Who gets your vote?

Monday, February 28, 2011

Matchstick Puzzle

After a weekend of messing around with blog design it's time to get back on track...yep another start to a week of living the dream :)

As it's Monday here's is another matchstick puzzle for you all, and another bar related joke.

Take a look at the two glasses to the right -->
By moving 6 matches turn these two glasses into a home.

...and while you're thinking about that here's a bit of light hearted fun ;)

The International Council of Man Laws. 
(B and Sam take note, especially of point 3 & 4)
1: Never, under any circumstance may two men share an umbrella.
2: Men may cry only under the following circumstances:
(a) When a heroic dog dies to save its master.
(b) The moment Angelina Jolie starts unbuttoning her blouse.
(c) After wrecking your boss's car.
(d) When she is using her teeth.
3: Any man who brings a camera to a stag night may be legally killed and eaten by his friends.
4: If you've known a guy for more than 24 hours, his sister is off limits forever unless you actually marry her.
5: Moaning about the brand of free beer in a mate's fridge is forbidden. However complain at will if the temperature is unsuitable.
6: No man shall ever be required to buy a birthday present for another man. In fact, even remembering your mate's birthday is strictly optional. At that point, you must celebrate at a strip bar of the birthday boy's choice.
7: In the mini-bus, the strongest bladder determines pit stops, not the weakest.
8: When stumbling upon other blokes watching a sporting event, you may ask the score of the game in progress, but you may never ask who's playing.
9: You may fart in front of a woman only after you have brought her to climax. If you trap her head under the covers for the purpose of flatulent entertainment (commonly known as a Dutch oven), she's officially your girlfriend.
10: It is permissible to drink a fruity alcohol drink only when you're sunning on a tropical beach ... and it's delivered by a topless model and only when it's free.
11: Only in situations of mortal and/or physical peril are you allowed to kick another guy in the nuts.
12: Unless you're in prison, never fight naked.
13: Friends don't let friends wear Speedos. Ever. Issue closed.
14: If a man's fly is down, that's his problem, you didn't see anything.
15: Women who claim they 'love to watch sports' must be treated as spies until they demonstrate knowledge of the game and the ability to drink as much as the other sports watchers.
16: A man in the company of a hot, suggestively dressed woman must remain sober enough to fight.
17: Never hesitate to reach for the last beer or the last slice of pizza, but not both, that's just greedy.
18: If you compliment a guy on his six-pack, you'd better be talking about his choice of beer.
19: Never join your girlfriend or wife in discussing a friend of yours, except if she's withholding sex pending your response.
20: Never talk to a man in a bathroom unless you are on equal footing i.e., both urinating, both waiting in line, etc. For all other situations, an almost imperceptible nod is all the conversation you need.
21: Never allow a telephone conversation with a woman to go on longer than you are able to have sex with her. Keep a stopwatch by the phone. Hang up if necessary.
22: The morning after you and a girl who was formerly 'just a friend' have carnal, drunken monkey sex. The fact that you're feeling weird and guilty is no reason for you not to nail each other again before the discussion occurs about what a big mistake it was.
23: It is acceptable for you to drive her car. It is not acceptable for her to drive yours.
24: Thou shall not buy a car in the colours of brown, pink, lime green, orange or sky blue.
25: The girl who replies to the question 'What do you want for Christmas?' with 'If you loved me, you'd know what I want!' gets an Xbox 360 End of story.
26: There is no reason for guys to watch Ice Skating or Men's Gymnastics. Ever.
27: It is not permissible to make eye contact when watching porn with your mates. Furthermore, this is only one of two circumstances under which it is allowed to have an erection with friends in the room, the other being when you are 'spit roasting' a woman.
28: We've all heard about people having guts or balls. But do you really know the difference between them? In an effort to keep you informed, the definition of each is listed below:
* 'GUTS' is arriving home late after a night out with the guys, being assaulted by your wife with a broom, and having the guts to say, 'are you still cleaning or are you flying somewhere?'
* 'BALLS' is coming home late after a night out with the guys smelling of perfume and beer, lipstick on your collar, slapping your wife square on the ass and having the balls to say, 'You're next fatty!'

I hope this clears up any confusion,
The International Council of Man Laws

Anyway back to the match puzzle...here's the answer:-


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday's blog shout!

