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Children being children

Nov
13

A bunch of kids. A birthday cake. Some sugar high. And a ready camera.

Hilarity ensues.

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Sometimes, your name really makes or breaks you.

Nov
10

Tuvalu, an island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, between Australia and Hawaii, is home to about 11,000 citizens.

It also has the immense good fortune to be given the country code TV.

… if you can find it.

As we all know, video streaming is becoming a really big thing on the internet, and it’s set to become even bigger. And with top level domains, Tuvalu has been gifted with the .tv domain. Prior to 2017, Verisign has been managing .tv domain sales for Tuvalu, and in turn paying the Tuvalu government $2m per year, plus commission on top. In 2016, Verisign renewed their contract through to 2021, and will now pay $5m annually.

The 2016 estimated GDP for Tuvalu was $32m. With the new $5m annual royalty, this will put .tv revenues well past 10% of their GDP.

Not bad for not doing much!

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Thor Ragnarok

Nov
08

Being a father of 2, it’s getting very challenging to get snippets of time to be able to do proper movie reviews (I know, the irony being how come I have time to watch the movie then? Well… okay, i’m being lazy).

So here’s a micro review of Thor Ragnarok.

If you love the clip below, you’ll love the film.

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Dance like no one’s watching

Oct
11
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Climate change is real, and its effects are happening now

Sep
13

When Richard Branson decided to ride out Hurricane Irma on his island, we all thought he was just being his crazy eccentric rich old man self.

But no, he was riding out the storm in his, ahem, concrete wine cellar so he can document the devastating damage first hand.

He also hit out hard at climate change deniers, writing this on the Virgin site:

Man-made climate change is contributing to increasingly strong hurricanes causing unprecedented damage,” wrote Branson on the Virgin website. “The whole world should be scrambling to get on top of the climate change issue before it is too late – for this generation, let alone the generations to come.

I personally believe we’re truly at the precipice of of no return, and we, as inhabitants of Earth, need to really band together and do something about this. Otherwise, if we don’t kill ourselves soon enough, we’ll evolve to be the alien villains we all see in the Marvel and alien invasion flicks, scouring planets and devouring them of all resources before moving to the next.

And I really don’t want to be the bad guy.

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What are you reading?

Jul
28

National Reading Day is upon us, so naturally, we rounded up the gang to do some light reading.

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Don’t be alarmed, but a tiger is coming!

Jun
22
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Cryptocurrencies

Jun
21

So, cryptocurrencies have been bubbling at the surface for a while, and appears to be poised to go mainstream and take the world by storm. This after Bitcoin (the first and biggest by market cap) recently surged to S$4,000 per bitcoin!

But some analysts say it isn’t stopping there, and are predicting a USD$1m per bitcoin between 2020 – 2030. If so, Bitcoin’s got quite a ride ahead. So… below’s a real-time graph to chart that meteoric rise!

Bitcoin’s not the only coin around though. They are sprouting like mushrooms at the moment, but the top few cryptocurrencies are:

Bitcoin
Ethereum
LiteCoin
Ripple is also making more than ripples…

So, here are some charts on the top cryptocurrencies. Enjoy!

 

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