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7Nov/111

Honey: doesn’t contain the parts that make it good for you

Posted by rabidchild

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/

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7Nov/111

Over 21,000 sign whitehouse.gov petition seeking “vapid response,” cookies

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Ars Technica

via Over 21,000 sign whitehouse.gov petition seeking "vapid response," cookies.

Over 21,000 sign whitehouse.gov petition seeking "vapid response," cookies

A feature on the White House's website designed to encourage citizens to interact with the administration has become what every very public forum on the Internet eventually becomes: a target for trolls.

The "We the People" petition feature of whitehouse.gov, launched in September, is intended as a way for citizens to petition the Obama administration for action on specific topics of concern. Citizens can register an account on the site, and create petitions or sign those of others. When a site user creates a petition, a unique URL is generated for the petition that can be spread via social media or e-mail; the petition becomes visible on the White House website once it hits 150 signatures within 30 days. If a petition gets over 25,000 e-signatures in 30 days, it will be reviewed by White House staff for an official response, according to the latest version of the tool's "terms of participation."

That threshold was originally set at launch at 5,000 signatures. But the administration has been forced to tune its thresholds to deal with the popularity of the petition tool, such as petitions to acknowledge that aliens are among us and to "stop lying."

The tone of the White House's response to many of the petitions has spawned the latest rapidly-rising request for a White House response, so far signed by over 21,000 registered site users.

 

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4Nov/111

I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means, Hypocrisy Edition

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Paul Krugman

via I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means, Hypocrisy Edition.

 

 

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3Nov/110

Google “Do a Barrel Roll” Right Now [Starfox]

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Kotaku

via Google "Do a Barrel Roll" Right Now [Starfox].

Google "Do a Barrel Roll" Right Now Do it. Right now. Why are you still here?

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3Nov/110

Minor Quakes In the UK Likely Caused By Fracking

Posted by devlogic

"Non-conventional extraction of hydrocarbons is the next wave of production, including natural gas and oil – at least according to its advocates. One of the most controversial of the technologies being used is hydraulic fracture drilling, or 'fracking.' Energy companies have been gobbling up Google ad words to push the view that the technology is 'proven' and 'safe,' while stories about the damage continue to surface. Adding to the debate are two small tremors in the UK — below 3.0, so very small – that were quite likely the result of fracking there. Because the drilling cracks were shallow, this raises concerns that deeper cracks near more geologically active areas might lead to quakes that could cause serious damage."

via Slashdot.

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3Nov/111

R2-D2 Thinks He’s Link, Battles Ganon On a…Bantha? What the Hell? [Fan Art]

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Kotaku

via R2-D2 Thinks He's Link, Battles Ganon On a...Bantha? What the Hell? [Fan Art].

R2-D2 Thinks He's Link, Battles Ganon On a...Bantha? What the Hell? [Fan Art]

R2-D2 Thinks He's Link, Battles Ganon On a...Bantha? What the Hell?Artist Andy J Hunter throws Star Wars and The Legend of Zelda together to see what sticks.

The result is R2-D2 as Link. Fighting Phantom Ganon. Who's riding a Bantha.

Best not to ask too many questions.

You can see more of Hunter's mashup work at his personal site.

R2-D2 Thinks He's Link, Battles Ganon On a...Bantha? What the Hell?

 

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3Nov/110

The Kinect Effect

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The Kinect Effect

The is hands down, the best Microsoft commercial I have ever seen. I has soul. It has spirit. It has open optimism about what a company and creative enthusiasts can do together. They are even showcasing kinect projects on the official website Kinect.com

Bravo.

My hats off the the tens of thousands of creative developers who have explored the wide ranging uses of Kinect and, of course, to Microsoft & Xbox for seeing that it is a very positive thing to embrace. Yes, Kinect is a product that ultimately must make money through games and applications. But, it can also have a remarkably positive impact on our culture.

Best $3000I ever spent.

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1Nov/111

How To Make a Terrifying Steampunkin For Halloween [DIY]

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Thomas Willeford has provides all of the information necessary to create your very own Steampunkin for Halloween via this handy instructional PDF.

Check out the image after the break to see the terrifying beast up close.

Nerd Approved

via How To Make a Terrifying Steampunkin For Halloween [DIY].

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