Tuesday, 8 Aug 2017

The Loot Train Attack, behind the scenes  

HBO just released a behind the scenes video of the “Loot Train Attack” scene from Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4. This was my favourite scene so far in the entire series (although the Battle of the Bastards comes a close second). I love how HBO do these videos, especially the way they layer on the effects from green screen through to final production, very clever.

Friday, 11 Nov 2016

Leonard Cohen 1934 - 2016  

The end has come to one of modern music's most influential singer songwriters, Leonard Cohen. His song, The Partisan, still gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. A sad day.
Thursday, 13 Oct 2016

Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out  

I've been a Danny MacAskill fan since seeing his first video years ago. He's come a long way since then and now does regular short films for Red Bull. They've just released his latest one titled "Wee Day Out".
Not my favourtie film he's done but still worth watching and the Scottish coutryside is beautiful (must have taken ages to get all that sunshine).

Also check out this one from 2014, amazing footage.

Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016

Donald and Hillary  

This is probably the only good thing to come out of the second presidential debate.
What will the internet do for entertainment when this election is over?
Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016

Samsung Tried Too Hard  

Bloomberg Technology takes a look at Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 battery problems and how it happened. It appears in their rush to beat Apple to market they took a few too many shortcuts.

The chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was more explicit when his agency announced an official recall on Thursday. He said the phone’s battery was slightly too big for its compartment and the tight space pinched the battery, causing a short circuit. “Clearly, they missed something,” said Anthea Lai, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence. “They were rushing to beat Apple and they made a mistake.”

This all came about because they underestimated the impact the new iPhone 7 would have. Their assumption was that it would not be a big hit because it was too similar to the iPhone 6S. Based on recent years, they should know by now not to underestimate the power of the iPhone brand.

Apple’s iPhone 7 also wasn’t as uninspiring as Samsung may have anticipated. Though it kept the same physical design with modest technology changes, loyalists still lined up at stores around the world on Friday to get the company’s latest gadget.

Just five days into launch and the iPhone 7 looks set to break new sales records.

Saturday, 17 Sep 2016

A real world review of the iPhone 7  

A great review of the new iPhone 7 and 7 plus by Matthew Panzerino of TechCrunch. Bonus points for using “fart” in the opening sentence.

If you’ve read one of my reviews before then you’ll know I do things a bit differently than other tech writers. For one, I use the phones as normal. I don’t torture test them or run dozens of artificial benchmarks unless they provide an interesting window into advancements in performance that are going to make a real difference to you.

Frankly, with platforms like iOS, where the hardware is a near constant, developers are going to be producing software that utilizes exactly what resources Apple makes available to them — no more and no less. So wasting time on a bunch of random numbers (higher is better! lower is better!) doesn’t really serve the audience most of the time because everything should run well.

Well worth reading if you’re even remotely interested in the new iPhones.

Wednesday, 14 Sep 2016

Beautiful landscapes  

Thanks to Colossal I’ve discovered a great photographer, Lorenzo Montezemolo. Check out his Flickr feed for some really amazing photos, I’ve just spent the last 30 minutes saying to myself “just one more…”.

low winter sun | vagnsstaðir, iceland

e n c ø r e | hamnøy, norway

t r u s t | san francisco, california

Saturday, 3 Sep 2016

Go to jail, go directly to jail...  

A small county in Indiana sends more people to prison than San Francisco and Durham, N.C., combined. This New York Times article looks at how prison populations are declining in most populous areas in the USA but are booming in mostly white, conservative rural areas.

If Mr. Gaddis had been caught 20 miles to the east, in Cincinnati, he would have received a maximum of six months in prison, court records show. In San Francisco or Brooklyn, he would probably have received drug treatment or probation, lawyers say.

But Mr. Gaddis lived in Dearborn County, Ind., which sends more people to prison per capita than nearly any other county in the United States. After agreeing to a plea deal, he was sentenced to serve 12 years in prison.

They obviously didn’t get the memo that the war on drugs was lost.

Via NextDraft

Friday, 2 Sep 2016

SpaceX Rocket Explosion  

Earlier today a SpaceX rocket exploded on its launchpad destroying the rocket and a Facebook satellite, luckily no-one was hurt.
Despite the launch being a complete failure, they did manage to get some pretty impressive footage of the explosion.
Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016


A Russian radio telescope, the RATAN-600 telescope in Zelenchukskayap (try saying that 5 times quickly), picked up a strong “spike” in signals coming from a sun like star some 95 light years from Earth. Apparently this was in May 2015 but they seem to have forgotten to tell the rest of the international scientific community – maybe they didn’t think it was very important?

The signal’s strength indicates that if it in fact came from a isotropic beacon, the power source would have to be built by a Kardashev Type II civilization. (The Kardashev scale is used to determine the progress of a civilization’s technological development by measuring how much energy was used to transmit an interstellar message.) An ‘Isotropic’ beacon means a communication source emitting a signal with equal power in all directions while promoting signal strength throughout travel.

I wonder how many UFO nerds are busy re-installing their Seti@Home screensavers that were so popular in the early 2000’s.

Via NextDraft

Random thought: If the Kardashev scale measures a civilization’s technological development, would a scale that measures a civilization’s regression be called the Kardashian scale?

Thursday, 25 Aug 2016

The JFK Airport Shooting that never happened  

I somehow missed this story the other day, perhaps because it was caused by an event that never happened. David Wallace-Wells from New York Magazine, tells the story of how someone in the crowd at JFK Airport apparently mistook the sound of people cheering and clapping Usain Bolt’s 100 meter final for gunfire. In the security paranoid environment of an airport it didn’t take much to start a mass panic.

The applause sounded like gunfire, somehow, or to someone; really, it only takes one. According to some reports, one woman screamed that she saw a gun. The cascading effect was easier to figure: When people started running, a man I met later on the tarmac said, they plowed through the metal poles strung throughout the terminal to organize lines, and the metal clacking on the tile floors sounded like gunfire. Because the clacking was caused by the crowd, wherever you were and however far you’d run already, it was always right around you.

Hundreds of passengers take cover behind their baggage.

The airport was evacuated, planes were delayed, even emergency chutes were deployed on some, passengers ran onto the tarmac, it was pandemonium. Interestingly, the airport security appeared to be mostly ineffective in controlling the situation with reports of the security guards being just as panicked and confused as the passengers.

Guards were rushing back and forth, themselves panicked, and each time any one of them made a sudden movement, the rest of us seemed to swell up, too, and surge forward for the door. Guards and passengers kept screaming at each other; if the security had been armed, a shooting wouldn’t have just been possible but likely.

What a frightening situation, so glad it turned out to be a false alarm.

Via One Foot Tsunami.