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Documentary – The Amazing Mistery of the Crop Circles!

Crop Circles - Swirl

Crop Circles - Swirl

Every summer, throughout the South of England and many other places around the world, crops are used as a giant canvas on which strange geometrical shapes of extreme complexity are painted by unknown artists. some say they’re a man made hoax, some that its aliens. Regardless of what the answer to this question is, the truth is that they’re truly amazing.

Attracted by the underlying mistery behind the crop circle phenomenon, the Academy Award nominee and Emmy award winner documentary filmmaker William Gazecki, embarked on a voyage of discovery to try and explain, or at least begin to understand the crop circle phenomenon, which resulted in the release of the 2002 documentary “Crop Circles: Quest for truth”.

If you like this video, you should also watch the one on UFOs and US military!

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The best UFO documentary I’ve ever seen – “I know what I saw 2010”

UFO

UFO

The documentary “I Know What I Saw” change the way we see the universe. Director, James Fox assembled some of the most credible UFO witnesses from around the world to testify at The National Press Club in Washington D.C.. They were: Air Force Generals, US astronauts, military pilots, commercial pilots, government and FAA officials from seven countries. Governor Fife Symington from Arizona stated said, it: “will challenge your reality”.

If you liked this video you should check out the one about Crop Circles!

Watch here the full 2010 documentary “I know what I saw”

While technically a UFO refers to any unidentified flying object, in modern popular culture the term UFO has generally become synonymous with alien spacecraft; however the term ETV (ExtraTerrestrial Vehicle) is sometimes used to separate this explanation of UFOs from totally earthbound explanations.

Proponents argue that because these objects appear to be technological and not natural phenomenon, and are alleged to display flight characteristics or have shapes seemingly unknown to conventional technology, the conclusion is then that they must not be from Earth. Though UFO sightings have occurred throughout recorded history, modern interest in them dates from World War II (see foo fighter), further fueled in the late 1940s by Kenneth Arnold‘s coining of the term flying saucer and the Roswell UFO Incident. Since then governments have investigated UFO reports, often from a military perspective- and UFO researchers have investigated, written about, and created organizations devoted to the subject. One such investigation, The UK’s Project Condign report, notes that Russian, Former Soviet Republics, and Chinese authorities have made a co-ordinated effort to understand the UFO topic and that State military organizations, particularly in Russia, have done “considerably more work (than is evident from open sources)” on military applications which have stemmed from their UFO research. The report also noted that “several aircraft have been destroyed and at least four pilots have been killed ‘chasing UFOs’.

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Documentary – Sir Norman Foster – “Building the Gherkin”

Swiss Re London HQ "The Gherkin"

Swiss Re London HQ "The Gherkin"

At the end of the Last Century, the european insurance conglomerate Swiss Re didn’t find a suitable space to group its operations in London’s financial district. It mandated world acclaimed architect Sir Norman Foster to solve the problem, which he did by proposing a building that would change the architectural paradigm, shifting from boxed like skyscrapers to a cigar shape which was popularly named the Gherkin. In the year 2000 the city of London granted the permit to construct it. It was occupied by Swiss Re’s employees in 2004. This is the famous documentary on its history “Building the Gherkin”.

If you liked this video watch the one on Zaha Hadid and the groundbreaking GuangZhou Opera House!

Watch here “Building the Gherkin”. Fast forward to minute 2 to skip the introduction.

Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd (German: Schweizerische Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG), generally known as Swiss Re, is a Swiss reinsurance company. It is the world’s second-largest reinsurer, after having acquired GE Insurance Solutions. The company has its headquarters in Zurich. Founded in 1863, Swiss Re operates through offices in more than 25 countries.

Its London office is located in the award-winning 30 St Mary Axe tower, which opened on 25 May 2004. 30 St Mary Axe is London’s first environmentally sustainable tall building. Among the building’s most distinctive features are its windows, which open to allow natural ventilation to supplement the mechanical systems for a good part of the year.

