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Man Kills Gods; Creates Life in Lab

“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him…”
Friedrich Nietzsche. The Gay Science (1882), s126.

Long have we theorised the above line by a madman bearing a labtern not to be talking about the literal God believed in by so many theists. Instead, we interpret, he is talking about what this god represented for European culture, the shared cultural belief in God which had once been its defining and uniting characteristic.

So to has man thrown off the yolk of theism, every element of the divine has been replicated at large through science, trickery, art, illusionism except one final element; the creation of life.

Until yesterday when flamboyant geneticist Craig Venter held true to the pledge he made nearly 15 years ago, unveiling his magnum opus. This landmark of scientific progress, published in the Journal of Science, stands on the shoulders of his race to decode the human genome in his own laboratory, egotistically his own DNA I might add.

The madman carrying this lantern has indeed created the first instance of purely synthetic life, opening the doors nanoscience falter at with the potential to create designer microbes for special jobs such as production of biofuels, pharmaceuticals, through to filtering contaminents from air and water.

“This is the first synthetic life that has been made, and we call it synthetic because the cell is totally derived from a synthetic chromasome, made with four bottles of chemcals on a synthesizer from information on a computer,” Dr Venter said.

Lauded as a tour de force by Prof. Mattick from the Australian Research Council, Dr. Venters work is as ground breaking as science gets these days, the applications for man made life are phenominal and limited only by our imagination. That being said, mans imagination can often be self destructive, so think of all the fantastic synthesized zombie viruses the US military will make with this!

The bacterium used decoded DNA from Mycoplasma mycoides imprinting the synthetic DNA and inserting it into living bacterium, in this case Mycoplasma capricolum, allowing the bacterium to flourish with both it’s own and the synthetic DNA within, then finally using an antibiotic designed to kill all but the synthetic DNA allowing only the synthesized organism to proliferate and produce protein strands from the original Mycoplasma mycoides creating, simply, artificial life.

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Twitter Client Reviews: My New Weapon of Choice

Most of you have probably seen me evangelize the wonders of API functional clients for Twitter, I have several very large Twitter accounts, @bashpr0mpt is just the one you know me as, the rest are for business, and some for pleasure. Some are just to blow off steam anonymously even. But all are pretty bloody big. So when it comes to clients, I don’t have time to fuck around with various trialware, shareware, etc. Many of you know I’m a no nonsense kind of guy and I’m not some cash strapped welfare twit either, so I’m willing to fork out some dosh for a good product. I previously threw $10 at my first API client, it was (well, later named) MyPostButler, I used it for quite some time effectively but also used several other mass-managers for Facebook and MySpace.
Ideally I eventually want to make a good multiple-network manager software, I’ve thrown up a few adverts on Freelancer to hire me some code monkeys to make this happen but unfortunately that’s a project that’s in the medium-term goals as of yet (and no you can’t have it free, but I’ll make sure it’s as near ‘at cost’ as I can make it depending on how much out of pocket I’ll be). In the interim I’m still using the dodgy mass managers for my other networks, but MPB is sadly closing it’s doors. Well, no, the owner is selling it off. The downside is there’s no assurance that the new owner will honour previous clients by providing free updates everytime Twitter change their API. Future-proofing is integral to any marketing campaign, even if you’re only marketing yourself, with your name being a brand and your product being your words, views, opinions.

Thus it became time to review Twitter managers. I tried about six in total, only one seemed to be what I needed. TweetAttack came close but it’s license fees are too steep ($200ish), TweetAdder is near identical however it lacks a few ‘spammer’ tools TweetAttack has. It should be noted that ‘spammer tools’ when used in every day life for a non-profit entity just makes managing huge bloody friends lists easier for the most part. TweetAdder does all the mass-management I need though.

5 of the main selling features for me: –

  1. I can dump a heap of tweets and let it tweet while I’m asleep so I can keep in touch with my friends across the big puddle.
  2. It manages who I add, and removes them if they don’t follow back within X days (I set it to a fortnight, try before you buy style.)
  3. It remembers who you remove so you don’t add them again.
  4. It let’s me target followers by adding people by niche interest so I -am- finding friends and not just numerics for epeen.
  5. It keeps track of … well, EVERYTHING, and can automate everything so my life is much easier.

As many of you know, and are probably waiting for, I’m putting together a tome of the arcane magic of social networking (for fun or profit) based on my encounters with tens of thousands of fellow net socialites, so expect an entire bloody chapter on this beautiful little piece of software. I forked out $188 for my license for it, but I’ve signed up as an affiliate so I can get a discount for friends, family and followers alike, the link for it for $50 is: – http://tinyurl.com/264hl8m

Even if you’re a tight arse and never want to pay a cent for a Twitter client, hit it up and at least play with the demo and enjoy a day of power-user Twittering for the lullz. There’s no catch, no con, no sign up, no … well, nothing, just a sweet little API accessing client that’ll make your daunting user list seem easy, or make your scrawny userlist grow. 🙂

The downsides of this client, I might add, is the fact it’s for PC and Mac only and thus isn’t for portable devices. Which I tend to use 99% of the time. But bleh, horses for courses.

