Sunday, 2 August 2015

Nose Hair, Fart Kung Fu and Slug Battles

I thought I've lost my mind when I was watching through Disney XD's snippets of two of its anime - Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo and Slugterra. The former has its characters fight with nose hair and farts while the latter is a fight between good and evil... with some bad ass mighty serious slugs.

I was totally lost for words.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Humpty Dumpty

Today's events in the country reminded me of a childhood nursery rhyme - Humpty Dumpty.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

A Villa in Days

Here's how to build a double storey villa. Prefabricate modular pieces off-site using 3D printing and then assemble at site in less than 3 hours. All done in 10 days vs. half a year while being able to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake. Fireproof. Environmental friendly. That's technology. That's a progressive China.

via Inhabitat.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

A Coconut Tree in Sunway Pyramid

I really like this coconut tree. Despite being fake, the trunk really attracted my attention. Part of Sunway Pyramid's Hari Raya decor, this "coconut tree" appeared to be reaching for the "orange sun". The original photo only captured the tree as a silhouette but using Pixelmator for iOS, I've lightened the trunk and cropped the image in 16:9 aspect ratio.

It's not real but it's still a coconut tree.

Spectre Will Return

If you're a James Bond fan (especially the Sean Connery - George Lazenby - Roger Moore era), you would know that SPECTRE is a prominent criminal organisation in the film franchise. It's unsurprising that the people behind the Daniel Craig reboot would bring the organisation back, much more updated, no doubt.

Official press release and latest trailer:
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

The trailer has all the Bond elements and implies an unusual connection between James Bond and the villain. Can't wait.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Golden Ketupat

I've been meaning to post these golden ketupat in conjunction with Hari Raya but I've only managed to get to it now. A belated Selamat Hari Raya to all the folks out there that celebrate the festival and to those who don't, I hope you had a great rest.

Treated differently with both the flickr and Instagram versions. Both cropped and enhanced using their respective mobile apps on iOS.

A photo posted by @ionbuck on

Golden Ketupat

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Radiation Drink II

The radiation drink returns! This time in the form of chilled cucumber with a sour plum inside. Together with some light streaming in from the back, voila! Recipe for a glowing green drink that's full of "radiation" goodness.

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Batman v Superman Comic-Con Trailer

I've been meaning to post this a few days ago since it came online but time wouldn't allow it. Finally, here it is for those few people who do visit this site, and who still have not watched it. It's definitely much more than the teaser (pretty oxymoron if you search the meaning of "teaser") a few months back:

What could be the cause of this versus between two of DC's greatest superheroes? Why is Wonder Woman in the picture? And what is the all new Lex Luthor's plot? I dare not speculate.

I would share with you X-Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool teasers, too, but there's no official ones on YouTube that I can find. Bummer.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

It's a Leaf

Didn't know this big leaf texture can look so interesting when cropped in the 16:9 ratio. Converting to B&W using the "pigeon" filter together with the "magic wand" in the flickr app made it look even better.

It's a Leaf

Friday, 10 July 2015

Transformers: Devastation Brings Back the Gen 1 Guys

It's amazing that someone out there actually do know there are people that love the first generation Transformers after Michael Bay's "devastation" of the series with his own version. Hence, the upcoming game Transformers: Devastation by Platinum Games and publisher Activision. The short story from its official website:
Optimus Prime and the Autobots face off against classic Decepticons when Megatron discovers a way to harness the enormous power of Plasma Energy to Cyberform Earth. Fueled by the Plasma Energy, the Decepticons are stronger and more powerful than ever. Can the Autobots stop them?
Based on the trailer, it's a hack and slash kinda thing in 3D with cell shading. I'm not into this genre but would love to play the original Transformers. Unfortunately, it's only available on Windows, XBox and Playstation platforms. None of my current Mac nor iOS platforms are included in the launch. I doubt there will be a Mac but one can hope a mobile port to iOS (and if there's iOS, most likely there will be Android) in the future, no? I'm quite sure the current generation of hardware can cater to those graphics. Well, I'll just watch the trailer again and again while waiting for an eternity.

