Sheep have taken over the Shire, lost industry created ghost towns and the major earthquake of 2011 has left much of Christchurch cordoned-off and left to decay. While New Zealand may be best known for the otherworldly landscapes that made it a natural choice as the filming location of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, it also has a rich history that has resulted in a number of striking abandonments located on both the North and South Islands, in major cities like Auckland and remote stretches of the coast.
Once upon a time, an ancient city in China was named Lion City because Five Lion Mountain loomed large behind it. The city, also known as Shi Cheng, has been buried beneath the water for 53 years. Like the lost Incan City of Machu Picchu was ‘rediscovered,’ so was this lost underwater city that had been founded about 1,300 years ago. Lion City is now located about 85 – 131 feet (26-40 meters) beneath the gorgeous Thousand Island Lake (Qiandao Lake). This valley was submerged when a dam was constructed and a lake was needed. The lake and thousands of islands were man-made. Shi Cheng ‘defied’ the Chinese norm since 5 gates and 5 towers were built into the city instead of 4. Lion City is about the size of 62 football fields. International archaeologists and a film crew recorded the amazing perservation of the lost ‘ruins.’
South African President Jacob Zuma has confirmed the news that Nelson Mandela has died.
An emotional Mr Zuma broke the news to the nation during a live press conference that began about 8.45am AEDT.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family,” he said.
“To them we owe a debt of gratitude. They have sacrificed much and endured much so that our people could be free.”
When scientists inadvertently killed what turned out to be the world’s oldest living creature, it was bad enough.
Now, their mistake has been compounded after further research found it was even older – at 507 years.
The ocean quahog – a type of deep-sea clam – was dredged alive from the bottom of the North Atlantic near Iceland in 2006 by researchers. They then put it in a freezer, as is normal practice, unaware of its age.
It was only when it was taken to a laboratory that scientists from Bangor University studied it and concluded it was 400 years old.
Well thank crap it’s dead. It was just waiting for its moment to strike. You see it’s name was Ming.
And we all know how that ends.
I’ve noticed that there are a tonne of camera accessories for mobile phones these days. What’s especially caught my eye are these new-fangled telescopic lenses that you can whack onto your phone.
Today I found out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimize any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, for nearly two decades they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the US to 8 zeroes.
Wiki are running a donation thing again, thought it’s worth posting as I’m certainly keen to keep it ad free. I figure for $3 it’s probably worth it
Amusing missed delivery message for Drone testers
A mysterious teaser site that many assume is for Fallout 4 has been updated to include the phrase “Nuclear winter has come”.
TheSurvivor2299.com was updated earlier today to include the new words, just above the countdown that’s set to expire on December 11.
While it certainly lends credence to the notion that we could be about to see Fallout 4 revealed imminently, there are a number of potential problems that suggest it could be for a different game entirely.
Regardless, with just over a week until the countdown clock expires, we’ll find out for certain soon enough.
Ok, I lied. But I am all confused and tired after running around in excitment like a giddy school girl. I really like the Fallout series of games. Like, lots..
The bank safe swimming pool containing 8 Million real Swiss coins is currently located in Basel, Switzerland. This is the original bank safe from the former “Schweizer Volksbank” and known to be one of the finest Swiss piece of craftwork in the early 20th Century. It is in very good shape and still usable as a bank deposit safe. It will be removed from it’s original location and be replaced anywhere in the world. You’ll freely decide what happens with it.
The coins in this safe already have a celebrity status: They were dumped out publicly at the national square in Berne, Switzerland on 4th October 2013. With no security and no boundaries. This event had a strong international impact from Las Vegas via Moscow and Dubai to China. Triggering international and national debates for example in The New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Russia Today.
This is not just an investment in a historical, exclusive and certainly unique object but also an investment in a global cultural impulse.
Harrison Okene survived 3 days at the bottom of the ocean in the wreck of his ship. You can read about how he ended up there here. This is the video of his rescue from the ship.
RECREATIONAL motorcyclists are protesting across Australia on Sunday to show solidarity against Queensland’s tough new anti-bikie laws.