Valve Release Portal 2 ARG (Alternate Reality Game)

The seemingly-massive Valve ARG that started with a mystery update to Portal could be teasing either Portal 2 or Half-Life 2: Episode 3 – or both.

On Monday, a surprise patch to the three-year-old fan favorite Portal spawned a massive Alternate Reality Game that had internet communities from Steam to Something Awful racing to figure out the puzzles. Two days later, we may not have the puzzle solved, but we have a lot of very interesting new information – frustratingly, there’s very little that’s concrete; everything that the intrepid puzzle-solvers have uncovered seems to be just designed to tantalize and tease.

The original post in its entirety is below, and while I’ll attempt to recap the new information, it really does help to go to the Steam forums themselves.

Most of the new stuff seems to have come from the ASCII images – a cleaned-up version can be found here, and a colorized version can be seen here. There are plenty of fan theories bouncing around the forums: For instance, some fans are speculating that what I called “Vortigaunts holding hands” in the original post (second column, at the bottom) are possibly Combine super-soldiers as seen in the Half-Life 2 games.

More interesting, though, is this image, which appears to show what could very well be an ASCII-ized screenshot from a hypothetical Portal 2. And then there’s this, which is unmistakably a human female holding what could be the iconic Portal Gun – perhaps the game’s protagonist, Chell?

The mysterious ASCII images aren’t the only things fans have uncovered, though. There are also some “confidential” Aperture Science documents that offer some insight into the workings of the secretive laboratory – ideal “Low Risk” candidates for testing include “hoboes [sic] and tramps, orphans and foundlings, psychiatric patients and seniors” – as well as its founder, Cave Johnson.

“A lot of you have been raising concerns about the so-called “dangers” of what we’re all doing here. The beancounters told me to tell you that as of today, testing will no longer be as mandatory or as dangerous. That’s not gonna happen and here’s the reason.

Science isn’t about why, it’s about why not. You ask: Why is so much of our science dangerous? I say: Why not marry safe science if you love it so much. In fact, why not invent a special safety door that won’t hit you in the butt on the way out, because you are fired.

Plus, in the event of your death, I personally guarantee that, thanks to the form you were required to sign this morning, your family will not suffer the indignities of a prolonged and costly legal battle against Aperture Science. Trust me, I am rich, and it is a burden I would not wish on anyone.”

It’s clear that much of this is white noise, designed to mislead as much as it is to inform – but how much of it is made up of red herrings, and what does it all mean?

The immediately obvious answer is that this would all seem to be pointing towards a reveal for Portal 2, but the presence of main-series Half-Life imagery leads some to believe that there could be an Episode 3 unveiling in the works as well. Perhaps Portal 2 will bridge the two series together, leading to an epic conclusion?

We’ll probably find out on March 11th.

Update: The game now has a new ending. Shock!

The original post is below in its entirety:

A surprise content patch to the three-year-old Portal yesterday has spawned a feverish race on the internet to decode an ARG that seems to be teasing… something big.

There’s something lurking behind the scenes in Valve-land.

It all started yesterday when owners of the beloved physics-puzzle FPS Portal discovered that the game had a new content patch – which was odd, given its age. That innocuous little patch has since spurred a massive race on the internet between communities like Steam and Something Awful, as they scramble to unravel an ARG that appears to be teasing a new Valve game. (An ARG, by the way, is an Alternate Reality Game – something that asks gamers to figure out real-life puzzles; arguably the most famous example of which is Halo 2‘s ilovebees. It could also stand for the noise you make when you can’t figure out the puzzle).

There’s a ton of dizzying information about the game so far, and we’re still learning more, but I’ll attempt a recap: The Portal update included a new mystery achievement, and people who loaded the game up again found that the radio in the starting chamber now had a green light. If players stood in certain areas of the Aperture Science test chamber while carrying the radio, it would start to emit strange static interference.

While they could have done things the hard way, it was much easier to just rip the .wav files from the game itself. The static turned out to be a code when fed through a steganography program (*I have been corrected on this – more below*), a code that resulted in numbered images which – when fed through another program – led to a land line in Kirkland, WA (near Valve’s HQ). Only it wasn’t a land line at all, but a data line for an encrypted BBS. On said BBS, people found strange data which turned out to be interesting ASCII pictures.

