All posts tagged: science

The Case of the E Cigarettes v. Australia

As some of you know, I am currently in the sunny land of Australia. Home of beautiful beaches, exotic wildlife and stunning scenery. Australia has been an amazing experience. It is very tempting to stay here forever. There are, however, some pretty big differences between here and my native homeland of the UK. Whilst some are very positive (free swimming anyone?) others are more disconcerting. The one that has really struck me is Australia’s approach to smokers, and particularly to e cigarettes. E cigarettes that contain nicotine are apparently illegal in Australia. I have a confession to make here folks. I was a smoker. A dirty nicotine fuelled smoker. I smoked cigarettes for quite a long time before I switched to e cigarettes. While I understand the controversy and negative feelings towards any form of smoking, I personally am a big believer in the mighty e cigarette. I don’t know what it’s like in America, but e cigarettes have taken England by storm. They are still relatively new. They became mainstream about four years ago, but …

Film Review – The Martian (2015)

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
Title: The Martian (2015) Director: Ridley Scott (Black Hawk Down) Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Donald Glover, Sean Bean Plot: After a mission on Mars goes awry, botanist and astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) must find a way to survive on the seemingly uninhabitable red planet. “Hi, I’m Mark Watney and I’m still alive… obviously” Review by Eddie on 02/10/2015 Well this is refreshing. After years of average (Exodus, Prometheus) to downright terrible (Counselor) films, long serving and renowned director Ridley Scott has with this feel-good blockbuster of the year created his most proficient and memorable movie experience since he thrilled the world in the early 2000s with his Russell Crowe star-making vehicle Gladiator. Yes sir ladies and gentleman, The Martian shows us all that the grey haired director has a few tricks up his sleeve yet. The Martian is in many ways Scott’s most readily accesible film. It’s a long film (perhaps slightly too much so) and many…

Mahouka: Ideas, Ideals, and Light Novel culture

Originally posted on A Pinoy Millennial:
Welp, I’ve been binge watching the show for a while now. And after covering over half of the total episodes, I conclude that Mahouka embodies plenty of what I like and dislike about recent anime culture surrounding Light Novels. I’ll get straight to the point, while I like the bit of social commentary about equality I’m not sure I’m fond of just how overtly technical-techy this anime is. It’s supposed to be a world where magic meets science. And yet while the visuals can make an impressive half, the other half just feels too much like science fiction instead of an actually balanced blend. That’s a magic gun? I thought it was Apple’s next product. I mean at least Wizard Barristers presented magic in a way that was a lot more straightforward. In the world of Mahouka, spells are reduced to mere computer coding. Good God, shit like this is the reason why I dumped Computer Science back in college. Give me a good, old-fashioned mix of imagination, fear-inducing…

TED Talk Tuesday: Magical Houses Made of Bamboo

Many of you may know that bamboo is a sustainable resource, but did you ever think it would be a great idea to use it to build your home? That is exactly what Elora Hardy and her team do. Watch below to find out more. Hosting a TEDx event? Download this TED theme. Interested in joining the G.U.M Team? Email gumblogging@gmail.com.  If you liked this post, you might also like: How the FBI is creating terrorists A Warriors Cry Against Child Marriage Why You Will Fail To Have A Great Career