Posts tagged “june

Kiss Series

Discover  the concept behind the series of photographs “Kiss” by photographer Andy Barter .

Many variations with shots from above, a dozen couples kissing.

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Santa Cruz – The Simpson’s Skateboard Cruisers

Santa Cruz presents a fun series of skateboard cruisers in collaboration with The Simpsons. Featured in the series are a Bart board, Homer board, The Simpsons board and two Duff Beer boards. The deck series is now available from NHS Fun Factory.


Bed Toppings

The sweetest dreams are had sleeping inside a giant Sleepyhead Chocolate Bar. Snuggle in amongst happy sleeping chocolate and pull up your chocolate wrapper doona cover. Hopefully no giants come into your bedroom or they might gobble up the chocolate bar with you inside!

Colour your dreams with Snooze Time Dreaming Pencils. Sleep amongst the colourful pencils and pull the pencil box over you as your doona. Drawing is fun and it’s a good idea to draw your dreams when you wake up. Then you’ll remember them forever.

There’s nothing cosier than being packed in like sardines -Sardine Tin Bed Topping. Dream of catching a big fish as you sleep amongst your new friends. You can pull up the doona cover over you so are inside the tin. The best bit is, these sardines don’t smell!

 


Missy Elliot – Graves’ disease

The hip hop star, Missy Elliot has revealed her absence was due to an ongoing private battle with the debilitating illness, Graves’ disease.

The 39-year-old star tells this week’s issue of People magazine that she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease – which affects the thyroid – back in 2008. And the illness has been so debilitating that it even made it difficult for Missy to complete everyday tasks:  “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad – I couldn’t even use a pen”

There is no cure for Graves’ disease, but Missy’s condition has improved over the past year.

“I’m 30 pounds lighter because I’ve been exercising,’ she reveals. ‘My thyroid is functioning, so I haven’t had to take medication in about nine months. [But] you live with it for the rest of your life.”

The singer will be the subject of VH-1 show Behind the Music next week, where she is said to speak about her new record and also how she was sexually abused as a child.


Eclipse and Weird Tornado

As you probably know by know tonight we’ll have a Moon Eclipse for a couple of hours. This is the first lunar eclipse of 2011, and one of two that will occur this year. It is also the first total lunar eclipse since July 2000.

 

In other news today a Water tornado blasts China river, as in the water from the river started to go upwards into the clouds

 


iPod Magic – Deceptions

Magician Marco Tempest uses  his three iPod Touches to show  his own brand of techno-three-card Monte.


Facebook Expansion Limits

Although it approaches 700 million users worldwide, the site’s growth has slowed for the second month in a row. The number of people using Facebook during May fell in the US, UK, Canada, Norway and Russia, according to new data.

While the  UK, Norway and Russia all saw falls of more than 100,000 users, in the US the site lost about 6 million users since the begining of  May, now totalling 149.4 million users.  Also in  Canada,  Facebook lost in the same period 1.52 million users, now totalling 16.6 million users.

Although some countries are starting to loose users, in  May  Facebook added in total another 11.8 million users, but the numbers are going down as for the past year, 20 million users were typically added each month.  In total the number of  “monthly active” users  (who log in at least once per month) has reached 687 million.

Eric Eldon of Inside Facebook noted that “by the time Facebook reaches around 50% of the total population in a given country (plus or minus, depending on internet access rates in that country), growth generally slows to a halt … So far, Facebook has been able to make up stalls and losses with big gains in heavily populated developing countries like Mexico, Brazil, India and Indonesia.”

He notes that if it is allowed into China, that growth could take off again towards 1 billion users – although he adds that getting inside the country “could both give it access to hundreds of millions of users and compromise its reputation in the US and many other countries around the world”.

Despite the  fall, the US still saw a 23% overall growth in users between May 2010 and May 2011 to 155.2 million users, while the UK grew by 10% to 29.9 million in the same period. The US is the largest country in terms of users overall, with Indonesia second with 36.4m, followed by the UK and Turkey.

The slowing growth in user numbers may indicate that Facebook has hit the limits of expansion in the countries where it was first successful – and perhaps even that some early adopters from those countries have stopped using it.

 


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