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210,000 Barrels Of Oil Spilling Into The Sea — Photograph Works

Imagine each square as one thousand barrels of oil. A barrel of oil is 42 U.S. gallons, which is equivalent to 35 Imperial gallons or 159 liters.
One barrel refines down to about on half of that volume of gasoline (petrol).
That is 20 U.S. gallons, or 16 Imperial gallons or 80 liters of oil.
How much gasoline (petrol) does your car hold?
210,000 Gallons Of Oil
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is pouring out 210,000 gallons of oil every day. That is one thousand barrels for each little square in the image above.
How I made the Image
I opened a file with a white background in Photoshop. Then I ... Read the rest of this article here at Posted via web from hotpixel

One of the advantages of Posterous

Don,I see that with Tumblr, the only text that shows up is whatever one puts in the subject line - a bit limiting.
One of the advantages of Posterous is that you can write text and upload images, and you can write as much as you like. Here is an image: Here is some additional text, cribbed from an article I wrote recently: With so many cyber-cafes in India, having your own computer is not necessary for general browsing and for emails.However, we wanted to add posts to this blog as we traveled. Because almost all of our blog posts feature photographs, that meant that we needed to be able to upload and work with photographs that we took. Posted via email from hotpixel

Monkey In A Fort and Monkey In A Zoo — Photograph Works

Monkey In The Red Fort In Delhi Monkey In Agra Zoo --> Tagged as: monkey, zoo via Posted via web from hotpixel

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Our Photograph Featured In The Yorkshire Dales Visitor Guide — Quillcards

Factfiles about the UK all this week in the Guardian

Is crime going up or down? Are more people leaving or entering the country? Are we putting fewer or more people into prison? With election slogans coming hard and fast from all sides of the political spectrum, it's a good time to sit back and figure out yourself what is really going on. Factfile UK, a unique seven-part series free with the Guardian and Observer, gives you all the facts and figures without the spin. Find out how the country has changed under Labour: is manufacturing in the UK really dead? Where in the country are house prices the lowest? Where are the busiest roads in the country? Which train company is the least punctual? How many people in the UK still get married? How long do those who tie the knot tend to stay together? And exactly how much did your MP claim on expenses? It's all here, displayed in accessible infographics in this statistical portrait of the nation.via Posted via web from hotpixel

Belgium's government resigns over language dispute | The Guardian

...As King Albert met with political leaders at the royal palace, about 15 members of the far-right Flemish Interest party sang the Flemish anthem and briefly hoisted a banner in the empty parliament chamber. It read: "Time For An Independent Flanders."Full article here >> Hotpixel comment: The total area of Belgium is about 30,000 square kilometres (12,000 square miles) Posted via web from hotpixel

Posterous - posting from the web

[I may have got the facts wrong, but the idea is correct, more or less.] Posterous started out life with the idea of posting by email. There may have been a way to post from the web when Posterous first started, I don;t recall, but what I remember pretty clearly is that there was no way to upload an image right from the web interface. There was a workaround whereby you could upload an image via email and then tweak the post via the web interface, but who wants to do that? Then the bookmarklet came out - and that was a good move forward for anything that was already on the web (images included). Then a little while ago I wanted to go in and tweak something I had posted via email and BINGO - the web interface is MUCH better - including image uploads. Posted via email from hotpixel

Spring flowers from Light Scrape [a blog I follow]

Is this how Google Maps StreetView recognizes faces?

Until now I thought Google employed people to brush over the faces of people who appear in StreetView.Now, looking at the sign to the left of the entrance to this park, I think maybe Google does it with 'round shapes that may be a face' software.Posted via web from hotpixel

Webhooks in explained

Webhooks lets you easily develop push notifications. This push notification is simply a HTTP POST, that is triggered by some action. This is a feature aimed for developers who want to get data from actions (like when a new comment is submitted) that occur on a blog. Only admin level users can add or manage webhooks.You can now find this under the Settings Module in the dashboard..... Posted via web from hotpixel

Why does the environmentally aware Co-op sell cigarettes anyway? [Co-op fined £14m for price fixing]

