These are the ten pictures trending online today.
A disgruntled employee at a Sainsbury’s store in Mornington Crescent, London, has left a lasting impression after leaving little surprises in packets of ‘Taste The Difference Cookie.”
The anonymous employee, who is now believed to have worked his last shift, slipped haikus into each cookie packet. The Japanese poems sent the message of unhappy the employee was, and they deserve top marks for creativity.
Here are the best of the poems that we could find on the net.
Warning: if you haven’t seen The Battle of the Bastards, then turn back now.
In the Game of Thrones pilot, King Robert Baratheon arrived at Winterfell to ask his old friend Ned Stark if he’d be the new Hand of the King.
Ned eventually agreed, and went with Robert down south to King’s Landing, taking his two daughters (Arya and Sansa) with him.
This effectively set into motion a chain of events that saw most of the Starks die. Ned was executed by Joffrey. Robb and Catelyn were killed at the Red Wedding (while trying to overthrow Joffrey). And Rickon – the youngest – recently became collateral damage in the Battle of the Bastards.
Left alive are Arya and Sansa (and Bran), as well as their bastard brother Jon Snow.
Now, one Reddit user has pointed out that these deaths were actually foreshadowed in the pilot episode, during the scene which saw Robert greet the Starks.
While Robert spoke to each member of the family, he only touched four of them. Ned. Catelyn. Robb, and Rickon.
While some people are posturing that Robert “cursed” the Starks, it’s more likely that this was just an incredible piece of foreshadowing on the part of the producers.
Or, could it just be a coincidence? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Scarlett Moffat is a popular lady, personally I love how genuine she is, that and the hilarious stuff she comes out with every now and again.The Gogglebox star swapped her seat on the sofa for an appearance on Celebrity First Dates this week, and she was a massive hit with viewers.
One of the highlights was when she told her date, Tommy, about how she landed a place on Gogglebox. “We had to talk about these pictures of celebrities. For a good ten minutes I was talking about Uncle Ben. You know, the rice man. But it was actually a picture of Nelson Mandela !”
She even got up to have a little dance withFred Sirieux.
Twitter users were loving Scarlett.
Ultimately Scarlett didn’t want to pursue things with Tommy any further. The goods news is that she found love a week or so after filming her date. The man in question was watching her appearance on First Dates with her, awkward.
Here he is…
Xbox Video and Xbox Games are coming to Windows 8; this means that starting on Oct. 26 — when Microsoft’s latest OS launches — users will be able to purchase and rent content from the Xbox Video store on their Windows 8 devices.
What’s more, they can browse the Xbox Games catalog for titles that are PC-compatible, including games that can interact with the Xbox console. Along with the new Xbox Music service, this brings a host of new entertainment options to Windows 8 right at launch.
Until now, Microsoft hasn’t offered access to its video catalog outside of the Xbox. When Windows only ran on laptops and desktops, this made sense. After all, users could download or stream video from various services, not to mention watch DVDs. But now that the Surface and other Windows 8 tablets and hybrids are about to hit the market, having access to a more robust content ecosystem is essential.
Plus, with Xbox SmartGlass, Windows 8 users will be able to push video from their Xbox to a Windows 8 device (or vice versa) with the tap of a button.
While the title selection of the Xbox Video store isn’t as comprehensive as what iTunes offers, the catalog still has a wide selection for both movies and TV. For users who are already invested in their Xbox ecosystem, bringing the content onto the PC is a no-brainer.
Microsoft says it’s committed to extending the Xbox brand beyond gaming, and moving beyond the console. It’s no wonder: Xbox is one of the most valuable brands within Microsoft. Bringing Xbox services and extending its content to more devices only makes that brand more powerful.
Xbox Video and Xbox Games are just the latest entertainment-focused apps to hit Windows 8. Last week, Netflix released its official app for the OS. On Monday, Hulu Plus got the Windows 8 treatment, and it looks great.