It's been a busy weekend of rugby, drinking (surprise surprise) and cycling.
And so for a Sunday of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation I give you some more cool blogs from my daily follow list.

first up...
Kicking Rocks - http://ggc151.blogspot.com
I really like blogs that are truly random and this is what you'll find at Kicking Rocks.
Not constrained by any concept other than bringing you stuff that will grab your attention, he blogs about everything from his random encounters the the Rock to wry observations about the price of crumbled blue cheese. Honestly it's a place that is always entertaining and really stands out!

Next up
My Own Private Idaho - http://wtfamidoinginidaho.blogspot.com/
Another great blog that has cool observations on life, especially life around Idaho from the perspective of a Californian. Lost.in.Idaho churns out daily content that is always well written and original (no copypasta here). For me as a Welsh blogger it gives a great insight into life across the pond and he always makes me chuckle.

Third for the evening is....
A Blog - http://mypresentmindset.blogspot.com/
A is a Canadian who again covers all the cool things that he encounters.
A shares some great art, a few of his own sketches and even advice on the 'Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms' when dealing with police....go check it out!

...and finally for this evening we have:
Designer Musik - http://designermusik.blogspot.com/
Haezer is a fan of all things electro, DnB and dubstep and blogs about the music he loves, sharing all his favourite tunes with the internet. Even if you're not a huge dnb/dubstep fan Haezer shares the type of tune that may very well convert you.
Raise your musical horizons and go check it out :)

So there you go another 4 blogs. If you'd like me to right a few words on your blog and post it here on a Sunday drop me an email at:-



Saturday, February 26, 2011

More blog tweaking...

Another quick post tonight as I've mainly been messing around with layouts this evening...not that the 4 beers from earlier have helped :)

Anyway I've always liked the Awesome Inc templates for the clean boxes they have...but wanted to tweak the colours and have a funkier background.
Also the 'Travel' templates have that nice slight transparency... and my dilemma was how to get the best out of both worlds.

So having spent most of the evening messing around with html templates, downloading them, tweaking them, copying and pasting bits...forgetting where I was in the code...and getting numerous 'error 500s'.
I finally worked out what I needed to do simply and cleanly to get the boxes of 'Awesome Inc' to show that faded transparency from 'Travel'.

From the Blogger landing page

  •  Click 'Design'
  • Click 'Template Designer'
  • Select the template that is closest to the look you want
  • Then click 'Advanced'
  • scroll down the options until you reach 'Add CSS'
    Now here you can mess around with any page elements and re-define their CSS without having to mess around with the template code (yes I know - OBVIOUS!)
  • So to make the boxes transparent I added the following lines:-
  • These are just the standard png's from the Travel templates that have partial transparency
So there you have it...hope it was useful


Friday, February 25, 2011

New Background

I've been playing around with a few ides for themes for this blog.

Growing up around South Wales and Bristol I suppose I've always appreciated graffiti, especially Banksy... so here's my little nod to stencil artwork with a bit of a bar twist.

The original picture was of Billy Piper in a Martini Glass.

  • Drop the colour
  • Adjust Image >> Adjustments >> Brightness/Contrast
  • Adjust the threshold. Image >> Adjustments >> Threshold
  • Add some blur. Filter >> Blur >> Gaussian Blur…
  • Adjust the curve. Image >> Adjustments >> Curves…
  • Stretch it a little...
  • Done :)
I'll probably mess around with this over the coming weeks but thought I'd share.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Today's trick takes a little longer than usual, so if you are trying this one out don't expect flash/bang results...

What you need:-
A shot of Brandy or Whisky
A shot of Water

The Challenge:
Without using another container, and without mixing the whisky and water...swap the two shots around so that the whiskey is in the water's glass and the water in the whisky's glass.

Here's how...

The explanation:
The water is denser than the Whisky/Brandy, so as long as the flow of the two liquids is slow and controlled they should gradually displace one another and not mix.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wow 200!!!

Cheers everyone for your support, suggestions and feedback....

...and for those of you getting ready for the royal wedding...you can now get your very own royal wedding sick bag. Cool lol

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday's trick...


So for today's trick...

What you need:-
two matches
something to light them with
A glass to balance them across
...optional - something that you don't mind getting burnt.

The challenge:
All you have to do is balance two matches so that they span the widest part of the top of a glass


Here's how...



Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday's Match Puzzle

As it's Monday here is a little Matchstick Puzzle for you all...
Can you rearrange the 6 matches to make 8 equilateral triangles?

Apologies for the pics this evening, I'm stuck in London so have had no time.

