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The new Google? Hahahah hahahah hahaha

Just when you thought you might be getting the hang of the big G, a disgruntled former employee only goes and sets up his only rival search engine!

Ohhhhhhhhh techno scandal…. you love it!

‘Cuil’, (ancient Irish for knowledge i’ll have you know) declares it has the largest index on earth and that they offer a new search function for an every changing internet.

Sounds promising hey? Except after launching itself online, via all the correct marketing channels and funding itself with a sizable pile of gold, it only went and bloody crashed. Yes, imagine if Google crashed on you? No… Not possible is it?

Cuil may talk the talk and my god it might even walk …a little bit. But taking on Google and the algorithm of website doom? Thats just madness.

Don’t think much of the logo either….

July 31, 2008 at 1:05 am Leave a comment

Photography – ‘Got Air?’

Got Air?’

A fast paced action shot of a nutter and his motor cross bike, getting some serious air!

Location – The sticks.

To take this shot:

1/100, fStop 8, ISO 400

You will need: Some patience to ignore the rubbish shots you will take trying to establish settings, functional eyelids to evade mud & grit surprises, a crazy stunt man with his CC’s!

July 26, 2008 at 2:25 am Leave a comment

Banksy aka Robin Gunningham = Lame

Well, apparently, street art guru and general trendo mystery Banksy, is not so much of a mystery any more.

Thanks in part to a spazztastic newspaper we have here in the UK, anyone who cares on this rainy little island will now know that Banksy aka guerrilla graffiti god is no other than Mr Robin Gunningham from Bristol…

WOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAHHHHH!

This is so not news worthy, in fact it’s so boring I’d rather read every bio of every contestant on this years Big Brothe… ok no I’m being dramatic, but this is still super dull…. But for some unknown reason people have been going mad about this. Seriously there are chat rooms and forums dedicated to this topic right now, discussing to ad nausium the who’s, the whats, the wheres and the whys –

How could they out Banksy?” erm. who cares?

Apparently hes middle class” oh god no, not middle class.

Banksy is such a hypocrite selling his work for millions when he’s meant to be for the people” Nope. Just smart. If Brangelina wanna spend a 3rd world countries GDP on a bit of canvas and some spray paint then who’s the fool here really guys?

I particularly enjoyed this response:

“Spray painting other peoples property, without their permission, is vandalism. It hardly matters to the victim (for all you trendy lefties out there, that’s the property owner who has to pay the clean up costs) whether the creep responsible was lower, middle or upper class.”

Meh! This is dull and we’ve heard it all before, miserable it may be, this gimp might actually have a point, but will we let him have it? neeeeeeveeeeerrrrrrr.

It’s a standard fact that Banksy is cool, if you don’t agree? Then well you’re wrong… and a mega ‘tard. We can’t be bothered to explain why he is cool. You’re so late to this party.

So just in case you care, here’s some good old examples of ‘vandalism’ for you to discuss to death. Enjoy.

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July 15, 2008 at 12:52 pm 10 comments

007:Quantum of Solace HD Trailer

Quantum of Solace

007:Quantum of Solace

Here at Green i Design we are strong followers of the James Bond series and we were excited when we found this little gem on youtube. Its a HD trailer for the latest addition to the series, entitled “007:Quantum of Solace.”

Thanks to the uploader, this trailor is in fantastic HD quality so you get to see all the action in clear detail – and by the looks of it, action isn’t gonna be tough to come by. In the new film, Daniel Craig a.k.a James Bond is seeking revenge for the death of his love and sets out to stop an environmentalist from taking control of a country’s water supply – all in an average days work for 007, eh!

We think the new film looks brilliant and can’t wait for the November 7th release date. What do you think? Let us know your opinions!

Let the video buffer fully before watching as its well worth the wait!

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July 14, 2008 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

Treetop view at Kew

I was literally squealing with excitement at the thought of the newly unveiled, £3m Tree Top Walkway at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.

Spurred on by childhood fantasies of tree dwelling Robin Hood types, Ewok villages and little militant teddies, I won’t lie, I was a little disappointed with what I found. Having practically frog marched my party through acres of Capability Brown’s finest, my heart was racing, expecting ropes, hoistings, angry 2 footers and Morgan Freeman, I was dismayed to see an old British favourite in its full heaving glory; the queue.

‘I’spose this means it’s good?’ muttered an enthusiastic gimp – what kind of logic is that???

