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This is something that I've been looking into for over 2 years now, and is mainly considered a "conspiracy theory". Conspiracy theories are interesting, until you start to find patterns, and facts, and science. These things cannot be just proven false, because what does the information mean if it's right here in front of you?
We have had, strangely enough, a 188-day cycle of earthquakes for quite some time now. Going back just 2 years, we've had:
9/15 - Fiji - 7.3
3/11 - Japan - 9.0
9/4 - NZ - 7.1
2/27 - Chile - 8.8
These events are scarily, 188 days apart. "Terral" is someone who is quite famous on YouTube and various conspiracy sites, where people like to rip him apart when he's wrong. But, we can't deny these earthquakes, and the fact they're happening 188 days apart. What he expects to happen, is the Earth's axis to actually shift five to six inches... which is quite the big event.
I'm beginning to love these "Only in Japan" stories, where another one was spotted today that is actually a great idea. A vending machine that in the case of an emergency, will still dispense goods.
How so? Well, it's hand-cranked, where food and beverages (or other supplies) would be dispensed when the power is down. Something that is perfect in the tsunami and earthquake-prone country. Sanden, a Japanese vending outfit, developed the system that would allow the country's 5.5 million machines to run without electricity or solar power, and rely on hand-cranking.
The amount of cranks required? 70. 20 seconds until it powers up to do so, also. The machine displayed above will shoot out around seven bottles in 20 seconds before the machine needs to be re-cranked. This is such a great idea, something that should be rolled out across all countries in my opinion!
Mainstream media doesn't seem to be covering this as much as I thought, as it goes against their Global Warming agenda. But, how about we mix up our tech-related news, with some real-world news, shall we?
For the past fortnight or so, Europe has been stopped in its tracks. A cold snap is responsible for this, stranding people at home, in their cars, resulting in hundreds of deaths, and thousands upon thousands affected. Venice's canals have frozen over, Amsterdam's canals have people ice skating on them, people sledding in Slovenia, and cross-country skiing in Pamplona.
The sad results of this is that the Ukraine has been hit quite hard, resulting in more than 135 deaths, many more have been sent to hospital with hypothermia, massive traffic havoc and have left several Bosnia-based villages completely cut off from the outside world. These things are not reported on your TV as much as they should be.
Ukraine's Ministry of Emergencies announced the death toll this week (135), and temperatures of minus 33-degrees Celcius (minus 27-degrees Fahrenheit). Neighbouring countries Russia and Poland have reported 64 and 9 deaths, respectively.
This years Grammy Awards enjoyed a very tidy 40 million viewers, making it the second-largest audience that the Grammy's have ever enjoyed, a number that is up 50-percent versus the 2011 Grammy's. Why the huge 50-percent jump in viewers? Well, most would presume it has to do with Whitney Houston's untimely death the day before, but we also have the digital side of things pumping along.
Big, live TV events are huge on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, where online chatter expands like nothing else, and this draws more viewers to TV, where they expand with even more chatter of said event. 2012's Grammy Awards saw 13 million "social media comments", says "social TV" tracker Bluefin Labs. That's more than even the successful Super Bowl, which had more viewers than the Grammy's.
CBS say they worked hard to generate online interest for the show, where they point to a fact that they attracted a million visitors to the various sites and iPad/iPhone apps it operated over the three days leading up to the show. CBS say they attracted a peak of 165,000 concurrent viewers to the livestream of pre-Grammy's red carpet coverage on Sunday afternoon.
CBS also say they worked hard with artists, and Twitter to pump the show up on their own social networks.
Super Bowl has come and gone and now there's a 12-month wait until the next one. This year, social networking would've been a huge influence on the sporting match, and oh boy was it a big year for Twitter at Super Bowl 2012.
Twitter reaction reached an astounding 12,233 tweets per second at the end of the Giants vs. Patriots game, and 10,245 tweets per second during Madonna's halftime performance. These numbers catapult the moments at numbers two and three on Twitters most-tweets-per-second list. The first? Japanese anime movie Castle in the Sky, which had a crazy 25,088 tweets per second.
