Friday, May 15, 2015

Plenty of audacious looks on the Grammy red carpet this year

Grammys newcomer Sam Smith looked dapper in a white bow tie and Madonna rocked one of the season's most eclectic red carpets Sunday in a bedazzled two-corner black hat and burlesque-esque corset with matching thigh-high boots.
Fashion is always a little crazy at the Grammys, guys included, but first-time winner Smith soaked it all up in a more traditional tuxedo as he managed his nerves going up against some of his idols.
Madonna's big-shouldered shorty outfit was custom Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci. She wore not much underneath, flashing a black thong and fishnets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. She wasn't a hit with some in the Twitter peanut gallery: "Just got a glimpse of Madonna arriving. Seems to be channeling some mix of the Duchess of Windsor and Mae West," one chimed in.
Rihanna dashed into the live show at the last minute in a poofy, tiered pink confection of silk and tulle from Giambattista Valli that had some online comparing her to a party cupcake. She was dripping in Chopard diamonds.
Beyonce and Miley Cyrus went for black - Cyrus in strategic, sexy cutouts and the queen in a low V-neck embellished gown with a train from Proenza Schouler. Also in black was Gwen Stefani in a stunning strapless black Versace Atelier jumpsuit with a structured spiderweb swirl up top.

Audacious singer-actress Joy Villa was encaged in revealing bright orange, and it was unclear how Sia could see under her huge shaggy white wig.
Brandy Clark showed off a killer pair of metallic silver Prada pumps under a sparkly, second-skin silver-and-black gown, while Nick Jonas chatted, hands in pockets of a light gray tweed suit with a touch of yellow and ultra-skinny trousers.

Hubble Telescope Spots an Emoticon in Outer Space

In the center of this Hubble Telescope image is the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 — and it appears to be smiling back at you.
The two orange eyes of the grinning face are actually two distant galaxies, and the peculiar smile was caused by an effect known as strong gravitational lensing.
Galaxy clusters are so large that they can create a strong gravitational pull that warps the time and space surrounding them. From afar this creates a distorted view of reality, known as a ‘cosmic lens.’
There are thousands of images within the Hubble database that have only been viewed by a few scientists. However, Hubble opens up its massive database to the public to search through. A version of this particular image was brought to attention by a contestant, Judy Smith, through the Hubble’s Hidden Treasures image processing competition.

Popular torrent site KickassTorrents switched back to a Tongan top-level domain (.to) this week after authorities apparently banned its Somalian address,
The file-sharing site had only been at the Somalian address since last November, but it appears a crackdown has forced it to move again, Mashable reports. The domain frequently rotates between different countries.
KickassTorrents is one of the Internet’s most popular web sites, ranked by online analytics company Alexa as the world’s 68th biggest.
Torrents have come under increased scrutiny after recent server raids on the popular torrent site the Pirate Bay, and investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice into sites like Demonoid and Torrentz in 2011.

Few things are scarier than the blue screen of death and its Apple equivalents — except maybe this “haunted” Macbook someone is auctioning off on eBay.
How do you know a computer is haunted? eBay user wfatzinger has noted your skepticism, and he or she has already provided an greatly detailed answer on the computer’s listing:
Well, I took the computer home (still in perfect working condition) and, folks, this is when things started to get downright weird. First, I noticed that ALL of my songs in iTunes had become scary or haunted. Second, the desktop background was changed to a scary photo. The following week, we (my wife, Barbie, and I) noticed some of our stuff around the house had been mysteriously rearranged. One night, we went out to dinner with my wife’s parents and their friends and some people from my wife’s work and some of their parents. When we came home, my baseball cards were all out of order and my wife’s rare American coins were in total disarray. To make matters spookier, I occasionally saw the computer levitating. In some cases the screen and keyboard would open and shut quickly, as though the computer were attempting to speak.
The laptop supposedly works great, but what makes its $75 asking bid a steal is what comes with it: a certificate of haunting (a psychic signed it while channeling the computer); haunted music (let’s hope wfatzinger just means hundreds of copies of Beyoncé’s “Haunted”); ghostly photos (cross your fingers and hope they’re actually Gastly photos); and Edgar Allan Poe stories in text document form (who needs a Kindle?). Not bidding on this would be a…grave mistake.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Cycling is a great example of Brisbane, both the city and it’s people

A lot of people give Brisbane crap. Including people from Brisbane. In parts, they are right.  It does not have a massive harbor, and the lack of any wind makes it comparable to a furnace in summer.  Yet Brisbane is what makes Australia great. To realize it’s beauty you have to go beyond the superficial. It’s a city without arrogance, it’s welcoming of every culture, and as long as there is good weather and an opportunity to play sport, then nothing is wrong with the world.

Cycling is a great example of Brisbane, both the city and it’s people. It’s a sport that is not necessarily embraced by the masses, yet for those willing to dig a little deeper, the opportunities are pretty incredible. One such well loved opportunity is a ride known as the Stamford Valley –Goat Track Loop. It’s a tour of Brisbane Suburbia, of semi-rural acreage, of dirt, of rainforest, of hills, and of course coffee.

Pick your start point anywhere near the city, but we suggest meeting at The Bunker in Milton. It’s the go to “Northern Suburbs” coffee shop for anyone from cyclists to tradies.  Try and resist the chocolate croissants, but if you can’t, you will not be disappointed. Once you have gluten-loaded, head north towards Waterworks Road. If you leave anytime in the morning you will be going against traffic, leading to an abuse-free day on the bike. Continue along Waterworks Rd for approximately 10km, turn right onto Settlement Rd to test the legs over some pinchers, then left onto Samford Rd. The section along Samford Rd towards Mt Glorius gives a really good picture of Brisbane and the contrasting styles of “city living”. No more than 20 minutes by car, the suburbs of Keperra and Samford Village are quiet, open, and framed by hinterland views.  

At around 30km into the ride you reach the discrete “Goat Track” turnoff on your left. The Goat Track is a well groomed one-way dirt road up to Mt Nebo.  It’s 3km in length, has a gradient of about 8 percent, and views of Samford Valley that should force you to stop halfway and take a selfie or two.  Once you crest the top of the Goat Tack you turn left onto Mt Nebo Rd. If you ride another 2 kilometers you will reach the Mt Nebo township, and if you are a little glazed over and looking to grab the glucose needle, there is a small Café here. 

The road down Nebo is fantastic. It is not just a straight 15km descent. There are continual undulations, technical sections, and landscape views which make this part of Brisbane very special. At the end of the descent you reach The Gap, and join back onto Waterworks Rd. Trace this route for 10 kilometers, through Ashgrove and Red Hill, then the City. Finish off the ride with a visit to Scout Café in Paddington. A quintessential Brisbane coffee shop for a quintessential Brisbane ride.