How to Return Facebook's Privacy Settings to What You Signed Up For

How to Return Facebook's Privacy Settings to What You Signed Up For

How to Return Facebook's Privacy Settings to What You Signed Up ForOnline privacy expectations are evolving, but whether Facebook likes it or not, a lot of us want the privacy settings we signed up for when we joined the service. Here's how to use Facebook's new privacy controls to regain your original privacy.
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These days, Facebook seems seriously invested in a struggle to rule the entire internet, incorporating features from nearly every social service that pops up (see Twitter, Foursquare, FriendFeed, etc.). The problem is, not every application fills the same niche, and in order to compete with other social tools, Facebook has slowly and surely changed from a primarily private service to a very public one.
Users have always known and expected that Twitter, for example, is a public service. Sure, you can make your account private, but its very nature as a public microblogging service is that people can use it and have their voice heard by the many. Conversely, the idea of Facebook was always connecting with your real life friends, and sharing things with them and them alone. That's why everyone flocked to it over MySpace in the first place.
Yet, as Facebook tries to spread itself across all of cyberspace, it makes your activity more and more public, trying to squeeze itself into the niches of Twitter and Digg, all the while becoming a shadow of its former self. Thankfully, Facebook's new privacy controls, while certainly not perfect, do make it easier to control your social experience on the site. We've gone through the new privacy settings extensively, and have created this guide to help you take Facebook back for yourself, making it what you signed up for, not what Facebook is trying desperately to make it.
(The amount of data you want and expect Facebook to share publicly varies from person to person; below, we've highlighted the settings that we think align most closely with both what we think of as good settings and what feels closest to Facebook's earlier privacy settings.)
The screenshots throughout the guide depict the recommended settings we describe, and you can click on them to view a larger, more readable version.
How to Return Facebook's Privacy Settings to What You Signed Up For
Note: Remember that Facebook's new privacy settings will roll out to users over the next couple of weeks, so if you don't have them yet, keep an eye on your Facebook page for a popup at the top of your news feed (shown above).

Control Your Basic Directory Information

Facebook's new system, available here, splits your privacy settings up into four sections. The first, brand new section is your directory information, which controls the kind of information that people searching for you would use to identify you. This includes your friend list, education and work, hometown/current city, and interests and other pages. This also includes settings on who can search for you, send you friend requests, and send you messages. This section works much like the old privacy settings: once you click on "view settings" under basic directory information, you'll be able to choose who can view each specific type of item, whether that be "everyone", "friends of friends", or just friends.
How to Return Facebook's Privacy Settings to What You Signed Up For
While Facebook recommends you keep all this information public, so people searching for you can tell who you are, it doesn't all seem necessary. Your interests, pages, and hometown can likely be set to "friends only", as shown above. We'd recommend setting your education and work to "friends and networks", so people you are not friends with but that go to the same school or work in the same office can easily find you. The rest can be set to public, unless you'd really prefer that you initiate all friend requests yourself—which is fine—but for most people, being in Facebook's search results helps people find you. I've personally set "send me messages" and "see my friend list" to friends of friends, which is still fairly public, but rarely will anyone not connected to me by someone else need to do either of those things, so I've set them accordingly. That part is really up to you.
How to Return Facebook's Privacy Settings to What You Signed Up For

Privatize Your Personal Information

The most revamped section is the "Sharing on Facebook" section, which has been greatly simplified. This section includes your more personal details, like statuses, photos, posts, bio, contact information, and so on. Facebook has a few quick links on the side to set everything to public, private, or their recommended settings, which honestly are still a bit too open for our tastes. Thus, our recommendation is simple: just hit the "friends only" link on the sidebar, then hit the "apply settings" button. There's no reason the rest of the world needs to see all this information if you're using Facebook in the same way you did back in 2005, and there's no reason to make it complicated and use custom settings (unless you really, really want everyone to know your favorite quotations).
How to Return Facebook's Privacy Settings to What You Signed Up For

