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I’ve been putting in some work on my practice mock-up website, using material from the winter break trip to Dubai. This reminded me that the trip blog still needed a little tweaking here and there – fixing links and photo alignment, covering any gaps in the travel. I’ll be transplanting a few of the entries like this one over here and adding to them, because this work has me remembering the trip in a way I haven’t had time to do since the semester started, and boy, did we see some incredible things – some, like Dubai Mall‘s aquarium, have even made the news since we were there! In this map view, the Burj Khalifa building site is still under construction right next door…

How does an aquarium work in a mall, you may ask? Think of it this way – what if you had to walk through this :

to get to this?

OK, at Dubai Mall it’s more like walk past, but it’s still the first mall that I’ve ever been to that had actual sharks in it. Along with all the stores and a little thing called the Burj Khalifah, there’s a three story aquarium featuring everything from otters to crabs to the people who go diving in the largest tank. An aquarium ticket lets you walk through the main tank’s tunnel and see the rest of the store from inside.

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Spring break has come, and not a moment too soon – as you can tell, I’ve gotten a bit behind. Regular entries should resume in the next few days as I rest, regroup, and reorganize, but here’s a quick round-up of tomorrow morning’s news…

Happy birthday dotcom as internet domain name turns 25 – Dotcoms changed the way we use the internet – this article describes how, as well as exploring what new changes may be coming up next.

FBI ‘most wanted’ list still fascinates – Also celebrating a birthday is the FBI list, which just turned 60 – click here to learn how the list grew out of a set of profiles and how the people on the list have changed over the years.

Sailing the Nile – in disguise – Jill Worrall’s photos (like the one below) accompany a short anecdote from her trip down the Nile.


UN chief says world hasn’t forgotten Haiti – Ban Ki-moon says that shelter is the current priority in Haiti, while President Rene Preval says the country “must start looking to the longer term and think about its future economy.”

Soccer: Beckham’s World Cup dream in tatters – This article discusses the injury likely to prevent David Beckham from playing in his fourth World Cup, taking place this summer in South Africa.

Helicopter patrols spot 200 sharks – Australia is experimenting with helicopter patrols along the nation’s beaches. Whether the patrols will continue is still being decided, but the results so far at least impressive to me! For this and more great underseas photos, check out petersbar on Flickr.

Hammer from Cocos Island, Costa Rica

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