Shire Post Mint

Don at Shire Post Mint has given me permission to share a really cool post of theirs! Shire Post Mint is one of the authentic producers of the Faceless Man coin from Game of Thrones!

Coins in Orbit

Coins in Orbit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of Shire Post Mint’s autographed coins were sent into orbit. So if you want to own an item that combines science-fiction with fantasy; you need to get your hands on some of their coins. Read the full article here!

Faceless Man Coin

Faceless Man Coin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their coins are highly detailed and made from traditional coin-making equipment. You can shop online for your collection here!

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Tribal Wars 2

I have finally gotten around to playing Tribal Wars 2 for the first time! I’ve mostly been playing off the app on my phone, but the graphics are way better and more detailed than the first Tribal Wars.

Tribal Wars 2

Tribal Wars 2

There are some cool new evolutions to the game. I see there is no longer a stable. You recruit all your basic military units from the barracks (levelling up the barracks unlocks respective units). I’m pushing to level it up to the point where I can access light cavalry.

My Village - Mars

My Village – Mars

Also, now you can build a second village without having noblemen. You have to complete 50 time-based tasks before your second village is established. This is still great though, as you can split offensive and defensive armies from nearly the same time.

Village on the Map

Village on the Map

The Paladin also finds new weapons far quicker than the original Tribal Wars. I found 2 new weapons in one day! On the original version it would take me about a month to find 1 weapon (depending on units I killed).

My Profile

My Profile

Is anyone else playing Tribal Wars 2? Let me know what you think, or if you’re keen for me to join your tribe just shout 8-)

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My Night Time Dreams

Sometimes when I dream at night; it’s not a dream at all. It will feel as though I’m experiencing a very real moment. As soon as I realise that I may be dreaming; or that my current experience is outside the realm of what is acceptable ‘reality’; I usually wake up / become the normal sort of conscious.

Dream 1: 3D Wire-frame World

I must have just fallen asleep when this experience happened. I was in my bed; facing the wall. The more I stared at the wall the more it began to transform before me. The corner edge where the wall at the head of my bed met the wall along the length of my bed was no longer a seamlessly straight line. Irregular pockets along the walls started to recess; caverns started to form; jagged edges started to protrude. The architectural deformation of my bedroom occurred simultaneously with changes in my surrounding’s colours and lighting. Everything went dark green – almost grey. The topography of my bedroom’s raised and hollow surfaces was highlighted by a light-grey/green grid layered on top of the darker background. It was as though a 3D Cartesian Plane had been wallpapered throughout my bedroom. The wire-frame model that had become my surrounding world was not the strangest thing I experienced that evening. Three white-hot silhouetted figures were standing in the vacancy of the massively growing cavern in the corner of my room. I’m certain that the largest of the three figures was reaching out to me. At this point, I started to convince myself that this was not real – and that was not a good idea… The strain I experienced in trying to mentally fight off this ‘dream’ almost forced my body into a seizure (at least it felt that way). By the time I had ‘woken up’ and the view around me had normalised; I was already sitting upright in my bed, flailing my arms, punching at or swatting off something or someone who clearly wasn’t there (maybe they were there; just in a parallel dimension incomprehensible to us when awake). Maybe this is how the world really looks, and we humans just see a cosmetically beautiful world draped over these wire-frames.

3D Wireframe World

3D Wireframe World

Dream 2: I Am the Universe

Moving on… This one really gave me heart palpitations. I was lying on my stomach on my bed, facing away from the wall into the openness of my room. Again the view started to change dramatically. Everything had fallen away, there was no ‘ground’ – I was floating, consumed by darkness, surrounded by infinite Space. The dark, cold silence forced me to plank where I lay, using only my head to rotate my view. I saw planets, Nebulae and other matter in such crisp and beautiful detail. Either these objects or I was moving, because we were passing each other by (at times very quickly). I am sure I was stationary, only observing. How could I be alive in Space? I thought to myself, still breathing. A reply from an unseen genderless voice came from nowhere, ‘One day you will die, and this is what you will become. You belong to the Universe and one day you will return to it.’ That’s pretty much when the heart palpitations started. I woke up; again flailing my arms, trying to gain my balance and grip onto a fixed object (still thinking that I may be falling or drifting through Space). My eyes adjusted, and my bedroom seemed to be its normal self, but not trusting what I believed this dimension to be a delusion, my eyes darted back and forth from wall to wall with scrutiny – I knew this world was hiding the truth from me, just waiting for me to fall asleep again before revealing its authentic self.

