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Seth’s Blog: Find your voice

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Alert: Fake Twitter Invite Leads to Malware

From 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 “”. Unlike a typical Twitter invite, however, the email contains no invitation link: instead it carries the attached file Invitation, tempting the receiver to download it. The attachment, of course, contains W32.Ackantta.B@mm – a nasty, email address-harvesting worm.

New Pics Available at Flickr

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 it reads.

Josie's work is firmly optimistic and ultimately, derived from the observation of the world around her. Known as a painter for many years, starting out traditionally and evolving into lively, colourful abstract paintings, her work took a turn into sculpture in 1993 adding a new dimension to her work. Josie has been experimenting and working on her visual ideas with open minded seriousness, exploring paint, colour, form and materials intuitively, continually expressing a 'joi de vivre' with that hint of mischief which provokes change.

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

See and download the full gallery on posterous

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Titum arum set to bloom in Leiden

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


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