However to lighten those Monday Blues here's some bar related jokes:-

The Pope goes to visit the Seven Dwarfs who are drinking in a bar. As he is finishing his speech on comparative religions, Dopey raises his hand to ask a question.

"Mr. Pope, are there any dwarf nuns in Rome?".

"No Dopey," responds the Pontiff, "there are not".

"Mr. Pope, are there any dwarf nuns anywhere in Italy?", Dopey questions.

"No Dopey," chuckles the Pope, "there are no dwarf nuns in Italy."

"Mr. Pope," Dopey asks pleadingly, "are there any dwarf nuns anywhere in the world?"

"No Dopey," the Pope says sadly, "there are no dwarf nuns anywhere in the world."

And softly in the background the six remaining dwarves start chanting,

"Dopey screwed a penguin, Dopey screwed a penguin."

...ah the old ones are the old ones

Anyway back to the puzzle - here's the solution...
You basically form a star of David (6 pointed star)
giving you 8 equilateral triangles
6 small ones - each point of the star
and 2 large ones - the two overlapping large triangles

...I'll tidy the pics up when I get back from London.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday bloody Sunday

So Sunday and 4 more cool blogs from my daily follow and support list...

1st up is Robert Fünf's blog - Just Another Blog http://robertfunf.blogspot.com
Here you will fine posted some great blues/rock and punk songs with cool write-ups and reviews.
If you are a fan of bands like 'Agents of Oblivion' and 'Flogging Molly' this is the blog for you.
Personally he won me over when he reviewed Skindread (a punk band from my home town - who I've seen many times) - go check his site out!

Next http://xanonymousex.blogspot.com
Anonymouse's blog is quite possibly one of the most useful site's I've come across.
Not only is the layout slick - but there are then tutorials on how it's all been done.
With a few easter eggs and pictures of cats thrown in for good measure.
This is no average mouse or average blog - it's awesome...go see!

Third for tonight is Shutterbug's blog http://thingamajigblog.blogspot.com/
Now Shutterbug has the secret skill of being able to make things seem larger than they seem.
She uses this skill to tease her readers with pictures of everyday objects in extreme close-up... which you then have to guess what the object is. This sounds simple but I think I've yet to guess more than a couple correctly.
Always worth visiting :)

And finally we have The Angry Lurkers blog - http://theangrylurker.blogspot.com/
If you were ever into Warhammer or table top war games like me you will know the frustration of trying to paint miniatures. Taking hours carefully base-coating and applying colours - maybe a few inks...with the end result looking like you actually used Dulux and a roller. However this guys painting is truly a work of art and his miniatures really stand out as lifelike...go see for yourself!

So there you go another 4 sites for another Sunday.

If you'd like me to right a few words on your blog and post it here on a Sunday drop me an email at:-


Friday, February 18, 2011

Awards n Tricks

Well the award ceremony was a riot...we didn't win the team award but one of our Team Leaders won Manager of the year - so we danced until the early hours in celebration, champagne flowed, ...and we generally partied like rock stars lol

The host for the evening was Rufus Hound who was hilarious. Completely irreverent about all the companies there, and totally mocking the concept of corporate award ceremonies all the way through his act. Just my cup of tea.

On to today's trick/bet...

You will need:-

  • an empty beer bottle
  • a stack of coins
  • a few spare coins 

 Balance the beer bottle upside down, on a stack of the coins.

The challenge is to remove a coin from under the beer bottle without touching or toppling the bottle.

Here's how:-



Thursday, February 17, 2011

...not much time

Quick post today as I'm off to an awards ceremony in London with work. Nothing exciting but hopefully we win :-)
I'll get around everyone's blogs tomorrow - promise :)

Anyway Cooperlife has been posting some interesting stuff over at his blog at http://chancoop.blogspot.com/
Go have a gander... some thought provoking stuff delivered with great style.

And just for Cooperlife here's a bit of Bill Hicks (I think you'll approve)



Wednesday, February 16, 2011


For V-Day Elexerdelex posted a cool game of chocolate chess!
Check out his blog for all things Coco - http://chocotaster.blogspot.com/

Anyway it got me thinking about my fave chess version...and yes you guessed it, alcohol is involved.

