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This has to be one of the most memorable documentary I’ve ever seen. I’m glad to have seen it because the Payatas Recyclers had been censored from the mainstream media. The VBS camera crews aren’t allowed to film inside the site but they risk their lives to show us the real deal. This isn’t your ordinary fuzzy internet video. Instead this video comes with a better resolution and with stereo sound. There is also a use of strong language in the video, something new to me. The strong languages actually adds to the documentary’s vitality.

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Click the links below to watch.

Part 1 of 5
Part 2 of 5
Part 3 of 5
Part 4 of 5
Part 5 of 5

Here’s a quote from the description. “The Payatas (in the Philippines) is a labyrinthine endless garbage sifting. And it’s not just people wandering in the back alleys looking for beer bottles, but rather well-organized armies of scavengers attacking truckload after truckload in shifts.”

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Check out this large-scale tagging projector created by an artist using a standard notebook computer, 5000 ANSI DLP projector, a 60mw green laser (apparently super illegal in a lot of places and very dangerous), an astronomer’s camera, and some other random crap.

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The L.A.S.E.R.TAG tracks the motion of the hand held green laser through the camera and then projects the ‘ink’ onto any large flat surface. Anyone with a high-powered, strong green laser from any direction can write what ever they want on the screen. Check out the video and see for yourself.

The lab has instructions on how to get started with creating your own tagging projector with the source code.

 Graffiti Research Lab

How to and source code

[found at Pop Sci]

L.A.S.E.R.TAG video demo

High-powered green lasers demo

Warning: Powerful lasers could damage your eyesight (probably permanently.)

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Updated: (Sept 19, 09.)  Federal charges dropped against Hmong leader Vang Pao.

Let me begin by saying that I’ve always value the Hmong way of life since I literally grew up with them – thru classmates, coworkers and neighbors. They are some of the most compassionate, smartest and honest people. They put a lot of joy in living a peaceful way of life.  Almost all  are never interested in a fight, never want to own or develop weapons. Even though, some would resort to gang way of  life, it is only because they are force into it in order to survive because the local authorities couldn’t figure out a way to protect them.

I believe that sending Vang Pao to jail may affect the spirit of the Hmong people. Unlike the Laotian, the Hmong prefer to stick together in a group and tend to follow a single true leader. While most of us don’t need a leader, there’s no reason for us to selfishly kill a queen bee unless we know the outcome won’t disrupt the colony’s lives. We should heal people’s spirit, not destroy them.

The People Republic of  Laos should have expected that the Hmong had probably had enough of (unconfirmed reports of) the abuse of their people. And it is obvious they will want to do something about with any tools they have at hand but not actually act upon it.  I want the PDR to consider the act by Vang Pao to be a wake-up call to their inability to provide justice and liberty to all of its people. It is liberty that will create a better place for everyone to prosper, especially in a country that is still struggling to build its economy. I want everyone to be allowed the freedom to educate themselves, to create themselves, to give back to Laos with their amazing skills…. if they were given the chance and opportunity.

I’ve manage to get a smile from every Hmong I come into contact. I’ve also learn that there are many clans of Hmongs. And almost all that I’ve met are very friendly and productive and are very quick learners.

I hope the Hmong have a great lesson to learn from his arrest. And I will hope that the Hmong will keep a tight lease on Mr. Pao once he becomes a free man. And Mr. Pao’s dirty laundry will have to be revealed and hopefully the Hmong people won’t tolerate any more of his deceptive messages [but instead accept him as a passive symbol of liberty, if they want.] Peace and more knowledge is the way of the future.

Note: This post is upated but comments from 2007/07/ were not updated.

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