Nuclear power has been under the spotlight recently, right? What with Japanese problems and the resulting public unease about the safety of this stuff. So what better way to address our fears than for some enterprising soul to come up with a product which will demonstrate once and for all that all our worries are groundless. Or your arm back.Read More
Monthly Archives: August 2012
Game giant Valve recently released its sophisticated new free animated movie making program called Source Filmmaker and judging by the first results coming from the tool, it could massively impact the entertainment space over the coming years. Machinima, the art of making short (or long) movies using animated game engines, has been around for a good few years, but this is the first system which offers everything a budding movie maker needs, including motion capture and sound editing tools, to…
You can’t be too careful nowadays, as the baddies are out to get us. They’re sniffing our pipes, poking our profiles and shuffling through our online underwear, trying to get into our secrets and private stuff. It’s a war peeps, and the price of the tussle is eternal vigilance. Or something.
Video games hold a special place in our hearts. The music and art has changed over the years, but we’re never going to forget the musical masterpieces that came from arcade games. Sadly you don’t hear much of that style anymore, and it’s quite difficult to find it in a game nowadays.
When winter comes, you know that you will have to prepare your mind and body to go out and clean the ice off of your car in the mornings. Feeling in your fingers will be lost for the first few hours of the day, no matter what you try. The only solace you’ll have after this painstaking ordeal is the thought of the warm office that awaits you (which isn’t much comfort).
When you think of the living room, lounging around or sleeping comes to mind. Most of the time you’ll have something along the lines of a couch, chair, and some end tables lying about. Unless you have a pull-out bed though, you’re only going to be able to sit or lay in predefined positions. This can be really uncomfortable, and have you waking up with neck or back pain.
It’s a real sign of the times when you realize that many people actually own or run two mobile phones, one for business and one for private use. Which is all well and good, but sooner or later there’s bound to be a ‘pocket episode’, where you have too many objects and too few orifices in which to stuff them. Recipe for trouble.
If you’ve ever been stuck in an airport terminal and struggled to get the WiFi to work properly, you’ll know just how frustrating public net connections can be. They never seem to work when you need them most (nor, for that matter, do GPS map connections, but that’s another story). But now one enterprising company has the answer and it’s a very cool bit of technology all round.
Having a slew of cables behind your desk can start to get to you after a while. It becomes a quiet horror that you dare not speak of. If you should happen to unplug a single item at any given moment, then you may as well count whatever cable that was as lost to the abyss.
It seems that the only time you spill your coffee is when it’s piping hot, and you’re sitting in front of your computer. Of course, you then have to rush around like a maniac to get it all cleaned out, or you won’t have a functioning keyboard anymore. If we spill something on ourselves, we can just hop in the tub, but technology doesn’t really work the same way.
It’s the simple things in life that can really make your day. Let’s say that you wake up on the wrong side of the bed. This is not a great start to the day, and the next thing you’re going to come in contact with it the light switch. This does not normally make your morning any better unless you have a reason to be excited about turning your light on.
We love it when the designers get their act together and combine genuinely useful things into one neat package. Mobile phones and barcode scanners, watches and USB drives and campfire cookers with flashlights spring to mind. So when we got a look at this new gadget we did all the expected oohing and ahhing.
Everything we do on our computer gets logged. Every file we open, image we edit, video we watch, and no matter how diligent we are these actions can be tracked back by anyone with enough smarts and time. Of course there’s no good reason for becoming overly paranoid about this stuff, but if you live in an insecure, shared environment, you might want to think about keeping some sort of control over your PC to ensure your privacy stays…well private.
We know that there is a certain art that comes to solving a Rubix Cube. Some people can do it in a mere matter of seconds if they’re good enough. However, if you know all the tricks, then the puzzle aspect doesn’t hold the same interest as it once did, and that means you need to move on to bigger and better things.
While enjoying summertime festivities a couple of years ago, I was once shot in the leg with a Roman Candle. While it didn’t cause any serious damage, it did smart quite a bit, and burned a hole through the pants I was wearing. If you have kids, and they see people playing with these, they are going to want to do the same thing, which is not a great idea for obvious reasons.