The landmark London skyscraper, designed by architect Norman Foster and popularly known as ‘the gherkin’, was confirmed sold on 5 February 2007 for over £600 million (US$1.18 billion) to a group formed of IVG Immobilien AG of Germany and Evans Randall of Mayfair.

Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, OM Kt. (born 1 June 1935) is a British architect whose company maintains an international design practice, Foster + Partners.

Foster was raised in Manchester in a working-class family and was intrigued by design and engineering from a young age. His years observing Mancunian architecture subsequently influenced his works, and was inspired to pursue a career in architecture after a treasurer clerk noticed his sketches and interest in Manchester’s buildings while he worked atManchester Town Hall.

Foster gained an internship at a local architect’s office before submitting a portfolio and winning a place at the University of Manchester School of Architecture. He subsequently won a scholarship to study at the Yale School of Architecture in the United States of America.

Foster returned to the United Kingdom in 1963 and set up a practice, Team 4 which became Foster + Partners. His breakthrough building was arguably the Willis Building in Ipswich in 1975 and he has since designed landmark structures such asWembley Stadium and 30 St Mary Axe. He is one of Britain’s most prolific architects of his generation. In 2009 Foster was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award in the Arts category.

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A quick look at the European Cookie Banning Law!

Http Cookies

Http Cookies

Not so long ago, in 2009, the European Commission passed a law regulating the use of cookies for all companies operating in the internet. The deadline for the adoption of the law was May 2011, only 3 of the European Countries embraced such regulation; Denmark, Estonia and UK, which as of realizing it wasn’t really something enforceable gave a “grace” period for companies to adapt to it.

The fact is 92% of websites use cookies for one thing or another, and most probably, all sites you’re visiting are breaking the law. Watch the video at the bottom of the page.

Find here a video from Silktide that briefly illustrates in 2 minutes all the basics of the law you need to know.

cookie, also known as an HTTP cookieweb cookie, or browser cookie, is used for an origin website to send state information to a user‘s browser and for the browser to return the state information to the origin site. The state information can be used for authentication, identification of a user session, user’s preferences, shopping cart contents, or anything else that can be accomplished through storing text data on the user’s computer.

Cookies cannot be programmed, cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer. However, breaches of browser security can allow tracking cookies to be placed which are then used as spyware to track user’s browsing activities—a major privacy concern that prompted European and US law makers to take action. The security of a cookie generally depends on the security of the issuing website and the user’s web browser. If not implemented correctly, a cookie’s data can be intercepted by a hacker to gain unapproved access to the user’s data and possibly to the originating website.

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Find here a video from Silktide that briefly illustrates in 2 minutes all the basics of the law you need to know!

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Astonishing Mapping the Facade of the Frank Gehry IAC HQ for the Vimeo Festival – The Lightline of Gotham!

 

Vimeo Festival

Vimeo Festival

When the CEO of IAC, Bruce Foley, was looking for a show to round up the Vimeo video festival, a 3D mapping on the Facade of Frank Gehry‘s IAC Headquarters was proposed, the result “Lighting Gotham” was so impressive that the company decided to share it with the general public.Vimeo  is a video-sharing website on which users can upload, share and view videos. It was founded by Jake Lodwick and Zach Klein in November 2004. They left the company in 2007 and 2008 respectively. The name Vimeo was created by co-founder Jake Lodwick and is a play on the word video, inserting the word “me” as a reference to the site’s dedication to user-made video and is also ananagram of the word, “movie.”

IAC purchased Vimeo in August 2006, as part of its acquisition of Connected Ventures. Dae Mellencamp is the Chief Executive Officer of Vimeo. In January 2009, Mellencamp joined IAC as General Manager of Vimeo.

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If you liked this video check out the one of a Japanese band with electroluminiscent suits, Tron revisited!

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Wikileaks Documentary!

Wikileaks Documentary

Wikileaks Documentary

A fully fledged documentary on Wikileaks, the nature of leadership of its founder Julien Assange as well as recent evolutions and its situation after the Irak war scandal.