I Am the Universe

I Am the Universe

Dream 3: The Universe Snaps Back

Never mind the Universe snapping back, when I experience this re-occurring dream, it feels as though my brain is collapsing on itself (obviously my mind is struggling to comprehend the magnitude and size of the Universe firstly, and secondly the unfolding scale of such a catastrophic event is equally incomprehensible to my human mind). So I’m in my bed, and somehow I end up visualising the Universe shrinking. Essentially I am the nucleus of the Universe, because it continues to shrink uniformly around me, with me being the end-point/core. It is like I have cast out a giant invisible fisherman’s net that starts pulling all matter toward me at an increasing rate. With this I see planets colliding, matter being obliterated, and nearer the end; the moon starts to fall from the sky and eventually gets violently compressed into the Earth. Pressure builds, and I cover my ears with my hands. In a foetal position I brace to be squashed like a poorly engineered Bathysphere under the weight of the deepest ocean. I wake up – freaking out as per usual. I sit up taking deep breaths to try and calm down. With this dream (and dream 4) I reluctantly get out of bed upon waking and sidle to my curtains. I open my curtains and peer out my window just to make sure that the sky looks ‘normal’. Although, whether the sky looked ‘normal’ or not, I’m not sure what difference it’d make, as I’m only human and wouldn’t be able to stop any apocalypse (it’ll probably just lead to me freaking out for my last five remaining minutes of life). I want to highlight; that akin to this dream (and dream 4), is a re-occurring dream of the sun exploding and engulfing us. It has a very similar unfolding and outcome so I wont go into it in detail.

Universe Collapsing

Universe Collapsing

Dream 4: Atom Bomb on the Horizon 

I’ll be lying in bed, and my curtains will literally be illuminated with an ominous orange glow. Naturally the light bothers me and sparks the negative kind of mystery/curiosity that prompts me to leave the warmth of my bed. Is there a wild fire or some rave party going on outside? I get to the curtains and hesitantly draw a narrow slit open. HELLO! SURPRISE! This is far worse than a wild fire (or a rave party :) ). Flocks of agitated birds have been dispersed into the dimly lit sky. I wish I had the animal instinct of identifying all types of dangers, but all I am left with is paranoid thoughts. My windows start to shudder at the reverberation of a sinister force. I slowly back away from the glass. Instantly my concentration is pulled elsewhere, my eyes focus on movements beyond my window. High-reaching plumes of orange-hued ash tower over the horizon. My windows suddenly shatter with the force of a blast that knocks me painfully to my bedroom floor. I lay there staring at my nicked flesh. Shaking, sweating and paralysed with fear, I roll to face the opening where my glass window had once been. Rumbling. Roaring. Is that thunder? A volcanic eruption?  A pyroclastic flow starts to shroom in size, hungry to engulf everything in its path. The warm colours on the horizon grow in size and brightness, until I am forced to squeeze my eyes shut at the painful intrusion of light. The blistering tsunami of hot ash and gas rolls toward me, stripping life in its wake. As soon as its about to hit me, I wake up. I freak out. Then I actually go and check out my window to make sure our bordering parallel dimensions aren’t messing with me and hurting my feelings.