What you need:-
1 chess board
Glasses for the following:-
  • 16 x pawn
  • 4 x rooks
  • 4 x knights
  • 4 x bishops
  • 2 x Queens
  • 2 x Kings
I suggest shot glasses and your favourite liquor or shot - with maybe beer or something light for the pawns.
It's also advisable for one side to use dark drinks (whiskey, dark rum etc) and the other use light drinks (vodka, clear rum etc)

  • When one moves a piece, one must sip from the piece moved.
  • When one's piece is captured, one must drink the entire piece.
  • Castling requires two sips: one from the King, one from the Rook
  • En passent requires only one sip (as in a standard pawn move)
  • When one's pawn reaches the eighth rank, and is exchanged for a queen (or other piece), one's opponent must drink the remainder of the pawn.
  • Once a piece is sipped, that piece must be moved. (taking back moves is not allowed)
  • One may take as long as one wants to drink a captured piece, but the piece must be quickly consumed when a second piece is captured.
  • After each exchange of pieces, the players must toast each other's health with the exchanged pieces.
  • When one is put in check, one must sip from the King.
  • Passing out constitutes a resignation.
  • A player may not go the the bathroom before his move.
  • When one is checkmated, one must drink:
    • The remainder of one's King
    • The remainder of opponent's King
    • The remainder of one's pieces.
Here are some alternative twists on the game.

Tequila Slam Chess
Fill up all the shot glasses with the tequila of your choice. Next you cut up limes for the black side and lemons for white side. Now all you need is a salt shaker and some Tylenol for the morning hangover!

Red vs. White
The wine lovers version of drinking chess. Use red and white wine.

Battle of the Brews
If you cant hold your liquor or are not up for a major hangover try filling your shot glasses with beer. Guinness  vs. Larger works great!

Russian Drinking Chess
White Russians and Black Russians go to war on the chess board!

Chest Hair Chess
Scotch v/s Whiskey...now that’ll put some hair on your chest!

Jell-O Shot Chess
This version of drinking chess takes some preparation but is by far the funniest! Simply mix your favourite Jell-O shots, chill them in the appropriate shot glasses and have fun!
Have fun,


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday's trick


A midget walks into the library and asks for a book on irony

The librarian peers over her book...looks down and says
"sure over there... top shelf"

A simple trick this afternoon that can be used most places.
All you need is an empty bottle and a lighter.

The challenge is to get the lighter from under the bottle without touching the bottle or letting it topple over.

...and here's how:-



Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy V-day!

Just a quick post tonight...long story involving a lot of travel.
Anyway to digress and take a little jaunt off-topic I bring you something cool you can do with a napkin if you are out with your special someone - coutesy of www.oragamite.com



Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday = cool blogs

Looks like things in Egypt are getting a little more interesting.
It's early days of the army being in control but there are some worrying signs.
The constitution, although widely being ignored, has now been officially suspended and parliament has been dissolved. On one hand these are good things - they've set up a committee to redraft the constitution and the parliament wasn't exactly voted in to power in free and fair elections. However who will redraft the constitution is now probably up to the army, who also hold power for at least the next 6 months. There have also been altercations between the army and some protesters in Tahrir Square, as the army unsuccessfully tried to remove them.

The problem with power is that once you have it you never really want to give it up... see former President Mubarak for an example of this.

Anyway another Sunday another list of cool blogs on my daily follow list.

The Richest Happiesthttp://therichesthappiest.blogspot.com/
If you're having girl problems I feel bad for you son...go check  Clarence Miller's blog out for all the hints tips and tricks you might ever need with the ladies.

My Lifehttp://becca-mycrazystuff.blogspot.com/
Becca blogs about her crazy life, things she likes and stuff she has written.
Always original, her posts are often poignant poems juxtaposed with cool picutures.
Well worth checking out!

Well this doesn't suckhttp://wellthisdoesntsuck.blogspot.com/
Dudemeister brings a random assortment of funny stories, cool vids, humorous pics and wry observations on life. There is always something new going on, on his blog and it's one of the first places I check out when having my morning coffee - go support, you won't regret it :)

Beasts in Human skinhttp://one3onelords.blogspot.com/
If you like films from the grind-house genre this is the place to go.
Great reviews of some bizarre, over the top and campy films interspersed with some great classics.
Although Banacek has toned down some of the accompanying pictures (such a shame) It still remains a great place to check out.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Scotland the brave & freezing beer


Well this weekend has been a rugby marathon with the Dragons taking on Edinburgh and Wales taking on Scotland up in Murryfield.

So in the spirit of all things Scots I found the picture to the right - hope you enjoy ;-)

I'm glad to say that both my teams won...and both won convincingly.
This was especially true of the Wales game where our defence was immense - even when we were down the 13 men. Fingers crossed they build on this in the matches ahead.

