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‘Bubble Man’ Chandra Wisnu

A MAN ravaged by a shocking skin disease has revealed himself in public in a bid to save his children from the same fate. Chandra Wisnu, 57, suffers from a rare disease that has left him covered in tumours resembling pink bubble wrap. The father of four – known as “The Bubble Man” in his home village in Indonesia – rarely leaves his house.

When he does, he wears three jackets, a balaclava and sunglasses so he doesn’t frighten children. “People are afraid, they are frightened of my horrible face and worried they might catch the disease,” he said. “So instead I avoid people, I rarely go out except to pick up my daughter from school.


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How To Win Rock – Paper – Scissors

Yet as simple as the rules may be — rock crushes scissors, paper covers rock, scissors cut paper — winning is usually pure luck. Thing is, it doesn’t have to be if you employ the correct strategy. Do it well, and you’ll always win rock – paper – scissors. Well, almost.

1. Expect a beginner to start with rock
New Scientist magazine conducted a study in 2007 concluding that rock was most commonly played first. Why rock? We assume it’s because it’s a fist, which is undeniably more badass than an open-hand slap (paper) or angry pointing (scissors). So lead off with paper when playing anyone you think isn’t a student of the game.

2. Start with scissors against an expert
Scissors can be a savvy first move when competing against a veteran. He may very well know rock is most common and so throw something else — quite likely paper. If you throw scissors, you win. If he throws scissors, you tie. In cases of a stalemate, throw the same thing the next round.

3. Read your opponent’s mind
After the average player ties or loses, he’s likely to subconsciously throw whatever would have beat his last throw. So if he played paper and lost, expect scissors next. Your play: rock.

4. Play the odds
If someone tosses the same thing twice, don’t expect it again. If, for example, your opponent threw rock twice in a row, your next play should be scissors — at best it wins if he plays paper, at worst it ties if he plays scissors.

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Personal Flight – If We Only Had Wings

Leonardo drew hundreds of images of birds on the wing, trying to decode their secrets, and drafted meticulous plans for flying machines not unlike today’s gliders and helicopters. But he never figured out the physics of flight.

It took more than 300 years and many more failed experiments until Sir George Cayley, a British engineer, determined that flight required lift, propulsion, and control. He built a glider with a curved wing to generate lift. Then he ordered his coachman into it and had farmworkers pull it down a slope until it gained enough speed to fly. Control, alas, was lacking. The craft crashed after flying a few hundred yards. The coachman survived, but reportedly was not amused.


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The Original Star Wars Blueprints Collection

Procured from the Lucasfilm Archives, these are the blueprints that were used to design the iconic spacecrafts, droids, and sets from the Stars Wars saga. Two hundred and fifty of the original blueprints, including those of the Millennium Falcon, C3-PO, and R2-D2, were photographed and published for the first time on the pages of this book.

Each technical drawing provides insight into the genesis of the spaceships, humanoids, and galactic locales from the six-film Star Wars film series, detailing their evolution from concept, through production, and onto film. Over 500 photographs and illustrations of concept designs, production models, and film stills, along with interviews of the films’ original production designers, art directors, and draftsmen, accompany the blueprints. The book includes sets that never made it into the films, it has 10 gatefolds, and comes with a custom-made, 19″ x 22″ case.

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iPhone – Android Home Monitor Security Cam

The camera sets up anywhere in a home and transmits realtime video over the Internet to an iPhone or Android-driven smartphone. A website allows you to pan the camera up to 270º and tilt it up to 125º for optimal remote positioning. The camera transmits 640 x 480 resolution video at 30 fps and has 15 infrared LEDs around the lens for night-vision surveillance.

The camera’s motion detector automatically sends you an email when it detects movement and saves a 30-second video recording to an SD card (2 GB card included). Connects to a computer via the included Ethernet cable or WiFi.

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