Thursday, December 31, 2015

#Starwars #lightsaber colours, how I always thought they worked. #jedi #skywalker

Star wars thought force light saber colours

from Andrew Brett

How to kill lots of Chicken Wrangler Zombies and complete your quest fast in Plant's VS Zombies 2 #PVZ #popgap.

 Chicken Wrangler Zombies Plants VS Zombies 2 PVZ Screenshot

Playing Plants vs Zombies? Got the quest to kill hundreds of Chicken wrangling zombies but you don't want to spend ages doing it? After all, it IS a lot of Zombie Chicken Wranglers.

Here is how you can complete the "kill wrangler zombies quest" quickly and efficiently.

from Andrew Brett

Friday, December 25, 2015

How @Endgadget poo-pooed @Nokia's C.E.O too soon. Turns out. He was right. Kinda. #tech

On 04.21.10 Engadget ran this story entitled: "CE-Oh no he didn't" quoting Nokias then CEO Anssi Vanjoki who said camera phones were about to make SLR obsolete. Engadget was quick to poo-poo his vision because, as any photographer knows, the lens is an important part of the photography process and those tiny (and I do mean tiny) camera phone lenses would never be up to par, would they?

from Andrew Brett

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Monkey laughs at magic trick. #happychristmas #funny #youtube

Who doesn't like Magic. Not monkeys (in this case an orang-utan). If this don't put a smile on your dial then I can't do nut'in for ya man.

I would love to have a monkey in my family. Well... yes I already do already have some..., perhaps more like this magic loving fella.


from Andrew Brett

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

What I want from a flat file CMS: (@getgrav might just be the closest).

I was just jotting some ideas about flat file CMS's and what would make me start to use one of them. Falt file CMS's are a way of building websites (and managing their content) without having to write all the code. A normal CMS uses a database to organise stor the content, a flat file CMS simply uses stored text files (which makes it easier because the system doesn't need to look it up). This is what I am looking for from a Flat file CMS:

from Andrew Brett

What colour should my logo be?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

My son and daughter unboxing our new #AppleTV (much fun was had by all)

My Son was so exited to get the Apple TV. "Crossy road multiplayer !!!!". When we got it I asked him if he wanted to do an unboxing, I told him some people will have questiuons about the Apple TV like, weather or not it comes with an HDMI cable (it doesn't) and one way to show people what they get when they purchase it is to make an unboxing video.

So here it is:

Unboxing the Apple TV (with Swordsprite and Teslasparx).


from Andrew Brett

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Why combustion engine cars are dead #Tesla #tsla #eco

At some point there may have been an argument against electric cars that was valid, but not any more.

Now things are different. Combustion engine cars are nothing but fossels from a bygone era.

Now there is only one type of motor to put in a car and that's an electric one.

An electric motor not only provides a clear view of humanities endgame for transportation without pollution, it also offers the one thing that will convert die hard car enthusiast once reluctant to embrace the technology; Power. Real, go faster power.

We may not have all the infrastructure in place to provide all the electricity we need greenly in every part of the world, but that's solvable and there are many parts of the world where renewable electricity is generated.

If you don't believe the writing is on the wall for combustion engines, just take a look at this youtube video where some lucky Australians get to race a Tesla Model S P90D against a very capable V8 (If you have never been to Austalia, let me tell you, they love V8's, they even have their own racing events specifically for fully tuned  V8's):

Please note: this looks like an older video, the Tesla Model S P90D is now available with the option for even more power and instead of "insane mode" it now can be configured (if you pay extra) with "Ludicrous mode" which brings the 0-100kmh figure to just 2.8 seconds.

Watch as a Tesla eats up a V8 and then is surprised as another, more powerful challenge arrives…

from Andrew Brett

Friday, October 2, 2015

This cool #robot won’t fall over as long as you know how not to. #robotics

I would love to make robots. Please, someone give me a job making robots. It looks like fun (hard work, but rewarding).

I came across this cool robot which solves the problem of keeping balance by relying on the connect human to make care of that for them. You’ll understanding after you’ve watched the video.

from Andrew Brett

Thursday, August 20, 2015

New #webdesign Molinos MODO coffee grinder company.

My latest website build: Coffee Grinders Company MODO


Molinos MODO Screenshot of Banner on web page

We just rolled out our latest website build. I work for a group of coffee companies ins Spain related to the coffee trade. In the group there is a company which makes coffee capsules, another which does coffee beans for the hospitality trade and there are some which make those same products but just in a different price range.

Molinos de cafe electronicos Modo sitiowebWe just rolled out our latest website build. I work for a group of coffee companies ins Spain related to the coffee trade. In the group there is a company which makes coffee capsules, another which does coffee beans for the hospitality trade and there are some which make those same products but just in a different price range.

One of the companies is a factory which makes automatic coffee grinders.

Recently we updated the website and yesterday we went live. I will admit that it has a few kinks which we need to iron out, but it’s a huge improvement from the old.

As a Marketer it was important for me to update the site because it sent too much tim talking about the features of the products and not enough time talking about the benefit.

One of the grinders for example is a very different kind of professional coffee grinder. It has an attached money box and is a completely sealed machine. It grinds coffee according to money deposited in the coin box. It’s not a 1 coin = 1 coffee system, the money deposited pays for the coffee according to it’s cost per kilo. I.e. if you put in 2€ the machine credits 2€ worth of coffee and will dispense the appropriate amount of coffee. Then the company just needs to visit the customer and open the grinder to refill it and empty the cash box. This is great for the customer because they don’t have any bill to pay.

The problem was the old website talked about the coin box but didn’t explain how it benefited the customer. It benefits the coffee supplier because they don’t have to worry about unpaid invoices and customer love it because they never have to worry about paying the bill and when our delivery guys fill the machine, they also maintain it, so it always works well.

Anyway if you are interested in Coffee Grinders you can check out the website:

If you have any other questions about coffee products, just leave a comment, as long as I’m working here I can do my best to answer them.

from Andrew Brett

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

How to Center Buttons and other elements using external #CSS

How to Center Buttons and other elements using external CSS

How to center something width-wise using CSS. In particular this is useful for buttons. Even more particularly I made this to help people to center buttons if the are using Joomshaper SP Pagebuilder. I used this to center the buttons for SP Pagebuilder, but this could also be used for anyone who want to center something horizontally with CSS.

from Andrew Brett

Wierd #iPad #opticalillusion #whenyouseeit

Ok. So I found this photo of an iPad. When I first saw it I just couldn't get my brain to see the edge correctly. I saw an edge that dented in and then out. Hard to explain. Like instead of being round-convex, it was round-concave. Take a look. Do you see an iPad Optical illusion? Do you see the iPad with a convex (rounded out) edge or an iPad with a concave (rounded in) edge?

ipad optical illusion

from Andrew Brett

#Coffee is the human battery. #meme

Low-Power coffee espresso cup with power band funny meme

#coffee #meme

from Andrew Brett

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Thought of the day #Guncontrol #gunsense

Gun Control Thought

from Andrew Brett

Change the Newsletter status in bulk of #Prestashop customers through PHPmyAdmin

Change the Newsletter status in bulk of Prestashop customers through PHPmyAdmin

How to mass update the newsletter status of customers in Prestashop.


It could happen. You import your customers into Prestashop and their subscription status to the newsletter gets lost. You may simply want to set them as subscribed but you don’t want to do it one by one. You want to set all the customers in bulk below or above a certain customer ID as subscribed to your prestashop newsletter in one go.

This is a quick post on how to update the newsletter status of customers in Prestashop using PHPmydamin.

from Andrew Brett

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Why electric car naysayers are wrong. #tsla #Tesla #teslamotors #greencars #electriccar

800px Tesla Model S

Imagine I made a “dogp3player” a kind of mp3 player which only dogs could hear and I started selling it for 500$. How long before the price came down? Never. That’s how long. Because there wouldn’t much demand in the product. Without demand, there is nothing to incentivize other companies to also make the product, ergo there would be no competition. Competition drives prices down as companies compete to make sales by improving the value proposition to the customer. Lower prices often fuel additional demand and companies invest to continually make products better and cheaper in order to make more sales. High demand also allows companies to improve fabrication which can not only lead to cheaper production, it provides the financial resources needed to make a product with less materials, less waste and often less toxic materials.

from Andrew Brett

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pic of a toilet seat decorated in #coffee beans, because, well... #whynot? #wtf

So, if you're in German at Baumarkt for just 19,99€ you can buy a toilet seat adorned with pictures of coffee beans. Now, I like coffee- a lot, but I don't think I would choose to have a toilet seat covered in coffee. It seams Baumarkt disagrees because they have plenty of stock. Either I'm misjudging the market for coffee covered toilet seats, or they´re optimistic.

