Hallelujah Chorus - Must See!

Unsuspecting shoppers got a big surprise while enjoying their lunch in the mall food court. Over 100 participants in this awesome Christmas Flash Mob Hallelujah Chorus music video.



Man Legally Changes Name to Captain Awesome

The title pretty much says it all

The Oregonian man formerly known as Douglas Allen Smith Jr. was inspired by a character on the NBC show Chuck to legally change his name to Captain Awesome. The character’s name is Dr. Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb, and is apparently so awesome that people in real life legally change their names due to the sheer amount of awe said character exudes.

Funnily enough, Douglas Allen Smith Jr. thought he’d have a difficult time legally changing his name because the judge who was overseeing the name change, Judge Douglas Mitchell, is also named Douglas, and stated that Douglas is a perfectly honorable first name. Luckily for Captain Awesome, Judge Mitchell allowed the name change, and even allowed Captain Awesome to change his official signature to a smiley face flanked by arrows pointing toward the smiley face. The Department of Motor Vehicles accepted the signature, but apparently Captain Awesome’s bank didn’t, claiming it was too easy to forge.

OMG & WTF! Only in America!!!

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Promises to Give Away 50% of Wealth

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday announced that he has signed the Giving Pledge, a promise among the wealthy to give away at least half of their holdings by the age of 65.
Zuckerberg has already shattered records as the world’s youngest billionaire at age 26. He joins 16 other households in signing on to the campaign, which was started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
“People wait until late in their career to give back,” Zuckerberg said in a statement. “But why wait when there is so much to be done?”
Zuckerberg’s worth depends on the valuation of the social media site he helms, which has been pegged as high as $15 billion.
Joining Zuckerberg are high-profile entrepreneurs: investor Carl Icahn, bond man Michael Milken and former AOL CEO Steve Case.
The full list of the new class:
  • Michael and Lori Milken
  • Dustin Moskovitz
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Joe and Rika Mansueto
  • Nicolas Berggruen
  • Ted Forstmann
  • Carl Icahn
  • Sidney Kimmel
  • Tom and Cindy Secunda
  • Charles Zegar and Merryl Snow Zega
  • Lee and Toby Cooperman
  • Duncan and Nancy MacMillan
  • David and Barbara Green
  • Denny Sanford
  • Lyda Hill
  • George P. Mitchell
  • Jean and Steve Case
The group joins New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg; media tycoon Barry Diller and his fashion designer wife, Diane Von Furstenberg; former Citigroup CEO Sanford Weill; Star Wars king George Lucas; oil and natural gas financier T. Boone Pickens; Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist John Doerr and his wife, Ann; and Oracle chief Larry Ellison.
Good for him if that is his wish. Sharing it forward - that's a great thing to do!


Splashtop Instant-Access OS Enters Public Beta - AWESOME

Users of millions of laptops and netbooks have enjoyed the benefits of getting online with...

Users of millions of laptops and netbooks have enjoyed the benefits of getting online within seconds of power-on thanks to Splashtop, and now the system is available as a public beta download
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For those of us who virtually live online, waiting around those few precious minutes for the system to boot into Windows, connect to the Internet and then present the browser is time wasted. For the last few couple of years, more and more new Windows machines have come pre-loaded with something that boots straight into our beloved online world. Splashtop is a browser-based operating system companion that allows users to get online in seconds after pushing the power button on. Now it's being made available for public beta download.

Splashtop was introduced in 2007 and has since found itself being pre-installed on millions of laptops and netbooks from companies like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and LG. It's a lightweight, web-centric operating system optimized for notebooks and netbooks that takes less than five seconds to load in and get users online.

Now for the first time, a beta download is available to everyone, although it's currently restricted to just a few supported devices. The company's Dave Bottoms told Gizmag: "We plan to add broad support for a range of Splashtop-enabled models we've already shipped first."

This is because engineers have already performed much of the testing and tuning necessary for getting Splashtop up and running on the many hardware configurations available.

Once downloaded, the software is loaded in via Windows Installer. During the installation process, Splashtop also imports settings such as time, date, language, location, and bookmarks from Internet Explorer or Firefox. It will also look for any Wi-Fi connection information in the Windows Connection Manager, so that the user can get online as quickly as possible.

If there's a bad connection, as sometimes happens, or you're out and about and using hotspots and Splashtop is unable to automatically connect, then you'd be presented with the Connection Manager to scan for available networks or to resolve whatever issue has arisen.

The new public beta has been stripped down a bit and doesn't include any of the native applications of the previous system. It features a locked-down Linux core running a browser interface based on Google's Chromium, but unlike Google's forthcoming Chromium OS, Splashtop has been built to work with (and not replace) Windows.

When you press the power button to turn on your computer, laptop or netbook, the Splashtop search screen – powered by Bing – and a few thumbnails of recently visited sites will be the first thing you see instead of the Windows desktop.

Users can then go off and explore, check email, update Twitter or Facebook profiles, check for updates on their favorite news sites, create online documents and so on, without needing to wait for Windows to boot up. All of the useful plugins that you'll need to enjoy your online experience are already there, including Adobe Flash, so there should be no need to have to stop while settings are updated.

Should a user wish to boot up Windows – to use a native application such as Photoshop, for instance – then Splashtop would close down and the system would load in Windows. Splashtop will be available from the next boot.

Bottoms told us that Splashtop OS would remain free to use, even after the beta tag has been dropped.


sebastian neitsch: kunstrasen

Kunstrasen is the name of a small robotic device developed by designer Sebastian Neitsch. The unusual robot sits low to the ground with the ability to draw vector graphics on urban lawns using a flame thrower. The device takes input from a computer graphics program and then gets to work, burning the input design into the lawn. The bot features mechanics by Jan Bernstein and programming assistance by Woeishi Lean.

http://www.sebastianneitsch.de via designboom.com That's a great way to get away with not mowing!