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Watch What a Legal Pot Economy Looks Like (Video)

CaliforniaMarijuanaHaik Hoisington writes on Alternet:
This fall Californians will go the polls with a chance to make history. They will be able to cast a vote to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol or cigarettes. California's Proposition 19 is one of many similar initiatives cropping up on state ballots across the country. Whether it's calls for decriminalization or medical marijuana the end of cannabis prohibition has never seemed closer. In this short animated parable, "The Flower," award winning artist Haik Hoisington contrasts a legal marijuana economy with an illegal one, to show how everyone stands to benefit from ending the war on weed.
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Nothing Good in This One-Year Projection of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill (Video)

Gulf Coasr Oil Spill ProjectionCyriaque Lamar posted on io9.com this interesting research from the University of Hawaii. Cyriaque Lamar writes:
Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa have created a simulation of the potential spread of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill over 360 days. Their hypothetical scenario? All sorts of bad. Researchers at Mānoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) have created a model that charts the oil's possible path over the course of approximately a year:
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Soviet Sci-Fi Animation Of The 1980s

Rhizome.org has a collection of animated adaptations of sci-fi stories produced in the Soviet Union. Apparently studios in the USSR churned out these eerily films, based on stories by American authors such as Stephen King and Ray Bradbury, throughout the 1980s. Bradbury's "Here There Be Tygers" works perfectly as a fable warning of the destructiveness of evil capitalist greed.
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Real-Time Movie-Quality CGI for Games?

Evan Newton writes on h+ magazine:
There aren’t very many games today that, graphically, give one goose bumps. While movies like James Cameron’s Avatar or Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings have graphical effects that appear absolutely real, many wonder if games will ever achieve that level of detail. Now get ready for Project Offset. This little-known development team, owned by Intel, is building a game engine that may make you believe that the richness of reality in the virtual world is not so far away. Videos posted on their website show a variety of graphics engine experiments. You will find video footage that ranges from the detailed facial expressions of an ogre to a meteor shower blasting through ancient stone pillars.
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The Tiger Woods Scandal and The Future of News (Now Computer Animated!)

So what I was joking about in my previous post about these Tiger Woods CGI re-enactment videos may actually take hold for our news to come. Now wondering just how long it will take video-game style reporting to make its way out of the tabloid sphere into the "serious" newsroom. This media innovation is brought to you by a Taiwanese news organization, Apple Daily. Here is their latest Tiger Woods-related video (and not-so-good English translation):
The world's no.1 golfer Tiger Woods' last Friday's car accident has major development. After 24 year-old cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs told a US magazine about their sexual relationship, Woods release a statement within 24 hours, saying he has "regret these transgressions" and "have not been true to the behavior his family deserves." Although not directly addressing it, their affiar possible discovery by his wife is apparent.
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