Update 28/10/2016 : VIDEO ADDED to #WAWIn1Week : Wild Atlantic Way In 1 Week : Day 1– Kinsale to Kenmare.

It’s better late than never, and this whole video editing lark is a lot harder and more time consuming that I initially would have anticipated, however after far too long a wait here is the footage from Day 1.

I literally had to trawl through hours of footage but the fact that it is over a year old is pretty irrelevant, the route itself is still very much there, it took 10,000s of years to for the earth to make the coast, hopefully it has millions more years left for us to enjoy, so once again apologies it took so long, and apologies for the fact I am a supreme novice when it comes to video editing, however hopefully you can enjoy the scenery, (and the soundtrack) and maybe even be inspired to pop over to Ireland to experience this epic route!

The remainder of the videos are coming and will be uploaded as soon as I can piece them together, if you want to make sure you get notifications when they are available make sure to follow this blog or me on Twitter or Facebook.

Thanks…

Gadget Show Live (2017) Cancelled?

In what seems like devastating news for the UK Gadget fan Gadget Show Live appears to have been cancelled.

With relative Internet silence around the annual event, and the fact that at this time of year I normally pick up my tickets, get the flights and hotel booked and sort out a Christmas present at the same time I was looking to get that little bit of spending sorted.

However nothing. No talk of tickets, nothing on the NEC website, nothing from The Gadget Show, nothing on TV, nothing.

A little more internet digging and The Gadget Show Live website (http://www.gadgetshowlive.net redirects to http://www.upperstreetevents.net) has no reference to an upcoming Show. It is now advertising The Technology Showcase at Westfield, London (in October 2016).

Following on from this And my search turned to Social Media.

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/gadgetshowlive/ – again references Technology Showcase, it states ‘Brought to you by the organisers of The Gdget Show Live.

Gadget Show Live Faceebook Page has a distinct lack of any mention of the Gadget Show Live!
Gadget Show Live Faceebook Page has a distinct lack of any mention of the Gadget Show Live!

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Undead Teds – Review and Gallery…

Undead Teds

Time for something just a little different, although different doesn’t necessarily mean bad!  In this case different definitely means cool!

Having been a fan of Undead Teds for quite a while I recently bit the bullet and purchased one.

Why ‘bit the bullet’ you may ask?  That’s easy, these guys are pretty expensive.  By the time you pay for postage and the bear you won’t have much change out of £90 GBP, you may even surpass that mark, the custom bears will put you over £125.

So yeah that definitely is a lot of money for a teddy bear, ‘horrifically cute’ or not, but here’s the thing, when your Undead Ted arrives you will understand the price tag.  These guys are supremely well made.  Taking the bear itself in account, you can tell before (s)he got infected with whatever zombie virus / fungus got them, s(he) was a quality, plush well put together teddy bear.  These guys aren’t some cheap bear, bought on mass, cheaply customised a little and sold for a vast profit.  They have started their zombified lives as a quality item and the quality continues through, leaving you with a zombie teddy bear that is exceptionally well put together.

There are alternatives out there, have a look at them, it does become clear quickly that if you are looking for quality this is the bear you need.

Take then the customisation – the blood is horrendous, and blood being horrendous is good!  It looks like blood, it has been applied so it looks like the ‘injuries’ the bear has have actually occurred, the blood is coming from all the right places, running and dripping where you would expect, clotting as it should and matting the bear’s fur as it would.  It’s pretty gross to be honest, but it’s meant to be.  Considering the other injuries the bear may have (as they vary with each hand made bear) they too are graphic!  My bear for example is a ‘Tongue Dangler,’ his bottom jaw has been ripped off, no doubt by some other psychotic  teddy bear, as a result his tongue is hanging out of his jaw…

Undead Teds - Tongue Dangler
Undead Teds – Tongue Dangler

As you can see, its a pretty horrific injury, but look a little closer, look at the tongue, the detail and look are of flesh, although in reality it is a hard plastic tongue it has a proper look of moist meat.

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#NC500In2Days : FREE Pannier Message Slots Available NOW!

Last year for my #WAWIn1Week challenge I offered slots on my panniers to Companies to advertise their products / brand whilst I travelled along the length of the World’s Longest Dedicated Coastal Route in a record breaking 6 days*  The uptake was great as was the feedback!

I have decided to do the same again this year and offer out my panniers for you guys to patch your brand onto the side of my bike as it travels round the coast line of Scotland in another time limited (and in my eyes record breaking)challenge of 2 days!

So what’s the catch?  There isn’t one, however I do have to want to support your brand.  It is my decision on what I put on my boxes.  It is also free!  

All you have to do is contact me, telling me a little about your brand (a website reference will do) and if I like what your are doing / about I will contact you back.  Then you just have to get the sticker made up and sent to me.  I will add it to my panniers and boom, there you have it, free advertising for you (whilst on the trip and in the subsequent photos and videos across FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube) and awesome looking panniers for me!

Charities are also welcome.

*I don’t know if it was actually record breaking but as I haven’t heard any difference let’s just pretend it was!

2016 #NC500In2Days Pannier Message Space Availability
2016 #NC500In2Days Pannier Message Space Availability

Updated (1) : Three (3 Mobile) The One Plan Comes to a Crashing End – for me anyway.

So yesterday I got the dreaded letter from 3 (Three Mobile) @ThreeUK / @ThreeUKSupport informing me that The One Plan was coming to an end for me.

Anyone who knows the One Plan knows that it was an amazing deal offered by Three that basically meant you gave them £15 hard earned pound coins and they gave you unlimited calls, texts and data, truly unlimited that even allowed tethering.

If you didn’t know about it, unlucky, you missed out.

One problem though, as with everything good it was abused.  People cancelled their broadband and such, streaming and downloading TBs of data every month.  Of course this then made such a plan unsustainable and caused Three to bin it.  I understand that.  It is what happens next that I do not understand.

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Photography : What do focal lengths mean? Focal Length v Zoom?

Today I found this great little image which I feel I really must share.

It explains focal length and what different camera lenses see.  For me me this was quite tricky to get my head round but it was explained perfectly to me in the following way.

Our eyes see things, in focus, with a lens equivalent of 50mm (and an approximate field of view of 50 degrees – the mm focal length of the lens and degree of field of view although the same are not related).  Our peripheral vision picks up more (a lens equivalent of  about 10mm), but the actual in focus part of the world we see is captured at an equivalent of 50mm.

The following images shows what each lens will capture in relation to what we see…

This is our view of a beach.  It incorporates about 130 degrees of a field of view and represents our entire vision (although in reality the periphery will not be as focused.)

Field of View of the Human Eye - approximately 130 degrees
Field of View of the Human Eye – approximately 130 degrees

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