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DSLR and GoPro Cameras Used to Film Insane Rope-free Climbing

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 21:50 by Paul Jay in category: News


A couple days ago 60 Minutes aired a piece on Alex Honnold, a climber who scales insane cliffs with only a pair of climbing shoes and some chalk. To capture footage of Honnold doing a death-defying climb, they attached GoPro cameras to various points on the cliff and had photographers hanging nearby with Canon 5D Mark II DSLRs. The result is an amazing glimpse into an activity that only a handful of people on earth would even think about attempting.

Here’s the behind the scenes video showing how they captured the footage:

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  1. As a climber, I’ve got to say that what this young man does is magical to me. He has basically attained the ideal of our sport, standing at the bottom of a vertical cliff, thousands of feet high, and then scaling it with nothing but his strength, skill, and mental fortitude.

    I also worry that one day I’ll read about the mistake he made that cost him his life. I hope not.

  2. As I watched him on the hardest part I thought about what it would be like to be there and that’s when a chill ran down my spine. This guy is insane but obviously the best at what he does!

Dominoes, move over.

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 20:21 by John Sinteur in category: News


This is a stick bomb. This is an AWESOME STICK BOMB. This is an awesome kid showing you how to make your own stick bomb. This is another really great stick bomb, but it’s not done by that awesome little kid, so it’s not nearly as cool.

I wonder if you could build logic gates out of them…

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Bernie Sanders & Ben Bernanke Agree Wall Street Protesters Have Good Reason To Be In The Streets

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 19:00 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Proof FOX Edits Out Protesters That Can Coherently Explain What They Are Protesting

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 18:59 by Paul Jay in category: News

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They blinded me with science

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 18:08 by John Sinteur in category: News


As was not widely reported, The Rodale Institute has just published the results of a 30-year study that claims that -in terms of yields, economic viability, energy usage, and human health- organic farming is better than conventional farming, and they have the data to prove it.

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Apple event video

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 18:02 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

The event video is online

Scroll to 71:30 for the cool Siri demo.

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  1. “You know the real reason why I lost my accent though and why you’re gonna have to loose yours if you have one too? It’s ‘cause they automated 411. Yeah, yeah… You’re talking to a robot. You can’t have an accent and get a number anymore, this is the future!” – Hal Sparks

Upgrade kit

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 17:47 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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Study: As many as 3000 young women are annually forced into marriage

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 17:10 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Tahirih Justice Center has just released a report that shows some very disturbing instances of as many 3000 young women across the United States being forced into marriage, often to men much older than them that they have never met and whom sometimes turn to brutally raping their young wives, with one man said to have avoided public scrutiny by pretending to be the father of his recent 13 year old bride who only recently arrived in the country. Whilst raping her repeatedly in the evenings she would then attend school during the day where her husband purported father would religiously collect her at the end of the day. Hardly the sort of tale that broach women’s emancipations in modern day America.

In case you think forced marriages are only for foreigners you’d be surprised to learn that according to the report, forced marriages go on quite widely within the US, with as many 47 out of 50 states practicing the craft. What distinguishes forced marriages to that of arranged marriages is the fact that forced marriages do not involve consent from the bride and often involve underage girls.

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Apple: New iPhone Good

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 16:07 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


During a highly anticipated media event held today at the Apple corporation’s world headquarters, CEO Tim Cook announced the new iPhone 4S is good and people should buy it. “It’s a good phone,” said Cook, walking out onto a stage and gesturing at a picture of the device projected on a large screen behind him. "It’s got e-mail, the Internet, and you can get apps on it. Everybody should get one. It’s good." After standing in place for another four seconds without speaking, Cook walked off stage, at which point the houselights came up and all in attendance were asked to please file out of the auditorium.

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Bill O’Reilly on Occupy Wall Street: They’re Jobless Because They Don’t Want to Work

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 16:04 by John Sinteur in category: News


Williams: First of all look at those Occupy Wall Street movement that you’re seeing right there first hand. It’s now spreading and it’s in LA, S, Pittsburgh, Boston,

O’Reilly: But you don’t think this is spontaneous do you?

