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Facebook founder and CEO, if the move "The Social Network" is to be believed, can be a kill-or-be-kille businessman and entrepreneur.

But there's no denying his killer instinct when it comes to dinner.

Zuckerberg, in an email clarifying a discussion he had with Forbes' Patricia Sellers, said he's delving deeply into the idea of sustainable foods, and to a degree vegetarianism, by only eating meat he kills himself.

Yes, that's a completely serious statement from the billionaire wunderkind. Here's the email he sent on the subject:

To start, let me give you some background on what I'm doing. Every year in recent memory, I've taken on a personal challenge -- something to learn about the world, expand my interests and teach myself greater discipline. I spend almost all of my time building Facebook, so these personal challenges are all things I wouldn't normally have the chance to do if I didn't take the time.

Last year, for example, my personal challenge was to learn Chinese. I blocked out an hour every day to study and it has been an amazing experience so far. I've always found learning new languages challenging, so I wanted to jump in and try to learn a hard one. It has been a very humbling experience. With language, there's no way to just "figure it out" like you can with other problems -- you just need to practice and practice. The experience of learning Mandarin has also led me to travel to China, learn about its culture and history, and meet a lot of new interesting people.

This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat. I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I've basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I'm eating a lot healthier foods and I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals.

I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn't want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don't have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.

Zuckerberg has already killed and eaten a goat - with a knife, apparently, a pig and chickens. And he says his new diet not only allows him to appreciate how his food is sourced, but alos maintain control over quality.

I'm eating a lot healthier foods," he said. "And I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals. It's easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day."

News of Zuckerberg's new dining habits broke, of course, via Facebook, when he posted to the 847 friends on his private page: "I just killed a pig and a goat," on May 4.


Pyramid_Lake_at_Night_2004.jpgThe beautiful, but not obtrusive photo that serves as the backdrop for Apple's iPad is a bit like all the images Apple uses as stock elements on its devices. It's a standout moment that doesn't take too much attention away from the device itself. And, it's anonymously produced - when's the last time you saw a photo credit on an image Apple plucks from relative obscurity?

Well, almost anonymous. Until the good folks at tracked down Richard Misrach, a Bay Area photographer responsible for "Pyramid Lake (at Night)," a 2004 photo from a series he has worked on over the years.

"It's a long night exposure where the moon is lighting up the mountains in the distance," he told ArtInfo. "I shot it on an 8x10 camera, so the quality is really beautiful and you can see star trails going through the sky."

Ironic that the original image produced in large format is actually larger than the iPad, which clocks in at just 9.56 by 7.47 inches, it was destined to decorate.

It also seems the secretive Cupertino-based tech company is no less secretive with its content sources. To hear Misrach tell it, he found out they were using his photo when the rest of the world did, even if most of the rest of the world would have no idea of Misrach's identity:

"I was in bed watching Inglorious Bastards when I got a call from Jeffrey FraenkeL, my dealer in San Francisco, and he said, 'Do you know what's going on live here?'" Misrach told ArtInfo, speaking of the iPad unveiling by Steve Jobs in January. "I was totally shocked. Naturally my other galleries started calling and my family was all atwitter, because it's a whole different world."

Misrach, who calls himself an Apple fan, says he had submitted 10 photos to the company for consideration as screensavers and whatnot over the years, but had never had any success. Until now.

'What's funny is that for years I actually used the photo as my own screensaver," Misrach says. "So I guess they know what they're doing."

Richard Misrach at the High Museum from Atlanta Celebrates Photography on Vimeo.

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Richard Misrach gives a tour of his "On the Beach" exhibition, on view at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA through Aug. 23rd, 2009.


There's about to be an indecipherable mess in Chicago that has nothing to do with Scott Lee Cohen's aborted run at Lt. Governor.

Michael Bay is coming to town.

Specifically he's bringing his grindhouse robots, the "Transformers," to tear apart our fair town.

Bay tells his official site that major action sequences will be shot in Chicago and Moscow this time around for "Transformers: 3." So expect a marked increase in explosions and distinct lack of plot development shortly.

