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art – control alt delete ak47

Posted by giveaphuk on May 7, 2007

control alt delete ak47

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old art with new photoshop filters

Posted by giveaphuk on April 9, 2007

i like doing this to classic art, making it feel a little more gritty (i mean look @ the pix, what’s going on isn’t exactly nice 2 begin with..mondias - classic art, photoshop filter experiment

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art – aircraft carrier

Posted by giveaphuk on April 7, 2007

My latest work in progress, playing around with photoshop for a very minimilist effect, may be transfered into stencil / paste-up piece of street art.

Art - aircraft carrier

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what the hell is hillary looking @?

Posted by giveaphuk on April 6, 2007

found a great forum yesterday, RE: this odd image of Hilary Clinton..

what the hell is hillary looking @?

Such an image is so ripe for a bit of photoshopping, Jump Here to the forum to see some hilarious results. I was going to post mine there, but it required i spend $9 to join forum, so instead i’ll post mine below! enjoy! & I welcome you to post your own photoshopped images if u feel like making something funny, from such a classic image.

So here is Hilary Scarface.

Hilary Clinton v. scarface

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Storm in US over chocolate Jesus

Posted by giveaphuk on March 30, 2007

from BBC world news, an interesting artwork, which has received much criticism from religious groups.

An excerpt from this article…

 A New York gallery has angered a US Catholic group with its decision to exhibit a milk chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ.
The six-foot (1.8m) sculpture, entitled “My Sweet Lord”, depicts Jesus Christ naked on the cross. Catholic League head Bill Donohue called it “one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever”.

chocolate jesus

now i’m actually a bit jealous that my work has never received such criticism, although am still going to try my hardest!

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how to win candy bar competition prizes

Posted by giveaphuk on March 23, 2007

ok, so maybe I’m cutting myself short by posting this, but here is a surefire way to win certain candy bar competitions.. I was told this by a guy @ work who was, in turn educated by his girlfriend on how to do this.. They actually won not one, but two ipods from following this theory & I also won a PSP by doing the same thing.

1) The competitions are generally about entering via SMS & winning a prize ‘every hour’
2) you have to eat alot of candy &/or drink soft drink depending on whose offering. (eg. for my psp i had about 12 candy bar wrappers)
3) after you have consumed alot of product, choose a really random time (eg. I chose Australia vs. Italy world cup football match) when you think not alot of people will be thinking of entering such competitions. Then wait until it strikes the hour..
4) enter all your chances until you run out of wrappers, you don’t have to be fast about it, just steady, say one every two – 5 minutes (for psp i did about 8 SMS entries until i got a msg back saying i’d won!), so basically with a little luck you’ll get this same message before you run out of wrappers.
5) chose the prize carefully (eg. with my friends ipod, they we’re offered either an ipod or $500 cash, my friend figured most ppl would go for the cash), so that odds are stacked in your favour. There is a new one starting in Australia, where we get to chose from 1) $1000 2) sony laptop or 3) PSP/PS3 combo.. Seeing PS3’s are crap, & selling like hotcakes NOT! i will be punting on this piece of techno gaming junk, that way i can flog it off on ebay & get myself a WII.

I’d be interested to know if these kinds of competitions are global, & if anybody else has had such success.

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how NOT to backup data

Posted by giveaphuk on March 23, 2007

ok, so here is a serious assumption on my part, which I’m sure many others have also encountered.

Being a geek for many years has left me with about 5 computers, all of various ages, all containing both my own & clients artwork. I recently decided to go Zen on my room, & clear out all this old equipment, so I purchased a 240gig external HDD & spent many hours backing up my data from all these machines, into this one convenient location.

It never occurred to me that centralizing data backups to one source is inviting disaster (IE:// a load of eggs in one basket). Last nite, I accidentally tripped on the HDD power cable & this external HDD went flying off my table, where it fell to the floor with a big THUNK! Now when i plug it in, it whirs & makes a loud click, a sure sign that this has been destroyed.. No computer, be it mac, pc or Linux will now recognize this drive (even in the bios!).

