Showing posts with label Cool. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cool. Show all posts

Poor Design - Funny Thursday

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Don't you get the feeling sometimes that people are just being plain stupid when the problem they are trying to solve is staring them in the face. Clearly theses people weren't plugged in properly.

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Cartoon Wednesday

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Its time for cartoon Wednesday. This weeks is a long cartoon. Its funny. You can find it by clicking on the image.


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Funny Traffic Controller Quotes - Funny Thursday

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I love aircraft and any thing to do with airplanes, one of my favourite times of the year is fast approaching, the Waddington Airshow. Anyway, as part of funny Thursday I have brought your funny air traffic controller quotes to keep you amused.

Pilot: "DAMN! That was close..."
IAD Tower: "Delta 560, what seems to be the problem?"
Pilot (catching his breath), "Near miss- was he ever close!"
IAD Tower: "Delta 560, how close was it?"
Pilot: "Well, I can tell you one thing, it was a white boy flying it."

Tower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles!"
Delta 351: "Give us another hint! We have digital watches!"

Control tower to a 747: "United 329 heavy, your traffic is a Fokker, one o'clock, three miles, Eastbound."
United 239: "Approach, I've always wanted to say this... I've got the little Fokker in sight."

A military pilot called for a priority landing because his single-engine jet fighter was running "a bit peaked." Air Traffic Control told the fighter pilot that he was number two, behind a B-52 that had one engine shut down. "Ah," the fighter pilot remarked, "The dreaded seven-engine approach."

Control tower to a 747: "United 329 heavy, your traffic is a Fokker, one o'clock, three miles, Eastbound." United 239: "Approach, I've always wanted to say this.... I've got the little Fokker in sight."

Allegedly, a Pan Am 727 flight waiting for start clearance in Munich overheard the following: Lufthansa (in German): "Ground, what is our start clearance time?" Ground (in English): "If you want an answer you must speak in English." Lufthansa (in English): "I am a German, flying a German airplane, in Germany. Why must I speak English?" Unknown voice from another plane (in a beautiful British accent): "Because you lost the bloody war."

A DC-10 had come in a little hot and thus had an exceedingly long roll out after touching down. San Jose Tower noted: "American 751, make a hard right turn at the end of the runway, if you are able. If you are not able, take the Guadalupe exit off Highway 101, make a right at the lights and return to the airport."

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Photo Tuesday - Airliner

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Its time for another cool photo this weeks its a midair photo of a 747. From

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Applied Geometry

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You may have seen this before but I thought I would post it.

I wonder how bored they were?

Applied Geometry
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Longest Words In The English Language

iCal iconHave you ever wondered what the longest words in the English dictionary are? I did to, so I went searching and found the longest words that are present. Some of these you should pop into a regular conversation, show how smart you are (or stupid)


In at 1185 letters it is:

Supposedly a Coat Protein, Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Dahlemense Strain molecule, it has 1185 with the combination of yl appearing 166 times. In fact each of the molecule bas stands is said with yl appearing after it. Slip that on einto a conversation and you will there forever.


With 85 letters it is


The place name for Hawkes bay in New Zealand although shortened to Taumata for ease of converstation.


In at 45 letters it is:


A factitious word alleged to mean 'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust usually found in volcanoes' also known as Black lung disease, not very nice to have or say on your medical form. (Also known as pneumoconiosis)


In at 39 (slowly getting shorter) is:


A surgical creation of a connection between the gall bladder and a hepatic duct and between the intestine and the gall bladder. Now you no which word to use use when describing that place to your doctor.


Both in at 37 is:


By the sounds of it they are both chemicals.


31 letters:


Again another chemical.

After this point, there are a lot of words with 30 letters, so there is not much point going into them. Although there are some notable mentions.


Both places in Wales with lots of letters, but since words in Welsh are not English, they don't count.


Not actually appearing in the English dictionary it cannot be counted as a word. Still very long though.


