Apple : To Die For!!

AppleBelow is an amazing story about Apple by the BBC. Apple is apparently (as you will read) “deeply offended” by the program showing children mining the tin for Apple’s production, and Apple even admit to visiting the site and were appalled.
apple bbcBut instead of HALTING PRODUCTION UNTIL IT’S SAFE AND ETHICAL… They have set up help organisations… and basically, the tin in your phones and iPads were mined by kids – several of whom have died doing it!
So…. kids die mining for Apple’s profit – because there’s no way in hell they’d stop the ability to make a profit…

Read Article and Apple’s letter to their employees HERE

Of course, like the title of this post, the dark and damaging humour has already taken hold “Kiddy Killer” being substituted for any Apple product name.
Now, while no great fan of Apple and they certainly don’t in anyway support this site, I can’t help but feel they have a few things the wrong way around. Once these issues were witnessed by their own people is it right to carry on letting the products be made with knowledge of all this is???
However, personally, I can see a way out for them and one that makes the look like saints – but while I’ve worked on and done some great things in my own tech career – I doubt they would even look to me for advice.

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Published in: on 21 December, 2014 at 02:20  Leave a Comment  
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ooooo, a new Horror Movie

So, in between commenting banter on YouTube, D-Geek, Actor, Director, former Brit, Canadian and now Murican: David Hewlett has given the new Australian movie “Babadook” resounding praise in Horror dept! So much so, it looks like it could be worth a look.
First up, the trailer – followed by David’s review.

Published in: on 16 December, 2014 at 16:53  Leave a Comment  
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Ultimate Elvis Fan Purchase!!

Elvis’s Plane For Sale

On April 17, 1975 Elvis bought a Convair 880 Jet, recently taken out of service by Delta Airlines, for the then-lisa mariesubstantial sum of $250,000. After refurbishing, the total exceeded $600,000.

The plane was in a hangar at Meacham Field in Fort Worth, and for months Elvis took great pleasure in flying friends out to check on progress as the interior of the plane was refurbished to his very specific design requirements (he bought another plane to make those trips – a smaller Lockheed JetStar). Elvis wanted a seating area, a conference room, and a private bedroom on the plane (with space for an in-flight reading library). He picked fabrics, decided on color schemes, chose the on-board audio-visual system, and even Ok’d the gold fixtures in the bathrooms (he counted heavily on some aesthetic input from Pricilla too).

Elvis was especially excited about the fact that the same design team had previously customized AIFORCE ONE. The craft slowly came together as an airworthy mix of modem function and Graceland elegance.

Close in size to a 707, the Lisa Marie was customized with plush sleeping quarters, a penthouse bedroom with a custom-made queen size bed, an executive bathroom with gold faucets and a gold washbasin, a videotape system linked to four TVs and a stereo system with fifty-two speakers, and a conference room finished in teak.

It could hold a maximum of 29 people, but usually there would be about eight or 10. When the final paint job was applied to the exterior, there was a prominent ‘TCB’ logo on the tail.

Click HERE for details

Published in: on 13 December, 2014 at 19:04  Leave a Comment  
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Ok, that’s really kinda cool

Whether it’s because I was a soldier, or as a teen I used to shoot .22LR small bore, but I love surfing some of the shooting vids on YouTube.
You don’t have to look far to find this lady: Kirsten Joy Weiss
Kirsten is a serious competitive shooter in the US and is committed to making shooting fun and safe. Her vids are starting to earn her a great reputation in this area and none more so than the day she shot a playing card in half.
Now she’s done one better; .22 cutting a playing card in half at 20yrds with the rifle over her shoulder facing backwards and using a mirror.
Enjoy 🙂

Published in: on 9 December, 2014 at 14:27  Leave a Comment  
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The Infamous TWBrit Christmas List : 2014

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Hey, let’s get back to where we used to be at, and what better way to start than with this years Christmas List.
Yes!!
Of course there will be a few old things, and some new 🙂

Lifetimes Supply of Coffee
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In the absence of the availability of the previously wished for Amberley Court 
Then Stanton Court is next 🙂
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And / Or This place in Escala, Austin, Texas
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Marshall JCM 800
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The TrackingPoint XS1 .338 Rifle

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Again…. The Land Rover 110 Crew Cab pickup but stretched on a 130 Chassis

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Canon G7X

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The Cintiq 24HD touch

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Dell UHD 32 inch 5K Monitors

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I still want a plane, but we’re dropping the 787 and returning to the 777-200LR 😉

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Theakston’s Old Peculier by the barrel, not the bottle (of course)

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Virtuix Omni

Omni-Kickstarter
DJI Inspire 4K

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Canon 70D  Camera

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Taylor 812ce 12 Fret

Taylor 812 12 Fret
A Knighthood: KBE
for services to Britishness and Commonsense

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An invite to become a member of White’s

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A Toyota Sequoia

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And finally

Edible Chocolate Anus
because nothing could be more “Wrong” 😀
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I Got Art!!

The concept of “me” buying art is rare to say the very least. In fact, few of the things that have ever blown me away, I could never afford anyway and as an engineer at heart, Installation Art is more my cup of tea than most things as long as I can see the passion and uniqueness of the item.

So a few weeks ago I was collared by the site’s editor “Gabsatrucker” to go and have a look at a small studio who’s artist had caught her eye.
On a freezing November weekend, we arrived at Treehuggery owned and run by Jackie Ward. Jackie’s art has anart1 air of irony and simplicity that was so refreshing I ended up buying Gabsatrucker a piece for Christmas!
From making images like people waiting for a bus out of old bus conductor tickets to sport and cycling images from used car tax discs and there’s just so much more besides. To me, the best part is, Jackie is passionate and loves what she does.
If this reads like an advert, well I’m not being paid for it and I can’t recommend a true artist enough 🙂
KMA, you’d love her work!!

Then I see a competition for a piece on Facebook and get this – I won it!!! What more can I say to that?!art2
So If you want something a little different and very individual for a space on the wall of for a gift that seriously will not hurt your pocket – click on TREEHUGGERY and give her stuff a look because if you like quirky, interesting and most definitely original – then you just found it! 🙂

 

Published in: on 8 December, 2014 at 00:19  Leave a Comment  
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