The game will be released to those lucky people on 9 October 2015.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Durian... Wine!

My colleagues are going crazy over durian all of a sudden and there's a special Whatsapp chat group all about organising an event (yeah, totally agree that Whatsapp should be used for this and not for work!). For no apparent reason, I went to search for fermented durian and came across a Time article about a university in Singapore having created durian wine years back.
Just in time for this year’s durian season, a research group at the National University of Singapore’s Food Science and Technology Programme has announced that it has cultivated a clear durian wine with 6% alcohol.
And even, papaya wine.
Those not brave enough to stomach durian wine might consider papaya wine, which the team has also been cultivating over the past five years and expects to be more widely accepted.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Volkswagen Has A "Bug"

Who wouldn't love a Volkswagen Beetle, especially when it's yellow and it's a special "Bug" Edition?! Posted both on my Instagram and flickr, they were the same car back and front but with filters and edits unique to the apps.

A photo posted by @ionbuck on

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Hung Up On Mac App Store Updates

Since yesterday, I had some problems updating to OS X Yosemite 10.10.4. Once after launching the Mac App Store and selecting the Updates tab, the pinwheel will kick in and spin forever and ever with the 10.10.4 and GarageBand updates hanging there longingly to be installed into my Mac Mini.

Many restarts proved unsuccessful. The same scenario will appear. I also noticed that my Mac Mini actually became quite warm. Very uncharacteristic from its usual cool self. After a few searches, I finally came to a solution from CNET that worked. There are a few steps and here they are. Hope it works for you. For a more comprehensive explanation, visit the CNet link.

Disclaimer: Remember to backup all your data before proceeding! Don't hold me responsible for anything bad that may happen!

1. Look for the Macintosh HD/Library/Updates folder and delete everything in it.

2. Open Terminal, type and run this command: open $TMPDIR../C 
When the window with all the cache files opens, search for folders beginning with and send them to the trash.

3. Repeat #2 but this time open the Temporary Files folder: open $TMPDIR../T

4. Launch Disk Utility and Repair Permissions for the Macintosh HD root drive.

5. To be on the safe side, I restarted the Mac and software updates functioned as normal. My Mac is also cool again.

Phew! I was worried I needed to resort to reinstalling the whole OS... something I've done a few times while using Windows.

Monday, 29 June 2015

LGBT Pride Colours

As I noticed more and more people/publishers/etc. replace their social media profile photos with supposedly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride colours to join in the celebration of legalised same sex marriage in the US, I wonder if some of them knew what the colours meant and if they got the correct representation because for one, I didn't until I did a search today.

The ever awesome Wikipedia had the answer, so check it out here to get it right. The original pride flag actually had 8 colours as below while subsequent versions became 7 and eventually 6:
hot pink: sexuality
red: life
orange: healing
yellow: sunlight
green: nature
turquoise: magic/art
indigo/blue: serenity/harmony
violet: spirit

While we are at it, did you know there are other symbols that represent LGBT? Once again, Wikipedia had the info. Did you also know how the word 'gay' eventually mean homosexual? Today I Found Out had this covered.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Polaroid Cube/Cube+

I got all excited when I first heard of the Polaroid Cube and subsequently, the follow-up Cube+. It's small, it's US$100 (US$150 for the Cube+), it takes videos and photos, it's small, lightweight, shockproof and weatherproof. The Cube+ even makes up for the original's shortfall, that is it comes with Wifi and accompanying app for iOS and Android that allows the smartphones to be the viewfinder (the Cube/Cube+ do not have any means of a display). Sounds like it's got everything that a guy that's interested in photography and some video should get one to play with.

Unfortunately, after reading the reviews here and here, and after my mind started to cool off, I can't find any reasons for me to consider one. Video quality not too good, no stabiliser, and photo quality can be better. Sadly and most importantly, no spare cash. No doubt that if I have loads of cash, I would surely acquire one to just go around snapping photos at random. Would be interesting to see what the results could be at the end of the day when I plug it in.

Well, this toy is just not for me... yet.