Ahh, who are we kidding? When does Megan Fox get to town, odd thumbs and all?

The threequel is due to hit theaters July 1, 2011.

WARNING: If you've never watched cable TV, there may be some offensive language - or beats - in this video.

Mel Gibson was chatting with WGN entertainment reporter Dean Richards the other day when he decided that "Edge of Darkness" was an abt description for the probing questioner he was made to endure.

So, after a bunch of "dudes" and a quick gulp of Starbucks, the actor known for flowing locks, epic productions and a whole raft of crazy in recent years snapped off an errant "asshole" on a hot mic. Hardly the first time it's happened to a reporter, but seldom do you get a dance mix from cursing a scribe.

But this is the YouTube age and nothing goes by for more than a day or two without being remixed. The Internet, as always, making our lives richer.

Or you can watch the original here and make your own version of the mix.

Espresso, Intelligentsia from Department of the 4th Dimension on Vimeo.

Ahh, coffee. It makes us go. A daily shot of energy - often several times daily - to keep the world as we know it spinning merrily away.

And when there's a real energy crisis, we can always turn to a nice, simple shot of espresso. Well, simple enough to drink, anyway.

But in this first in a promised series of videos from Intelligentsia breaking down various parts of the coffee making arts. Though this is not the Chicago Intelligentsia many of us know and love, but rather a Venice, Ca., location. Who knew?

Anyway, manager of Espresso Research and Development Kyle Glanville - the U.S. Barista Championship winner in 2008 - walks you through what is clearly a more involved process to get the perfect espresso shot than we may have realized by watching the pros in action.

The fairly pretentious series name, "Intelligentsia Coffee Short Film Series," aside, this is pretty cool and does get the mouth watering for a cup. But it's apparently not the first time the West Coast Intelligentsia folks have found their way onto the Web in video form.

All very interesting - but where's the Chicago Intelligentsia love?

Mark Zuckerberg knows you. I mean, he really knows you.

The founder of Facebook, the social media behemoth with a user base the size of the United States population, sat down for a little chat with Techcrunch brainchild Michael Arrington to discuss his thoughts on what's public information and how much privacy any of us, especially those on Facebook, should expect in this day and age.

The short answer: Not much. Zuckerberg doesn't see privacy in today's world of constant updates as a "social norm" anymore. Here's a quick synopsis of Zuckerberg's take:

When I got started in my dorm room at Harvard, the question a lot of people asked was 'why would I want to put any information on the Internet at all? Why would I want to have a website?'

And then in the last 5 or 6 years, blogging has taken off in a huge way and all these different services that have people sharing all this information. People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.

We view it as our role in the system to constantly be innovating and be updating what our system is to reflect what the current social norms are.

A lot of companies would be trapped by the conventions and their legacies of what they've built, doing a privacy change - doing a privacy change for 350 million users is not the kind of thing that a lot of companies would do. But we viewed that as a really important thing, to always keep a beginner's mind and what would we do if we were starting the company now and we decided that these would be the social norms now and we just went for it.

Facebook and its privacy policies and murky content ownership decisions have bubbled up increasingly in the public consciousness of late. At a site where people feel free to post anything and everything about their lives - when did we become such exhibitionists? - to hear the driving force behind it eschew the strident need for privacy protection is, umm, an interesting public admission that bears cautionary attention.

But do you even care about privacy anymore? Or are you fine with status updating and geo-lacting and photo posting your way toward a completely open, available lifestyle?


The first shot released at a very NSFW of Levi Johnston and his armpit hair.

Levi Johnston, or is that Ricky Hollywood, is a classy guy. Yeah, he's doing a Playgirl pictorial, but it's arty, not filled with gratuitous junk.

The Bristol Palin knocker-upper decided to keep little Ricky Hollywood under wraps, electing no to go full frontal, so he can keep things from devolving into some sort of a circus with people thumbing his page for a glimpse at his naughty bits rather than to get to know him as a person.

See? Classy.