The one thing i am thankful for is the fact that I still have all these old machines, & haven’t as yet reformatted the drives, as i was planning to do!! Failing this I would have had to spend Hundreds of Dollars getting a data recovery service to attempt to fix my problem.

Now I am going to have to spend many hours again, moving all this data back onto a new external HDD, but this time I am going to purchase another HDD, which i am going to pack away very safely, as my ultimate secure backup!

Sure I could have backed it all up to DVD also, but last time i did that, years later, when requiring some old data, I opened my cd case to discover these DVD’s had suffered a bad case of Techno Rot, thus rendering all data useless!

So a word to the wise, from my stressful experience, backup essential data MANY TIMES, & in MANY DIFFERENT WAYS!

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using gmail chat in 3rd party chat applications

Posted by giveaphuk on March 20, 2007

something really cool i just discovered, while fooling around with my macs chat client adium. If you go into your preferances you’ll see an option for adding new accounts.. When adding a new account, simply select ‘google talk’ & then input your email address as username & subsequent gmail account password.

Then, as if magic, all your gmail buddies (that you prob. chat to @ work) are magically appearing online with all your other msn, yahoo, .mac, jabber friends..

I am guessing the same goes for similar PC apps.

Too easy!!

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Being a ‘good’ Samaritan but a ‘bad’ human

Posted by giveaphuk on March 13, 2007

Today I was at a police station, there was a guy there who’d just found a mountain bike, he was wanting to report it to the police & if no-one had claimed then he was wanting the bike for himself. Before anything the policeman threw a suspicious look at this guy & demanded he submit his full name & contact details, & should he not he would be arrested on the spot for theft of a bicycle.

The poor guy hesitated a minute, as i know i would, & i imagined a whole bunch of mister meaners race through his mind, did he have outstanding tickets, did he miss court, was he stoned? was there something he had forgot, in the process of this, this act of reporting a stolen bike, was he so swept up, that he forgot about something from the past, which might have just very well just now caught up with him?

I mean sure the guy would have expected to submit his details, as why else would he be there, if he had wanted to claim the bike, but it was just the tone of the cop? was it the words ‘instantly arrested’ that triggered off this paranoia?

& well the reason I was there because i had just found a handbag in our outside trashcan as I just about to pour mouldy stagnant pasta onto it, before it struck me as odd as to why there would be a rather nice handbag in our trash? So i picked it up & I had to check, just to see i there was perhaps a phone or some way of contacting the owner, & sure enough there was Id, credit cards, keys, pamphlet’s & stuff, but clearly certainly no money, & no direct contact methods other than address. So I, the good Samaritan, walked down to the police station, with the intention of commiting a good act, so that this bag may fall again into the right hands. I know how it feels to lose your bag, & although losing cash is a bummer, its stuff like Id, credit cards etc that are a lot more of a bother to replace.

But after I left the police station, I too became slightly paranoid about maybe perhaps, having some outstanding ticket, or have committed some crime, i’ve either forgotten about or been unaware off at the time.

So sometimes perhaps it is possible to be both a ‘good’ Samaritan & a ‘bad’ human? I know this guy, from the police station will totally understand what i’m talking about..

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Mac vs. PC. Which survives a bullet?

Posted by giveaphuk on February 26, 2007

I just did a bit of research & now we’ll see which computer is the toughest. Here are two seperate situations where laptops saved their owners lives. Macbook Pro vs. Panasonic CF-M34 Toughbook. Which one survives a bullet?

macbook pro takes bullet

Mac takes a bullet during failed mugging in brazil.
& still works!!

toughbook bullet

PC takes a bullet for a US soldier in iraq.
& died!

Although i am happy to inform you, that both the targets of the indended bullets both were saved thanks to the tech they were packing & then again i’m also relieved to know that although apple isn’t involved in military hardware, it still can take a bullet for its owner.

Let’s keep all the good tech in the hands of creatives!

UPDATE!!

Now lets throw an Ipod into the list.. Interesting photo I found of flickr, here.

ipod bullet

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