Five things on Friday #86

Five things on Friday #86

Things of note for the week ending August 22nd, 2014.


1. Annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year Finalists
There isn’t much I can add to this. The photos are, of course, amazing. These are just a couple of my favourites but the whole set really is worth ten minutes of your time.

 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2


via Distractify.

2. Cap and Hulk = SCIENCE
Here is a three minute videoexplaining how the science…

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Five things on Friday #85

Things of note for the week ending August 15th, 2014.

Whirlwinds of light

— Whirlwinds of Light, via This is Colossal.

1. Smartphones leak, dumb phones don’t
International master of misadventure,  John McAfee, spoke at Def Con recently and one of the things that picked up as a headline over at the Wall Street Journal was the following:

‘On the subjects of privacy and security, McAfee said smartphones are spying on…

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Goodbye, Robin Williams.

“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone”

Good Morning Vietnam

The news is out.

The memories are amazing.

Personal demons. Depression. It’s all so terribly sad.

Genie, you’re free.

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 12, 2014

I’m on IMDb as I write, reading over Williams’…

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Five things on Friday #84

Things of note for the week ending August 8th, 2014.

Five Things Dah-ling

- thanks for the amazing photo, Lauren

1. Xiaomi* is coming.
I think it’s fairly reasonable to say that Samsung are the biggest seller of mobile devices, globally. However,  a minnow of a hardware manufacturer (but growing incredibly fast), Xiaomi*, actually beat Samsung last quarter to become the number one smartphone vendor in Q2 2014.


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Get Pebble: #FreshHotFly

Woo! New Pebbles!


I have a Pebble watch (I think it’s GREAT, by the way). These new colours, firmly aimed at the youth market, are pretty darn awesome. Although it has to be said, the first thing I thought when I saw them was:

“You KNOW that someone at Nokia just binned their designs for a Microsoft Lumia watch, right?”

Lumia Pebble

Joking aside, they actually really do match brilliantly with a multitude of…

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Five things on Friday #83

Things of note for the week ending August 1st, 2014.


1. Anti Surveillance YOUR FACE
Robinson Meyer slathered his face in make up and, as a result, achieves the oxymoronic feat of hiding in plain sight by looking ridiculous.

Anti-CCTV makeup

When it works, CV dazzle keeps facial-recognition algorithms from seeing a face. The technique takes its name from the dazzle camouflage of the two World Wars: The Great…

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Sometimes, space is the only escapism.


Catch me on a particularly passionate day (hint: the ones that end in the letter ‘y’) and ask me about Christopher Nolan and I will gladly tell you that we are extremely lucky to be living in the time of his film. In years to come, his films will be regarded in the same breath as Scorcese, Spielberg, and Kubrick. Such is in influence on modern cinema; he is…

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Five things on Friday #82

Things of note for the week ending July 25th, 2014.


– Above image via this AMAZING photo set 

1. Shatner on Facebook Mentions
If you’re a celebrity (hi!) then you’re probably interested in this new app from Facebook, ‘Facebook Mentions‘. If you’re not a celebrity, don’t worry because William Shatner (yes, that one) has written a handy guide.

Facebook Mentions - shatner

You can read said guide over on the former Captain…

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Five things on Friday #81

Things of note for the week ending July 18th, 2014


- OakOak street art, via Web Urbanist

1. Drone Photography
The results of the first annual Dronestagram Photo Competition came in this past week and, of course, they are all pretty stunning. The image below, by Dronestagram contributor, ‘Capungaero‘, took first prize but the others are well worth a look too.


2. ‘I don’t recognise the British…

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