Toilet seat covered in coffee beans



from Andrew Brett

Sunday, June 14, 2015

My son's latest video about learning German, a departure from his video game vids #youtube #youtube @swordsprite

My Son normally likes to make video games videos for youtube like minecraft videos (here) or retro video games like this one about playing pitstop on an atari 2600.

Last weekend he departed from video games and decided to make a video showing basic German words. It's not that easy to understand, but he knows he needs to work on that. He hasn't really found what he wants to do appart from "make youtube videos". That's what he aspires to and I support him 100%.

He appreciates every 'like' he gets and jumps up and down with excitement when people subscribe, he has a good heart and just want's to make youtube videos which help people. Perhaps thats why his latest idea is to teach a bit of German. He is trilingual so if you want to learn a few basic German words please check out his latest video:


from Andrew Brett

Nutcase video of guys/gals riding on motorbikes while standing up #insane

Where can I watch a nutcase video of guys/gals riding on motorbikes while standing up? Here I guess...

Ok. Standing on top of a motorbike instead of riding it looks cool, and it IS a well made video, but it's damn stupid. Yes you might get a few million youtube hits but you could just as easily get a free trip to heaven.

Sigh, I guess I'm just adding to the demand by sharing this, oh well, I can't deny that there is skill and guts involved.

If you want to watch people standing on motorbikes, here it is. Beautiful or stupid? You decide.

from Andrew Brett

Friday, June 5, 2015

S.E.O. is dead. How to stop worrying about your Google rank and get things done.

SEO is dead

S.E.O is dead. OK, it's not dead, not at all, but for many people there are other things they might be better able to spend their time on that could reap more results.

This is a workshop/presentation for start-ups and small and medium sized businesses. This is to be a workshop for people who are in many different types of business and different skill/experience levels. It is designed to be a group project so that those who have knowledge can help out others.

Sorry for any spelling errors. I am uploading this quick for people who are interested in this as a resource and don't quite have time to to give it the final once over.

from Andrew Brett

Monday, June 1, 2015

the difference between an agry person with or without #guns.

Guns. It’s not about protecting yourself from bad guys with guns. The problem is, with easy access to guns, good guys can turn bad at the flip of a switch. I'm a bit of a hot head and I suffer from depression. It would scare me what would I would have done <to myslef> if I had had acess to guns...

Godd gouy with or without gun meme

from Andrew Brett

Saturday, May 23, 2015

15 Flat file CMS systems to get to know for 2015 and beyond #flatfileCMS #Joomla

A flat file CMS is a Content Management System (CMS) that eschews database connection in favor of simple text files which the system uses to dynamically build web page views as they are visited. Its advantage is speed. Because the system doesn't need to "find" the contents of the page from within a database, server response time is faster and page load times quicker. Well that is in theory, just last week I made some speed tests comparing Flat file CMS's with Joomla CMS and found that although the flat file CMS systems in most part outperformed Joomla, properly optimized Joomla sites with a fast template could outperform a flat file CMS making the decision not so cut and dried.

from Andrew Brett

Friday, May 22, 2015

Can’t click the next button when installing a #TP-Link wifi range extender? Here's your #solution

This article is about a very specific problem: Not being able to install/connect your TP-Link range extender because the admin window isn’t big enough for you to see the NEXT button (on the page where you choose which wifi network to connect to). If you can’t see the next button, you can’t click it and you can’t connect or install your TP-Link wifi range extender. Fortunately you have found the page with the solution.

from Andrew Brett

Monday, May 18, 2015

#Google is soon to put #cars without real driver on real roads. #selfdrivingcars

Google is getting ready to put self driving cars on the road.It seams strange because we happily get into cars with human drivers and don't give their ability to drive a second thought but I'm not sure the same will be true when we get into a car that drives itself. I think that might be pretty nerve racking at first. Stupid really, because the multiple sensors and specifically designed software could no doubt be safer than half the crazy people driving on the road.

