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Okay so my blog died..
Monday, 25th August, 2008 Posted by Beren @ 22:45:35
Yeah, so the vast bulk of blogs on the internet die within like the first 6 months, and mine made it 8 months and 25 days in the first attempt. Well, it has now beent a year, and I figure what better date to kick off again and try and keep it going even longer this time.
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How long can you hold your breath for?
Saturday, 25th August, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 15:47:17
This is pretty amazing.

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Funny Signs
Saturday, 25th August, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 13:58:50
One of my favourite things about the internet is that one gets to see gaff's like this:





To view the rest of the series go here.
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Beowulf Trailer
Monday, 30th July, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 08:27:00
I am a bit of a Beowulf fan, and I must say the looks of this first trailer we have for Beowulf has me pretty excited.

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Did You Know?
Sunday, 29th July, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 22:01:16
A great collection of stats... Some rather interesting (especially to a nerd like me), others are kinda scary.

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Little Silverchair Busker
Saturday, 21st July, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 12:51:05
I am a big silverchair fan, but that isn't the only reason I am posting this. This kid is just classic. I figure he is all of about 4 or 5 years old. If I had been down at Salamanca and see this I would have popped some money in his hat, and i am not a big fan of buskers.

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The Princess Bride: What do they look like now?
Saturday, 14th July, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 14:43:52
The Pricess Bride is one of my favourite movies of all time. And its now hit 20 years old. So, what do the actors look like now? The following is a pretty interesting set of pictures. Although either its a shocking picture of Carey Elwes (Westley, or he has put on some weight recently (since Saw). Here is Mandy Patinkin who played Inigo Montoya.



See them all here
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Nuns show that beer is good for you
Sunday, 10th June, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 22:25:30
Its not that often that one finds a story about beer being good for you. Red wine? Sure. But beer? Not so much. As I don't mind the odd cold one (although I am becoming a bit of a beer snob, as can be seen by the cheap beer people have left in my fridge for 4 months and it hasn't been touched) this is welcome news.

Although the study, strictly speaking, showed that hops are what is good for us. And as such it doesn't matter if the beer is alcoholic or not.
MADRID (Reuters) - A study in which teetotal Spanish nuns drank a regular half-liter of beer showed that beer may help reduce cholesterol levels, a group financed by the Spanish Beer Makers' Association said on Thursday.

The study also showed that the beer did not need to contain alcohol or to be drunk in large quantities to be good for you.

The "magic" ingredient is hops.

"Hops, one of the basic components of beer, may provide benefits ... in reducing levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides," the Centre for Information on Beer and Health said in a statement.

The experiment did not appear to have won many new beer fans among the teetotal Cistercian nuns who took part, chosen on the basis of their steady lifestyle and balanced diet.

"To be honest, if I needed it to reduce cholesterol or whatever I'd continue to drink it, but I wouldn't just drink beer (for itself) because I don't like it," Sister Maria Jose told Spanish state television RTVE.

Fifty nuns drank half a liter of beer a day for 45 days, then stopped for six months. Then they took 400 milligrams of hops daily for 40 days.

The result was a six percent reduction in total cholesterol among those with high levels, the Centre said.

"We did it for the good of humanity," Sister Almerinda Alvarez told the newspaper El Pais.
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New Nessy Footage
Saturday, 2nd June, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 17:30:50
This week has brought some fresh footage of the alleged Loch Ness Monster in Scotland. Below is the recent footage.



It doesn't really answer any questions, but just brings another round of "What on earth (or "int the Loch" as the case may be) is that?" So for a video which doesn't quite have the same effect watch this one as well.

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The Pistol Shrimp
Monday, 28th May, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 08:53:12
I am sure I am not the only one that is frequently reminded by the sheer number of amazing things that are in nature. This video further demonstrates the amazing diversity and design in creation.

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Shark Rescue
Saturday, 26th May, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 12:02:13
A Spanish team performs the rescue of a shark, with a very interesting development at the end.

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What is Copyright Law?
Tuesday, 22nd May, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 18:42:01
This is a pretty well made clip explaining what copyright law is all about. The irony is that it is made from lots of little clips taken from Disney films. For those who don't know Disney is one of the most well known studio's for protecting its own content. So to have its content "stolen" to explain what the law is brings a smirk to my face.

It is a bit odd to watch at first but once you get used to it, then it flows well enough. I hope you get a kick out of it too. :)

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100 Movies, 100 Quotes, 100 Numbers
Sunday, 20th May, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 16:56:47
This has got to be one of the best youtube vids of a selection of snippets from movies I have ever seen. A must watch :)

For a list of the movies go here
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Wave Power Usage For Australia
Saturday, 19th May, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 16:39:02
I just read this and found it pretty interesting. Odd that I did not catch this on the radio or in the paper here in Aus, but got linked to it from a US based website.


New technology harnessing wave energy could be the "holy grail" for providing electricity and drinking water to Australia's major cities, Industry Minister Ian MacFarlane said Thursday. The technology, developed with the help of more than 770 million dollars (636 million US) in seed funding from the government, works through fields of submerged buoys tethered to seabed pumps.

The buoys move in harmony with the motion of the passing waves, pumping pressurised seawater to shore to run turbines and pass through a desalination plant.

"The constancy of the waves even when the surface is dead calm means that you can build a base load renewable energy power station and that is really the holy grail for us, if you can produce renewable energy 24/7," Macfarlane told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Drought-ravaged Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth and the desalination of seawater is seen as one way of ensuring long-term water supplies for the big cities, which are all on the coast.

But with the process requiring large amounts of energy and Australia also trying to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming, the technology is seen as providing a double benefit.

Australia was uniquely positioned to take advantage of the technology for both its power and water needs, he said.

All of Australia's southern mainland cities' current water needs could be satisfied by CETO units covering an area of 155 hectares (about 70 football fields) of sea floor at around 75 percent of the price of current desalination projects, the statement said.

In addition, the "Wave Farms" would generate around 300 megawatts of zero-emission power, enough for about 300,000 households.

"If the project gets the go ahead this year, then we will be able to start construction in 2009, with full capacity achieved in 2012," Ottaviano said.
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Judge Doesn't Know What a Website is
Thursday, 17th May, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 22:14:14
This is really quite surprising on several levels. For a start, that a person still doesn't understand what a website is, especially when it has been explained to them. And that a Judge, presiding in a case relating to material posted on a website would not make an effort to understand what he was actually meant to be passing judgement upon.
LONDON (Reuters) - A British judge admitted on Wednesday he was struggling to cope with basic terms like "Web site" in the trial of three men accused of inciting terrorism via the Internet.

Judge Peter Openshaw broke into the questioning of a witness about a Web forum used by alleged Islamist radicals.

"The trouble is I don't understand the language. I don't really understand what a Web site is," he told a London court during the trial of three men charged under anti-terrorism laws.

Prosecutor Mark Ellison briefly set aside his questioning to explain the terms "Web site" and "forum." An exchange followed in which the 59-year-old judge acknowledged: "I haven't quite grasped the concepts."

Violent Islamist material posted on the Internet, including beheadings of Western hostages, is central to the case.

Concluding Wednesday's session and looking ahead to testimony on Thursday by a computer expert, the judge told Ellison: "Will you ask him to keep it simple, we've got to start from basics."

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