Anyway in celebration I have a new trick... this one is more designed for house parties where you control the freezer... read on

What you will need:-
One very cold beer
Something hard to hit it with

The bet/challenge
After pouring some beer out of a cold bottle - you bet someone that you can freeze the rest instantaneously!

Here's how....

The explanation...
Before you do the trick put the beer bottle in the freezer for 4 hours.
This will chill it down to a point just above freezing - but still liquid.
When you hit the top of the beer bottle it causes the carbon dioxide to be released.
This in turn drops the temperature of the liquid - down below the freezing point, with the result that the beer freezes before your eyes!


Friday, February 11, 2011

aching legs

Normally I try to stay off the pop in the week.

There is nothing worse than a day of meetings with Mr Hangover as your constant companion. It’s not a hard and fast rule but last night I broke it and caught up with my mates Sam and Plug over a few civilised pints in my local pub, planning our boys holiday away.

About 5 pints later I get dropped off home with the most exciting and
controversial element of the night being Plug’s view that if he went under 15 stone in weight he’d look ill… he’s about 5’10” so…yeah…

Anyway I woke up this morning (which I always take as a good omen for the day) feeling not too bad…headache ok…stomach under control…cool.

Then I got out of bed….and oooowww did my legs hurt!

Now I’m not a stranger to exercise, especially cardio, and if anything I had been taking it easy this week (recovery is important). But my legs felt like I’d run 6 miles the night before… this couldn't be right!

So today’s post is about the science of too much alcohol and aching legs…

Which are caused by two main reasons:-
o Lactic Acid build up
o Lack of electrolytes

Drink, drink, drink

Beer contains alcohol (no really?) in the form of ethanol (unless you’re sampling myhome brew ;-).

Now as alcohol is absorbed it increases the blood’s acidity. Your liver soon kicks in trying to remove this toxic substance from your blood. It produces 6 enzymes that work collectively to convert the ethanol into non-toxic acetic acid.
o 1st alcohol dehydrogenase converts ethanol into acetaldehyde (which is
actually more toxic to the body than ethanol)
o Next acetaldehyde is converted to acetic acid by acetaldehyde

So already we have acid building up but the above reactions also require the conversion of NAD+ to NADH…with the build up of NADH the Citric Acid Cycle becomes inhibited which results in the build up of Pyruvate. Now this isn’t a good situation for the body as it needs to regenerate NAD+ to sustain itself, so lactate dehydrogenase converts pyruvate into lactate and regenerates NAD+ from the excess

Still with me?

So essentially to get rid of the alcohol acetic acid and lactic acid are produced.
…and I think we all know how lactic acid can cause cramps.
Because alcohol also dehydrates the body the muscles then struggle to flush these waste products away contributing to that aching feeling.

You are the star tonight.
You shine electric outta sight.
You light eclipsed the moon tonight.
You're outta sight. 
You may have also noticed when out drinking that you could probably p!ss for your respective country. Certainly I seem to drink one pint and the off load about two.

This is due to alcohol being a diuretic and has the effect of flushing key electrolytes out of your body and causing the dehydration mentioned above. The most notable electrolyte in this context is potassium and it’s shortage causes a mild form of hypokalemia. One of the signs of hypokalemia is muscle ache, as
potassium is key in the operation of nerves and muscles, as the legs are large muscles that are used frequently they tend to feel it first.

So what to do?

Essentially the best way to banish those aching legs are to drink lots of water and eat potassium rich foods such as bananas.
Another alternative would be an electrolyte based sports drink - but anything that replaces your electrolytes will help. It certainly did for me :)

Other Reasons Why Legs Ache After Drinking Alcohol

  • Thinking you’re John Travolta and dancing the night away.
  • Thinking a row of cars is a great obstacle course for a race – 1st over the top of all the cars wins!
  • Deciding that taxi’s are for wimps and wandering the 5 miles home
  • Sleeping awkwardly in a ditch when you get halfway home – just for a little nap…

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The burning match bet...

Evening All,

A quick and easy bet tonight.

What you will need:-
4 matches and the match box

The bet...
If the horizontal match is set alight in the middle, will the left match or the right match catch fire first?

Left or Right?

Have a watch...

Hope you're enjoying these?


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Drinking Game - Yee HAW!

This is a great party game and needs as many people as possible to make it fun.
Everyone needs to be stood or sat in a large circle with a drink near by... but you knew that bit.