Lock Down Those Annoying Applications

Down in the corner of the main privacy settings page is the "applications and websites" section, which controls access to your information outside Facebook. Click on the edit settings button and take a look at what applications you are using, if any. While your first instinct may be to turn off all platform applications, take note of the fact that if you use, say, Facebook for Android or the previously mentioned Desktop Notifications Mac app, this will make them unusable. In addition, if you link your Twitter account with Facebook, or use iPhoto to upload pictures to Facebook, you'll need applications active to do so these types of things as well.
How to Return Facebook's Privacy Settings to What You Signed Up For
Thankfully, the applications menu is a bajillion times simpler than the old one, so you can use custom settings without worrying about spending all day tweaking them. All you need to do is click the "remove unwanted or spammy applications" link and remove the applications you don't want on your account at all. Keep the ones you need, and move on.
How to Return Facebook's Privacy Settings to What You Signed Up ForYou'll probably want to completely lock down the rest of this page. Set "game and application activity" to friends only (although this very well may not matter depending on the apps you use). The other three options have "edit settings' buttons that take you to windows with one or many checkboxes, all of which you should probably uncheck. You don't need to share your personal information with any applications, nor do you probably want your information all over other sites. Showing up in Google searches is up to you, though if you're using Facebook purely for personal reasons, you might as well uncheck that box as well.

Block Crazy People and Excruciatingly Annoying Applications

The last section is your block list, which you probably won't tweak too much at the moment, but it is beneficial to become acquainted with the feature itself. Here, you can block specific users (such as overly friendly high school acquaintances and angry ex-girl/boyfriends) by name or email, as well as block invites from particularly spammy applications. While this would be a good time to enter in any people or applications that come to mind, remember that you can also block them from pretty much anywhere on Facebook, so as you discover how annoying that application or person is, you can just click the block button on your news feed or their profile.
How to Return Facebook's Privacy Settings to What You Signed Up For
Obviously, these are merely recommendations from those of us at Lifehacker that are fairly privacy conscious, but not enough to quit Facebook altogether. You can tweak the settings to your liking anywhere you want. The main idea of this guide was to use Facebook's new privacy settings (which are rather simple and give you a good amount of control) to bring the Facebook experience back a few years, when you spoke its name with a positive tone and not one of spite. Have the new privacy settings rolled out for you yet? If so, let us know what you think of them and our recommendations in the comments.

I feel as though we're all riding this non-stop roller coaster. FB has got to get their security issues under control. It's just getting ridiculous now.

"Hope for America" Exhibition Opens - The Library Today (Library of Congress)