Some of the pictures are unmistakable: Vortigaunts holding hands, an Aperture Science door, the defense turrets (turn your head to the right), and of course nefarious AI, GLaDOS herself. This is where everything stands right now, because the internet is still trying to figure it out.

One interesting little tidbit of information: The ASCII information identifies the crazy AI antagonist as GLaDOS v3.11 – and as it happens, 3/11 (that is, March 11th) is the day on which Valve head honcho Gabe Newell will be receiving the Game Developers Choice Pioneer Award at GDC. Could the man be planning on making some sort of surprise announcement or reveal?

And if he is, just what would he be revealing? We’ve already been told that Half-Life 2: Episode 3 won’t be coming this year, but there’s always Portal 2.

Curiouser and curiouser, indeed. Between this, the ApocalyPS3, and the Infinity Ward lockdown, yesterday was a really weird day for gaming.

ARG!

Update: 7r3nd has written in to inform me exactly what happened regarding the .wav files and the information encoded therein – and how no steganography was involved. I’m going to be honest and say that this is a bit beyond me, so rather than try to offer another explanation that’d only end up muddying the information, I’m going to just copy/paste it below.

There’s some information noted in the “Crazy Valve ARG Teases … Portal 2?” posting which is incorrect.

Several of the dinosaur wav files that were extracted from the new portal gcf that were not morse code sound files, were actually SSTV transmissions, and not steganography as reported in the posting.

SSTV is just an audible way to transmit an image.

Essentially what is required is to play the audio back and pipe it to SSTV software which reads the data from the audio stream and in turn displays the actual image is is contained in the data.

More about SSTV can be read here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow-scan_television

There was not steganography involved.

It sounds very much like listening to the audio noise generated when you listen in on a modem.

The resulting images were analyzed and noticed that certain characters where cricled.

The circled characters where collected and ended up making a 32 character string which turned out to be an MD5 hash.

More on MD5 here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Md5

The MD5 hash ended up being a hash for the phone number for the BBS.

The BBS itself was not encrypted. It was just necessary to use the correct terminal settings to display the content properly.

Once the content displayed correctly, a username and password was required.

The username and password was provided trough the transposed morse code that was extracted from the dinosaur wav files.

It still sounds like techno-voodoo to me, but glad to know that the people working on this know what they’re doing!

14 y/o in India ‘Crying Blood’

Twinkle Dwivedi, a 14-year-old who lives in northern India, has been spontaneously bleeding from her eyes, nose, hairline, neck and soles of her feet for the last three years, UK tabloid The Sun reports. The bleeding can happen up to 50 times a day and result in the loss of litres of blood.

“I bleed from my eyes, my hands, my head, from everywhere. From my ears and nose as well,” Twinkle said. “It doesn’t hurt when the bleeding starts. But it makes me tired and sometimes I have headaches.” Because of the bleeding Twinkle has been unable to attend her school in Lucknar, Uttar Pradesh.

Dr George Buchanan, an expert haematologist from the US, examined Twinkle in a Mumbai hospital but was unable to explain the strange condition. “I’ve never seen a case of someone who bleeds spontaneously from their scalp or their palms, or read about it in medical history,’ Dr George Buchanan said. “It doesn’t seem physically possible for blood to seep through intact skin.”

Clearly the media misrepresented Dr Buchanan, or he need return to general practice, as hematidrosis (also called hematohidrosis) is a well documented but very rare condition in which a human being sweats blood. It may occur when a person is suffering extreme levels of stress, for example, facing his or her own death. Several historical references have been described; notably by Leonardo da Vinci: describing a soldier who sweated blood before battle, men unexpectedly given a death sentence, as well as descriptions in the Bible, that Jesus experienced hematidrosis when he was praying in the garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22,44).

Hemochromatosis, another form of sweating blood, is a disorder due to deposition of hemosiderin in the parenchymal cells, causing tissue damage and dysfunction of the liver, pancreas, heart, and pituitary. Other clinical signs include bronze pigmentation of skin which may fly under the radar given the girls complexion, arthropathy, diabetes, cirrhosis, hepatosplenomegaly, hypogonadism, and loss of body hair, none of which are evident. Full development of the disease among women is restricted by menstruation and pregnancy.

According to Dr. Frederick Zugibe, Chief Medical Examiner of Rockland County, New York, sweating blood is well-known, and there have been many cases of it, “Around the sweat glands, there are multiple blood vessels in a net-like form. Under the pressure of great stress the vessels constrict. Then as the anxiety passes the blood vessels dilate to the point of rupture. The blood goes into the sweat glands. As the sweat glands are producing a lot of sweat, it pushes the blood to the surface – coming out as droplets of blood mixed with sweat.”

