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  • Time-lapse macro video: ferrous particles in liquid suspension, drawn to magnet

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    Kim Pimmel shares the video above, and explains:

    Ferrous printer toner particles floating on the surface of water are attracted by a magnet and align to the invisible magnetic field around them. The patterns and motions that result are strangely ordered and organized. Time-lapse sequences were created from individual photos shot with a Nikon D90, DIY macro lens and DIY intervalometer.


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 I've finally assembled my race calendar for 2011 and registered for all races. Spanning four official half-marathons, two 10k's, and one 5k covering 68.1 time-chipped miles. Hopefully this will be my strongest running year yet. I just might break 1:45 for the half. Not to mention all the 10+ mile training runs leading up to the big races.

Special thanks go out to my new running circle who tipped me off to North Olympic Half-Marathon, my close friend Micky who's hosting me a second year in a row for the Eugene Half-Marathon, and to my long-time running buddy Tea-Leaf who registered me for the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon for my 40th birthday.

And check out the 2011 Running Playlist I put together (at bottom). I use the same playlist all year, chosen for target pace and distance. This year's list has less techno, more classic rock, and includes half-dozen contemporary Led Zeppelin covers, and of course, James Bond theme songs!

DATE RACE DISTANCE
Sunday, May 01 Eugene Half-Marathon 13.1m
Sunday, June 05 North Olympic Half-Marathon 13.1m
Saturday, June 25 Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon 13.1m
Sunday, July 03 Firecracker 5000 (midnight) 3.3m
Wednesday, Aug 24 Seward Park 10k 6.2m
Sunday, Oct 16 Harvest 10k 6.2m
Sunday, Nov 27 Seattle Half-Marathon 13.1m

My 2011 Running Playlist:

  • Big Daddy Kane/Jurassic 5/Percy P - A Day at the Races
  • Black Eyed Peas - One Tribe
  • Cee Lo Green - Bright Lights Bigger City
  • Cee Lo Green - Fuck You [Explicit]
  • The Clash - Rock the Casbah
  • David Bowie - Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
  • Depeche Mode – Useless
  • Dread Zeppelin - Your Time Is Gonna Come
  • Elbow - One Day Like This
  • Eminem – Superman
  • The Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another
  • Foreigner - Juke Box Hero
  • Goldbug - Whole Lotta Love
  • Groove Armada – Madder
  • Jack White & Alicia Keys - Another Way To Die
  • Jethro Tull - Locomotive Breath
  • Missing Persons - Walking In L.A.
  • The Moody Blues - I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock & Roll Band)
  • Peter Frampton - Do You Feel Like We Do
  • Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
  • Pink Floyd -  Have A Cigar
  • Primal Scream - Come Together
  • Propellerheads - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • Queen - We Will Rock You
  • Reverend Horton Heat – Marijuana
  • Rob D - Clubbed To Death (Kurayamino Mix)
  • Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Stairway To Heaven
  • Rush - The Spirit of Radio
  • Rush - Working Man
  • The Sisters Of Mercy – More
  • The Soul Rebels - Let Your Mind Be Free
  • The Sounds - Living in America
  • The Soup Dragons Feat. Junior Reid - I'm Free
  • Supertramp - Take the Long Way Home
  • Van Halen - Runnin' With The Devil
  • The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
  • The Who - Join Together
  • The Who - Eminence Front
  • Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart

 

 

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    I always imagined skydiving to be a frantic, chaotic experience. Okay, maybe you get 15 seconds of "whoa this looks cool" before panic sets in as you start zipping down the air and plummeting to earth—don't freak out, oh MY GOD PULL THE CORD, PULL THE EFFING CORD ALREADY YOU JOKESTER. This slow motion video, taken with the Melbourne Skydive Centre, is nothing like that. More »


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  • Simon Pegg Writes 1,000 Words on Why He Joined the 140-Character-Publishing Twitter [Twitter]

    I loathe following celebrities on Twitter, but I make an exception with British actor Simon Pegg. He's classy, funny and knows how to use Twitter correctly—something you only have to look at Courtney Love's Twitter feed to appreciate. Pegg wrote for the New Statesman that he grabbed his Twitter handle early to avoid cybersquatters, but admitted he "resisted Twitter for a long time, initially because I didn't understand it," before becoming entranced in the marketing power it could give him for the launch of his latest film, Paul. More »


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  • Lessons from 10 years of Pepys's diaries online
    For ten years, Phil Gyford has been republishing Samuel Pepys's diaries online in one-entry-per-day chunks. On the way, he and a growing community of readers, historians, literary scholars and enthusiasts have annotated Pepys's legendary accounts of life in 17th century London. In this presentation, Phil walks us through the most surprising and interesting moments in his decade of Pepysianism, from random Twitterers who've taken on the personae of other characters in Pepys's saga to Google mashups of Pepys's London. I saw him present this earlier this year at The Story in London and it was marvellous. My talk about Samuel Pepys' diary as an online story MP3 Link...


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  • "Please Do Not Photoshop Justin Bieber's Face on My Personal Photos"

    Here is a human resources complaint sent by a co-worker of David Thorne—one of the greatest troll artists working today—after David photoshopped Justin Bieber's face all over the co-workers personal photos.

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    Here is a snippet of the email exchange after the co-worker discovered the doctored photos:

    From: Simon Dempsey
    Date: Thursday 31 March 2011 1.05pm
    To: David Thorne
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: No Subject
    But what did you put Justin Biebers face on them for dickwad? I was going to use them for something.

    From: David Thorne
    Date: Thursday 31 March 2011 1.12pm
    To: Simon Dempsey
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: No Subject
    You can still use them. Justin Bieber is very popular.
    Read the entire exchange here, and for more of David Thorne fucking with people's lives in hilarious ways, go here. AND ESPECIALLY HERE!! (For those of you in a hurry, check out a couple of the Bieberized photos after the jump.)

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    More here!

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