It’s almost midnight, and Amanda Palmer is naked. advertisement advertisement We’re down to the final minutes of the singer-songwriter-provocateur’s month-long Kickstarter campaign, a crowdfunding effort that shocked the entertainment world by becoming the site’s most successful music-based project to date. The pledges–which had an official target of $100,000, and which had privately been budgeted to hit $500,000–have already topped a million dollars. To celebrate the countdown, Palmer, who the Huffington Post called “the social media queen of rock & roll,” is throwing a six-hour, block-party-style celebration in a parking lot behind some warehouses along Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. To a surprisingly “classic pop” soundtrack (the Jackson 5, the Who, Ray Charles), she and her crew dressed up in old-time bathing suits and frolicked in an aquarium-style clear box on the back of a truck, scribbling the names of … [Read more...] about Deep Inside Amanda Palmer’s Crowd-Powered, Naked Creativity Machine
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Sri Lanka's ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa on Sunday conceded the presidential poll to main opposition leader and former wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa who is all set to lead the country for the next five years, months after the Easter Sunday bombings that raised security challenges.Premadasa, 52, also stepped down as the Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) with immediate effect."It is my privilege to honour the people's decision and congratulate Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his election," said Premadasa, the ruling United National Party (UNP) candidate.Close "I am grateful our citizens who voted for me. I am humbled that you placed your faith in me. Your support has been a fountain of strength throughout my political career," he said on Twitter. related news Sri Lanka to elect new president on November 16 PVR makes foray into Sri Lanka, opens 9-screen multiplex Politics | China’s foreign policy outreach in India’s neighbourhood … [Read more...] about Premadasa concedes Sri Lanka presidential poll to Rajapaksa
advertisement The New York Times has just posted an fabulous infographic, showing what the unemployment rates look like for various demographics–ranging from race to age to education levels. And when you start playing with it, some very troubling messages start popping up. The specter of race is unavoidable. In almost every demographic, the unemployment rate for blacks is double that of whites: For example, among the college educated, aged 25-44, whites have a jobless rate of 3.7%. Blacks are at 7.4%, while Hispanics and Asians are somewhere in between, at 4.8% and 4.9%. Another fact: The recession has been particularly hard among the less educated. The highest unemployment rates of all are among blacks, aged 15-24, without a high-school diploma–there, the rates lie at a whopping 42.7%. Granted, these started at alarmingly high levels of just below 35% when the recession began–but if you play with the graph, what leaps out at you is that black jobless is … [Read more...] about Infographic of the Day: The Jobless Rate for People Like You
Algae is one of the hottest new biofuel materials, with over a dozen companies attempting to make the slimy stuff a viable feedstock. Most of them rely on the natural simplicity of the organism–sun and water turn CO2 from algae into fuel–and a few, including OriginOil, use LEDs to grow algae in the dark. Now a group of researchers from the Missouri University of Science and Technology wants to take OriginOil’s technique a step further and grow algae in abandoned mines. Old mines are actually an ideal location for algae. When algae are grown in outdoor ponds, scientists often fear that Still, there are some downsides. LEDs are expensive and require lots of electricity to run, so there is a danger that more energy could be used in the lighting process than is ultimately generated by the algae. That isn’t stopping the Missouri researchers. The team is experimenting with algae in artificial mines, and a real mining operation is scheduled to go online sometime in the … [Read more...] about Abandoned Mines: The New Algae-Harvesting Powerhouses?
Q: Dear Dan: The Snuggie is everywhere. WTF?– Shruggie advertisement advertisement Dear Shruggie, if you think you’re bewildered about the Snuggie, consider the Chinese people who make a living producing them. (“I make blanket-ponchos for Americans who are too lazy to put on a sweater.”) By the way, did you see the new Snuggie designs unveiled at Fashion Week? Zebra, leopard, tie-dye, camouflage, etc. (“I make blanket-ponchos for Americans who want to look like a zebra.”) There’s even a Snuggie Pub Crawl, which seems like the best idea of the bunch. Here’s a theory you didn’t ask for: Infomercials are great at presenting unexpected solutions to unarticulated needs. You’ve probably had a Snuggiesque experience–lying on the couch and reading a book on a cold day, and you wrap a blanket around you, but it gets frustrating because you can’t hold the book AND keep your shoulders bundled up at the same time. … [Read more...] about The Snuggie Is Everywhere. WTF?