Merchandise Monday #43

I stumbled upon Metal Earth’s 3D metal model kits at the shops the other day. I was so tempted to buy a Star Wars one, but I resisted the price-tag.

Unfolded Star Wars Model

Unfolded Star Wars Model

These amazingly detailed DIY models start as 4″ square steel sheets and finish as amazing 3D models.

Folded Star Wars Model

Folded Star Wars Model

Use the instructions to pop out the pieces, bend the tabs and connect them at attachment points.

1965 Ford Mustang Instructions

1965 Ford Mustang Instructions

Visit Metal Earth to get your collection started!

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Visualising Numbers

I thought of something a while ago; and I only managed to experiment with it recently. We all write down and read numbers in the same way (depending on how your culture learns to read and write). For example, I am English speaking and therefore read left to right; knowing that ‘0’ is a place-holder etc. and we write long division/multiplication etc. in similar acceptable defined ways.

The difference comes in when an individual visualises numbers in their mind. I know this sounds strange (and you’re probably visualising a sheet of paper with numbers written on it from left to right; and thinking ‘there’s nothing significant about that’).

However, there is something significant about how we visualise numbers in our minds. Forget the piece of paper, and forget about what numbers look like when you read and write. Close your eyes and count from 1 to 10 in your head. What did that sequence visually look like in your mind? Now think of the entire series of numbers between 1 to 100. What does that gap look like? How is the sequence laid out or filled? I asked a few of my friends to draw exactly how they visualise numbers in their minds – this was the outcome:

Me – Dr Slater:

Dr Slater Visualising Numbers

Dr Slater Visualising Numbers

For some reason; I stack groupings of numbers in zig-zag formation in my mind (going up then right). Initially, with smaller numbers, the separator stack will be a series of ‘teen numbers. As place holder groups get larger, I stack groups of similar 10s together (thousands go together, ten thousands stack together etc. where every subsequent stack is a zig or a zag in the overall counting sequence).

Dr Slater Summary Visualising Numbers

Dr Slater Summary Visualising Numbers

Nomti:

This chick is crazy (in my opinion), because trying to immerse myself in how she visualises numbers in her mind causes my eye to twitch. She initially counts left to right in groups of 10s, but then eventually her sequence snakes between groupings of 10s (she starts counting right to left).

Nomti Visualising Numbers

Nomti Visualising Numbers

Ryan:

Ryan is very practical and straightforward in the way his mind visualises numbers. He counts left to right and stacks groups of 10s together going down. His mind is largely uncluttered by crazy sequences like mine. If you tell him to visualise just one number; he will only have nearby milestone numbers surrounding that number (to give it context in the overall numerical sequence).

Ryan Visualising Numbers

Ryan Visualising Numbers

Danny:

Danny is similar to me in that there will be at least one stand-alone sequence before he starts stacking 10s of numbers (going down).

Danny Visualising Numbers

Danny Visualising Numbers

Some of you are probably bored or weirded out by me wanting to visualise numbers in my mind. I can reason with that – I also find numbers kind of boring. However, there has to be some deep interesting explanation as to why we all visualise numbers differently in our minds (and this is what truly intrigues me). The way in which each of us visualises numbers probably has a profound output in determining an individual’s analytical capabilities and problem solving abilities. For example; IQ tests usually determine how a person’s mind works (well or not), and not necessarily what you know (it’s not general knowledge or memory based etc.). Based on how I visualise numbers; you might think my mind is cluttered and poorly organised; and therefore my mind does not work well (low IQ). There is no admissible evidence to prove this link in my theory, but I do have hap-hazard thoughts!

Is there an expert in any relevant field related to this who can shed some light on this? Thanks guys!

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Disobedient Dragons

So I drew a parallel a while back (but am only blogging about it now). There are a lot of disobedient dragons in the universe.

At the end of this season of Game of Thrones; we see Drogon being disobedient. Daenerys Targaryen asks the largest of her three dragons to take her back to where she was just saved from (in the fighting pits), but Drogon ignored her request due to injury:

Drogon

Drogon

I don’t think a lengthy discussion about the relationship between Ash and Charizard is even necessary (I know Charizard is not necessarily a dragon, but he flies and breathes fire so :) ). Charizard initially never listened to Ash (because there was a lack of respect); and he only willingly battled opponents who he thought would be worthy of him (challenged him appropriately):

Charizard

Charizard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love dragons – especially the tales of the ones found in Middle Earth. Who is your favourite disobedient dragon?

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Natural Selection Evolution/Advancement Gap

I’ve discovered a very critical gap in human advancement (I’m not referring to the missing link; and please note – when i speak about ‘natural selection’ I am including non-biological inheritance as well; such as perfecting technological processes over time etc. based on existing knowledge and applications/studies of former generations uses of those technologies, sciences and medical practices).

Natural Selection Evolution/Advancement  Gap

Natural Selection Evolution/Advancement Gap

The Natural Selection Gap is inherent (it seems) in all of us. Again; I apologize if I offend anyone with what may be perceived as ‘human bashing’, and of course, these findings are based purely on my own observations (over the years) and opinions.

Part 1: The Clone Wars – Awaiting Order 66

Have you ever just looked at people? The way they behave, the way they speak to other people; have you ever just sat back and observed? I’m an observer. I often find myself on autopilot just analyzing other people from afar.

I struggle to understand what level people are operating on, because many (most) people have very little to no depth to who they are. Many people are the same. They behave the same, they’re complacent the same, and they’re the same kind of boring – which is VERY boring! Even when i meet  newpeople; I expect them to be the same (I secretly hope they’re not, but they usually are).

It has been a rare (and treasured) occurrence for me, when i have met people who are truly different – these encounters are special in a way that is deeply moving; especially when you’re expecting that everyone is going to turn out to be the ‘same’. This rant is necessary, because only people who think and behave differently will be successful contributors in helping to close the gap between the orange and blue lines (pictured above).

Part 2: Titan AE – Get the Space Arks Ready

So, as you may or may not know, we are currently going through our 6th mass extinction. Apparently, if this downward trend continues; humans will be one of the first species to perish when a new order of trophic cascade is established – unless we can somehow evolve into extremophiles.

Convincing the vast majority that the environment is just as important as the economy seems to be a bridge too far. So, how about this ultimatum: ask the aliens to intervene in human advancement, to ensure positive progression.

I don’t care whether you’re religious or not, but we have to acknowledge that there are greater powers at work in the Universe. Sometimes things exist and happen to us that we just cannot explain – let alone emulate. I believe in the Universal memory, or Universal consciousness. By this I mean; I believe I can tap into memories of past beings (through dreaming); and have visions of other real worlds and beings existing now (through my ‘imagination’ or getting ‘inspiration’). We are not alone; the Universe sees and knows everything.

Let’s be honest; we cannot recreate life (once it is lost), or if we can (cloning/stem cell transplants etc.) – we cannot recreate it to nearly the same perfection as it has been bequeathed to us by a higher power. We need to shift our morals and values to ensure that the degradation of the environment stops. We can be a lesser deity in preserving nature, rather than a greater monster in destroying it.

Part 3: The Matrix is Real – Unplug 

Heard this all before have you? They call it déjà vu – it’s a glitch in the Matrix; and that’s exactly where you’re living; in the Matrix.

The world has evolved in such a way that it has created a trap for the timeline of your life/existence – even before you’re born. You will go through a predetermined sequence of events that the majority of humans face (school, university, a job that takes up all your time which you probably hate) – I would liken this to an ant or a bee; continuing in a pre-programmed fashion for the benefit of only a select ‘privileged’ minority. Welcome to modern day slavery.

Obviously; it is near impossible to change the way the global economy has evolved, and because humans are largely a product of their environment; it would be very difficult to expect the majority of people to shift their morals and values in any direction. I am bold enough to say that I feel this complacency of continuing to live in ‘the Matrix’ is bred out of fear. People will most certainly complain about the Matrix they live in; but they will never implement any pro-active change. Most humans want their security and comfort; and by going against the grain and living outside the margins of established acceptable society; they are afraid of losing something (I’m not sure what, because by living in the Matrix – allowing pre-programmed established society to control you – you have already lost yourself).

Part 4: Skynet – Sinister Intelligence 

The nucleus of who we are, and everything we’re working towards; starts with simple morals and values.

It is unfortunate to say; that a lot of people in the world lack these basic building blocks. And no; a lack of education etc. is not a limiting factor of being able to showcase good manners and respect. In certain cases it can be quite the opposite; where someone with a successful title and privileged background gets transported to such a level of haughtiness; they think these basic values and morals are beneath them.

We cannot hope to achieve positive progression as a species if we keep ignoring these basics (which, if employed correctly, should allow us to evolve into the superior beings that we’re capable of becoming). Sure, you probably argue that we already are superior beings, because we are smarter than all other species on the planet. Don’t forget, humans are also smarter at being evil.

I was watching the news one night; and I said to my dad, “It seems that people are the cause of most of the problems in our world…”

My father sat forward on the couch; nodded contemplatively and replied, “Yes, but it is also people who will solve those problems…”

Let’s close the gap!

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Man Must Leave the Moon – Poem

I have never ever shared my poetry with anyone (unless the poem was written for the person who read it). Humanity versus nature is a very strong theme in most of my writing; and to get to the point – i usually end up bashing humanity (I apologize in advance if I offend anyone). For the rest of this week I’m going to share some strong feelings about the above-mentioned theme, starting with this poem i wrote in 2012:

Galathilion - The Tree of the Moon

Galathilion – The Tree of the Moon

Man Must Leave the Moon:

Beyond all Stars, beyond deep space

there is dark matter in a stranger place –

and it’s far beyond our reach.

 

I lie awake at night and know

of these places far from here,

but nearer my imagination;

they are places I hold dear.

 

Who lives out there?

