Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Nail Puzzle

My woodworking skills are not the best but I think I might give this a try. It looks simple enough to create an interesting artefact that can be a talking point at parties.


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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Creepy Or Cute?

Despite this being a rather venomous spider, somehow the following video makes it look cute. According to YouTube user DJAlMighty247, it lives on sand and dust, and most of the time just underneath it. This is also the way it hunts, just waiting for something to pass by. I just love the way it looks to be getting real comfy.


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Monday, 28 May 2012

I'll Get The Ice Creams

I'm sorry that I have been a little too busy to post the last few days. I promise to try harder. :-)

Enjoy this wonderful short cartoon from the BBC. A comedic look at the dangers of leaving your children in the care of their father whilst you go to get ice cream.


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Friday, 25 May 2012

Travelling iPhone Sends Postcards Home

iPhone 2g, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4
iPhone 2g, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (Photo credit: reticulating)
Katy McCaffrey, according to her Facebook account, had her iPhone stolen back in April while on board a ship operated by Disney Wonder Cruise Lines. Now, a man who appears to be a Disney employee named Nelson has been taking photos with her phone, all of which soon began automatically uploading to her Apple iCloud Photo Stream account.

It's unclear whether Nelson has any idea that the photos are automatically uploading and it's also unclear whether Nelson actually stole the phone, he may have unwittingly bought the phone from someone. But she has shared some of the pics on Facebook (an album that has been extensively re-shared) and informed Disney so if Nelson is guilty I'm sure it won't be long before he is caught.
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Thursday, 24 May 2012

Spock's Address

No I don't know where he lives (Vulcan?), but I do want you to watch this. 81 year old Leonard Nimoy was asked to give the Fine Arts Convocation address at Boston University recently, he didn't hesitate to agree. With some Star Trek jokes he gives a very heartfelt speech about his life that is a joy to listen to.


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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Seabird

Most concepts never make it to the real world because the designer has just too good of an imagination. But the following is composed of technology that all exists now, so here's hoping. Seabird by Mozilla is a concept for a smartphone that has me drooling. Look out for the nod to the IT Crowd. More info here.


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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Wake Up!

I love the way that some folks on the Internet can take something and respond to it in a great new way. The following video went viral a while back. It features a young chap being woken up by his favourite Nirvana track as he seems to drum himself awake. Cool by its self, but the response on YouTube cracked me up.




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Monday, 21 May 2012

Skyfall

Who doesn't get excited about the prospect of a new Bond movie? Skyfall, set for release in November, looks to be another cracking film if the new official teaser is anything to go by. Visit the website for more information.


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Saturday, 19 May 2012

Avoiding The Olympics

I'm not sure if you've heard or not, but the Olympics are being hosted in London next month. I'm actually quite looking forward to them but with the constant TV coverage for what seems to have been years now, even I am getting a little weary of it all. Thankfully the people at a well known insurance comparison website (not strangers themselves to constant TV exposure) have released a handy guide on how to avoid the games. Click to enlarge.

Avoiding the Olympics infographic

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Friday, 18 May 2012

CN Tower

As some of you will know, this time last year I was lucky enough to visit Canada. One of the most memorable parts of my trip was up the CN Tower. Despite bad weather, the views were stunning and I cannot describe how amazing it felt to be that high up.

This shot was taken from the bottom on a previous day when the weather was much nicer. The main "disc" you can see is not the highest you can visit, but it does hold the infamous glass floor.


This shot was taken higher than that disc in what is known as the Sky Pod. I'm quite proud of this as it was the shot I was most looking forward to getting even before I left the UK.

City Scape

Here is a short video of the highlights of my trip up the tower.



Fortunately or not, I can't decide, the following attraction was not yet open at the time of my visit. What is known as the Edge Walk looks amazing. I certainly wouldn't have wanted to try during the electrical storm we were treated to, but perhaps on a fine day. Who knows?


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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Lion Man

I'd rather him than me, but I can't help admiring this guy. Kevin Richardson runs a reserve near Johannesburg with 38 lions that seem to accept him as one of their own.


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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

The Auld Triangle

How about a musical interlude whilst I run around trying to keep up with my life? :-) With a big thanks to my friend Roo, please enjoy two of Ireland's greats. Glen Hansard and Bono singing the traditional ballad The Auld Triangle at The Living Room, NYC, May 8 2012. Having spent some time in Mountjoy Prison (for work purposes I hasten to add) I can confirm that the huge metal triangle once used to wake the prisoners still hangs in "The Circle" to this day.


Glen Hansard w/ Bono "The Auld Triangle" from Patrick Glennon on Vimeo.
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Monday, 14 May 2012

Bag Jumping

Here's another of those stupid, crazy ways to spend your free time. OK so actually I'd really love to try this. Perhaps I'd start a little lower though. :-)


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Saturday, 12 May 2012

Face Distortion

This really doesn't require much explanation, just watch the video. I just the love the looks I get when I show it to other people.


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Friday, 11 May 2012

Save Undershaw

Undershaw, the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is under threat of demolition. Don't let the legacy of the Sherlock Holmes creator be another example of this country's heritage that gets lost to greed.

Please do your bit to make this video go viral. We haven't much time, so please use the buttons below to share it where you can. Also visit the Facebook page and the website.


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Thursday, 10 May 2012

Video Puzzle

This must be the ultimate exercise in patience. This video shows MysteryGuitarMan playing an instrumental cover of We Are Young by Fun. But it is the video itself which is fascinating. Using four iPhones and some clever choreography to arrange the devices in time with music. Apparently this was the take 238!


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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Stunning Trick

It has been a while since I posted a good magic trick so let me rectify that. This was featured on the TV show, America's Got Talent. I have no idea how this illusion was achieved but it must be one of the most visually stunning I have ever seen.


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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Closedown

I'm limiting my audience here a little. I'm sure that this will only be funny if you're from the UK and are of a certain age but funny it is. Be sure to check out the searches.




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Monday, 7 May 2012

MC Play

As I am sure you have heard by now, Adam Yauch (aka MCA) of The Beastie Boys passed away at the tragically young age of 47 last week. Of all the tributes I have heard, this one from Coldplay appeals to me the most. At their concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Chris Martin and the boys put a distinctly Coldplay-ish spin on the Beasties' breakthrough hit "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)," transforming it from a party banger into a delicate piano ballad.


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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Taimane

This is exquisite! Taimane plays the ukulele with a very passionate "flamenco" style that really appeals to me. In this video, the 21 year old Hawaiian plays her version of Bach's Toccata and Fugue. Search for her on YouTube to see more great examples of her work.


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Friday, 4 May 2012

Effects Show

If you are a film buff and can ignore the truly awful jokes of the presenters, you might enjoy this showcase of movie special effects from Universal Studios Hollywood.


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Thursday, 3 May 2012

BRAD

UC Berkeley student Derek Low has created what might be the most awesome dorm room ever. He calls the room "BRAD," which stands for "Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dormroom" and he's programmed it to do everything from waking him up in the morning to turning out the lights for him at night. In my opinion every building should have an emergency party mode.


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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Jet Ski

I expect you're like me and when you think of a jet ski you picture one of  the "bikes" designed to carry you across water at high speed. But this YouTube user had other ideas. Using a personal jet-pack he makes cheating at cross-country skiing a doddle. Even uphill!


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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Years

Who knew that trees were emo? Bartholomäus Traubeck had the original idea of turning the rings on a tree trunk into the grooves on a vinyl record and playing them on a turntable. A PlayStation Eye camera replaces the stylus and Ableton Live software interprets the rings into a haunting piano piece that wouldn't be out of place in a tragic film.


YEARS from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo.
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