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Friday, 16 June 2006
Celebrity Spotting Destinations
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Fly Me there
Topic: Travel




http://www.tripadvisor.com

Top 10: celeb-spotting destinations
Want to travel where the rich and famous flock to? Travel like a star with our top 10 celeb-spotting destinations.1. Lake Como, Italy
2. San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico
3. Los Angeles, Calif.
4. Maui, Hawaii
5. New York, N.Y.
6. St. Barthelemy, Caribbean
7. St-Tropez, France
8. Miami, Fla.
9. Las Vegas, Nev.
10. London, England

Hollywood hideaways

You don't have to be a celebrity to travel like a star - check into the most popular hotels in our top celeb-worthy destinations.



San Jose Del Cabo: Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
New York City: Sofitel New York
Lake Como: Albergo Milano
Los Angeles: The Beverly Hills Hotel

Posted by ladymaggic at 12:29 PM JST
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Monday, 29 May 2006
Killer Birds..Cassowaries..raid Innisfail
Now Playing: Feed me I'm Hungry for food
Topic: Australian
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,19286636-421,00.html

Killer birds raid Cyclone Larry town
From: By Ian Gerard
May 29, 2006

Visitor ... Jan Shang keeps a close watch on a visiting cassowary as she attends to chores. Picture: Eddie Safarik THEY have borne Cyclone Larry and weeks of torrential rain, but now the luckless residents of Innisfail face a new dilemma, a posse of hungry marauding cassowaries.

The critically endangered and famously testy flightless bird, known for its ability to disembowel humans with its razor-sharp claws, is running amok through the backyards and suburban streets of north Queensland in search of food.
Deadly: Australia's killer animals

The birds are believed to have left rainforest areas after much of the fruit-bearing plants they depend on were knocked down by Larry's 260km/h winds.

It is expected to be months before the birds' food sources begin to replenish.

Meanwhile, roaming cassowaries are reported to have chased several residents through town. One recently fell into a backyard swimming pool and had to be rescued.

The people of Innisfail and surrounds have now been warned not to feed the birds.

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Thursday, 25 May 2006
Cambodia travel Journal. Eric and Carl: Living a Dream
Topic: Travel

http://www.mytripjournal.com/livingadream

Can you imagine taking 26 years worth of vacation in one year? When we think of our one year adventure around the world in those terms it seems so incredibly amazing. Then again, any possible way we think about our trip we find it is incredible and do think we are two of luckiest guys on earth to be able to live this dream!

This website will be our portal to our family and friends back home, colleagues and acquaintances, new friends and fellow travellers and anyone else that chooses to follow our travels and adventures.

Departing on September 09 we will be gone for a full 365 days and plan to explore about 30 countries! We have an ambitious itinerary - especially in our first few months and hopefully we can share some of our highlights and experiences here....

...............................This is really a wonderful journal of a trip and the excellent presentation and format are simply awesome...Tags: , , , , , Tags: , , ,

Great Trip Guys....You may like to also read 'Artists Life"...My 12 months in South Korea, and I am "Living another Life"

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Updated: Thursday, 25 May 2006 12:35 PM JST
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Wednesday, 24 May 2006
Noosa Apartments...not the average Aussie Holiday Shack
Topic: Travel

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,19182002-32683,00.html

THE notion of renting a coastal shack in Australia is about as old as holidaying itself. There's something satisfyingly simple about a cottage by bay or beach, sand swept straight out the door, a holiday menu limited to barbies, fish and chips and, in my youth at least, Pipeline Petes and Gaytimes from the corner store, actually paid for with no protest by parents who magically forgot about dental matters, at least until the end of the summer school break.

These days, the shack is an endangered species but the concept of occupying other people's houses at holiday time is still big business. Not just summer holidays, either: the trend is to divide time away across the year, with long weekends and Easter as busy as the traditional December and January hiatus.

Noosa is not a shack kind of place. This Sunshine Coast hot spot is far too fashionable for that: what the holiday-maker gets is an apartment or sleek modern house (little real estate here is older than a few decades), in most cases as spacious and well-equipped as home but with much better views and, usually, superior weather (July is the coolest month, with daytime maximum temperature of 20C).

