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10 Weird Romantic Destinations – Weird Worm

World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain in Las Vegas and other weird and wonderful destinations.

Well they say that chocolate is an aphrodisiac and well who doesn’t love chocolate? At the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas is the world’s largest chocolate fountain. World renown pastry chef Jean Philippe Maury spent a year and a half in design and planning alone to build this monstrosity. The chocolate fountain is 27 feet tall and circulates 2,100 pounds of chocolate at a rate of 120 quarts per minute. There are three types of chocolate in the fountain and while you may not be able to eat directly from the fountain Jean Philippe’s bakery offers plenty of the prized chocolate.

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5 Small Businesses Successfully Using Social Media

5 creative solutions that show it’s not about the monetary investment you make in social media, but how you use these channels to communicate and build a community.

Find what it is you have that can add something of value to the conversation online. In today’s connected world, it is the story and personality of a company that will stand out and small businesses are in a great position to take advantage of that.

via 5 Small Businesses Successfully Using Social Media. /mashable.com

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Recycling Billboards into Modern Residential Buildings

One proposal by Front Architects suggests turning large billboards into lofted homes – small houses to be sure, but located in some potentially fascinating places.

via Recycling Billboards into Modern Residential Buildings | Dornob.

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upgrade time: WordPress 2.8.5: Hardening Release

The headline changes in this release are:

  • A fix for the Trackback Denial-of-Service attack that is currently being seen.
  • Removal of areas within the code where php code in variables was evaluated.
  • Switched the file upload functionality to be whitelisted for all users including Admins.
  • Retiring of the two importers of Tag data from old plugins.

via WordPress › Blog » WordPress 2.8.5: Hardening Release.

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Inventor Portraits and more

I enjoyed this blog – it shares my interests in photography, design and inventions. I bought some of these clever items:

About 10 seconds after Pam Turner showed me how to thread her Spiral Eye Needles, I was an expert. It usually takes me longer to thread a needle than it does to sew a button, but it really is impressively easy with Pam’s invention.

via Inventor Portrait: Pam Turner – David Friedman Photography: Blog.

see his other blog also: http://www.ironicsans.com

discovered via Critical Mass 2009

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Tokyo Architecture – How to Protect View of Mt. Fuji

An interesting article about a group that is trying to protect their neighborhood view of Mt. Fuji. New buildings keep being built taller and taller. The solution I propose? Just build a public park on top of each of those new buildings. Kind of like the public plaza or “sky lobby” in the new San Francisco Federal building. Easier to impose that kind of building code than force developers to scale back their projects.

“I can’t imagine Nippori without Mount Fuji,” Mr. Kaneko said. “But it is probably just a matter of time before another building appears that will block what’s left.”

via Tokyo Journal – Taking On Skyscrapers to Protect View of an ‘Old Friend’ – NYTimes.com.

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RayKo Photo Center: artist-in-residence

Next deadline is January 2, 2010. This is an ongoing program with 3 residencies a year.

Our Residence Program was developed to continue our support and education of fine art photographers. Through the program, artists receive a $1250 credit and one free class, or $1500 credit and no class. The credit is only for use of the rentals and services at RayKo, it is not a cash stipend for the purchase of supplies. The residence does not include a housing, transportation or food stipend.

via artist-in-residence at RayKo Photo Center.

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The Drupal Gardens Affect

An interesting take on the upcoming “Drupal Gardens”. It works well for WordPress and I’m sure a hosted solution will work well in growing the Drupal community also. I prefer the simplicity of WordPress unless there is a justification for the features of Drupal. But this could give me an excuse to use Drupal for simple sites also. I look forward to seeing how you deal with the limits of the WYSIWYG editor.

Not too long ago, Acquia announced Drupal Gardens – the SaaS-based Drupal-in-a-box. Drupal has been known to be difficult to implement, and to some degree to use. Drupal Gardens attempts to address both of these issues. And based on the video demo, it looks like Acquia has started to skin both cats.

via The Drupal Gardens Affect.

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The World Beach Project: A Creative Contributory Project that Shines

This article evaluates why the interaction design of the project enabled it’s success …

There are lots of museums … looking for ways to inspire users and visitors to produce their own content and share it with the institution online… The World Beach Project is managed by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London with artist-in-residence Sue Lawty… In the first two years of its existence (Oct 2007 – now), the World Beach Project received more than 700 contributions…

via Museum 2.0: The World Beach Project: A Creative Contributory Project that Shines.

We have had some similar issues to deal with in the public-art project I am working on that is in a live beta test now: Our Oakland: Eastside Stories. Log in and leave a story. I am also starting work with the Oakland Museum of California on some interactive projects for their soon-to-be-launched Drupal-based website.

View the project itself.

I notice the museum uses “Percussion Rhythmyx“. Yet another CMS – there are so many.

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Facebook Privacy: 10 Tips

10 Solid Tips to Safeguard Your Facebook Privacy

From Dr. Mercola (What do you think about him? I never heard of him before.)

Facebook has over 300 million active users….

via 10 Solid Tips to Safeguard Your Facebook Privacy .

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