Gave blood today and apart from a slight dizzy feeling, I got a karma boost and a wee bit righteous so GIVE BLOOD everybody!

About 7% of your overall body weight comes from our blood – approximately ten pints of blood in every average adult. So when I donate a pint of blood, I have given away roughly 10% of my overall blood supply. But that single pint of blood could save 3 lives. So a good investment.

Blood circulating in your body is composed of about 55% plasma, 40% red blood cells, 4% platelets, and 1% white blood cells. It also contains metal including iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, lead, and copper. It even has small amounts of gold. About 0.2 milligrams of gold that is mostly found in the blood. Harvesting humans for gold and other precious metals – there is a sci-fi movie there.

Another interesting fact I got while draining is = large animals have slower heart rates than smaller animals i.e. the blood in their body takes longer to circulate. So a blue whale’s heart only beats 5 times per minute while humans beat closer to 75 per minute.

NHS Scotland have a groovy graphic showing the current health of our blood banks – – looks like we are in some serious need of AB- and also O+ and O-

check out Zap Works

So have been learning to use Unity recently, which is an awesome program but a little complicated for what I have been trying to do. But I came across this wonderful start-up developing a Augmented/Mixed Reality platform called Zap Works. It makes the whole process of creation very easy and linking up stored files with the Zappar (think QR code) app on a mobile is straight forward and works seamlessly. For the simpler stuff I will be using this rather than Unity I think.


real world overlays – almost there thanks to Google

whether it is through Google Glasses, Magic Leap, ORA-X or a microchipped contact lens – the world will start to have a digital overlay starting this year – think Pokemon Go without having to point your phone.

I particularly like the idea of the “guide animal” steering you along your journey – mashing Indian/Aboriginal dream guides with modern tech. Love it.

happy 10th birthday blog

This blog has been about for 10 years now! I never thought I would churn out almost 1,100 posts. And there are people following the blog (thank you). So I am going to try and write at least one thing a week going forward – I have no idea on what but I have a bunch of projects (ideas) going through concept stages at the moment and I am learning the D3.js library and some Unity/3D stuff so I am sure I will have stuff to show off at the least.

Stay tuned!