“Hope for America: Performers, Politics & Pop Culture” Opens on June 11

Legendary entertainer Bob Hope once quipped, "I love to go to Washington, if only to be near my money." Hope’s political humor, his relationship with U.S. presidents, and the interplay among the worlds of comedy, politics and civic activism are showcased in the new public exhibition, "Hope for America: Performers, Politics & Pop Culture," opening at the Library of Congress on Friday, June 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The exhibition will be located in the Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E. in Washington, D.C.
Focusing on the careers of Hope and other prominent entertainers, the "Hope for America" exhibit will explore the dynamics of political and social satire and will provide a unique window into the evolution of satirical humor. "This new exhibition differs significantly from the previous one, that celebrated vaudeville, because it explores the time-honored tradition of American comedians commenting on the political scene in satires that have entertained and rattled the political establishment," said William Jacobs, chief of the Library’s Interpretive Programs Office.
"Hope for America" will draw from the treasured Bob Hope Collection, which was donated to the Library by the Hope family in 1998. On display will be Hope’s personal papers, joke files, films and radio and television broadcasts, along with other materials from the Library’s vast collections.
The exhibition will examine entertainers’ involvement in a wide range of causes and campaigns, especially as leaders in supporting and entertaining American troops abroad. Hope’s commitment to public service for nearly 50 years on behalf of the men and women in the armed forces earned him many honors, including the U. S. Congressional Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
"Bob Hope has been an inspiration to the many comedians who came after him who do topical, political humor," said contemporary satirist Stephen Colbert. Reminiscent of his popular television show, Colbert sets up the visitors experience in an introductory video presentation that highlights Hope’s USO, television and film performances, and features clips of such notables as Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Al Franken, Jimmy Carter, Jimmy Stewart, Groucho Marx, Sean Penn and Richard Pryor.
Colbert’s presentation examines the reasons why Hope was a favorite of 11 presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton. While Colbert has actually considered a bid for the presidency, Hope—perhaps tongue-in-cheek—tells Johnny Carson in the presentation that his wife "wouldn’t want to move to a smaller house."
By tracing the multiple facets of political humor through a wide range of photographs, film clips and original source materials that represent an array of viewpoints, the exhibition will challenge visitors to draw their own conclusions regarding the synergy between politics and entertainment in American society and its consequences for the nation’s political culture.
Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.
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Bob Hope was an American institution. The entertainment he provided our troops and the nation was inspirational. You were a good man Bob!
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It's Memorial Day weekend—BBQs, hot summer movies and SIZZLING MOVIES. In release date order, here are the 12 sci-fi and fantasy movies we're most looking forward to this summer.


Total Recall - Saturday Night Live Movies - Part I of II

For decades now, weekend TV viewers have enjoyed two reliable pastimes: complaining about the latest cast of Saturday Night Live, and tuning in anyway. Through deaths, ratings scares, and constant creative turnover, SNL has persevered -- and along the way, it's taken some of its most popular characters and turned them into feature films. Of course, just like the show's ratings, its big-screen success has been through some ups and downs -- and with MacGruber exploding onto screens this weekend, we thought now would be the perfect time to take a look back at every movie that got its start on SNL. Live from Rotten Tomatoes...it's Total Recall!


11. It's Pat... The Movie

Julia Sweeney was in countless skits during her SNL run, and got plenty of laughs along the way, but the character she was most closely identified with was the androgynous Pat, whose indeterminate sex was the focus of a long-running series of sketches that attracted such guest stars as Linda Hamilton and Harvey Keitel. Still, not even Sweeney thought a full-length movie was a good idea; it took studio sweet-talking (and cash) to get the project rolling. Of course, once the original studio bailed on It's Pat, everyone involved should have known they were headed for disaster -- and when Touchstone finally stepped in to release the movie and gave it a three-city release, the critical knives were out. At zero percent on the Tomatometer, It's Pat is not only the worst SNL movie, it's one of the worst movies of all time -- "Patently atrocious in every conceivable way," in the words of eFilmcritic's Scott Weinberg. About the only positive thing that can be said for It's Pat (aside from "it's only 77 minutes long") is that it featured a Ween cameo and the underrated Charles Rocket in a supporting role as Kyle Jacobsen, the neighbor obsessed with deducing Pat's sexual identity.

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10. A Night at the Roxbury

Before Will Ferrell could make a name for himself as one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood, he had to suffer through A Night at the Roxbury, the feature-length version of the SNL sketch about a pair of obnoxious club patrons who can't help bobbing their heads in unison whenever they hear Haddaway's "What Is Love?" It's a thin premise, even held alongside some of the other entries on this list, and even during their best moments, the Roxbury characters were more absurd than truly funny -- but when Hollywood comes calling, you have to open the door, even if the project in question includes the fateful five words "starring Richard Grieco as himself." Written by Ferrell and co-star Chris Kattan, A Night at the Roxbury invented a suitably outlandish backstory for the head-bobbing Butabi brothers, making them the sons of a fake plant store owner (Dan Hedaya) who wants Ferrell's character to marry the daughter (Molly Shannon) of the lamp store owner next door so he can...well, it really doesn't matter much. Suffice it to say "What Is Love?" is involved, Richard Grieco is suitably convincing as himself, and the critics wanted nothing to do with any of it. In the words of Cinemaphile's David Keyes, "those who manage to sit through all 81 minutes of it deserve a medal of bravery."

