All posts by Athol Courtenay

Writer, programmer, photographer and ponderer of sorts. Keeping IT interesting with a dry cool wit, this is tech but not as you know it. Technology, Science, Space, Humor, Computers, Consumer Electronics and more.

PlayStation Classic, the Retro Gaming Revolutions Finest…

Retro gaming is all the rage at the moment, and while Sony may be late to the retro game it has turned up to a knife fight with a 44 magnum. Mind you turning up well armed when going to war with Nintendo is not a bad strategy.

The PlayStation Classic is Sony’s latest weapon in the console wars and this mini marvel will be packing  20 games pre-loaded and ready to rumble. Only 5 of games have been officially announced thus far; Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms. The remaining 15 are the subject of much speculation and you can bet Sony will trickle feed the announcements of the remaining games to us as the release date edges nearer, building the marketing momentum. The number of wish lists floating around the web is evidence that it is already working. Here at Highpants we have just one wish, Gran Tourismo.

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The Red Hydrogen One Houdini Edition Unboxing, the Holographic Camera Phone…

Legendary camera company Red have made the leap into the mobile phone market with one of the most highly anticipated phones to be pressed up against people’s heads. The Red Hydrogen One is that phone and after a year of delays 300 lucky people are now experiencing the Red magic. Master unboxer Marques Brownlee was one of the lucky 300 and his unboxing video now has many people both drooling and jealous, in equal parts.

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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Mirrorless Mega Cameras, the Pro Shooter Wars Heat Up…

The digital camera wars are heating up again with the big names finally introducing full frame mirrorless pro cameras. In the last few weeks Nikon has fired the first salvos with the announcement of their new Z series mirrorless pro shooters. These two new models will herald the beginning of a new war for supremacy in the pro camera market, no longer will Sony have this market virtually to itself.

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Pi Projects: PiCade 2018, the DIY Retro Arcade Machine…

If like us you love DIY, retro gaming and want to tinker with a Pi then there is one project that combines them all, and is well worth considering, the PiCade X HAT. The 2018 update of this excellent do it yourself project provides a relatively simple build that produces an incredibly cool result, an awesome desktop retro arcade gaming machine complete with arcade joystick and display that fits into a little cabinet worthy of even the grandest man cave.

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Nissan GT-R50: Godzilla in an Italian Suit…

To celebrate the GT-R’s 50th birthday Nissan and Italdesign have spared no expense in producing an extreme GT-R, this is the GT-R50, Godzilla adorned in a spectacular Italian suit. With only 50 of the GT-R50’s to be produced and starting at $1.4 million dollars this is the fantasy GT-R brought to life.

The birth of the GT-R legend began in 1969 with the first Skyline GT-R, a car that quickly became a racing legend. Not only was the GT-R a legend on the track but it was a supercar that you could live with, a daily driver that combined Japanese reliability, comfort and affordability with levels of performance that could take on any challenger.

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Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK Review

In life we are often told that you can’t have everything, life is a balance. Settle and compromise the sensible amongst us insist, this is the secret to happiness they say. You can’t have looks and personality, the perfect job always has a downside, the perfect home will have an annoying neighbour and even the prefect computer will be compromised in some way. Here at Highpants  its time to upgrade our trusty work-horse computer and we are once again faced with picking our way through this compromised reality.

Yes, even in the world of computing this logic has been bandied about like the punchline in a bad film, the perfect computer for any situation has always been a compromise. But damn it if Intel haven’t decided to challenge this long-heralded rule, yes you can have a powerful gaming machine in an unnaturally small form factor they scream, while holding the Hades Canyon NUC high in the air.

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Mini Gaming Marvels: The Latest Compact Gaming PC Options…

There has often been an important compromise to consider when deciding on your next gaming rig. Do you settle for a large power-hungry box with extreme performance or sacrifice performance for a more compact gaming rig? While the first option is the often-selected solution there are situations that make the second option desirable for many. Those of us with small apartments and little space, or the requirement for a portable system, and then there are the power conscious amongst us. For many a better balance is an interesting proposition and in recent months these options have become quite interesting.

