Saturday, 25 July 2015

Book Reviews (Part 11)

It's time for another round-up of book reviews...

This week I take a look at a selection of comedy and thriller books...

The Awkward Detective: The Bone Donor
by Wright Forbucks

The Awkward Detective: The Bone Donor by Wright Forbucks - 4.8 / 5.0

The Awkward Detective: The Bone Donor tells the story of Jason Mashburn who falls for Molly Wilson, a girl who suffers from a rare blood disease.  On learning of Molly's condition, Jason decides he is prepared to do whatever it takes to save the girl of his dreams.  However, being a Wright Forbucks novel, there are several clever and unexpected twists along the way.  The ending in particular was very well written, bringing together the various plot threads and answering all of my questions, and also answering a few questions I didn't realise need answered!  Wright Forbucks is one of my favourite authors and this is another highly original and unique tale featuring his dark offbeat sense of humour.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

A Few Creative And Innovative Crowdfunding Projects

Fresh air, water melons, and pay to not play...

Crowdfunding websites like kickstarter are all about encouraging creativity and originality, and some really cool ideas have been brought to life through the crowdfunding business model.  However, there have also been a few unusual projects, and this week I take a look at some of those 'less conventional' projects...

1) Fresh Air

Fresh air ... now available in a bottle.
Just to prove that there are people out there who will literally buy anything, crowdfunding website indiegogo featured a project from a company which planned to sell bottled air!

The blurb reads...

"Have you ever roamed an Irish mountain, or indeed dreamed of roaming one or sat by the Irish sea as the waves lapped gently over your frozen toes?  We've bottled the essence that makes these experiences so unique.  Fresh Irish Air."

I visited Ireland a few years ago and I have to say the Irish countryside air was lovely and fresh, so if you were going to sell bottled air then Irish air is the perfect choice.  However, I don't think it was quite that amazing that I would pay money for it.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Prank Facebook Hacking

"Hello everyone.  I am about to learn a hard lesson today.  I am about to learn not to leave my facebook account logged in at work..."

That was a friend's status on facebook a few weeks ago, and it's also the theme for today's blog post.  I should first of all clarify that Charles Fudgemuffin in no way condones prank facebook hacking, but if you do find yourself with access to a friend's facebook account and you decide to post an embarrassing prank fake status, then the following examples may provide inspiration for ideas.

A loving husband makes a generous promise to his wife
... or does he?
First of all, here's a standard classic hack...

1) "Best piece of advice you'll ever get...  Listen to your wife.  She knows best!"

Hmm, I wonder who could have been behind this status?

And a variation on the same theme...

2) "Well today I am going to take my wife shopping and buy her lots of nice things."

Strangely, the husband in question must have then had second thoughts because he replied to his own status with the comment:

I am soooo not!"

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Every Second Counts

At the third stroke, the time will be 11:59 and 60 seconds precisely... 

Every second counts.
If you think last Tuesday seemed to drag and felt like a long day ... you were right!  That's because the International Earth Rotation And Reference Systems Service (IERS) added an extra second to Tuesday.  This additional second is known as a 'leap second' and is kind of like a leap year only a lot shorter.

To explain the reasoning behind leap seconds, without getting too scientific, the speed of Earth's rotation varies by tiny amounts due to geological occurrences, as well as the pull of the Moon and the Sun, so the leap second is basically a way of ensuring our calendar remains precisely accurate.

You may think, "It's only a second!  What's the big deal about a second?" but in actual fact a surprisingly high amount of activity can take place in a single second.

For example, every second...

1) ...the Earth orbits 18.5 miles around the Sun!

2) ...the Solar System travels 155 miles around the galactic centre of the Milky Way!

About The Author

The 'How To Save The World' books
by Charles Fudgemuffin
Charles Fudgemuffin is the author of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which are available for Kindle from Amazon.  The first book in the series is available from the following link:
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy

As with all Kindle books, you can also download a free sample of the first few chapters.

Please note, the 'How To Save The World' books contain material suitable for ages 18+ and are not recommended for prudes or squares.