Walyou » Geek Culture http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:59:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Fan-Made Castlevania Board Game Created By Redditor http://walyou.com/castlevania-board-game/ http://walyou.com/castlevania-board-game/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:00:11 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=196210

Vampire hunters a like will love this fan-made board game devoted to the popular monster-slaying video game series from Konami.

As a Castlevania die-hard, I would probably do anything to play this fan-made, board game version of the classic Konami action-platformer. Redditor XsimonbelmontX has done his best in recreating the monster-fest into a working table-top game that features the recognizable hallmarks from every Castlevania entry.

From the start, you and your compadres can choose from up to 11 heroes/heroines from the Castlevania universe, from legendary vampire-hunter Simon Belmont to son-of-Dracula Alucard, as you make your way through Count Dracula’s famous mansion.

Along the way players must all work together, leveling up their character by defeating monsters or gather up distinct power-ups, collecting the five body parts of Dracula scattered throughout the castle (much like in Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest), and then finally summoning the lord of darkness to then defeat him and thus win the game.

Of course the game itself is only one of the main draws, because the amount of Castlevania love in every facet of this board game is something else.

The board itself is basically the level layout of the original NES game, 8-bit pixely and all; the play cards have art and descriptions from every Castlevania title up to date. And XsimonbelmontX even created snazzy suitcase to store the game up once your done! In fact, it looks like a suitcase right out of a Hammer Flim’s production of a Dracula movie.

You can find more pictures of this Castlevania board game from XsimonbelmontX’s own imgur account. It’s a shame only he and his friends will able to whip their way through Dracula’s castle in this inspiring creation. I’m sure as the night is a horrible time to have a curse that many Castlvania fans, retro gaming enthusiasts, and even board game collectors would love to own such a terrific board.

Source: Reddit

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Amazon Considering Taxis For Same Day Deliveries http://walyou.com/amazon-considering-taxis-for-same-day-deliveries/ http://walyou.com/amazon-considering-taxis-for-same-day-deliveries/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:00:58 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=195077

Looking to offer same day deliveries without expensive logistics, a new report suggests that Amazon is turning to taxis to do the trick.

In this day and age of downloadable music, books and games and Internet speeds that see things load in an instant, we want things now. That’s especially the case of online shopping as while free delivery might be the cheapest option, it’s usually the slowest and so it’s not uncommon for online shoppers to chip in a few quid/dollars more to have the goods delivered the very next day.

But what of those shoppers who are more impatient than that? And for whom 24 hours seems agonisingly long? Amazon has been considering same day delivery for some time, and while their plans to use drones as a logistics alternative to vans and postmen and women on foot, the online retailer is now said to be looking at taxis.

Taxis: not just for people! It may seem surprising or nigh on ludicrous for our packages to show up in the back of a minicab in the same way we’d ferry ourselves around a city but the benefits are definitely there for shoppers and Amazon alike.

How it would work is that the taxis would drive to a specific neighbourhood with 10 or so packages on board and would then drop them to our doors. Sound simple? It is and on top of this it also means that packages wouldn’t be hampered by delays such as those that occurred last Christmas when UPS and Fedex’s slow delivery of Amazon products led to customer disgruntlement.

The price of luxury could come be an expensive one though. It’s being estimated that to get the package delivered within an hour (as the service would mandate) it would cost people $5 per package which seems a little pricey when the alternative is walking to the shops for free and buying it yourself.

Other concerns arise in the security of the deliveries. What if I order a plasma TV as big as my wall and a reckless taxi driver accidentally puts a crack in the screen thanks to a sharp right turn? And what of reasonably sized neighbourhoods where there are 5 people looking to take advantage of same day delivery but Amazon doesn’t deem that worth their time?

The scheme appears to be in the development stages with tests being set-up in San Francisco and Los Angeles using taxi-hailing service FlyWheel. We’ll know more should those initial tests prove to be successful.