Headlining these options this month Zotac released the ZBox Magnus EN1080K ultra compact cube, while Intel has had tongues wagging around the internet with the release of their Hades Canyon BUC8i7HVK, both of which are extremely compact and surprisingly powerful gaming rigs. Both extremely enticing options but can they beat building your own mini gaming rig?

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The Gummy Bear Cleanse, Sugar Free Gummi Bears are a Super Laxative…

For those of us with a sweet tooth Gummy Bears have been a favourite for years. The fruity sweet flavours and immensely chew-able texture has made them famous. But if you need to watch your sugar intake the normal Gummy Bear is a guilty pleasure, that was until a delicious variant of the Gummy Bear appeared a few years ago, the Haribo Sugar Free Gummy Bear. Unfortunately, instead of becoming a favourite they quickly became infamous. With the unfortunate side effect of completely cleaning one’s insides out the sugar free variety of this squishy bear shaped candy soon developed an unfortunate reputation, and a collection of some of the funniest reviews on Amazon.

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Cooking with Your Mouth, Hilarious Fun for the Whole Family…

Cooking for yourself is one of the most primal forms of expression that an individual can undertake but the dangers of cooking are numerous. Blenders can explode, graters can eliminate fingerprints and the most feared kitchen utensil of all knives can remove entire fingers or puncture arteries. But what to do if you have a healthy fear of the everyday dangers in your kitchen? Well you learn to cook using your mouth only of course.

The Australian born artist who now calls Berlin home Nathan Ceddia shares your fears and decided to create his own revolutionary cooking style to alleviate his fears, this is ‘Cooking with your Mouth’.   A cooking technique that leverages the flexibility of your chompers to cook up delicious dinners.

The first three stomach churning videos released by Nathan introduce Riva Godfree (actress Iska Lupton) as our master chef to demonstrate this revolutionary new cooking technique. With all of the most dangerous equipment eliminated from her kitchen she dives right in to using her natural abilities alone to craft a turkey stuffing, raw steak tartar and her pièce de résistance Beetroot Pancakes.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the latest viral sensation to turn the internet’s collective stomach. A video designed to shock and amuse while instructing. Sit back relax and have your frying pans and smocks at the ready, this one could get deliciously messy.

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The Bot Adventures, Life with Cozmo…

ANKI are the creators of the smallest smart robots with big personalities and their latest creation Cozmo is taking the world by storm. This little bulldozer with personality is quickly making itself famous, starting as all internet stars do by building a YouTube following thanks to the channel ‘Life with Cozmo’ that features this little hero’s big adventures. Building a robot with personality is the holy grail for all tech companies working in the field of robotics and ANKI’s little Cozmo has it in spades.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the Bot Adventures of the little electric super hero, they may be cheesy and a little silly but they will make you want to buy a Cozmo of your very own. Sit back relax and prepare to be amused by the antics of a robot with electronic eye brows.

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Hilarious Politically Incorrect Videos…

Within politics and the beliefs of a society there are supposed to be many points of view present, that is a healthy society. Representation of the less popular views of society has often been the territory of comedians, humour is an interesting tool for the expression of ideas outside of the norm. These unpopular and often politically incorrect ideas need not be believed but they do need to be considered, even if to simply confirm your beliefs.

For the sake of a healthy society and in the interests of testing ideas through humor Highpants is proud to present for your viewing pleasure the most hilarious politically incorrect videos doing the rounds on the internet this week. Sit back, relax and prepare to be amused by things that are very wrong.

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Alan Gogoll’s Stringscapes, Visible Sound…

The world of sound is naturally the realm of our ears but from time to time we get to experience a mild form of synaesthesia, the sensation of our senses become crossed, and in this case we get to see sound and the waveforms that it is constructed from.

