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The 70 Gigapixel Budapest Photo, the world’s largest photo (for now)

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So I thought the 18-Gigapixel panorama view of Prague and 45 Gigapixel panorama of Dubai was pretty interesting, well this latest photo is fantastic also! Check out this link & see the photo taken in Hungary, zoom in and out of the photo and marvel in all it’s glory!

Click here :: 70 Billion Pixels Budapest – created by

Here’s a picture of the gear that took the shot. It’s two 25-megapixel Sony A900s with massive 400mm Minolta lenses and 1.4 X teleconverters, placed on a robotic camera mount. Combined, they took 20,000 images to create the photo and two days each of shooting and post-processing.

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August 1st, 2010 at 11:05 am

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Season Finale Of ‘House’ Filmed With Canon DSLR

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Season Finale Of ‘House’ Filmed With Canon DSLR
Article by: Chris Brandrick

Considering the TV series House centers around an unorthodox doctor, it isn’t too surprising that the production crew took an unorthodox approach to filming the Season Six finale.

According to a tweet by director Greg Yaitanes, the production crew shot this year’s season finale using the HD video recording feature of a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR still camera.

In replies to fans’ questions on Twitter (via PetaPixel), Yaitanes says that the $2500 Cannon camera was perfect for the finale’s many “tight” scenes. During filming, the production crew didn’t use any stabilization features or tools beyond a small tripod, and used only a couple lenses aside from the standard Canon lenses.

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June 1st, 2010 at 6:53 am

Hard Rock Cafe Supporting Denver Zoo

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The month of May will be rocking as Hard Rock Café Denver offers two ways for you to support Denver Zoo. From May 1-31, Zoo visitors can bring their admission ticket stubs or Denver Zoo membership cards to Hard Rock Café Denver on the 16th Street Mall and Hard Rock will donate 15 percent of a lunch or dinner purchase (not including alcohol) to the Zoo.

Hard Rock Café Denver also has designed an exclusive, limited-edition pin to benefit Denver Zoo, available in Hard Rock’s Rock Shop for $12. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Denver Zoo.

Hard Rock Cafe - Denver Zoo Pin

Click here :: Hard Rock Cafe – Denver website

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May 18th, 2010 at 11:57 am

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foursquare logoFor those of you who aren’t following the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference and festivals, Foursquare started their service [03.11.09] prior to last years festivities and over the past year here are a few stats:

Over 500,000 users
Over 1,000,000 badges have been awarded
Over 1.4 million venues with 1200 offering specials
Over 15.5 million checkins
Single day checkins as high as 275,000 over the course of the day.

More info off Foursquare’s site :: click here for website

Get foursquare on your phone!

First things first – let’s get foursquare on your phone. Your best bet is to download either the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, or Palm app. If you have another phone with a web browser, you’re best off using mobile website.
If you have a phone that doesn’t have a web browser, you can use our SMS shortcode to check-in by sending messages to 50500 (like this: @ Ace Bar ! enjoying happy hour). Sorry, but this works in the US only for now.

Check-in to places

People use foursquare to “check-in”, which is a way of telling us your whereabouts. When you check-in someplace, we’ll tell your friends where they can find you and recommend places to go & things to do nearby. People check-in at all kind of places – cafes, bars, restaurants, parks, homes, offices.
You’ll find that as your friends use foursquare to check-in, you’ll start learning more about the places they frequent. Not only is it a great way to meet up with nearby friends, but you’ll also start to learn about their favorite spots and the new places they discover.

Share your experiences with friends

Think of foursquare as an “urban mix tape.” We’ll help you make lists of your favorite things to do and let you share them with friends. Think beyond your standard review – we’re looking less for “The food here is top notch” and more for “Go to Dumont Burger and try the most amazing Mac and Cheese ever.” Foursquare will keep track of the things you’ve done, help you create To-Do lists and even suggest new experiences to seek out.
As you check-in around the city, you’ll start finding tips that other users have left behind. After checking-in at a restaurant, it’s not uncommon to unlock a tip suggesting the best thing on the menu. Checking-in at a bar will often offer advice on what your next stop should be. Every tip you create is discoverable by other users just by checking-in.

