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Hahnemann Hospital Mural on Independence

September 30, 2010 by  

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The ‘Independence Starts Here’ mural on the side of Hahnemann University Hospital.


Artists in Residence, Dorking

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Green Thing friends (see our little creature behind Heather above?) international artists Ackroyd and Harvey have a new project in the works. They’re returning to their roots in Dorking, Surrey alongside Anne Brodie and Amanda Loomes. Although all four of the artists have lived in the area, collectively over 100 years, they have never exhibited together in their hometown. The artists will be transforming a vacant shop into a gallery and will be exploring habit and habitat, and what local means to the artists. The exhibition ‘Artists in Residence, Dorking’ is taking place at 13 St Martins Walk Shopping Centre, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1UT and will be open to the public for the first 3 weekends in October. It all kicks off tomorrow, October 1st. To find out more, or reserve tickets for talks by the artists, you can call the box office: 01306 881717.


Report: 95% of Email Is Spam: Threats Aimed at Facebook and Children’s Searches

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Panda Labs 3rd Quarter 2010 threat report (PDF) found that 95% of all email is spam. It also said that Trojans constituted 55% of all new threats but infections via email are declining in favor of increased attacks via social networking sites including attacks associated with Facebook’s “Like” button. The Facebook Like button allows developers to use Javacript which can also be used by bad guys who use clickjacking exploits, to trick users into “liking” a page and then automatically recommending it to all their Facebook friends. There are also increased attacks via Google’s Android phones including scams that cause people to rack up phone bills with dubious services and attacks that disclose users’ geolocation to a third party. Monsters of a Different Kind The report also said there were Black Hat SEO attacks aimed at searches for Moshi Monsters, a very popular search term for children interested in “adopting their very own pet monsters.” Trouble is, some kids were encountering monsters of a different kind — ones that put malicious software on their computers. Blackhat SEO is when sites get optimized for search engines…

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Useful Take Homes on the Art of Punctuation

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Today’s the day writers everywhere celebrate the ! – . , – ; – : and the ?, right? Hopefully, though, as writers even if we don’t consciously celebrate punctuation, we at least practice it correctly. The sad fact is, though that not all writers follow the rules! (What do you think? A bit too much emphasis there?) As a writer, Strunk & White and style guides galore dominate my life. When you longingly thumb through Punctuation cookiesthe latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style marveling at the tissue-thin paper bound within that thick tome, hoping upon hope that someone will buy it for you for the next holiday (National Punctuation Day would be a timely holiday, I think), you know your love of words and punctuation may have crossed a line. Jeff Rubin, founder of all things punctuation, offers up a few ideas on how to celebrate. Here’s a game plan for your celebration of National Punctuation Day®. A few words of caution: Don’t overdo it.
  • Sleep late.
  • Take a long shower or bath.
  • Go out for coffee and a bagel (or two).
  • Read a newspaper and circle all of the punctuation errors you find


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Dutch DJ Drops Euro Travel Anthem

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I think I might have to make this the unofficial Europopped anthem. Mischa Daniels’ released a few weeks ago clip for “Where You Wanna Go” showcases the DJ and rapper J-Son hitting up hotels throughout Europe, including Sweden’s Nordic Sea hotel (check the ice bar!) over a David Guetta-esque track. Love European hotels, btw, except the small beds, which are shown here as well. Anyway, catchy song and a video that will have you itching to hop a flight to Amsterdam, Paris or Stockholm.


Litang:Tibetan Cultural Center of Tibet

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Tibetan woman spinning her prayer wheel in Litang
Tibetan woman spinning prayer wheel in Litang
We have been traveling for two weeks. somehow it seems much longer. Chengdu and the Tibetan Plateau are very different places, in landscape and people. Chengdu is a very large city of Han Chinese, and the Himalayan west of Sichuan is sparsely populated with Tibetans. Many people think of the Tibetan people and the Tibetan Plateau as being only within the lines drawn by the Chinese government, the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Both the Plateau and the Tibetan people are spread over several other provinces. The government  encourages Hans to move into Tibetan lands with various incentives, and by building new cities deep in formerly exclusive Tibetan lands. But the fingers of Himalayas we crossed to climb the Plateau, and the difficulty in building and maintaining roads, have kept this part of Tibetan land Tibetan. We will now turn south, remaining on ridges of the Plateau for a few hundred kilometers, with at least one pass higher than any we have yet crossed, nearing 16,000 feet. Not far from here, the great rivers of SE Asia are given birth; the Yangtze and the Mekong are the two we…

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North Carolina’s Chrysanthemum Show

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The North Carolina Arboretum is ablaze with color in fall. One of the highlights is the annual show by the North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society, set for October 16 and 17, 2010. The popular annual show showcases hundreds of chrysanthemum blooms in vibrant and varied colors. The exhibits will be judged by National Standards by expert Accredited National Chrysanthemum judges from all over the United States and Canada. The Chrysanthemum Show is free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($8 per personal motor vehicle). Visitors are encouraged to explore the Arboretum’s 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, engaging exhibits, and bountiful opportunities to connect with nature.


SecondFloor: Charlene Li in Conversation with Broadvision CEO Pehong Chen

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Here is Charlene Li, principal analyst and co-founder of the Altimeter Group talking about her background and social media within the context of business. She is interviewed by Pehong Chen, the CEO of BroadVision, which offers a business collaboration service called Clearvale. The event was video recorded by a crew from Sina.com, the Chinese Internet giant, on the second floor of BroadVision HQ in Redwood City. This interview kicks off the first in the “SecondFloor” series of interviews with key thought leaders. I'll be conducting some of the future interviews. Here are some notes from the evening: - Charlene Li spoke about her latest book Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead. -She spoke about her upbringing in Detroit as the daughter of parents from Taiwan and Hong Kong. She said she felt very much an outsider, living in the heart of a working class community of Polish, Irish and Italian. This outsider feeling has proved useful to her career in being able to gain insights into companies and trends. - Charlene Li worked for many years as a reporter. She joined the…

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