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Squared Online – The Beginning

Sam here,

I know I know I suck at this blog writing (can’t even remember the last time I actually wrote on here for you fine people).

That however is about to change I promise J, for I have officially started my Squared Online course, you may have remember me talking about it here – https://biltongandcrumpets.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/squared-online/

As part of my assignments I have to start and maintain a new blog throughout the course duration, for which I have named aptly as Crumpets Squared J, and plan to update it with updates on how I am doing, and other random blog writing I will commence on doing to help fill the blog J, come check it out here – http://goo.gl/n3P5Hq

Now lets get some 80’s tunes going on here:

Speak soon

Sam

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Proof That Google Glass is here to stay?

What links VHS, DVD and Bluray and the Internet together?

Well apart from the fact they are all formats for watching video at home, it is Porn!

It is no secret that the “adult entertainment” industry can play a major role in the technology world.

Whether it is helping to decide the victor format in a so-called “Format War”, as was the case with:

Or helping drive sales for its content, as was the case with both DVD and Pay-Per-View, The Porn Industry sure does know how to back the right technology to progress itself forward, heck just look at the internet!

Now I know what your thinking, what on earth has this got to do with Google and their Google Glass?

Well was generally browsing on Mashable.com today I came across this article:

Google Glass Gets Its First Porn App

That’s right people, a porn website whose content is filmed exclusively on Google Glass, giving a whole new meaning to Point Of View.

Does this mean that Google Glass is here to stay?

Who can tell but for the porn industry to back it at this early stage it certainly has a strong leg to stand on.

*UPDATE* No sooner had the app been released Google have now banned it from Google Glass, still it’s early days and tech was made to bend the rules a bit.

Two top travel apps.

2 posts in one week from me! My you lot are lucky. ;)

Starting a new category today on B & C where we will talk about new apps we have discovered and recommend to you.

I’m starting it off this time with 2 travel apps which I have recently found and believe will become invaluable to me very quickly.

First up is Citymapper London.

Now what makes Citymapper so good is not only the simplicity of how to use the app, but also the fact that it feels like they have beaten TFL to the crown of official travel app for London.

It has everything you could ever want from a travelling companion app, for example:

  • Google Map integration including 5 and 15 minute walk rings from your location.
  • The usual Nearest Bus stop/Tube station with expected times and status.
  • Railway lines, with live times.
  • Cycling Maps with Barclays Cycle Hire info.
  • Estimated Travel Cost – including cabs.
  • Number of calories burned.
  • The list goes on.

To find out more visit www.citymapper.com.

Next up is TripLingo.

Now I have to admit I have only just started to use the app but from what I have seen and from chatting with the Guys on their on Twitter and via E-mail, I have to give them a shout out too.

TripLingo is a language conversion app that not only helps you translate what the locals are saying to you when you are on holiday, but also helps you learn the language as you go along, all in an easy to understand way.

Whether you’re looking for the right phrase to use, be it formal, casual or slang, or want to learn how to pronounce like the locals, this app has it, all personalised and unique to you.

Other cool features include:

  • Word Bank – grouped in usefulness for you.
  • Culture Notes – giving you a crash course of the destination you are in/going to.
  • Dictionaries, Live Support, Safety Information, Emergency Numbers to Embassy Locations, the features are endless.

I for one look forward to using this app in full, not only will it help when on holiday but I have always wanted to expand my knowledge of the Italian language away from pizza, spaghtetti, ciao bella and bongiorno.

To find out more visit www.triplingo.com.

That’s it from me for now, I am off to enjoy the rarity we are currently experiencing in London called sunshine, blue sky and heat!!

This song seems very apt for it:

Squared Online

Hi Again, Sam here!

Now I know I have been quite on the blogging front recently, specially as Isemann is trouncing me 5-1 at the moment, but I am back and I apologise.

This entry is only a short one but I intend to expand and update you all on it other the coming months.

So what is Squared Online I hear you ask. it is the online version of Google’s career inspiring course on Digital Marketing which they, the IPA (Institute of Practitioners Advertising) and many major brands and Agencies hope will help fill the void that is being created by the lack of good quality training  for up and coming marketeers, such as myself, and the techniques they require for today’s modern advertising avenues.