Earn points and unlock badges!

Every foursquare checkin earns you points. Find a new place in your neighborhood? +5 points. Making multiple stops in a night? +2 points. Dragging friends along with you? +1.
And as you start checking-in to more interesting places with different people, you’ll start unlocking badges. There are badges for discovering new places and for traveling to far away places. Spending too much time singing karaoke or been hitting the gym consistently? Yes, there are badges for those too :)

Become the mayor! Unlock some freebies!

We all have our local hangouts and foursquare keeps tabs on who’s the most loyal of all the regulars. If you’ve been to a place more than anyone else, you’ll become “the mayor”… until someone else comes along and steals your title.
It may sound a little silly until you see the list of places that are offering freebies to our mayors – free coffees, free ice-cream, free hotel stays – it pays to be a foursquare loyalist and check-in whenever you go!
And so that’s about it – ready to sign up?

Foursquare’s site :: click here for website

Written by Francisco Espinosa

March 31st, 2010 at 9:54 am

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Raw video: Volcano erupts in Iceland – 03.20.10

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A volcano erupted near a glacier in southern Iceland late on Saturday, shooting ash and molten lava into the air and forcing the evacuation on Sunday of hundreds of people from nearby villages. (The Associated Press)

:: Click here for video ::

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March 22nd, 2010 at 8:31 am

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YouTube’s 5th birthday (02.14.10)

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It’s hard to believe that YouTube, which now streams more than one billion videos a day, only registered its domain name five years ago. Found on YouTube’s blog site, here is the posting from Chad Hurley, Co-Founder & CEO, YouTube.

YouTube & the Online Video Revolution

When we registered the YouTube domain on February 14, 2005, we set out to create a place where anyone with a video camera and an Internet connection could share a story with the world. Five years into it, we’re as committed as ever to the core beliefs and principles that guided YouTube’s creation:

Video gives people a voice – From classrooms to war-torn countries, the Queen of England to the King of Pop, the Pope to the President of the United States, and the hillsides of Port au Prince to the streets of Tehran, video has the power to give rise to the most diverse set of faces and voices ever seen or heard in human history.

We succeed when our partners succeed – Our content partners run the gamut, from major Hollywood studios to aspiring filmmakers and vloggers who can turn the ordinary into something extraordinary on the turn of a dime. Content creation isn’t our business; it’s theirs. But breaking open access to media and distribution means delivering the world’s largest global audience and the revenue models they need to succeed, as well as the tools they need to control their content.

Video evolves fast, YouTube must evolve faster – The Internet evolves at break-neck speed. We launch products quickly and constantly iterate to stay one step ahead of it. Our goal? To set the standard in online video delivery. Fast loading, high quality videos need to be able to play on any device, anywhere, anytime. And whether we’re supporting 1080p, 3D, or deploying auto-speech recognition technology, we innovate with an eye toward providing the best possible experience for all of you.

Thanks for being part of the YouTube community and for shaping what the site is today. We’re looking forward to celebrating our fifth anniversary throughout the year and hope you’ll keep watching, keep uploading, keep sharing, keep informing, keep entertaining, and keep discovering the world through video.

Chad Hurley, Co-Founder & CEO, YouTube

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February 15th, 2010 at 10:59 am

Parkour Video

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For those of you who don’t know what Parkour is or l’art du déplacement (English: the art of moving), it’s the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one’s path by adapting one’s movements to the environment.
“It’s a non-competitive, physical discipline of French origin in which participants run along a route, attempting to negotiate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, as if moving in an emergency situation. Skills such as jumping and climbing, or the more specific parkour moves are employed. The object of parkour is to get from one place to another using only the human body and the objects in the environment. The obstacles can be anything in one’s environment, but parkour is often seen practiced in urban areas because of the many suitable public structures available such as buildings and rails.” – Wikipedia

Of course trying to keep the day moving along at lunch one day last summer I went all out and someone recorded me & this is their tribute to those events. Actually no I fell & hurt myself, people laughed & pointed and then updated their facebook pages with the real cell phone video. Here is a pretty cool video that kept me entertained and thinking it was time for a “come back”, enjoy (wonder how much planning that took?).