Source: CNBC

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Emojis To Finally Embrace Diversity; Gain More Skin Tones http://walyou.com/emojis-to-finally-embrace-diversity-gain-more-skin-tones/ http://walyou.com/emojis-to-finally-embrace-diversity-gain-more-skin-tones/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:00:16 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=192373

After coming under fire for the lack of emojis of colour, the Unicode Consortium will finally be introducing some more diverse faces.

Replacing the use of colon, bracket and letter combos, emojis have taken over our mobile keyboards in a big way. Rather than simply spelling out a word, we can now find the appropriate emoji for it and add a little illustration to our communication.

While there are a variety of emojis to choose from (there are food stuffs, animals and even a poop emoji) the undoubted favourites are the faces. However, whilst there are babies, old men and women getting their hair done, the majority of the emoji faces we have access to are white.

Fast Company posed the question two years ago asking whether or not emojis are racist, noting the glaring lack of people of colour in them. And now, after the story has gained traction, it seems we could finally get to see more diverse faces in the emoji line up.

The Unicode Consortium is the group responsible for emojis, having been in charge since they were first introduced to Japanese mobile devices many moons ago. They say that “people all over the world want to have emoji that reflect more human diversity, especially for skin tone” and that it’s because of the precedent set by those original Japanese launched emojis that “they are often shown with a light skin tone”.

The group’s plan for this is to simply just introduce more skin tones. Rather than releasing a variety of new emojis meant to represent assorted races, we’ll soon be able to customise these ourselves. Not only does this fix the huge problem of a lack of diversity but it also means that all of our favourite emojis can now look like us. People of colour who love the sassy hair flip emoji eat your heart out.

The next Unicode emoji update will arrive in mid-2015 but there’s no official date on when the diversity features will be rolled out. Nonetheless, we’ll keep you posted.

Source: Unicode

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Kim Kardashian Wants to Save BlackBerry http://walyou.com/kim-kardashian-wants-to-save-blackberry/ http://walyou.com/kim-kardashian-wants-to-save-blackberry/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 13:00:28 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=192342

Speaking at a conference, reality TV star Kim Kardashian says that she would like to save BlackBerry despite its money troubles.

A well known name in the media, there are few people who haven’t heard of Kim Kardashian-West (her name following her marriage to Kanye West earlier this year). From her massively popular reality television series that has catapulted her and her family members to fame, to her own business endeavours including the much loved and much downloaded mobile game (Kim Kardashian Hollywood), she’s a savvy business woman as much as she is a well known celebrity.

On the other hand, there’s BlackBerry. A now ailing company, crushed by the smartphone competition of Apple, Samsung and even Windows Phone, BlackBerry was once incredibly popular but is in need of some serious well wishes and good luck charms in order to stop itself from going under.

So what do these unlikely headline-mates have in common? Quite a bit actually as not only is Kim Kardashian a huge BlackBerry fan, she also wants to save the company from extinction.

She explained this in a recent talk at the recent Re/code mobile conference. Speaking to Kara Swisher she said that,

“BlackBerry is my heart and soul,” she said. “I love it. I will never get rid of it. Sometimes I’ll send up a Twitpic on my BlackBerry. I use an older one, though. They don’t have them in stores anymore. I buy them on eBay. I have three lined up in my room so if they break. If one breaks and I’m down to two, I search on eBay until I have my third. I have anxiety I’ll run out.”

BlackBerry was once on top of the mobile game – people used its phones for business as much as communication and it’s only poor transitioning to the era of apps and touchscreens that’s seen the company hit the skids. It’s the previous business/comms appeal that’s likely what appeals to Kardashian the most and what makes her want to stop the company from going “extinct”.

Could she just buy out BlackBerry to stop that from happening? Well, no, not really. BlackBerry is worth around $5 billion, while Kim’s estimated net worth is $65 million and even with the $200 million she’ll make from her aforementioned mobile app this year she’d still be a few billions short.

Even if she doesn’t buy out the company though, her high profile endorsement of it will certainly come in handy. It’ll be better use to BlackBerry than their ill-fated Alicia Keys partnership at least.