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9. The Ladies Man

In 2000, the same year Tim Meadows concluded his long run on SNL, his most famous character finally got his cinematic due: The Ladies Man, an 84-minute look at the exploits of Leon Phelps, the Afro-wielding, cognac-sipping talk radio host and sex therapy expert. As SNL characters go, Phelps might have had a fair amount of cinematic potential, but The Ladies Man arrived three years after the sketch's debut, after its star had already left the cast, and burdened by a script (co-written by Meadows) that produced little in the way of laughs. Still, its 11 percent Tomatometer is ever so slightly deceiving; even a number of the critics who panned the movie found it relatively harmless, and by blending ribald humor with a wonderfully wacky cast that included Billy Dee Williams and Julianne Moore, it earned the begrudging admiration of writers like Mike Miliard of the Boston Phoenix, who wrote, "The Ladies Man is pointless and should never have been made. But check your brain at the door and it almost stacks up to a snifter of Courvoisier and a handful of butt."

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8. Stuart Saves His Family

One of the most popular SNL characters of the early 1990s, the blissfully ignorant self-help guru and cable access host Stuart Smalley was a rite of passage for many of the show's guests -- including Michael Jordan, who was famously unable to keep a straight face during his segment. Audiences, alas, found resisting laughter far easier -- the few who saw it, that is. Released in 1995, Stuart Saves His Family was an unmitigated disaster for everyone involved -- Paramount Pictures, which grossed a mere $911,000 during its brief theatrical run; director Harold Ramis, whose previous releases included Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day; and star Al Franken, who bore the brunt of the film's failure and was more or less forced to retire the character from the show. It's hard to feel too badly, though, for the group that took a perfectly silly skit and puffed it up into an uneasily sentimental feature about such unfunny topics as property law, estate settlements, and 12-step programs. If there had ever been a way to bring Stuart Smalley to the movies, this feature wasn't it. As Joe Leyden wrote for Variety, "It isn't good enough, it isn't smart enough, and, doggone it, most people won't like Stuart Saves His Family."

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7. Coneheads

More than 25 years after they first appeared on SNL, Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin's pointy-domed clan of Remulakians finally made their way to the big screen. On paper, Coneheads sort of looked like a slam dunk -- the characters were fondly remembered from their original run on the show, and this was the era when not only Wayne's World was proving SNL sketches could make good movies, but old shows like The Brady Bunch and The Addams Family were pulling in big bucks in theaters. Unfortunately, despite all that -- and a cast stuffed with series vets like Adam Sandler, Phil Hartman, and David Spade -- Coneheads failed to catch on with audiences or critics, with both groups pointing out that the characters just weren't strong enough to support a movie of their own. Wrote Chris Hicks of the Deseret News, "The film itself is like the cinematic equivalent of a clothesline, with a steady stream of skits and gags hung out to dry."

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6. Superstar

Arguably the unsexiest schoolgirl in pop culture history, Mary Katherine Gallagher gave Molly Shannon's hyperventilating, armpit-sniffing dark side hilarious free rein during a series of skits that found her clashing with nuns, schoolmates, and, in one notable episode, Whitney Houston. Still, despite her popularity, Mary Katherine was sort of a one-note character, which meant that for her 1999 theatrical debut, she needed a fairly outlandish backstory (courtesy of screenwriter Steve Koren, who also had a hand in A Night at the Roxbury). Turns out Mary's a special ed student, as well as an orphan whose parents were trampled to death at a Riverdance-style competition, and...well, at one point, Will Ferrell shows up as an exasperated Jesus Christ (one of two roles Ferrell played, along with the dance-inventing Sky Corrigan). Does it sound like a bit of a mess? Critics thought so -- and although many of them appreciated Shannon's immense likability and total commitment to the role, most echoed the sentiments of Roger Ebert, who wrote, "Here is a portrait of a character so sad and hapless, so hard to like, so impossible to empathize with, that watching it feels like an act of unkindness."