Again, the real potential of these app-specific developments is when you look at Windows RT tablets, such as the Microsoft Surface. Out of the gate, Windows 8 will have support for the biggest entertainment video platforms and the ability to easily connect to an Xbox account to play games or view achievements. In the future, we can envision multiplayer games getting released on Xbox and Windows 8 simultaneously, with the option of users picking up a match from one device to the next.
Are you excited about Xbox content making its way to Windows 8? Let us know in the comments.
All our Januarieshave passed that little bit faster, thanks to Netflix’s latest series, Making A Murderer.
But despite the worldwide true crime “whodunnit” debate, both Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are still being held accountable for the brutal murder of Teresa Halbach… without appeal.
If you’re as intrigued by the case as we are, @ZellnerLaw looks like it’s definitely the account to be following.
We can’t help but feel sorry for the Halbach family who are still living through what must seem like a horrible nightmare.
You no longer need to spend your time at work discreetly browsing cat pictures whilst pretending to work! A cat rehoming centre in Newcastle has asked for volunteer kitten cuddlers.
Thinking this must be the dream? There is one slight drawback…
Many of the cats in the Westgate Ark centre are feral or semi-feral.
If you can survive cuddling the ferocious, gnarling balls of fluff and claws then this could be workplace utopia. The aim is to help the animals get used to human beings – known as ‘socialisation’.
Paul Black, 55, of the Westgate Ark Centre, said, ‘We rescue a lot of pregnant cats and semi-feral kittens and they all need handling so that they’re nice and used to people, which makes them much more suitable for homes.’
We must all have a friend or ten who would love this job, share this and make a dream come true.
We’ve all been asked at some point in our lives what our superpower would be, if we had one. Maybe at a particularly unoriginal job interview, or bad first date, but we’ve all had to think about it at some point.
The most common answers are invisibility and time travel. Mine would probably just be the ability to be extremely wealthy.
Cara Delevigne already actually has that super power down, but it seems she has another up her sleeve; Nipple Detection.
Apparently, being able to guess where a nipple is going to be is a thrilling prospectthese days. I have a clue for anyone struggling with this particular one, they’re typically in boob area.
During an interview about upcoming film Suicide Squadshe demonstrates her magnificent and life changing super power on co-star Margot Robbie. And she misses. She misses the nipple.
Well, there we go. Delevigne kind of has the weird ‘new’ super power of detecting nipples. Even though most people typically have two and the generally seem to appear in the same spot most of the time.
I’d like to see her detect someone’s undisclosed third nipple… weshould introduce her to Chandler. #CaraVsNubbin.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments
Lead image: YOUTUBE/Kristien Morato
Visiting the orang-utans at the zoo brings us face to face with some of our closest relatives. Moments of connection with these intelligent creatures can be powerfully emotional.
We heard recently about the amazing experience of a visitor to Melbourne Zoo who sat to breastfeed her child and was watched with interest by a female orang-utan.
Families are also regularly captivated by the antics of the Zoos youngest orang-utan, who seems to delight in playing near children on the other side of the glass.
Now Zoos Victoria and technology researchers are collaborating to explore whether digital technologies could let orang-utans choose to interact safely with visitors in entirely new ways.
For modern zoo organisations such as Zoos Victoria, the animals wellbeing is top priority. Cognitive enrichment is vital, particularly for species such as primates and elephants which evolved astonishing intelligence and problem-solving skills to meet the challenges of survival in the wild.
Research suggests that orang-utans like to watch whats happening on the visitors side of the glass, and interacting with visitors could be an important form of enrichment for them.
There is a real art to developing enrichment that encourages smart animals to use their intellect to explore and solve problems. On occasion, keepers at Melbourne Zoo have taken hours to prepare a new fiendish food puzzle, only to see the orang-utans solve it in a matter of minutes.
And of course enrichment must be safe and robust (an orang-utan can be nine times stronger than a human), which limits the equipment that zoos can use.
