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Berlin's caravan hotel

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The Hüttenpalast in Berlin is a new hotel concept, created by Silke Lorenzen and Sarah Vollmer. Situated in a former vacuum-cleaner factory are a cluster of renovated old campsite caravans, each available to stay in for the night. Bookings and enquiries, here.
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US admiral releases zombie apocalypse survival plan

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a report on how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.
In a blog post, Rear Admiral Ali S Khan, assistant surgeon general and director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, drops a lot of practical knowledge on the zombie-fearing masses, knowledge that — suspiciously — would also help during, say, a hurricane or disease outbreak...So what do you need to do before zombies, a kit filled with water, food, meds and the like... [ link ]

The white iPhone 4 comes out tomorrow

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Apple finally announced it will release the white iPhone 4 tomorrow around the world. Here in the US it'll come in both AT&T and Verizon flavors. The pricing remains the same: $199 on contract for the 16GB model, $299 for 32GB. Of course, you could have some patience and wait until September for the iPhone 5.

Saudi Arabia Planning To Build A Mile High Skyscraper

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Saudi Arabia, head of Kingdom Holding Company recently, is planning on building the “Kingdom Tower” in Jeddah which will be 5280 feet high when completed. Designed by Adrian Smith, The tower will stretch one mile up into heavens and include 12 million cubic feet of space, several stories of office space, several stories for a hotel and four tiers of residential space, with the upper most tier reserved for "alternative energy generation" solutions (perhaps including a pendulum to keep the entire tower from collapsing). 
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GEVEY turbo sim unlock iPhone 4?

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China's GEVEY have released the turbo sim for iPhone 4 unlock. GEVEY claims that their turbo sims can unlock 4.1(baseband 02.10.04) and 4.2.1 (baseband 03.10.01), and it also supports 3G network. Check out the video, we don't know whether it is true?
on sale, here1, here2, here3, (Chinese, we search from taobao.com)

earthquake

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Japan's 8.9 earthquake...

"Which Chinese province do you live in?"

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The February 24, 2011 issue of The Economist features the maps above and below, comparing Chinese provinces with countries in terms of GDP, population and exports.
From the captions: "China is now the world’s second-biggest economy, but some of its provinces by themselves would rank fairly high in the global league. Our map shows the nearest equivalent country. For example, Guangdong’s GDP (at market exchange rates) is almost as big as Indonesia's; the output of both Jiangsu and Shandong exceeds Switzerland's."
"What about other economic yardsticks? Guangdong exports abroad as much as South Korea, Jiangsu as much as Taiwan. Shanghai’s GDP per person is as high as Saudi Arabia's (at purchasing-power parity, or PPP), though still well below that in China's special regions of Hong Kong and Macau. At the other extreme, poor Guizhou has an income per head close to that of India. Note that these figures use the same PPP conversion rate for the whole of China, yet prices are likely to be lower in poorer provinces than they are in richer ones, thus slightly reducing regional inequality."
Most interesting.
Interactive version here.

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Today is the Traditional Chinese New Year, the Rabbit's Year. [ Pic via]
Happy Chinese New Year!

First STAR WARS Miniland Models Arrive to LEGOLAND California

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The Millennium Falcon was spotted flying over Washington D.C. today at LEGOLAND California as the first wave of LEGO models for the new STAR WARS Miniland area arrived. Master Model Builders unloaded crates containing several models including the Millennium Falcon, an Imperial AT-AT, an AT-ST and an X-wing fighter. The models are the first of 2,000 arriving to be installed in the new STAR WARS Miniland area opening in March at the family theme park in Carlsbad.
LEGOLAND California will be the first of three parks to launch the Star Wars Miniland, including six scenes from the movie series, and one from The Clone Wars, comprised of about 2,000 individual models, over 1.5 million bricks and and built in 1:20 scale.  

Starbucks new Logo: An Illustrated History

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Starbucks just unveiled a new logo to commemorate its 40th anniversary and, judging by the look of things, it seems to have nailed it. The image of the siren is so iconic that the text itself had become redundant. Simplifying the image and distancing the brand from the word “coffee” enables the company to expand its portfolio into new arenas such as ice cream and bottled beverages without cannibalizing the brand’s cache.

The world's smallest solar powered cinema

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The Sol Cinema is a micro movie house powered entirely by the Sun. The cinema can accommodate 8 adults comfortably for a unique cinematic experience. They have a full library of comedy, quirky, music videos and short films with inspiring environment themes.

Apple releases iOS 4.2.1

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On Monday, Apple will release iOS 4.2 today (the company says by 10 a.m. Pacific Time), a free software update that brings the features of iOS 4 - including multitasking, fast app switching, and a unified mail inbox.

Zombie walk Chile 2010

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zombie walk in Santiago. 2.5k.
music from "the nigth of the living dead"

Original Darth Vader costume for sale

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Christie's auction house says it is selling an original Darth Vader costume from the "Star Wars" movie franchise.
The jet-black helmet, mask and armor worn by the intergalactic villain are expected to sell for between 160,000 pounds and 230,000 pounds ($250,000 and $365,000) at a sale of pop culture memorabilia next month.
The costume is made for "The Empire Strikes Back," the second film in George Lucas's sci-fi series, released in 1980. [ link ]

I am on vacation this week.

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I am on vacation this week, so I can not dig many cool gadgets...
And the website will be shut down on Thursday(from PM 11:00 to AM 8:00 for maintenance).
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