Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Venezuela - The Home of Plastic Culture and Artificial Beauty

Migbelis Lynette Castellanos Romero
Miss Venezuela 2013
Here I am, minding my own business browsing the webs on a Tuesday morning. I haven't had my coffee yet, and this man appears that shatters my believes for how spiritually void, materialistic and profane a man can be. (By man I mean a human being - just so we're clear.)

The video below is a short documentary for how the Venezuelans have pushed the female appearance to the extreme, enforcing an iron model for the female body. Everyone who doesn't meet that model is deemed unattractive, or not as attractive as they can be, which literally forces women to undergo countless of surgery procedures in order to mould their body into the standard. A standard that's completely fake.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Say Goodbye to The Yahoo Directory

Are you familiar with the Yahoo Directory? For the SEO's and marketing experts, it's a very well know place. It's authoritative and Google could give you some juice if it sees your website listed in the directory. Yahoo and DMOZ are the two most important business directories out there and one is saying farewell.

Yahoo Directory Screenshot

But what is the Yahoo Directory? Back in the days, search engines didn't work like they are now. There weren't any robots to crawl your website, no 200 ranking factors and PageRank. In 1994 Google didn't even exist.

There was Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web. The name wasn't very catchy, so they decided to rename it and call it Yahoo!. It didn't crawl the web, but it was (still is) a huge directory where you could enlist your website in.

Basically you had a huge library full of websites. You go there, search for the website and then you open it. Simple as that. But it wasn't very convenient, because in order for your website to exist, it needed to be listed correctly. Because there were so many new entries each day, the moderators sometimes changed the descriptions and didn't use the necessary keywords. You can imagine how uncomfortable this could get.

It worked for years, but then Google came along and it showed the users a new way of searching. It was better, faster and more relevant. Plus, it didn't need all the human work. It was only a matter of time until Yahoo Directory became obsolete. 

It's been dying for more than a decade and this year it will finally reach its end. On the 31st of December, The Yahoo Directory will be shut down.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Polaroid Launches the Poorman's GoPro Action Cam

The Polaroid Cube

You gotta love all the new extreme sports videos that pop up like mushrooms after rain for the last couple of years.

The technology and reliability of action cameras really revolutionized the way people create videos and content. For once, it actually made it plausible to earn a pay check by doing what you love and not compromising with your passion about sports, outdoor activities or even urban exploration.

With the rise of content creation as job and the access to heavily populated content platforms like YouTube, GoPro-like devices were the next step to autonomous video shooting and self-reliance.

As good as it is however, the camera has a few prominent drawbacks that make space  for a competitor to grab a niche.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Slipknot Gave Us A Closer Look at Their New Masks

Every SlipKnoT fan already know that they are releasing their new album next month (21st October). We've been waiting for 6 year and for a period we weren't even sure if it will ever happen. After Paul's death the band wasn't the same. Then Joey's departure came along. But they released two singles and have proven that their music is still alive.

The new album is called .5: The Gray Chapter and, as you can see, the name is dedicated to Paul Gray.

There are two new band members, which we know nothing about. It's rumoured that Alessandro Venturella is the new bassist and Jay Weinberg the drummer, but these rumours are not confirmed.

As you know, Slipknot change their masks for every album. We've seen many faces during the 19 years of their existence. And now, thanks to Buzzfeed, we have a really good look at the new official masks of SlipKnoT for the upcoming album.

Some are not as new, but others are really creative. The masks of the replacing members are not individual like the others. Instead they are a reminder of the past.

And here is the closer image look: