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Do you think President Bush took some time out of his busy schedule this morning at UC Irvine getting protested by demonstrators on both sides of the immigration debate (neither side seems to like to the guest worker program...or each other much for that matter) to check out the HIPer Wall at UCI's Center of GRAVITY?

Outside of showcasing how much UC Irvine loves acronyms, the HIPer Wall is the subject of an Apple Science profile for its use of 50 cinema displays and 26 powermac G5s to examine large amounts of visual data. So far, most of the usage has been in the medical field.

Jason Kottke is pretty sure those technogeeks in the center have at least played a few games of Mario Kart on it. We're more inclined to think there have been massive Call of Duty LAN parties on those rigs.