Ugly car though.


from Andrew Brett

Saturday, May 16, 2015

#Insane #parkour in the side of a skyscraper. Watch in HD to give you vertigo.

I don't know about you, but I get an uneasy feeling just holding my camera over a rail on the viewing deck of a tall building.

That's why this parkour on the side of a skyscraper is so nerve racking if not for the person filming it, it certainly is for me, the viewer.

Actually I'm not sure about how I feel sharing something like this. I don't want to be contributing to the demand for dangerous videos knowing that demand drives supply and it's only a matter of time until one of these people makes a fatal mistakes. I'm ok at least with the fact that the risks are obvious and sometimes you can't protect people from there own stupidity (an make no mistake, that's what this is. Stupidity):

Here is the 1st person view of captain insano jumping from pillar top to pillar top in the side of a skyscraper:


from Andrew Brett

Friday, May 15, 2015

Are #women better at multitasking? Maybe it's more a case of this....

I think this should be a thing. We have lots of distractions these days and I think it's important to be able to concentrate. That said, my wife is always busting my chops when I'm concentrating on something so much I fail to respond to her. It's oft commented that men are not as good at multitasking as women, but I maintain...:

Im not bad at multitasking I'm amazing at monotasking

from Andrew Brett

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How good is robotic surgery in 2015? This good. Watch a #robot suturing a grape and find out #amazing

Oh and by 2015,.. I actually mean 2014 because this is apparently already a year old, but here is a video of a robot suturing a grape. The machine is apparently capable of flooding origami cranes no larger than a five cent piece.

I wonder what looking back on this will be like in twenty years...

Now, let's put it to some good use like as a high resolution back scratcher. Ahhhhh.


from Andrew Brett

Death to #Whatsapp? A new instant message app with end to end encryption might be your future #killerapp - #Bleep.

OK. I'm not sure this will take off enough to bring a death blow to the popular Whatsapp message service, but if the information I've read about Whatsapp security is anything to go by, I hope so.

Bleep is a new messaging service with real security and privacy features built in. I have yet to try this out for myself, but I already use Bit Torrent Sync and I love it. I'll definitely be testing it out this week and hopefully have an idea know pretty soon if it has the capacity to be a Whatsapp killer. If Bleep did take off, that would mean a big faceplam for Facebook who purchased Whatsapp for a nearly $19Billion.

from Andrew Brett

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Leonardo DeCaprio nials the urgency needed in action again #globalwarming

Nothing that damages the environment should be cheap. Oil prices and gasoline price should be way higher, artificially inflated in order to create a financial incentive to research/invent/adopt alternatives.

The same for industry. If it damages this fragile world we live in it should be either prohibited or expensive. Watch how fast we clean things up ouselves when consumers have to PAY for the environmental damage caused by the things they buy.

We need action now and Leonardo DeCaprio's speech at the opening of Climate Summit 2014 sums this up perfectly.

from Andrew Brett

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Enter Sandman backwards. #creative #metallica cover.

In my early twenties, my friends an I played around video taping (yes, with video tapes!) eating food and then playing it back backwards. Often we would choreograph things so they they looked like they were forwards when when played backwards.

This guy takes it to the next level and earns his internet stardom with a very nice cover of Metallica’s “Enter sandman” recorded forwards, but performed and sung backwards so that when it was played backwards it would sound like it should if performed forwards. Got it?  Right.

from Andrew Brett

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

What do you like better? #Airplanes or #Helicopters? Why not both?

Check out Nasa's latest hybrid Airplane/Helicopter: Takes off like a helicopter and flies like and plane.

Actually this idea is nothing new because helicopters have the advantage that the can take off vertically and are more maneuverable, planes have the advantage that they are fast and use less energy to propel themselves.

Nasa have done a great job in creating a hybrid of the two, enjoy this video which shows the plane/helicopter transition from one form to the other.

from Andrew Brett

Sunday, May 3, 2015

My amazing parents. Back to bringing school uniforms to New Zealanders for a reasonable price.

I genuinely am impressed. I have complete respect for my parents and the things they have achieved in life. Nobody every gave them anything. They had to work hard to achieve what they have but they didn't do it by work alone they built a successful business by providing a product to families for a better quality at a lower price.

