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Imagine if Star Wars took place above Earth...30/06/2015 21:57
Imagine if the war that took place a long time ago far far away suddenly entered a wormhole and ended up in our Milky Way. First of all, everyone would be running for their lives from the battle that is taking place. The Earth defence forces would utilised to try and capture or failing that destroy the vehicles. One French Artist Nicolas Amiard has tried to imagine what would happen and has come up with pictures of famous Star Wars vehicles crashing all over the planet with the Millenium Falcon off the coast of New York and a massive Star Destroyer in Paris. The picture below is of a T.I.E. Fighter in London. If anyone can recognise the street, please do let me know, its somewhere in the City of London.



T.I.E. Fighter from Star Wars crashes in London

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Enjoy the lay-in tomorrow everyone....30/06/2015 21:43
Tonight when you go to sleep, you have a second longer at sleep than you did last night. Sorry, its not much but it does have wide ranging consequences to those machines that rely on time being so accurate. Computers that require the time to be accurate will have to be updated, these include financial institutions such as the stock markets. Most institutions will be ready for it given that they change times twice a year, once about end of October and the other end of March.

The reason for the leap second is because of the time it takes the Earth to rotate round The Sun is not always precisely 86,400 seconds a day, it can be affected by the pull of the Moon, the Sun and even the molten iron core. To ensure that time is correct, the leap second was created in 1972.

THe Metro newspaper of the United Kingdom came up with second facts that are interesting to read. For example, during a second of time, 4.3 people will be born but only 1.8 there by increasing the number of people on this Earth. 11 trees will be felled/chopped down in the Amazon rain forest and 1,120 tons of carbon dioxide will be released. Depressing reading when you think of it.  Comments

Summer Solstice Today21/06/2015 14:53
Today is the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere, the day of the year when day is longest and night is shortest. The opposite is the 21st December when the day is shortest and the night the longest. In the southern hemisphere, the opposite is true. The reason for this is that the Earth is tilted at an angle of roughly 23%, caused when the Earth was young and a meteor or planetoid smashed into the Earth. It is not the only planet that is tilted, Uranus is also titled but that tilt is a little more extreme. Uranus rotates on its sides.

The term Solstice comes from Latin where Sol means Sun and Sistere means to stand still. During the ancient times at Stonehenge, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, celebrations and ceremonies would be held. People still congregate there, some who call themselves druids go for religious reasons and others for fun. Rumours and speculations include that during the Solstice, ancient Celts practiced human sacrifice to appease the gods.

The Summer Solstice marks the official start of summer until the Autumn/Fall Equinox on the 21st of September. The Equinox is when the length of day is the same as the length of night. On the 21st March, the opposite Equinox occurs in that Spring begins and then days becomes longer than the nights.  Comments

Blizzard relents with flying and Jurassic World homage.14/06/2015 14:12
To fly or not to fly in Draenor in World of Warcraft has been one of the most contentious subjects surrounding the ten year old MMORPG. After first saying that flying was not going to return until 6.1 patch and then saying it wasn`t going to return false stop, the developers Blizzard Entertainment has now changed its mind. In addition to the opening of the last mainland Draenor zone, Tanaan Jungle, flying becomes a reality. However there is a catch with flying. The player must on one character obtain a number of achievements before you are granted the right to fly in Draenor. In addition to be able to fly, you will also be awarded a Rynak, the two headed flying creature to fly on. You only need the meta achievement on one character and then all your characters including those between 90-100 will get to be able to fly in Draenor. The achievements are :-

    • - Explore Draenor, Visit all the points of interest as dictated in each of the zonal achievments. Easy.
      - Securing Draenor, complete daily Assault missions, e.g. Assault on the Pit. If you are impatient, you can buy the missions for 200 garrison supplies from your Garrison seller. Remember to go with a bodyguard so he gets rep whilst you carry out the required kills.
      - Loremaster Draenor Complete every zone`s quests and get the relevant achievement for it. For Nagand, get the Nagrandeur achievement etc.
      - Master Treasure Hunter Collect 100 treasures hidden round all the zones, some are very easy to get, others not so. You only need 100 treasures to find, not 200 of the Grand Treasure Hunter achivement requirement. If you need help, you can buy treasure maps off the relevant vendor in Ashran Island. The maps will mark the locations of all the treasures. Some treasures will be underground, others overground. The items will be tiny in places so a good pair of eyes is a must.
      - Tanaan Diplomat - You need to get revered reputation with three of the Tanaan factions in the new zone. All the other requirements can be done before Tanaan opens but this achievement is only achieveable when the zone opens. I suspect you will be able to do dailies for the rep.
  • The final catch is that flying will only be available once the above items have been done and Blizzard releases a small 6.2.x patch later in the coming weeks. Will it be enough to entice the millions that left since the start of the expansion is open to discussion.

    On a different note, the fourth film in the Jurassic franchise has been released, the first three were known as Jurassic Park, the fourth has been title Jurassic World, a break from the past. Someone has spent time, money and effort to recreate the Jurassic world trailer using Warcraft characters, just sit back, watch and enjoy. As those who play World of Warcraft will know Dinosaurs appear frequently throughout the game whether it be in Un`Goro Crater or in Siege of Orgrimmar.



    Warcraft fan plays homage to Jurassic World movie.