And looks on me; from cloud and star above?

Who will come to earth and save us;

from the absence of morals and love?

 

I cannot live; I cannot dream;

not knowing all there is.

For satisfaction evades a man who has not all his answers…

 

What’s in our past so dark and deep?

In the cinders of Alexandria that we did not keep

…There’s forgotten knowledge we will never breach;

It’s beyond our thoughts; beyond our reach.

 

I lie awake at night and think

of all these sorts of things;

and I’m enchanted even more

by the wonder that each brings.

 

I lie awake at night and know

the future of our earth.

Resource-less, many wars from now –

Do not hold hope for mirth.

 

Why must man have everything?

It is a sick corrosive greed:

The more I want – the more I need!

Please; man must leave the moon…

 

Not even the wise deliberating tides of the aging seas

will answer to my cries and pleas.

 

It is because our eyes on earthly things do dwell,

but from what height did the Fallen Angel fall when it fell?

 

What of this and what of that;

there is too much to ask…

But I know of some whose knowledge bank

is not challenged by this task.

 

There are some whose council I do beseech;

dwelling in a higher place,

above our thoughts,

beyond our reach.

 

But these answers have forsaken man;

for now and all eternity,

perhapsfor reasons beyond our thought;

for the greater good of humanity.

 

For man would worsen the world as such;

if he knew much more than his minor ‘much’.

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Merchandise Monday #42

You shouldn’t get stuck in traffic with Robocop’s Ford Taurus police car! My brother and I dug up our toy car from the original Robocop:

Robocop Police Car

Robocop Police Car

The toy car we have is kind of beat up (because we actually played with it), only in our old age have we realised that we should never have played with some of our toys – buy hey, kids need to have fun and live a little too:

Robocop Toy Car

Robocop Toy Car

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The toy Robocop police car is one of those pull/drag-back wind-up cars. When you release it; it propels the car according to the distance you cranked up on reverse:

Robocop Toy Car

Robocop Toy Car

We used wind-up cars like this as bowling balls; to knock over rows of lined-up villains. Do you have any cool vintage toys to share with us?

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DC Hero Height Comparison Chart

So a while back I put up a post with a height comparison chart of our favourite heroes. A fellow blogger has brought the DC Hero height comparison chart to my attention:

DC Heroes Height Comparison Chart

DC Heroes Height Comparison Chart

Rounding up (because we never round height down) my height most closely reaches that of Nightwing. He’s cool, I like his outfit. I could definitely go to work dressed like that every day. Looks comfy. Who is your height the closest to on the chart?

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Fandom Cakes

I love cake in general,  but i’m sure it’d taste better if it were styled toward a fandom of sorts. Here are some cakes in celebration of our favourite fandoms:

Lego Cake

Lego Cake

Lego Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star Wars Cake

Star Wars Cake

Star Wars Cake

Lord of the Rings Cake

Lord of the Rings Cake

Lord of the Rings Cake

Alien Cake

Alien Cake

Alien Cake

Pokemon Cake

Pokemon Cake

Pokemon Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pacman Cake

Pacman Cake

Pacman Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you eat these cakes or keep them as works of art?

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Women of the Rebellion

I noticed something the other day. Marlene (The Last of Us) and Daisy Fitzroy (BioShock Infinite) have very similar character profiles in every sense. Marlene is the leader of the Fireflies (a militant group inside the quarantine zone), and Daisy is the leader of the Vox Populi (a rebellion group uprising in Columbia).

Daisy and Marlene

Daisy and Marlene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a few other notable women who have been involved in (or lead) the Rebellion on their respective worlds:

Princess Leia:

She led the Rebellion against The Empire:

Princess Leia

Princess Leia

Katniss Everdeen:

She is the Mockingjay of the Rebellion:

Katniss Everdeen

Katniss Everdeen

Tris Prior:

She’s a kick-ass divergent!

Tris Prior

Tris Prior

Sarah Connor:

Fights against the machine uprising!

Sarah Connor

Sarah Connor

Who is your favourite leading lady of the Rebellion?

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Mooch

Mooch is a single-person arcade game. Somewhere deep underground, Puppet Master creates minions to work as slaves in the deep mine. These little fellas don’t realize that there is a much bigger world outside the narrow corridors of the mines.

Lasers in Mooch

Lasers in Mooch

One of the puppets named Blink accidentally finds out that there is a free, beautiful, and colorful world outside. He decides to take matters in his own hands and to escape with his friend Tula. Unfortunately, they are caught during the escape. Tula is torn apart by machines and pieces of her soul are scattered all over the Puppet Master’s underworld. Blink is thrown into a prison deep underground to wait for his doom.

Obstacles in Mooch

Obstacles in Mooch

Our hero manages to escape the prison cell. Without hesitation, he decides to collect all of Tula’s soul parts in hope to revive her and escape towards freedom.

Mooch Boss

Mooch Boss

If you agree with me that this looks like a game of great potential; please give it the green light on Steam! 

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