Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Returning in style

Posted: June 9, 2012 by Narruc in Life

As the sun rises rapidly and the self-shame runs deep, there’s only one thing a man can do: blog. So we’ll strike back with panache in the near future.



Posted: November 17, 2010 by CyborgNinja in Life

Nobody cares.

Swiftly moving on, recently I was hit by the stunning realization that my Christmas exams are in four weeks time. Not too bad I suppose, plenty o’ time yet. Oh whats that? My mock exams for my Leaving Cert are four weeks after I return from Christmas break? Hmmm, guess I dont get a break and I will have to study over Christmas, which sucks.

(Now a brief insight into the mind of a 17 year old boy)
Shortlist of things to do :

Work on my drawing for DCG (Design Graphics and Communications)

Make a study plan.

Adhere to said plan.

Do Christmas exams.

Play Reach/Black ops.

Its likely only two of these things will happen.

MasterShake’s World: Argentina

Posted: November 16, 2010 by MasterShake in Life


Official name: Argentine Republic
GDP: $632.223 billion
Population: 40,134,425
Capital: Buenos Aires
Official language: Spanish
Area: 2,766,890 km2
Currency: Peso (ARS)

Argentina was colonised by Spain and only gained its independence in 9 July 1816 and because of this most of the Argentine population is made up of Europeans, due to the spanish “conquistadores” genocide of the natives. Argentina has a market-oriented economy with abundant natural resources, a well-educated population, an export-oriented agricultural sector and a relatively diversified industrial base. It is one of the major G20 countries. Argentina is a founding member of both the United Nations, Mercosur and the Union of South American Nations.

Argentina’s Flag

The Argentina emblem depicts the Sun of May which, according to tradition, was created by General Belgrano when he looked at the sky just before the Battle of Parana. White represents peace and honesty while
blue represents many elements including vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice.

That time of year again eh?

Posted: November 3, 2010 by CyborgNinja in Life

I could have sworn that last week it was Hallowe’en / Halloween, yet apparently its Christmas time. That month and a half flew! But seriously, Im a huge lover of Christmas ( not in a religious way, but I wont delve into that today). Although Im typically a cynical and pessimistic bastard, (unless Im playing video games or after eating sugar), I turn into a very nice person during Christmas, due to the whole coming together of friends and family and all that. But, one thing irks me beyond belief. Im 17 years old. For the last 5 years Christmas has increasingly been more annoying.
Two reasons for this being;  Presents and Exams.
Presents:  As I am 17 and unemployed, I have no income. Therefore I cannot buy the people in my life he presents they deserve. This is made worse by the fact that my brothers and parents buy everyone extremely expensive gifts and I see genuine reactions of joy. This means that my Dads rehearsed enthusiasm for the socks I’ve bought him is …. less real. I also am less than ecstatic about my presents each year because ( spoiler ) I now know the truth about Santa Clause, which seems to take some of the magic out of Christmas for me.

Exams: The bane of pretty much everyone aged 13 – 22; Christmas exams. What more can I say about them, other than they force you to realise the school year is half over already and you haven’t started studying.

On a lighter note, I like to think my Christmassy ( Portmanteau FTW ) self was touched by this video and I hope you enjoy.

MasterShake’s World: Antigua and Barbuda

Posted: November 2, 2010 by MasterShake in Life

Antigua and Barbuda

Official name: Antigua and Barbuda
GDP: $1.472 billion
Population: 85,632
Capital: Saint John’s
Official language: English
Area: 440km^2
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

Originally settled by Archaic Age hunter-gatherer Amerindians in 3100 BC this little country has since flourished and since gaining independence from the U.K in 1981. Tourism dominates the economy, accounting for more than half of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Antigua is famous for its many exclusive luxury resorts. Weak tourist activity since early 2000 has slowed the economy, however, and squeezed the government into a tight fiscal corner. The Royal Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force has 285 members; within it, 200 12-to-18-year-old youngsters make up the Antigua and Barbuda Cadet Corps.

