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Van Gogh lookalike competiton

05/12/2016 Main
Van Gogh lookalike competiton 
 

Daniel Baker, an actor from Dorset in the UK has won the prize of ‘the most accurate’  Vincent Van Gogh lookalike. 1250 people, from 37 countries entered the bizarre competition, with the winner picking up 5000 Euros. He will also have a bronze statue of himself displayed in a Canadian vineyard. Canadian author Douglas Coupland organised the event, most famed for the cult novel Generation X. Read more

Red Hot Chili Peppers Discography Part 2.

04/12/2016 Main
Red Hot Chili Peppers Discography Part 2. 

Hi everyone, hope you’re all well and ready for another great post on my arts and entertainment blog.   With less than 3 weeks to go until I get to see the Chili Peppers live for the ninth time I am incredibly excited.  It’s been 3.5 years since Red Hot Chili Peppers played in Dublin, and just over 4 years since they played in an arena in Dublin. I’ve been looking at all my Red Hot Chili Peppers memorabilia, and have been searching online for T-shirts and hoodies from some of the previous Chili Pepper gigs I’ve been to which I for some unknown reason didn’t buy at the time.  I found some online for bargain prices here; http://www.easyprices.com/ and I’m hoping I can persuade some of my friends and family to get me some as christmas presents.    Read more

New Martin Scorcese

23/11/2016 Main
New Martin Scorcese

It’s exciting times in the world of entertainment. Martin Scorcese is releasing a hotly-anticipated new movie called Silence. I have been a huge Scorcese fan for years. For me, he is one of the most consistent directors in American movie history with an incredible back catalogue of movies. Many directors would be proud of having made one of the classics that Scorcese has directed over the years, let alone the vast canon that he has produced. His movie resume is second to none, with classics such as Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Casino, Gangs of New York, the Colour of Money, Cape Fear, the King of Comedy and Raging Bull being supported by amazing modern films such as The Departed and The Wolf of Wall Street. So you can see why I’m pretty excited about the prospect of a new film from this movie master. Read more

Red Hot Chili Peppers discography

19/11/2016 Main
Red Hot Chili Peppers discography

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Food Photography

18/11/2016 Main
Food Photography

Hey folks. How are we all today? Are you enjoying the theatre that is the US Election. It is certainly a form of entertainment in its own right, would you not agree (as will Trump’s Presidency no doubt prove to be if he goes on to win, which is looking highly likely at the moment). Anyway, I am completely off topic as I intend to focus on the arts side of the blog today rather than the entertainments. I was cooking for the family this weekend and I was following a recipe from one of my Jamie Oliver cookbooks. The photographs in all of his recipe books are second to none and are clearly shot by a specialist food photographer. Professional food photography has become more and more important to and in demand by the food, catering and hospitality industry over the last 15 years. So much so that it has become art form in its own right. Many photographers make a nice living from shooting nothing other than contemporary images of gourmet dishes for top chefs. restaurants, hotels, caterers and recipe book publishers. And they really are stunning images to view. They certainly leave my mouth watering, which I guess is the whole point, so job done. So if photography is your thing you could do worse than to knock up a few dishes of your own and get some practise in. It could well be a nice little moneymaker for you. Be sure to drop me a line and let me know how you get on should you give it a try. I would love to know and share it on the blog. Read more

Sitting with Strangers

21/10/2016 Main
Sitting with Strangers 

Welcome back folks.  Today I wanted to share with you an intriguing story of an incredibly thought-provoking artist by the name of Marina Abramovic and her unusual relationship with eccentric German artist, Ulay, after an incredibly moving display at Abramic’s live art show back in 2010.   I came across the video of this on my iPhone as it had been submitted to youTube and immediately went viral.  Within a very short space of time it received much acclaim, as well as sparking a wave of good energy throughout the social media world.  As so much of the media today is laced with negativity, anger and attempted division, I thought it would be fitting to share with you something that is of the very opposite nature.    Read more

