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This is an audio clip of two voicemails this girl recieved from a dude she met out at a bar one night. She promptly contacted her local radio station and had these broadcast on the air. Enjoy:

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I don’t know if any of you guys are fans of BTTLS (battles) the band. They are pretty much the music of the future. Well, one of their members, Tyondai Braxton, has a solo album coming out in Sept. Here is a little taste of it….its pretty weird, not gunna lie, but it is going to be some ‘next level shit’. And doesn’t it have to be, if they are basically from the future?

Enjoy.

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I won’t lie as this makes me pretty sad.

Reading Rainbow comes to the end of its 26-year run on Friday; it has won more than two-dozen Emmys, and is the third longest-running children’s show in PBS history — outlasted only by Sesame Street and Mister Rogers.

And why is this happening?

The show’s run is ending, Grant explains, because no one — not the station, not PBS, not the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — will put up the several hundred thousand dollars needed to renew the show’s broadcast rights.

Grant says the funding crunch is partially to blame, but the decision to end Reading Rainbow can also be traced to a shift in the philosophy of educational television programming. The change started with the Department of Education under the Bush administration, he explains, which wanted to see a much heavier focus on the basic tools of reading — like phonics and spelling.

So it’s possible that the destruction of one of the better shows aimed @ kids is partially to blame on the Bush Administration? Blarg.

I love this last line from John Grant – head of content @ WNED Buffalo – however:

“Reading Rainbow taught kids why to read,” Grant says. “You know, the love of reading — [the show] encouraged kids to pick up a book and to read.”

Hell yeah.

Plus, how badass is this:

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I’ve been working on new stuff for our earth application. Tweaked how the RSS reading works and finally got some Flickr integration happening. It is all still very early, but I’m pretty happy with how things are falling together. I find it pretty fun to explore the data in this way, which was very much the point. You can find the update here: http://darkwindmedia.com/blog/2009/08/28/geo-tagging-the-planet-now-with-flickr/

[EDIT] Hey guys, just wanted to throw this update in here. I captured some video of the application running so you could see it as more than just some screenshots. Anyone have any ideas on other geo-tagged data we can throw into this thing? I’d love to pack it with different kinds of data and just put in some robust filters. We’ll continue to refine how the current data is visualized, but let me know if you get any ideas. Critiques welcome (on anything: interface, functionality, etc.)

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I’ve been watching alot of Star Wars recently and this just struck home with me.

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KFC’s new sandwich:

The creation features a dollop of the Colonel’s secret sauce wrapped in a slice of both Pepperjack Cheese and Swiss Cheese, between two slices of bacon and two filets of KFC original recipe chicken that serve as the ‘bread’ of the burger.

That’s right – instead of bread, you get breaded chicken. Multiplied by two.

The name?  The “Double Down” of course.

This strikes me as exceedingly disgusting.  And what’s the deal with the War on Bread lately?  I understand that everyone seems to want to limit their carbs, chasing diets, but bunless sandwiches?  I mean, that’s not even a sandwich anymore.

Think about it this way.  If I told you that last night for dinner I made fried chicken, then put two slices of cheese on top, along with two slices of bacon, and then squirted on my “secret sauce,” what would you say to me?

Exactly.

[Via Slashfood]

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While, I’m hardly qualified to properly eulogize Senator Edward Kennedy, I thought I would throw this video up. First, a little context:

[July 9, 2008] WASHINGTON (CNN) — Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy on Wednesday made his first appearance in Congress since being diagnosed with brain cancer nearly two months ago, casting a single vote to help break a Republican filibuster of an important Medicare bill.

Colleagues greeted Kennedy with a lengthy standing ovation on the Senate floor just after 4:15 p.m.

The bill would reverse a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors. The cuts in Medicare payments — part of a scheduled cost-saving formula — went into effect July 1, although the Bush administration said it will hold off processing claims until mid-July to give Congress time to reach a compromise.

In a written statement, Kennedy said, “I return to the Senate today to keep a promise to our senior citizens — and that’s to protect Medicare. Win, lose or draw, I wanted to be here. I wasn’t going to take the chance that my vote could make the difference.”

That’s the United States Senate. Not a campaign rally. Not a bunch of Democratic strategists or staffers. The US Senate, giving a standing ovation.

America lost a great man today.

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I don’t often cross-post, but I felt like this sort of stuff would be interesting to you Juicers. A lot of our little demos at Darkwind Media have been very small, just tech demos, or related to some obscure topics. This time, I think we have something that you might like.

The application does geolocation on data gathered from the net. It then plots it on a 3D explorable, interactive globe. Here’s the post on our blog: http://darkwindmedia.com/blog/2009/08/26/geolocation-in-3d/

We have regular HTML pages and RSS feeds able to be visualized so far. However, we feel like this is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more data out there that can be viewed in this way. We’ll definitely be updating this application with more capabilities. What do you guys think of this kind of visualization for data?

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So, I noticed we have had a famine when it comes to cooking posts. What a shame. Cooking is a great way to take control of your own food and have a lot of fun. Kyle, I hope we get some more Cooking Corner posts in the future, but in the meantime I’ve decided to do a series of Adventures.

Cooking Adventures will be me cooking a meal with only general guidance online. No specific recipes will be followed. It will really be an adventure. Some meals will be good, some will not.

Today, I’ll be showing you my attempt at Spicy Beans and Rice. Rice and beans is a classic dish made in tons of cultures. I’ll try to whip together my own version. I did not go shopping in preparation for this dish. I simply went into my pantry and grabbed what I could find. Join me after the jump to see how it all went down.

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Hell yeah.

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Michio Kaku is one of the biggest badasses in the world of Physics. His forte is string theory research, but he’s also written several books about the physics & technology behind “impossible” things like time travel, invisibility, teleportation, antimatter engines, etc. and how they may some day be possible.

This video is from 2005, but the theories are still fairly progressive. One of the most interesting things from this video is how he describes the theory of white holes. I enjoy discussing black hole theory, and the concept of a white hole is rather intriguing. I’ve entertained the idea of matter in a black hole being spat out into a different part of time and/or space, but the idea that it creates an entirely new universe is really interesting. I’m excited to see what the 3 million mile triangulated satellite says about the beginning of our universe.

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