A dozen tobacco manufacturers and retailers, from supermarkets to petrol station operators, have been fined a record £225m by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for unlawfully inflating the cost of cigarettes. The fine, the largest ever levied by the watchdog, comes after a seven-year investigation found that tobacco manufacturers had struck deals with retailers that linked the price of their cigarettes and tobacco with rival brands, restricting the retailer's ability to set its own prices. The OFT said the companies had "engaged in unlawful practices in relation to retail prices for tobacco products in the UK".The largest fine, of £112m, has been imposed on Imperial Tobacco, makers of Lambert & Butler and Golden Virginia, followed by a fine of £50m imposed on Gallaher, home to Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut and owned by Japan Tobacco. Between them the two companies make close to nine out of every 10 cigarettes and roll-ups smoked in the UK. The tobacco market in th…

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Hacked emails: UEA climate change scientists cleared of malpractice - [good]

The scientists at the centre of the row over the hacked climate emails have been cleared of any deliberate malpractice by the second of three inquiries into their conduct. The inquiry panel, led by the former chair of the House of Lords science and technology select committee Lord Oxburgh, was commissioned by the University of East Anglia with investigating the research produced by the scientists at its Climatic Research Unit (CRU). The work of the unit has come under intense scrutiny since November when thousands of private emails between the researchers were released onto the internet... [ Read the rest of this article here ] Posted via web from hotpixel

A song from a friend of mine - living in Anadu

Download now or listen on posterous Anadu.mp3(2691 KB)
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Registration is now open for the 7th International Penguin Conference

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Richard Dawkins calls for Pope to be put on trial | The Guardian

Writing in the Washington Post on Friday, Dawkins described Ratzinger as a "leering old villain in a frock … whose first instinct when his priests are caught with their pants down is to cover up the scandal and damn the young victims to silence."Without admitting that he had consulted lawyers he added: "This former head of the Inquisition should be arrested the moment he dares to set foot outside his tinpot fiefdom of the Vatican, and he should be tried in an appropriate civil – not ecclesiastical – court. That's what should happen. Sadly, we all know our faith-befuddled governments will be too craven to do it."Pope Benedict will be in Britain from 16-19 September where he will beatify the theologian Cardinal John Henry Newman.via Posted via web from hotpixel

the three doorways distortion

Straight talking by the US over Kyrgyzstan reported in The Guardian

via ...Otunbayeva, who served in London as Kyrgyzstan's ambassador between 1997-2002, said her new opposition-led government would allow the US to continue using the Manas airbase, near Bishkek, a vital supply post for the US military moving in and out of nearby Afghanistan. "We will respect our existing commitments," she said, adding she hadn't seen the contract. The base is a source of tension with Russia, which regards Central Asia as its backyard, and would like the Americans to leave. Bakiyev fell out with the Kremlin last year after promising to evict the US from Manas in return for large loans, only to renege on the deal when the Obama administration offered to substantially up the rent. Otunbayeva, however, hinted that the new government sees Russia as its most important strategic partner. She said she had sent her deputy Almazbek Atambayev to Moscow to hold talks with Vladimir Putin, and to discuss economic aid. "I had a talk with …

I just heard there was a coup in Kyrgyzstan yesterday - this is where it is [marked red on this easy map]

Easy Social Bookmark Link Creator For Blogs

via originally mentioned in this article on OneCoolSiteBloggingTips Posted via web from hotpixel

Space Shuttle Discovery arrived!

Canon S90 on the left | Panasonic LX3 on the right

iPad - what it looks like taken to pieces

I don't know where this photo originated, but it [shows] what is inside an iPad...