In a lecture, Dr. Zugibe stated: “The severe mental anxiety…activated the sympathetic nervous system to invoke the stress-fight or flight reaction to such a degree causing hemorrhage of the vessels supplying the sweat glands into the ducts of the sweat glands and extruding out onto the skin. While hematidrosis has been reported to occur from other rare medical entities, the presence of profound fear accounted for a significant number of reported cases including six cases in men condemned to execution, a case occurring during the London blitz, a case involving a fear of being raped, a fear of a storm while sailing, etc. The effects on the body is that of weakness and mild to moderate dehydration from the severe anxiety and both the blood and sweat loss.”

Posted: January 11th, 2010
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Action Games Improve Eyesight

I’ve had many an argument online with folks obsessed with ‘you’ll go blind’ mentality towards video games, amongst other things. I feel vindicated today as I read that a study found video games are “good for eyes”, far from being harmful to eyesight action games provide excellent training for what eye doctors call contrast sensitivity.

Contrast sensitivity is the ability to notice tiny changes in shades of grey against a uniform background, and is critical to everyday activities such as night driving and reading. It often degrades with age.

The findings, published in Nature Neuroscience, reveal a previously unsuspected adaptability in the brain, and could open the way to new therapies, the researchers said. ”This is not a skill that people were supposed to get better at by training,” said Daphne Bavelier, a professor at the University of Rochester in New York state and the study’s lead researcher.

”It was something that we corrected for at the level of the optics of the eye – to get better contrast detection you get glasses or laser surgery.”

”What we found is that even without this correction you can help your brain make better use of whatever information is received from your retina,” she said.

For the study, Bavelier and three colleagues conducted two sets of experiments. In the first, they compared the contrast sensitivity of hard-core action game players with video game aficionados of the same age who preferred less rapid-fire fare.

In action games, players typically target and shoot figures that pop up suddenly on a computer screen. The researchers found that the action buffs were 50 percent more efficient at detecting contrast. But there remained a chicken-or-egg question: had their vision been improved by playing, or did they become action game players because they had better than average contrast sensitivity to start with?

To find out, Bavelier asked two groups of non-action video game players to undergo 50 hours of training. One played a popular point-and-shoot game called Call of Duty, and the other played a game that offered a rich visual experience, but one bereft of action.

”We found that the people in the first group improved by 43 percent, and the other group not at all,” she said. As important, the study also found that the improvement was not transitory. ”The positive effect remained months, even years after training, indicating long-lasting gains,” she said.

Is there some limit beyond which playing action games loses its positive effect or becomes detrimental? Can you, in other words, have too much of a ‘good thing’?

“For your visual system, probably not. For your social life, perhaps,” said Bavelier.

Roxxxy the Sexbot, by ‘TrueCompanion’

In what is billed as a world first, a life-size robotic girlfriend complete with artificial intelligence and flesh-like synthetic skin was introduced to adoring fans at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas.

“She can’t vacuum, she can’t cook but she can do almost anything else if you know what I mean,” TrueCompanion’s Douglas Hines said while introducing Roxxxy to the world, needless to say most men would see that as a fair trade off.

“She’s a companion. She has a personality. She hears you. She listens to you. She speaks. She feels your touch. She goes to sleep. We are trying to replicate a personality of a person.”

Roxxxy stands 170cm (five feet, seven inches) tall, weighs 54.43kg (120lbs), “has a full C cup and is ready for action,” according to Hines, who was an artificial intelligence engineer at Bell Labs before starting TrueCompanion.

Roxxxy comes with five personalities. Wild Wendy is outgoing and adventurous, while Frigid Farrah is reserved and shy.

There is a young naive personality along with a Mature Martha that Hines described as having a “matriarchal kind of caring”. S & M Susan is geared for more adventurous types.

Aspiring partners can customise Roxxxy features, including race, hair colour and breast size. A male sex robot named Rocky is in development.

People ordering the robots online at truecompanion.com detail their tastes and interests much like online dating sites but here, the information is used to get the mechanical girlfriend in synch with her mate.

Posted: January 10th, 2010
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@OMGFacts Fails at #OMGFacts

Has anyone else noticed that user @AdorianDeck and his bum chum @brysonen are the users behind the recent cash in on the #omgfacts trend of Twitter creating @OMGFacts? Has anyone noticed how all of their facts tend to be wrong?

It’s like they’ve googled ‘list ob kool faxtz’ and are just copy-pasting without any critical evaluation or quality control. Idk about you, but shit like that drives me up the wall. On average most humans are pig shit ignorant, but ‘pop sci’ facts are the bane of academia, science, and thought. Nutshell ‘facts’ may be easy for the ignorant to digest, but they get stuck in the craw of anyone of any education.

