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Groove Armada – History

Groove Armada – History

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Dowling | Duncan – Dowling Duncan redesign the US bank notes

Dowling Duncan redesign the US bank notes

14 August 2010 05:16

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We have submitted a design concept to a competition being run by New York designer Richard Smith. The Dollar ReDe$ign Project hopes to bring about change for everyone. Richard Smith states that he ‘wants to rebrand the US Dollar, rebuild financial confidence and revive our failing economy.’

Why the size?

We have kept the width the same as the existing dollars. However we have changed the size of the note so that the one dollar is shorter and the 100 dollar is the longest. When stacked on top of each other it is easy to see how much money you have. It also makes it easier for the visually impaired to distinguish between notes.

Why a vertical format?

When we researched how notes are used we realized people tend to handle and deal with money vertically rather than horizontally. You tend to hold a wallet or purse vertically when searching for notes. The majority of people hand over notes vertically when making purchases. All machines accept notes vertically. Therefore a vertical note makes more sense.

Why different colors?

It’s one of the strongest ways graphically to distinguish one note from another.

Why these designs?

We wanted a concept behind the imagery so that the image directly relates to the value of each note. We also wanted the notes to be educational, not only for those living in America but visitors as well. Each note uses a black and white image depicting a particular aspect of American history and culture. They are then overprinted with informational graphics or a pattern relating to that particular image.

$1 – The first African American president

$5 – The five biggest native American tribes

$10 – The bill of rights, the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution

$20 – 20th Century America

$50 – The 50 States of America

$100 – The first 100 days of President Franklin Roosevelt. During this time he led the congress to pass more important legislations than most presidents pass in their entire term. This helped fight the economic crises at the time of the great depression. Ever since, every new president has been judged on how well they have done during the first 100 days of their term.

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Dezeen » Blog Archive » Playhouse by Aboday

A spiralling concrete slide connects the kitchen and child’s bedroom of this family house near Jakarta designed by Indonesian architects Aboday and photographed by Happy Lim.

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August 27, 2010 Mix

  1. Inspectah Deck – Do What U Gotta
  2. Goodie Mob – Thought Process
  3. Observers – Dubbing With The Observer
  4. Mad Professor – Get Drunk and Celebrate
  5. Steel Pulse – Blessed Is The man
  6. Gang Starr – Full Clip
  7. Egyptian Lover – Egypt, Egypt
  8. The Chemical Brothers – Swoon (Boyz Noise Summer Remix)
  9. Kelis – 4th of July [Fireworks]
  10. Hashim – Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) (“It’s Time”)
  11. Jorge Ben – Zagueiro

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August 27, 2010 Mix

LeBron James begins training with the Miami Heat | Hot Hot Hoops

South Florida’s newest resident LeBron James has been busy throughout Miami seemingly attempting to single-handedly revive the local economy as he’s been seen dining in South Beach at Big Pink, visiting Dadeland Mall to purchase iPhone accessories and enjoying Jungle Island with his family. But don’t be fooled thinking he’s been vacationing as many people might be doing this time of the year in South Florida because he began on-site job training with his new place of employment while reports came out yesterday LeBron was hitting the courts at the University of Miami on Thursday and Friday with some new co-workers and friends.

The official Heat website was nice enough to post a quick video showing a few clips from his practice with the Heat. Erik Spoelstra and assistant coaches such as Keith Askins are seen guiding LeBron through a series of light drills that primarily involved jump shots. Fellow teammates Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem can be seen in the background working with other coaches as well.

Spoelstra then works LeBron through one sequence where he is told to keep his upper body “on the same plane” instead of dipping down low while making a cut to the basket and pulling up for a midrange jumper. Despite repeated shoves by Spoelstra on the hips and shoulder, LeBron follows the advice and hits jumper after jumper. The drill repeats on the other side of the basket and Spoelstra guards him as LeBron swings to the side before draining jumpers. This new motion clearly rattles LeBron’s instincts as he repeatedly hesitates to pull the trigger on more than one time as if his brain is telling his body this isn’t the normal way of doing this, though he nails the shots anyway.

The video ends with a single shot of James and Haslem running a fast break against Spoelstra and an assistant as the Heat’s new small forward dunks it while his new coach looks on while smiling broadly.

