GlynnRyan has Found a Home

Just in case you’ve missed it… I have moved my blog over to my own domain. As a result, this wordpress blog won’t be used much… Well for now that’s how it seems.

Check out my new website by going to www.GlynnRyan.co.za

Thank me later ;-)

Always remember, give a jackass an education and you’ll have a smartass!

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Mouth-freshening News with the #5GumExperience and @5GumSA

As you may or may not know, 5Gum delivers the longest lasting flavour and a unique taste experience with their gum with flavours like Turbulence’s mouthwatering watermelon, Electro’s tingling spearmint and Cobalt’s cooling peppermint… But that’s not what I wanted to tell you. I have something a bit better…

Park Station 3D video mapped projections by Étienne de Crécy and mesmerising melodies of Irish indie rockers at venues such as an abandoned cement factory in Philippi, and the haunting beats of A-trak and HudMo are a few of the highlights of the growing movement that is the #5GumExperience over the Halloween weekend in 2012, powered by sensory stimulating chewing gum brand 5 Gum

That’s still not what I wanted to tell you… Fiiiiiiiiine, here it is:

Rumour has it that the next edition of one of South Africa’s most anticipated events will be announced next week. Keep it mouth-freshening with @5GumSA on Twitter and Facebook for the reveal of the next international band, confirmed to be rocking the streets of Jozi and Cape Town soon.

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Thank me later ;-)

Always remember, give a jackass an education and you’ll have a smartass!

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Let’s make Local Lekker Again this week on #AfricaBBC

With all the negativity surrounding our incredible country, I think it’s time to start turning around this negativity and start focusing on the good. I dare not even mention “O” word whose surname rhymes with Pretorius…  And don’t even get me started on those police officers who dragged the Mozambican taxi driver behind their car.

Rather, I think it’s time we start looking at the good we can find in, not just South Africa, but on the African continent… The vast variety of landscapes and cultures, food and all that other good stuff we can find. On that note, I think you might dig this video… But before the video, here’s a little background info:

The #AfricaBBC series is drawing near to its conclusion, with only two regions remaining to be showcased on BBC Knowledge, DStv Channel 184. This week’s episode surprises viewers with never seen before footage from the Cape.  The film crew pushed themselves to the limits… Especially when one cameraman positioned himself on a whale carcass to capture the footage of it being feasted on by 30 Great White Sharks. The BBC crew were also the first to film unique tropical butterflies in a Mozambican rainforest, thanks to a discovery made on Google Earth… Proof that Google knows freaking everything!

#AfricaBBC is presented by David Attenborough, and has already pulled on the heart-strings of many South Africans. But this Sunday, 10 March 2013, at 18:00, you best be tuning into BBC Knowledge to watch episode four of THIS…

Celebrating this astonishing series, BBC Knowledge in association with Getaway Magazine are offering viewers the chance to win an exclusive East African adventure holiday through Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zanzibar. To enter, post a personal picture of Africa and/or its wildlife via a tweet using #AfricaBBC or on Getaway Magazine’s Facebook page. Each week the top finalists are selected, so if your pictures haven’t made it yet you still have until 24 March 2013 to submit your African snapshots. Time to put those photography skills to the test. Maybe mix it up with some Instagram filters for the Hipsters out there?

You can catch the #AfricaBBC series on BBC Knowledge at 18:00, DStv Channel 184.  Terms and conditions can be found here and here.

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How To Work My Apple Device 2012 Review

When I started “How To Work My Apple Device” back in the end of 2011, I never thought it would progress like it has.

Over the last year I haven’t been able to activity write articles and whatnot, but alas there has still been some awesome interactions…

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for How To Work My Apple Device.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 100,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

2012 Recap – The Moments that Made 2012

There’s no doubt that 2012 was a year to remember, for good or for worse. Who thought we would see 2013, with the Mayan apocalypse conspiracy and all that? Lying in bed last night and unable to sleep and awaiting the beginning of the work starting on the 7th of January, it got me thinking about the year that had passed and what some of the highlights and lowlights were for me personally, and for everyone as a whole. Some events in the 2012 may have affected, for better or worse, some more than others.

I started thinking of my great-grandmother, one of my good friends Tegan and another friend of mine Jamin who passed away this year… All sad memories. But, what of the things that made 2012 a great one? What were some of the things that stood out for you in 2012? Well… Here’s some of the highlights and lowlights of 2012, the best and worst of’s, the moments that stood out(for whatever reason):

The Worst of 2012:

Lets leave the best for last… Some of the worst things to come out of 2012 were…

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy hit during October 2012 and ended up being the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. As a result of her devastation, 253 people were killed and an estimated $65.6 billion (USD) damages were caused.

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After a relapse from pancreatic cancer, Steve Jobs passed away on October 5th 2012 at the age of 56. After his death, Apple started a page in dedication to their former CEO entitled “Remembering Steve“.

