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Game of Thrones is back.....this alternative reality

Andy Fawcett

We all love Game of Thrones.

Why wouldn't you, sex, murder, excitement, deceit and betrayal. You can't guess what can happen even if you have read the books.  It could be the most popular fantasy fiction series of all time. 

But what if Game of Thrones wasn't fiction, and it was today and in this world not in Westeros.

Love GoT? Then share this with someone who will enjoy it! Give them a giggle.

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Could Tinder mean more Sex for the Game of Throne Guys n Gals

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I don't thin promiscuity is a problem in westoros.  Tinder would be a smorgasbord board of lovin choices for the hot n heavy characters.  Who would dare swipe left on Queem Margaery. 

Social Media and the Self Image

 

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Even the smelliest and nastiest of characters could have an online presence and celeb followers. That's right Reek you work that body boy. 

There is More Evil in The World Today

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There's evil a foot in the real world. People with such immense wealth and far reaching power, who knows what they could achieve. 

 

Image is Everything, and the web is a nasty place

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Cersei walk of shame would break the Internet.  Forget the Fappenning of 2015. The web would have a field day on Cersei.  Reddit comments would be in the millions.

Text Messages May Ruin the Suspense

Game of Thrones Texts Mockup - Can you Hear me Jon Snow

We are all slaves to the mobile phone. The game of thrones characters would be no different. Especially with the boredom of being up on that remote wall.

Speaking of the wall, i dare say Presidential Candidate Trump would be looking for those wall blueprints for his mexico border. I don't think the ice wall would work though Donald.

Khaleesi Wouldn't take any Prisoners, ISIS wouldn't stand a chance

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She's the Queen with the Dragons, used to fighting in hot climates. Doesn't stand for acts of inhumanity or terror. See ya later ISIS, Khaleesi would be coming for you and her dragons would be full on the barbecued terrorist.

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Content Is King - Bill Gates' Looked into The Future and he Nailed It

Andy Fawcett

In 1996 Bill Gates made a prediction about the internet.  Turns out Bill Gates is a time traveller.

Read his predictions in his original essay, Why Content is King, below. Courtesy of Craig Bailey.

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Content Is King – Bill Gates (1/3/1996)
Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet, just as it was in broadcasting.

The television revolution that began half a century ago spawned a number of industries, including the manufacturing of TV sets, but the long-term winners were those who used the medium to deliver information and entertainment.

When it comes to an interactive network such as the Internet, the definition of “content” becomes very wide. For example, computer software is a form of content-an extremely important one, and the one that for Microsoft will remain by far the most important.

But the broad opportunities for most companies involve supplying information or entertainment. No company is too small to participate.

One of the exciting things about the Internet is that anyone with a PC and a modem can publish whatever content they can create. In a sense, the Internet is the multimedia equivalent of the photocopier. It allows material to be duplicated at low cost, no matter the size of the audience.

The Internet also allows information to be distributed worldwide at basically zero marginal cost to the publisher. Opportunities are remarkable, and many companies are laying plans to create content for the Internet.

For example, the television network NBC and Microsoft recently agreed to enter the interactive news business together. Our companies will jointly own a cable news network, MSNBC, and an interactive news service on the Internet. NBC will maintain editorial control over the joint venture.

I expect societies will see intense competition-and ample failure as well as success-in all categories of popular content-not just software and news, but also games, entertainment, sports programming, directories, classified advertising, and on-line communities devoted to major interests.

Printed magazines have readerships that share common interests. It’s easy to imagine these communities being served by electronic online editions.

But to be successful online, a magazine can’t just take what it has in print and move it to the electronic realm. There isn’t enough depth or interactivity in print content to overcome the drawbacks of the online medium.

If people are to be expected to put up with turning on a computer to read a screen, they must be rewarded with deep and extremely up-to-date information that they can explore at will. They need to have audio, and possibly video. They need an opportunity for personal involvement that goes far beyond that offered through the letters-to-the-editor pages of print magazines.

A question on many minds is how often the same company that serves an interest group in print will succeed in serving it online. Even the very future of certain printed magazines is called into question by the Internet.

For example, the Internet is already revolutionizing the exchange of specialized scientific information. Printed scientific journals tend to have small circulations, making them high-priced. University libraries are a big part of the market. It’s been an awkward, slow, expensive way to distribute information to a specialized audience, but there hasn’t been an alternative.

