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By Carolyn Hong, The Straits Times

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The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition is fighting for its survival, and the leadership struggle has witnessed a seemingly unending series of intrigues and plots.

WHEN text messages began circulating late on Saturday evening that an aide of former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim had lodged a police report accusing him of sodomy, Malaysians were stunned.

It brought back memories of 1998, when Datuk Seri Anwar faced exactly the same accusations. That sparked an upheaval which changed Malaysia’s politics in ways that were impossible to foresee then.

Now, it would appear that Malaysia has come back to exactly the same point; just like a decade ago, Mr Anwar now faces sensational accusations just when his star is rising and seems unstoppable.

Ten years ago, then prime minister Mahathir Mohamad sacked Mr Anwar, his deputy and heir apparent, on the grounds that he had sodomised several of his employees, who had reported the alleged deed.

Today, it is an aide – some say he was no more than a party volunteer – Mr Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, who is claiming that the opposition leader had sodomised him, without his consent…. Read More

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Just For Kicks
is a great documentary showing how the sneaker culture came to be. Showing its foundations in hip-hop with Run DMC up to 50 cent with RBK, the influence of Michael Jordan and Nike, the dedication to sneaker hunting and collecting, and symbols the sneaker played in the cultures of the last 20 or so years. From an advertising point of view, it always reverts back to an honest view on how businesses have been able to capitalize on, and propel, the sneaker movement. I was able to edit some clips and make my own highlight reel of the film. Check it out:

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Lala allows you to trade CDs that you no longer want with the one your heart desires. Once you are trade enabled simply list the CDs you own in your Have List and the CDs you’d like to receive in your Want List. When lala finds another member who is interested in one of your CDs, you will see a “Ship It” button next to the requested CD in your Have List. By clicking this button you will begin the process of agreeing to ship your CD to another Lala member. When Lala finds another member who is willing to send you a CD you want, you will be notified as soon as it’s on its way to you. How ingenious is this?

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180 degrees rotated picture of a clear blue sky, by Helmut Smits

There is some amazing Photoshop work by Ricardo Salamanca at Salamagica. Great is that he gives a few “behind the scenes shots” of how he created his images.

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“Dead men lying on the bottom of the grave
Wondering when Saviour comes – is he gonna be saved […]”

Totem – Soldier Side is a bizarre yet deep collection of military/religious themed photography by German (?) multi-disciplinary artist Michel Valentino.

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This is a unique kissing photo website created to promote the power of love one kiss at a time. My wife Terri and myself wanted to develop a community website that we could partner in together as a labor of love after three kids and twenty three years of marriage. We brainstormed about creating something positive that would brighten our day. It was our desire to provide a simple way for ourselves and others to post positive messages of love that would leave a lasting impression, so we focused on the power of a kiss in pictures.

There are romantic kisses, friendly kisses, animal kisses, artistic kisses, goofy kisses …
Creators Ray and Terri filter through the submissions with a tasteful sensibility – so it’s not tacky or NSFW.

My Best Wishes to Best Kisses!

And don’t miss Top 10 Health Benefits of Kissing!

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French photographer Eric Lafforgue took this photo of a Hagener, a Tjos warrior/tribesman from Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea. The Tjos people, who first saw a white man just 70 years ago, love to wear modern elements in their tribal piercings and make up.

Flickr photoset

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Photographer Andrew Bush mounted a camera in his car to catch drivers in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the southwest between 1989 and 1997. Then he posted the 66 most interesting ones. Link

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This isn’t the camera you should bring to one of your crazy wet and wild parties – at least if you are a control freak. The JVC Everio GZ-MS100 features a unique one touch upload that makes it a breeze uploading your favorite moments to Youtube. Doug Aamot over at Crunchgear has checked it out thouroughly.

Review: JVC Everio GZ-MS100 with YouTube Upload [Crunchgear]

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Check out Nike’s most innovative soccer product changing the face of soccer boot design forever. When Nike designer Peter Hudson started sketching the lightest, fastest soccer boot possible , he quickly decided on one thing – no limits. Taking money, time and manufacturing considerations out of the equation was a specific decision that enabled the designer to break scientific boundaries, creating a boot made almost entirely of carbon fiber. Something which, until this point, had never been done before.