Atom Bomb on the Horizon

Atom Bomb on the Horizon

Dream 5: Seeing Dead People Returned to Their Former Glory

No, this dream is nothing like the movie The Sixth Sense. It is far less scary, yet still very ‘real’. Sometimes, when family members or identifiable celebrities in the world actually pass away, I may dream of them a little while after their passing. This dream does tie up to dream 2 above (the part about dying and what happens thereafter). Basically, any ailments you have in life will not accompany you after death. Also, you return to an age where you were at your prime/happiest (as decided by the individual themselves). This is because you belong to the Universe, and the Universe returns you to your former glory when your consciousness leaves your Earthly body. My grandmother had a disease that physically crippled her body. When I dreamed of her after she passed, she was young; walking fine and happy. My mom’s grandmother was in a beautiful garden; walking through it, young and at peace. I have never seen a movie where Christopher Lee was young, but I saw him in a dream where he was young, lush and laughing at someone’s conversation. I Googled him thereafter, and it was spot-on. I have had a lot of these dreams (too many to list here) and I have spoken to a few people who have had similar dreams.

I See Dead People

I See Dead People

Dream 6: Having / Hearing Full Memorable Conversations

Just because I hear voices doesn’t mean I’m crazy. Some of my best ideas/realisations/inspiration has come from a voice in the air. I was almost asleep the one evening, and I had been having an argument with the Almighty. I was rather upset. I was complaining and asking a lot of questions. Suddenly, when I was halfway between sleeping and awake, the voice replied to me. It gave me a business idea that was more than just a business; it was a solution to a huge global problem. I bolted upright in my bed looking for the source of this voice. I was alone in my bedroom. My heart was beating so fast (I was freaking out again), but eventually I looked up and thanked the mysterious voice for such a wonderful idea. I made a note of it on my phone so that when I awoke the next morning I’d be able to start working on it and expand it. This business is currently in its prototype stages.

Conversations With a Voice

Conversations With a Voice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dream 7: Time Travel Lapse (Old Me Speaking to Young Me)

This is eerie with a bit of a cool twist. I was totally asleep by the time I started seeing this dream unfold. I was at my primary school (it looked the way it did when I was in primary school – it’s actually changed since then). I saw the young me standing there and talking to a circle of friends (whom I – older me –  didn’t recognise). Young me was laughing and happy, and eventually saw me (older me) staring at her. Younger me came to older me and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we knew how all of this was going to turn out? If we knew exactly what the future had in store for us?’ I smiled at her and replied, ‘But we do know… It all ends with the third world war, started (and dominated) by the (nation/country will not be named here).’ Young me looked at older me shocked. I was smiling maniacally at her, because I knew more than she did. I woke up then (you guessed it – freaking out).

Time Travel Lapse

Time Travel Lapse

Maybe my brain is just over-active when I sleep. Do people have seizures in their sleep? Of course they do, I’ve read up on this. I’ve also read up on people having spikes in their neural activity whilst asleep.

So, basically I believe that when we are sleeping we are able to activate areas of our brain that are usually dormant – in doing this we are able to experience sensations/dimensions that are above /beneath our threshold of conscious perception. My conclusion is that these dreams may be real-feeling dreams, or real moments disguised as dreams. Have you ever experienced real night time dreams? Don’t be shy to share 8-)

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Marvel Pinball

Gather together my Nerd Knights! Marvel Pinball combines the greatest Super Heroes of all time with the definitive video game pinball experience.

Marvel Pinball

Marvel Pinball

 

Use your pinball wizardry to help the legendary Marvel Universe heroes rid the pinball landscape of notorious Super Villains in an epic combination of superhuman might, immersive game-play, and unprecedented table visuals!

Characters Start Fighting

Characters Start Fighting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When your score gets high enough, or you trigger certain areas of the machine, the characters start fighting each other whilst you’re playing.

21 Tables to Unlock

21 Tables to Unlock

There are currently 21 tables available to unlock, through playing or buying them. I really want the Venom table.

Dr Slater Rank 1 Locally

Dr Slater Rank 1 Locally

Check it out! I am ranked number 1 on the ‘local leader board’. The DSL stands for Dr Slater, as you guessed it 8-)

Dr Slater High Score

Dr Slater High Score

Can you beat my high score? Download the game, play and let me know :)

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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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