Now some researchers are beginning to use the Internet to publish scientific findings. The practice challenges the future of some venerable printed journals.

Over time, the breadth of information on the Internet will be enormous, which will make it compelling. Although the gold rush atmosphere today is primarily confined to the United States, I expect it to sweep the world as communications costs come down and a critical mass of localized content becomes available in different countries.

For the Internet to thrive, content providers must be paid for their work. The long-term prospects are good, but I expect a lot of disappointment in the short-term as content companies struggle to make money through advertising or subscriptions. It isn’t working yet, and it may not for some time.

So far, at least, most of the money and effort put into interactive publishing is little more than a labor of love, or an effort to help promote products sold in the non-electronic world. Often these efforts are based on the belief that over time someone will figure out how to get revenue.

In the long run, advertising is promising. An advantage of interactive advertising is that an initial message needs only to attract attention rather than convey much information. A user can click on the ad to get additional information-and an advertiser can measure whether people are doing so.

But today the amount of subscription revenue or advertising revenue realized on the Internet is near zero-maybe $20 million or $30 million in total. Advertisers are always a little reluctant about a new medium, and the Internet is certainly new and different.

Some reluctance on the part of advertisers may be justified, because many Internet users are less-than-thrilled about seeing advertising. One reason is that many advertisers use big images that take a long time to download across a telephone dial-up connection. A magazine ad takes up space too, but a reader can flip a printed page rapidly.

As connections to the Internet get faster, the annoyance of waiting for an advertisement to load will diminish and then disappear. But that’s a few years off.

Some content companies are experimenting with subscriptions, often with the lure of some free content. It’s tricky, though, because as soon as an electronic community charges a subscription, the number of people who visit the site drops dramatically, reducing the value proposition to advertisers.

A major reason paying for content doesn’t work very well yet is that it’s not practical to charge small amounts. The cost and hassle of electronic transactions makes it impractical to charge less than a fairly high subscription rate.

But within a year the mechanisms will be in place that allow content providers to charge just a cent or a few cents for information. If you decide to visit a page that costs a nickel, you won’t be writing a check or getting a bill in the mail for a nickel. You’ll just click on what you want, knowing you’ll be charged a nickel on an aggregated basis.

This technology will liberate publishers to charge small amounts of money, in the hope of attracting wide audiences.

Those who succeed will propel the Internet forward as a marketplace of ideas, experiences, and products-a marketplace of content.

His essay is copyright © 2001 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved
— http://www.craigbailey.net/content-is-king-by-bill-gates/

6 Ways to Keep Your Pets Cool During a Heat Wave

Andy Fawcett

6 ways to keep your pets cool during a heatwave, like the 42 degree heatwave we are currently having in Perth, WA.

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Top Trumps - Australia, the UK and the USAs obsession with MKR, Footy and Donald Trump

Andy Fawcett

So as darkness falls here in Australia and as it follows into the UK and USA. These three great nations each approach key dates and popularity contests in their respective calendars.

The Australian Popularity Contest - MKR

Here in Oz there is a luke warm buzz surrounding My Kitchen Rules or MKR for short. A cooking competition that pits teams of two against each other, judged by a frenchman and what can only  be described as a paleo walking baked bean. A man that is both the colour of rich mahogany and with the teeth of Ross in "The One where Ross gets really white teeth" (you know the one).  This show starts and then continues for an eternity, ramming advertisement after advertisement down the throats of all who watch it. Last year i watched with great excitement and was carried away with the buzz, 17 weeks later the first couple were voted out after being saved by 15 cook offs and last chance bonus rounds. The winner of last years show is due to be announced in 2019. This season of MKR introduces a whole new group of wannabe chefs, next year another 20 people will be introduced and in 2022 all the members of MKR will join with the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers to defeat Thanos who wields the most powerful Flybys card (the equivilent of a Tesco Club Card or Wallmart card) your could ever imagine. Over 3million flybuys points, enough to buy an Ipad or the final infinity stone. It's gonna be an epic.

