If you are looking for the best all-round tablet for gaming and you want it at a reasonable price, then you can’t really go wrong with a Google Nexus 7. The latest 2013 version of course.
With a price tag just shy of £200, this has to be the best buy on the market. It is more than you need in terms of power and resolution for Angry Birds Space type games and for online casino games such as backgammon and slots at sites like www.
If you enjoy playing more cerebral games, for instance Chess, then it really is the perfect companion. For instance, if you use one of the top chess apps, such as Droid Fish, then you can even select the number of cores the tablet will use when it plays against you. Select all four and the Nexus will play at Grand Master level with an eco rating of well over 2,500.
Although it has only a seven inch display, in terms of resolution it is equivalent to the best 10 inch tablets providing full HD with a pixel count of 1920 x 1200. Sound is also an important feature of gaming, and the sound on most tablets is fairly disappointing and means that you have to wear earphones or connect it to an external sound system. However the speakers on the Nexus are very good, probably better than on any other tablet. The 5.1 sound system can even fill a small room and there is no sign of distortion even on maximum volume.
The nexus also supports a full HDMI dongle, so it is easy to use it to play games on your HDTV.
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Most people don’t give their hangers much thought, but there really is something nice about wooden hanger. Henry Hanger not only offers an excellent selection of quality wooden hanger styles, they also have them in many great finishes and designs.
Unfinished, black, dark brown and more are all available and they come in matte, glossy or semi-gloss finishes. But more importantly, they come in all sorts of shapes and styles, some of which have notches to hang up your thin-strapped dresses, some of which have bars so you can hang up your pants and yet others have metal cushion clips to pinch up your strapless and delicate clothing.
Oh, and did I mention the clips come in different styles? The hangers also vary in slope, some of them totally horizontal and others with a nice gentle slope like your natural shoulders. The shop also carries children’s hangers, and hangers that are flocked, metal, bamboo and padded fabric, so whatever your needs, they have you covered.
While these wooden hangers are nice for the average person, they are a must have for any retail shop trying to set up with an upscale image and Henry Hanger customizes their hangers and personalizes them so they will satisfy any specific needs you might have in your store. They can even incorporate your company logo into the hangers, which can be beneficial to prevent theft and to help remind past shoppers who bring home hangers to come back to your store and buy more clothing.
With Halloween and all of its dark and ghostly delights fast approaching, we got to thinking about the spookiest holiday destinations in Europe.
After all, what could be a better way of indulging your love of all things spooky than booking a weekend in a haunted house or doing a tour around the most haunted locations in Europe? So, we took a look at just some of the places you could visit and be very scared by this Halloween. Just don’t look behind you!
The Famous Catacombs in Paris
OK, so you can’t stay in them exactly, but you can book a holiday in Paris and go and visit one of the most awe-inspiring tourist attractions in the French capital. The Paris Catacombs are basically a huge maze of crypts and tunnels that wind their way under the streets of the city, where the dead went to rest after the city ran out of space for more traditional cemeteries. The famous Paris Opera House is also worth visiting, not just because it’s utterly fabulous, but also because it’s the very real place Gaston Leroux based his story of the Phantom of the Opera – a legend that has captured imaginations for over 100 years. Perhaps the masked ghost is still lurking down there, hiding in the vast underground lagoon that sits below the Opera House…
Image by Joseph Holmes
Spain’s Faces in the Floor
If you’re into ghost stories then you will definitely have heard about Belmez de la Moraleda. The unassuming street in Spain has become extremely famous due to the scary faces that have been manifesting in the floor. They began in 1971 and have been photographed frequently. It was found that there were human remains beneath the floor, which were then removed but it’s a very evocative place to visit. If you’re on holiday in Spain this Autumn, and particularly over Halloween, consider making the journey, it doesn’t have to be an expensive diversion either. It’s easily reachable from various resorts like Malaga, so a bit of searching online should come up with cheap flights to Malaga and a hire car to get you to your haunted destination. Just try not to be too frightened!