Firmly believed by some as the longest word in the dictionary it means : "The belief which opposes removing the tie between church and state."

Hopefully you are now more clued up for conversation where you have to use long words. If you believe there are any errors please leave a comment.
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A Computer With 128Gb of Ram

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While I was searching the Internet I came across with computer running Windows with 128Gbs of RAM.
Nearly all the other parts of the computer are not visible. Click the images for the full versions.

A Computer With 128Gb of Ram

A Computer With 128Gb of Ram
A Computer With 128Gb of Ram
A Computer With 128Gb of RamThat is a lot of RAM, should run as quick as lightening.

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Photo Tuesday - Salt and Pepper


Its time for photo Tuesday, this weeks image is of a salt and pepper. Magnified hundreds of times. Click the image of the super cool big version.

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Creating a Business Card - Photoshop

iCal iconIt has been a long while since I have done a tutorial on this website, most of the time I post them on Great Designs. But for a change I am going to post it here.

There is a lot of thought going into business cards, and some companies spend a lot of money designing and producing business cards.

"The business card... is kind of an extension of yourself. It's a little bit of giving yourself to someone else."
— Ken Erdman, founder of the Business Card Museum, Erenheim, PA

To make your card as good as possible, this tutorial will lead you through the steps.

Step 1)

The first step is to set up your business card so it is the correct size. The most common is 85 x 53 millimeters, you can change this to what ever size you want or need. The screen shot (as with all the screen shots) can be clicked on to see the full version. Although this was done with a Mac, on Photoshop. It can be achieved with any kind of graphical design software on any platform.

Creating a business card photoshop tutorialRemember to suitably name and save you card, before you begin.

Step 2)

Add some text to the page, below I used Trebuchet MS, all though you could use any font you want, just make it so you can read it.

Creating a business card photoshop tutorialI changed the spacing and layout of the font, as the characters and text was closer to together, this looked a lot better as it was more compact and fitted better onto the page.

Creating a business card photoshop tutorial
Step 3)

Change the colour of the main font. It wants to be a colour which you like and use, and a colour scheme which can run through out the business card. It does not look good if you have 4 or 5 contrasting colours on your card.

Creating a business card photoshop tutorialI used colour #9fc9eb a light coloured blue, which I thourght was fitting for my business card.

Step 4)

Add some extra information, such as company, address, telephone number or website. The main title is in black with the extra text in grey.

Creating a business card photoshop tutorialI was originally going to add my address, but I didn't want this parading around on the internet. So I added some text about my blog that I made up.

Step 5)

One of the defining points about the modern day internet is the bevel and text reflection. This little addition would bring the card more to life.

By adding a drop shadow by double clicking the layer in Photoshop, a bevel / highlight can be added. A shadow was not used as it didn't look right on the text. Customize the levels and features as you deem necessary.

Creating a business card photoshop tutorialStep 6 )

This step was for the text reflection where the text is copied and flipped underneath the existing text. Simply create a new layer add the text and flip vertically ( or horizontally I can never remember which.)

Creating a business card photoshop tutorialStep 7)

The next step is to add a layer mask and subsequently a gradient to remove the bits of text we don't need. Again, mes around with the values to create an effect you want.

Creating a business card photoshop tutorialThe opacity of the layer mask is lower than 100% so it doesn't stand out to much. The final card is shown at the end.

Step 8 )

The next step is to create the back of the card. Most people don't like information on the back because they can't write on it. I don't plan to hand these out any time soon, so i'm going to go a head with adding some text, you can change it as you see fit.

Creating a business card photoshop tutorialThis is known as a text or tag cloud. This uses the same font as the text for the name on the front of the card. The colour is again the same used.

Step 9)

Once you have added some text that best sums up you or your company, change the size in relation to its importance.

Creating a business card photoshop tutorialStep 10)

Arrange the words and scale as necessary to gain a good looking result.

