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Twitter user sends world’s 20 billionth tweet

The user who posted the landmark tweet was inundated with congratulations
Twitter, the social networking site which lets users say something in up to 140 characters, has had its 20 billionth message posted.

The landmark and rather opaque tweet was sent at 1544 GMT Saturday by GGGGGGo_Lets_Go, a Tokyo graphic designer for an advertising agency.
It said: “So that means the barrage might come back later all at once.”

Is it more amazing than winning the lottery?”

Twitter took four years to reach its 10 billionth tweet, in March this year, and less than five months to double it.

GGGGGGo_Lets_Go was inundated with congratulatory messages from around the world for hitting the milestone with a tweet which appeared to have been part of a longer conversation with another user.
He later posted another message, saying: “Looks like I posted the 20 billionth tweet. I’m getting replies from people all over the world. It’s scary. What are the chances? Maybe I’m going to die.
“Is it more amazing than winning the lottery? I thought it was a joke.”
The self-declared fan of Tokyo Yakult Swallows baseball team also warned any would-be followers that he tweets a lot about the sport.
The Japanese send nearly 8m tweets a day, about 12% of the global total and second only to the US, according to the San Francisco-based micro-blogging service.
Evan Williams, Twitter’s 38-year-old chief executive, travelled to Tokyo earlier this month to celebrate the service’s success in Japan.
Twitter is expected this year to open its first dedicated data centre, in the US state of Utah.
The company hopes the data centre will help prevent service overloads, which have been a particular problem during major sporting events like the recent football World Cup.
BBC News – Twitter user sends world’s 20 billionth tweet
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NEW YORK – JULY 15: Workers examine remnants of what is thought to be an 18th century ship at the site Ground Zero Construction Site in July 15, 2010 New York City. The wood hulled vessel is approximately 30 feet long and was found 20 to 30 feet below street level on Tuesday morning.



Top 3 Designer Defence Systems

As we touched down with the Embraer EMB 120 in Geneva the other day, the lot was filled with sparsely coloured twin-turboprops of varying decent. The odd FlyBaboo Dash-8 and Swiss A320 were idling at the regular gates, but this is clearly not an airport made for regular passenger travel. It seems unfitting, somehow.

We were in this western Canton to discuss one of the most pressing challenges facing modern nation building today – the design of land-based artillery systems. Building a modern army is not simply a matter of heading down to IDEX in Abu Dhabi and buying the first armoured mortar system in sight. It takes commitment to the real issues involved in creating a sustainable defence system. Design being the primary concern, of course.
Our dinner discussions were long and infused by the local grapes from Domaine de Champlong, but we thought we’d summarize where the state of elegantly designed defence equipment stands, as of May 2010.
1. General Dynamics ASCOD2
Originally released back in 1992, this marvellous little collaboration between Santa Bárbara Sistemas and Steyr Daimler Puch in Austria got an update in 2003. We especially have our eyes on the Advanced Surveillance Vehicle, VCOAV.
Sometimes, it’s all about the accessories. Add this turret to anything terrain-driven, and you’ve got yourself a handsome fighting machine.
3. M198 Howitzer

A classic that must be mentioned in these circumstances. 70′s designs are generally speaking nothing to write home about, but this field artillery unit has a certain je-ne-sais-quoi that refuses to fade.

>Edgar Ramirez an ideal choice as Carlos the Jackal
Jenny Barchfield • The Associated Press • May 24, 2010

CANNES, France — Edgar Ramirez was born to play Carlos the Jackal.

The multilingual Venezuelan actor plays the
infamous terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez — also a
Venezuelan polyglot — in “Carlos,” a marathon
biopic by French director Olivier Assayas that
screened out of competition at the Cannes Film

“How many Venezuelan actors have the last name
Ramirez, speak all sorts of languages and are
exactly the right age to play the role?” Assayas said
in an interview with The Associated Press. “When I
met him, I wasn’t sure I’d do the movie, and my
meeting with Edgar was a determining factor for me.”

The movie, more than five hours long, provides
Ramirez — a rising star who began his career in a
soap opera — ample opportunity to flex his muscles
as an actor. He delivers a remarkably three-
dimensional performance that captures the many
facets of the flamboyant gun-for-hire.

The 32-year-old actor said he immersed himself in
news stories about Carlos and brushed up on
contemporary history in order to better understand
the context of his actions, and also spoke with
people who knew him, including some of his many
lovers. Still, once the camera was rolling, Ramirez
said, he went with his instincts.

“I took all of those investigations and I poured them
into the character in Olivier’s script and then I ran
with it,” Ramirez told the AP. “I trusted that at some
point the character was going to speak to me.”

And how he speaks.

Ramirez’s Carlos is an alarming hybrid of
revolutionary guerrillero, brutal assassin, playboy,
unscrupulous mercenary and charmer with an
almost magnetic charisma.

We follow Carlos from the beginning of his career as
a terrorist, when he worked for the Popular Front for

the Liberation of Palestine, committing
assassinations in Paris and London, to the infamous
1975 assault on Vienna’s OPEC headquarters that
made him a celebrity, through his capture in Sudan
in 1994.

Ramirez — the son of a Venezuelan military attaché
who spent much of his childhood in various foreign
countries — delivers dialogue in Spanish, French,
English, Arabic and German. Ramirez himself speaks
all of those languages — and also Italian — in real
life, except Arabic, which he learned phonetically
for the role.

The 300-page script was so complicated that
Assayas had to pitch the project as a TV series in
three parts. The first part was shown on French
television the same day it played at Cannes.

Assayas, who co-wrote the script, said he tried to
remain as faithful as possible to the facts of Carlos’
life, but gray areas in the terrorist’s biography
obliged him to take some artistic license.

“In writing (the script) you adhere to the facts and
the true elements, but when you start to film, it
becomes fiction,” said the director, who has won
considerable acclaim for his 2004 drama “Clean”
and the recent “Les Heures d’ete.”

Edgar Ramirez an ideal choice as Carlos the Jackal | | Poughkeepsie Journal


Fifty Ugliest Cars of the Past 50 YearsA Half-Century of Automotive Eyesores

A Half-Century of Automotive Eyesores

A Half-Century of Automotive Eyesores

By Damian Joseph

Considering how many new cars are rolled out every year, it’s no surprise that a few might be just plain homely. There’s a chance that certain styles might become fashionable with a dash of retro hip. (Well, maybe not from the 1970s.) But for the most part, the following 50 cars will never be anything but design duds.

Fifty Ugliest Cars of the Past 50 Years: A Half-Century of Automotive Eyesores – BusinessWeek



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