:: Video Click Here

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January 6th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

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2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0

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2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0

Ford has just announced that they will be releasing a redesigned Ford Mustang GT in 2011. The new GT 5.0 will be powered by a 5.0-litre, V-8 engine.

The 2011 Mustang GT will make its debut North American International Auto Show which is held in Detroit from Jan 11 thru Jan 24. According to the manufacturer, the new engine will deliver 412 Horse Power as well as up to 25 Miles per Gallon making it a very modern and enjoyable sports car with all the benefits of an economic vehicle (ahhh like that is why we buy them!).

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December 29th, 2009 at 9:28 am

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Comedy Works :: Food Drive

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Here’s your chance to help make a difference for a good cause & get rewarded nicely for your generosity // P.S. Comedy Works ROCKS!!!

Denver Rescue Mission Food Drive
Attend a show Sunday – Thursday through December 30th and receive FREE admission if you bring items from the following list:

Canned Veggie, Canned Fruit, Instant Potatoes, Boxed Stuffing, Canned Soup, Peanut Butter, Canned Tuna, Cereal, Mac & Cheese Mix

You must call for advance reservations and mention DRM.

Thanks for your support!

The details:

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December 17th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

First Ever Video of Deep-Sea Volcanic Eruption

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In high-definition video released Thursday (12.17.2009) courtesy of the American Geophysical Union.

SAN FRANCISCO — Molten lava has been observed flowing on the seafloor for the very first time, by a robotic rover exploring the deepest erupting volcano yet discovered.

In high-definition video released Thursday here at the American Geophysical Union meeting, lava bubbles explode as the eruption’s deep rumble fills the bass end of the spectrum.

“We thought we could just show the video over and over and not say anything,” joked oceanographer John Resing of the University of Washington, who led the expedition.

But the new video is more than just spectacular to look at, it also provides scientists with their first look at the geological process that creates the seafloor.

“On our very own home planet, we haven’t seen lava flowing on the seafloor,” said Resing. “We haven’t seen new ocean crust being made.”

And now they have. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency had been sponsoring submarine volcano research for more than two decades without ever observing lava on the seafloor. “This is historic,” Resing said.

The new footage was captured in May about 4,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean near Samoa, at an underwater volcano called West Mata. Scientists on a University of Washington research vessel gathered around monitors to watch the Jason remotely operated submarine as it approached the volcano. As the sub neared the summit, warm water, which shimmers like a highway on a hot day, began to stream out of the rocks.

“We turned and saw this willowy, wispy white smoke-like fluid coming up off the side of the steep volcano. We knew we were at the right site,” said Bob Embley, a marine geologist with NOAA who co-led the expedition. “Then it was up to the pilot to very skillfully maneuver down to the site then turn to look at it. When we turned around, we started to see the red flashes of light, and we knew we were seeing the primordial eruption on the sea floor that we’d never seen before.”

They named the spot Hades. And now, you can see what they saw in the videos posted here. (Editor’s tip: put on your headphones and turn up the bass.)

The discovery came in part because of NOAA’s effort to do more ocean exploration to simply find out more about the vast, largely mysterious oceans that cover 70 percent of the Earth.

“When we go exploring, we make discoveries,” said Steve Hammond, chief scientist at NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

In fact, West Mata is the second underwater volcano discovered by NOAA, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation. The previous one was discovered in much shallower water in the Mariana Arc.

Video #1 Click here.

Video #2 Click here.

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December 17th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

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