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WEDNESDAY February 8, 2012 Volume 97, Issue 69 W W W.T H E D A I LYA Z T E C . C O M

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Arturo Garcia staff writer The San Diego State Center for Surf Research is hosting a major surfing conference this weekend. The seminar will be an occasion to learn about sustainability initiatives in the surf industry, according to the Center’s director, Dr. Jess Ponting. “It is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with inspired and inspiring people affecting positive social and environmental change through their involvement with surfing,” Ponting said. The Center for Surf Research was inaugurated last fall. Ponting, also an assistant professor of sustainable tourism, holds the world’s first PhD focused on sustainable surf tourism management. The conference is titled “Surfing’s New Aloha: The Growing Trend of Giving Back.” Ponting said the conference’s purpose is to raise awareness about the issues of coastal environments. The event will be held for two nights. The first will be a screening of the film “Manufacturing Stoke” at 7 p.m. on Friday in Hardy Tower 140, with the film’s director and producer present to answer questions. The main event will take place from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. According to Ponting, there will be numerous presentations, as

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well as a film screening, followed by a question-and-answer period with the filmmakers. One of the presentations focuses on the protection of whales, dolphins and marine life. According to “Surfers for Cetaceans,” the group is committed to activating “ocean-minded” people everywhere to support the conservation and protection of marine animals. A presentation named “A Case Study

in Corporate Philanthropy” will showcase the work of “Waves for Development.” According to the organization, surf travel should benefit the people and the communities where the travel is located. Projects of sustainable construction, recycled equipment from everyday waste and humanitarian work are among the prevalent themes that will be displayed, according to Ponting.

The closing exhibition will be the film “Minds in the Water,” with the film’s stars Dave Rastovich and Chris del Moro speaking alongside the director, executive producer and screenwriter. The cost is $15 for students, which includes both films, parking and lunch on Saturday. Students may register for tickets at cvent.com/d/9cqk1r/1Q. “It will showcase what we see as a growing trend against something increasingly catastrophic,” Ponting said.

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Court of appeals overturns Prop 8 Banning same-sex marriage declared “unconstitutional” Hutton Marshall news editor Yesterday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The decision is expected to be contested in the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, an uproar of commotion of the issue has erupted on both sides. Advocates of Faith and Freedom, a nonprofit law firm that claims to spe-

cialize in “protecting religious liberty in the courts,” released a statement today on its website claiming the overturn is unconstitutional. “The people of California first voted to preserve marriage between one man and one woman when it adopted Proposition 22 in 2000. The California Supreme Court overturned this initiative in 2008 and declared a new right to same-sex marriage. The voters quickly responded with the successful passage of Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment. Today, the 9th Circuit ruled in opposition to the People of California,” AFF wrote. Supporters have not been quiet either. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom

Wall Street recap Stocks started the week slightly down, with the Dow Jones industrial average down 17 points at 12,845, the Standard & Poor’s 500 down a fraction of a point at 1,344 and the Nasdaq off by three points at 2,901. Shares traded lower on Tuesday with the DJIA down 0.2 percent at 12,819, the S&P 500 down a half percent at 1,336 and the Nasdaq off 10 points at 2,891.

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Facebook submits IPO paperwork Facebook filed a $5 billion initial public offering last week, launching the social media network into the Wall Street public trading arena. The stock will not be available for trading for another three to four months. Specific details are expected to surface in the upcoming weeks regarding how much individual shares will be worth.

praised Judge Vaughn Walker’s heavily researched decision. “The fundamental civil rights movement of our time is now processing along at a renewed pace, with renewed vigor and renewed energy,” Newsom said in a press conference. Women’s studies professor and advisor for LGBT studies at San Diego State, Dr. Esther Rothblum, commented on previous state rulings, and how they may influence the highest court’s decision whether or not to hear the case. “Every legal body in California that debated same-sex marriage so far has ruled that it is unconstitutional to bar same-sex couples from marrying. It will be interesting to see

According to a recent CNN report, Facebook estimates its stock will sell for approximately $29.73 a share. The IPO report Facebook filed shows the company’s value at $75 to $100 billion with approximately 850 million users. Majority shareholder and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth will increase to $24 billion when trading begins. The move has sparked a high level of excitement among potential shareholders. Facebook’s stock has the potential to become the most profitable Internet startup to be publicly traded since Google. A recent New York Times article warns users this move could put their personal information at a greater risk. As Facebook moves to enter the public market, its operation will be more transparent than ever before. This will also force the social

if the U.S. Supreme court decides to take this on,” Rothblum said. The decision also had local support from San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, who was a long-time same-sex marriage opponent. According to an article in the Los Angeles Time, Sanders was said to have been swayed by his daughter, who introduced Sanders to the LGBT community after coming out as a lesbian. “Marriage encourages people to take responsibility for each other, provides greater security for children, and helps our country live up to the promises set forth in our founding documents. These are important values for a strong society and we should encourage them,” Sanders said.

media giant to yield substantial returns for new investors. Because Facebook’s revenue comes from advertisers, more information could be requested to target the audiences for personalized ad placement. Opinions are scattered about the state of the social media and technology industry, as many believe the nation is in the midst of a social media “bubble,” much like the dot-com bubble of the late ‘90s. Even so, demand is very high among institutional and retail investors for a slice of Facebook equity. The lead underwriter in the Facebook IPO is Morgan Stanely, with supporting roles going to Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan.

