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“..The Innovative OS – That’ll Bring PCs to the Developing World..”

“..Much has been made about the mobile ‘revolution’ in the developing world – – the way that smartphones have enabled the citizens of so many poorer countries to leapfrog into the 21st century – – without having to bother with … Continue reading

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“..Weeding Out The Weirdest Pot-Related Products..”

“..As you can see from the products below – – cannabis capitalism is smoking hot..” (cont..) go to source/story>> 4/20 Gift Guide: Weeding Out The Weirdest Pot-Related Products.

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“..CNN to Highlight National Consensus on Medical Marijuana With ‘Weed 3′..”

“..The documentary – which airs Sunday – – digs deep into the significant barriers to medical marijuana research..” (cont..) go to source/story>> . via CNN to Highlight National Consensus on Medical Marijuana With ‘Weed 3′ | Alternet.

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“..Irvine Welsh: ‘When you grow up in a place you think it’s mundane – Then you realise it’s mad’..”

“..he still pulls the odd all-nighter. As his 10th novel appears – he explains how he lost his taste for dancing – – when he last took a class A – – and why Sean Connery couldn’t persuade him to … Continue reading

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“..The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature – review..”

“..With more than 900 new entries – – including crossover – YA – and graphic novels – – this is an indispensable guide for old hands and new..” (cont..) go to source/story>> The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature review – … Continue reading

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“..The 20 photographs of the week..”

“..the best photography in news – culture – and sport – – from around the world this week..” (cont..) go to source/story>> The 20 photographs of the week | Art and design | The Guardian.

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“..Lulu: ‘The big pop stars are all lonely’..”

“..The big pop stars are all lonely – even with thousands of people screaming at them. You do have to feel sorry for that kid Zayn Malik. When I was a little bit younger than him I married Maurice Gibb … Continue reading

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“..How to influence the way other people see you..”

“..Few facts about daily social life are quite as troubling as this one: – you don’t really have the faintest idea how you’re coming across to others..” (cont..) go to source/story>> How to influence the way other people see you … Continue reading

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“..Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show..”

“..Stewart’s decision to retire as host of the satirical news show – after 16 years – – has left liberal America in mourning. So why is he leaving just before an election – – and what will happen when he … Continue reading

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“..The Nun’s Story..”

“..A bestselling 1836 book offered unbelievable tales of sexual depravity in a convent…” (cont..) go to source/story>> The Nun’s Story | Lapham’s Quarterly.

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“..Tennessee Williams on His Women – His Writer’s Block – and Whether It All Mattered..”

“..Tennessee Williams tasked James Grissom with seeking out each of the women (and few men) who had inspired his work – – so that he could ask them a question: – had Tennessee Williams – or his work – ever … Continue reading

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ringo starr profile..

“..’I was having dinner with him recently in L.A. with Dave Grohl and our wives’ says Paul McCartney. ‘..I know Ringo has been sober for years – so I joked, ‘C’mon Ringo – have a whiskey’. Ringo looked at me … Continue reading

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“..Photo highlights of the day..”

“..a selection of the best photographs from around the world..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Photo highlights of the day | News | The Guardian.

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“..Can the internet be saved – without harming democracy?..”

“..A new report wants to foster a digital age underpinned by human rights – – and calls for greater transparency from global giants. But will we ever trust the internet?..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Can the internet be saved without … Continue reading

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“..Patti Smith’s Horses: the making of the world’s punk poet laureate..”

“..It was Horses that positioned Smith – – as ‘punk’s poet laureate’ – – but also established her as an artist who believed she was serving something greater than herself..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Patti Smith’s Horses: the making of … Continue reading

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“..How to Teach Adults – Get a Job – Plan Your Class – Teach Your Students – Change the World..”

“..Dan Spalding’s How to Teach Adults (free download) – – is an extraordinary document that mixes the practical and the philosophical – – a book that explains how to be a better teacher – – and how better teachers make … Continue reading

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“..Photo highlights of the day..”

“..a selection of the best photographs from around the world…” (cont..) go to source/story>> Photo highlights of the day | News | The Guardian.

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louie c.k.’s’ sitcom that isn’t a sitcom – louie – gets a rave review..

“..For some – life is perfect – and ignorance bliss. The mirror is a place to style your hair – not a place for reflection. Louie is CK holding the mirror up to his character – and to us his … Continue reading

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peter jackson accused of being a control-freak..

“..Peter Jackson was described as one of the ‘most controlling film makers’ in the world – – in an email apparently hacked from Sony Pictures Entertainment..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Emails from Sony Pictures show Jackson power – Entertainment – … Continue reading

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“..Techno-Optimism: The World’s Transformation Since the Industrial Revolution – Science and Technology..”

“.. When technology arrived in the 1700s – – the shape of the world changed dramatically..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Techno-Optimism: The World’s Transformation Since the Industrial Revolution – Science and Technology – Utne Reader.

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“..Book Review: Men Explain Things to Me..”

“..In Rebecca Solnit’s latest book – – seven essays lead us through what it means when half of the world’s population is silenced – ignored – and debased..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Book Review: Men Explain Things to Me.

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“..Smart Surf Watch – Tells You When to Head to the Beach – Brah..”

“..Nixon’s new smart watch will not nag you continuously. It will only interrupt your life to alert you when your local surf spot is poppin’ tubes..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Smart Surf Watch Tells You When to Head to the … Continue reading

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“..Clever Drum Machine Blends the Physical and Digital..”

“..Called the XOXX Composer – the machine transforms digital processes like looping – sequencing – and sampling – – into a more tangible act..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Clever Drum Machine Blends the Physical and Digital | WIRED.

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“..The Depressing Reason Why Your Laptop Is Probably Not Going to Last More Than 3 or 4 Years..”

“..It’s standard practice for companies to plan obsolescence into their products — – including by introducing software upgrades that aren’t compatible with existing hardware (pdf) — – and they simultaneously profit from the fact that the average laptop has a … Continue reading

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“..Postcards from the ruins: life at the desolate edge of eastern Europe – in pictures..”

“..Decaying factories – boys dressed as dancing bears – – and flooded villages where only the church steeple remains..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Postcards from the ruins: life at the desolate edge of eastern Europe – in pictures | Art … Continue reading

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“..Where in the world do you get the cheapest iPhone 6 or pair of Adidas trainers?..”

“..Australia is still the world’s most expensive country- – while the US is the cheapest developed country – – although the gap between the two has narrowed..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Where in the world do you get the cheapest … Continue reading

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“..Percy Sledge obituary..”

“..Although his career stretched from the 1960s to well into this century – – Percy Sledge – who has died of liver cancer aged 74 – – will always be identified with his first and greatest hit..” (cont..) go to … Continue reading

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“..Photo highlights of the day..”

“..a selection of the best photographs from around the world..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Photo highlights of the day | News | The Guardian.

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“..review – a love affair with Belle and Sebastian..”

“..The band’s former bassist chronicles their rise from a world of greasy spoons and community music courses – – in a moving – amusing – account..” (cont..) go to source/story>> In the All-Night Café by Stuart David review – a … Continue reading

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“..The making of Ed Miliband..”

“..Everyone was exhausted – haggard – looking forward to a summer of decompression. For three years Downing Street under Brown had been a sleepless bunker – – powered by the tyrannical rages of a mortally wounded prime minister – – … Continue reading

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“..Wire review – lean and passionate – with visceral menace..”

“..Wire’s skewed sweetness – airy pop – splintered rage- – and a scorching rendition of fan-favourite Brazil – – satisfied a generationally divided crowd..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Wire review – lean and passionate, with visceral menace | Music | … Continue reading

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“..Ukip manifesto 2015 – the key points..”

what farage would do to britain..if he got the chance.. (cont..) go to source/story>> Ukip manifesto 2015 – the key points | Politics | The Guardian.

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“..Manifestos verdict: pragmatic hope – meets pie-in-the-sky spin..”

“..panel on the Labour and Conservative key pledges..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Manifestos verdict: pragmatic hope meets pie-in-the-sky spin | Salma Yaqoob, Harry Leslie Smith, Saleyha Ahsan, Kirstie Allsopp | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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“..Microsoft Band review: sensor-packed – if you don’t mind looking like an offender..”

“..Some will love its almost industrial design – – others will think it looks like a house-arrest ankle bracelet..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Microsoft Band review: sensor-packed – if you don’t mind looking like an offender | Technology | The … Continue reading

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“..Engineer on recording Percy Sledge..”

“..The late Percy Sledge sang ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ – – but Jimmy Johnson recorded it..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Engineer on recording Percy Sledge – World – NZ Herald Videos.

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“..Toyota plots Prius comeback – as Tesla steals limelight..”

“..As Toyota prepares for the new Prius later this year – – both car and company are at turning points. First introduced in 1997 – the hybrid is no longer the green-car darling of the Hollywood set. That sort of … Continue reading

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“..Worst baby names revealed..”

“..A new Reddit thread asking users to submit the most horrendous baby names they have ever come across – – has attracted more than 18,000 comments in just 24 hours..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Worst baby names revealed – Life … Continue reading

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“..McLaren Helps Build a $20,000 Bike..”

“..The pedigree is obvious – – its refinement immediately noticeable by racing aficionados..” (cont..) go to source/story>> McLaren Helps Build a $20,000 Bike, Because Why Not | WIRED.

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“..The Best Alternatives to Apple’s New MacBook..”

(a compare and contrast..) (cont..) go to source/story>>http://whoar.co.nz/2015/bluetooth-disc-plays-your-digital-music-like-a-vinyl-record/ The Best Alternatives to Apple’s New MacBook | WIRED.

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“..Bluetooth Disc Plays Your Digital Music Like a Vinyl Record..”

“..’Universal Record’ Jesse England’s latest project – – revives the vinyl ritual for the modern age..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Bluetooth Disc Plays Your Digital Music Like a Vinyl Record | WIRED.

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