Us Magazine had some additional details of the classic moments of Americana preserved on film:

"'The shoot was fantastic!' Johnston's manager said, adding that the nude model wasn't nervous in the slightest. 'We're having a lot of fun with it,' Jones teases. And, ahem, how much did Bristol Palin's hockey-playing ex reveal? 'People are going to see more of Levi than they thought,' Tank Jones tells Us. 'There was a hockey stick involved.' The fun's not over, either: a second photo session takes place Friday. 'Part two is going to be fantastic. That's all I can say.' "

Now, of course we all know this guy is a puckhead of the highest order. So much so that, according to Playgirl consultant Daniel Nardicio's Twitter feed, he whipped out his hockey stick for a couple pictures.

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And it must be just that attention to detail that keeps his famous not-mother-in-law, Sarah Palin, willing to leave a seat at the family Thanksgiving table for him. Talking to Oprah on Monday, Palin said she's worried he may not be making the right decisions with his life.

Palin went on to say she finds it "a bit heartbreaking to see the road that he is on right now" and that "it's not a healthy place to be." Palin also said Johnston remains a member of the family and that they can work out any troubles. She said she prays for him and that he has an "open invitation" to Thanksgiving dinner.

One can only wonder with breathless anticipation what will happen next.

Noted in-your-face interviewer Larry King got Carrie Prejean's goat with his hard-hitting quest to find answers about the tarnished beauty queen's mediation and settlement with the Miss California USA pageant.

Oh, yeah. Except that this is Larry King, the soft-balling questioner tarnished celebrities book to feel like they're in a safe place. But even King's kid gloves were too much for Prejean, who's doing the gab circuit to flog her new book, causing her to toss her mic and clam up while a clearly befuddled King went to break.

The problem seemed to stem from King's repeated questions about the framework of Prejean's settlement. The ex-queen continued to brush aside questions as "inappropriate" and cited a confidentiality agreement. Oh, and of course there's that non-sextape sex tape floating around that TMZ has said was shot when Prejean was 17.

The video the lawyer showed Carrie is extremely graphic and has never been released publicly. We know that, because TMZ obtained the video months ago but decided not to post it because it was so racy. Let's just say, Carrie has a promising solo career.

We're told it took about 15 seconds for Carrie to jettison her demand and essentially walk away with nothing. As we first reported, the Pageant is paying around $100,000 to her lawyers and publicist - a fraction of her bills. She pockets nothing in the settlement.

So, clearly, there's a level of expertise in "inappropriate" behavior at work here.

The CNN dalliance Wednesday night continued down weird lane as Anderson Cooper picked up the topic later.

Cooper's reaction is kinda priceless, actually. Especially when he hears Prejean's describes King as "inappropriate."

Bizarre, indeed. Increasingly so.

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A three-day-old baby boy, weighing 19.2-pounds, lays next to a standard size newborn baby at a hospital in Kisaran, North Sumatra, Indonesia on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009. (Andi Anshari~AP; EPA below)

baby_1487956c.jpgIt's officially baby day here at Shiny Objects. The question is, does this whopper of a newborn beat out the mom who got pregnant two separate times over a few weeks?

The answer is yes. Hell, yes. He'll outweigh them both.

At 19 pounds - and 24-inches long - this hulking mound of baby clocks in at the top in terms of baby sizes born in Indonesia.

Thankfully, the as-yet unnamed tyke was born by Cesarean, but good grief, the poor mom probably had to be carted around in a wheelbarrow for the final trimester. And how do you haul the epic bundle of joy now? Somehow a Baby Bjorn just doesn't measure up.

"This heavy baby made the surgery really tough, especially the process of taking him out of his mum's womb," Dr. Binsar Sitanggang said in an interview. "His legs were so big."

And don't even start on the feeding needs of an eating/sleeping/pooping machine that weighs more than three average newborns lumped together.

"He's got a strong appetite, it's almost nonstop feeding," Sitanggangsaid.

Now let's see this little? monster get his groove on to Beyonce. Then again, maybe not - Jakarta ia already earthquake-prone.