Interestingly, Pat Riley and Andy Elisburg (Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations) can be seen in the background by the workout machines at the 1:25 mark monitoring the practice.

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Jamiroquai – White Knuckle Ride

It’s hard to believe that Jamiroquai is on album number 7, Rock Dust Light Star which is their first in five years. Jay Kay says, “Everything on the record is live. It’s a real band record.  The last, album – fantastic – but the whole thing became a little sterile. This time we’ve captured the flow of our live performances’. Whoa! Read more HERE and head over to BlindI they got that D/L

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Jamiroquai – White Knuckle Ride

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(G)REENWICH (V)ILLAGE (D)AILY (P)HOTO: Gordon Novelty Co.: Doomed

New York’s last “novelty” shop, Gordon Novelty will soon be demolished. The City needs another nail salon, bank, drug store, etc. Say goodbye to “party hats, canes, masks, grab bags, noisemakers, dice, joke items, novelty hats, carnival items, bingo supplies, lanterns, Halloween items” and “premium goods,” all under one roof.

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Dödselectro » Blog Archive » Posttod.

I didn’t really expect to do this, since the mail I recieved about Posttod wasn’t all to convincing. But I thought “hey, why not check it?” and that was probably the best decision of the day. Posttod produce chilled electronica with synth pop influences, being a big fan of the genre I’ve been craving some fresh stuff for a long time. Their latest single Dead in the Universe comes packed with a stunning video that blew me away. I don’t know, but how could anyone say no to “robots” and “love”?A free 128kpbs copy is available for you to download and the whole thing can be picked up at Itunes if you like what you hear. And of course there is a myspace to visit for more tracks.Thank you Posttod for making my day!

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Pittsburgh Pirates win by losing, financial documents show – ESPN

What’s wrong with making money? That’s the American Dream right?

The Pirates stink, but not simply because they don’t spend money. They spend money on the wrong prospects, wrong free agents, wrong GMs, just wrong everything. Ask Tampa Bay how they became one of the top AL clubs despite being in an even more dire situation than Pittsburgh. I’m sure the Rays would kill for a brand new spanking ballpark as nice as PNC Park.

The Pirates made nearly $29.4 million in 2007 and 2008, according to team financial documents, years that were part of a streak of futility that has now reached 18 straight losing seasons. The team’s ownership also paid its partners $20.4 million in 2008.

The documents offer a rare peek inside a team that made money by getting slightly less than half its income (about $70 million) from MLB sources — including revenue sharing, network TV, major league merchandise sales and MLB’s website. The team also held down costs, keeping player salaries near the bottom of the National League, shedding pricier talent and hoping that untested prospects would blossom.

Pirates’ bounty

Highlights of the Pirates’ 2007-08 financial statements, as obtained by The Associated Press:

2008 2007

Gate receipts $32,129,368 $34,422,355

Revenue sharing $39,046,312 $30,302,652

Total club-gen. income $76,017,669 $74,990,600

MLB

revenue $69,975,768 $63,645,726

Total income $145,993,437 $138,636,326

Player

salaries $51,040,233 $50,871,186

Total expend. $124,203,035 $122,438,772

Profit (after taxes) $14,408,249 $15,008,032

The club’s earnings were included in nearly 40 pages of statements that the Pirates submitted to Major League Baseball and were recently obtained by The Associated Press. Team officials briefed local reporters on portions of the material Sunday. The AP wasn’t invited to the session, which owner Bob Nutting said was “aimed at the recent leak.”

“The numbers indicate why people are suspecting they’re taking money from baseball and keeping it — they don’t spend it on the players,” said David Berri, president of the North American Association of Sports Economists and the author of two books detailing the relationship between finances and winning. “Teams have a choice. They can seek to maximize winning, what the Yankees do, or you can be the Pirates and make as much money as you can in your market. The Pirates aren’t trying to win.”

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Elizabeth Cotten – Spanish Flang Dang

Elizabeth Cotten – Spanish Flang Dang

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Check out this youtube clip of the amazing Elizabeth Cotten, who is a lefty guitarist, play a right handed guitar but upside down. She doesn’t restring the guitar so that the low strings are on top. She literally just takes a right handed guitar, flips it upside down, and rocks away.