Friday, May 20, 2011

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58th Indian National Film Awards winners...

New Delhi: The prestigious National Film Awards were announced on Thursday. The jury members submitted the list of awardees to the Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Ambika Soni. The feature films jury was headed by JP Dutta and the non-feature films jury was headed by AK Bir and Best Writing on Cinema jury was headed by Ashok Vajpeyi.

Here's the complete list of winners at the 58th National Film Awards:

Best Film: 'Adaminte Makan Abu'

Best Hindi Feature Film: Do Dooni Chaar

Best 'Wholesome Entertainer of the Year' : Dabangg

Best Sports Film National Award: 'Boxing Ladies'

Best sci & tech film: Heart to Heart

Best film on social issues: Champions

Best English film - Memories in March

Best Art & Culture Film: Leaving Home (Indian Ocean Film)

Best Marathi Film: Mana Ayi Vacha

Best Kannada Film: Putukarna Highway

Best Children’s Film: Hejjegalu

Best Investigative Film: K R Manoj's 'A Pestering Journey' on Endosulfan victims

Best special effects: Enthiran, Robot

Best Actor: Salim Kumar for Adaminte Makan Abu and Dhanush for Aadukalam

Best actress: Marathi actress Mitalee Jagtap Paradhar and Tamil actress Saranya

Best director: Vetrimaaran for 'Aadukalam'

Best supporting actress: Malayalam actress Sukumari

Best Male Playback Singer: Suresh Wadkar

Best Female Playback Singer: Rekha Bhardwaj for Ishqiya

Best Music: Vishal Bharadwaj for Ishqiya

Best audiography location sound recordist: Kamod Karade (Ishqiya)

Best re-recordist of the final mixed track: Debajit Changmai

Best cinematographer: Madhu Ambattu has won award for Adaminte Makan Abu.

Best production design: Sabu Cyril for Enthiran

Special jury award: Mee Sindhutai Sakpal

USB Typewriter

Maybe the typewriter isn't dead just yet. Something for the old-fashioned types? How you can use a typewriter to work on your PC.

A U.S. designer has created a USB Typewriter conversion kit that allows computer users to type on their machines using an old-school typewriter keyboard. The kit plugs into the USB port on a laptop, monitor or iPad via a sensor board.

Retro: U.S. designer Jack Zylkin has created this USB Typewriter conversion kit that allows computer users to type on their machines using an old-school typewriter keyboard

Inventor Jack Zylkin said: 'It's a new and ground-breaking innovation in the field of obsolescence.' Mr Zylkin sells complete kits, which include the typewriter itself, on retail website

They retail for between $699 and $899 depending on the model. Mr Zylkinalso sells do it yourself kits, starting at $74. The modification is 'easy to install,' according to a statement on

Costly: Mr Zylkin sells complete kits, which include the typewriter itself on website which retail for between $699 and $899 depending on the model

'It involves no messy wiring, and does not change the outward appearance of the typewriter (except for the usb adapter itself, which is mounted in the rear of the machine),' the statement continues.

The high-tech typewriters are marketed to 'lovers of the look, feel, and quality of old fashioned manual typewriters,' who can now use them as keyboards for any USB-capable computer.

The machine, introduced in July of 2010, has since become a hit with retro-style aficionados, receiving 100 per cent positive feedback on

One user commented on the brand's website: 'I know several people who at least claim to be nostalgic for the old typewriter days; this would make it possible to call their bluff :-) . And who knows, they might actually like it?'

Cheaper alternative: A DIY modification that retails for $74 is 'easy to install,' according to a statement on

Great Depression Era Exposures in Rare Color Photographs

In the bleak light of the Depression: Rare colour photographs of the era that defined a generation

It was an era that defined a generation. The Great Depression marked the bitter and abrupt end to the post-World War 1 bubble that left America giddy with promise in the 1920s. Near the end of the 1930s the country was beginning to recover from the crash, but many in small towns and rural areas were still poverty-stricken. These rare photographs are some of the few documenting those iconic years in colour. The photographs and captions are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color. The images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, shed a bleak new light on a world now gone with the wind.

What was he thinking as this picture was taken? A young boy in Cinncinnati, Ohio, in 1942 or 1943

Full plates: Homesteader and his children eating barbeque at the New Mexico Fair in Pie Town, New Mexico, October, 1940

Peace: Boys fishing in a bayou in Schriever, Louisiana, June, 1940

Top, a woman cradles a young child at the Bayou Bourbeau plantation, a Farm Security Administration cooperative in the vicinity of Natchitoches, Louisiana, August, 1940. Bottom, a welder making boilers for a ship at the Combustion Engineering Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee, June, 1942

Top, Mike Evans, a welder, at the rip tracks at Proviso yard of the Chicago and Northwest Railway Company, in Chicago, Illinois, April 1943. Bottom, a shepherd with his horse and dog on Gravelly Range Madison County, Montana, August 1942

A woman's work is never done: Mrs Viola Sievers, one of the wipers at the roundhouse, giving a giant 'H' class locomotive a bath of live steam in Clinton, Iowa, April 1943

Part of the South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad in Chicago, Illinois, May 1943

Having a chat: Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse having lunch in their rest room at the Chicago and Northwest Railway Company in Clinton, Iowa, April 1943

Top, farmers planting corn along a river in north-eastern Tennessee, May 1940. Bottom, boys hauling crates of peaches from the orchard to the shipping shed in Delta County, Colorado, September 1940

