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Huffington post. Every speaker's nightmare is an audience full of hecklers who feel free to shout out comments the way sports fans shout at their TVs ("You call that a triple axel?!?

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") and bloodthirsty ancient Romans shouted at gladiators ("You call yourself a Thracian?!?) Unfortunately, that's exactly what's happening, all too frequently, when cutting edge conferences include a Twitter "backchannel" -- a real-time electronic screen behind the speaker that displays a rolling stream of the audience's tweeted comments. That particular interactive feature is designed to create an impromptu online "community" around the event and to encourage conversation and interaction. But it can also backfire with results that range from mildly distracting to downright disastrous. Even the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, is not immune to being heckled via his own invention. That's what happened at Web 2.0 Expo, a recent three day conference in New York that brought together some of the best minds in digital media.

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Forest Service firefighters let the Station fire burn along Angeles Crest Highway in the early morning hours in La Canada Flintridge. Backfires were set to keep flames from the mammoth blaze away from the foothill communities, including La Canada and La Crescenta. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / August 29, 2009)Related: • More photos:Southern California wildfires • Panorama:A Tujunga neighborhood ravaged by the Station fire R&B star Usher rests his hand on Michael Jackson's coffin as he sings Jackson's "Gone Too Soon" during the star's memorial service at Staples Center. Sgt. Kobe Bryant celebrates after the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic, 99-86, in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to win the 15th championship for the franchise. - nation, world, technology and Washington ar. Soho Press (soho_press) Hawaii/ Newjersey. The Scavenger : A boy drowns, a mother tweets. TwitterhackerUSATODAY. news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph news. Nytimes. Newjersey. WISE observatory sheds l. WISE observatory sheds lens cap and takes in starlight BY JUSTIN RAYSPACEFLIGHT NOWPosted: December 29, 2009 NASA's new cosmic mapper successfully jettisoned a protective lens cover Tuesday, opening its infrared eyes to Universe for an unprecedented survey in 2010.

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A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket delivered the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft into polar orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on December 14. The cover was secured atop the Thermos-like bottle structure that holds the observatory's telescope and state-of-the-art detectors in supercold frozen hydrogen. The cap was designed to keep out light during the early days of the mission while controllers ensured the spacecraft's orientation system would operate correctly, preventing an accidental blinding by looking at the sun or down at Earth.

Woman's blood alcohol content topples state records. A Sturgis woman had a blood-alcohol level of .708 percent, possibly a state record, when she was found earlier this month behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle parked on Interstate 90, according to Meade County State’s Attorney Jesse Sondreal.

Woman's blood alcohol content topples state records

A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper discovered Marguerite Engle, 45, on Dec. 1 passed out behind the wheel of a delivery truck reported stolen in Rapid City. Her blood-alcohol level was almost nine times South Dakota’s legal limit of .08 percent. Checks with local and state labs where blood-alcohol levels are tested suggest Engle’s reading may be the highest ever recorded in South Dakota, Sondreal said. Sondreal said a state chemist recalled a sample that tested .53, but nothing higher, in his more than 30 years on the job. Dr. Sondreal’s research indicates that a blood-alcohol level of .40 is considered a lethal dose for about 50 percent of the population. "The most beautiful thing I've ever seen" - Roger Ebert's Journa. When I began as a film critic, Jean-Luc Godard was widely thought to have reinvented the cinema with "Breathless" (1960).

"The most beautiful thing I've ever seen" - Roger Ebert's Journa

Now he is almost 80 and has made what is said to be his last film, and he's still at the job, reinventing. If only he had stopped while he was ahead. That would have been sometime in the 1970s. Maybe the 1980s. For sure, the 1990s. The thousands of seats in the Auditorium Debussy were jammed, and many were turned away. Continue reading → An article reflecting on 25 years at the movies by Roger Ebert. Continue reading → I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. Continue reading → Boston Weather - U.S. Intensifies Screening for Travelers From 14 Nations - NYTim. News and Features - Richmond Magazine.