# Tuesday, 08 March 2011

This is an interesting idea. Called Photo in Canvas the website www.photoincanvas.co.uk allows you to do just that. Basically they will take your photo and produce a good quality finished photo print with a canvas background and a pine frame. The idea is to turn a favourite photograph into something that can be displayed as an attractive wall hanging. The photos are printed onto 100% cotton canvas up to a size of 30 x 40 inches with a square canvas starting at around £14.99 and the larger sizes costing the region of £80 to £90.

price_grid_3splitThere are a number of printing options available starting with the basic mono or colour photo prints. If you want something a little more unusual they also have finishes such as a sepia print or a colour splash image, where part of the image is printed in full colour in contrast to the main black and white image. Other options include being able to split your picture into split panels either in strips or in squares so that white space appears between them. This is particularly effective with pictures of landscapes and creates three of four unique pictures depending on the options shown, (see left example of a split landscape). They also offer a number of other effects such as printing your picture with an Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein effect, Posterisation or even creating a hand drawn portrait. They offer the facility to create your canvas online by uploading your picture and going through the printing and framing options. Alternatively you can also send them a picture which they will scan and post back to you or contact them directly by phone with your requirements. The canvas prints do make quite an unusual gift, if you are interested in one you can visit website here.

posted on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 22:36:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article drinking a glass of wine or a pint of beer a day can cut your chances of developing dementia. Research has shown that people who drink between two and three units of alcohol a day were 29% less likely to develop dementia than those who were teetotal. Drinkers were also 42% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. The results led the researchers to the conclusion that moderate alcohol consumption can actually have a protective effect against dementia. They believe it works by lowering cholesterol levels, stopping blood from clotting too much and improving insulin sensitivity to blood sugar levels. However, prolonged heavy drinking can have the opposite effect and is thought to be responsible for one in ten cases of dementia.

posted on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 10:02:49 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 07 March 2011

_51376091_brown_grey_tawniesThat’s according to this article which suggests the owls are evolving to deal with increasing temperatures. Feather colour in owls is hereditary with grey plumage being more common than brown. Scientists in Finland have studied the owl and found that as the winters become milder the grey owls are more likely to disappear. It seems when the winter weather is more severe there is a greater mortality rate in the brown owl population possibly because they are more visible to predators when there is thick snow cover. The brown owls although they have  other disadvantages such as a weaker immune system have greatly increased as the winters have become warmer whilst the grey owls have declined. If the decline continues and the grey owl becomes removed from the gene pool then eventually only the one colour variation could remain.

posted on Monday, 07 March 2011 09:05:04 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 06 March 2011

This is interesting, its a shop window that allows customer to purchase items by pointing at them. The interactive window registers the movements of a persons hand and transmits them to a screen in the shop window. You can then complete the purchase by placing a mobile phone against the glass. It’s an interesting idea and I can see how it might be useful to gain more passing trade at times when the shop is closed.

posted on Sunday, 06 March 2011 16:38:13 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 05 March 2011

This is interesting its a car that can be driven by thinking. It requires the driver to wear a headset which is linked to the car’s electronics via wireless technology. All the driver has to do is think that they want to go left or right and the car will respond. It has been developed by a team of German scientists who are currently testing a prototype to see if it could be used for everyday driving. The technology called BrainDriver uses video cameras, radars and laser sensors to build up a 3D picture of its surroundings. The driver wears a cap with 16 sensors which pick up the brain’s electromagnetic signals. These signals are then interpreted by a computer which can understand what the specific patterns mean.

posted on Saturday, 05 March 2011 13:52:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 04 March 2011

I was alerted to this scam when my mother received a phone call. The call was from what sounded like an Indian call centre and was someone claiming they worked for Microsoft. They told my mother that they were calling because they were aware she was having problems with her computer and that she had downloaded some malicious software. They wanted her to start up her computer so that they could look at it remotely. Luckily my mother was suspicious and told the caller she didn’t have time to deal with it. She then called me and to find out if it was genuine. Naturally my first point of call was to ask the mighty Google whether it was known scam and I quickly came across several articles relating to it including this one.

It seems the scam is to take control of a persons machine and install various software under the guise of removing some malicious software from the computer. They then take your credit card details and charge you for the remote support. I was surprised that this was the first time I have come across scam particularly as it appears to have targeted so many people. It seems many people are fooled by it because the caller often has details such as their address and sometimes even their account number from their broadband provider. There are also suspicions that this information is often being passed on from employees of some of these organisations. Its a scam that I don’t think would fool those such as myself that are fairly well informed but I would imagine people who don’t work in the IT industry could easily be caught out.

posted on Friday, 04 March 2011 10:16:59 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 03 March 2011

The Cornish pasty has recently been granted protected status from the European commission meaning that only pasties made in Cornwall can be labelled as Cornish pasties. Under the ruling only pasties prepared in Cornwall following the traditional recipe can be described as Cornish although they can still be made in Cornwall and baked elsewhere. Other producers will still be able to make and sell pasties but will no longer be able to sell them as Cornish pasties. The move has been hailed as good news for the Cornish economy due to the jobs it will safeguard in the local area. If you are interested a typical Cornish pasty should have a distinctive D shape with a chunky filling made up of not less than 12.5% of uncooked mince of chunks of beef with swede, potato and onion and seasoning.

posted on Thursday, 03 March 2011 11:15:11 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 02 March 2011

According to this article Smokey the cat (pictured) has a purr so loud that it has been measured at 92 decibels. That’s about four times louder than the average cat and is loud enough to drown out the sound of the TV or a conversation. She is quite cute but I can see how it might start to become a little bit annoying. Our cats do purr quite loudly but we do also have a problem with one of them making a constant howling noise when she is ignored. The only solution is to put her on your lap and she is immediately silent.

posted on Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:16:52 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 01 March 2011

article-0-07517766000005DC-854_233x423If this article is to be believed it seems breeding programmes to reintroduce red kites to parts of the UK have met with some success. There are now though to be around 1,800 pairs of red kites in the UK which is encouraging news, particularly as they were almost hunted to extinction in Victorian times. There was thought to be just a handful of breeding pairs remaining by the 1960s, however, a programme to reintroduce the birds was started 20 years ago. This along with the fact that there is more food for the birds due to many local councils collecting rubbish less often appears to have helped their numbers. The birds are mainly scavengers, eating small animals and discarded food so are greatly helped by areas with overflowing wheelie bins and black bin sacks which are easy for them to break into.

posted on Tuesday, 01 March 2011 11:05:10 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback