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Meanwhile...Back In Outer Space

12 Apr 2015 
If you could see directly upwards from where you are now using some sort of cinematic super-eyesight, at about 20,000km above the Earth’s surface you’d find a network of man-made satellites orbiting our little blue planet like steadfast tin soldiers of a forgotten era. A vigil of artificial warriors like those found in the tomb of the first Qin Emperor.




These silent space sentries are constantly transmitting data from their memory banks as a way of helping lost travellers, just as the Buddha of compassion is said to guide weary journeymen/women to their destinations.


Here at best sat nav, we act as earthbound agents for these satellites by helping you, the traveller, find the right sat nav for the best price. At best sat nav, we’re mad about sat nav and we want you to be, too.


Trawling across the endless digital wastelands of the Internet for you, the diligent staff at best sat nav will compare all aspects of the market. best sat nav aims to be the best buyer’s guide on the Internet.


best sat nav is the coolest such site on the web. That’s a guarantee. At best sat nav, we’ll do the hard work, so all you have to do is move the mouse a bit. As the metal monoliths drift like uncharted continents above our heads, understand that here at best sat nav, we want to help you get home as quickly as possible.


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Koudounaris’ book, Heavenly Bodies is available right away.

07 Apr 2015 
Paul Koudounaris, who is also identified by his nickname ‘Indiana Bones’ is an novelist, photographer and foremost expert on bone-decorated places and ossuarys. Earlier this year, Koudounaris released a hardback that includes hd images of the 400-year-old ‘catacomb saints’ of Rome, a bunch of corpses that had been painstakingly ornamented with jewels and finery prior to being offered as remnants of saints to congregations across Europe.


During the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century, Catholic churches were routinely stripped of these relics, cryptogram and finery. So as to counter this, The Vatican had very old skeletons removed from the Catacombs of Rome and generously decorated as theremains of recognized saints.




Though mostly forgotten until Koudounaris published his book, the catacomb saints continue to fascinate concerned parties; they can also still encourage religious zeal. In 1977, the town of Ruttenbach in Bavaria labored hard to raise enough funds to purchase back 2 of their original saints from secretive collectors, the decorative skeletons had initially been auctioned off in 1803.


The book, which Koudounaris has surreptitiously titled Heavenly Bodies sees its writer attempt to locate and photograph each of the present tomb saints.


In his glory days (a period that lasted over 200 years before finally coming to a close within the 19th century), the saints traversed everywhere, being transported at vast expense by the Church. They were respected as things of affection, or conduits for prayer.


However the saints may seem odd to modern eyes (one Telegraph reporter described them as ‘ghastly’), it is imperative that you remember that those who prayed at the feet of the gilded cadavers were considerably closer to death than their modern counterparts. In the wake of The Black Death (which recurred repeatedly right through Europe from the 14th to the 17th Centuries), art, literature and also worship had come to accept such ghoulish, macabre metaphors.


The remnants were regularly garlanded by nuns and sometimes located in various realistic poses, before being secured in glass cabinets. Some of the thorough decoration took as long as 5 years to complete, with jewelry and costumes being exceptionally grand.


Koudounaris’ book, Heavenly Bodies is available now.

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I Can See Evidently Now…Plasma Television gets a good reception

15 Mar 2015 
The plasma TV is fast turning into one of those ‘every home should have one’ things. These days, almost every friend I visit has some variation on the LCD television against their wall or tucked in the corner of the living room somewhere.


The advantages of plasma television are numerous, aside from improved picture, which is a given, plasma TV is also easier to attach modern peripherals to and is entirely digital of course. It even takes up far less space in the room than the bulkier models. It is utterly modern, and it looks as swish as swish can look.




On an LCD television, I watched ‘Evil Dead’ and it was like Bruce Campbell was coming right at me! The picture quality is simply outstanding. Everything is so clear, it’s like you’ve been watching TV with cataracts your entire life. A plasma TV says something about you, it says that you are the kind of devil-may-care rogue who isn’t satisfied with merely watching ‘Evil Dead’. Oh no, not you. You want to be splattered with dog food and karo syrup too! (nerd joke).