FeedBlitz News: Zombie Blogs and How They Can Hurt You

I'm saving this for future reference. You might want to too...
Zombie Blogs and How They Can Hurt YouFor your consideration this morning, a real life case study about Zombie blogs and how they can hurt you and your business when a blog you thought you'd killed rises from the dead to bite you in the proverbial you-know-where.
The Cast
FeedBlitz - everyone's favorite premium email and social media marketing service.
TypePad - the well-known premium blogging service.
FeedBurner - the popular but tragically neglected RSS service owned by Google.
"Bob" - the Zombie's victim (not his real name).
Act 1 - The Set Up
Bob is an early adopter.  He's got lots of services tied together to really make his blogging and online activities pop. He blogs on TypePad, and uses FeedBurner to manage the RSS feed from his TypePad blog.  He's using the integration between TypePad and FeedBurner to redirect requests for his blog's RSS feed at TypePad to go directly to his FeedBur…

301 Redirects Do Not Pass Full PageRank & Link Value

Eric Enge interviewed Matt Cutts of Google and uncovered a few interesting tidbits about Google, but the most significant piece of information was that 301 redirects do not fully pass the PageRank from the redirect. Let me quote you the interview from that piece:Eric Enge: Let’s say you move from one domain to another and you write yourself a nice little statement that basically instructs the search engine and, any user agent on how to remap from one domain to the other. In a scenario like this, is there some loss in PageRank that can take place simply because the user who originally implemented a link to the site didn't link to it on the new domain? Matt Cutts: That's a good question, and I am not 100 percent sure about the answer. I can certainly see how there could be some loss of PageRank. I am not 100 percent sure whether the crawling and indexing team has implemented that sort of natural PageRank decay, so I will have to go and check on that specific case. (Note: in …

Travels With A Macbook Air In India — Quillcards

Why Take Our Own Computer?
With so many cyber-cafes in India, having your own computer is not necessary for general browsing and for emails.However, we wanted to add posts to this blog as we traveled. Because almost all of our blog posts feature photographs, that meant that we needed to be able to upload and work with photographs that we took.And of course, there was the matter of security when uploading articles to our server.Another reason for taking a computer was simply that we could take the photographs from the card in the camera and store them on the hard drive.Because we use Macs at home we wanted to stick with something we knew and which we could work with easily. So a Mac it was going to be.Having said that, we did see a lot of people with netbooks and they seemed happy with them.Which Mac?
Why the Macbook Air and not a Macbook or a Macbook Pro? In the end it came down to Read the rest of this article here... Posted via web from hotpixel

Pope's preacher compares child abuse row to anti-Semitism

MY COMMENT: So this is the man who preaches to the Pope. With respect, the accusations against the Pope are specifically about what he personally did and did not do in relation to stopping child abuse by people over whom he had control. This bears no comparison with anti-semitism. It sounds like a smoke-screen to me.Rev Raniero Cantalamessa is the only person allowed to preach to the Pope Pope Benedict's personal preacher has compared criticism of the pontiff and Church over child abuse to "collective violence" suffered by the Jews.The Rev Raniero Cantalamessa was speaking at Good Friday prayers in St Peter's Basilica, attended by the Pope.In his sermon, he quoted a Jewish friend as saying the accusations reminded him of the "more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism".Thousands of pilgrims are in Rome for the Easter rituals.Father Cantalamessa said Jews throughout history had been the victims of "collective violence" and drew a comparison with recent …

I came across this infrared photo - Cedar Hill - New York Photography Blog

Honeybee Survey #blessedbees #honeybees #bees

The Apiary Inspectors of America, the United States Department of Agriculture, and Penn State University have" teamed up to determine the extent of bee losses" across the USA. The following are the questions that the survey asks. Question number 8 seems to [perhaps] indicate which way the researchers are thinking:
1 How many living colonies did you have on October 1, 2009? 2 How many living colonies did you have on April 1, 2010? 3 How many splits, increases, and/or colonies did you make/buy between October 1, 2009 and April 1, 2010? 4 How many splits, increases and/or colonies did you sell between October 1, 2009 and April 1, 2010? 5 What percentage of the colonies that died between October 1, 2009 and April 1, 2010 were lost without dead bees in the hive or apiary? If you did not lose any colonies, leave this blank. 6 What percentage of loss over this time period would you consider acceptable? 7 To what do you attribute the cause of death for the colonies that died?…

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