It’s possibly one of my biggest pet piss offs, it’s always the pseudo-intellectual type who everyone knows are full of a substance other than book-learnin’s who spout such shit, propogated by morons, who later take these facts to be truths self evidently held on the grounds that they read it on ‘teh interwebs lololol~`!1′

I’m calling you out, bitch. @OMGFacts, employ some form of quality control, or hand the account over to your nearest University. But whatever you do, don’t let @DrKarl touch it, his pop sci facts are almost as ubiquitously fucking WRONG and flawed as yours are.

Posted: January 10th, 2010
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Five Tips to Get Followers

I’ve gotten 2,363 friends on social networks and broke 1kpday hits on my blog without using gimmick sites that spam your list, I tried one and all it did was spam my feed once every 24 hours and scored me 3 followers in a week. Those things are about as lame as truetwit, although truetwit falls into another entire category of rude, while it doesn’t spam your feed it uses the byline ‘stop wasting your time with spammers’, the downside is you start wasting your followers time with lame captcha codes. Spammers aren’t that prolific on twitter, you can tell their accounts in a glance, they usually have some scantly clad wench or no icon for starters. And you want them on your list as much as you want bowel cancer, mirite?

Alas, I digress. Is it really that inconceivable that expressing yourself and commenting on interesting things throughout your day will encourage people to follow you? I follow HEAPS of people who blog and tweet about their boring every day lives, because it’s interesting to share the human experience with others, it even helps you understand yourself a bit more when you begin to realise we’re all not that dissimilar (although we all never manage to get along!) but really, there’s no gimmick that seems to work if you ask me.

Two days ago I broke 100 followers on Twitter and almost shat my pants in excitement because I remember what a big deal my mates made of achieving such, I’d never dabbled with social media until I decided to give it a run for it’s money a fortnight ago. Two days later I’m approaching 400 followers. How? By using spammy networks? By spamming my userlist with get rich quick schemes, trump network, acai berry magic voodoo drinks? Fuck no. By spouting the same old crap everyone else I’m following is spouting, except in my particular shade of brown. Honestly, I’m as flawed as every other person, I have my boring moments, I have my witty one liners, to quote Depeche Mode, people are people.

Five tips to getting users: –

1) Put yourself out there, talk to people, read randoms, meet and greet, try and ‘touch’ every user you add, by touch I mean it in a marketing sense of engaging them directly, if you have too many people and can’t engage every one of them directly then why do you want more people?

2) Be consistent. Be true to your ideas and objectives. If you have a specific interest, talk about it. Got nothing to say but feel like shooting the breeze? Do it. Don’t sell yourself out and start talking about celebrity panties collections just to gain more viewers. Perez may have got big, but he sure as hell sold his soul for it. How much are you going to pay for a few random internet prats loving your prose?

3) Cross-network, if you use facebook, myspace, etc, like I do, always remind your users to add you on other networks. Crossing networks is a great way to keep in touch in different formats, where twitter is 140 text flickr is purely images, facebook is a median, myspace is … okay, well myspace is for 18 year old emo sluts and dirty old men like me who add them just to have 18 year old emo sluts on their friends list somewhere. But you get my point. Join every network you can.

4) Syndicate your content. I have a profile on almost every social networking site, and they all feed from one another. I post this blog here, twitter automatically tweets that I posted it, my tumblr syndicates it, myspace and facebook source my twitter feed and post that, etc. It means every site you’re on has the same level of content as every other, so you should get even growth depending on demographic cross over and the like.

5) Be patient. Sure, you can pay someone $50 to get you 1,000 twitter users, but why? You’re selling something? You want to spam them with your crap? That 1,000 will shrink damn fast, if they’re even legit users. If you want to spam, social networks aren’t the right place anymore, no one gives a crap. If you want your ego stroked, it’d be stroked more if you achieved followers through being interesting rather than buying them. Just relax, in time you’ll reach big numbers, it’s inevitable.

Posted: December 14th, 2009
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Zombie Infection Survivability Results

I stumbled upon this little article floating around the net randomly searching zombie related things to find synonyms to express how sleep deprived I feel; whilst I am unsure of the statistical models used or the science behind it being solid, it definitely made me smile to see something like this in the NY Times: –

Epidemiologists today worry a lot about swine flu. But earlier this year, Philip Munz got interested in a more devastating possibility: an outbreak of zombies. A graduate student at Carleton University in Ottawa, he was watching a lot of movies about the undead and realized that zombification could be regarded as a classic paradigm of infectious spread: people get bitten by zombies, after which they turn into zombies themselves and start biting others. So Munz decided to use the tools of epidemiology to answer a sobering public-health question: could humanity survive a zombie outbreak?

Working with a professor and two other graduate students, Munz built a mathematical model of a city of one million residents, in which an outbreak occurs when a single zombie arrives in town. He based the speed of zombie infection on the general rules you see in George Romero movies: after getting bitten, people turn into zombies in 24 hours and sometimes don’t realize what’s happening to them until they change.