Essentially the game passes from person to person around the circle, with each player using different actions and words to pass play onto the next person...until some one messes up, at which point, you guessed it, they have to drink.

Basic Rules:-
  • The game starts with someone yelling "Yee-Haa", swinging their arm and pointing to the person on either their left or right, which now becomes the direction of play.
  • The next person then yells "Yee-Haa", swings their arm and points in the same direction.
  • Play progresses around the circle until everyone gets this basic move.
  • As always Fail = Drink!
Now this is relatively easy, even when drunk, so next comes the variations.
When play passes to you instead of performing a "Yee-Haa" you can instead carry out one of the following.
Which adjusts the flow of play...

Hoe Down
  • When play passes to you call "Hoe Down!", and pull an imaginary truck horn
  • This results in play changing direction
Hay Barn
  • You call "Hay Barn" and put your hand/arms slanted above your head to make a 'roof'.
  • This results in play skipping the next person and passing to the person after them (following the direction of play).
  • Any reaction from the person who is skipped results in a fail and drink...and if the person who play passes to fails to react with a "yee-haa" or other option - they also fail
Those are the three basic rules, here are a few more complicated ones.

Cow Girl
  • You call "Cow girl" and outline the shape of an imaginary voluptuous woman with your hands.
  • This results in play switching direction and skipping the next player in the new direction.
    (Just like calling 'Hoe Down' and 'Hay Barn')
Lil Doggie Doggie
  • You call "Hey there lil doggie doggie", and make two ears, with your hands, on the top of your head...whilst pointing with one finger to any other player
  • Play then passes to the player pointed to, who then plays "Yee-Haa" in either direction...unless they mess up.
Four Wheel Drive
  • You call "Four Wheel Drive! dougie dougie..." stand up and drive an imaginary 4x4, stearing with your right hand, changing gear with your left hand and bobbing up and down as you drive over imaginary bumps.
  • Everyone then must copy you - with anyone failing to react having to drink...
  • The person calling Four Wheel Drive then calls another action and play resumes.
This Town Ain't Big Enough
  • You say.. "This town ain't big enough for.... You Two...", then point to two other players.
  • The two people pointed to then have to stand and draw their guns and shoot at the other player- the slower of the two loses and has to 'die' in as dramatic way as possible.
  • The game then restarts with the loser beginning play.
It can get rowdy...



Monday, February 7, 2011

Evening bloggers!

Well it's been a strange old day today in the old 'port with everyone up in arms about a local murder...
Normally this stuff passes me by (not that we ever get many murders) but the fact that this lass was only 19 and 8 months pregnant! Sad times... Rest in peace Nikitta you were a legend!

Anyway so it's monday...weekend over and a long 5 day slog until redemption.
To kick start the little brain cells here's a match puzzle with 2 solutions....

So here we have 2 squares....
By moving only 4 matches can you make it form 3 squares.
As I said I know of two solutions...

...and here are the solutions - with a bit of cool music inspired by Fallout 3



Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday's blog shout out!

Good evening sports fans - I'm rounding off a sport filled weekend with watching the Superbowl! Which is probably my first in about 10 years....go Greenbay!

So as it's Sunday (well strictly now Monday morning) here are three cool blogs.

First up...
Simply Scotches
If you ever needed to know anything about Scotch here is the place to go.
Chris' blog covers all elements of this truly manly tipple, keeping it classy with tips on how you can chill your amber fire, reviews on the most expensive scotches and really useful flavour maps.
Chris is always finding new stuff to post - so check by daily to avoid missing anything.

Next Up....
Das Auto! Among other things...
Das Auto's site is a devoted to all things auto ranging from tips on buying ex-police cars, reviews of all new concept cars and even cool looking 'backwards vehicles'.
If you're a petrol head this is a place well worth checking out!

Third for the evening...
The Nite Falls
thenitefalls has a great blog devoted to music with quite a unique blend of styles.
Personally I love some of the old prog classics and anyone who posts about Genesis is cool in my book (one of the best bands I've ever seen live). Following this blog has also switched me onto some new bands from across the water - so go check it out!

...and finally we have
Colorful rants of a fed up sista
Where to start?
Thundercat has quite possibly one of the funniest blogs I've seen with cool, entertaining and often shocking stories. She has a unique style, blending down to earth straight talking with hilarious observations.
She has more crazy stories than I do and if you need a good laugh check it out daily!

