David Friend, CEO of the company Carbonite (which makes backup software), explains why his company won't be reinstating its advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show. Carbonite was one of the advertisers that pulled its Limbaugh dollars after the radio host described a law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" for testifying on the cost of contraception for students whose Catholic university wouldn't extend insurance coverage to reproductive control.
“No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency. Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse.”
A Message from Carbonite CEO, David Friend Regarding Ads on Limbaugh
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YouTube user emnullfuenf is experimenting with making custom, 3D printable Han-in-Carbonite models using a Kinect:
This is an experiment with Kinect and Processing. People in front of it are posing like Han Solo and get frozen in 3D. We are already exporting the 3D models for 3D printing. So stay tuned. The software will be open source soon if anyone is interested.
Kinect Experiment: Freezing Han Solo
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"BacillaFilla," is the pet-name given by University of Newcastle researchers to a gengineered bacterium based on Bacillus subtilis that has been modified to fill and bond cracks in cement caused by earthquakes and other violence. The bacteria burrow into the concrete until they have filled all its cracks, then they politely turn into calcium carbonite carbonate and die.
The researchers have tweaked it's genetic properties such that it only begins to germinate when it comes in contact with the highly-specific pH of concrete. Once the cells germinate, they are programmed to crawl as deep as they can into cracks in the concrete, where quorum sensing lets them know when enough bacteria have accumulated.
That accumulation lets the bacteria know they've reached the deepest part of the crack, at which point the cells begin to develop into bacterial filaments, cells that produce calcium carbonate, and cells that secrete a kind of bacterial glue that binds everything together. Once hardened, the bacteria is essentially as strong as the concrete itself, restoring structural strength and adding life to the surrounding concrete.
The bacteria also contains a self-destruct gene that keeps it from wildly proliferating away from its concrete target, because a runaway patch of bacterial concrete that continued to grow despite all efforts to stop it would be somewhat annoying
Engineered Bacteria Can Fill Cracks In Aging Concrete
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Designer Simon Hasan's "Naked Radio" is a functional sculpture that uses beautiful, nontraditional materials to make a working radio. It's made of porcelain, lace, walnut, brass and stainless steel (the lace is the speaker grille), and you tune it by moving the aerial.
Twisted-wire junk-sculpture automata from Zimbabwe
Nicholas Galanin's book sculpture
Nemo Gould's "Little Big Man" Robot Sculpture Gadgets
Glass lionfish sculpture and many glass sea-dwellers
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"I, Lobot:" being a fictional memoir of a day in the life of Lobot, the Star Wars spear-carrier with the wraparound head-computer who toadies for Lando Calrissian.
6:30 a.m: Wake up, unplug head from charger.
6:45 a.m: Yoga, Tai Chi, and Rhythmic Gymnastics.
7:15 a.m: Hop in the shower and shave face, shave head, brush teeth, and buff headset.
7:45 a.m: Download Mr. Calrissian's itinerary, new episodes of Lost, and the newest album by Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes.
I, Lobot: A Day In The Life of Lando Calrissian's Assistant
Star Wars Loteria tribute
Star Wars sneakers by Adidas
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Confectionary Delights of Dallas offers this delightful Han Solo Frozen in Cake-onite cake -- tragic and delicious!
Han Solo frozen in Carbonite
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I'm skeptical about a "talking R2D2 ice bucket," but I'm utterly sold by the fact that it comes with a Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite ice-cube mold! Now that'd be a classy cocktail!
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Tom Spina Designs created this Han Solo in Carbonite desk for a client. I would be incredibly productive with a desk like this. Just sayin'.
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Etsy seller Stray's "Barbie Trapped in Carbonite" sculpture is perfectly demented and just the thing for transitioning the kids from unrealistic Dream House play to unrealistic space-empire play.
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Instructables has a super-smart plan for turning a Carbonit Hane Solo action-man into a chocolate-bar mold.
Update: Tyler sez, "I read your post about the Han Solo shaped chocolate bars, and it
reminded me of another Instructables. My best friend made an
Instructable on how to create a Han Solo 'En-Queso'd In Carbonite'." Read the rest