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Read and then spew in the Car

Read and then spew in the Car

So what’s happening there is the brain’s getting mixed messages. It’s getting signals from the muscles and the eyes saying we are still and signals from the balance sensors saying we’re in motion. Both of these cannot be correct. There’s a sensory mismatch the... Read More »

100 Tips from a Professional Photographer

100 Tips from a Professional Photographer

This list is for me to re-read at my leisure, but you can read it too :p   Just because someone has an expensive camera doesn't mean that they're a good photographer. Always shoot in RAW. Always. Prime lenses help you learn to be a better photog... Read More »

The First Photo Ever

The First Photo Ever

Boulevard du Temple, a daguerreotype made by Louis Daguerre in 1838, is generally accepted as the earliest photograph to include people. It is a view of a busy street, but because the exposure time was at least ten minutes the moving traffic left no trace. Onl... Read More »

What is Black Friday?

What is Black Friday?

Contrary to popular belief, the term Black Friday has nothing to do with retailers’ bottom lines turning from red to black (more on that later). It’s certainly possible, mind you, given the incredible amount of spending that occurs during the weekend. In 2014,... Read More »

Whats with all the Smiths?

Whats with all the Smiths?

Everybody knows a Smith. There's Will Smith. Of course, who can forget Kevin Smith? And for a short time, a nazi-fighting archaeologist you might have heard of was disturbingly called - you guessed it - Indiana Smith. (Before George Lucas thankfully changed In... Read More »

The First Guitar Effects Pedal

The First Guitar Effects Pedal

The earliest sound effects were strictly studio productions. In the mid to late 1940s, recording engineers and experimental musicians such as Les Paul began manipulating reel-to-reel recording tape to create echo effects and unusual, futuristic sounds. Microph... Read More »

Grand Theft Auto 6 News

Grand Theft Auto 6 News

1. GTA 6 WILL be released. The release date is unknown and could be anytime in the foreseeable future, assuming that date gives Rockstar enough time to make the game.    2. Grand Theft Auto 6 is going to feature a main character (or characters) tha... Read More »

Delorean Hot Wheels Found!

Delorean Hot Wheels Found!

So I finally, after around a year of searching local shops, found some Hot Wheels BTTF cars.  While I am super happy about this, I really wish the BTTF1 car had been the car from the start of the movie, and not the end of the movie. These two (see photo)... Read More »

Words You Probably Didn’t Know Were Portmanteaus

Words You Probably Didn’t Know Were Portmanteaus

Don’t know what a portmanteau is? If you have heard of the words brunch, blog and pixel, then yes, you know portmanteaus (just not what they are). Portmanteaus, in the literary sense is a word that is created by merging two different words (and their meanings)... Read More »

16 Phrase Origins

16 Phrase Origins

1. The word Bupkis, common slang for nothing, comes from the Yiddish phrase meaning having about as much worth as goat turds.    2. The phrase “you’re toast” is thought to have been coined by Bill Murray when he ad libbed the phrase in a scene in... Read More »

GTA5 Fan / Windmill Madness

GTA5 Fan / Windmill Madness

Not sure WTF is going on here. The first lobby I was in was full of people so I assumed one of them was using Mod Menu or whatever to spawn these things, however later on I was in a lobby on my own and there was 3 fans/windmills. While its fun to watch shit ge... Read More »

Android Operating System One Year From Being Sentient

Android Operating System One Year From Being Sentient

A confidential report seen by The Allium confirms that the android operating system is now only one year away from being sentient and is building up the ability to construct an army of robots. The Android Operating system is currently using more than 1 bill... Read More »

Anthropocentrism

Anthropocentrism

Here's a fancy word for you: Anthropocentrism. It's basically the idea that human beings are at the center of all things on the planet and in the Universe. Think of it as arrogance and narcissism on a scale only human beings living under the rule of psychopath... Read More »

The Red Delorean

The Red Delorean

So I'm still trying to hunt down a BTTF Delorean from the Hot Wheels Collector series. This one was was close, but it's a standard Delorean and not a Back to the Future example, actually, while I'm referring this as an 'example' its a very SHITTY example... Read More »

Not so blissful

Not so blissful

The default Windows XP wallpaper containing rolling green hills, blue sky and fluffy white clouds is a real photo, taken by a real photographer - Charles O'Rear, now 73.  You are probably thinking OMFG he must have lolled all the way to the bank? Wro... Read More »

Just a moment

Just a moment

Just a moment to most people might be a few seconds or some other very short interval, but what you may not know is that a moment was once an actual measure of time, surprisingly longer that a minute, a moment is actually worth 90 seconds.   This fr... Read More »

Photography Cheat Sheet

Photography Cheat Sheet

  Want to capture excellent photos? Then you need to understand three things — the aperture, the shutter speed, and the ISO.    The aperture controls light that passes through your camera lens. If you shoot with the aperture adjusted to the s... Read More »

The 4000mph Hyperloop Train

The 4000mph Hyperloop Train

The Tesla Motors co-founder called the fast train a cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table at the D11 Conference earlier this year. The pneumatic tube train system will be “twice as fast as what an average aircraft can do.” Once constru... Read More »

Google Cardboard

Can't afford Oculus Rift?

Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, licensed or not when it launches this summer.  If anything ever smelt like a trap, it's this.   http://www.redmondpie.com/even-software-pirate... Read More »

The Science of Awkward

The Blackest Black Ever

The Blackest Black Ever

VantaBlack - What the funk is it? - Its name comes from the term Vertically Aligned NanoTube Arrays. There is nothing blacker, not even a band from Norway stands a chance at being blacker than this.  What's the point of this shit? Vanta EATS LIGHT, n... Read More »

Pi Day

Pi Day

Get ready for this - at 26 minutes and 53 seconds after 9a.m, we will pass a date and time represented by the first 10 digits of Pi. Very exciting! If you miss it, there will be one more chance at 9p.m. After that, you’ll have to wait another 100 years for tha... Read More »

The Worlds Deepest Hole

The Worlds Deepest Hole

Remove this rusted metal cap and the world's deepest hole tunnels miles into the Earth. However, we know more about certain distant galaxies than we do about what lies miles beneath our very own feet. For that reason, Soviet scientists in the 1970s decided to... Read More »

The first video on YouTube

The first video on YouTube

Me at the zoo is the first video to have been uploaded to YouTube. It was uploaded at 8:27 pm on Saturday, April 23, 2005 by the site's cofounder Jawed Karim, with the username jawed. Described by The Observer as poor-quality, the nineteen-second video was sh... Read More »

My Grand Theft Auto Improvements - Pt. 4

My Grand Theft Auto Improvements - Pt. 4

I know, I know - I wasn't going to do any more GTA posts, but fuck it, I'm just going to keep this one simple. Most of these are Day kind of ideas, or maybe could be for a random hour? I don't know. All I know is its 2 friggin days until we can all start robbi... Read More »

Web Toy - You have a message

Web Toy - You have a message

I had some programming down time the other day, but still felt like making something (its my job and my hobby, lucky I know) So I made a slightly pointless web toy called You have a message, it works like this:  Create a temporary message & share the... Read More »

GTA5 Online - NEW MODES!

GTA5 Online - NEW MODES!

The new modes are called Come Out to Play, Siege Mentality, and Hasta La Vista.   In Come Out to Play, a team of three are racing to make it home, and another team of three are trying to gun them down from motorbikes or ATVs, which they must stay on... Read More »

When Tech Fails

Nothing fucking sucks as much as your hard drive not wanting to be a hard drive any more.

10 Universal Android Tips and Tricks That You Should Know

Antidisestablishmentarianism

Antidisestablishmentarianism

Antidisestablishmentarianism - what a word! Do you know it? I've known it since I was about 10 years old. My uncle would ask me to try and say really long words for fun, this one stuck. I always wanted to use it in a song lyric. Until recently I thought it mea... Read More »

Space Pen

Space Pen

When NASA started sending astronauts into space, they quickly discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside-down, on a... Read More »

My Grand Theft Auto Improvements - Pt. 3

My Grand Theft Auto Improvements - Pt. 3

Looking back I've noticed that I've posted quite a lot about GTA5 so this will be the last one for a while unless something amazing happens (or heist is finally available). So here is my GTA5 improvements part 3.   Pick up more things  I menti... Read More »

Drive-by Shooting

Drive-by Shooting

As my car is out of commission, I initially found shooting from a moving vehicle bit of a challenge, especially ending up with power poles in what could have been a great shot. To overcome this I used what I have learn over the years as a gamer - lead the targ... Read More »

My Grand Theft Auto Improvements - Pt. 2b

My Grand Theft Auto Improvements - Pt. 2b

In GTA5 occasionally a crate is dropped, full of goodies which as mostly the same, a t-shirt, some RP, a gun etc, here's my idea for an online prize type thing in a similar vein, but in my opinion, bit more of a challenge. Grand Theft Auto has a huge gami... Read More »

Sensory Adaptation

Sensory Adaptation

Neural adaptation or sensory adaptation is a change over time in the responsiveness of the sensory system to a constant stimulus. It is usually experienced as a change in the stimulus. For example, if one rests one's hand on a table, one immediately feels the... Read More »

Entropy Area

In thermodynamics, entropy (usual symbol S) is a measure of the number of specific ways in which a thermodynamic system may be arranged, commonly understood as a measure of disorder.

Predator Manhole Cover

While outside Pak n Save Silverdale today I noticed (I notice things) this manhole cover with Predator writing on it.
Feel free to google images for "predator writing".

My Grand Theft Auto Improvements - Pt. 2

My Grand Theft Auto Improvements - Pt. 2

Since posting part one, Rockstar have made some suggestions about Grand Theft Auto 6: Rockstar Games President, Leslie Benzies said: We've got about 45 years worth of ideas we want to do. We don't know what GTA 6 will be, but we've got some ideas.  Well s... Read More »

Rockstar confirms GTA 6

Rockstar confirms GTA 6

We haven't even received GTA V on the PC yet, which was delayed from January to March, but now we're hearing the first rumbles of GTA VI. Yes, that's Grand Theft Auto 6.   During a talk with Develop, Rockstar Games' President, Leslie Benzies said: W... Read More »

5 YouTube Tricks You Probably Didn’t Know

My Grand Theft Auto Improvements - Pt. 1

My Grand Theft Auto Improvements - Pt. 1

So I've just finished the PS4 single player - having done that, I have a few ideas for improving Grand Theft Auto.  See all the guns in the screenshot?  If I was to pick all those up, and assuming I have less than the max ammo for that particula... Read More »

Delorean DMC-12 unofficial 2012 concept

Wow - quite an improvement!

But wait, there's more...