There you are...another Sunday another 4 blogs - next Sunday another 4 from my regular follower list.

ooo and it looks like the Stealer's might be coming back into the game...



Saturday, February 5, 2011

Wow 150+...

Cheers everyone for their support and comments over the last few weeks!

..here's some Bill to celebrate:-

This weekend has been fairly hectic with the rugby.

Sadly we lost :( but we played well and England were just the be....bett...grea......nope can't say it - the ref was obviously paid before the game ;-)
No in honesty england did deserve the win and it's good to see them functioning as a world class team once again. When we meet before the world cup, and have all our 1st choice players back, it'll be a different story ;)
Cool seat at the game - 8 rows back from the pitch...the singing was immense!

And then this morning I was up and off for another run, undoing the damage that the beer had done ;-)
Sprint repeats today, not taking too much out of my legs ready for tomorrow's ride.

2 miles @ 6mph (warm up)
5 x (1 minutes @ 9mph; 1 minute recovery jog)
Distance - 3 miles
Time - 31:31
Calories - 442



Science Saturday - Are Beer Goggles just an excuse?

"No, I've never gone to bed with an ugly women But I've sure woke up with a few." 
...Bobby Bare
I'm sure we can relate to what Bobby was singing about.
You go out, have a few drinks, maybe a dance, spot the girl of your dreams - who is surprisingly interested and agrees to come home with you! What a great night, you can't believe your luck as you treat her to the finest kebab in town before heading home and straight to bed....
Then you wake up...
Head pounding, mouth like a mongolian wrestler's jock strap, half a greasy kebab on your bedroom table...and a whale spooning next to you.
The first thing that trips through your head "Where's the hottie from last night....?" and then it slowly dawns on you, probably helped by abusive text messages from your mates - Beer Goggles have struck again.

"I don't know how much I had to drink last night, but by the look of you I must have been a sight"

But are beer goggles just an urban myth to justify liking less socially acceptable sleeping partners?

Apparently not - according to University of Bristol Scientist Marcus Munafo.

Scientists love to tackle those burning issues that everyone else takes for granted and Marcus is no exception.
He gave 84 'straight' students chilled lime flavoured drinks, some spiked with vodka some not.
The spiked drinks contained the equivalent of a large glass of wine - not that Marcus had previous experience in spiking drinks.

Anyway after 15 minutes the students were then shown photo's of 40 other students (both male and female) and asked to rate their attractiveness.  

Those having the spiked drinks rated the pictures roughly 10% more attractive

But what is one study...science needs repeatable results.

The phenomena has also been investigated by Professor Lewis Halsey of Rohampton University.
Spurning the underhanded spiking methods used in Bristol our Lewis interviewed students late one evening, using a breathalyser to divide his subjects into drinkers and non-drinkers. 

They were then asked to take part in two tests.

The first test involved looking at two pictures of the same person and picking the one they preferred.
One unaltered photo as it was shot, the other cunningly altered with Photoshop to make the face less symmetrical (symmetry = beauty....in this study).

In the second test, another series of altered photos were supplied with varying degrees of asymmetry, and the participants had to rate them for attractiveness.

Lewis found that the drunker people were the less they were able to judge asymmetry, with the upshot being that people looked more symmetrical and therefore more attractive.

“All people have some asymmetry,” said Lewis. “Therefore they’re all going to tend to look more symmetrical to people who are drunk, because they can’t see the asymmetry, and therefore they’re going to tend to look a little bit more attractive.”

The other interesting element that the study uncovered was that women were more prone to 'beer goggles' than men.

So there you have it as Kinky Friedman said:
"Beauty is the eye of the Beerholder." 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Blog promotion

I've been looking at ways of promoting my blog and taking this stuff a little more seriously.
I always thought that keeping a blog would be a bit mundane and boring but have found myself getting into following all your posts and finding stuff to research and post myself. Hell I've even learnt how to make videos lol

Anyway over the coming weeks I'll be investigating ways of promoting this site (now called Bar-Science.com) and will probably post how I'm finding it all.

However as a newbie at all of this if you have any tips and tricks about blog promotion or making a little coin from blogging please get in touch.

So after a little research I found the following interesting links:-
5 Google AdSense Rules to Follow if You Want to Make Money from Your Blog
15 Tips to Increase Blog Traffic
How to find blogs to comment on
Cool Blogging Resources

...and finally

Now Technorati is a real-time search engine for blogs and posts, but you have to register and 'claim' your blog. This involves telling them where to find your blog along with what you're writing about in the form of a few tags.
To verify you're a real genuine human blogger you also have to place a verification code in one of your posts (ie VJW7SDH9PSK6 ).
Once you're all done with staking your claim it's time to tag your posts so that Technorati can index your content efficiently.

