“It’s..it’s true?” faltered Professor McGonagall. “After all he’s done… all the people he’s killed…he couldn’t kill a little boy? It’s just astounding… of all the things to stop him.. but how in the name of heaven did Harry survive?”
“We can only guess,” said Dumbledore. “We may never know.”
I got this tattoo because I am a part of the Potter Generation. Maybe I’m a nerd, but I will forever have a special place in my heart for these books. The movies obviously brought them to life, but the books helped me through the bad and the good in my life. I originally was going to have a “Favorite Books” themed sleeve, and I have “Invisible Monsters,” by Chuck Palahniuk, “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” (a childrens book), and “Where the SideWalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein. And after much deliberation, I realized that why not make the rest of the sleeve Harry Potter themed? They are, after all, 7 books. And they mean so much to me that I can safely say I won’t regret a single one.
Done by the amazing John H. at Rise Above Tattoos, in Buffalo, NY. Check him out, he’s a super chill, down to Earth guy, that has a fantastic gift.
You’ve heard of paint by numbers? Get ready for feed-the-world by numbers. Dutch agricultural company PlantLab wants to change almost everything you know about growing plants. Instead of outdoors, they want farms to be in skyscrapers, warehouses, or underground using hydroponics or other forms of controlled environments. Instead of sunlight they use red and blue LEDs. Water? They need just 10% of the traditional requirements. At every stage of their high tech process, PlantLab monitors thousands of details (163,830 reports per second!) with advanced sensors to create the perfect environment for each individual type of crop. In short, they create a high tech ‘plant paradise’. See it in action in the videos below, followed by plenty of pics of their tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, etc. PlantLab’s revolutionary approach to agriculture may be able to leverage math and science to create a better food supply for the world’s escalating population. Fresher, local, more efficient…and they supposedly taste better too!
By tracking every step of the food production process, the next time people start getting sick from cantaloupes, it will be much easier to find which farms are clean, and which are responsible.
Food contamination has been in the news recently, and for good reason; at this moment, people in the U.S. are still getting sick from cantaloupe tainted with listeria. Every year, there are over 76 million food-related illnesses. And at least some of them could be prevented if suppliers used more comprehensive tracking systems.
Case in point: Using technology from IBM and food safety-technology company N2N Global, fruit and vegetable co-op Cherry Central can look at a bottle of its juice and tell you what oranges went into it, when the oranges were harvested, where they were harvested, who harvested them, where they were located through the entire process, when they were transported, what transport vehicle was used, and who the oranges were sent to. All of the data can be viewed and analyzed in real-time, courtesy of IBM’s analytics capabilities.
Every time a food product is moved or touched by someone new, supply chain data can be updated via mobile phone with information about date, time, location, temperature, and food safety compliance.
Those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake.
MPAA head (and former U.S. Senator) Chris Dodd speaking to Fox News (as noted by Hillicon Valley).
I mean, he actually said this.
In one soundbite, he’s both threatening any and all U.S. politicians and implying that they’re corruptible. It’s a statement that so egregious, it’s hard to think of anything worse he could have said. Maybe: “if these guys don’t start supporting whatever we say, I’m going to hire some goons to fucking kneecap the bastards”.
But actually, that’s not worse. Because that doesn’t imply the politicians accept bribes (in the form of lobbying money) to support issues.
This is much, much worse than Dodd’s assclownish statement the other day. And it also shows that Dodd really, truly does not understand what’s going on — why people are so upset about these bills and the subsequent reaction to them, as Mike Masnick lays out perfectly.
Amazingly, this discussion is morphing beyond the destruction of the fabric of the Internet and into the underlying notion that our political system is fundamentally corrupt.
The MPAA should fire Chris Dodd immediately. Of course, they won’t — because in a year (when he’ll be far enough removed from his Senate term to officially lobby) he’ll be the best lobbyist ever. At that point, he’ll be able to do it behind the scenes (with people he served alongsides for decades), and not with fucked up statements like this.
Totally infuriating and frustrating. While I think all this “kill Hollywood” stuff is dumb and counterproductive, with the head of the MPAA acting like this, I’m very happy for the MPAA to get dismantled by the superior distribution of the web.
Ура! Tumblr is now available in Russian.
This localization makes Tumblr more accessible in Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and a host of other countries where we’ve seen new Tumblr communities emerging.
This makes eight different languages that Tumblr supports, with more coming!