Happy Father’s Day from The Nietzsche Family Circus
In Izmir more than 20 people were arrested for tweeting and re-tweeting this photo.
LEGO Craftsmanship of the Day: Sony & Lego Team Up for Programmable Lego Bricks!
Your kids’ childhoods will never be the same. At the recent 25th anniversary event for Sony’s Computer Science Laboratories in Japan, Sony announced a partnership with Lego and unveiled their first collaborative project titled “Toy Alive.” As shown in the video, the Danish toymakers’ first remote-controlled platform features several Lego characters that can be controlled with Playstation DualShock controllers, red bricks with built-in LEDs that simulate fire and a webcam that can monitor various objects’ movements in its field of view. But the project is still in the prototype phase, so it’ll be a few years until you can build the high-tech LEGO castle of your dreams.
Turkish police have used tear gas and water cannon against protesters occupying a park in central Istanbul.
Scores of people have suffered injuries, several of them when a wall collapsed during a police chase.
Demonstrators had held a four-day sit-in at Gezi Park, angry at plans to redevelop that part of Taksim Square.
But there is wider anger against PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Unrest has spread to the capital, Ankara, while protests were also reported in Bodrum and Konya.
Earlier this month, riot police clashed with tens of thousands people attempting to hold a May Day march in Istanbul.
‘Summer of discontent’
The controversial redevelopment project is aimed at easing congestion around Taksim Square but also involves building a shopping centre over Gezi Park.
Opponents of Mr Erdogan’s plans say the park is one of the few green areas left in central Istanbul.
One banner at Friday’s protest included a cartoon of Mr Erdogan dressed as an Ottoman sultan with the slogan: “The people will not bow down to you.”
“We do not have a government, we have Tayyip Erdogan,” political scientist and protester Koray Caliskan told the Reuters news agency.
“They are not listening to us,” he added. “This is the beginning of a summer of discontent.”
Hurriyet Daily News reported that seven of those wounded in the clashes with police had serious injuries, including a broken leg and head injuries.
A journalist was hit in the head with a tear-gas canister and Hurriyet’s own photographer was injured, it added.
Amnesty International condemned the police’s tactics against “peaceful protesters”.
“The Turkish authorities must order police to halt any excessive use of force and urgently investigate all reports of abuse,” said John Dalhuisen, director of Amnesty’s Europe and Central Asia Programme.
“They have a duty to ensure that people can exercise their right to free expression and assembly.”
Mr Erdogan has been in power since 2002 and some in Turkey have complained that his government is becoming increasingly authoritarian.
Last week, Turkey’s parliament approved legislation restricting the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks.
The regulations would prohibit retail sales between 22:00 and 06:00, ban all alcohol advertising and promotion, and stop new shops and bars from opening within 100m (330ft) of schools and mosques.
Mr Erdogan said he wanted to stop young Turks from “wandering about in a state of inebriation” and was not trying to impose Islamic values.
The prime minister’s Justice and Development (AK) Party has its roots in political Islam, but he says he is committed to Turkey’s state secularism.
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Promotional DVDs smell like pizza when played
A Brazilian ad agency has built a campaign for Domino’s “Pizza” that uses a heat-sensitive coating on rented DVDs; when the disc is played, the heat from the player heats up the coating and causes it to emit a pizza-like odor; the coating also changes appearance and becomes a picture of a pizza with an ad for Domino’s.
I don’t know that I could ever need more than this puppy and this hair dryer.
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