Here's a handy site to help generate the code for tags:-
Tag Generator

Finally here's a link to getting the most out of Technorati's indexing:-


This is just a starting point for me, and apologies if a lot of this is old hat to most of you.
If it is and you have some other suggestions about site promotion - leave a comment or please get in touch.



Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thursday Ramblings

It's a bit of a mad time around the place at the moment...
Winter storms in the US and Canada, flooding and cyclones in Oz, revolution in Egypt and the middle east... crazy crazy times - stay safe if you're caught up in any of it (...like you wouldn't anyway lol)
I was going to do the typical Brit thing and moan about the weather...but hey compared to everyone else it's peachy...

Anyway today I got to visit the Prison Service Training College and got to take part in a staged riot!!! great fun :) Sometimes I love the random things my job throws up... here's a pic of the college, a great sprawling old country estate...with all the parts of a fully working prison....brilliant fun!

Then down the gym I managed a 6 mile run!
Which was awesome as I really had slacked off over Christmas and it's taken a while to get back to where I was.

Distance - 6.01 miles
Time - 1:01:12
Calories - 891

I think I might try take a picture a day - just to keep track of things and places over the year.

I've also convinced a friend to start blogging - although he's still looking for ideas...
What would your top tips by to a blogging newbie????

Thursday's Trick

A simple trick for the end of a night...when things chill-out, settle down and friends put the world to rights over fine scotch.

So you need two glasses, a good shot of your favourite tipple and two coins (larger the better).

To win, all you need to do is pour the contents of the one glass into the other without - touching either glass or allowing the coins to hit the table.


Here's how....




Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I've Never...

Continuing the theme of all things drinking here's another drinking game to practice ready for the weekend.

It's an old one but well worth playing with new people...

So here are the basic rules of "I've never..."

What you need:
Some people, lots of beer

How To Play:
Form a circle and pick someone to get the ball rolling.
They say the words "I've never...", followed by something that they have or haven't done, it doesn't matter.
For example "I've never...had a one-night stand"
Anyone that has done this has to stand up and drink...so if we were playing and you have had a one night stand, then up you'd get and take a swig of your drink.

The person to the left then takes their turn

As the game goes on, the innocent & simple ’I’ve never...’, turn into more interesting tales.

Here's a few more interesting questions to play with:-

  1. I've never lied to get a job.
  2. I've never stolen anything/money from work.
  3. I've never wished for something bad to happen to someone i knew.
  4. I've never cross dressed.
  5. I've never peed in a public pool.
  6. I've never had a crush on a friend's parent.
  7. I've never gone a week without showering.
  8. I've never lied about myself to get laid.
  9. I've never been worried about children being exploited for slave labor in foreign countries.
  10. I've never knowingly slept with a married/taken man/woman.
  11. I've never paid someone for sex/never been paid for sex
  12. I've never cheated on a partner.
  13. I've never slept with a friend's partner.
  14. I've never kissed someone of the same sex.
  15. I’ve never read the bible.
  16. I've never injected or swallowed drugs, only smoked.
  17. I've never lied to my peers about my sexual experiences.
  18. I've never got someone drunk just to have sex with them
  19. I've never made a sex tape.
  20. I've never taken nude photos of myself/someone else.

Warning: you might awake in the morning a little embarrassed by what you confessed to your traveling pals - if you can remember, that is.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tuesday's trick

Got talking in work today about stupid chat-up lines...we all know they never work but here are some that brought a smile:-
  • Are you Jamaican? [No, why?] Coz jer-makin-me-crazy. 
  • Your name must be Gillette? the best a man can get.
  • I may not be Fred Flintstone but I know i could make your BedRock.
So onto today's trick...

What you need:-
- A glass
- Coin
- Match
- Some form of plastic card or lighter
    The set up:-
    Balance the coin on it's edge, then balance the match on the top of the coin. Next place the glass over the top 
    The challenge is to remove the match from the coin without moving or touching the glass...or bumping the table.
    ...and here is how
A few people have wondered about the black and white image at the end of my video's.
It's a QR barcode - and if you have a QR reader on your phone it should direct you back here.
Just a geeky way of tagging them... I might post more about them this week.