Total Recall: Saturday Night Live Movies - Part II

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5. Blues Brothers 2000

In 1980, The Blues Brothers helped shine the spotlight on some marvelously talented (and sadly out of fashion) blues, soul, and R&B musicians, all while treating audiences to a terrific wisecracking action movie. Eighteen years later, Blues Brothers 2000 was released, and...well, the music was still pretty solid, anyway. This might seem like damning with faint praise, but really, when you consider that nearly two decades had passed since the original -- and that one-half of the Blues Brothers, John Belushi, died in 1982 -- getting even the music right seems like a pretty big deal. Remaining original Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd earns points for trying -- he reunited original director John Landis, many of the musicians who appeared in the first picture, added a few fresh faces on the blues scene, and recruited John Goodman to try and fill the void left by Belushi -- but ultimately, no matter how many songs they fit on the soundtrack or how many cars piled up in the climactic chase scene (it was 60, setting a new world's record), Blues Brothers 2000 couldn't come close to its classic predecessor. Still, Jeff Vice of the Deseret News was one of a number of critics who appreciated the effort, writing, "While the comedic scenes are hopelessly inept, Landis again shows a deft hand with the staging of the musical numbers, which should provide fans with a good enough reason to see the movie."

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4. Wayne's World 2

A year after Wayne's World grossed almost $200 million worldwide, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey returned for more party time at the box office -- and while the results weren't quite as excellent, Wayne's World 2 still proved a respectable follow-up, especially given that it added another 95 minutes to the legacy of two characters who originally seemed like they'd have a hard time filling up a half-hour sitcom. This time around, Wayne and Garth seek to build on their budding media empire with a concert festival (naturally dubbed "Waynestock") inspired by instructions handed down from the ghost of Jim Morrison in an Aerosmith-fueled dream. It's even sillier than the first movie, in other words, with a goofball factor enhanced by the sort of expanded budget that allows for cameo appearances from the likes of Aerosmith, Charlton Heston, and Rip Taylor. Although audience indifference dashed any hopes of a Wayne's World 3, the sequel was surprisingly well received by critics like the New York Times' Janet Maslin, who wrote, "This film is sometimes too familiar, especially in early scenes that deliberately repeat the first film's gags. But the formula isn't tired yet."

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3. Wayne's World

If you're going to make a movie about the type of suburban youth that spent a lot of time hanging out at rock shows in the late 1980s and early 1990s, you could hardly pick a better director than Penelope Spheeris, the filmmaker who gave us the Decline of Western Civilization series -- and for Saturday Night Live, the cable access mullet enthusiasts known as Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) were the perfect characters to end the show's long cinematic drought. Probably the most popular complaint leveled against SNL movies is that you can't stretch a five-minute sketch out to film length, and really, there's no reason anyone should have been able to build a decent script around a pair of catchphrase-spouting doofuses who hang out in a basement, rocking out and talking about babes. Wayne's World solved this problem by embracing the absurdity of its very existence, sending the movie way over the top and into a land where anything could happen: the fourth wall could be broken, Tia Carrere could star in a hit film, and Queen could score a Top Five hit with a 20-year-old song. There's a plot buried under Wayne's World's trucker cap, but it isn't really important; the only thing the movie is really concerned with is making you laugh -- early, often, and usually in spite of yourself. As Time Magazine's Richard Corliss put it in his review, "Hollywood surely accepts the movie's message: laughter is the least expensive therapy. And audiences may happily parrot another Wayneism to Myers: 'He shoots! He scores!'"