Source: Cnet

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5 Things to Consider When Looking for a Library Science Degree Online http://walyou.com/library-science-degree-online/ http://walyou.com/library-science-degree-online/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:00:58 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=192329

If you plan to get your library science degree online, spend some time researching online schools and programs to make sure they meet your needs. The online college should have a solid reputation and offer programs that fit your schedule and career goals. Here are five things to consider before you enroll.

Program Quality and Accreditation

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If a college meets a very high standard of educational excellence, a peer review board gives it an accreditation. You will gain a quality education and good career prospects if you check the school’s accreditation before signing up to study for your library science degree online. Employers are more likely to hire graduates from accredited online colleges because they know that the degree comes from a trustworthy institution. The American Library Association provides a list of accredited master’s degree programs in library and information studies.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

The cost of earning your library science degree online can vary depending on which school you choose and how many credits you will need to complete your degree.  Many schools offer scholarship opportunities, and most offer help with financial aid to lower your tuition costs. Knowing what type of library science jobs you want to apply for after graduation can help you understand what online colleges offer courses that will be worth your investment.

General and Specialized Programs

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Some online colleges offer a general education in library science. Others give you the opportunity to focus on a specialty. For example, if you like working with geography and map collections, you can choose a program with a focus on geographic information systems. If technology fascinates you, look for courses you can use to prepare for a career as a technical trainer or technology coordinator. You can also explore programs for library science careers in business, law, and medicine.

Flexibility and Part-time Schedules

Online degree programs are an attractive option for students who need flexibility or part-time schedules, but every school is different. Ask the school about their level of flexibility and what hours instructors will be available to answer your questions. You can also discuss how long it will take to complete your degree based on your scheduling and college credit needs.

Entrance Requirements

Check with the college to see what they will need when it is time to enroll. Some online colleges allow you to transfer credits from courses you have already completed, while others do not. Some will ask for a GRE or GMAT score while others only need you to prove that you have related work experience.

Before choosing an online school, it is important to do thorough research. You will get access to quality courses, good instructors, and more job opportunities when you get your online library science degree from an accredited institution. Think carefully about your interests and goals so you can choose a school that will prepare you for a successful career in the library science specialty of your choice.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Is ‘Proud to Be Gay’ http://walyou.com/apple-ceo-tim-cook-is-proud-to-be-gay/ http://walyou.com/apple-ceo-tim-cook-is-proud-to-be-gay/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:00:59 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180682

Apple CEO Tim Cook comes on out in a blog post and reveals that he is ‘proud to be gay’.

As it stands, the majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, there are LGBTQ characters in mainstream television shows and it’s not unheard of for public figures to be called out over homophobia. But, these statements do not equal full equality.

For example, in America being gay can get you fired in 29 states. In some places across the world being gay is a criminal offense and plenty have been forced to flee their home countries due to prejudice, so while the world is steadily becoming more progressive, for LGBTQ citizens things are not perfect.

That’s why it’s so important then that Apple CEO Tim Cook has recently come out, revealing that he is ‘proud to be gay’ in a new blog post.

Published on Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook was able to discuss his sexuality on his own terms, despite the fact that he is gay being highly speculated for some time.

He wrote;

“For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.

While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”

As the man in charge of one of the most important and influential tech companies in the world Tim Cook’s coming out makes him one of the most high profile figures to do so. And, while it may seem like a small thing (that many would argue is insignificant because ‘who cares if you’re gay!’) his reveal should be heralded, supported and praised because in the road to equality, this helps people to understand that being gay is neither wrong nor taboo.

Cook’s statement shows people that being gay is normal and he adds that his coming out could even can help others who are struggling with their sexuality,

“If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.”

Despite Tim Cook’s coming out being a Very Big Deal, nothing will change at Apple and Cook very much still values his privacy. Those against gay people (or LGBTQ people in general) shouldn’t need to run for the hills, throwing their iPhones into ditches as they go because Apple was run by a gay man several days ago and all that’s different today is that he has finally addressed it.