..................................Some are large and showy homes, with pools and heated spas, that look freshly uplifted from Belle or Vogue Living magazines -- and then I spot it. The Beach Shack at Sunshine Beach, described (unusually, in the world of real estate) as "modest". With three bedrooms and a low-season nightly tariff of $200, the price is unpretentious, too. Ah, next time.

.........................Noosa is a small thriving up-market tourist village with a coved beach and lots of great sand and surf along the Back beach looking out over some magnificent scenery.

A bus takes you there from Brisbane Airport..and its certainly worht a look at for the Golden life style of the Rich and Aspiring. The prices of items in the shops tell you about Noosa.Tags: , , , , , , Ads by AdGenta.com

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Uranium Boom Heads for Bust

http://finance.news.com.au/story/0,10166,19240208-462,00.html

INVESTOR Michael Birch said he fields calls every week from stockbrokers offering new shares in uranium explorers, most of which have not found any of the metallic element used for nuclear fuel and would not be allowed to mine it if they did.

"You've got a lot of new stocks making extraordinary gains very quickly," said Mr Birch, from Wallace Funds Management in Sydney, who is avoiding the shares for the same reason he stayed clear of internet-related companies in the late 1990s ? a lack of earnings.

"There doesn't seem to be much to back up their performance," he said. "It's like the dot-com boom all over again."

Toro Energy and U308 more than tripled soon after their initial public offerings on the Australian Stock Exchange in March and May.

They are among six uranium explorers listed so far this year. Three pending IPOs will help double the number of uranium-related stocks in Australia from a year ago.

Australia has about 40 per cent of the world's known uranium reserves and supplies about a fifth of all the metal mined. The bulk of the uranium is located in South Australia's Olympic Dam mine, owned by BHP Billiton (bhp.ASX:Quote,News).

BHP

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Tuesday, 23 May 2006
Three Gorges..Chins BBC Pics
Topic: Travel

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/06/asia_pac_three_gorges_dam/html/1.stmAds by AdGenta.comTags: , ,

A monumental project -- a dam one and a half miles wide and more than 600 feet high that will create a reservoir hundreds of feet deep and nearly 400 miles long. The reservoir, its engineers say, will enable 10,000-ton ocean-going freighters to sail directly into the nation's interior for six months of each year, opening a region burgeoning with agricultural and manufactured products. And the dam's hydropower turbines are expected to create as much electricity as 18 nuclear power plants.

The project is China's Three Gorges Dam, and it has already been the subject of great international scrutiny. It is being called the largest construction project in China since the Great Wall.

The project includes a system of locks, the largest ever built, intended to bring ocean-going ships 1,500 miles inland to Chongqing, the capital of the municipality created from Sichuan Province in 1997 to encompass the project. The municipality, with more than 30 million people, is under the direct control of the central government in Beijing. Officials hope the combination of inexpensive electricity and cheap river transportation will further open the region to international investment -- making Chongqing a major business center.

Some facts about the Three Gorges project:

? Project expected to take 17 years; completion expected in 2009.

? An estimated 250,000 workers are involved in the project.

? The Three Gorges Reservoir will inundate 632 square kilometers (395 square miles) of land.

? An estimated 1.2 million people will be resettled by the dam.

? The project's 26 hydropower turbines are expected to produce 18.2 million kilowatts, up to one-ninth of China's output.

? The amount of concrete totals 26.43 million cubic meters, twice that of the Itaipu project in Brazil, currently the world's largest hydroelectric dam.

Some facts about the Three Gorges project:

? Project expected to take 17 years; completion expected in 2009.

? An estimated 250,000 workers are involved in the project.

? The Three Gorges Reservoir will inundate 632 square kilometers (395 square miles) of land.

? An estimated 1.2 million people will be resettled by the dam.

? The project's 26 hydropower turbines are expected to produce 18.2 million kilowatts, up to one-ninth of China's output.

? The amount of concrete totals 26.43 million cubic meters, twice that of the Itaipu project in Brazil, currently the world's largest hydroelectric dam.





