Tuesday, August 23, 2016
I mentioned I was going to review some budget small pocket torches, with winter on the way it's handy to have an EDC (every day carry) small torch.
I'm starting with the Thrunite Ti3. (around £14)
The torch has 4 modes.
Firefly .5 Lm (115 hours)
Low 12Lm (6.5 hours)
High 120 Lm ( 0.5 hour)
Strobe (120 Lm) (1 hour)
The torch is solid and feels like it'll take the knocks a pocket torch will get, it's drop tested to 2 metres and waterproof to IPX8 (the highest standard) which means it can be submerged without damage.
It comes in a nice tin with spare O-rings and a pocket clip, it also has a keyring chain.
Firefly is quite dim, it's fine for looking at your watch, checking a map, or finding something in your bag, that sort of thing.
Low, this is a bit misleading, low is actually quite bright, plenty bright enough to find your way around the countryside at night or fix the car.
High, frankly this is amazing, for a torch this size it's a heck of a lot of light, bags of light for moving across country or lighting up a room.
Strobe, this is the joker in the pack, apart from a sort of self defence situation it's not very useful, and as it takes 6 twists of the head to activate strobe your not going to be using it anytime quickly, later in this series well see a torch with a much more useful strobe.
In use, to turn on you simply twist the head on and it starts in firefly, twist off and on and you get low, twist off and on again and you get high, it easy enough one handed. the torch itself gives a very soft spread beam, it's not throwing a beam a long way, but you get a lot of light around you, ideal for seeing the sides of a path etc.
One feature I found was if your in high power when the battery runs down the light drops of quite quickly, but if you then switch to the lower mode it comes back to what looks like the full low brightness and will runs for another hour or so, thats handy if your battery goes and your in full you still have low mode to get you home.
It's slightly longer but a bit thinner than a standard AA battery. It runs on easily available AAA batteries.
Pros. It's gives a lot of light for a very small torch, it's not heavy enough to really notice on your keyring, it runs off easy to get batteries and it's fairly cheap.
Cons. Battery life in full power is short, and it would be nice if it stayed in the last used setting instead of reverting to firefly, and the keyring was a total bastard to put on. But lets face it this is a small torch on your keys, it's more than enough for the normal jobs an emergency light is going to do.
This is staying on my keys!!!
Monday, August 22, 2016
It looks like summer's over now, and the nights are drawing in already, it's darker earlier every week (about 15 minutes a week) so it's time to check your winter kit
Over the next few weeks I'll be doing some mini budget torch reviews, the sort of thing you can put on your keys and forget, but yet are bright enough to be usefull.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Can you pierce your nose with a bullet? Hard to believe but this is actually one of the more popular search questions on Google.
For those wondering about the answer... The average pistol bullet will go through most normal cars, in one side and usually out the other (not counting the engine or wheels) Yes they will pierce your nose, but not in a good way. If you want to blow your nose off, or tear a huge chunk out of it, the bullet is perfect, for a nice neat piercing to put a stud in... NO!
Seriously for anybody actually thinking of doing this please don't. As well as disfiguring yourself you may blind yourself as well from the blast, and quite possible hit someone passing. Honestly using a bullet to pierce your nose is a really bad idea.
Monday, August 15, 2016
"The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test." IMDb
This is the latest offering of the Star Trek franchise.
The same cast as the previous two efforts, this film though isn't as good, the special effects are well up to scratch, and the Enterprise crew sit much better in their roles as clones of the iconic original series. Simon Pegg has improved a lot as "Scotty" his first effort was quite poor.
Carl Urban as Doctor McCoy is still brilliant, he got it spot on in the first film and gets better with every movie, to be honest I have a hard time believing I'm not watching the original Deforest Kelly.
Chris Pine as Captain Kirk has also improved, he's getting closer but still has a little way to go, but all in all the crew do a very good effort
For me the movie was let down by the plot. The basic idea (spoiler alert) is the Enterprise has an alien object that the bad aliens want. While the idea makes sense the plot doesn't, the aliens attack the Enterprise and destroy it, not a great plan if the small object you seek is on it.
Then the plot starts to fall apart, the aliens find where the object is on the Enterprise (a huge ship) but can't detect it on one of the crew members. They also keep the crew mostly alive although they have no use for them.
Kirk and company find an old Enterprise like star ship that crashed on the planet they are stranded on, the aliens are looking for them but cant find this huge ship because it's got a sort of cloaking device. Trouble is the alien leader was in this ship when it crashed landed, so he'd know where it was in the first place.
After that it just gets silly, they end up in the city's gravity sphere, which couriously has a hatch that needs four handles (hidden in boxes) to open it. Why? the sphere has nothing in it normally and theres access at the bottom (how Kirk gets in) so why would it need another complicated hatch at the top that just happens to line up nicely with a port into space.
Waynes rating 6/10 Lots of action but the plots a bit thin.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Real Cinemas, real pain in the arse more like!.
Small crammed in seats, sound too loud, they want your car registration number to see a bloody film and half the staff on the day we went were from overseas. What couldn't they find any Welsh people? No wonder the place was nearly empty, I certainly will never go there again!
I've been weather watching this week, theres been a meteor shower on that would have been nice to see. Sadly the weathers been so cloudy you'd be lucky to see the sun never mind a meteor.
This raises a question, we were told a heat wave was coming for the weekend, it's cold and grey here, no heat wave.
You'd think with all the high tech computer stuff the weather forecast would be more accurate, in fact it's worse now than the 1940's when a man with a tie and glasses on looked out the window at his pine cone hanging from his shed roof for the weather forecast.
This year was the hottest ever we're told... Thats then spoiled by telling us that 2003 was hotter, then they tell us 1976 was hotter again. How the fuck can this year be the hottest on record then?
If the global warming/climate change enviro-mental-ists are using the forecast rather than the actual weather data it's easy to see why the morons keep getting stuck in sea ice that shouldn't be there (they got caught again this year lol) According to the forecast I'm lying on a beach in Gower frying myself into a "crispy-critter". In fact I'm sitting in the house with the bloody heating on.
Later on today I might buy a few patio heaters to thaw out my garden path..... Global warming, don't make me laugh!!!