When he ran the model on a computer, the results were bleak. “After 7 to 10 days, everyone was dead or undead,” he says. He tried several counterattacks. Quarantining the zombies didn’t work; it only bought a few extra days of survival for humanity. Even creating a “cure” for zombification led to a grim result. It was possible to save 10 to 15 percent of the population, but everyone else was a zombie. (The cure in his model wasn’t permanent; the cured could be rebitten and rezombified.)
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There was only one winning solution: fighting back quickly and fiercely. If, after the first zombies emerge, humanity begins a policy of “eradication,” then the zombies can be beaten. This is, as Munz points out, what traditionally saves humanity in zombie flicks. “People finally realize what’s happened,” he says, “and they call the army in.” Or as he concludes in his paper on the work, to be published in the collection “Infectious Disease Modelling Research Progress”: “The most effective way to contain the rise of the undead is to hit hard and hit often.” CLIVE THOMPSON

Posted: December 12th, 2009
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The Secret to ‘Getting Followers’

I got to realising today, I follow marketing techniques that the ‘learn to make money from <social network>’ people on the internet use. They actually charge people to teach them how to make friends, and explain a simple concept that, in the web 2.0 world your opinion is your product and your person is your brand. To make friends and network, you need to build your brand, whilst selling your product. The key to success at that is to be original, creative, and keep posting often! Sure, some people won’t dig your shiz but that’s all part of the game of life, most people will provided you’re not batshit insane and ranting about wearing diapers and committing bestial acts, because we’re all curious about the ‘other’ in this world and like experiencing people from all walks of life.

I began to realise I’ve only been blogging for FIFTEEN DAYS and have only had a web 2.0 presense for FOURTEEN on sites like Twitter, Myspace, Facebook, et cetera. And yet I’ve got hundreds of friends on all of them, almost half a grand on facebook alone. This is apparently abnormal, but I put it down to the fact that I’m as curious about you as you are about me, and I’m more than happy to read your rantings as you are mine because even if I only find one gem in an entire day of reading that I take away with me, it’s that gem that enriches me as a person through my interactions with others.

The bottom line to making friends on any social network is to keep talking, be friendly, and enjoy mankind and the experiences of life that such offers!

I want to take a moment to extend an invitation to my friends, followers, fans, and fellow bloggers who are friends on X network but not Y with me to hit me up on some of the social networks I’m on, friend me, and provide me the opportunity to friend you back, so if you use any of the following, please add me: –

Most of my content syndicates across most networks, so my main purpose behind this is to be able to read different aspects of your life and hopefully find a good read here and there, so put yourselves out there; I often recommend interesting posters to my friends lists so you’ll probably get a few hundred followers just by tracking me down on these networks. Anyway, enjoy! <3

If you liked this article, please retweet it or pass it on to someone you consider a friend!

Ps: I realise that not spamming / selling something is an advantage to the business models discussed in the first few paragraphs, but it’s still the same concept in a way. Be friendly, fun, and offer people something to take away, be it a smile or a pearl of wisdom or a laugh, and you make friends!

Posted: December 11th, 2009
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World of Warcraft Content Update 3.3

The latest content patch for World of Warcraft is quite an epic patch as far as size and application goes, with a lot of changes. Some classes get a buff or ten, others get massively nerfed. Hunter took a big hit, shame because I miss playing a hunter, Death Knights (which my main character of interest is, simply due to farming abilities) however get mad buffs and the coolest armour I’ve seen in a while. It’s nice to see they’re finally updating armour rather than just repainting old tier sets too! Here’s an excerpt summary of changes from the WoW site itself.

At last. In the Fall of the Lich King content update (3.3), the great doors of Icecrown Citadel will be forced open. The mightiest heroes of the Horde and Alliance will confront and finally defeat Arthas, the Lich King — but the lord of the Scourge will not easily part with his sword, his life, or his frozen kingdom.

This update includes an all-new raid and winged five-player dungeon; numerous interface improvements, including detailed quest tracking and instant cross-realm dungeons; scores of new quests and achievements; the epic tier-10 armor sets, and numerous class and system updates. You can find specific info, patch notes, and extensive details on all of the additions below.

The price of victory in Northrend grows higher with each passing day. Charge the gates, and bring an end to the wrath of the Lich King!

Icecrown Citadel: The Frozen Halls
Looming over the stark wastes of Northrend, the Icecrown Citadel awaits those who would see the Lich King and his Scourge brought low and the threat they pose wiped from the face of Azeroth. The heroes who venture within will face some of the greatest challenges and horrors yet seen. But before you burst in the front door of the Citadel itself, an alternate means of entry awaits you, with an epic journey into the new five-player dungeon, Icecrown Citadel: The Frozen Halls.