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2. The Blues Brothers

They may have gotten their start performing in killer bee outfits, but the Blues Brothers were never entirely a joke -- Dan "Elwood Blues" Aykroyd was a lifelong disciple of the music, and John "Jake Blues" Belushi developed a fascination with it through his friendship with Aykroyd. Though they were often derided as dilettantes in a genre whose lifeblood is authenticity, Aykroyd and Belushi actually played an important part in restoring some of the blues' commercial potency; when they made their 1976 debut on SNL, disco was king, and their band (which released its first album, Briefcase Full of Blues, in 1978) employed some great blues and soul musicians when they really needed the work. This respect for the music extended to the Blues Brothers' 1980 feature, which placed legends such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Cab Calloway, and Ray Charles in the middle of the action -- and made sure audiences were introduced to relatively unsung heroes like Steve Cropper and Donald "Duck" Dunn in the bargain. The script might have meant that whole "mission from God" thing as a joke, in other words, but for some music fans, they weren't far from the truth -- and like the music the titular duo took their name from, The Blues Brothers has aged gracefully. A cable and home video favorite, it also enjoys praise from critics including the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, who wrote, "The mere spectacle of Elwood and Jake in their shades isn't quite as giggle-inducing as it presumably was back in 1980, but the stunts are still awe-inspiring, and there's plenty of laughs. They really were thinking big."

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1. Bob Roberts

Surprise! Yeah, we know most people don't identify this 1992 political mockumentary with Saturday Night Live, but writer/director Tim Robbins debuted the character in a short film for the show in 1986, which makes Bob Roberts a branch on the same family tree as It's Pat. Fortunately, that's just about all they have in common. Robbins' lefty politics received their first cinematic airing with this sharp satire, which he starred in as the titular presidential candidate, who uses dirty politics and disingenuous folk songs to campaign against the Democratic incumbent (played by Gore Vidal). As a broadside against the rise of identity politics, Bob Roberts is as unfortunately prescient as it is ruefully funny; as a musical mockumentary, it's one of the few This Is Spinal Tap-inspired features that truly stands on its own. Of course, Robbins has become such a polarizing figure that it can be difficult to see his films clearly, especially when they carry such an obvious political agenda -- but if you can set all that aside, you may find yourself agreeing with Time Out's Geoff Andrew, who wrote, "Bob Roberts is not merely a satirical fictional biopic, but a wry exploration of the relationship between political reality and manufactured image."
In case you were wondering, here are the top SNL movies according RT users' scores:
1. The Blues Brothers -- 93%
2. Wayne's World -- 88%
3. Bob Roberts -- 76%
4. Wayne's World 2 -- 65%
5. A Night at the Roxbury -- 45%
6. Coneheads -- 44%
7. Blues Brothers 2000 -- 34%
8. Stuart Saves His Family -- 33%
9. Superstar -- 31%
10. The Ladies Man -- 31%
11. It's Pat... The Movie -- 17%

Take a look through the rest of our Total Recall archives. And don't forget to check out the reviews for MacGruber.
Finally, here's a real movie star -- Sean Connery -- putting in an appearence on SNL:

Changing Habits: Mapping Environmental Impact as Humanoids

The website Changing Habbits [changinghabbits.co.uk] shows the environmental impact of a person by using humanoid forms with body parts distorted relative to the environmental impact of common activities.

Each part of the body is allocated to a different type of environmental burden: the feet correspond to the transport footprint, the hands to home energy, mouth to water, stomach to consumption, bottom to waste and the eyes and head to electrical consumer products. The overall CO2 footprint is conveyed to the human figure's height. People can input their personal data to retrieve their personalized humanoid sustainability representative.

More information about the project is also available at the eco-design consultancy Giraffe Innovation blog.

Create your Habbit and see what results you obtain.

