Saturday, December 13, 2008

The View From My Balcony


Taken with a Nikon D200, Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG (24mm | | f/8 | 1/320 sec). Conversion to black & white and tweaking of contrast)





Taken with a Nikon D200, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 (16mm | | f/11 | 1/320 sec). Slight tweaking of contrast and colour curves in PS)




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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Busted?


They say a picture speaks a thousand words. Well then, what exactly does this say? Oh, and Happy May Day everyone!



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Saturday, April 19, 2008

WTF: Hypnosis Before Sex. Yes please.

Here's something I wish I could do; hypnotize myself before sex so I wouldn't have to feel any of the awkwardness that seems determined to accompany me on my last few sexual encounters (or should I say near-sexual encounters).

Dammit, have those 10 readers who actually used to read this blog in its previous incarnation really upped and left the building?



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WTF: Yeah. So, um.



Two months since my last post. Brilliant! (some would say, particularly those wishing for me to finally do something worthwhile with my precious time)

For others, you may be lamenting the crappy game links, the overabundance of Youtube videos and reliance on Wikipedia entries for game info. In which case, you probably stopped reading eons ago and I'm just here..by myself, right now.

Anyway, to get to the point; Seeing the shambolic state of my life right now, I've decided I need to wise up a bit, stop spending my entire life online and start figuring shit out that doesn't involve me; a) whoring myself out to corporate salesmen (no, you really need that 47" plasma Mr. Maloney) b) spending all my money on booze and candy and c) generally getting dumber with every passing nanosecond.

Hence, my wistful plan of turning this site into something readable, informative (to some) and chock-a-block with witty, biting remarks about all things I love and hate, will perhaps one day come to fruition. Just don't hold your breath waiting for it, cos I certainly am not.

Anyway, enjoy my new favourite producer, Jean-Christophe Le Saoƻt of Wax Tailor fame...

Edit: Oh yeah, did I mention its been about two months since I last picked up a game controller of any kind? Sold my Wii, my gaming PC and am looking for a buyer for the rest of my junk...a set of 1210mk2s and a DJM-600 anyone? 47" plasma with a small white patch in the bottom left corner? (hardly noticeable, really.)

Edit no.2: Fuck. This gaming-geek site got me a paying job. Hmm. Anyone know if there's an Undo button in Blogger?


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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

VIDEO: Flight of the Conchords - If You're Into It

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Monday, January 21, 2008

10 Photography Firsts

Okay, this was pretty cool so I'm just gonna go right ahead and steal it (with accreditation of course). Ranging from the world's oldest surviving photograph to the first photo from space, they're a nice collection (if you swing that way, that is):

1826: The World's Oldest Surviving Photograph


Joseph Niepce, a French inventor and pioneer in photography, is generally credited with having taken the first photograph (requiring an eight-hour exposure time). Niepce’s photograph, View from the Window at Le Gras, in recent years has been on display at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. (source)


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1838 — The World’s First Photograph of a Person

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Louis Daguerre took the first photograph of another person in 1838. The photograph, called Boulevard du Temple, shows a busy street that appears to be largely abandoned (the exposure was 10 minutes long and consequently the traffic is not visible) with the exception of a man in the bottom left corner.

1858–World’s First Photomontage

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In 1858, Henry Peach Robinson [wiki] made the world’s first photomontage by combining multiple negatives to form a single image.

Robinson’s first and most famous composite photo, called “Fading Away”, was a composition of five negatives. It depicted a girl dying of consumption (or tuberculosis), and quite controversial as some objected to the morbid subject of the photo.

1861 — The World’s First Color Photograph

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James Clerk Maxwell, a Scottish mathematician and theoretical physicist, took the first color photograph in 1861. The photographic plates used in the process are now located in a house where Maxwell was born (which has since then been converted into a museum) at 14 India Street, Edinburgh.

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1875 — The First Self-Portrait Photograph

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Celebrated American photographer Mathew B. Brady was one of the first people to ever take a self-portrait photograph (shown below). Self-portrait paintings, of course, have existed for hundreds of years.

1946 — The World’s First Photo from Space

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Not long after the end of the Second World War, on October 24, 1946, a 35-millimeter motion picture camera riding on a V-2 missile captured the first photographs from space at an altitude of 65 miles from Earth.

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1856 — The World’s First Underwater Photograph

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William Thompson took the first underwater photographs using a camera mounted on a pole, which he accessed from above the water. The pictures were of seaweed and of obviously poor quality. The exposure time was approximately 10 minutes and, as expected, the camera flooded but the photograph was salvaged.

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1903 — The World’s First Aerial Photograph

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As you can see, the first aerial photographers weren’t human at all — they were birds! In 1903, Julius Neubronner combined a camera with a timer and attached it to a pigeon’s neck to take aerial photographs. The trick was noted by the German army and consequently used for wartime reconnaissance.
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1923 — The World’s First Underwater Color Photograph

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The first underwater color photograph (a photo of a hogfish) was taken in the Gulf of Mexico by Dr. William Longley Charles Martin in 1926.

