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.



MasterShake’s World: Albania

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


Official name: Republic of Albania
GDP: $22.839 billion
Population: 3,195,000
Capital: Tirana
Official language: Albanian
Area: 111.1 km^2
Currency: Lek (ALL)

The area now know as Albania was created in 1190, reformed in 1444 and finally achieved independence in 1912 after the Ottoman Empire was defeated in the First Balkan War. Albania was also a communist state as an ally of the Soviet Union, this ended in 1960 when de-Stalinization came into effect. Albania has many resources including petroleum, natural gas, coal, bauxite and copper. It’s main exports are wheat, maize, potatoes, vegetables, fruits, sugar beets, grapes; meat and dairy products, agriculture has a big influence on the Albanian economy. In 2009, along side Croatia, Albania joined NATO.

Albanian Flag:

The meaning of the Albanian flag:

The eagle is taken from an Albanian folk tale. The eagle faithfully watches over and guides the king or the “son of the eagle” while the red represents hardiness, bravery, strength and valour

MasterShake’s World: Afghanistan

Posted: October 20, 2010 by MasterShake in Life, MasterShake's World

My newest outing will be to write about every single country in the world, either daily or bi-daily. I will be writing little facts about them and a bit of history, also I will be doing this “list” if you will, alphabetically, which means we have to start with “A” and Afghanistan.

Official name: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
GDP: $26.976 billion
Population: 28,395,716
Capital: Kabul
Official language: Pashto and Dari (Persian)
Area: 647,500 km^2
Currency: Afghani (AFN)

The modern state of Afghanistan was set up 1747 and gained its independence from British rule in 1919 after the First World War. It was created to make a buffer zone between Russia and British Colonies in India and China as the British Empire was always weary of Russian designs on the world. Its has many resources such as gold, copper, zinc and much more. Its exports include Opium, fruits and nuts, handwoven carpets, wool, cotton and gemstones. Recently Afghanistan has subjected floods and earthquakes and is currently a conflict zone, although in terms of history this is not new.

Afghanistan’s Flag:

The meaning of Afghanistan flag:

Black: Darkness of the past history of Afghanistan
Red: Blood shed and war in the history of Afghanistan
Green: Hope, Prosperity, and a Bright future
The Symbol: A legend dating back to the times of Sassanid Empire in 224 A.D.

UL Open day, the day of many fails.

Posted: October 14, 2010 by CyborgNinja in Life

As some of you may know, Im currently in 6th year of secondary school. This forces me into a number of things ; growing up, giving up gaming, sleeping more, studying more, and to be honest more masturbation. But I digress, one useful thing that is happening this year however is college open days ( a day off school where you get information on local colleges and the courses they run). Sounds sweet eh? It was not.

I awoke the morning of the open day with a clear head from a long nights sleep. Ate, showered and all that dilly-dally and got dropped into the college, this is where it went down hill. Upon my arrival I realised I knew nothing about where the  course directors and talks were meant to be.  After twenty minutes of circling the car park we spotted someone who looked like staff. My dad spoke to them while I noticed the revolting pulsating pimple on the lady’s face, I pinned her at about 30 too. My dad arranged for me to be escorted to where it was by the staff members. Although I was uncomfortable with it, I agreed and we set off.

Along the way I tried to make small talk, I thanked them and asked them what department they worked in. They both said psychology….”Right.” I thought, “A few minutes of being under subconsciously psycho analysis”. They asked me what I was hoping to do, and I gave them neutral replies in the hopes that they would see me as a sane person. However I was so engrossed in trying to look as sane as possible that the first fail came along. Steps, which I did not see, needless to say i tripped over them and my hands flew out to protect me. Unfortunately they ended up on the woman’s ankle. She looked at me with disgust, and said, “its just up there, this is our building goodbye.”

Now, needless to say I told my friends this and how I found it weird, and with their help I realise that in the womans mind, I was some fool who couldn’t make up his mind about the simplest questions, who randomly dived at her ankle.

I shrugged it off, “I’ll never see her again anyway” I thought. Thankfully I didnt.