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Virtual mediums link the departed Ani Araya staff writer As if life wasn’t confusing enough, pondering the question of death is bound to render a lifetime of uncertainty. The mystery of dying and what happens in the afterlife has garnered unfathomable amounts of religious, spiritual and scientific theories. The only thing that remains certain is that it happens. Experiencing loss is a life-altering tragedy for those left behind, which can leave them desperately seeking any method, belief or guidance to create a connection with passed souls. This is where people such as psychic mediums and ghost hunters have allegedly bridged the gap between the spiritual and physical world, through psychic abilities to communicate with the dead. However, as technology

words users did not want exposed while alive. However, DeathSwitch soon became the ultimate opportunity for users to express final wishes, apologies and unspeakable secrets. Members of DeathSwitch can even schedule emails for specific events such as graduations, marriages and birthdays, offering a sense of love and support, despite physical absence. To an extent, David Eagleman, the creator of DeathSwitch, challenges the permanency of death by virtually immortalizing human life. In 2003, FutureMe launched with a similar intent to DeathSwitch. FutureMe echoes the idea of communicating with future selves or loved ones and preserving important memories. The free, online service allows the public to write email letters to themselves or another person, which will be received at a specific date in the future.

Websites such as deathswitch.com ... enable Internet users to plan for the future and determine how their cyber information will be distributed after death.

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expands, there are now ways to stay connected with passed souls in true 21st century fashion. Websites such as deathswitch.com and futureme.org enable Internet users to plan for the future and determine how their cyber information will be distributed after death. The purpose of DeathSwitch is to “bridge mortality” through information insurance. The website is designed to be a figurative control for those who wish to release personal electronic information they have chosen to keep private until after they have died. Every so often, DeathSwitch users must type in a passcode to alert the website they are still alive and well. Inactivity triggers the website’s virtual switch with the assumption the member is deceased, and distributes emails and other personal information to previously designated recipients. In the blink of an eye, passed loved ones can virtually return to potentially soften the heartache, or offer a painful reminder of death for those left behind. Originally, DeathSwitch was designed to reveal important pass-

“I think maybe the appeal of futureme.org is it is our last chance to write and offer explicit instructions to our future selves before we become them and it is too late,” FutureMe’s cofounder, Matt Sly, said in an interview with NPR. FutureMe registered users can send emails to themselves or to their peers offering future advice, reminders of certain goals or words of wisdom. Once a FutureMe email is released into cyberspace, there is no turning back. Unlike DeathSwitch, FutureMe’s information will not wait for a confirmation password to send the emails. Once the “Send to the Future!” button is clicked with a specified delivery date, someone in cyber-space future will receive a notification for that email sent days, months or even years in the past. Photos, diaries and conversational references were once the only sources utilized to preserve the memories of passed loved ones. But now, technology is taking a meaningful step into the future of how humankind connects with past, present and future selves. DeathSwitch and FutureMe are only the beginning.

staff writer Just like a wardrobe, the space someone occupies can be a reflection of personal style. Depending on square footage and time constraints, the decorating process can be arduous and expensive without the proper help. Though technology is already used to enhance communication between friends and family, make advances in medicine and improve education, its use in the home-decorating process has only just begun to unfold. First-time decorators looking for creative stimulus may want to

begin by exploring websites such as Tumblr or Pinterest. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that allows users to collect pictures, videos and links found on the Web. The website’s mission is to “connect everyone in the world through the “things” they find interesting.” Pinterest has a specific page dedicated to home decorating where users can find and “pin” virtual inspiration for furniture, accessories and even entire rooms. The best part about this website: It’s free. Users need only request an invitation to join. Tumblr can also be used during this stage of the decorating process, as it is home to countless blogs dedicated to decorating endeavors. All users need to do is search the site for blogs with an interior design tag, or any other specific decorrelated terms.