Williams: Yes, I do, it’s organic.

O’Reilly: Oh, they’re NOT! There’s groups behind them, professional people, these people, we sent Jesse Watters and these people just wander around…

Williams: Yea, but they’re jobless,

O’Reilly: They’re jobless because they don’t want to work! They admitted it to us. They won’t work for the corporate man.

It really is amazing how lazy people become during the 2008 recession! Recession comes in. People become lazy. Can’t explain that.

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  1. Yeah, amazing. Amazing how strong work ethics was in the 1920s, and suddenly people became extremely lazy in 1929! Lost their whole work ethic in less than a year! Worldwide! For a whole decade! In some countries, nearly half of the work-force decided to call it a day! It needed a world war to make them work hard again! Surely because of the nation-wide military discipline, there is no other explanation.

    In the 1950s and 1960s, work ethic was strong again because people learned discipline in the war, only to drop again in the 1970s. All the coal miners and steel workers of the 1970s would surely have found work, but they were simply too lazy. The long-haired lazy Hippies are to blame, I’m sure!

    (I hope everybody recognizes immediately that my post is meant deeply sarcastically)

    Btw, a related Onion article: ‘Unemployment high because people keep blowing their job interviews’


German state minister: The Kochs are ruining U.S. renewables

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 16:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


Ever wonder why Germany has a robust renewables economy, while the U.S. keeps claiming it’s not achievable? Here’s a theory from Franz Unterskeller, German state minister for the environment, climate, and energy:

We don’t have the situation like you have in the U.S., where you have this Koch brothers.

Also, “we believe in climate change,” adds Frithjof Staiß, managing director of the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research.

Longer article here, but I like the flow-chart in the linked article above..

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  1. Germany renews whole countries.

Occupy Wall Street Ignored?

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 16:00 by John Sinteur in category: News


For the past few weeks, hundreds of protesters have been demonstrating in New York under the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ banner. The demonstrators have a range of gripes over the state of America – not least the woeful state of the economy and what they argue is a destructive corporate greed that’s choking the prospects of the average worker.

But has the US media been paying attention? The China Daily says not. In an editorial, the paper’s deputy US editor, Chen Weihua, blasts what he says is a ‘shameful’ media blackout.

‘As a journalist, I have wondered why the so-called mainstream US media, which is either headquartered in New York or maintains a strong presence in the city, has chosen to ignore the prolonged demonstration since it started,’ Chen asks. ‘Why have those journalists, who made their names covering various protests around the world, suddenly become silent in reporting the mass rally? That clearly does not match their enthusiasm to cover demonstrations in recent months in places such as North Africa and the Middle East.’

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Wikipedia:Comunicato 4 ottobre 2011/en

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 15:54 by John Sinteur in category: News


Today, unfortunately, the very pillars on which Wikipedia has been built – neutrality, freedom, and verifiability of its contents – are likely to be heavily compromised by paragraph 29 of a law proposal, also known as “DDL intercettazioni” (Wiretapping Act).

This proposal, which the Italian Parliament is currently debating, provides, among other things, a requirement to all websites to publish, within 48 hours of the request and without any comment, a correction of any content that the applicant deems detrimental to his/her image.

Unfortunately, the law does not require an evaluation of the claim by an impartial third judge – the opinion of the person allegedly injured is all that is required, in order to impose such correction to any website.

Hence, anyone who feels offended by any content published on a blog, an online newspaper and, most likely, even on Wikipedia can directly request to publish a “corrected” version, aimed to contradict and disprove the allegedly harmful contents, regardless of the truthfulness of the information deemed as offensive, and its sources.

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Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 11:36 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Cartoon

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in the middle of the street…

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 8:42 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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  1. This looks like suburban South Florida… But I guess that’s all suburbia everywhere. So, um, why is this image interesting? What am I missing?

  2. In the middle of Arstreet?

  3. Is that a goose in the back of the truck?