I’m being too harsh we shouldn’t judge by line size, for of course there was a line, there was always going to be a line, Britain thrives on lines – collective line misery is something we are very good at, but thats for another time.

Aaaaaany way, I digress, we reach Kew’s new Treetop Walkway. A soring steel structure, taking you directly into the canopy above. It had been open for hmm, maybe 2 weeks so of course the lift was broken and people had to walk to the top – but in reality, this is probably a good thing.

After a 15 minute stairwell climb due to the achingly slow pace of the queue, 60 ft up, we reach the top and for the first time, look out at the 650ft walkway ahead of us. It is certainly impressive. I look down. We are freakin’ high, and the floor is see through – not cool if heights aren’t your thing, not cool if heights are your thing.

After letting my resentment for the lack of rope bridges go, walking the treetops was all well and good. However, I couldn’t help but think that this walkway had so much promise of being something really impressive, it just fell short repeatedly:

The view was / had the potential to be amazing but was restricted by the foliage (ok yes, yes, it will be better in winter i know, i know), the single line flow of treetop dorks was innately retarded and probably a hazard, that will probably result in the immediate death of everyone, who knows? But the most fan-tabulous factor of all was that good ‘ol treetop was wobbling!??!. Let’s just say it had a Millennium Bridge moment and I was outta there.

The Treetop walk is cool, don’t get me wrong, but just give this exhibit some time. When the hype has died down, the noobs who built it have been back to wobble school and the trees have died (winter not bad karma) then try again – especially any aeronautical dorks out there, go. go. go. (It’s worth it just to be able to look right into the eye of the pilots heading to land at Heathrow – those baby’s are low, I swear I touched a DC10, no really… that low).

p.s Dork = Good.

July 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm 2 comments

Time to dust off those virtual boots again…

Latest screenshots have been released from EA for FIFA 09

Latest screenshots have been released from EA for FIFA 09

After all the fun and excitement at the Euro 2008 Championships this summer, and the fact that we in England had nothing much to do with it, you’d be forgiven for not even remembering that we actually play football in this country – but we DO and the new English Barclays Premier League season kicks off in just over a months time and with it comes the couch potato’s option of the latest football console games – FIFA 2009 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2009.

First out the gates seems to be FIFA 09, with an official website going up straight after the end of the Euros (so as not to affect any sales of the EA made Euro 2008 game).

Judging from the screenshots you can find on the site, it seems like EA are coming out with another good offering for the football fanatic. Last years Fifa 08 shocked the gaming community with its amazing visuals and, for once, not ‘throw-your-controller-at-the-telly-in frustration’ gameplay. I mean, it was actually good fun – you really started to feel like you were getting some of the control and freedom of play of the game that the Fifa series had always been lacking…

Hang on… wait… I’m being too nice I think… The players didn’t do exactly what you told them to, through balls were useless, player selection was still weird and crossing never really felt fluid enough.

So we can see by the screenshots that EA haven’t let themselves down on the graphics front, but what has been done on the gameplay side of things? The bit that actually makes or breaks wether you keep picking it up and playing it.Well according to EA – lots;

  • 250 additions and enhancements to core gameplay,
  • new animation technology that creates more responsive first-time shooting and passing,
  • faster and more controlled dribbling, and improved trapping, and new player momentum physics that delivers realistic player collisions, authentic jostling for the ball, and more variation in tackling.

So thats what they say! All sounds very promising, lets just hope EA deliver the goods and maybe they can really start to stake claim again as the better football fans choice.

Other than the gameplay its good to hear that developers have been working on further improving the ‘Be a Pro’ feature in 08. If you haven’t played it – it basically meant you could take control of solely one player for the duration of a game, being responsible for their every move, run, tackle, pass, shot or goal. It played better than it sounded on paper to be honest and people obviously agreed because this time out you can take control of your chosen player throughout a full-on career, taking part in all the league fixtures to the rainy cup ties of early February.

All of this along with the obvious annual update of club kits, players, stadia etc. and the promise of Platform specific game features, such as 8 vs 8 arcade fun football and table football on the Wii to Quizzes on the PSP and DS, should ensure another good year for EA.

Stay tuned until next time on the couch potato when we are going to be getting all the latest information on Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 and keeping you up to date on any new info on Fifa 09.

July 10, 2008 at 1:59 am 1 comment

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