The temptation to stay in bed under the covers, scowling cynically at the world is strong today. Of that, there is little doubt. However, we’re powering through and sharing our own special brand of love in the office today – an epic kind of love.
The unofficial TLF Travel Alerts account has been entertaining it’s near 35,000 followers with the updates we all know the official TfL Travel Alerts account feels in its heart but can’t say aloud.
Today, in the only instance of Valentine’s I’ll allow on the blog today, a Seussian update for your morning London commute. Makes you wish all travel updates rhymed.
The Central line is red, The Victoria line is blue, Delays on both lines, As well as the Bakerloo.
— TLF Travel Alerts (@TlfTravelAlerts) February 14, 2014
We’ve all been there. Data limit is at full capacity, you’re about to leave your treasured WiFi connection at home – but you still need to use maps to find where you’re going. What to do? Screenshot? Maybe. But what if you need to zoom in? Or out? Multiple screenshots? That Wifi-Only iPad isn’t looking like such a great investment now, is it?
Enough with the madness, because Wired have shared a hidden feature of Google Maps that works on iOS and Android. The magic word isn’t “please” as our parents would have us believe, it is in face “OK Maps”. This phrase will save the portion of the map you’re currently viewing for offline browsing. Wired also make a good point in saying it’s ideal for getting acquainted with your holiday destination while on the plane or avoiding excessive data roaming charges while trying to get your bearings. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself.
Those with a phobia of balloons look away now. Turns out that balloon modelling goes beyond swords and sausage dogs and a consortium of balloon artists from around the world gathered in Rochester New York to prove just that.
Feast your eyes on The VERY Tall Tale of Jack and the Beanstalk – a 60-foot sculpture of 50,000 balloons telling the fairy tale in all its air-filled glory. I can hear the squeaking from here …
Amazon have set an ambitious 4-5 year goal for their drone deliveries – but it’s looking someone might beat them to the punch.
Officials in Dubai are already experimenting with the idea of delivering government documents and possibly medicines by drone, in the hopes of making it viable by next year.
So the race is on and it looks like Amazon is being left in the dust. Wired have the whole story on the Dubai Drones.
A word of warning, car fans may find the following video distressing. Sink holes are natural nasties the Internet has been quite taken with in recent years. This week 8 vintage Corvettes were swallowed up in Kentucky when a sink hole opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum.
In hindsight, building a museum of priceless vintage cars a mere 30 minute drove from the world’s largest underground cave network may not have been the greatest idea. May this security camera footage from that fateful night serve as a timely reminder.
The Olympics are providing us with some true Internet treasures, and it wouldn’t be an Epic Friday without a GIF. In just a few short frames we’ve got everything from a devastating domino effect to one lucky (read: smug) Olympian and an admirable attempt from a would-be winner to get across the line, whatever it takes.
The death of Flappy Bird has been well documented, that’s for sure. In a stroke of pure opportunistic genius, Sesame Street of all people have come up with their own solution. Flappy Bert. Original.
But – is this a good or a bad thing? Creator of the original Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, said he removed the game because of its addictive qualities, so is this spoof just going to be another way for people to get their Flappy fix, or will it be just enough to take the edge off? It’s up to you.