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Tuvalu

Tuvalu

Bad news for residents of Tuvalu, a small South Pacific nation with 11,500 people spread across nine atolls. Large parts of the country will disappear underwater later this week: Tuvalu…will be hit Thursday and Friday by “king tides” associated with the new moon, Hilia Vavae of the Tuvalu Meteorological Office [reports] [snip] Over the last […]

Amazon reviewer scam?

Amazon reviewer scam?

We all know by now that Amazon.com accidentally revealed the identities of anonymous reviewers on its Canadian website last week. The story is newsworthy from a technical perspective (how confident can you be that personal information remains personal), and it’s also amusing (authors were found to have reviewed of their own work). But there’s a […]

Arts pick: tyranny

Arts pick: tyranny

This week’s arts pick is another outdoor installation–this time outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Many visitors will no doubt find the artist’s images disturbing. The eye is immediately drawn to the prominent male figure that dominates the canvas. As if the subject’s size and position within the composition are not ample indications of his tyranny […]

Arts Pick: uncertainty

Arts Pick: uncertainty

We are living in uncertain times, and artists everywhere are expressing this theme in their work. Few, however, do it as brilliantly as a local Philadelphia artist in her new outdoor installation. The artist juxtaposes organic material with a stark, concrete backdrop to emphasize the temporal nature of her subject; at the same time, she […]

Courier is dead.  Long live Courier.

Courier is dead. Long live Courier.

Boing Boing, a blog that cannot be accessed here in the souless office park due to our internet security filter, is reporting that as of today, “courier new 12” is obsolete and unacceptable at the US State Department. The new standard font is Times New Roman 14. Exceptions to the new rule include: telegrams treaty […]