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April 6, 2014
So Nigeria has now supplanted South Africa as Africa’s largest economy. But I’ve not had light (electricity) for seven days, so it means nothing to me.
A Nigerian social media user • Upon hearing that revised economic figures in the country—a revision 24 years in the making—put the country’s GDP (currently at $510 billion) far ahead of South Africa (currently at $353 billion) and other countries in the African continent. To give you an idea of how long it’s been: During the last GDP check in 1990, 300,000 landlines existed in the country. Now, there are 100 million cell phones. But that GDP level, above developed countries such as Chile, Sweden, and Belgium, belies a tough reality in the country—70 percent of the country’s population still lives in poverty.
18:04 // 1 week ago

Spring break got pretty crazy this year

  • 100+ the number of people arrested at a Spring Break street party near the University of California, Santa Barbara, a party where 44 people were hospitalized and police broke up the event with some chemicals and foam spray. Fun. source
16:58 // 1 week ago
Over at Indiegogo, the Healbe GoBe has been drawing a ton of crowdfunding mojo, which is understandable because it claims to track calorie intake automagically. There’s just one problem: It appears to be total bullshit, and according to PandoDaily, it’s not the first time Indiegogo has offered magic beans to an unsuspecting public.

Over at Indiegogo, the Healbe GoBe has been drawing a ton of crowdfunding mojo, which is understandable because it claims to track calorie intake automagically. There’s just one problem: It appears to be total bullshit, and according to PandoDaily, it’s not the first time Indiegogo has offered magic beans to an unsuspecting public.

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April 5, 2014
AirAsia, a direct competitor to Malaysia Airlines, published an article in its in-flight magazine informing the public that “your plane will never get lost.” Oops.

AirAsia, a direct competitor to Malaysia Airlines, published an article in its in-flight magazine informing the public that “your plane will never get lost.” Oops.

23:21 // 1 week ago
If we’ve learned anything in the last 60 years of building atomic clocks, we’ve learned that every time we build a better clock, somebody comes up with a use for it that you couldn’t have foreseen.
Steven Jefferts, a physicist for the National Institute of Standards and Technology • Discussing the agency’s newest atomic clock, the NIST-F2, which is so accurate that it could run for 300 million years without falling off by a single second. The clock is more accurate than the current gold standard for telling time, the NIST-F1, which was first introduced in 1999.
23:16 // 1 week ago
April 4, 2014

bobbycaputo:

Photographer Gives 11-Year-Old the Gift of a Walk Down the Aisle with Her Dying Dad

Photographer Lindsey Villatoro of Lovesong Photography recently did something that is warming the hearts of the entire photo community and beyond: she gave a daughter the surprise of a lifetime when she put together a ceremony where her dying father got the chance to walk her down the aisle — something he very likely won’t get to do again.

Villatoro is a wedding and portrait photographer who spends her free time working with charities and cancer organizations to give the gift of photography to terminally ill patients and their families. That’s how she met the Zetz family.

Jim Zetz, 62, has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and so he and his wife Grace scheduled a photo shoot with Villatoro. During the shoot she found out that their daughter Josie would be turning 11 on March 14th, and so she offered to do something for her as well.

When she got home she posted the story to her website to see if she could raise some money or gifts for Josie’s 11th birthday. This could be the last birthday she gets to spend with her father, and Villatoro wanted to make sure it would be extra special.

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A wonderful, bittersweet idea.

18:25 // 1 week ago

Anja Niedringhaus faced down some of the world’s greatest dangers and had one of the world’s loudest laughs. She photographed dying and death, and embraced humanity and life. She gave herself to the subjects of her lens, and gave her talents to the world, with images of wars’ unwitting victims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and beyond.
Shot to death by an Afghan policeman Friday, Niedringhaus leaves behind a body of work that won awards and broke hearts. She trained her camera on children caught between the front lines, yet who still find a place to play. She singled out soldiers from their armies as they were confronted by death, injuries and enemies’ attacks.

Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was one of two Western journalists shot by the Afghan police officer ahead of the election in the country.

Anja Niedringhaus faced down some of the world’s greatest dangers and had one of the world’s loudest laughs. She photographed dying and death, and embraced humanity and life. She gave herself to the subjects of her lens, and gave her talents to the world, with images of wars’ unwitting victims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and beyond.

Shot to death by an Afghan policeman Friday, Niedringhaus leaves behind a body of work that won awards and broke hearts. She trained her camera on children caught between the front lines, yet who still find a place to play. She singled out soldiers from their armies as they were confronted by death, injuries and enemies’ attacks.

Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was one of two Western journalists shot by the Afghan police officer ahead of the election in the country.

8:43 // 1 week ago
April 3, 2014
Quite frankly I would’ve said ‘C-section before the season starts. I need to be at opening day. I’m sorry, this is what makes our money, this is how we’re going to live our life, this is going to give our child every opportunity to be a success in life. I’ll be able to afford any college I want to send my kid to because I’m a baseball player.’
Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason • Ripping New York Mets star Daniel Murphy for daring to take a three-day paternity leave this week, a period which just happened to coincide with the start of Major League Baseball’s regular season. Esiason, a radio talk show host, has his priorities in check, apparently.
23:04 // 1 week ago
This British teen got stuck in a drainpipe trying to save her phone. It was a BlackBerry.

This British teen got stuck in a drainpipe trying to save her phone. It was a BlackBerry.

21:29 // 1 week ago