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Linux Penguin Photo Montage

This is so creative that I just want to share it with you!  The original image can be found @http://media.lug-marl.de/images/linux/tn/sample_montage_large.jpg.html.  Thanks to MattyMo at www.redux.com/MattyMo  for sharing it with the Redux community.
Linux Penguin Photo Montage

Documenting Life Below the Surface - The Underwater Project


The Funniest Kids Test Answers Of All Time (PHOTOS)

At HuffPost Comedy they love kids behaving badly, acting like adults or just being plain hilarious. So naturally they loved these funny test answers. When we were in school, if we didn't know the answer to a question, we'd simply guess or leave it blank. But kids these days? Let's just say they've come up with all kinds of creative ways to say "I don't know." Whether they're blaming an elephant or turning math grids into Tetris games, these kids didn't mind entertaining (or insulting) the teacher. Vote for your favorite!
OMFG, You Failed!
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This is just hysterical. I laughed so much. Go ahead read 'em and laugh too!


Things to do in Dubai, Best Things to do in Dubai

Dubai is a very modern, even futuristic, city. But in Dubai,  near a modern economy, you can discover a very old culture, which is really amazing.
I made a short list of my favorites things to do in Dubai, and here you are:
1.Visiting Dubai is the best opportunity to see alive its magnificent hotels, Burj al Arab (the only one worldwide ranked with 7 stars) and Atlantis The Palm. It is an experience, believe me.
2. Do not miss the occasion to take part to a safari desert. Driving a strong jeep on sand is an unique experience, a must for every newcomer in Dubai. Some offers include a night in desert, in a bedouin village, when you are going to sleep in a traditional tent, nevertheless modern fitted. You will be invited to a traditional barbecue, and do not mention anything about entertainment: the traditional belly dance! Very exciting and adventurous.
3. Sand skiing. A new experience, a hot one.
4. Indoor snow skiing – my favourite thing to do there, even if I am not to good at ski.

5.Surfing, beaching, swimming, snorkeling and other watersports are very common and easy to discover in Dubai.
6. Camel racing. An ancient sport, very popular even today. Racing camels are very expensive, and these races are scheduled to every national celebration.
7. Horse riding. In Dubai it is still to find a special bride of horse, the Arabics. They are very nice, very strong, but easy to master.
8.Taking golf courses is one of the most popular things to do in Dubai cause they are quite cheap.
9. Shopping in Dubai is very special. You can find world’s most diverse wares at very good and competitive prices. Dubai is in my opinion a world shopping capital, having a few world known malls with excellent prices.
10. Visit the Jumeirah Mosque from Dubai, is very spectacular and very modern. Usually a non-muslim may not inside this mosque; the only one exception is an guided tour.
So much to do, so little time!

Incredible Interior of Burj Khalifa - Lazy Palace

Incredible Interior of Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa , formerly known as Burj Dubai, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the tallest man-made structure ever built, at 828 m (2,717 ft). Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010. The building is part of the 2 km2 (490-acre) flagship development called Downtown Burj Khalifa at the “First Interchange” along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai’s main business district.
The tower’s architecture and engineering were performed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill of Chicago. Adrian Smith, who worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill until 2006, was the chief architect, and Bill Baker was the chief structural engineer for the project. The primary contractor was Samsung C&T of South Korea, who also built the Taipei 101 and Petronas Twin Towers. Major subcontractors included Belgian group Besix and Arabtec from the UAE. Turner Construction Company was chosen as the construction project manager. Under UAE law, the Contractor and the Engineer of Record, Hyder Consulting, is jointly and severally liable for the performance of Burj Khalifa.
The total cost for the Burj Khalifa project was about US$1.5 billion; and for the entire new “Downtown Dubai”, US$20 billion. Mohamed Ali Alabbar, the Chairman of Emaar Properties, speaking at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 8th World Congress, said in March 2009 that the price of office space at Burj Khalifa had reached US$4,000 per sq ft (over US$43,000 per m2) and that the Armani Residences, also in Burj Khalifa, were selling for US$3,500 per sq ft (over US$37,500 per m2). The completion of the tower coincided with a worldwide economic slump and overbuilding, causing it to be described as “the latest … in string of monuments to architectural vacancy.”
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I only hope I can visit Dubai in my lifetime. I just have to see all the magnificent architecture and beauty before I die.