CreatingStep 11)

Flatten and export. You now have a cool Web 2.0 looking business card.
Creating a business card photoshop tutorial
Creating a business card photoshop tutorial
Please leave a comment with your creations.

If you want to download the .PSD files to use please go here.
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Photo Tuesday - Octocube

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This weeks cool photo for Tuesday is actually a radiator. Designed for a competition. The product looks really cool. I wouldn't mind having one.
Click the image for the super duper full version.

Octocube amazing cool design of a radiator

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How To Get Blog Ideas

iCal Red June 4th 2007You have a blog, but you don't have any ideas which you want to fill your blog with interesting and fulfilling posts to gain visitors and be an internet legend, what do you do? Read on.

One of the first steps is to have a purpose to write about, for example I have Great Design, for all things design. Adsense Hacks, for all things related to Adsense and finally a new and upcoming blog about Apple Mac Tips.

Once you have a clear defined purpose you need ideas to fill out the posts. Start with a pad of post- its and a pen. Have these in clear reach, when you working, walking, driving etc. These are used to jot down all the little thoughts that pop into your head. The must have place is by your bed. Many people forget what the idea they had when in bed, your shouldn't fall into this trap.

How to get Ideas?

What you need to do is day dream. If you have a blog which is about design, you should have plenty ideas about design. Write all the little tidbits down. Most of the time, when you have time to think a little more this idea will come into play.

Other ways of getting ideas to post is when visiting websites. Most of the time you will see a website which has any idea which you could use make better or comment on. Keep this in a separate folder, every couple of days re-visit them. Most of the time people get ideas, and post about that. Its a could way to pick up knowledge.

As I said in the beginning keep a piece of paper or post it handy. They always come in useful when you reviewing whats on them before you put them in the bin. That little word or sentence in the top corner which you wrote ages ago could be one that brings the visitors. Keeping note also helps.
If you are the modern user and have a Mac, stickies is another great option. Most of the time when dashboard is running it is going to be about something I am going to post the next day.

Stickies Dashboard, How to get ideasThe golden rule for this is to keep think and keep blogging, one idea will catch on and people will begin to visit your site.

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Do You No What $250 Million Dollars Looks Like?

iCal June 3rd 2007I no that this may be old or that you have seen it before, but do you no what $250 Million Dollars looks like, simply amazing.

Apparently this money was taken by the police from drug lords. Clearly they should have used a bank account rather than hiding it under the bed. Must have been a very big bed.

$250 Millions Dollars
$250 Millions Dollars

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Apple Front Row Improvements

For any one that has a Portable Mac, or iMac you will be familiar with Front Row. The application gives a cool interface for finding and playing, music, videos and pictures. But there if always room for improvements. Click any of the images for there full glorified version.

1) Responsiveness

The application works great but it is always a little slow to respond. For example you click on a play list and it would take ages to load. This may be down to my computer but is probably apparent on other computers. As well as this you click the menu button to move up a menu, this may take a while to respond, so you click it again. The problem now is that you have moved to far up.

Improving the response time would greatly improve the user interaction of the application.

2) Improving Video Trailers

There is a small feature of the Video section of Front Row that gives you access to trailers on the Apple website. This is great by itself, but could be improved.
For example more trailers could be added in different resolutions, I have a wide screen monitor that can accept 720p video, why not stream that format to me. As well as this why not offer trailers from different websites.

3) Youtube

Currently youtube is not an added feature of Front Row, but it is for AppleTV. Having Youtube would a cool improvement to mess about with.

4) iTunes Album Art

Currently when and iTunes file plays in the music section the album art and text stay in the same place, as shown in the image below. Just making the album art move around the page, would make it look a bit more interesting, if not so similar to the improvement listed above.

6) Playing None Quicktime Movies

That is probably one of the main downsides to Front Row, its inability to play movies from other formats. You could overcome this by manually installing all of the quicktime library components, but why couldn't this be standard.