Journey with us into our preview of Icecrown Citadel: The Frozen Halls to find out more of what’s in store.
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Tier 10 Armor Sets
As the threats within Icecrown Citadel continue to take shape, so do the rewards for the brave souls who seek to face them. Check out high-resolution images of the tier-10 armor sets that wait to be acquired within the halls of Icecrown Citadel.
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New Quest Feature
We’re making several improvements to the user interface for tracking quest objectives in our 3.3 content update. These new features will serve to improve the questing experience for players through a multitude of new tracking options.
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Silent Hill 2, The Play

Silent Hill 2, the play, will be premiering in Sweden on the 17th of December, 2009. With material posted on a member of the production teams deviant art account it looks like they’re going ahead with production! They swear they’ll release it on YouTube and DVD also, but state it may be delayed for English subtitling as it will be in Swedish and to expect it around January / February.

The cast is made up of unknowns, Torbjörn Karlsson as James Sunderland, Rebekka Robertsdottir as Angela Orosco, Peter Joelsson as Eddie Dombrowski, Peter Jacobsson as Pyramid Head, Joy Jonsson as Laura and Madeleine Olsson as Maria. Don’t expect quality though folks, the play is written and directed by Anna Råberg as university project, nothing more.

In other news, whilst this story is old it’s batshit insane and deserves a mention; back on the 13th of October, 2009 a 35 year old man suffering psychiatric illness flipped the hell out and shut down power to a hospital in the Netherlands for over 45 minutes, leaving doctors and nurses to manually support the lives of patients in ICU.

The kicker is, he believed that by ‘pulling levers and throwing switches’ in the right order he would win ‘a toothbrush’ which was required to help him solve a puzzle in Silent Hill. Yep, you read right, he thought he was playing a game, and was actually wigging out in a hospitals maintenance room. Needless to say, the court found him not guilty on–you guessed it– Posted: December 9th, 2009
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Zombie Podcast, “We’re Alive”

Click here to hear the podcast through the website, or go to iTunes and download their free podcasts to your hearts content searching for “We’re Alive” by Wayland Productions.

Synopsis:

A small riot in LA has spread past it’s containment. Three reserve soldiers are called to their deserted duty station. Believed to be the last remaining armed servicement in the area, Michael, Angel, and Saul witness the true cause of the riot; people are starting to change and attack each other.

Armed with only what they can carry, they set out to secure an apartment uilding and rescue survivors scattered amongst the shattered remains of civilisation.

In a world turned upside down, every day is a struggle, as those who have taken refuge in “the tower” find out that their safe haven is under constant threat. In this place, however, the strengths of those who stand together, might just be enough to live long enough to see things start to change.

Click here to read an interview with the guys behind this hit podcast brought to you by the folks at A World On Fire. Please link back to us if you found this useful, or want to see more of this kind of content, I blog to keep myself occupied and yourself amused, feedback goes a long way! 🙂

Posted: December 9th, 2009
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Forza 3 Car Giveaway

Forza Motorsport 3 Car Giveaway
I usually give away a lot of things, from vinyl designs to general graphics and the like, but this time I’ve decided to take it another step further. Add bashpr0mpt to twitter. Every Saturday for the next five weeks I will be giving away a Forza 3 motorsports car.

What’s the deal? There is no deal, I want to meet more forza players who’re active on social networks, this is a sweet way. Is this a scam? Nope! Are you mad? Yes, to be giving away a bloody R3 let alone an R2 rated car (looking at 500k base for an R3 and 1.5m for a nice R2) I’d have to be.

How do you win it? Every Saturday get as many fellow racers, or twitterers you know to follow me and @bashpr0mpt me your xbox gamer tag associated with your Forza 3 account and the person who gets me the greatest number of crazed car loving gamers gets the car. It’s as easy as that. Make sure they simply follow me, and @ me your tag.

Week 1′s Prize
2009 Citroen C4 VTS
D-350

This is an ideal car for a beginner to Forza or even someone who’s been playing a while yet is still in the hatch range. This 1,221 kg Citroen is running full race displacement 1.8L block with racing valves and an Ansa sport exhaust’s dump spooling up a Garret sport turbo, blowing out 177 kW of power and 345 Nm of torque in a tight package.

This ride is specifically designed as a dream for racers who’re still getting the hang of the game, it runs 14.61 quarter miles, and does 0-97 kph in 6.405 seconds (or 0-161 in 15.172) so it’s definitely a quick car for it’s class, it is at the highest performance level it can be yet still fall inside the D range.

Aside from driving well, it looks great with a custom bodykit from Ibher Design, smooth carbon fibre with metallic black ghost GT stripes up it sleaks across the top while the side has chameleon detailing disecting the cold clean white of this machine.

This little beast cost 20,000 new with five times that worth of engineering–at least–sunk into it it’s going to be the property of one lucky racer out there.