It takes a little work to get past the haughty "we're gonna make you cool" attitude behind this CBS Sunday Morning report on Wilco, but once you do, it's a nice look at some of alt Chicago's favorite sons.

Keeping in mind the average age of a Sunday Morning viewer is ancient, the "gee whiz" tone is somewhat understandable, and under that layer is Jeff Tweedy chatting about how Chicago factors into his life and how the band has almost defied the ability to become a huge draw.

But, as Tweedy points out at the end of the piece, this band has survived 20 years of turmoil, lineup changes and various other issues, making it that much more impressive that they're still banging around - and getting bigger, by their standards.

Yes, it is yet another pandering report on something from Chicago by a coastal media outlet, but there's no denying the world outside Chicago and the New York club and college town scenes is picking up the scruffy guys after years of toil.

Yet more indication that the Internet is proof of the duality of man - our ability to be brilliant and moronic at the same time.

Case in point: The Shoot Paul Cam. It's a site that allows you, via live, streaming video, to blast away with paintballs at this guy, Paul Jackson, as he lives a "normal" life, 24/7 in front of a camera.

In a room filled with exploded paintballs.

And strangers trying to shoot him.


Sounds a bit loopy on both the shooter and target's part, right? But like the site advertises, "you have nothing better to do..."

The creator says he's offering a way for you to get some stress out at work to keep you from taking aim at your fellow cube dwellers. It's just meant as a bit of fun to break up the day that also serves as an essential tool for ensuring workplace safety.

Like a crack dealer, he doles out a couple free shots to start, but then have to pay for more trigger time and options like rapid fire once you're sucked in. And that's the brilliant part. He's turned being essentially a live video game character into gainful employment.

So who is this Paul guy and why is he choosing to have complete strangers blast away at him several hundred times a day? Let's find out, in a lightly edited interview, after the jump ...

WLS conservative-minded shock jock Mancow Muller went on Keith Olbermann's "Countdown" show on MSNBC Tuesday night to talk about how horrific his waterboarding experience was last week.

Last week Mancow submitted to being waterboarded on his show to proved the "enhanced interrogation technique" isn't really torture - and 6 seconds later changed his mind after being tortured - his word - by the technique.

Mancow says the physical, nevermind the psychological, effects lasted for days.

Muller says that's the message he gave fellow conservative powerhouse, Fox News' Sean Hannity, when the commentator, whom Mancow describes as a friend, called to argue that waterboarding isn't torture.

It was "absolutely torture. I would have confessed to anything to make it stop. I was willing to prove, and ready to prove, that this was a joke, and I was wrong. It was horrific. It was instantaneous. And look, I felt the effects for two days."

So the debate rages on - at least to which celebrity/journalist/talking head will be waterboarded next.

The great singing surprises continue to roll out of "Britain's got Talent," which is now in its finals push.

This time it's a 17-year-old high school star athlete with the pipes for singing named Troy. Oh, wait, that's actually "High School Musical."

This kid is named Shaun Smith and is a rugby player when he's not breaking down the Bill Whithers classic, "Ain't No Sunshine," which was his audition song for the show. He took on U2's "With Or Without You" as his latest venture.

Here's a link to the extended clip with the post-song interview with the judges gushing - though Amanda thinks he needs more confidence, despite her seemingly being, umm, intrigued by his look. Anyway, the abbreviated version was the only one embeddable.

Seriously, how soon til this show is on in the U.S.?

So who's this kid up against? You'll find his competition after the jump ...

If you thought autotuning was just something Kanye West and Britney Spears use to make their singing sound respectable, think again.

Thanks to three brothers, Evan, Andrew, and Michael Gregory and singer, autotuning may have found its higher calling - broadcast news. The Radford, Va.-natives rock the Gregory Brothers band as their respectable gig, but in the off-time they cull the news for melodious moments to bring to YouTube - the most recent installment was posted today.

With a varied musical background - from songwriting instruction to "American Idol" appearances - and a keen interest in the news and state of broadcast journalism, the Gregorys took their social commentary through the computer.

Here's a lightly edited transcript of an e-mail interview on what's behind their autotuned ambitions and what's next after the jump:

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