Live Augmented Reality for National Geographic

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In the future, people will be happier, if this according to this video, we become more amazed by things and less bitter. This is quite incredible, and just look at the wonderment on everyone’s face. “Appshaker recently launched a unique way for people to interact with the amazing world of National Geographic Channel’s content from around the globe.”

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National Maritime Museum’s exhibit, “High Arctic”

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If you want to experience the Arctic without the cold we’d recommend checking out National Maritime Museum’s exhibit ‘High Arctic’. You’ll get black lights and let loose in a room where you’ll interact with a synthetic arctic accompanied by a narrative of the trip conducted by Matt Clark.

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Bummer of the Day: John Lennon was a Reagan fan

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Well, this bums us out. The Toronto Sun is reporting that former Beatle John Lennon was, at the time of his death, a Ronald Reagan fan and Republican who loved arguing politics with liberals. Well, shit, why don’t we just vote Romney know for Christ’s sake. This is crappy news. Next thing you know, Thom Yorke is going to enjoy a Palin speech now and again.

Fred Seaman, who worked alongside Lennon in the late 1970s and 1980, says, “(Lennon) met Reagan back, I think, in the 70s at some sporting event… Reagan was the guy who had ordered the National Guard, I believe, to go after the young (peace) demonstrators in Berkeley, so I think that John maybe forgot about that… He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me.

“I also saw John embark in some really brutal arguments with my uncle, who’s an old-time communist… He enjoyed really provoking my uncle… Maybe he was being provocative… but it was pretty obvious to me he had moved away from his earlier radicalism.

“He was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he’d been when he wrote Imagine. By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy’s naivete.”

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Marble Hall

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Artist Zimoun and architect Hannes Zweifel put together this installation in the National Contemporary Art Museum in Busharest, Romania.  This really an amazing use of the space.  They created an overwhelming installation with an awesome contrast of the marble floor and the cardboard hallway.

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Real Italians don’t like ‘Mob Wives’

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UNICO National, a group that actually cares how Italians are portrayed in the world, calls the new television show, “Mob Wives,” a disgrace. And Snooki, too. As the group states, “We were mobsters and mafiosos with ‘The Sopranos,’ bimbos and buffoons with ‘Jersey Shore,’ and now we’re back where we started. It’s a disgrace.”

Wait, we liked that Sopranos representation.

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In honor of the NBA opening today, here is the Jordan Agent D3 “Dominate Another Day” video

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Because the National Basketball Association is having its opening night today (so what, who cares?), and the regular season, for the most part, means jack shit but can still be entertaining in spots, we give you this new Jordan brand Dwyane Wade commercial spot… c’mon people, we can all fake it all we want, but the Heat are going to win it, right? Maybe the Lakers hold on one more time, maybe the Celts battle it to the end, but damn, Lebron will be on a whole new level this year, about a year too late… anyway, more NBA in the months to come.

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On Baseball

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Last night while watching Game 5 of the National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies, something very simple dawned on us: The Final Four during a MLB season can be the greatest theater of all sport. We know, we know, people speak of the NFL, but c’mon, the NFL is a simple TV sport, more concerned with a marketing plan and gimmick where the sport can easily be over-shadowed by the characters surrounding the game, ie John Madden, Jerry Jones, Deion Sanders, Terry, Howie and the “Boys”. Sure, college basketball has the amazing tourney, but most of the great games happen in the 32 or 16 bracket stage. NBA isn’t interesting until May, and even then, its losing its grip on anything interesting (insert all NBA superstars of today, look back to Bird, Magic, and MJ, and that is easy to suss out).

No, MLB is something special. Forget the “Steroid Era,” and how it tainted the game. Everyone was juicing, so the playing field was conveniently leveled. Like golf, but not as dramatic, baseball is an individual sport just as much as its a team sport. You have Roy Halladay pitching to Cody Ross, and that is it. You have Chase Utley and Aubrey Huff coughing up key groundballs, and you have Jimmy Rollins has to make the throw, and Buster Posey has to make that tag. Drama is naturally built in because its the individual plays that change the course of an entire series.

Take last night for example: Had Pablo Sandoval put his foot on the bag at third to force out Raul Ibanez and thrown to first, that double play changes the entire course of the NLCS. Had Chase Utley missed that crucial line drive in the 6th or 7th, the results of the game are different. Its individual moves, like a chess match, that create the drama.

Each pitch matters. Each pitch is dripped with tension. Each matchup between pitcher and batter is a display of who studied hardest, and who guesses better. There is nothing better than seeing Cody Ross hitting the exact same pitch, three times thrown, to the exact same spot in the Philadelphia bleachers for a home-run three different times. There is nothing like Ryan Howard hitting opposite field doubles when pitched outside and up. There is nothing like Tim Lincecum heating up in the 6th inning, and nothing like Ryan Madsen striking out 3 power hitters in a row in the bottom of the 8th. Its dramatic, and it happens again today, and tomorrow, and then the next day.

People call baseball boring. People want hits and Sunday NFL “showdowns.” But to us, football is just an extended commercials with an occasional dramatic moment. Coaches in the NFL speak to reporters as if football is some PhD course that nobody could possibly understand except for them. Its almost getting too corny and self-important for its own good, but then again, America likes its entertainment to as close to a commercial as possible, for some reason we will never understand.

Not baseball. Baseball and American history co-exist in perfect harmony (if you need that essay, Google will provide you that), and still holds a traditional form of drama and suspense that makes it special. Its one pitch at a time, one batter at a time, one fielding mistake at a time. And this weekend, especially if both series go to a Game 7, we get four more chances at sport at its absolute best. —The Citrus Report

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The Future of “Peanuts”

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This is a cool shot of “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz’ portrait being hung in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC last week. That is one bit of “Peanuts” news. Second, “The Peanuts Collection,” a big new volume of Schulz work and the evolution of the comic strip is coming out next month in time for the Christmas rush.

Third, fourth, and fifth, according to the AP, “ABC just signed on for five more years of airing Charlie Brown holiday specials. A new social media game began on Facebook and Twitter last month to ‘Countdown to the Great Pumpkin,’ and the comic strip has made its way to a popular gaming website for millions of children.”

Schulz have been quoted as saying “there’s always going to be a market for innocence in this country,” and we think that rings true… we will watch “Countdown to the Great Pumpkin.”

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