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Once design decisions have been made, it’s time to purchase supplies. Need tools? Home Depot offers customers the option to rent. Prices may vary, but are typically reasonable for college students who may prefer to save money for books or food. Need furniture? There’s an app for that. The Yard Sale Mapper can be used to find the most affordable items by providing yard, garage and tag sale listings from craigslist.org and yardsaletreasuremap.com. Need paint? The Home Decorator app is a convenient start. Users can take pictures of the wall they wish to paint, choose the color and see what it will look like before spending any money or time actually painting. Hardware stores such as Home Depot and Lowe’s also have apps available for customers seeking help in the decorating process. Each boasts a number of features, including a bar code scanner and a section for how-to projects and videos. Not only are these apps extremely useful, they are also free. The iHandy Carpenter app, however, comes with a cost, but its five tools — the plum bob, surface level, bubble level bar, steel protractor and steel ruler — can be especially useful when hanging wall decor. At a cost of only $1.99, this app is worth purchasing. With the help of technology, decorating on a budget has become as easy as pushing a button.

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HOROSCOPE TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (2/8/12) Studies and research thrive this month and for the rest of 2012. Explore your subjects first hand, especially later in the year. Your treasures lie in your networks, relationships and partnerships. Nurture these, and watch your fortunes grow. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is an 8 Your charisma gets magnified. For the next three weeks, you're in good company. The ball seems to be bouncing your way, too. Celebrate! TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - With Venus entering Aries, you're even luckier in love. There's more work coming in. Invest in your career. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is an 8 You're a social butterfly for the next month. Have the party at your house! With that excuse, fix something that's been bugging you. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is an 8 - Entering a creative phase. You can make long strides in your career for the foreseeable future. Consider advancing your knowledge by choosing a skilled teacher. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 - For the next four weeks, you're exceptionally hot! Give yourself to love, if that's what you're after. Friends feed your heart. Tap another revenue source.

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Dr. Sketchy’s takes artful means to decadent ends Ani Araya staff writer Every third Saturday of the month, a bit of Brooklyn’s edgy culture is transplanted to the Ruby Room in Hillcrest, by the name of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School San Diego. Dr. Sketchy’s gives Saturday nights a new meaning by combining art, models and booze to create unforgettable live-drawing sessions. Guests need only come prepared with sketchbooks, cash for drinks and open minds. The coordinators of Dr. Sketchy’s provide the rest of the

guests to enjoy a drink and spend several hours drawing a wide array of costume-themed models, ranging from hunky men and mermaids to sci-fi fantasy figures. Prizes are awarded to guests who win contests that are held throughout the evening, such as “best left-handed drawing” and “best incorporation of a woodland critter.” The good news for drawingimpaired individuals: Art skills are not required. “The beauty about Dr. Sketchy’s is there’s no pressure to produce an absolute masterpiece on the spot, nor is there any judgment from the rest of the world,” Dr. Sketchy’s director Nikki, who preferred to be mentioned by first name only, said. “There is just encouragement to bring to life whatever your heart desires in that moment. So I’d say

“What is there not to love about Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School San Diego? The models, the drawing, the music ... the booze ... The whole experience is unlike any other.” Nikki, director of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School San Diego

off-the-wall entertainment. According to its website, Dr. Sketchy’s is an art movement that addresses the question, “Why can’t drawing people be sexy?” A refreshing alternative to routine weekend nights spent in downtown’s bar and club scene, Dr. Sketchy’s allows

people do come to practice their art skills, but in a very lighthearted and fun way.” In 2005, artist Molly Crabapple founded Dr. Sketchy’s in Brooklyn, NY. Crabapple sought to revamp the world of art through Dr. Sketchy’s funky and playful mix of cabaret and

drawing. The San Diego branch was launched in 2007 during Comic Con. Crabapple made a special appearance and hosted the first San Diego session. There are currently more than 100 Dr. Sketchy’s branches around the globe and each location has its own flavor and set of themes. The San Diego branch’s affectionately calls its guests “art monkeys.” They come from all different backgrounds and talents to enjoy the fun vibes of the session or put their artistic skills to good use. Models pose in different positions for a certain length of time, allowing the “art monkeys” to sketch away before time runs out. “We welcome peeps from all walks of life, artists and non-artists alike,” Nikki said. “Our artists range in talents and skills from the absolute beginner to the professional. Art monkeys also differ in the types of materials they use to draw, such as pencils, ink and watercolor. However, the thing to remember is Dr Sketchy’s is not for the faint of heart. It can be a wild ride.” The Dr. Sketchy’s sessions are only open to ages 21 and older. However, Dr. Sketchy’s is a portable operation. Special events can be organized by request for audiences 18 years and older. Sessions held at the Ruby Room have an entrance fee of $10. For such an unforgettable experience, it is worth the price. “What is there not to love about Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School San Diego?” Nikki said. “The models, the drawing, the music, the themes, the set dressing, the contests, the prizes, the atmosphere and even the booze. Another included special is mingling with and creating art alongside fellow art monkeys. The whole experience is unlike any other.”

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