The Amazing Sounds Of Outer Space

Amazing Sounds Of Outer Space

Telescopes allow us to see what outer space looks like in different types of light, by transforming digital information captured in space by telescopes such as Hubble and X-ray observatories such as Chandra.

NASA, the US space agency, recently developed a way to allow people to listen to outer space. They have done this by converting the light from the Milky Way, as observed in X-rays, light rays and infrared rays, into audio.

The new project uses a process called “sonication” to transform astronomical images into something we can listen to.

The Sound of space

Sonification translates data into sound. Each sound represents the positions and brightness of distant stars and galaxies in the outer reaches of space.

The brighter the object, the higher it’s pitch will be. The intensity of the light controls the volume of the audio.

Sound plays an important role in our understanding of our world and space. For further information, and more space sonification clips, visit NASA


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Lindos, Rhodes – July 2014

Just returned from a recent trip to the town of Lindos, on the Greek island of Rhodes. I’d like to  share some of my photos.
Lindos is a beautiful scenic town with some breathtaking views. It’s not a big place but it is tightly packed with fantastic restaurants, bars, shops and a couple of nightclubs (if you stay up till around 2am).
Lindos is an extremely hilly place, not ideal for the old or unfit. You could, however, just hail a donkey to take you up the steepest inclines to the ancient Acropolis overlooking the town.
Enjoy my photos and leave a comment. I’d really love to know your thoughts.

All images taken on iPhone 5 – Cropped and tweaked in Adobe Photoshop

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Mashing up Daft Punk

Love Daft Punk, Love this Mash Up and love the graphic treatment. Amazing!

it's a small web

The anatomy of a mash up. Cameron Adams, aka “The Man in Blue”, mashed up, edited and remixed some of his favourite Daft Punk songs. Definitive Daft Punk reveals the entire structure of Daft Punk’s track list: the cutting, layering, levels and equalisation of 23 different songs.

By dividing up the sound data for each song and computing its appearance in realtime, the visualisation combines a circular waveform of each of the songs concurrently being played with an audio map timeline at the bottom showing each song color-coded.

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F### Yeah! I got a Liebster Award

I couldn’t believe my eye holes recently when I recieved a message in my comments telling me that my blog had been nominated for a prestigious Liebster award. Possibly the first of many accolades, but i’ll try to refrain from getting ahead of myself. It’s not very often you feel noticed in the gigantic world of the internet so even the smallest bit of recognition is more than appreciated.
I was nominated by the fantastic and talented ‘found this, painted that.’ (If you aren’t following it already, you’re missing out). Go and follow it now before continuing….. I’ll wait.

Followed it? fantastic, then we can continue.
The acceptance of my Liebster award comes with a few little hoops to jump through. That is par for the course with everything in life though. hmmm :/

Ok, here are the rules:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to them in your post.
Hmmm, I think I already did that but they deserve a second link in case you skipped the bit where I told you to follow them already. Thankyou ‘found this, painted that.’ keep up the good work.

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees.
See below for this stuff.

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.
Ok, I’ll have to do that over the next week or so.

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.


(Copied and pasted this whole section and award image came along for the ride Yay!) I’ve also put it on my main banner. I’m so proud.
Note: (These are the “rules” but please feel free to do as you wish. If you have 5 bloggers to nominate instead of 11, and you can only think of 7 random facts about yourself – that’s perfectly fine! )

Questions from ‘Found this painted that’, to me.

  • 1. If you were a superhero, what would your powers be? – Evil Psychic hypnotist.
  • 2. What colour is your bedroom? – A tasteful cream with an accent wall of blue/grey.
  • 3. What’s your idea of the best gift to give? – Anything hand made or with some personal thought put into it.
  • 4. If you could only choose one, would you be beautiful or smart? – Smart
  • 5. What’s the longest amount of time you were away from your home? – Other than when I was at University, only a couple of weeks. That kind of makes me sad for some reason.
  • 6. What do you consider to be the hardest thing you’ve ever done? – I once did a skydive. but adrenalin got me through it.
  • 7. When are you most creative? A.M or P.M – Without a shadow of doubt I’m a night time person. P.M.
  • 8. Ocean or mountains? – I love to surf so it has to be the ocean.
  • 9. Book or computer? – Computer. Sadly, I never seem to have time to read much anymore.
  • 10. Dog or cat? – Dogs are much better but I like that cats have some level of freedom.
  • 11. Coffee or tea? – Coffee. More caffeine the better.

