New pictures posted at http://www.flickr.com/johndierckx.
From Mashable.com Posted: 20 Jun 2009 10:51 PM PDT
Security sites are warning web users to beware fake Twitter invites in their email inboxes. The reports, based on an alert on Wednesday from Symantec, say the emailed invites come with a malicious attachment which, if downloaded, harvests email addresses from your computer and copies itself to removable drives and shared folders.
The emails carry the subject line “Your friend invited you to twitter!”, while the sender’s address is spoofed as “firstname.lastname@example.org”. Unlike a typical Twitter invite, however, the email contains no invitation link: instead it carries the attached file Invitation Card.zip, tempting the receiver to download it. The attachment, of course, contains W32.Ackantta.B@mm – a nasty, email address-harvesting worm.
Added some older but by now developed pictures to my flickr stream of the Giants House in Akaroa which we visited last Summer. And incredible experience!!! Some pics were added but many more can be found on my flickr stream.
The Giants House is a must see for all who visit Akaroa, New Zealand. Josie Martin made it into a magical place. On the website at www.linton.co.nz it reads.
Ever adventurous Josie is mindful of the larger world and other ways of seeing. Josie's elegant abstract sculptures are seriously playful and a celebration of life. They are surreal, biomorphic entities, whimsical and flamboyant, organic and eccentric. Constantly changing metomorphosing forms confronting or circumscribing void spaces refer to her interest in horticulture reflecting the zany balance of nature.
Her work seems to pulse with a continually evolving sense of growth and development, with unpredictability and surprise in the final results. Josie's sculptures are in private collections and displayed in her Akaroa terraced garden, along with her large sculpturural mosaic installations. She is currently working on a large light up sculptural mosiac and other mosaic installations
She is a regular exhibitor with numerous solo and group exhibitions in NZ and overseas. Josie is the recipient of a number of awards and scholarships and has also undertaken art residencies in Assisi, Italy; the International School of Art in Todi, Italy, the Vermount Studio Center in USA and at the MacDowell Art Colony, New Hampsire USA, and South of France. Josie's home "Linton", a grand historic home built in 1881. Linton is a very special, unique and spiritual environment, situated in the historic French township of Akaroa, east of Christchurch.
Her artists garden is open to the public and to those who stay in the bed and breakfast accommodation. Josie has a Diploma in Horticulture. Her garden featured on "Maggies Garden Show", Australian TV, the "NZ Gardener" the NZ House and Garden and in "Next" Magazine.
The website has a number of other beautiful pics. so check it out
Titum arum set to bloom in Leiden
Friday 19 June 2009
One of the world's strangest plants, the giant titan arum (amorphophallus titanum), is expected to bloom at Leiden's botanical gardens on Sunday night.
The botanical gardens are open on Sunday evening as part of midsummer celebrations.
The titan arum produces the world's biggest flowers after eight to 15 year's of growth. The flowers, which have a terrible stench like rotting meat, last just two nights.
A second plant is set to flower in about three weeks time, garden officials said.
For a link to the webcam, click here
Karin Sitalsing of “De Volkskrant” a Dutch newspaper, reported how the Dutch Police was able to arrest to men in relation to a street robbery.
The two men, 24 year old twin brothers without a permanent residential address were recognized on a picture in Google Streetview. The Police admitted it was one very lucky shot.
A 14 year old boy filed a criminal complaint in relation to a street robbery of which he was a victim. He had been pulled of his bike by a man ater which another man sat on top of him after which the two men took his mobile phone and 165 Euro. Half a year later the victim found a picture of himself and the two robbers in Google Streetview and cntacted the police immediately.
Tge Dutch Police contacted Google because the faces on the picture had been made unrecognizable. When the original pictures came in from Google, the men were recognized. The brother reciognized themselves on the pictures but denied having committed the robbery. Other denials and admissions make it at this stage unclear if and on what basis the men will be prosecuted.
Source: de Volkskrant