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Imagine Pot Was Legal. How Would You Brand It? | Design & Innovation | Fast Company

Woeful state budgets have relit the long-burning debate about pot legalization—couldn’t California rescue itself by making weed legal, then taxing it? Meanwhile, more than 40% of Americans now favor legalization–which is the highest portion since the 1980s; Nate Silver, at FiveThirtyEight, has watched the trends and estimates that popular support will become overwhelming in 15 years time.

So Print, the hoary graphic-design magazine, posed a challenge to four top designers: How should the package of legal weed actually look? Each of them took a radically different approach.

Personally, I’d try to do a co-branding deal with Oreos just as fast as I could.

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World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale

This is way cool. Love how folks are able to find the pitches he hasn’t taught them yet.

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Skype could be cut off for good over dispute – Times Online

Skype might have to shut down because of a dispute over the core technology used to make the internet telephone system work.

EBay, which paid $2.6 billion (??1.6 billion) for the voice-over-the-internet system in 2005, is facing a court battle with the original founders of the company who retained the rights to the technology at the heart of the system.

EBay admitted in a regulatory filing that it might have to close down the company. It said it was trying to develop alternative software but if that did not work, or if eBay lost the right to the original software: “Skype would be severely and adversely affected and the continued operation of Skype’s business as currently conducted would likely not be possible.”

The dispute also threatens eBay’s plan to spin off Skype, scheduled for next year.

I’ve got mixed feelings about this. I”m an occasional Skype user, but the main reason I went ahead and put out for a number and voicemail is that I use it when I teach online classes and I don’t want to give out my home or cell number. Google Voice makes that a bit of a moot point. So I’m not sure I know what I’m going to do.

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Is it OK for a punch line to have nuclear weapons?