11 Random facts about me:

  • 1. Been playing video games since I was 4 years old in 1980.
  • 2. Can’t stomach mayonaise but have nothing against its ingredients.
  • 3. Life motto, is a cynical ‘question everything’.
  • 4. Favourite comedy is ‘Monty Pythons Life of Brian’
  • 5. I can’t grow a full beard.
  • 6. Hate getting my haircut even though my mother is a hairdresser.
  • 7. I really like biting into blocks of cheese. – guilty pleasure.
  • 8. I’ve arranged my DVD collection into colour order.
  • 9. I have watched ‘First Blood’ more than any other movie. – great film.
  • 10. I very rarely get bored. I can always find something to waste my time.
  • 11. One of my front two teeth is dead, the other is smashed in half and capped.

My questions for my nominees:

1. What is the best car you have driven?
2. How much wood can a wood chuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
3. What is the first single or album you bought?
4. What is your guilty pleasure?
5. Starwars (original trilogy – prequels don’t exist) or Star trek?
6. Savoury snacks (Crisps(chips if US),olives,pretsils) or sweet snacks (Jellies, chocolate, candy)?
7. Should you throw food out if it says its out of date or trust your nose?
8. What is it called when you slide your scissors through paper or fabric without squeezing them?
9. What is your favourite ‘go to’ website?
10. What really annoys you or creeps you out, even though it really shouldn’t.
11. If you’re not from the UK, what is your perception of British people? If you are, slag of the yanks! haha!

Can’t wait to see all your crazy answers.
Thankyou for your likes, follows, comments and most of all for inspiring me to actually do some creative stuff, rather than watching tv, looking at websites, playing playstation, eating pizza, watching movies and generally procrastinating.

Big thanks again to ‘found this, painted that.’

Eye Spy – 20 People You’ll See In Every Shopping Centre

There are many crazy, strange and freaky people to be seen in shooping centres. I work in a retail store in Metro Centre, Gateshead and have witnessed my fair share of weirdness. Below I’ve compiled an eye-spy list of 20 of the people you will likely see throughout the day in most centres.

– One point each for spotting any of the weirdos listed below.
– No cheating, it’s just for fun.
– If you spot them all, let me know. – Good Luck!

1. The Uncontrolable Tantrum Kid

child tantrum


Easy to spot. You’ll hear it long before you see it. The sound is straight from the depths of hell and will chill you to your very soul. The tantrum is usually performed by a 3 year old demon that seemingly has no bones in it’s body, slumping to the ground, unable to take another single step. The despairing parent is left with two options (Now that a quick smack is frowned upon). They can either give in to all demands or simply drag the floppy legged squeeling monster along the mall by the arm.

2. The Fat Head Body Builder

Fat Head Body Builder


No points for simply spotting a fit guy that just ‘works out’. This is the guy that’s a bit overweight but clearly thinks he’s the peak of physical fitness. Never seen in more than a vest and a pair of jogging pants. He will wander the centre with his arms hanging by his side as if he’s carrying invisible carpets. One of the defining features of Fat Head Body Builder is that he does not undertand a full body workout. It’s all about the arms. Leg day was most definitely skipped and it shows on these fat headed no knecked freaks.

3. The Pensioner With Ice Cream

old man ice cream


For some inexplicable reason, old people seem to adore an ice cream. Despite the fact that it is clearly an outdoor summer treat, they will partake, in a mall,  whatever the weather. Unfortunately they aren’t too supple. They will visibly strain at every lick looking like a tortoise that can’t quite reach it’s leafy treat. It’s almost painful to watch as they don’t quite have the eating pace to keep up with messy ice cream meltage.

4. The Guy That Wears Sunglasses Indoors

sunglasses inside


This guy is generally a self important gimp that has an ego larger than Jupiter. His clearly thinks he’s the height of cool and that everyone is looking at him as if he is someone important…. maybe a celebrity. In reality most are glaring at him in disbelief, thinking, what an absolute f###ing prick.

5. The Nude Coloured Leggings That actually Look Nude

nude leggings


Regular, common or garden, beige, brown or pink leggings do not count for this spot. Point only awarded  if you actually have to take a double take thinking the wearer is actually semi nude. Usually the worst offenders of the nude leggings are the shapeless, overweight blobs that have never met a salad in their lives. Every lump, bump and fold is on show. Not an attractive sight.