If your interested this is a nice story.

from Andrew Brett

My amazing parents. Back to bringing school uniforms to New Zealanders for a reasonable price.

I genuinely am impressed. I have complete respect for my parents and the things they have achieved in life. Nobody every gave them anything. They had to work hard to achieve what they have but they didn't do it by work alone they built a successful business by providing a product to families for a better quality at a lower price.

If your interested this is a nice story.

from Andrew Brett

Saturday, May 2, 2015

#Applewatch edition video. How the Gold #Apple watch is made #marketing #advertising

You know this is advertising. While you watch this video about how the gold Apple watch is made, you know the company wants to sell you something, but you don't care.

Apple starts it's marketing and advertising like nobody else does, buy making the finest possible product bar none. The marketing then comes easy, all you have to do (if you're Apple) is explain yourself. You don't have to emelsh the truth or exagerate. If you're Apple, all you need to do I get you head designer Sir Jonathan Ive how it was done. The rest is pure art.

Here is how the Apple Gold watch (Apple watch edition) is made:

from Andrew Brett

How a Stainles Steel #applewatch is made.

Sir Johnny Ives voice is like accent crack cocaine. Here Sir Ive explains to us how the Apple stainless steel Applewatch is made. It's well worth a watch for those looking for example of great marketing/advertising and attention to detail.

from Andrew Brett

Friday, May 1, 2015

Got a wierd feeling when I saw someone had made "my invention". #inventors and #designers will understand.

OK, so this was wierd…  a few months ago I tweeted about and idea for an invention I came up with quite a long time ago. A set of robots which could manoeuvre under the wheels of a car and lift the car to shunt it to a better parking space.

My idea was that they could be used to correct that problem where one extra wide car or person parking badly causes everyone who parks beside them to park badly and perpetuates until enough spaces are free that things can return to normal.

I mean, how many times have you seen people on the internet complaining about people parking poorly? Theyu are the drivers we love to hate. Often poeple will leave nasty notes or sometimes, or in some extreemes resort to defacing the poorly parket car in question. I always think; "what if it wasn't that cars fault? Maybe it was the car in the park next to them that forced them to park that way and now that other car has left?".

Anyway, it's one of those invention ideas you have by you know you are never going to do anything about it because it's not your best idea, it's not commercially viable ot you don't have the resources to make it happen.

But you want to know whats really weird? When someone else has the exact same idea and produces the product, then you randomly stumble on it one day on the internet.

To be clear, I don't believe someone randomly saw my tweet and then made the product, it would have taken far too long to develop. It's just a bizarre felling to see "your invention" made real by someone else.

This is almost exactly how I imagined a set of robots for moving cars would be:


from Andrew Brett

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Morning #coffee #meme #funny

Do you sometimes feel like this? I'm usually not so grumpy in the morning. Usually.

don’t talk to me until I’ve had my first cup of coffee

From this spanish coffee meme (source).

from Andrew Brett

Monday, April 27, 2015

Quick solution to max-width not working on #Firefox #CSS

Quick solution when max-width isn't filling the element in Firefox.

A recent update on firefox change the way it handled max-width in css and meant that in some case the image no longer fills the element in which it resides (in my case a Joomla module).

Now I’m not an expert in CSS (far from it) but I wanted to share my simple solution for fixing max-width when used inline in html:

from Andrew Brett

Saturday, April 25, 2015

iPad how to fix green pixel noise screen after drop.

Yep, he finally did it. My son drop his mother's iPad 2. The screen didn't break but it did start displaying a crazy random pixel noise with mostly creen pixels splattered accross the iPad screen. Here's how I fixed it:

from Andrew Brett

Thursday, April 23, 2015

How to auto-change from slide to slide with Yootheme Widget kit.

enable autoplay en yootheme widgetkit

How to change from slide to slide or item to item automatically using Yootheme Widget kit on your Joomla website.

I got a bit stuck using Yootheme widget kit for a slideshow. I couldn't find how change from slide to slide (item to item) automatically. I couldn’t see it in the widget kit component at first, so I thought I might have to specify it as a shortcode. Nope wrong again. It turns out it was much easier than that.

from Andrew Brett

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

That's just plain nuts: robotic ants teaming up #creepy or #cool?