For Nike, the end results was the Mercurial SL : Nike’s most lightweight – with only 190 grams, most highly responsive yet flexible and strong soccer boot to date. A boot featuring only what’s needed without giving up any performance.

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www.nike.com/nikesoccer/

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We present the second character poster from Frank Miller’s upcoming film adaptation of THE SPIRIT – in theaters CHRISTMAS DAY 2008!

SCARLETT JOHANSSON as Silken Floss, a punk secretary and frigid vixen.

Official Movie site: http://www.mycityscreams.com

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Google search is coming to the PSP. Due to be released in PSP firmware 4.00….The Google search engine will be accessible under the XMB’s “Network” category through a new “Internet Search” icon. The new feature will deliver the same Google search results as when searching on http://www.google.com. The functionality also has an input history recall of up to 20 items for more efficient browsing. Working with Google to offer its superior search technology demonstrates SCEA’s commitment to further enhance the mobile entertainment experience on PSP system.

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Say Hello to the Alfa Romeo Mi.To a hot little car from the italian automaker. Due to be launch in all the major markets starting in July (unfortunately not in the U.S. – yet) the Mi.To is essentially a Fiat Grande Punto wrapped in an 8C Competizione inspired costume.

Available exclusively as a three-door hatchback, the 4-meter long Mi.To will be offered at launch with two petrol engines, a puny 78Hp 1.4-liter and a 155Hp turbocharged 1.4-liter and one turbodiesel, the 120Hp 1.6 JTDM. All engines are paired with a 6 speed manual gearboxes.

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via flylyf.

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Do you collect those useless phone cards, credit cards, gift card or whatever plastic? Do throw them away, they can be use to make guitar picks. Other materials like cardboard, “Handi Snacks” stick, CD, Toshiba laptop, and plastic packaging can be use too. Just use a marker pen and draw the pick shape on the card and card it with scissor, piece of cake.

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[via MAKE]

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Everyone loves a good laugh, and in the age of electronics, high-tech hijinks are just waiting to be pulled off. Go for it. techcult.com

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Final match of the semi finals. Who will be the last team to go through to the finals? Spain or Russia? Can we have your predictions?

Inkless, wireless and prints a photo in 60 seconds

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Here’s Polaroid PoGo, a pocket-sized and inkless digital printer able to print 2″x3″ borderless photos. You can either connect it wirelessly through Bluetooth or via USB/PictBridge, allowing you to print from both cell phones and digital cameras. The backsides of the smudge-proof and water resistant photos can be peeled off too, making the photos into stickers.

“The full-color digital photos are created without ink cartridges or ribbons using ZINK Photo Paper™, keeping the printer to about the size of a deck of cards. The paper is a durable material that contains colorless cyan, yellow and magenta dye crystals. Heat activation brings photos to life, colorizing ZINK™ dye crystals, so digital photos can be shared instantly.”

The PoGo will start selling at Best Buy on July 6th for about $149.00.

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Polaroid PoGo Product Site

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Those of you who know me know that I have a thing for jumping photos. I love being in them and I love taking photos of jumping people. I have no idea why I have such a fascination with them especially since most of the time they require almost zero effort to take. I guess I just like how each jumping photograph can capture so much energy and expression in one shot.

Anyway, the Hyper series by French photographer Denis Darzacq is just awesome.

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Italian photographer Matteo Ferrari took pictures of people who drove the same car for many, many years.

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Microsoft’s Bill Gates gave Fortune magazine access to some rare photos from the Microsoft archives – and shared his memories about them.

Last week, the all new Firefox 3 browser was downloaded more than 8 million times in 24 hours. That’s more Firefox downloads than ever had in a single day. At the moment, the people of Guinness review this World Record attempt.

If you downloaded Firefox 3, try this. Type about:robots in the address bar to see this Easter Egg.

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The Book of Sleep collects vintage photos of people sleeping. Wonderful.

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Summer. Originally uploaded by sgoralnick.

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