6. The Head To Toe Colour Co-ordinator

top to toe coordinated


No points awarded for people dressed in all black, grey or any other neutral colour. This is all about the kind of person that wants to stand out, but has no idea of complimentary colours and just go’s all out ‘block colour!’. Point awarded for connect 3 (co-ordinated shoes, trousers and top). Extra point for connect 4 (co-ordinated shoes, trousers, top and hat). *On men, matching trainers, tracksuit and cap is also a connect 4 for the win!

7. The “Hilarious” Fancy Dress

fancy dress


Everyone loves fancy dress, and everyone thinks those in fancy dress are hilarious. These are just two of the misconceptions that shopping centre fancy dress wearers suffer from. They aren’t dressed  for any occassion, they are just dressed to,  ‘be crazy and fun’ and ‘freak people out’. People in T-shirts on stag or hen do’s don’t count. Point only for the annoying twats that think they are being  ‘really original, clever and zany’ (They aren’t). Biggest offender is the prick in the morph suit. Despite being entirely covered and annonymous, they are always the most extrovert, annoying c**ts you will need to avoid.

8. The Jaunty Angled Cap

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One of the easiest on the list. This is the f##kwit that wasn’t given any training on how to wear a hat and hasn’t quite figured out the correct way yet. No points awarded for cap worn straight forwards or straight bachwards. This is for those that feel the need to go against any sort of functionality or aesthetic appeal and twist their cap to the most silly, ridiculous and uncomfortable position possible. Extra point awarded if the dick with the jaunty hat also still has the ugly round metalic sticker on the peak. (Extra, extra point if you can tell me a good rerason why the f### they feel the need to leave the sticker on their hat???)

9. The Head and Neck Tattoo and Piercing Freak

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This, difficult to employ, individual has clearly made some bad decisions in their life. No points for simple eyebrow or nose studs. This is all about massive ear guaging and facial tattoos. From rock fan to prison escapee, the tattoo and piercing guy is . Please pity these people. Despite the overtly confident personas, they are all dead from regret inside.

10. The Arguing Couple

arguing couple


Everyone has seen this couple at some point. Sometimes they will scream and shout but all the more satisfying to see the couple argue without making a scene. Muted accusations and gritted teath threats can be amazingly entertaining to witness.

11. The Crotch Too Low/Pants too Visible Guy



Wearing your trousers low with the crotch by your knees, your arse hanging out the top and looking like you have shat your pants does NOT look in any way, shape or form ‘cool’.

There are two schools of thought on where this abomination of a look came from:

1- American gangsters got hand-me-downd from their older brothers. The more baggy the clothes, the bigger your brother…. therfore, don’t mess wi me bro.

2- In american prisons you wear you pants sticking to show that you are open for some… erm… special back door attention.

An easy point as teenagers are unaware how daft they look.

12. The Inappropriately Dressed Underaged Girl

innapropriate teen


It amazes me, when I see some of the outragiously slutty outfits that young teens seem to be allowed to wear. The parents of these children should be ashamed of themselves for letting their children out like that. During my times working in a shopping centre i’ve seen girls in  ‘shorter than short’ shorts, see through tops, stockings, high heels, ‘belt like’ mini skirts and various combinations of them all. Put some fricking clothes on and have some dignity.

13. The Just Blatantly Adjusting My Junk Guy

crotch grab


As a male I do understand the need to sometimes adjust my gentleman bits occasionally. I won’t however do it in full view of everyone around me. The point is earned for the more blatent offender. The guy that reaches down his pants (usually jogging bottoms) and rumages around for a bit too long. Point only for ‘inside the pants’ adjusting, nothing for a simple nut grab.

14. The Weird Emo



Emo kids are everywhere these days but every so often you’ll encounter an uber emo. These are the extreme cases that even a regualar emo would avoid in a social situation. Not that emo’s have enough time for being social. Too much moping, crying, poetry and self harm to be getting on with. 😉

15. The Off Duty Santa



Santa only works one night a year. His slave elves do the hard work and he takes all the glory. Occasionally, he can be spotted… out of uniform, trying to blend in with the general public. The massive, bright white beard is a massive givaway though. Never approach this ‘secret santa’  as he will mark you down as naughty in his little book and you wont get any presents at christmas.

16. The Mobile Phone Zombie

phone zombie


This dickhead is a danger to themselves and others. All periferal information away from their phone is filtered out. These idiots will meander along a mall at a snails pace occasionally stopping or changing direction with no regard for anyone around them. Despite the fact that they will block, bump and obstuct regular, aware humans, they will never apologise for their idiotic behaviour. The best you ‘ll ever get is an incomprehensible zombie grunt or groan.