Australian acoustic guitarist Alan Gogoll is well known around the world for his experimentation with Bells Harmonic, also sometimes called a pinched harmonic it is the generation of a bell like tone or harmonic by tapping and plucking the strings. In Alan’s latest videos we get to see these harmonic waveforms in action and they are both visually and audibly beautiful. Captured using specially constructed camera and guitar rigs the Stringscapes videos mix up your senses in the most stunning way.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the Stringscapes videos along with a quick tutorial on Gogoll’s Bells Harmonic playing technique. Sit back relax and prepare for a treat that will stimulate your visual and audio senses simultaneously.

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The Walking Dead Drunk Edition Versus Game of Thrones Goat Edition, Hilarious.

With the return of the Walking Dead only a week away it is time to get in the zombie mood with a little Walking Dead hilarity. YouTube funny man Marca Blanca has put his video mixing skills to good use creating the real life walking dead tribute, and the resemblance is striking.

While Game of Thrones fans await the 8th season of the popular season Blanca can also help to tide you over with the Game of Goats. With the now famous theme song of the series recited by screaming goats at least the wait for the next series can be an amusing pause.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the videos that will help us get through the hiatus. Which video contains the most hilarity may be down to which series you like the most, but you can be certain that both will amuse while providing a quick reminisce. Sit back relax and prepare to laugh at screaming goats and stumble drunk zombies.

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Russian Nuclear Ice Break Coming Through…

Imagine the surprise on the faces of researches as they worked away in the middle of northern Russia’s frozen wilderness when a giant Ice Breaker cruises by, only meters away. Getting this up close and personal with a 490-foot-long ship while on seemingly solid ice was not on the researcher’s schedule that’s for sure.

Travelling along the Yenisei River in minus 50-degree Celsius temperatures you might not expect to see another living soul, but for this team of adventurers a very large surprise was on the cards. The Taymyr nuclear powered ice breaker is one of the largest in the world with the shallow draft vessel designed to open up frozen rivers exactly as it was on the day. Driver Evgeny Shatalov even got close enough to touch the vessel as it cruised by. Let’s just hope they were on the right side of the ice breaker as there was now a very long, cold and wet hole in the ice behind it.

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China Steals the March on Rail Gun Technology…

Rail guns are the next generation of military weapon that promise to fire further and faster with zero gunpowder. Using electricity alone these cutting-edge weapons can fire a 17 pound projectile at Mach 7 to strike targets hundreds of miles away. Allowing them to sink battleships, shoot down aircraft and missiles while being virtually unstoppable.

Until recently the US Navy was the only game in town when it came to Rail Gun technology but this weekend pictures emerged of a Chinese naval vessel with what appears to be a kick ass rail gun mounted on the bow. With one picture leaked to the internet the Chinese government has signified that they are a military force not to be trifled with. Has the Chinese navy now stolen the technological lead from the US?

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Tarantino Does Star Trek? A Nerdist Preview of the Possibility…

Rumours have the internet running at warp speed with the possibility that Quinten Tarantino is set to produce and direct the next Star Trek movie. The internet’s collective mind was blown when the rumours of such a legendary collaboration became a serious possibility. Going where no man named Tarantino has gone, science fictions final frontier may never be the same again as he sets phasers to thrill for this science fiction action block buster.

Variety magazine in December reported that Tarantino, J.J. Abrams and writer Mark L. Smith would be teaming up to produce th R rated science fiction film. While the world waits to see if the film makes it from concept to reality those crazy videographers and mash-up masters over at the Nerdist have produced what may be the funniest preview mashup in many years. Asking themselves what would a Tarantino Star Trek look like they haven’t held back in imagining just what is possible, and it’s brilliant.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is a preview of what may just become the greatest science fiction collaboration of all times. Captains log star date 28.1.18: Space, the final frontier. These are the adventures of the star ship Enterprise, boldly going where no man has gone before. Will the Enterprise ever be the same again? Can the crew survive a Tarantino shoot out? Will the audience be left stunned? For answers to these questions and more stay tuned for the next great adventure, Tarantino style. For now, sit back relax and prepare to be beamed up to a parallel universe of action and adventure.

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