The US High Stakes Popularity Contest and How I Fear for a World under Emperor Donald Trump

Meanwhile on the other side of the world the Ioha  Caucus has the attention of the nation, and this time the world.  I am fearful that Mr Trump, a man who sounds like something you do in the bath when you think no-one is around, will become the spearhead of one of the most powerful nations in the world.  Mr Trump or Big D to his friends, promises to buy a new wig should he be voted in, this wig will be muslim free and only made with the fibres of purebread all americans, not native ones, the ones that were immigrants.  Rumours that he will ban Mudbloods from entering the US remain unconfirmed. Donald Trump looks like the personification of arrogance and smugness combined, and every time he smiles I am terrified that the reverse butterfly effect  is directly responsible for giving me Migraines. The terrifying fact is he may actually win the competition for the American Presidency.  President Trump, King NobHead. I am terrified of this and can only hope that the intelligent folk in America will do the right thing and vote for .......bern.........hillary...........erm..............Monty Brewster. Yes that is the answer.  The only saving grace is that as i understand it he will not be able to pass any of the proposed "Laws" his campaign stands for as they will be thrown out of the senate as unlawful diatribe proposed by a racist madman.

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Good Old Blightys Annual Obsession with Transfer Deadline Day

Now across the pond to what is genuinely one of the only days that makes me homesick. Transfer Deadline Day, now for those of you not familiar with United Kingdom SoccerBall Superbowl, all clubs in the English Premier League have until 23.00hours to make any signings for the remainder of the season. Clubs panic buy and they are stuck with random hasbeens on ginormous wages. But the very best thing about transfer deadline day is that SkySports make an abundance of news reporters stand outside football grounds with a camera crew on the off chance that the next superstar turns up at that club. Considering it is the middle of winter in the UK, you would think that the reporters would be on their own. Oh no, the educated masses also go out in gangs of one and two, to make masterbation mimes behind the reporters heads or, as occurred last year, slap the news reporter with a purple dildo. Don't believe me, take a look at the video below.

The guy doesn't flinch, what a pro.

So you see we aren't that different America, UK and Australia, we all have our obsessions and our important popularity contests. Now if only an australian novice cook could cook Fubu for the presendential inaaguartion or if only a football fan could find it in his heart to slap Mr Trump with a giant purple dildo then my faith in humanity will be restored.

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If you like this why not have a read of my Tinder Experiment or my Tattoo Live Feed Blog,

Love n stuff

Dreski @ DesignUntapped.

 

 

 

 

You and Me and the Tinder Experiment

Andy Fawcett

For many of us thirty somethings whom are lucky enough to be in a loving relationship, tinder has passed us by. It is merely something we hear our single friends talk about or overhear people discussing their various successes, but mostly their nightmare hook-ups, when we are on public transport of people watching in coffee shops.  What the hell is swipe left!!!!

Pic from Buzzfeed

Pic from Buzzfeed

 

As someone on the outside looking in, I assumed this app is full of beautiful young people playing a huge game of hide the sausage, a depraved form of being able to bang without having to put yourself out there, and yes I was jealous and curious of this new form of "dating".  

 

The missus and I have often had this conversation, maybe you have had the same?

"I reckon if I had tinder I would get loads more action than you!" 

Well let me tell you, unless you are the attractive young female blonde of the partnership, you are destined to lose this bet. 

We're in the pub on Saturday and start discussing this with friends (all but one in their thirties and oblivious to the dark arts tinder). Our one friends, who is on tinder, stressed how it's not a fun form of dating or meeting people, and generally is a dark corner of the web, where "men" and "boys" can say anything free of the potential slap or pint being thrown in their face.  Bollocks we thought, surely you are just doing it wrong.

 So the bet began, my girlfriend and I both downloaded it, set up a very minimal profile.  Within minutes, al (my gf) was contacted by a guy called Brendon. Within 1 message he was onto discussing how to give her carpet burns.  Solid game Brendon.  She received 10 messages within a couple of hours, most of which involved great opening lines in various penis related diatribe. No dick pics though, so kudos on that one men of Perth.

 

Swipe left douche bag

Swipe left douche bag

 In comparison, over to me and I had 2 'bites' from what appeared to be genuine nice women who were looking to meet a fella.  Obviously they didn't reply after I sent them an obligatory dick pic and a well crafted opening line "you slaaaaag, you love it".  