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1972 — The World’s First Photograph to Show a Fully Lit Earth

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The first photo to show a fully lit Earth is better known as The Blue Marble and was taken December 7, 1972 by the crew of Apollo 17. Because the sun was behind the Earth at the time the photograph was taken, the Earth appears to be fully lit.
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TECH: Macbook Air vs. The World


You know you hate Apple. I know that, my girlfriend knows it, and all my friends bar one (lets name him...Sam) know it too. The only thing is, they make computers so damned sexy it brings out the inner-narcissist in all of us. Well, my big huge, hairy 6ft one anyway.

Anyway, for those of you who are salivating at the thought of selling your six month old Macbook in order to buy the new Air, you may appreciate the following comparison of the Macbook Air with some of its immediate competitors: (click on the images to view the full sized ones)





Yep, the specs suck, but you know you'll be all over it when someone brings one round...

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

VIDEO: Life As A Portal Turret

One for the Portal fans...




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Friday, January 18, 2008

TECH: Scientists Fit Electronic Circuits On To Contact Lens - Terminator Dreams Get Resurrected


Engineers at the University of Washington have successfully created a flexible, biologically safe and wearable contact lens imprinted with an electronic circuit. Up until now, the only test subjects have been a pair of rabbits who wore them for 20 minutes without dying or entering into a post-apocalyptic burst of insanity, leaving us all to ponder a future life where we can see perfectly at night, through walls and of course, have the ability to terminate future John Conners.

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There are many possible uses for virtual displays. Drivers or pilots could see a vehicle’s speed projected onto the windshield. Video-game companies could use the contact lenses to completely immerse players in a virtual world without restricting their range of motion. And for communications, people on the go could surf the Internet on a midair virtual display screen that only they would be able to see.

And, the engineers note, people may find many other applications they haven’t even thought of yet. (Via EurekAlert.)

So far only rabbits have worn the prototype, with no ill effects after up to twenty minutes. The engineers plan to add wireless communication to and from the lens, along with built-on solar cells and the capability to use radio-frequency power. The prototype doesn’t light up, but a version with a basic display showing a few pixels could be operational soon.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

TECH: 50 Free Websites To Watch Online Movies / TV

So you don't have cable, you don't live in the US or UK (where there actually is TV worth watching) and you haven't worked out where all the good stuff is on the Internet. No promises all of the links will work or the quality will be good, but here's what you've been looking for, misers:

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And don't you dare accuse me of perpetuating piracy. No really, don't.

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Sunday, January 6, 2008

TECH: Time Warner Sides With Blu-ray - Toshiba & HD-DVD Weep For The Future

Blahblahblah we've heard all this before I know. What makes this announcement so different is that now there is only one major studio backing HD-DVD in the High-Definition DVD war. This is the crudest analysis ever, but at least it allows you to see what Toshiba, Microsoft and Universal / Dreamworks are up against:


So if you've just recently purchased one of those super-cheap $199 Toshiba HD-DVD players, in about 12 months time you may find yourself with a machine that can't play any new movies. Until then, Warner Bros will keep selling HD-DVDs until May, 2008. With four out of the six major Hollywood studios backing Blu-ray, the writing is on the wall for HD-DVDs, mark my words...

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What Makes 2 Girls & A Cup Funny


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X-Rays Make For Good Wallpapers


A whole lot of photoshopping but who cares, these are all quite cute. You can find the rest of them here






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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

VIDEO: The Banned George Bush Interview

This is a reportedly banned interview with an Irish journalist where you can see Bush turning first from a bumbling idiot, to a defensive and tetchy idiot, and then back to the bumbling idiot again. Worth watching, simply to see how in the world was it possible for the world's most powerful country to vote this guy into power not once, but twice.



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TECH: RIAA Says Copying CDs Onto Your PC Is "Illegal"

A man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his PC - all ripped from his collection of CDs, has been confronted with the news (along with the rest of us) that this is apparently illegal. So, you've bought that $25 CD and you have absolutely no legal way of copying it to your PC and then onto your MP3 player. Nope. None at all.

The RIAA's lawyer in the case, Ira Schwartz, argued in a brief filed earlier this month that the MP3 files the man had made on his computer from legally bought CDs were "unauthorized copies" of copyrighted recordings.

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VIDEO: Top 10 Signs Your Country May Be Going Fascist

Amusing, if a little taken out of context. Sure to goad conspiracy-theorists everywhere...



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WTF: Dean 'Sell-out' Takahashi

Okay, not sure if you all heard of this. Dean Takahashi (of Mercury News 'fame') wrote a review completely slamming Mass Effect some time ago, even going as far as to call it Mass Defect. Upon seeing how many of his readers were pissed about his review (and no doubt thinking of what happened to Gerstmann) he then retracted his review and gave the most lengthy, filled to the brim with bs-corporate-cock-s*cking drivel I've ever seen. Either review games (and stand by your opinion/review) or get out of the whole damned game altogether. How does it feel Takahashi, knowing that you are nothing more than a clown?

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