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Worth1000's Doctored Images: Modern Mod Ren 5 -- If modern celebrities were the subjects of (slightly less) modern art.

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Modern Mod Ren 5 is the current theme on Worth1000. Its doctored images theme is basically if modern famous celebrities were the subjects of (slightly less) modern art. It depicts a modern celebrity as the model in a piece of fine art -- not done in the classical photorealist style. The piece is with a distinctive style (i.e. brush strokes, specific textures, exaggerated features, etc.) like impressionism, pointilism, cubism, charcoal sketches, or anything so long as it's not photorealistic.

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How the Venus flytrap snaps up its prey.

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This Yahoo! News article says American and French scientists believed they have explained how one of nature's marvels, the Venus flytrap, snaps shut to snare its victims. The plant -- described by Charles Darwin as "one of the most wonderful in the world" -- is able to enclose a fly within its clamshell-shaped leaves in just 100 milliseconds, faster than the eye can blink.

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Harold Blank's Camera Van

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Memepool posted a link to Harold Blank's Camera Van is covered with hundreds of cameras, some of which are still working and can be used to snap candid photos.

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Remember those computer cup holder jokes? Well, here's a video clip!

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Compfused.com shows a perfect streaming video clip (QuickTime actually, a TV commercial/advertisement) of this in action.

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50 Top Movie Deaths

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Compfused.com posted a link (Warning: Second page has a screen capture of women's breasts so it is not work friendly and offensive to some people) to the 50 Top Movie Deaths. "Total Film Magazine, in its July 2004 issue, provided an article on the 50 Greatest Movie Deaths throughout cinematic history. Their results below, based on a non-scientific poll taken from interviews with film critics, listed the 50 most highly-rated death scenes. Deaths in death scenes can be either cool, teary, metaphoric, grisly, scary, bloody, amusing, violent, transcendental, unforgettable, spectacular, frightening, funny, or shocking. The victim's death may be well-deserved, accidental, expected, sudden, or intentional. Some effective death scenes even occur off-screen."

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Worth1000's Time Machine 7: Doctored photographs with objects in settings foreign to their timeline.

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Worth1000's current contest theme is on images/photographs containing objects from the past, present, and/or future. However, it is an amalgam of any two. The trick in this contest is to put objects in settings foreign to their timeline. Paintings and cell phones were forbidden in this contest. There are 98 entries.

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Heroes of WoW #8: Loot

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Heroes of WoW's chapter 8 comic/cartoon strip is up. I always wondered how monsters and people can carry big things...

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Do game designers burn out like rock stars?

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A Guardian Unlimited's Gamesblog asks if do game designers burn out like rock stars. The games industry is getting on a bit now, and so are many of its key 'superstars'. You may not think it, given the proliferation of sequels and movie tie-ins that clog up the charts like that sickly white glue in the veins of heavy smokers, but this is a creative business. No matter how many people are involved in the process, there must be a spark of inspiration somewhere at its core. So what happens when the spark falters, or goes out?

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"Regress" terminology and its proper grammar usage.

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I just read this interesting discussion/thread in comp.software.testing newsgroup about the terminology and the proper grammar usage of "regress".

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Worth1000's Doctored Images: Good Old New Wave 3 (Earlier to 1980s)

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Worth1000's current contest theme is on celebrities/politicians from the past transported into the awesome 80's. There are 45 entries.

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Ant's 3 Picks from Compfused.com for the Day (1/24/2005)

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Compfused.com posted a few new cool videos and images today. Here are my favorites:

  • Bad Day image -- I had seen this at work before. I feel like this today for someas reason. :(
  • Large Paintin video (QuickTime) -- a cool television/TV commercial/advertisement with huge drawings and real people (e.g., hair).
  • Isfahan Movie (QuickTime) -- a nice rendered, animated film inspired by the Persian architecture. It reminds of those computer graphic demos.
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Steady Hand -- A Scary Flash Game

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Blue's News posted a scary Flash game called Steady Hand.

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Ant's 2 Picks from Viral & Video Ads for the Day (1/24/2005)

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Noah from the Bible.
Women Drivers -- Wow, she's a good at parallel parking.

Remember, these downloadable videos get removed after a few days/a week so download and watch them ASAP.

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Dr. Fun's cheesy computer black and white cartoons from 1990.

Doctor Fun ends his 1990 old black and white cartoons with a computer-related theme. See pages #56, #57, and #58.

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Steve Ballmer pitching Windows 1.0 in a TV commercial spoof.

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No, it is not Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer doing his "developers, developers, developers!" act again. /. posted a video clip (851 KB; WMV) from 15 years ago of Steve Ballmer pitching Windows v1.0 on a television (T.V.) commercial/advertisement as a spoof.

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A co-creator, of Firefox browser, is a teen. What about YOU as a teenager?

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This was an interesting read. I wasn't aware there was a teenager as a co-founder for Firefox before I read Seattle Post-Intelligencer's article: "By age 10, Blake Ross was designing Web pages on America Online. By 14, after mastering complex programming languages such as C++, he was fixing bugs in Netscape's Web browser from home, a hobby that landed him a job offer."

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George Ou's blog: You use my Hotspot; I'll use your credit card.

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George Ou's blog says: "Currently with most Wi-Fi hotspots, there is no simple way to tell whether or not you are using a legitimate hotspot. If you don't think this is a big deal -– since you're probably using VPN anyway -– think again! Since you probably authenticate with your Wi-Fi hotspot or hotspot aggregator provider on a routine basis with a username/password or you pull out your credit card to pay for temporary hotspot access, you could be in danger of losing your user account or worse – your credit card number. A hacker or criminal could easily put up a fake Web-based authentication server that looks exactly like the real thing for the purpose of stealing your hotspot user account or your credit card number along with the extended code. They could even provide you with real Internet access after you’ve authenticated with them to make you think that nothing is wrong and you would never know the difference. Next thing you know, you're looking at a massive hotspot usage bill or worse, you’re looking at a maxed out credit card. Can this really happen? You better believe it! Now that hotspots are ubiquitous, it's only a matter of time before criminals wise up to this type of exploit.