What I conclude is that tinder is full of horny young men,  quick to make statements that they wouldn't dream of saying to a girls face. Now I'm sure they do get success but this is a pure numbers game for guys, eventually, actually probably relatively quickly, they will find a girl who is DTF.  On other hand it appears that single women on tinder get the actual worst of the worst of male specimens to sift through, to separate the wheat from the chaff must be a task in itself.

 

Tinder deleted. Although the missus is on her phone a lot and spending more time at the "gym" these days, 

 

love n stuff

 

Drewski @ designuntapped

The Great Entertainer entertains again - accapella vocals of Freddy Mercury

Andy Fawcett

Freddy Mercury is simply the greatest front man, the ultimate entertainer and a talent of which the world will never see again. However thanks to playback.fm, isolated vocals of Freddy bashing out "we are the champions" has been found and my word it is epic.  Everyone knows Freddy Mercury was an amazing singer, however I think this categorically proves he is the greatest voice ever. Have a listen to the video below and judge for yourself.

 

And if you have a little more time why not revisit his 10/10 live aid performance. 

 

Freddy inspired the Great Entertainer Tee available here,  take a look, also available in a slim fit and as a tote. The Great Entertainer is our first and most popular product. Use the promo code Freddy2016 to get a further 10% all purchases,

love n stuff

Drewski Malone @ designuntapped

I could murder a Tab

Andy Fawcett

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Remember that, Tab Clear, essentially it was invisible coca-cola. Crazy to think you can drink Coke from a can that no one can tell, let alone cares, what colour it was. The thing is I remember when I was little I think it tasted different to normal coca cola.

Maybe tab clear was the Keyser Soze of drinks, it was calorie free, sugar free, colour free and disappeared off the face of the planet as quickly as it appeared. My theory is it never actually existing, wow, your mind is blown I'm sure.

What is Tab clear? It is supposed to be Turkish. Some say it's father was German. Nobody believed it was real. Nobody ever saw it or knew anybody that ever had directly had it, but to hear Kobayashi tell it, anybody could have had it. You never knew. That was its power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world it didn't exist. And like that, poof. It's gone.

 

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The Gig Photo Phone Blocker

Andy Fawcett

On friday i went to see Laura Marling at the Astor Theatre. For those of you who don't know of her music, i'd thoroughly recommend her, she has a fantastic voice and beautifully written lyrics. Now i don't know if its my age or the fact that i am a grumpy bastard but just as Laura came on stage, there was a sea of flashes everywhere. Every bespectacled tattooed bearded hipster and doctor martin wearing tattooed hipster mama had their phones out of their pockets. Fair enough I thought but Nae, they continued to film and photograph every part of the gig, taking multiple photographs of Laura Marling. Laura Marling tends to stay still on the stage so if you do feel the need to take a photograph, take one, I imagine that should pretty much cover everything you need.

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Here is a photograph of Laura Marling on stage. I downloaded this in a second from the interweb, it is a million times better than a photograph that i could have taken with my iphone and I haven't ruined any atmosphere in taking it. 

Then there are Selfies, ahhhhhhhh, selfies at a gig. This is definitely the worst creation since the A'bomb (slight over exaggeration). What is your intention with a gig selfie?? look at me i like music, here is the proof of me with an artist on stage in the background.

If only someone could develop an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) device that could temporary block all mobile phones at a gig, i would be a happy man.  I imagine it would initially target hipsters, teenagers and the general nobheads.

And to the girl stood in front of me at the gig, i hope you enjoy sifting through your millions of pictures of a musician, and i am sure your friends will love looking at every picture in great depth.

 

love n stuff

 

andy @ designtapped

My bestest worstest invention

Andy Fawcett

Hi, I've been on holiday this week so haven't had time to write a full blog so thought I'd tell you about my greatest design invention. 

A few years ago I figured out that one of the greatest first world problems Aaround is the inability to fashion spaghetti into the correct proportions. Oh the embarrassment of making a dinner and having too little or too much spaghetti. You fool!!!!! Every time!!!! Lightbulb moment, why isn't there a product which measures out the correct diameter of dried spaghetti, I was in a shear state of excitement, this could make me millions. I told my closest friends of my amazing idea "you mean a spragetti measurer, you knobhead, they've existed for ever".........bollocks.

 

I still say this is my greatest invention, it's not my fault I was really late to game.