Titilllating idea starts out as a joke but becomes ‘bona fide bosom buddy’ to breast cancer research:
“The Blogger Boobie-Thon
began in 2002 when its founder, Robyn of Shutterblog fame, launched a campaign to bring her friend to Florida for the holidays. Thanks to a growing collection of ‘rack shots’ — pictures of breasts in various states of undress — the donations mounted quickly.
Robyn soon realized she had an effective fund-raising method on her hands. She donated to breast cancer research all monies above and beyond the cost of the plane ticket.
It’s a clever event, with a strong geek appeal. Both men and women are encouraged to submit pictures of their breasts, either bare or clothed or otherwise decorated.
Creativity counts. Many participants adorn themselves with paint, jewelry, lace, chocolate, you name it — and many work the pink-ribbon motif into the overall design.
Editors sift through the submissions, publishing the clothed breasts in the free area of the site and the bare bosoms in a special, password-protected section. To see the bare breasts, viewers must donate a minimum of $50.” (Wired News)
Bandwidth-intensive information can now be streamed live from remote locations, over ultra-fast optical networks, as demonstrated at this week’s iGrid conference in San Diego:
“Jaw-dropping demos abounded, promising just as much for scientists as for Hollywood.
One experiment on Tuesday featured the first-ever live, IP-based transmission of high-definition video from the bottom of the sea.
HD video cameras nearly two miles below the ocean surface and 200 miles off the Washington/Canada coastline relayed impossibly crisp live footage of sea life near 700-degree Fahrenheit volcanic thermal vents known as ‘black smokers’ on the Pacific floor.
Back at iGrid, that 20-mbps MPEG2 video stream was projected in such high resolution that close-ups of tiny, translucent tubeworms the size of quarters filled the entire wall-sized screen. It was as if the theater itself became a gigantic microscope.
During a subsequent demo session, the cameras were aimed in the opposite direction — at the scientists on board the ship above the ocean’s surface. This time, high def proved to be a little too real for comfort when powerful ocean storms pitched and rocked the research vessel Thomas Thompson. The ship’s crew were visibly woozy, but audience members more than a thousand miles away reflexively turned from the screen to avoid seasickness.” (Wired News )