Having enrolled on the course a week or two ago now and due to commence at the beginning of September I hope to enlighten you all with my progress and topics I have covered/worked on.

Want more detailed info on Squared Online, or intrested in the course yourself? head on over to their website or social feeds:

Ice Cream Adventures

Hi, Sam here and welcome to the first of many food articles we here at B&C will write on our culinary explorations, which originally started as a means to try as many different nationality cuisines as possible, and to some degree continues to do so, but now both Rodney and myself try our best to sample as many weird but delicious delights the world has to offer on our monthly catch ups.

In the past we have sampled:

  • Mexican Grasshoppers
  • Japanese Sushi
  • Polish Kielbasa
  • Spanish Squid 3 ways

But today I am going to not only start our foodie Category but also my début blog entry for the site on a food that is loved and adored all over the world, Ice Cream.

Now I wouldn’t exactly call myself an Ice Cream connoisseur, but I know my way round an Ice Cream cone and have sampled many an Ice Cream flavour in the past from vanilla to lemon curd, green apple to Red Bull, Gelato to Sorbet.

For me there has always been a style of Ice Cream I have savoured to try, Nitrogen Ice Cream. Now Nitrogen Ice Cream may sound weird but it is the magic that combines science (Liquid Nitrogen) with everyone’s favourite Summer Holiday Treat (the Ice Cream).

I first learnt of the ability to make ice cream in seconds using Liquid Nitrogen, as well as Dry Ice, through Heston Blumenthal and his Scrambled Egg and Bacon Ice Cream, you can watch him make it here Heston Scrambled Egg and Bacon Ice Cream, and thought the only way I was ever going to try such an Ice Cream would be visit his Fat Duck Restaurant, with a waiting List of 2+ Months.

That is until I came across Chin Chin Labs in Camden Lock, which boasts to be Europe’s First Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream Parlour. After a quick conversation with Rodney, which contained DM tweets along the lines of “@Isemann Nitro Ice Cream?” “@Seagles777 Yes Please”, we arranged a visit with curiosity.

From the outside the parlour is small & blends in nicely with the surrounding shops right under Camden Lock bridge. Inside was small but kitted out like a Laboratory, with Beakers, Test Tubes and staff in Lab coats, not to mention 3 massive cylinders filled with Liquid Nitrogen.

After what seemed like and age of umming and ermming over what flavour and topping we were both going to have we settled on the following:

  • Rodney: Vanilla with caramel pretzel & green tea peanut brittle
  • Sam: Raspberry Waffle Cone (i.e no cone, but the Ice Cream tastes like Raspberry Waffle Cone) with Chocolate dipped Potato Chips and Griddled White Chocolate

I can’t speak for Rodney, though he says the Green Tea Peanut Brittle was excellent, but I can describe my experience with the Raspberry Waffle Cone. Easiest way to describe it is to imagine the best raspberry ripple Ice Cream you have had, double the intense raspberry flavour, scoop it into a couple of waffle cones and then you come close to the flavour of the Ice Cream, and thats before you are hit with the silky smoothness of the quick frozen Ice Cream courtesy of the Nitrogen.

Freezing Ice Cream with Liquid Nitrogen allows the Ice Cream to freeze so fast that it doesn’t allow any ice crystals to form, allowing the Ice Cream to stay silk smooth and intense in flavour.

The griddled white chocolate complements the Ice Cream in a way that only white chocolate and raspberry do, but with an added smokiness from the griddling, while the white chocolate dipped potato chip introduces a crunchy and salty undertone.

Would we visit again? In a heart beat.

Whilst the selection is small, only 4 flavours, one of which is a weekly special, coupled with 10 or so topping choices and 4 sauce choices, it is still a difficult decision to make as you want to try them all in one go but know you want to savour the taste and have a reason to return for more. and at £3.95 for Nitro Ice Cream not a bad price either. Bring on the Summer!

If you would like to try Chin Chin Labs for yourself you can find them here:

  1. Twitter – @ChinChinLabs
  2. Website – www.chinchinlabs.com
  3. Facebook – The Chin Chin Laboratorists