Of course, if you hook it up with a Blu Ray player and 5.1 surround sound, then you’re really setting a dangerous precedent. You might think your plasma tv is real life and mistake your Blu Ray collection for actual memories. Imagine, if you will, texting your best mate thus: ‘Can’t come over 2nite m8, got to blow up the Death Star then raid the lost ark.’ Though, knowing my friends, they would probably think the second one was a rude euphemism, and it’s doubtful that ‘Death star’ is on predictive text.


Work days would fly by, rent and phone bills would go unpaid, but what could you do? You were at Woodstock…Your girl/boyfriend would shack up with your best mate/sibling (whichever sounds worst) and sooner or later the police would kick down your door and find you in your dressing gown swinging a flashlight around and calling yourself ‘Obi Wan’. But you know what? There’s every chance that you won’t end upbeing a plasma TV casualty. In fact, there’s every chance you will simply vastly improve your home entertainment system. However, I’m still not responsible if you stick cutlery between your fingers, gel up your hair and make people call you ‘Wolverine.’

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The Kids Are Alright: How Junior Gamers win out

22 Feb 2015 
Video games really come into their own where kids games are concerned. The potential for kids games as a learning resource is now being discovered and implemented. In the past, kids games were merely sanitised versions of existing games. Some kids games, such as ‘Spyro The Dragon’ or ‘Pokemon’ were fun for adults too (I admit it, OK!?).


The best kids games are those that can be played with a parent, friends or an older sibling. kids games won’t achieve much as educational tools if the poor tot is just dumped in front of them. Good kids games are those that gradually increase independence without sacrificing social learning and a sense of family.


Finally, kids games are being seen as educational. kids games are fun, challenging and provide an excellent introduction to the use of computers and electronics. In addition, kids games can be a shared, positive experience. kids games can aid the development of language, motor function and hand-eye co-ordination.


Now, while the rise of kids games may be an excuse for Dad to buy a PS3, it is nevertheless a good one. Of course, there are bratty and exploitative kids games out there and it’s incumbent upon you to be the judge. Ultimately, kids games should be fun, thrilling (in a safe way) and promote values such as honesty, responsibility and self-reliance.




Educational kids games seem to be the must-have product for the modern parent, a mixture of interaction (better than staring at the TV) and moderation (not as good as playing outside) ought to do just fine. Why not browse our selection; we might have something the big kid in you will enjoy just as much as your own little tykes.


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Chairman of the Board: How to get the most out of your keys

19 Feb 2015 
Have you ever sat back and thought about how much you actually use your computer keyboard? If you’re anything like me, one of the first things I do everyday (after breakfast, a chapter or so of my book and a quick workout) is to sit down and check my computer, thus using my computer keyboard. After that, I will then use my computer keyboard mostly all day. The computer keyboard is a heckuva thing, and its something of an unsung hero in my opinion.


Firstly, without your computer keyboard you have no access to your emails, your Facebook or anything else. Secondly, your computer keyboard also allows you to work on that great novel you hope will one day change the world (even as it sits gathering virtual dust on your hard drive).


There’s a lot more to the computer keyboard than numbers and letters that correspond to onscreen imprints. The keyboard has to be aesthetically pleasing, as you look at your computer keyboard every day. It also has to be practical; there are some very illogically conceived computer keyboard models out there.


Personally, I’m not fond of the computer keyboard type that attracts dirt and grime into its grooves. I once dropped a plant on my old computer keyboard and was never able to fully clean the darn thing! However, a flat computer keyboard can be very off-putting also. I currently use the basic Apple computer keyboard, and that’s great!




We can help you find the computer keyboard that ticks all your boxes, fits your price bracket and above all, feels right for you. If you’re looking for a new computer keyboard, you have come to the write (see what I did there?) place.


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