Like a hobbit house: Garden adjacent to the dugout home of homesteader Jack Whinery, in Pie Town, New Mexico, September 1940

Steal of a deal Top, the Grand Grocery Company in Lincoln, Nebraska, 1942. Bottom, the Faro Caudill family eating dinner in their dugout in Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940

Distributing surplus commodities in St Johns, Arizona, October 1940

Shasta dam under construction in California, June 1942

An African American's tenant's home beside the Mississippi River levee near Lake Providence, Louisiana, June 1940

Rough men stand ready: M-4 tank crews of the United States in Fort Knox, Kentucky, June 1942

Top:Faro and Doris Caudill, homesteaders, in Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940. Lower photo: a woman working on a 'Vengeance' dive bomber in Tennessee, February 1943

Flying away: A marine glider at Page Field in Parris Island, South Carolina, May 1942, top. Bottom, servicing an A-20 bomber. Langley Field, Virginia, July 1942

Facing life head on: Jack Whinery, homesteader, and his family in Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940

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NASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock shares pictures of the Earth

NASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock who is currently aboard the International Space Station shares pictures of the Earth he snaps with the world through Twitter.

Known to his nearly 68,000 Twitter followers as Astro_Wheels, Wheelock has been posting impressive photos of the Earth and some of his thoughts ever since he moved into the space station in June, five months after it got Internet access.

Greek islands on a clear night during our flight over Europe . Athens shines brightly along the Mediterranean Sea .

' Mystery Island '...located in the Indian Ocean close to Madagascar . Interesting features on the island and the unusual shape should be enough to help you discover this beautiful place.

Northern lights in the distance in one of the finest nights over Europe . The photo clearly shows the Strait of Dover . Paris is dazzling with the city lights. A little fog over the western part of England , particularly over London .

The moon is breathtaking.

Of all the places of our beautiful planet few can rival the beauty and richness of colors in the Bahamas . In this photo, our ship is seen against the backdrop of the Bahamas ..

At a speed of 28,163 kilometers per hour (8 kilometers per second), we rotate the Earth's orbit, making one revolution every 90 minutes, and watch sunsets and sunrises every 45 minutes, so half of our journey is in darkness. For the work we use lights on our helmets.

Every time I look out the window and see our beautiful planet, my soul sings! I see blue skies, white clouds and bright blessed day.

Another spectacular sunset. We see 16 such sunsets each day, and each of them is really valuable.

Beautiful atoll in the Pacific Ocean, photographed using 400mm lens, approximately 1930 km south of Honolulu ..

Perfect reflection of sunlight in the eastern Mediterranean .

Above the center of the Atlantic Ocean , before another stunning sunset. Downstairs in the setting sun visible spiral Hurricane Earl.

A little farther east, we saw a sacred monolith Uluru, better known as Ayers Rock. I have never had the opportunity to visit Australia , but someday I hope that I will stand by this miracle of nature.

Morning over the Andes in South America . I do not know for sure the title of this peak, but was simply amazed by her magic, stretching to the sun and wind tops.

Over the Sahara desert, approaching the ancient lands and thousand-year history. River Nile flows through Egypt by the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo . Further, the Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula, Dead Sea , Jordan River, as well as the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea and Greece on the horizon.

Night view of the River Nile, stretching like a snake through Egypt to the Mediterranean, and Cairo , located in the Delta. Far away in this picture, one can see the Mediterranean Sea ..

Our unmanned 'Progress 39P' approaches the ISS for refuelling. It is full of food, fuel, spare parts and all necessities for our station. Inside was a real gift - fresh fruit and vegetables. What a miracle after three months of food from a tube!

I wanted to share with you this view from the Dome. We said goodbye to the members of our group Sasha, Misha and Tracy this weekend, and they returned safely back to Earth. In this photo, Tracy quietly dreams of returning home.

Module Union 23C Olympus docked with the ISS. When our work ends here, we go back home to Earth. We fly over the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus . The rising sun is reflected from the Caspian Sea .

The flash of color, movement and life on the canvas of our amazing world. This is part of the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia , photographed through the lens of 1200 mm.

All the beauty of Italy , a clear summer night. You can see many beautiful islands that adorn the coast - Capri , Sicily and Malta . Naples and Mount Vesuvius are allocated along the coast.

At the southern end of South America lies the pearl of Patagonia . The amazing beauty of rugged mountains, massive glaciers, fjords and seas combined in perfect harmony.

"Dome" on the side of nadir station gives a panoramic view of our beautiful planet. Fedor made the picture from the window of the Russian docking compartment. In this photo I'm sitting in the dome, preparing the camera for our evening flight over Hurricane Earl.

Florida and southeastern U.S. in the evening. A clear autumn evening, the moonlight over the water and sky, dotted with millions of stars.

Clear starry night over the eastern Mediterranean . The ancient land with a thousand years of history stretching from Athens to Cairo . Historical land of fabulous and alluring island .... Athens - Crete - Rhodes - Izmir - Ankara - Cyprus - Damascus - Beirut - Haifa - Amman - Tel Aviv - Jerusalem - Cairo - all of them turned into tiny lights in this cool November night.

In this time of year you can enjoy the beauty of the polar mesospheric clouds. With our high-angle illumination, we were able to capture a thin layer of noctilucent clouds at sunset.

Astronaut Douglas Wheelock