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Posted by ladymaggic at 2:48 PM JST
Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2006 2:51 PM JST
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A solid Platinum and gold skull with diamonds..an art work by Hirst

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1779775,00.html

Hirst's diamond creation is art's costliest work ever

Sean O'Hagan
Sunday May 21, 2006
The Observer


Compared with the epic works that have made his name - the shark in formaldehyde, the bisected cow - Damien Hirst's work in progress is a small, delicate object: a life-size human skull. Not just any skull, mind, but one cast in platinum and encased entirely in diamonds - some 8,500 in all. It will be the most expensive work of art ever created, costing between #8m and #10m.

Unveiling his latest work exclusively to The Observer, Hirst said: 'We have been buying diamonds slowly and have worked out that it will take about eight and half thousand to completely cover the surface of the skull.'

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Hirst, 40, who was recently ranked as the most powerful individual in the contemporary art world by Art Review magazine, is reputedly worth in the region of #100m.

Creating the world's most expensive work of art, he says, 'will be a lot less stressful than putting a bloody great shark in a tank of formaldehyde'. Nevertheless, even by his ambitious standards, the diamond-encrusted skull, entitled 'For the Love of God', is a risky undertaking. The cost of making it will inevitably be reflected in the selling price, which could be up to #50m.Ads by AdGenta.comTags: , , , , , , , ,

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Webgames are good for Children

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1779820,00.html

Study downplays link of video games to violence

Gaby Hinsliff
Sunday May 21, 2006
The Observer


Playing computer games may actually be good for children, according to a government study that found no proof that even violent games triggered aggressive behaviour.

The games can improve children's decision-making and instil 'positive learning traits', some research suggests. At least one study argues that make-believe violence helps children 'conquer fears and develop a sense of identity', as gruesome fairytales once did.

......................I totally agree with this. They give students some thinking and strategy skills. There are some excellent games around that are fantastic.Ads by AdGenta.comTags: , , , , , ,

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Posted by ladymaggic at 2:27 PM JST
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Create your own Radio Station... Tutorial

http://www.poromenos.org/tutorials/icecast

Spread the News..Create your own Radio Station

How to create an internet radio station

If you've ever wondered how internet radio stations work and/or wanted to create your own, this tutorial will show you how. It is actually very easy, and you can set up your own radio station and begin broadcasting songs in about 10 minutes.

First of all, let me give you a quick rundown on how it works. You have your music player (I will use Winamp, get it if you don't have it) and you play your music as you normally would. Through a plugin (which you will download and install), Winamp will send the music you play to the broadcasting server (which can be on your PC or on another one with a larger connection), and the server sends the music to the listeners, reencoding it to a better format, if you are so inclined. Note that the amount of listeners you will be able to support is limited by your outgoing bandwidth and the bitrate of the song you are streaming, so if you're streaming at 128 kbps and you have 256 kbps upload bandwidth, you'll obviously be able to support 256/128 = 2 listeners.

The programs I use are Winamp for playing, oddcast DSP for broadcasting to the server and Icecast for serving. You can use Winamp's own Shoutcast plugin and server, but I prefer to broadcast in Vorbis because it's smaller and has much better quality than MP3.

Let's get started, then. Download Icecast from this page (you presumably want the Windows version) and install it. Run it and click "Edit configuration" in the "Configuration" menu. A notepad window will pop up with various configuration options. My configuration is this:

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Posted by ladymaggic at 2:01 PM JST
Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2006 2:21 PM JST
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Saturday, 29 April 2006
Aussie Down Under...Outback Australia
Topic: Travel
Outback Australia... "Aussie DownUnder"
Outback Australia... "Aussie DownUnder" magnify

http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p=58aa8500074f6fded8623

I flew to Broome from Perth, and drove a Campervan back relocating the vehicle for Britz. It was an awesome experience. The first 650 kms we did not even see a vehicle, just travelled along a road lined with red sand and termite mounds. The first stop was Sandfire where there was petrol and I saw the goanna there and the only water for over 1,000 kms. The drive was as you see it...just flat red land on either side until we reached Sandfire Roadhouse.

We also crossed the Tropic of Capricorn. The temperatures were in the high 50's all the way and the air conditioner in the Camper Van did not work, and it was hot driving. I drove the entire journey in 5 days and it ranks as one of the highlights of my life.

The next stop was Hamlyn Pools and Monkey Mia and on to Coral Bay. I shall do another video with the glorious sunset I photographed at Hamlyn Pool. I do hope you view the movie and see another side of Australia I love.

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