Ghost Architecture: Unconscious Art of Building Demolition


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Like architectural section drawings, remnant spaces can be extrapolated from two-dimensional clues, like material transitions, degree of weathering, surface shapes and color shifts. Occasionally, there are even three-dimensional fixtures still hanging on, like the showers, sinks and toilets in one of the pictures above. The Unconscious Art of Demolition is a Flickr photography group that focuses on these accidental works of ghost architecture – leftover structural voids and the spaces they imply. In the process of observing and photographing, these passers by and onlookers are turned into amateur documentarians and de facto archaeologists, discerning and (at least subconsciously) projecting patterns into ambiguous urban decay.
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Nextdoor can be accessed through the mobile app or on the web, with over 17,000 neighborhoods currently in its database. The idea is to connect with your neighbors to share important local information, goods and recommendations. Participants can discuss suspicious activity, share numbers for reliable plumbers, notify each other of special local events or report found items like wallets and keys. Every neighbor has to sign in with their real name and verify their address.
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What is Hashtag Hijacking?


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“I think we have a few things going for us that distinguish us from other services,” said Jeff Velis, vice president of operations in an email interview. “Not only do we write the releases, but we work with the business on developing press campaigns, which can be anywhere from one release to several over 6 months or even one year, making sure that their news gets out to the media.” What the Service Provides “A lot of small businesses don’t think they have news, but everyone has news and we at the NALA help them find that news and develop their story,” Velis explained. “We also don’t stop once the release has been distributed, but we follow up with the media outlets targeted and then will work them on behalf of the client,” he said. “Sometimes this can be answering follow up questions, sending additional images or even setting up an interview or photo shoot.” The NALA charges between $725 per release (if you buy six releases), up to $995 for a single release. There is also a $195 “editorial fee” added to each campaign. Releases are delivered to online news outlets and social media.
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 Instead of being used for positive sentiment, it is used for attacks on the business, or in a sarcastic or snarky way. One of the most notorious business situations of hashtag hijacking happened to McDonald’s. In early 2012 the fast food giant started a hashtag campaign called #McDStories. Although they sent out just a few tweets using the hashtag #McDStories, the public soon started using the hashtag  – in ways McDonald’s never expected.
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Apple breaks $500 threshold, 1st time since Jan.

New York Times website goes down
New York Times website goes down
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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NEW YORK — The New York Times website is down and it’s unclear what caused the outage.
Spokeswoman Danielle Rhodes Ha says the newspaper is looking into the cause. The company offered no further details.
The website went down late Wednesday morning and continues to be inaccessible.


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The company’s newspaper and corporate sites also appeared to be unreachable. Emails sent to New York Times email addresses were returned as undeliverable.
“The New York Times Web site is experiencing technical difficulties. We expect to be back up shortly,” said the Times in a message sent from its official Twitter account just before noon on Wednesday.

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Apple breaks $500 threshold, 1st time since Jan.
Apple breaks $500 threshold, 1st time since Jan.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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Apple Inc.’s shares surged passed the $500 threshold — their highest level since January.
Wednesday’s gains came a day after activist investor Carl Icahn said he thinks the iPhone maker should do more to revive its stock price.
The outspoken billionaire said in Twitter posts Tuesday that he had acquired an unspecified stake in Apple and had spoken to its CEO about boosting share repurchase plans. The stock immediately jumped, and closed at its highest level in nearly seven months.
Apple is committed to buying back $60 million in stock by the end of 2015. Icahn believes that program should be immediately increased.
The company’s stock peaked last year at $705.07 but began losing ground on concerns about slowing growth and growing competition.
Shares added $13.83 to $503.40 at midday.

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DRUDGE: There’s About To Be A Huge Shakeup At Fox News


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Christie is the most prominent Republican politician who is bucking the party on the issue. But a lot of commentators (e.g. Jonathan Chait ) have been under the misimpression that he’s rejecting the expansion. That’s probably because they saw headlines like this Reuters one from June: “New Jersey’s Christie Vetoes Medicaid Expansion Bill.” Here’s what happened. Christie included the Medicaid expansion in his 2013-14 budget, which passed. Then the Democratic-controlled legislature passed another bill to make the expansion permanent. Christie opposes this. He wants to reauthorize the expansion annually in the state budget, thus reserving the option to stop participating if the federal government cuts its financial support of the program. So he vetoed the bill.
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But the network has always been high on Kelly. That goes especially for CEO and chairman Roger Ailes, who announced last month Kelly’s move from a the 1-3 p.m. ET slot to a to-be-determined primetime role  upon her return from maternity leave. At the 21st Century Fox investor conference in Los Angeles, Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto asked Ailes about the rumors during an interview. “Well, generally I don’t confirm or deny any rumors – that’s a rumor at the moment. However, Megyn has earned a better time period,” Ailes said. “She’ll be in our primetime lineup, but I must quickly say that all of our stars will be back.” The question, then, is what becomes of the other anchors who currently make up Fox’s primetime lineup?
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Nearly 100mph From An RC Car


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Nearly 100mph From An RC Car
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That’s pretty damn fast for a toy.
If you ever doubted that 1/8 scale model RC cars were serious business, we present to you the following video as evidence that they indeed are. Appropriately, it is a model of a McLaren F1, and although we aren’t exactly experts in these sorts of vehicles, we can tell you that it has a 2200kv motor. It’s running a full scale drag strip, but is too small to trip the strip’s sensors, so the numbers we see for the car all come from the car itself.
Ultimately, aerodynamics prove to be a major problem, and the car does some flips. We’re guessing that these were never intended to go quite so fast, and the bodies might not be perfect copies of their big brothers.
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Multiplier maths


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If all went well, asset purchases would cease only by the middle of 2014… The Fed this week linked the current round of asset purchases to the achievement of economic goals rather than a specific date or programme size as it had in the past. QE would continue, it said, until the outlook for the labour market had improved “substantially”. In his press conference Mr Bernanke clarified what that meant: a drop in the unemployment rate to about 7%.
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They examined several European countries and showed that fiscal multipliers are substantially higher than previously assumed. Previous IMF studies had assumed multipliers of roughly 0.5. In other words, a €1 injection of government money into the economy would only have a net benefit of 50 centimes. By contrast, Messrs Blanchard and Leigh found that the actual multipliers in the early years of the crisis were “substantially above 1”.
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