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Cat to the rescue!

I wasn’t going to post this weekend, but then my friend Scottie posted this, and I just had to share it:

I’ve watched the rescue three times already and I still get a lump in my throat watching that cat save one of the ‘enemy’. 😀

We humans could learn a thing or two from this amazing cat.

Still smiling,

Meeks


Augmented Reality – it’s just around the corner

Vuzix knows that people don’t want to be embarrassed when they put something on their face. So the company is working hard to ship a pair of augmented reality smartglasses this year that will be thin enough to wear comfortably. The Rochester, N.Y.-based company unveiled its latest models, the Blade 3000 smart Sunglasses and the…

via Vuzix aims to ship thin augmented reality smartglasses in 2017 — VentureBeat

In Innerscape, Episode 5, I write about the NCTU agent following a digitally projected ‘map’ to his destination. In the trailer above, the guy wearing the AR smart glasses does the same thing. The details are obviously different, but the concept is the same. I am so chuffed. 😀

cheers

Meeks


Pressure points – research for Episode 5

This is not my normal fare, but I had to find out if it was possible to knock someone out using only a pressure point. I found my answer, and it’s ‘yes’.

In the video clip below, the instructor is demonstrating a four-step move that leaves the boy totally out of it. If you rewind the video to 04 seconds, you will see that the move which actually knocks him out is the third one. It pushes the point of the instructor’s elbow into a pressure point on the boy’s chest. You can hear an ‘oof’ sound as it happens.

The blow to the jaw is probably not needed, at least not against an opponent who isn’t actively fighting back.

I have to say this is one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen. Many of the people commenting on the video try to pass the whole thing off as a fake, but if you watch only the boy’s face, you’ll see that he would have to be an Oscar winning actor to fake this reaction.

Youtube is an amazing resource. 😦

cheers

Meeks


#Dollhouse – Melanie Martinez

My thanks to the Offspring for this one:

I don’t normally listen to ‘pop’ but this video clip is so clever I just had to share. It tells a story, a dark one, while lulling the conscious mind with a melody that is almost upbeat.

Enjoy,

Meeks


#JohnOliver and #Ladybucks, with a little help from some monkeys

Yesterday I posted about Capuchin monkeys understanding the difference between cucumbers and grapes. Today, thanks to Mr Merveilleux [a.k.a. Pinky] I thought I’d share my new discovery – English comedian [?] John Oliver. Oh, and the solution to the gender pay gap – Ladybucks. Enjoy!

Meeks


The #fairness study with Capuchin #monkeys

Watch this video [from a TED talk] and tell me that ‘fairness’ is not hardwired in all of us:

My thanks to the Offspring for telling me about this. 🙂

cheers

Meeks


This is a bus? New technology from #China

As a science fiction writer, I’m always on the lookout for unusual and innovative technology, and this ‘straddling bus’ ticks both of those boxes for me. Sadly,…it may not be sci-fi for very much longer. 🙂

 

Happy Sunday,

Meeks


Eurovision 2016 – congratulations Ukraine!

The Offspring and I just finished watching the scoring for Eurovision 2016, and we’re both knackered! So exciting but also incredibly nerve wracking.

Ukraine won at the very end, but out very own Dami Im led for most of the judging, and we couldn’t be more proud. Congratulations Ukraine and THANK YOU, Dami. 🙂

cheers

Meeks

p.s. This is the people’s favourite – You’re the Only One [Russia]:

 


Vertical Farming, now and into the future

The key concept in the following video is that cities can become food producers instead of just food consumers…via vertical farming. But what is vertical farming? Is it the kind of inner city, urban farming that happened in Havana [Cuba]? Or is it ‘just’ hydroponics farming? Or is it something more?

The examples of vertical farming begin at about 11 minutes into this 13 minute video. Well worth the investment in time.

My thanks to A.C. Stark for introducing me to both the video and the concept of vertical farming. A.C. Stark’s site is full of interesting posts that range from politics to climate change.

cheers

Meeks


A Day Made of Glass – #sci-fi vision

One of my blogger friends, Trinh Manh Do has this amazing music playing on his blog. I asked what it was and it led me to this concept video by a glass manufacturer. It’s called A Day Made of Glass and I wish I could have imagined such a user interface:

Seriously, whoever came up with this concept should be writing science fiction. I just hope I’m still around by the time this vision of the future comes true. Amazing stuff.

p.s. This is a sort of behind the scenes look at the ‘vision’. Fascinating:

cheers

Meeks


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