s Alejandro Barrera (21-10) three times en route to a second-round stoppage.

Story from AP and MSNBC.com

You’ve Got Me Going In Circles- Digital Circlism Art

Artist Makes Celebrity Portraits from Thousands of Circles

By  Spooky

Using an original technique he calls Digital Circlism, artist Ben Heine creates detailed portraits of celebrities like Eminem, Bob Marley or Elvis Presley.

A Belgian artist born in the Ivory Coast, Heine is most famous for his Pencil vs Camera series, which was covered by many of the major online media outlets, but his Digital Circlism portraits are equally, if not more impressive. Using a sharp round brush in Photoshop CS4, he applies thousands of circles on a black background, until he creates a colorful, realistic portrait. You might think he uses some kind of automated process to apply every circle, but that’s actually the most remarkable thing about Ben Heine – he adds every one of the circles individually. Each circle has a different color, a different tone and a different size, which makes creating a single one of these artworks very time consuming. His latest work, a portrait of hip-hop icon Eminem, is made exclusively with flat circles on a black background, and took nine days of intensive labour to complete.

A new technique, developed by Ben Heine himself, Digital Circlism could certainly develop into an important artistic movement.

Photos by Ben Heine via benjaminheine.blogspot.com
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The Badlands & Great Plains- Not so great and pretty bad for Lakotas

South Dakota’s Badlands are rich in culture, rife in poverty

Photojournalist Danny Wilcox Frazier writes:

The Badlands of South Dakota is one of the most economically depressed regions in the United States. Though surrounded by common social strife as a result, rich traditional culture survives since much of the Badlands are part of the Pine Ridge Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota. Once led by the legendary war chief Crazy Horse, Pine Ridge is also where some 300 men, women, and children were slaughtered by the 7th Cavalry at the Massacre of Wounded Knee in 1890, the tragic end to the Indian Wars.

Danny Wilcox Frazier for FacingChange.org

Locals attend the youth rodeo at Oglala on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  Lakota traditions as well as Western culture are strong throughout the reservation.

Conditions on the Pine Ridge Reservation are comparable to the most impoverished nations in the world. Two out of three people on the reservation live below the federal poverty line, and the unemployment rate hovers between eighty-five and ninety percent. Life expectancy is 48 years for men and 52 for women. Faced with staggering poverty, the Lakota work to preserve tradition, culture, and maintain their community.

Danny Wilcox Frazier for FacingChange.org

One of Nancy Broken Rope’s twelve grandchildren who live with her hides inside a kitchen cupboard in Allen on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Broken Rope has 18 members of her family living with her, while the average number of people living in a single family home on the reservation is 17.

The Lakota are not the only people who struggle economically in the region today. Small towns across the Badlands suffer greatly as national economic shifts bankrupt and depopulate many rural communities. Broken-down ranches litter the landscape while leather-faced cowboys seemingly as old as the soil itself pass in sun-faded pickups. Many ranchers in South Dakota are descendants of the land-hungry settlers who historically pressured the federal government to take Lakota territory and confine the Lakota to reservations. Now, both Indians and whites live in isolation in the Badlands, forgotten communities left to survive as best they can.

Danny Wilcox Frazier for FacingChange.org

The Great Plains of southwestern South Dakota.

Danny Wilcox Frazier is unusual in the world of photography. Instead  of gravitating to the media hub of New York City or far flung war  zones, he works as a freelance photographer in Iowa City, Iowa. While he’s  always been drawn to documenting the emptying of rural America, recent  data from the Census Bureau emphasizes the trend: the rural population  has dropped from 20% to 16% of the nation’s total in ten years.

Danny Wilcox Frazier for FacingChange.org

Friends gather to practice steer roping near Kadoka, South Dakota. Traditional Western life still lives strong through the region surrounding the Badlands.

For this most recent look at rural America, Frazier spent a month this summer  in the southwest corner of South Dakota. He’s been visiting the area frequently since 2008. See  the  complete story at FacingChange.org which commissioned the work in   conjunction with Leica Camera.

Danny Wilcox Frazier for FacingChange.org

John Neumann and first cousin, Colten Triebwasser, take a break from cutting hay and vaccinating cattle on the Neumann ranch near Cactus Flat, S.D.  Neumann lives with his wife, Julie, on their self-described “dirt poor” horse and cattle ranch in southwestern South Dakota.  They struggled to survive eight straight years of drought that ended in 2008, only to be challenged by high fuel costs once the rain fall improved.

Frazier wants to bring attention to the people who still live there.   Why? “Land is still one of our nation’s greatest assets and if no one is   living in these rural places, how that land is being used, treated or   disregarded, there’s no oversight of that…We need to have a rural   population to watch out for and invest in rural places, and maintain our   rural culture,” Frazier says.

See more of Frazier’s work on rural America in an urban age: Driftless: Stories from Iowa

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This future kitchen concept from 1943- Really?

Cooking Up Technology: Sweet Retrofuturistic 1943 Kitchen

When past generations thought about the future, their predictions often centered on making home life easier. And where was there more room for improvement than in the kitchen? Before dishwashers, microwave ovens and garbage disposals, moms of the past (and, rarely, dads) spent a large amount of time in the kitchen preparing meals and cleaning up. So naturally, the perception of the future kitchen was one of convenience and automation.

This future kitchen concept from 1943 predicted that we’d do away with pots, pans and serving dishes in favor of recessed vessels that would do it all. These chambers, made of a futuristic material called Therm-X, were set into the cooking surface and made the kitchen into a buffet. Rather than carrying serving dishes to the table, mom could simply dish up portions from right there in the kitchen.

The unit’s refrigerator was an amazing chamber set into the surface of the cooking area, with a glass door to let mom know what was inside and two openings so that items could be retrieved from the kitchen or from the adjoining dining alcove. The cooker likewise featured a glass door and state-of-the-art temperature regulation. It featured a motor-driven spit so that mom could keep an eye on the rotating roast from every angle. Even the toaster was set into the countertop surface, giving even more functionality to the all-in-one space.

When the integrated sliding cover was pulled over the cooking/food prep surface, the entire setup would become a desk or bar surface. The original article, which was run in the Uniontown, PA Morning Herald, claimed that washing dishes would be a thing of the past, and that the majority of the cook’s work could be done sitting down. That’s one improvement that actually has come to pass, though today the cook is often sitting in the other room watching TV while our amazing appliances take care of nearly everything.