So once I made it into the college things got slightly better. But it wasnt long until it went downhill. I spent the majority of the day going to talks and taking notes on the courses that I was intending on doing. Over the day I accumulated lots of notes, which i was proud of. “Sixth year has changed you for the better Kev” I thought to myself.

After the sudden realization that the most promising course for me was having its talk in an hour an 15 minutes and I hadn’t eaten, I decided to grab some subway. When I saw the line I estimated that it would take me around 50 minutes to get served. Plenty of time left.

As I entered the line I was immediately followed by a group of ugly, fat younger girls in miniskirts. This alone almost made me throw up, but their loud conversations about fake tan and blonde hair dye was insult to injury. To make things worse the group of girls ahead of me were gorgeous, but were with their boyfriends. Now, I dont believe in God but I did after this, two people from my school who I barely know were in the window to my right, and I had spotted them first. God hates me. This meant that I had to watch myself, I couldn’t snap and shout at the girls behind me without my school hearing of it. Damn.

When I checked my phone after a while, I saw that the talk was on in 5 minutes, I was in the line for over an hour. I never expected it as I thought time was creeping due to the slow torture I was subjected to. But no, I had a choice, eat, miss the talk and hang out with friends, or leave the line after an hour, while looking like an idiot to everyone in the line and the people in my school.

I stayed and got my subway. The second I sat down my friends decided to go, so I had to leave with them. This is where I forgot my notes, making attending all those talks pointless.

While we walked outside one of the girls asked for a bite of my subway. The bitch devoured half of it. I was not amused.

Then the day went by casually , but I was asked to walk the girl to her taxi home, naturally I obliged, she went to give me a hug goodbye but I thought I heard my name so I looked around, at this very moment the girl went in for a kiss, and ended up kissing my cheek. Making it embarrassing for both of us. But whatever, we’re both friends we’ll get over it, not a big deal.

Apparently I was called , out of a bus window by some people in my school, and they saw the whole thing pan out.

To be honest, I tried to stay positive about the whole day, but it was just a huge fail, and I’ll have to accept it.

Top 10

Posted: October 10, 2010 by MasterShake in Life


Play of the Week 10/10/10

Posted: October 10, 2010 by Narruc in Play of the Week

To do List

Posted: October 7, 2010 by Narruc in Life

1. Study plan

2. Your mother (now that that’s out of the way…)

3. Buy more tshirts from threadless

4. Do some proper homework

5. Write decent length essays

6. Improve my lists

7. Buy some nice jeans

8. Write, produce, direct, shoot and act in a funny video

9. Get an iPod Touch

10. Decide on a college course

11. Start my own fast food chain

I think it’s important to note that these objectives are not listed in order of importance. Quite a few of them are also, highly unrealistic but, hey, a man can dream.

I am lazy

Posted: October 6, 2010 by Narruc in Life

I don’t think it’s possible for me to become anymore lazy than I currently am. Even the effort involved in writing that previous sentence was monumental. To put things in perspective for you, I’ll provide a brief (and concise) outline of my usual day: come home from school at 3:40, eat ’til 4, browse the internet until 6, take a two hour nap, browse the internet again for about three to four hours then read a book for about thirty minutes. That’s right: the only productive thing I do in my eight hours of free time is read a few pages of a book (‘No Country for Old Men’ in case you were wondering).

I’m in my final year of school and with the leaving cert just a mere eight months away, you would expect me to at least be doing a little homework or study but no, the most I can manage is a little procrastination here and there. Judging by what people have been telling me, I will probably come to regret being a lazy bastard when the leaving cert does roll around but to be honest, it just takes too much effort to think about right now.

Like I mentioned in my opening, I normally take a nap roughly from 6-8pm.  When I think about it now, that’s not really a nap but a long slumber. An excuse simply not to do any study. I have two tests tomorrow and I can’t motivate myself to do a single bit of study for them! What is wrong with me?

I guess I’ve always been a bare minimum kind of guy but it’s getting out of hand now. So far out of hand, in fact, that it may become too far me to reach without stretching, thereby having to make an enormous physical effort! Oh well. I guess I’ll just refer to the lazy old adage – ”I’m fucked.”