7) DVD Improvements

The DVD feature of Front Row is good, but it could be better. For example it would be cool if there was some kind of movie curtains which move out of the way as the video begins to play. Similar to the what happens at the cinema now. Although this improvements doesn't actually make the application better in terms of functionality it would be cool to look at.

Now I know that this list can be improved and added to, if you have any comments please leave them in the comments section below.

Hopefully Apple will take this advice and add it to the latest Front Row update, but I seriously doubt it.
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Getting a Free Rapidshare Premium Account

You may no of the service Rapidshare and the amount of files, that they host on there servers. This service like nearly every free service has limitations. This time its is the amount you have to wait between downloads. Of course buying a premium account would solve this problem, but there is a free alternative to getting a one month account at Rapidshare.

For this you will need

  1. Attractive collection of files to download (Hopefully legal)
  2. A high speed broadband connection (Saving time uploading)
  3. Spare time
  4. Patience
If you are ready lets begin.

1) The first step is to go to and upload a file.

It can be any file, its just to get you going.

2) You now need to create an account, this will keep track of all your uploads and points.

3) Login and start uploading. On the login page remove "German Administration" otherwise it would be in German.

4) Begin by uploading files that people will want to download. Wallpapers, videos, etc.

Note: Files must be larger than 1Mb, and to gain the free point the downloader must be a free downloader and not have created more than 5 points in the last hour. This was implemented to stop "big" organizations uploading hundreds of small files and rapidly downloading them on a super fast connection.

5) Spread links to your files on the internet and to friends and family.

6) After you have amassed 10000 points you can then convert them into a free account. Not bad going.

Tip: Continue uploading and spreading the files to people, the more people download the more points you get for your free account.
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Funny Thursday - Hungry Baby

Its time for funny Thursday. This week it is the time for Hungry Baby, that cat is defiantly not having fun.

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FREE Steam games for all ATI Radeon card users

Valve has Informed Strategy Informer about their plans to deliver free games to all owners of ATI RadeonT graphics cards via Steam, a popular platform for the distribution and management of digital content.

Visit to see if you qualify and download you free game.

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Photo Tuesday - Rain Drops

Its Tuesday again and its time I bring you a cool photo which you can use for your desktop. This weeks its the turn of Rain Drops.

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If you want to download more wallpapers check out this post.
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Can you Digg it? Song

After searching through my vast music collection I came across this song. I like Digg, and these people must have been on the beta release. New how good it was and wrote a song about it. How cool.

Can you Dig it?
By the Mock Turtles

The lyrics go something like this:

Can you dig it
Can you understand me now
I'll get through somehow
You won't ever get me down
Won't see me hanging around

Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it what I'm saying
One little kiss isn't anything
I won't be sad

Someone turned a light on

See how big and strong I've grown
I'm standing on my own

Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it what I'm saying
One little kiss isn't anything
You keep insisting on everything
I won't be sad

Someone turned a light on

Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it, oh yeah
Can you dig it what I'm saying
One little kiss isn't anything
You keep insisting on everything
I won't be sad

Someone turned a light on

Can you dig it
Can you dig it
Can you dig it
Can you dig it

Do you reckon this was created for the infamous Digg.

You can download it here.

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Quick Tip - Mac - Changing File Assosications


I'm new to Mac at the moment and learning all the time about the new operating system. The section will be given quick tips on speeding up your life. This feature will appear every now and again depending on what I find. This weak associations.

Change file associations (default opener)

Often times you might find that one or more files open with a undesirable program. Many people have come to me asking how exactly one goes about changing this. Here is the basic and easy way:

Find the program you want in the finder (or perhaps it's on the desktop). Ctrl+click the file so that the menu comes up, and click on "Get Info". In the window that comes up, go to the "Open With" section. Change the (default) to whichever program you'd like the file association to open with, and then click "Change All".Hope that helps. Peace Out.

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Frustration Friday

Its Friday again and its time for frustration Friday.

  • Having to use Windows for the smallest of tasks
  • Not having enough disks space
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