Scaffolding Collapse At Linkin Park Concert In Cape Town

After a long-awaited stop by Linkin Park to sunny South Africa, tragedy struck at the Lucozade promo stand. Intense gale-force winds resulted in the scaffolding’s collapse ended up killing one person and injuring 19 others.

Lance Arm-not-so-Strong

2012 Also saw the fall of Lance Armstrong. After it was discovered that Lance Armstrong was indeed using performance enhancing drugs, sponsors like Nike, Trek, and Oakley all cut their ties with him and Lance resigned from the Livestrong foundation board. The Cycling’s world governing body also stripped him of his titles that he had accumulated over the years.

Best or Worst?

In something that I’m not sure is a god or bad thing, we have the Apocalypse, Armageddon, the end of the world as we know it…

The Mayans

2012 Movie poster

Image by IMDb

For many, 2012 started as what they believed to be the last year in existence in the universe. In what was one of the most spoken about stories during 2012, the world was to end on the 21st of December 2012. Unfortunately(for some), the world didn’t end and we’re still here! Many people went to extreme lengths and spent large sums of money in preparations just in case the Mayan’s were right.

My view… The Mayans were dyslexic and got the date wrong. The world will end in 2102.. or was it 2120?

Enough of the bad stuff…

The Best of 2012:

Sitting thinking about 2012, I’ve realised that 2012 was actually a good year, regardless of all the bad that happened. Why? Well as a result of all the bad, we’ve learned a lot out of 2012. Without the trials, rough patches, laughter and excitement of 2012, we wouldn’t know how to deal with the situations in the future, or how to avoid getting into the situations again.

Take this for example:

Felix Baumgartner’s Stratos Jump

Free falling from almost 39km above the surface of the earth and reaching 1,342kph while crushing the sound barrier, Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump was a major highlight of 2012. This particular moment in 2012 lead to the following Neil Armstrong styled quote:

“Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you really are”

- Felix Baumgartner

Linkin Park Performing in South Africa

Despite what happened at the Cape Town leg of the “Living Things” world tour, Linkin Park finally made their way to South Africa. I was fortunate enough to be a the Cape Town show and loved every second of it. 2012 Taught me that Linkin Park are still one of the best bands out there and that their shows are amazing at the least!

World’s Longest high-speed Rail Line

Photo By Xinhua, Wang Xiao

Photo By Xinhua, Wang Xiao

China opened the world’s longest high-speed rail line between Beijing and the southern metropolis of Guangzhou.

@Pontifex Happened

On December 12, Pope Benedict XVI discovered Twitter and went on to be the first Pope to join Twitter. With only 16 tweets to date, @Pontifex already has 1 382 619 followers and they are growing!

Blades at Olympics 2012

Image By telegraph.co.uk

Friday, July 27 saw the start of the Summer Olympics 2012. Between then and Sunday, August 12; many athletes from all over the world competed against each other to prove who is the best.We even saw the Queen and James Bond jump out of a helicopter at the almost 4 hour-long opening ceremony!

What made the 2012 Olympics even more remarkable was the Oscar Pistorius. South African Oscar made history by becoming the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics. Despite some controversy, Oscar went on to finish second in his heat.

Live Lip-Dub Marriage Proposal

Find a girl you want to marry, get the help of 60 family members and friends, lip sync and dance along to Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” and what do you get? 17,294,993 YouTube views and a new fiance. 2012 Showed that there is still some originality out there. Portland actor, Isaac Lamb, created one of the most elaborate ways imaginable to ask his girlfriend to marry him. #Winning

Mooooovies of 2012

2012 Also saw the release of some awesome and not so awesome movies during the year. In no specific order, here are some of the best and worst movies of 2012:

Best Movies Worst Movies
The Dark Knight Rises Alex Cross
Lif of Pi Total Recall
21 Jump Street What to Expect When You’re Expecting
The Avengers Battleship
Taken 2 The Watch
Amazing Spider-Man Red Dawn
Project X Wanderlust

Music of 2012

With catchy beats, irritating lyrics or a song you loved overall, 2012 saw some epic music being released. Songs that made headlines include:

  • Skrillex – “Bangarang”
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
  • Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know”
  • fun. – “Some Nights”
  • fun. Featuring Janelle Monae – “We Are Young”
  • Maroon 5 Featuring Wiz Khalifa – “Payphone”
  • Train – “Drive by”
  • Flo Rida – Whistle
  • CrashCarBurn – “The Light “
  • Prime Circle – “Evidence”
  • Conor Maynard Feat Ne-Yo – “Turn Around”

And don’t forget the song with 1,120,304,380 views on YouTube to-date:

  • PSY – “Gangnam Style”

Games of 2012

PC, PS3, Xbox and whatever else… 2012 had some awesome games launched and saw the teasers being released of some epic games to come in 2013(something to look forward to). Games like Farcry3, Mass Effect 3 and Fifa 13 to name just 3 I got my hands on, was released. With gaming graphics, story lines and gameplay getting better by the day, games of 2012 were groundbreaking in one way or another.