17. The Deluded Blatent Transvestite



The deluded obvious transvestite is an odd creature. Blatantly a possesor of trouser vegetables, but no one will ever point it out to them. Everyone has to play along with their extravagant game of dressy-up. Despite almost everyone pointing and sniggering, this poor fella is blissfully unaware that they are not fooling anyone. If the massive hands and adams apple aren’t enough of a givaway, surely the five o’clock shadow will be.

18. The Woman Shopping in Ridiculously High Heels

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Five inches or shorter are nothing. We are talking full on, dangerous, stilt like, killer heels. The kind of heels a stripper would refuse to wear saying, ‘There’s no way I can walk in them!’. Shopping in flat shoes will hurt a normal person’s feet. How the f### do some people shop in their most outragious, crazy, high, sex shoes.

19. The Disgruntled Sales Assistant



Not at all difficult to spot. Within the first 2 or 3 shops you visit you will likely run into this abomonation of a creature. Most people are a bit miffed when they are at work but there is just something extra with this person. They won’t approach you and there is not a chance in hell you want to apprach them. If they do have to help in any way, or worse, take a sale, they will do the bare minimum to get you out of their face so they can go back to counting down the minutes till they get to go home to their miserable lives.

20. The Guy that Looks Like Jesus



Jesus has returned and he shops among us. He may have changed his clothes but the long lank hair and crap beard are unmistakable. He’s shopping for bargains, ‘cos jesus apparantly likes to save.

Good luck everyone and happy hunting. If you think of any blatent ommissions that you see in your centre, just comment below. I can already think of at least 10 more, but needed to keep the list down to a level that wouldn’t drive me mad.

Please leave comments or pass this on to anyone you know that works in retail. Thanks.

Question Everything???

Question Everything
Question Everything

Simple minimalist art depicting my one rule in life that i will not break. Question Everything! Look carefully, it’s a Q and an E. By questioning everything you can avoid so many of lifes pitfalls and prevent yourself becoming just another consumerist sheep.

Below are a few of my views and how i question them (Not everyone will agree… and thats good).

If you believe everything that the news tells you, you will likely become a nervous wreck. Good news does not sell. Sensationalism sells! News reports generally have an ‘angle’ that has been simplified so the (dumb) masses understand. Before you react to what you see, try to consider some of the other angles. Even the most horendous things that happen in the world have more aspects than what a reporter will tell you. Look at all the facts and make your own, considered opinion.

Yes, it’s pretty… sometimes. But do you really need to change everything you own to keep up with trends or are you being affected by magazines, advertising and friends?

I don’t trust any politician, from any party. I don’t believe that they ever make any real difference. Promises are made to get into power and when in power they are almost never followed through. No long term workable plans will ever be put into practice as they are not immediately quantifiable. Goals in politics are all short term as a party may not be in power long enough to take credit for any long term successes. When a politician pushes an idea, just stop and consider why he is saying what he is saying. Is he trying to be popular, contrare to other parties, or are they just trying to improve their own personal profile?

A big hate in my life is advertising. It is just in your face, all the time trying to make you feel bad about yoursel unless you have the latest things or look a certain way. Adverts are not entertainment, they are offensive and intrusive and only there to make you spend your hard earned.  All special offers are still heavilly weighted in favour of the seller. Buying something because its on special offer is only a bargain if you were going to buy it anyway. If you bought it because it was on special, you fell for their tricks, hook line and sinker. Pause and consider, do i really need this outfit?/CD?/game?/DVD?/go large? or am i just buying it ‘because’?

COMIC SANSQuestion why any person or establishment would use such an ugly typeface. It has no place in civilized society.

I have looked into religion in some depth and have not seen one shred of evidence that there is any truth in an all seeing God or gods. To follow a religion you basically have whole heartedly accept an undeniable truth of which there is no proof. Looking at facts, religion has caused more wars, destroyed more history and held back the advancement of the human race by hundreds, if not thousands of years.
Just to avoid any confusion, religion has nothing to do with morals. Morals can be taught without trying to instill fear in a person. Preaching religion as far as i can see is preaching fear. That fear is intended to control and manipulate the weak minded.

All people are equal. No one is better than anyone else. Your validity and importance in life should not come down to rank, job title, colour, education or religion. People are basically the same, where ever they are from and whatever they do. Question what you have been taught, without prejudous, and that is the only real conclusion.

Okay, i may have gone a little deep there, and I fully understand that you, as the reader, will not agree with everything i have written. That is a good thing.

Question Everything…. and make your ‘OWN’ considered opinions.

Comments welcome.