Now for some questions! What did you think of the game? What of the advertisements during the game? Madonna's halftime performance? Were you tweeting during the game?
A 23-year-old League of Legends gamer has died in a Taipei gaming centre, where his body sat in front of his glowing monitor for 9 hours before anyone noticed that something had happened. Police have reported that Chen Rong-Yu was found sitting rigidly in front of his PC, hands stretched out towards the keyboard and mouse.
It is believed that the gamer had a pre-existing heart condition, but with the mix of low temperatures in the cafe, lack of movement and extreme fatigue, all contributing to the heart attack.
Gamers were taking part in a 400-percent bonus IP event in League of Legends. Chen was involved, and had even been taking regular naps at his desk during the event, which meant that the 30 or so players around him in the cafe did not notice a thing. A cafe employee found him, attempted to wake up, found his body cold, and called the police.
Steve Appleton, Chairman and CEO of Micron Technology, Inc. died over the weekend in a small plane crash in Boise. He was just 51 years old. Appleton was due to retire in August, which makes the news of his death even sadder.
Steve was "an avid pilot who flew in airshows and was also an offroad car racer." Steve first joinced Micron in 1983, working the night shift, he rose to the CEO role in 1994 and has been there ever since.
Steve leaves behind his wife, Dalynn, his children, family and friends. On top of this, the technology community. It's a sad day for Micron, and Steve's family. TweakTown's thoughts and prayers are with his family.
It was only a few weeks ago that we reported about a mouse carcass dissolving in a can of Mountain Dew, but another mouse story has found its way onto the wonderful Internet, and this time it's a bit more interesting.
Gholam Hafezi went to an ATM to take out 700 Swedish Kronor when:
I got my 700 kronor but I never got the receipt. At the same time, I saw a cord that was jamming the ATM slot.
Hafezi at the time, did not think what would happen next. He figured someone was trying to do something illegal like skimming his card, so he pulled the cord. After he pulled it, he released that the cord was indeed a... mouse tail. The ATM in question was located at a Coop Forum, which is a famous Swedish supermarket chain.
Australia Day is here everyone! The team at TweakTown would like to wish you a Happy Australia Day and hope that you enjoy your well deserved public holiday and time off to spend with friends and family.
For those of you who are working, I hope that it's not all bad and I hope that you blokes have a cold beer waiting for you at home tonight. I have beers cooling in the fridge for once my shift of news and posting for TweakTown is done, as well as stuff to throw on the BBQ. Feel free to stop by the House of Anthony if you're keen, ha.
On a similar note, our thoughts are with those going through the chaos that is the NSW's north coast right now, where rivers have overflowed after days of heavy rain. On top of this, Queenslanders have been warned to prepare for further weather chaos with the possibility of a cyclone forming in north Queensland in the next few days.
We still don't have pictures or video of Osama bin Laden, but hey, it's OK to dump pictures of another countries Nuclear facility, right? Well, its now known the length of North Korea's progress in building a [gasp] weapon of mass destruction. You know, the ones we still haven't found in the War on Terror after trillions of dollars spent and countless thousand killed and millions displaced.
North Korea has actually done quite a bit of work, but not as much as NK's official claims state. There are various photos dated between June of 2009 and November of last year, which show North Korea's enrichment facility and light water reactors. You can see in these photos that the two aforementioned bits of the puzzle have almost reached completion. Once that's done, it's time to have its internals placed inside. The speed at which North Korea's reached this point, has analysts concerned. Below is a quote from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:
Was the seismic analysis of the reactor site sufficiently rigorous? Did the regulatory authorities have the skills and independence required to license this reactor in such a short time period? And do Yongbyon [the construction site] specialists have sufficient experience with the very demanding materials requirements for the internal reactor components, including the pressure vessel, steam generator, piping and fuel-cladding materials?