Parodeeehehehehe

Hey, this is crazy… But 2012 had some of the best parody video clips, maybe?

With all the music being released last year, some even better parody clips made their way onto the interwebs too.

Here are my top 5 parody clips of 2012:

4. Fun – We’re Not Young (Yahoo!’s SketchY Parody)

3. Some Study That I Used to Know (Gotye Parody)

This is something for those who finished high school in 2012

2. The Star Wars That I Used To Know


Tied for 1st place…

Look at this Instagram (Nickelback Parody)

Sesame Street: Share It Maybe

2012 love it or hate it…

Whatever your reasons for loving or hating 2012, just remember that how you experienced the year is dependent on your outlook on it and your attitude toward it… If you went into something with animosity during 2012, surely that would have made you despise that specific moment during the year more, right? It’s all about outlook and perspective. So embrace 2013.. Take 2013 for all it’s worth! Look for opportunities to make each day better than the next. To hell with resolutions for the year, they tend to lead to some disappointments if you don’t achieve them.

My view is that 2013 shouldn’t have too much expectation put on top of it. Why burden the year ahead before you’ve already gotten into it properly with unattainable resolutions. Remember that happiness is found in the moments spent with family and friends.

If 2012 could have taught us 1 thing, it’s found in the words a friend of mine mentioned to me recently:

Some Things Fall Apart, So Other Things Can Fall Together

- @Shan_slk

Keep in mind, things in 2012 could have been worse… You could have been one of the people in this:

Always remember, give a jackass an education and you’ll have a smartass!

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My Grand Idea (Random Rhyming)

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Yesterday I felt a bit down and all
And wasn’t quite sure just who to call.
I felt a bit despondent and down,
Which is probably why you saw me frown.

I ended up going for lunch with my mate,
Fortunately we didn’t need to fish for our food & I never needed any bait.
But we rather went to Cappuccino’s for a pizza
Luckily not all the way in Srebrenica.

We sat there a while eating our food,
Which helped a little to improve my mood.
Then suddenly I got a grand idea…
No, it wasn’t to travel to the Republic of Korea,
But rather to check out the Musica store
And see what new DVD’s might have hit our shore.

It turned out there was a 6 disc Blu-Ray collection,
Which didn’t need much persuading for selection.
So I bought the Avengers collection on Blu-Ray,
Which I would watch on my liquid crystal display.

I did in fact, do just that.
While lying on the couch, no shoes and no hat.

It’s random I know, but I thought I would share it…
Maybe give you something to read while applying for your building permit.

And that is all I have to say.
For now that is…
Until another day

The Truth About Unicorns True Identity and Zebra Colouring Discovery Revealed

What started as a thought about zebras and their stripes that I posted as a status on Facebook, has led to a major discovery of all time…

Zebras & Unicorns

Just think about this for a minute…

Imagine zebra’s had to earn their stripes!

This statement has led the genius brain of a good friend of mine and I to a discovering something truly phenomenal!!

Some say that unicorns anorexic rhinos, while other believe unicorns are actually just horny, albino, zebras… But I beg to differ…..

What is this you might have asked?

Well, we have discovered the truth about Zebra / Unicorn culture and hierarchy.  Basically, in a sense, their life is similar to the life of a butterfly. What happens is, a Zebra (in its early life) is actually a unicorn. During their daily duties of  eating skittles and playing in rainbows, unicorns get stripes for doing good unicorn things! What exactly these “well-behaved unicorn actions” are, is still a myth. What we do know is, once a unicorn has successfully earned enough stripes, the unicorn overseers put the unicorn on pension. I mean even a unicorn needs to be able to live out the last potion of its life being happy with other pensioned unicorns, while basking in the glow of colourful rainbows and younger unicorns, eating skittles!

Once a unicorn is placed on pension, they have earned all their stripes for their good deeds, making them a zebra… Seeing the caterpillar/butterfly link here? This, therefore, means that a Zebra is actually a Unicorn on retirement; and that a unicorn is a young zebra. As a result of these findings, we have also established that the Kruger National Park is the retirement village for well-behaved Unicorns who have earned their all  their stripes and became zebras! You might ask:

“Why don’t zebras have horns?”

… This is because just as people have false teeth and lose their teeth, unicorns lose their horns. A benefit of this is to help disguise them in their old age, and is also why you wouldn’t know that the zebra you just saw is actually a unicorn on pension!

All of this has led us to a further discovery…

This discovery, that zebras are unicorns on retirement, leads us to believe we’ve cracked another mystery too…

Zebras are white with black stripes!

We also believe, then, that unicorns aren’t anorexic rhinos, but actually that rhinos are like the “black sheep” of the unicorn/zebra culture.

A lot to process, I know

But now you know the truth about unicorns, their identity and that they are actually young zebras… You’ve also just learnt that zebras are aged, well-behaved unicorns, as they have earned their stripes from doing good deeds while still a unicorn!

Tell your friends –> #ZebrasAreUnicornsOnRetirement

Always remember, give a jackass an education and you’ll have a smartass!

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