I thought I just posted about mind blowing tech of the day and then these 3D ants showed up. I laughed, I cried, I peed my pants. These little blighters have great potential but also hint at the dark side of robotics, imagine a pletora of bionic ants like these in the wrong hands... sounds not too far of the robots out of Hero 6.

Don't be fooled though, I'm impressed. The software for creating robot ants that can work together and also take care of themesleves autonomously is pretty cool.

Check it out and decide for yourself: Creepy or Cool?

from Andrew Brett

Breaktrough Terminator inspired #3Dprinting with real #WOW factor @Carbon3D

Mind blowing 3D tech of the day goes to: Carbon 3D Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP).

If you are involved in manufaturing this video might just blow your mind. I had never heard of Carobn 3D until I came accross a press realease today about thier new 3D printing technique which grows the 3D objects in a pool of resin reminiscent of how the T1000 grew back up out of droplets int the movie Terminator 2.

The Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) uses light and oxygen to “continuously grow objects from a pool of resin instead of printing them layer-by-layer.”

Well,... take a look for yourself. Keep in mind this is 7 times normal speed, but it still does not fail to impress:

from Andrew Brett

Monday, April 20, 2015

How I feel about #faith

God flow chart

from Andrew Brett

Fastest free #Joomla templates.

fastest free #Joomla templates of 2015

What is the fastest free #Joomla template (2015)?

I wanted to know which would be the fastest free joomla template. I know that Joomla is a great way for people to get into web development for free (kudos Joomla opens source devs!) and for many people that’s important. When I started with Joomla I couldn’t afford anything.

from Andrew Brett

Friday, April 17, 2015

Must watch video of the day. For #geeks. A box of old floppy disk drives play Nirvana song; "Smells like teen Spirit".

I love tech, but I'm happy to move forward. I especially enjoyed the death of the floppy disk drive whos size and speed were never good enough, not to mention the anyoing noise it made.

When I say annoying, that was until I heared a bunch of floppy disks drives (and a few Hard drives) playing a Nirvana cover.

Yep. Here's "Smells like Teen Spirit" performed by 'the floppies':

(if you are a geek and a grunge faun, does that mean to you, this would be (ahem) Nirvana?)

from Andrew Brett

Monday, April 13, 2015

Why #Apple is making a $10,000+ smart watch, the reason nobody seams to be talking about.

Apple is the first company to make $10,000+ dollar version of its smart watch (that I know of) called the Apple Watch "edition". This has generated quite a buzz in the media and also with the apple haters jumping into full swing with memes like “a $10,000 watch? Apple just went full retard, never go full retard.”.

Now, I not big on opinionated posts (my blog is more to help others find solutions to tech problems)… but I have an opinion on this that people don’t seam to be talking about: Apple is making a $10,000 smart watch because they seam to be the only ones smart enough to know; they HAVE TO.

from Andrew Brett

Friday, April 10, 2015

I don't actually think #AlbertEinstein meant this...

Part of my job is making coffee friendly memes for fun to post on social media. We strive to entertain and as a marketer I always recommend that providing the best possible quality and service is the best marketing you can do, so I like to create things which might brighten someones day or that people find amusing. Recently I saw a photo of an older guy drinking coffee and was inspired to create this:

Albert Einstein drinking coffee?

Originally created in Spanish here.

It's quite obviously a Photoshop with Albert Einstiens eyes, forehead and hair superimposed. Of course E=MC2 refers to Einsteins theory of relativity.

from Andrew Brett

Thursday, April 9, 2015

My funny sound effect while making coffee.

I posted this on my site a while ago about a wierd funny acoustic effect I found when I was making my morning cup of coffee.

If you like coffee I recommend you give it a go, because you can try it at home.

I'm pretty sure those who like strange and weird optical (and in this case audio) illusions will enjoy showin gthis one to thier friends.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Don't like @teslamotors selling cars directly? Listen up. I tried to buy another brand from "dealers" but none even answered the phone!

Ok so this happened. I decided to buy a new car to improve the comfort of transporting my growing family. I want an electric car as this is the ONLY area I want to contribute to financially, but, sadly, they are out of my price range at the moment. And when I tried to buy a car the conventional way... it was twarted by... the dealers.

from Andrew Brett

Thursday, March 19, 2015

How do I change who I’m posting as on Facebook?