Cook also notes that Apple has long been a supporter of workplace equality, has defended same-sex marriage rights in their home state of California and they were also outspoken about anti-gay legislation in Arizona. They’ll now continue to “fight for [their] values” just as they did before and with a proud gay man at the helm we look forward to seeing Apple’s progressive attitudes continue.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

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28 Behind the Scenes Photos of the 5th Game of Thrones Season http://walyou.com/game-of-thrones-season-5-behind-the-scenes/ http://walyou.com/game-of-thrones-season-5-behind-the-scenes/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:00:18 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180371

So what do we have this season? A lot of Dorne, as Jaime (unlike the books) gets sent down South. This means more Martells and the Sand Snakes. There will be Tyrion somewhere after escaping King’s Landing, Arya going to Braavos, Jon Snow on the Wall and a lot more to be revealed.

These are the new characters: New actors for the fifth season include:

Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell, the ruling Prince of Dorne, and elder brother of the deceased Oberyn Martell.
Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell, the son of Doran Martell.
Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon, Cersei’s daughter. The role was portrayed by Aimee Richardson in the first two seasons.
Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand, the eldest of the “Sand Snakes”, the bastard daughters of Oberyn Martell.
Jessica Henwick as Nymeria Sand, the second-eldest Sand Snake.
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand, another Sand Snake and the daughter of Ellaria Sand.
DeObia Oparei as Areo Hotah, the captain of the Dornish palace guard.
Jonathan Pryce as The High Sparrow, the leader of the militant faithful in King’s Landing.
Hannah Waddingham as Septa Unella, a member of the “Most Devout”, the ruling council of the Faith of the Seven.
Enzo Cilenti as Yezzan, a Yunkish nobleman and slave trader.
Michael Condron as Bowen Marsh, First Steward of the Night’s Watch.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Malko. Few details have been released about the character, although he is not based on a character from the novels.

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5 Creepiest Pages on Wikipedia http://walyou.com/creepiest-wikipedia-pages/ http://walyou.com/creepiest-wikipedia-pages/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:27 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180304

Wikipedia is a great site to learn stuff from and get lost for hours through the endless amount of information. It’s also a place with some very dark corners and stories, and you can find yourself reading some very creepy stuff in there.

Tarrare

A French showman and solider known for his unusual (to be gentle) eating habits. Able to eat vast amounts of meat, he was constantly hungry; his parents could not provide for him, and he was turned out of the family home as a teenager. He travelled France in the company of a band of thieves and prostitutes, before becoming the warm-up act to a travelling charlatan; he would swallow corks, stones, live animals and a whole basket full of apples. He then took this act to Paris where he worked as a street performer.

After a rough experience with the military, he agreed to submit to any procedure that would cure his appetite, and was treated with laudanum, tobacco pills, wine vinegar and soft-boiled eggs. The procedures failed, and doctors could not keep him on a controlled diet; he would sneak out of the hospital to scavenge for offal in gutters, rubbish heaps and outside butchers’ shops, and attempted to drink the blood of other patients in the hospital and to eat the corpses in the hospital morgue. After falling under suspicion of eating a toddler he was ejected from the hospital. He died at the age of 26.

Scaphism

Also known as the boats, it is an ancient Persian method of execution. The method? The intended victim was stripped naked and then firmly fastened within the interior space of two narrow rowing boats (or hollowed-out tree trunks) joined together one on top of the other with the head, hands and feet protruding. The condemned was forced to ingest milk and honey to the point of developing a severe bowel movement and diarrhea, and more honey would be poured on him to attract insects, with special attention devoted to the eyes, ears, mouth, genitals, and anus. In some cases, the executioner would mix milk and honey and pour that mixture all over the victim. He would then be left to float on a stagnant pond or be exposed to the sun. The defenseless individual’s feces accumulated within the container, attracting more insects which would eat and breed within his exposed flesh, which—pursuant to interruption of the blood supply by burrowing insects—became increasingly gangrenous. The individual would lie naked, covered from head to toe in milk, honey, and his or her own feces. The feeding would be repeated each day in some cases to prolong the torture, so that fatal dehydration or starvation did not occur. Death, when it eventually occurred, was probably due to a combination of dehydration, starvation and septic shock. Delirium would typically set in after a few days. (Image via gadgetpics)