To continue to provide novelty and variety, primate keepers have started to add digital enrichment to the range of existing activities. At Melbourne, and a number of other zoos, orang-utans have learned to use a tablet computer through the wire of the enclosure to play with chase games, music-making and painting apps.
As a team of technology researchers and zoos professionals, we are investigating new forms of digital enrichment. Our collaboration began as the result of a happy accident: a Melbourne Zoo staff member happened to visit the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces, and had the opportunity to play a video game with the Microsoft Xbox and Kinect body tracker.
She quickly realised that motion-based games could provide entirely new ways to address the challenges of orang-utan enrichment.
Computer-based enrichment is an attractive prospect for zoos. It could be easily modified to provide new challenges, or tailored to an individual orang-utans skill level. It overcomes some of the safety issues of introducing new physical objects. And it might allow animals a choice of enrichment when keepers are not available.
We have created an interactive projection which works like a touchscreen on the floor, using a projector and a Microsoft Kinect body tracker placed outside the enclosure. Recently we have been trialling simple games to show the orang-utans that this interactive projection responds to their touch, and start investigating how they might use it.
A virtual touchscreen projected into the orang-utan enclosure. Joshua Newn, University of Melbourne
In our first game, which has proven a big success, large coloured dots move around the projection and explode in pulsing waves of colour when touched. The interests of Melbourne Zoos orang-utans have inspired some of our apps, including one which allows the animals to view photos or videos, choosing them from a gallery.
We are confident that the orang-utans would quickly learn to use the touchscreen if we train them to. However, as part of our research we have let orang-utans explore the touchscreen without direction.
By not rewarding them for using the projection, we have been able to investigate how interesting this enrichment is to them, see how intuitively they take to it, and see their preferred ways of interacting with it.
Catch the dot game helps orang-utans learn how to use the virtual touchscreen. Joshua Newn, University of Melbourne, Author provided
The six orang-utans at Melbourne Zoo have all tried out the interactive projection, and most seem to have learned that fun things happen when they touch the bright moving shapes on the floor.
Excitingly, they have shown us some unexpected styles of interaction, such as kissing the projection, sweeping it with the back of the hand, exploring how it works with physical objects and even swooshing a cloth at it from above.
An orang-utan investigates the photo gallery. Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces at the University of Melbourne
We hope that digital technology will allow animals greater choice over their environment and enrichment. A first step will be for orang-utans to choose which game to play.
In the future, they might be given control over lighting or temperature, or perhaps even feeding schedules and interaction with other animals or humans.
An orangutan and keeper play a game on either side of the glass, at Melbourne Zoo. Zoos Victoria, Author provided
As orang-utans seem to find humans interesting, we are experimenting with creating a shared digital space where orang-utans can choose to interact safely with keepers and even visitors.
In our first trial of a game for humans and orang-utans, we saw with delight that they chose to play even with people they had not met before, creating a powerful sense of connection for the human player.
The day is perhaps not far off when digital technology might let you get closer than ever to our primate cousins.
Sarah Webber, PhD Student in Human-Computer Interaction, University of Melbourne; Marcus Carter, SocialNUI Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, and Sally Sherwen, Animal Welfare Specialist, Zoos Victoria, University of Melbourne
Warning: major spoilers! If you haven’t watched The Battle of the Bastards, then for the love of God turn back now! You’re about to stumble upon a major spoiler, and we don’t want to ruin one of the greatest GOT episodes of all time!
Okay. If you have watched it, then you’ll know that the bastard who emerged triumphant was Jon, and that Ramsay Bolton was killed. By his own dogs, no less.
Now, while most of us are pleased about this, and enjoyed seeing the despicably evil Ramsay get what was coming to him, there’s at least one person who’s sad to see him go.
Piyush Sharma has made an incredibly emotional tribute video to Ramsay, the true Warden of the North.
It’s wonderfully ironic. Check it out here:
Let us know what you think in the comments!