How to change who you are posting as on facebook

The Facebook user interface is always changing, so now that they have changed the way people manage pages how do you change/select who you post as? Here's how:

from Andrew Brett

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The definitive explanation about #thedress (is it blue and black or white and gold) and why many of the experts are WRONG.

I'm not much of a blogger, but today I wanted to weigh in on #thedress, you know, the one that's either blue and black or white and gold (depending on who you are).

I would have left it alone thinking some people see it a bit darker than I do. Until last Wednesday, when I sat next to a "blue-and-blacker" and realised he wasn't seeing it wrong at all and there was nothing wrong with his eyesight or his colour peception (I'm a white-and-golder btw).

from Andrew Brett

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Not the way I'd want to spend my first ride on a #motorbike

Remember your first ride on a motorbike? Did you fall? Did you crash? I hope not. Kids should start out smaller and be well trained before they ride a motorbike and electric training motorbike (one of the ride on toys) without too much power and then slowly move up or something like this is bound happen....

from Andrew Brett

Not the way I'd want to spend my first ride on a #motorbike

Remember your first ride on a motorbike? Did you fall? Did you crash? I hope not. Kids should start out smaller and be well trained before they ride a motorbike and electric training motorbike (one of the ride on toys) without too much power and then slowly move up or something like this is bound happen....

from Andrew Brett

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

This amazing drone #video might be the most beautiful thing you watch this week

I want a drone, for fun and Photography. I should get one. Really. Nothing made me itchier this week than this amazing drone video. Enjoy. Oh, look at that title, am I starting to write like upworthy?

I like to fly from stugibson on Vimeo.

from Andrew Brett

Monday, February 23, 2015

4 Route 66 logos in vector format to download and use royalty free

4 Route 66 logos in vector format to download and use royalty free

Looking for a grungy Route 66 logo with american flag insert, here you go. I built this myself and I’m happy for you to use it for private and commercial projects royalty free under the creative commons license here:

Creative Commons License

Route 66 free .ai by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

from Andrew Brett

Friday, February 20, 2015

What a wierd and amazing #watersport #Foilboarding

What is this? When did foilboarding happen? How did I not know about this? It looks like fun! If you've never seen foilboarding before, take a look. If I lived near a beach with big waves, foil-boarding might end up my next big obsession.


from Andrew Brett

Sunday, February 1, 2015

On God. #StephenFry sums about how I imagine most intelligent #atheists think.

God is an omnipotent spirit who watches over us and will reward a life of servitude with eternal life in heaven. Yea right.

Thank you Stephen Fry for talking some sense on the subject of GOD.

from Andrew Brett

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A video every #recycling nay-sayer has to watch #environment

We all have to recycle. We HAVE to. There are too many people in this world to be wastefull. End of story. Seperationg your rubbish into different bins is easy and after time, it becomes automatic.

If you run into any nicomppop with some stupid arguement against recycling show them this video. I've been recycling diligently for years know that placstic could be recyled into plastic the palets and then use for new plastic devices. But I did not know this:

from Andrew Brett

Monday, January 26, 2015

Manulo Sanchez (#BookOfLife) is my new favourite #Matador (#Bullfighter)

Manulo Sanzhez from book of life says killing the bull is wrong

(Monolo Snachez the bullfighter refuses to kill bulls in "The Book Of Life")

Bull fighting is wrong. It's not a matter of culture because the torture and murder of innocent beings is not acceptable in anyway. Not for humans. Not for animals. Heck even the abuse of personal rights cannot ever be defended as a matter of culture, yet people still continue to oppress and disadvantage others using culture as an excuse.

Culture is never an excuse for abuse.

from Andrew Brett

Friday, January 23, 2015

#Tesla leaves Dodge Challenger Hellcat in the dust shows why #electriccars are great

When most people watch this video it's easy to see that the Dodge Challenger Hellcat get is ass kicked by the Tesla becuase it fluffed the start. To me this just shows why Tasla cars (an indeed similarly powered electric vehicles) are faster. It's not that the are that much faster when they go up against high powered combustion engines, it's more the direct drive and electric motor make it much easier to get going fast. With a combustion engine you have to rev the engine high enough to get maximum power but not so high that you spin the wheels and loose traction (and therefore loose speed). This is not actually that easy to do. The Tesla on the other hand, doesn't have that problem and although we all love to think that we are great drivers (actually I'm the best in the world!), having a drag race is not easy and most people would end up doing what the Dodge Challenger Hellcat driver did.