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Glamis Castle – The Most Haunted Castle in Scotland
Scotland is pretty famous for revelling in its many haunted houses and spooky places to visit so you will be spoiled for choice if you’ve decided to head up north this Halloween. But for one of the best, and most notorious, places to stay, try Glamis Castle. It’s a fabulous Gothic castle, which looks like it has come straight out of the Addam’s Family, and according to all the tourist guides of the region, is bound to give you the willies should you be brave enough to spend a night within its scary walls.
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Visit the Real Dracula in Romania
You can’t go to haunted places in Europe and miss out on the residence of one of the most notoriously scary people ever. Vlad the Impaler is the inspiration for Stoker’s Dracula and his place of residence was Poienari Castle. In fact, it’s also the place where he tortured so many enemies to death by calmly popping them on stakes and then holding a feast while listening to their cries of agony. Soak up the atmosphere of the castle and nearby Lake Snagov, which is where he is thought to be buried.
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Follow the Footsteps of Jack the Ripper in London
London’s East End is where the infamous and famous serial killer known as Jack the Ripper stalked his prey in the late 19th century. The mystery of his identity has never been solved and his story is grimly fascinating. You can book on to a guided walk which will show you every murder spot and all the other venues with which he is associated. You never know, maybe you’ll be inspired enough to solve the mystery once and for all!
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Know of any other great haunted destinations worth visiting? Feel free to share your stories in the comments!
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The term cosplay was coined in 1984 by Nobuyuki from Studio Hard at the World Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles. While the idea was nothing new, the term has taken off and the amount of cosplay enthusiasts has grown dramatically since the early nineties, even leaking into mainstream culture. Every year Japan runs a cosplay convention called Comiket, drawing in hundreds of thousands of people who love to dress up as their favorite anime, J-pop and video game heroes. The potential is limitless; anything goes, whether it’s Abraham Lincoln or GlaDOS.
This year an estimated 130,000 attended San Diego Comic Con, their maximum capacity. Although it is primarily comic-focused, Comic Con like many current day conventions encompasses all elements of geek culture, and then some. While many will dress as Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman, there is so much room for creativity that just as standard, you will almost definitely see steampunk and gender reversal versions of well-known characters. As an unspoken rule, anything goes; conventions tend to attract a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, drawn together through the fandom.
For some cosplayers, it can be an expensive and time-consuming hobby. People spend thousands of dollars making their costumes with fairly serious attention, including fantasy weapon replicas and full costumes. It’s common practice to pose for photos, with some even making their hobby into a full-time job; professional mermaids for instance work at children’s parties and swim on camera with functioning tales made from monofins wrapped in wet-suit materials. If you’re not a professional or haven’t been lucky enough to win at mermaid millions while indulging your mermillion obsession and need to go with something a little cheaper, costumes can be made at home out of cardboard and duct tape: money isn’t important at a con and while expensively made costumes will draw attention, it’s more about creativity and dedication than flash.
Most people just wear the costumes, but some players aim to take on the persona of their character. Heroes have provided role-models for many young people and for a weekend it can be great fun to forget their normal lives and try something more exciting. Not everyone has the time or creative skill to create a costume, but any hints at geek culture are generally appreciated at conventions; wearing a subtle fan t-shirt, or adapting logos and themes from costumes into jewelry and other accessories may not get you as much notice as a full costume but will earn you a few knowing nods.
That means this great fairy tale take on Doctor Who can be yours for practically nothing!
Lily lost both of her back legs after she broke her back, but that doesn’t matter too much now that she has a sweet wheel chair to help her get around.
Apparently Paul Karason, AKA “Blue Man,” is also a doctor who knows the secret to learning any language. Odd that he never mentions this in any of those interviews he has about having blue skin. One thing at a time I guess.
Oh Facebook advertisers, will you ever stop just using random images of people online?
Seriously Flagstaff, what’s wrong with you and your residents?
Today’s TeeFury shirt is filled to the brim with both cuteness and geekiness as Indiana Mouse trades a bag full of sand for a slice of cheese. Will he get his treat, or will the trap get him?