Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Changing Habits?

Whoever said religion had to be old fashioned?

Father Michael Elfred, a church minister from the United Kingdom, has
constructed an inflatable church so that he can not only bring the people
to God, but also bring God to the people.

Here’s a stained glass window concept from Hong Kong featuring a jet and a computer.

See the complete slide-show here:

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Next Wave Cameras May Use ‘Dark Flash’

Because clear photographs require a strong light source, cameras depend on an obnoxiously powerful flash in any environment with low lighting. What if we could circumvent the need for such an intense flash? What if we could take high-quality photos in poor light using an invisible flash?

Computer scientist Rob Fergus has developed a working prototype. He calls it dark-flash photography—a camera that emits and records light outside the visible spectrum. There is a flash, but you barely notice it. And the photographs are just as good as those that rely on a regular flash, if not better.

Read more about it here:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Milchtankstelle

Reuters - German dairy farmer Bruno Stauf has come up with a novel way to drum up new business -- he opened a "milk filling station." (Writing by Michelle Martin, editing by Paul Casciato)

The "Milchtankstelle" near Cologne in the town of Neunkirchen-Seelscheid dispenses the output of 78 cows from a stainless steel vending machine. Customers can either bring their own empty containers or buy milk bottles to fill up.

The milk filling station is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Customers can select the amount of milk they want to purchase at a price of 70 cents per liter. They insert the money, put their container under the nozzle and press a button. 

At 70 cents a liter, the milk from the filling station is more expensive than at some supermarkets, but Stauf, 55, points out, "There's a lot more protein and fat in it because it is not treated like the milk you get in supermarkets," he said. "Supermarkets work on improving the shelf life, but people just want fresher milk. People come from as far away as Cologne to buy milk from my station."

Sunday, October 17, 2010


"Justice is the law. And the law is man's feeble attempt to lay down the principals of decency. Decency! And decency isn't a deal, it's not a contract or a hustle or an angle! Decency ... decency is what your grandmother taught you. It's in your bones! You go home now. Go home and be decent people. Be decent!" - Judge Leonard White (Morgan Freeman) in Bonfire of the Vanities

The dominant theme of the discussion, in which jobs and taxes came up only in passing, seemed to be the larger breakdown of civil society — the disappearance of common courtesy.


Senator Collins last week delivered a speech at the prestigious Nancy and Paul Ignatius Program at Washington National Cathedral. The theme of this year’s program was "Governing across the Divide," and Senator Collins discussed the importance of civility at a time when Americans are tired of bitter and divisive gridlock in Washington. Other speakers included David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Obama; Josh Bolten, former Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush; historian Michael Beschloss, and CBS News and "Face the Nation" anchor Bob Schieffer.