Antigua and Barbuda’s flag

The star/sun represents the dawning of a new era of self government. This flag was adopted when the islands became a self governing nation but still under British control. The red in this flag symbolizes the energy of the people of this island nation, the blue represents hope, black serves to remind the people of their African roots. The white doesn’t really have a meaning but the image of the sun, blue (the sea) and white being sand is very noticeable

MasterShake’s World: Angola

Posted: October 30, 2010 by MasterShake in Life


Official name: Republic of Angola
GDP: $114.343 billion
Population: 18,498,000
Capital: Luanda
Official language: Portuguese
Area: 1,246,700 km^2
Currency: Kwanza (AOA)

Angola was a Portuguese overseas territory from the 16th century to 1975. After independence, Angola was the scene of an intense civil war from 1975 to 2002. The country is the second-largest petroleum and diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa; however, its life expectancy and infant mortality rates are both among the worst ranked in the world.

Angola’s Flag

The red is for the blood spilt by Angolans during their independence struggles, while the black is for the continent of Africa. The symbol in the middle is of a crossed cog wheel (representing workers and industry) and machete (representing the peasantry) with a gold star. It was adopted during a time when Angola had a Marxist government, and thus was supposed to evoke the image of the hammer and sickle found on the flag of the former Soviet Union, a common symbol of Communism.

In 2003 a new more “optimistic” flag was proposed but it has not been formally adopted yet.
You see the new flag here

Why there have been no posts

Posted: October 29, 2010 by Narruc in Life

I seriously doubt we have any regular readers but if we do and you’re one of them, you may be wondering why we haven’t posted anything for close to a week now.

The reason for this is all three of us who write on this blog were ‘Lanning’. You’re probably asking ”what’s Lanning?” People often say that ‘lanning’ is when a group of gamers meet in one place and game over a local area network (LAN) hence the term ‘lanning.’

Lanning is actually (usually) a group of guys in a room together, awkwardly aware of the fact that what they’re doing is incredibly nerdy and would be highly frowned upon in almost all regular social groups.

Nevertheless, it’s very fun.

MasterShake’s World: Andorra

Posted: October 23, 2010 by MasterShake in Life, MasterShake's World


Official name: Principality of Andorra
GDP: $4.22 billion
Population: 84,082
Capital: Andorra la Vella
Official language: Catalan (Type of Spanish)
Area: 467.63 km^2
Currency: Euro (EUR)

Andorra is a prosperous country mainly because of its tourism industry, which services an estimated 10.2 million visitors annually and also because of its status as a tax haven. It is not a member of the European Union, but the euro is the de facto currency. The people of Andorra have the 2nd highest human life expectancy in the world — 82 years at birth. Andorra’s exports include electricity, tobacco products and furniture but again, tourism is the fuel of the economy. Andorra gained its independence from the medieval French in 1278.

Andorran Flag:

Blue and red honors France and red and yellow for Spain and the symbol is the Andorran coat of arms.

MasterShake’s World: Algeria

Posted: October 21, 2010 by MasterShake in Life, MasterShake's World


Official name: People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
GDP: $240.809 billion
Population: 34,895,000
Capital: Algiers
Official language: Arabic, French (de facto)
Area: 2,381,741 km^2
Currency: Algerian dinar (DZD)

Algeria began in 1014 with the establishment of the Hammadid dynasty, it was ruled under the Ottomans in 1516 and ruled by the French 1830. Algeria finally gained its independence in 1962. The fossil fuels energy sector is the backbone of Algeria’s economy, accounting for roughly 60% of budget revenues, 30% of GDP, and over 95% of export earnings. Algeria has 160 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves, making it the 8th largest in the world in this regard.

Algerian Flag:

The white color represents peace; the green, the beauty of nature; the red, the blood of those killed fighting for independence in the Algerian War (1954 to 1962) and the star and crescent represent Islam.

Wheres Waldo, on a whole other level.

Posted: October 21, 2010 by CyborgNinja in Life

I used to love doing those puzzles. I also like doing funny accents and questioning frivolous things.
Cant believe I didn’t think of it.

Oh well, a boy can dream.