Artistic Inspiration

30/04/2016 Main
Artistic Inspiration

Hey there folks! Welcome back for another informative blog post. Today I am going to touch on sources of inspiration for your art. Whether you are a painter, a writer or musician, you are going to need a dose of inspiration to realise your artistic goals. Fortunately, inspiration can be found everywhere around us in our daily lives. We just need to open our minds to the possibilities and things that are right under our noses but we routinely overlook. A few good ideas for great sources of inspiration include looking at the people around us, on the street, in the office and even in the supermarket. People watching is fascinating and can lead to kinds of artistic lightbulb moments. Sometimes just looking off into space, the sky or horizon can help conjure creative ideas and thoughts, as can flicking through old magazines or rooting through a draw full of junk. Whatever works for you. Find your thing and stick with it. I personally find going for a run in my local park unleashes a flurry of inspirational ideas and I come back with my head packed full of possibilities! Maybe this could work for you too? Anyway folks, that is enough from me for this post. I hope you have enjoyed reading my ideas and thought processes. I find it really helps me to formulate my ideas when I share them with you here on the blog. Be sure to write in and tell me what your favourite sources of artistic inspiration are. Bye for now folks! Read more

Purchasing A Used iPhone

10/04/2016 Main

Purchasing A Used iPhone Read more

Coffee Grinders

15/03/2016 Main

Hi guys, thanks for coming back to the blog again. It is so useful having one place where I can learn all about new technology and electronics as well as discuss ideas and interests. So with this in mind I thought I would move a little left field and talk about something different. So my other passion in life is Coffee! I don’t just mean drinking a few cups a day and getting the shakes if I don’t have one but I mean a real coffee geek. Any new coffee innovation or trend that happens I am their following it and testing it out. Read more

Creating my Home Theatre Experience

23/02/2016 Main

Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog. My latest project is setting up a home theatre experience at home in our spare room. I want to make a nice cosy environment where me, my friends and my family can go and watch movies, our favourite shows and play some computer games. I’ve already got the room looking cosy but I’m now in the process of assembling the theatre experience. I bought a nice 4K JVC projector towards the end of last year so I’ve got the viewing side of it well and truly sorted. I’ve got a decent PC that I can connect with HD although I’m not sure how much use it makes of the projectors 4K capabilities. The PC gives me a means of playing movies and watching stuff from the internet that I’m either streaming or have downloaded. I also have a Sony PlayStation for gaming. Really, the only thing that’s probably missing now from the setup is decent sound. Read more

My Android is Retro!

18/02/2016 Main

I recently did something that has caused a huge stir amongst my friends and now everyone wants to hang out at my place.  I turned my old android phone into a retro games console. “How”, I hear you ask? Simple really.  Just follow these instructions and you can do it too. Read more

Apple Innovations

15/01/2016 Main

Hello again, thanks for reading the blog so far and getting involved with your comments. I’ve enjoyed writing the blog so far and has been a really interesting experience. I’ve found out lots of new cool stuff through my research so it’s a great way of learning and sharing knowledge. Read more

My favourite looking Tablets coming this Year

02/01/2016 Main

Welcome back to my Electronics Blog. We’ve covered a few areas now with UHD screens, iPod Touches, cheap Smartphones, Smartwatches and even POS Cash Registers. I thought I’d move onto Tablets next a give a quick rundown of two or three of the best looking ones coming this year or rumoured at least. Read more

Smart Cash Registers

07/12/2015 Main

Smart Cash Registers Read more

UHD will blow your mind!

01/12/2015 Main

UHD will blow your mind! Read more

iPod Touch

27/11/2015 Main

With the way that smartphones have been changing over the past few years, you wouldn’t be stupid if you though that there really isn’t any need for a separate music device now, like the iPod. Phone manufacturers now produce phones with big memories and very fast processors, enough so that they can be your music player, phone and camera all in one, without the need to carry all three around. So why do Apple keep bothering with the iPod Touch? Why? Because they sold over 100,00,000 of them! Which makes them the most popular incarnation of the iconic iPod. Read more

Budget Smartphones

26/11/2015 Main

Ok so we all have smartphones now and it is getting the norm for the older generations and children to own one too. So what are the options for the people that don’t care too much about the smartphone, they just want some basic features and usability. Here are a few select phones that are all under $250, with some being way under, so if you’re looking for a gift for a parent or grandparent, then take a look at these phones. Read more

Smartwatch

10/11/2015 Main

We are lately seeing the rise of the ‘smartwatch’ and today I thought I would give you an idea about what to look for in 2016, or even Christmas this year. Smartwatches are much like smartphones in the fact that they are supposedly designed to make our lives easier. They were born I think from the fitness watches and they have just evolved from there. They seem like a bit of a gimmick these days but I think in the future they will become an integral part of our lives. Read more

 

Hello

01/11/2015 Main

Hello fellow tech and electronics geeks. If you like stuff that is powered electronically then chances are that you will like my new blog. Hopefully anyway. I’ll be posting stuff that I find interesting and important. I’ll be back shortly with the first proper entry.