WikiLeaks is an international, online, self-described not-for-profit organisation that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources, news leaks,  and whistleblowers. Its website, launched in 2006 under The Sunshine Press organisation, claimed a database of more than 1.2 million documents within a year of its launch. Julian Assange, an Australian Internet activist, is generally described as its founder, editor-in-chief, and director. Kristinn Hrafnsson is the only other publicly known acknowledged associate of WikiLeaks as of 2011. Hrafnsson is also a member of the company Sunshine Press Productions along with Assange, Ingi Ragnar Ingason and Gavin MacFadyen.

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Video – What an astronaut sees!

Desert Dunes seen from Space

Desert Dunes seen from Space

Inspiring 7 minute video from Nasa depicting the most astonishing sights by astronauts orbiting around the earth.

Dr. Justin Wilkinson from NASA‘s astronaut team talks the viewer through an explicit trip over the Namibian coast, Mount Etna in Sicily or the Algerian desert in this HD digital recording from astronauts’ view from space worth watching.

If you like this video, try watching an astonishing Aurora Borealis in HD recorded in Norway!

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Cultural Beacons – Marshall McLuhan – ABC TV The Medium is the Message

Marshall McLuhan - The Medium is the message

Marshall McLuhan - The Medium is the message

Marshall McLuhan the famous media theorist and scholar, very much revered by our current cultural icons such as Mark Zuckerberg, forecasted many years ago the social media revolution as well as the impact media would have in the fabric and dynamics of society. These thesis were synthesized in two terms “The Global Village” and “The Medium is the message“.

In this CBC interview McLuhan shares his revolutionary ideas in the 60s, they still are relevant and clearly shows McLuhan’s almost prescient views of the future.

Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) was a Canadian educator,philosopher, and scholar—a professor of English literature, a literary critic, a rhetorician, and a communication theorist. McLuhan’s work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries.

McLuhan is known for coining the expressions “the medium is the message” and “the global village” and predicted the World Wide Web almost thirty years before it was invented. Although he was a fixture in media discourse in the late 1960s, his influence started to wane in the early seventies. In the years after his death, he would continue to be a controversial figure in academic circles. With the arrival of the internet, however, there was renewed interest in his work and perspective.

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Norwegian Aurora Borealis in HD

HD Aurora Borealis in Norway

An aurora (plural: aurorae or auroras) is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere). The charged particles originate in themagnetosphere and solar wind and, on Earth, are directed by the Earth’s magnetic field into the atmosphere. Aurora is classified as diffuse or discrete aurora. Most aurorae occur in a band known as the auroral zone which is typically 3° to 6° in latitudinal extent and at all local times or longitudes. The auroral zone is typically 10° to 20° from the magnetic pole defined by the axis of the Earth’s magnetic dipole.

If you like this video try watching What an astronaut sees from space!

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Indian mathematics: Vedic line based multiplying system!

Within indian tradition, and most specifically the vedics, there was a multiplying system based in lines that would allow them to perform complex mathematical calculations, sometimes confused with a japanese method for complex calculation. This video shows how the system works.

Indian mathematics emerged in the Indian subcontinent from 1200 BC  until the end of the 18th century. In the classical period of Indian mathematics (400 AD to 1200 AD), important contributions were made by scholars like AryabhataBrahmagupta, and Bhaskara II. The decimal number system in use today was first recorded in Indian mathematics. Indian mathematicians made early contributions to the study of the concept of zero as a number, negative numbers, arithmetic, and algebra. In addition, trigonometry was further advanced in India, and, in particular, the modern definitions of sine and cosine were developed there. These mathematical concepts were transmitted to the Middle East, China, and Europe and led to further developments that now form the foundations of many areas of mathematics.

Samhitas and Brahmanas

The religious texts of the Vedic Period provide evidence for the use of large numbers. By the time of the Yajurvedasaṃhitā (1200–900 BCE), numbers as high as 1012 were being included in the texts. For example, the mantra (sacrificial formula) at the end of the annahoma (“food-oblation rite”) performed during the aśvamedha, and uttered just before-, during-, and just after sunrise, invokes powers of ten from a hundred to a trillion:

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