I love those Teslas:

from Andrew Brett

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Collaborative Entertainment. Are we at the dawn of a new type of fun? #Microsoft #Hololense

Hololens A new kind of entertainment?Image credit: Wired

Recently (today?) Microsoft unveiled its new sudo holographic technology dubbed HoloLens. I say sudo holographic because it projects an image onto transparent screen which hangs off a headband in front of your eyes. It's probably more augmented reality than holographic. But what do I know? What I really want to say is: it looks like fun.

from Andrew Brett

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hank is that you? #breakingbad

How to add an animated creep to TDTK (by Song tan) for #Unity3D #Tutorial

Adding an animated creep to TDTK in Unity

A guy by the name of Song Tan (Song's blog) has build really nice Tower Defense building starter kit for unity called TDTK. If you've purchased it then you know it makes creating a tower defence game reasonable easy. I didn't have any problems getting creeps into my game, but I did have problems animating them. So here is a guide to adding animated creeps into TDTK.

from Andrew Brett

How the #lego movie was made (#youtube #video) - #everythingisawesome

Was the lego movie made with stop motion and real blocks? Of course not. Here is a video which shows how they made the lego movie:

I always wanted to do one of two things; Either make CG animated movies or work in the video game industry. I spent my life pushing hard to get a break that would allow me to do just that, but alas I never found my way in despite once having the opportunity to work for Electronic Arts (on contract). I just couldn't turn it into a full time job despite doing an excellent job.

Still, I never begrudge other peoples successes and the combination of simulated stop motion and realistic lego bricks makes the lego movie a masterpiece in my eyes.

If you are interested in how it was made, watch this video. The lego Movie was made by creating realistic bricks (complete with cracks or fingerprints as if they were really used), then building realistic lego worlds that you could actually build yourself (if you had enough lego bricks) and finally animating them in the only way you could off you were actually building them from real bricks; with stop motion (simulated using computer graphics).

By the way if you are interested in computer graphics, making a Lego movie like this is no easy feat. Building objects and rigging characters with movement is actually quite straight forward but making them move in steps which simulate stop motion and using worlds built entirely out of computer generated real bricks. Not so easy. Well done indeed.

How they made the lego movie:

from Andrew Brett

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

How to change the avatar, user icon, gravitar on your Gavick Pro #Joomla template.

This one had me scratching my head, but it shouldn’t have: How do I change the user icon on a Gavick pro template?

How to change the avatar, user icon, gravitar on your Gavick Pro template.

The answer is easy, except you need to know that your Gavick Pro Joomla templates often show TWO different icons in different places which will both appear as a default blue and white sideways "g" until you change them. Depending on how your template is set up you may need to configure them both. Heres how:

from Andrew Brett

Monday, January 12, 2015

You haven't seen #Tetris until you've seen this Grand Master #youtube #wow

One thing that always made me a bad video game critic is that I love video games. All of ém. I find it hard to dislike any. Tetris is one of those games that may fail to impress a modern gamer who is spoilt for amazing graphics as well as challenging gameplay, but Tetris is not just for the retro enthusiast. For me there is no distinction between games of differing complexity. Sure there are simple games but that doesn't mean they're not fun. Like Tetris, although Tetris has an easy to grasp concept, it's far from an easy game. If anyone ever suggests Tetris is simplistic or not challenging enough, let them have a look at this must see master playing Tetris with invisible blocks. Yep that's right; Invisible.

from Andrew Brett

Sunday, January 4, 2015

#Siri has a funny new voice #iPhone

So last week I was talking to Siri and I notice she sounded different. So I told her:

iPhone screenshot: Iphone siri you sound different

Knowing that Siri doesn't always give you a straight answer, I changed tact:

Iphone screenshot Iphone siri your voice has changed

The new voice for Siri on the iPhone is far more life-like thats for sure but he/she sounds more generic. I think the older voice had more character.

Ok. Siri now that you have a new voice, sing me a song:

iPhone screenshot Iphone-siri-sing-me-a-song.jpg


from Andrew Brett