The Flatwoods Monster

Also known as the Braxton County Monster or the Phantom of Flatwoods, is an alleged unidentified extraterrestrial or cryptid reported to have been sighted in the town of Flatwoods in Braxton County, West Virginia, United States on September 12, 1952. According to the story, the boys who met this alleged extra terrestial creature suffered from vomiting and convulsions due to the mist surrounding it. (Image via beyondthecircle.net)

Rat King

Known as Rattenkönig in German and roi de rats in French, Rat Kings nvolve a number of rats intertwined at their tails, which become stuck together with blood, dirt, ice, or feces – or simply knotted. The animals reputedly grow together while joined at the tails.

June and Jennifer Gibbons

A unique story about a pair of twins from Wales known as the silent twins who only talked to each other, shutting themselves away from the outside world and refusing to be torn apart from each other. They agreed that if ever one of them died, the other one will begin to speak and live a normal life. During their stay in the hospital, they began to believe that it was necessary for one twin to die, and after much discussion, Jennifer agreed to be the sacrifice. In March 1993, the twins were transferred from Broadmoor to the more open Caswell Clinic in Bridgend, Wales; on arrival Jennifer could not be roused. She was taken to the hospital where she died soon after of acute myocarditis, a sudden inflammation of the heart. There was no evidence of drugs or poison in her system, and her death remains a mystery. (Image via Buzzfeed)

Not everything is creepy on Wikipedia. Sometimes it’s only bizarre, such as these 10 articles you’ll find hard to believe that are real.

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Minecraft Player Creates Working iPhone 6 Inside Game http://walyou.com/minecraft-player-creates-working-iphone-6-inside-game/ http://walyou.com/minecraft-player-creates-working-iphone-6-inside-game/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:00:39 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180209

This is one iPhone 6 you won’t be able to bend as hard as you might want, because it’s made out of Minecraft blocks by one expert Minecraft creator.

The recent launch of Apple’s newest flagship smartphone, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, have been the big talk of the Internet over the past few weeks. Even the pixelated, sandbox spaces of Minecraft seem to be a buzz with iPhone-mania, and in particular, one Minecraft enthusiast building a working iPhone 6 within the game.

German YouTube’er and Minecraft user, Tom Shuffle (or SHUFFLE as his hacker alias is known), posted this 13-minute video of his fine Minecraft creation, and while it might not have all the neat bells and whistles of your real-world iPhone 6, it does feature a sliding lock, working home button, and functioning apps.

Well… “functioning” might be a stretch to say, but they have the look down if nothing else. And some apps do work, like the music app and painter app, the later a cute addition by Tom that lets you paint directly from the Minecraft iPhone to your blocky-heart’s content.

Check out the video below to see the Tom’s Minecraft’ed iPhone 6. It’s in German, but creative awesomeness is a universal language anyone can understand!

VIDEO TO ADD [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiG8PynmFZg]

Source: TUAW

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13 Cutest Geeky Halloween Costumes For Pets & Their Owners http://walyou.com/halloween-costumes-cute-geeky-pets/ http://walyou.com/halloween-costumes-cute-geeky-pets/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:00:49 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180220

Couples costumes for Halloween? Fun to do, annoying for everyone else. Something with your children? Pretty sweet. Something with your pet? It doesn’t get any better, especially with some geek-oriented theme.

The Justice League

Batman & Robin

Mario & Luigi

Harry Potter & Fluffy the 3-Headed Dog

 

E.T. (And someone to carry him around)

Pokemon

The Cat in a Hat & Things

Lorax & Tree

Shaggy & Scooby Doo (But in a role reversal)

 

Big Bird & Oscar

 

Little Red Riding Hood & The Little Bad Wolf

The Wicked Witch & Glinda

 

King Kong & The Empire State Building

 

Hat Tip: LittleThings.com

For a bit more to get you into the spooky holiday spirit, check out these excellent DIY Halloween treats. If a tattoo is your best way of celebrating the holiday, this is the post for you.

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