I am the most amateur of bloggers and writers.

These are my thoughts and words.
My world, through my eyes. Gladly shared.

A blog about life, humor, and the pursuit of laughter, with some photographs thrown in.

Can we genetically modify ourself?

Posted on 9th Oct 2015 11:33:27

How would you like to be better? We don't get a say in what our genetics say, in those 6 billion letters of DNA that make us... us, but what if we did? Now, we might not be able to adjust our DNA like in the game series BioShock where plasmids, gene tonics and vigors allow you to enhance your genetics to such a degree that you're shooting out bees or electricity. But what about increasing your strength, your speed or your mind?

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What's wrong with IE?

Posted on 12th Sep 2015 22:31:12

It's common knowledge that almost every single computer freak hates Internet Explorer with a passion, but have you ever wondered why? Let's take a fair look at the history and where it all began... for posterity, if nothing else.

Contrary to what you might think, this article is not meant to be a hate-fest on Internet Explorer - in fact, since IE 9, they have continued to improve the performance, add new features, and generally make it standards-compliant.

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Inside a black hole

Posted on 3rd Sep 2015 19:27:25

Today we are going to go inside a black hole. It's not going to be comfortable, but it will be pretty fun.

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Cruel bombs

Posted on 6th Aug 2015 21:01:56

Every cloud has a silver lining.
Except nuclear mushroom clouds, which have a lining of Strontium-90, Caesium-137 and other radioactive isotopes.

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Trophy hunting

Posted on 1st Aug 2015 18:28:35

I'm sorry, this one is only in Dutch :-) I'll translate it in English one of the following days...

De schutter van de bekendste leeuw van Zimbabwe, tandarts Walter Palmer, is ondergedoken. Op de deur van zijn praktijk hangen posters waarop de tandarts een "lafaard" en een "moordenaar" wordt genoemd. Ocharme. Het is een puur westerse emotie om zo boos te worden over een dode leeuw horen we nu. En: we snappen het weer niet. Nu ja, wat valt daar aan te snappen, aan iemand die een kick krijgt van het doden van een weerloos, bedreigd dier?

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Cryptography?

Posted on 31st Jul 2015 18:51:00

With the increasing incidence of identity thefts, credit card frauds, social engineering attacks, the digital world is facing challenges in the years ahead. Obviously, cryptography, a young science, will play a prominent role in the security of protecting digital assets. I will try to explain the basics of cryptography (encryption) using plain language.

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Iron Man's suit

Posted on 22nd Apr 2015 23:20:24

How close are we to a real Iron Man suit?

Okay. If we are just speaking of an armoured suit that augments the strength and weaponry of a person then we are extremely close. If we are speaking of something with all of the primary abilities of the Iron Man character such as flight, clean infinite power and his repulsor beams, that may never become a reality. The current version in the comic books is even more insane than the movies, with a suit made entirely of nanites that can repair or replicate itself and any weaponry on the fly...

So how close are we? First, I'll break down the things we (unfortunately) cannot do, and then, I'll treat you to some really awesome stuff we can...

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Thor's hammer

Posted on 22nd Apr 2015 18:10:35

Thor's hammer... doesn't weigh that much. According to MARVEL it's 42.3 lbs (19.19 kg) which is still a lot to hold... especially one handed. But the reason the hammer can't be lifted isn't due to weight but because it takes someone who is worthy to wield it.

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The Avengers 2

Posted on 22nd Apr 2015 08:23:22

On April 22nd The Avengers are back to kick off the summer movie experience early in Avengers: Age of Ultron! This is truly the time of year all you superhero nerds have been waiting for. Although The Avengers is sure to be packed with mind-boggling action, did you ever take a second to think about the real science behind superhero movies? If you didn't, I have put together a nerdy, fun article about the realistic side of our favorite superheros.

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