Queensland organiser Gabriel Buckley says the new laws, aimed at criminal bikie gangs, have resulted in the harassment of law-abiding motorcyclists.
Mr Buckley said a primary concern was that the laws reversed the onus on proof for people accused of links to prescribed criminal gangs.
“Some people are being pulled over three times on their way to work,” he told AAP.
“You can imagine why these guys are getting impatient with the government.”
Go Dwarfthrower you dead set LEGEND!
Whether you want to upgrade your existing Note II to the brand new Note 3 is completely up to you, and your pockets. Sure, the Note 3 is one of the fastest phones on the planet now, with a larger screen and all, but, if you don’t care about raw horsepower, you don’t really have any reason to grab the latest phablet, except its new S-Pen features.
Luckily, these have been now ported over to the Note II, in the form of a custom ROM, based on a leaked Note 3 firmware. There are a lot of things working, like Air Command (complete with Pen Window, Screen Writer, Scrapbook and Action Memo), Gallery, Launcher, Safety Assistance, S Note, Sketchbook, S Planner more. There are, of course, some bugs too, which usually come from early builds and porting stuff over cross-device.
“A full-scale 1:1 Millennium Falcon has been built as well as the interiors of the ship for filming. The Falcon is done – inside and out. The sets were built off-site, ready to move when Lucasfilm/Bad Robot were ready to move into Pinewood.”
This game sucks arse. I am so disapointed in this I am going to do the lazest fucken review ever.
Why is this shit?
- Graphics are terrible. I have a high spec’d PC. I put the graphics on the highest and this game looks crap. It looks like they have not bothered to do any graphics updates since the last game. And I think they are actually worse.
- It’s a shitty port. The PC version is a port of the XBox version. And it shows. It’s not just the graphics and gameplay. But technically there are bugs galore. For instance, I have two monitors and a TV connected by HDMI. It took me ages to figure out why my game was “crashing” only to find out it was ignoring my display settings and defaulting to play down the HDMI on the TV. Which is set as monitor 3 and not my default display.
- Tired and old. Nothing new, just everything you’ve seen in the last games. Boring. This series needs to be taken out into a nice place and shot in the back of the head while you tell it about the rabbits.
- I expect an on-the-rails shooter with COD, but this one is just no fun at all.
- Battledield 4 has better multiplayer.
Simply. Dont waste your money on this game.
Fuck this game.
Some of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s most controversial speeches have been brushed from Coalition history since the election, including a 2009 speech backing a carbon tax, and a 2004 speech in which he describes abortion as ”a question of the mother’s convenience”.
During Mr Abbott’s 2009 carbon tax speech, in which he described himself as a ”climate change realist”, he said he doubted climate change was man-made, saying ”we can’t conclusively say” man-made carbon dioxide emissions contributed to climate change.
But he went on to say: ”If Australia is greatly to reduce its carbon emissions, the price of carbon-intensive products should rise … a new tax would be the intelligent sceptic’s way to deal with minimising emissions because it would be much easier than a property right to reduce or to abolish should the justification for it change.”
When he was in opposition, the speeches were posted on Mr Abbott’s website, tonyabbott.com.au. But since the election, that website has been redirected to liberal.org.au, which only archives material back to July 2010, the month before the previous election.
It began as an art installation, and has become a tip-of-the-hat to Buddhist ideology.
The project began with composer and musician Ross Bolleter, who works solely with ruined pianos; instruments that are anywhere between the first and final stages of decay.
Bolleter ran an art installation in Perth that allowed the public to experiment with 16 ruined pianos, and at the end, was left with nowhere to keep them.
A call from a mutual friend to the owners of Wambyn Olive Grove in Western Australia resulted in a home for the instruments on a property just outside of York, a town about 100km out of Perth.
From that point onwards, Penny and Kim haven’t looked back, accepting pianos from those who can’t bear to dump their beloved instruments on the rubbish tip.
Since the early 2000s, the couple have collected over 35 pianos, placing them at random spots around their property, allowing the pianos to live out the rest of their days in the middle of the bush.