Citroen C4


Citroen C4


Citroen C4



Citroen C4

This ride includes: –

  • Gredder Intercooler
  • Garret Sport Performance Turbo
  • BC Rims
  • Ibher Design Bodykit
  • Carbon Fiber Bonnet & Roof
  • Custom paintwork by BaSH PR0MPT
  • Citroen race valves
  • Citroen race displacement
  • Ansa Race Exhaust
  • Schrick cams
  • Fioanza sport fly wheel
  • Getrab Race Oil & Cooling
  • Magnetarelli Fuel System
  • Green Sports Air Induction
  • Intrax Springs & Dampeners
  • AP Racing Brakes
  • Whiteline Performance Anti Roll Bars (front & back)
Posted: December 9th, 2009
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Finally, Depeche Mode T!


Finally, Depeche Mode T!

Originally uploaded by BaSH PR0MPT

Good solid teamwork is essential for this award, no wonder it takes forever to get. I noticed a friend of mine, hebebebe was playing L4D2 Dark Carnival, I wasn’t intending on touching the xbox today at all, but I had to give it a shot.

His team was full, so I grabbed a random campaign of Dark Carnival with noobs, ran them to the end so they could get their 20G for finishing it, I joined late and they didn’t grab the gnome.

Figured I’d try one more time, but his game was full and I landed in the last part of the campaign with someone carrying a gnome lurking in a corner. Worth a shot I thought, so I threw out the fireworks and petrol and fell back to a defensive position laying down a supressive fire across the rear of the stadium, the other players to my shock did the same! They knew basic tactics and teamwork. WTF?!

Long story short teamwork made the difference, with our backs to a wall at all times we put up a hell of a fight and I emptied my klash three times into the horde before the chopper landed. At this point you get a huge rush of zeds and a tank pop out, I ran straight to the best pull zone and molotov’d the lot and got the tank on me asap, went down pretty fast but bought enough time for the team to retreat to the evac chopper! I knew that as long as the gnome got on board we’d all get it, but I was still shocked to see (30G – GUARDIN’ GNOME) appear on my screen!

So much effort for something so trivial, but hell, it’s a depeche mode shirt, how awesome is that shit?

Big congrats to BeatsTheBear and RedSox4Ever23 for the epic win, one more victory in World War Z! 😉

Click here for the walk through on how to get it!

Prada Amber Pour Homme


Prada Amver Pour Homme

Originally uploaded by BaSH PR0MPT

I am just about to walk out the door and put on some prada and realized just how amazing this stuff smells. Amber Pour Homme is Prada’s first fragrance release for us boys back in 2007, developed by perfumer Daniela Andrier.

It centers on four accords, Prada Eau de Parfum for women, a fresh cologne accord, a fougere and a suede. The notes include bergamot, mandarin, neroli, cardamom, geranium, vetiver, orange blossom, myrrh, nivanolide musk, labdanum, sandalwood, tonka bean, vanilla, saffron, patchouli and leather. It has a citrus fresh cologne in the top notes and smells sophisticated yet casual.

Now that I’ve convinced half my audience I’m a raging gay man I shall resume my day! 😛

EDIT: My previous post was about cars! CARS! Cars are manly, ok? They totally offset this metro post, got it?! 🙁 And yes, I noticed the typo in the heading, I blogged from my iPhone, my fingers are clearly too fat to meet Apple’s ISO standards. Fixed now! 😉

Posted: December 3rd, 2009
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Xbox hacking, custom photos

So, I’ve noticed the Xbox only allows you to have a VERY restricted choice of gamer pictures, and the only way to get PERSONAL pictures up is to take a photo of yourself through the special massively overpriced xbox webcam which only your friends can see. It’s still rather lame you can’t upload graphics, so after an hour or so wasting time on google to make sure that there is no possible way out there to make custom gamer personal pics I decided to think a little laterally.

If you can hack this up, you can mount any graphic. Keep in mind, at the moment people take photos of drawings and shit or try and take photos of their laptop screen and it all looks terribly fail.

The thing you want to be able to customise is here, and is only visible when you have your webcam plugged in.

The only way I can think of doing it is to splice the webcam’s cable onto an RSA video cable and plug it into a PC with a TV/AV card and mount it as a display. So you’ll fool the xbox into thinking it’s viewing through a webcam but it’s really viewing your computers screen. Then you load up any image you want to use as your personal picture, and mount it full-screen, then save it on the xbox as though you were taking a ‘photo’ through your webcam.

Downside is you butcher a perfectly good albeit massively overpriced proprietary camera, upside is the epic buff of your geek points off the richter. I’ll give it a shot sometime in the near future and will post results if someone doesn’t inb4 me and hack up their camera.

 

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