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    Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti returns to Earth and Into Record Books12/06/2015 14:18
    Italian European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoferetti has returned to Earth after a longer than planned journey to the International Space Station. Not does she hold the record for the longest uninterrupted space flight by an European astronaut but she`s also holds the longest uninterrupted flight by a female of any nationality. Samantha was due to fly back a month previous but due to a problem with Russian rockets, her stay was extended by a month. The longest uninterrupted flight by anyone was by Valeri Polyakov who stayed in space for a duration of 437 days and 18 hours (14 months). Valeri was in space during a during aq difficult time in Russia history when the Iron Curtain was coming down. 2

    During Samantha`s time in space, she became the first person to brew an expresso coffee, home from home. 1. Samantha hails from Italy and is well versed in five language, speaking them all fluently. If you want to follow her future space exploits, her twitter account is AstroSamantha .



    Samantha Cristoforetti Astronaut



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    Imagine how Warcraft would look if Development started today02/06/2015 21:29
    World of Warcraft is over ten years old now and still remain strong. Although it has lost a lot of players, 3 million since the release of World of Warcraft - Warlords of Draenor, it still has about seven million paying players. The quality of the graphics haven`t changed in the years since it first came out. The reason for no change is so that all the players are using the same base graphics so they don`t have to develop for high-spec PCs and low-spec PCs. If they were to change the graphics, the cost involved would be enormous.

    Instead the developers, Blizzard Entertainment are concentrating on producing content and not producing (flying). One of the biggest arguments is whether flying which has been with the game for the past eight years should remain or be dropped to stroke the developers egoes over getting everyone to play how the developers want which is not what a lot of people want. I wonder how many of those people who quit, quit over flying because travelling on the ground is boring. There are those who liked the idea of not flying and seem to be most Vocal. In the end, Blizzard Entertainment needs to understand that they need to cater for peoples requirements and not go arrogantly with the few. If Warcraft was built today, it could look like below which someone developed using the Unreal 3 Game Engine. The video shows shots of what Elwynn Forest could look like once updated. The video shows what would be Goldshire, the main human villlage, second only to Stormwind. They can`t go on using the same base graphics that were great for 2004 and not update. You can`t have 2004 graphics in 2024, ten years time. One day, they will update like so many other MMOs have done.



    What Elwynn Forest could look like if they redesigned warcraft with unreal 3 engine.

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    First Look at Warcraft Orc, Orgrim18/05/2015 23:21
    The first pictures of Legendary Picture`s Warcraft have been released. The film is a tie-in to the MMORPG game, World of Warcraft where players fight for one of two factions, the Horde or Alliance on the fantasy worlds of Draenor and Azeroth. The picture is of Orgrim, one of the legendary Orcs from the story. In the original game storyline, the Orcs came through a dark portal to Azeroth and laid waste to the planet but as it was deemed to be too similar to Lord of the Rings films, the storyline has been changed from the original storyline.

    The film was due out originally at Christmas but was put back after Disney announced that Star Wars - The Force Awakens would be released in the cinemas at Christmas 2015. The date it was put back to was March the following year and then its been put back until the summer. The first trailer won`t probably be released until the Autumn/Fall when the annual Blizzcon occurs where Blizzard Entertainment celebrate their games, Warcraft and Starcraft.



    Orgrim

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    Whats the difference between Blueshift and Redshift?16/05/2015 14:21
    You`re probably more familiar with Redshift1 as its talked about quite a bit. When something is moving away from something else, the light that is emitted is predominantly at the red end of the spectrum. Red light wavelengths tend to be more stretched out the futher you are from the object. Blue light wavelengths tend to be closer together. Blueshift2 light tends to be emitted from objects that are moving closer. By looking at the blue and red shift, we can determine whether the object is coming closer to us such as in the case of the Andromeda Galaxy or moving away from us. By looking at the spectrum of the objects light, it is also possible to determine how far away the object is by the stretched nature of the spectrum. The further away, the more red the lights spectrum has.

    Red and Blueshifts subject originated from the Doppler Effect, the effect that describes an instrument that is played at the same volume constantly will appear getting loud as it gets closer to an object and quieter as it moves away. In addition to sound doppler waves, he also applied the theory to light waves. It was the light doppler effect that led ultimately to the Big Bang Theory that is the theory about The Beginning of the Universe. When Edwin Hubble noticed that the galaxies were moving away from us, the big bang theory started to take off. If they were moving away, they should have all been close, very close, as close as a an atomic singularity.   Comments

    Welcome to Tanaan Jungle03/05/2015 13:54
    Blizzard have now released a Video showing what Tanaan Jungle looks like when you visit the last remaining unexplored zone in Draenor. What you are able to see is that the land that one day become Hellfire Peninsula contains a mix of monsters and elementals that are going to push you as hard as can be. When you first entered the world through the Dark Portal, you had a brief viewing of the continent but not one to get a full appreciation of what lies ahead, now you do. The only way you can enter the zone is to build a harbor and set out. You`ll need a level 3 Garrrison so if you`ve not got one of those yet, hurry it up and make one. For those hoping for flight, its still not available and probably will never be.



    Tanaan Jungle Introduction

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    Batman vs. Superman Trailer18/04/2015 13:37
    The first trailer for Batman Vs. Superman - Dawn of Justice has been released. The trailer doesn`t show too much, just enough to give people a taster of whats to come. Clark Kent is once again played by Henry Davill who played the alien from outer space in the last version of the film (Man of Steel) but Christian Bale who played Bruce Wayne in the Christopher Nolan trilogy has stepped down and Ben Affleck steps into the role. Also in the film, other DC Comic characters will appear such as Aquaman, played by Jason Mamoa who played Conan in the last adaptation of the Robert E. Howard hero. Gal Gadot will take on the role of Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor. Lex is believed not to be the main enemy of the two characters but play a major part of the film. It is expected to be the first of a series of films like the Avengers but this one will be known as the Justice League. The trailer shows the two characters as nearly coming to blows but not hitting one another. We still have another year to go before the film comes out yet and expect more news later.



    Click to watch the trailer for the 2016 Batman vs Superman

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