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WTC Chase Tower Will Block Church’s Heavens June 22, 2007

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Here in all its cantilevered glory, via Kohn Pederson Fox and The Real Estate, is a glimpse of the future JPMorganChase tower set for Site 5 of the redeveloped World Trade Center. You know, it’s not really that different from the scare tactic we’ve previously mentioned. As reported, the cantilever will extend 165 feet out over Liberty Park, making things a little dark for picnicers. And it will also extend over the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, to be rebuilt at the southwest corner of Liberty and Greenwich Streets. Blocking the sky above a church? Sounds sacrilege, but Port Authority executive director Anthony Shorris adds the spin: “The church at this point does go under the cantilever and it actually offers some interesting opportunities in terms of lighting and to make the church an even more splendid contribution to the community.” Speaking of splendid contributions, Chase will give the church millions of dollars to keep them happy. Wait, is that considered a tithe?
· Chase Tower to Shadow Church [TRE]
· Contextualizing Chase’s Tower of Darkness [Curbed]
· JPMorganChase Confirms Tower of Darkness Near WTC Site [Curbed]



Uncensored Photo Hosting Service June 21, 2007

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bayimg.jpgThe Pirate Bay, the torrent site run by sassy Sweedes that the MPAA and RIAA hate so much it hurts, has just launched an image hosting service. Unlike other services, it won’t take any of your personal information and it won’t take your photos down, no matter how “inappropriate” they are.

So go ahead, post that Tubgirl picture that you Photoshopped your friend’s face onto, they don’t mind. And if you feel like maybe you went a bit too far, you’ll have a handy deletion link provided to you, allowing you to get rid of your joke that was, let’s admit, in pretty poor taste.

BayImg [via CrunchGear and TorrentFreak]


Make your own Tshirt June 19, 2007

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bluecotton_ui.jpgBlueCotton Custom T-shirts has put together a sophisticated Photoshop-like web app to let you design your own shirt, resulting in a screen-printed or custom embroidered garment with a tremendous amount of control over the results. The company says it’s been working on its online design interface for the past six months, and it shows. The interface rocks. Even if you’re not buying a T-shirt, it’s fun to play with.

Choose from T-shirts, sweats, hats and knit shirts, and then go to town with your design sense, if you have any. You can even upload graphics or photos and designate transparent areas. The only catch so far is, there’s a minimum order of six shirts if you’re doing screen printing, but you can order just one embroidered item at a time. Pricing depends on color and shirt selection, but for a cotton T-shirt, they’re around $11.25 each.

Product Page [BlueCotton]


Edit video on YouTube June 18, 2007

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youtuberemixer.jpgYouTube has just unveiled YouTube Remixer, a piece of online software that allows users to do some basic video editing using an Adobe Premiere back end. You can stick videos together with basic cuts or with transitions, add graphics and text or put in some backing music.

It’s nothing that a serious video editor would be caught dead using, but if you want to add some silly hats to the video you made of you and your friends jumping off your parents’ roof onto a pile of mattresses, now’s your chance. Look for YouTube to be cluttered with terribly edited montages and videos with terrible prop jokes in the near future.

Product Page [via TechCrunch]


Lutron Skylark EcoDim Saves The Planet, One Switch at a Time June 15, 2007

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skylark_ecodim.jpgLutron just rolled out its Skylark EcoDim light switch, helping you save 10% of the energy used on lighting, and the best news is that you won’t even notice the difference.

This dimmer is programmed to limit light levels to no more than 90% of full capacity, and if that bugs you, you can switch it over to normal mode for 100% intensity. But you might want to go with that 90% mode, because, believe it or not, it will double the life of your lightbulbs.

More good news is that you probably won’t even notice that missing 10% of the light’s intensity. It’s a little-known fact that if you dim the lights by 10%, it’s imperceptible to the human eye. Now that’s the kind of “going green” that we like: completely painless.