Feb 23, 2007

Top 14 Borat Transportation Vehicles

Remeber how Borat leaves his village? He's in a car (Dacia, Romanian brand) that's being pulled by a horse. Well, from the images uploaded by Romanians in a recent contest I took the ones that are worthy of being used by Borat in a sequel. The difference is that the images below are real, from Romania, so here is the top.

14. Horse driven half-car/half-carriage






13. Now push it Ah, push it - push it good Ah






12. Is that Borat's room mate?






11. Is the horse small or the car big?






10. This beats skateboard, is tireboard!






9. Again, one horsepower car.






8. Hmm, that's cupid's carriage.






7. Who says you cannot use hey instead of fuel?






6. Imagine that inside those boxes there are smaller boxes, and smaller, ...






5. Warning, this 60's model tops at 300Mph, is that left behind a Lamborghini?






4. I say the pig is comfortable, would Borat's wife be the same?






3. Clever design, bet 20 people fit in there.






2. Wodden cabin, during rain you just open an umbrella






1. And the winner is, well sort of a combination between an old Beetle (Romanian trabant) and a farm tractor.


Feb 20, 2007

Snowball 2007 - Free flash game of the week

Yet another time waster. This game is more simple, you control a snowball that's rolling down a sloap and you have to engulf smaller objects along the way to increase your size. However, you have to avoid crashing into trees and backyards or the game will finish. As a tip, try keeping the snowball to the left, as you see more of the screen and also if it's close to the margin there are less obstacles in there. You'll see that as the size grows the snowball is very tough to control.



Here you can play it: Snowball 2007.

Feb 14, 2007

Free typing test

So how fast you type? Actually, what would you consider a normal typing speed?
First of all, the typing speed is measured in words-per-minute (wpm). For a given text, the typing speed (wpm) is calculated like this:
  • first you divide the number of characters in the text to five (average word length), and you obtain the number of words in that text
  • after that, the number of words is divided by the time of the exercise (in seconds) - resulting words typed per second
  • lastly you multiply the words per second with 60 to obtain your wpm speed


A standard minimum typing speed is 40 words-per-minute. However, if you intend to go for a job as a secretary, a minimum speed of 60 words-per-minute might be needed. Now, about the typing test. There are a bunch of them out there, but I chose the one that gave me the highest typing speed result :). Jphantom is the author of this free typing test.
Once you click in the text area, you have to start typing the text that appears as fast as you can - once finished the typing speed will be displayed (ignore the Wow in front of the text, they show that to everybody):


Note that the accuracy matters too (meaning how many spelling mistakes you do). Anyway, if you're not satisfied by the result you can start improving your typing speed. Here are some tips:
  • Learn to type with 9 fingers. To do that, first position your forefingers on F (left hand) respectively J (right hand) - these keys also have small bars on them usually. Other fingers will have to be positioned to the left of that, respectively to the right. With the thumb you press the spacebar (this is why only 9 fingers, since one thumb will operate the space)
  • Learn to type without looking at your fingers. Will be difficult at first, but you'll get used to doing this if you want to type fast.
  • Practice typing a lot. Practice until you are satisfied with your speed. There are also lots of free typing tutor programs, just do a search on Google for that.

Feb 9, 2007

Rails of War - Free flash game

I'm starting a weekly posting for flash games, and this is the first of this series. In Rails of War you have a train that you have to guide through a war zone. You have the option to add weapons to it and shoot the enemies and the goal of each level is to deliver weapons and fuel to your troops. For this you have to go through certain checkpoints, collect bonuses and destroy enemies. See the screenshot below for more details:


Some keypoints regarding the game:

  • don't forget to check the minimap to see where you have to go

  • refuel and repair your war train (see the image above, just stop the train completelly in the hangars and you'll be prompted with a fuel/repair window)

  • you can add more wagons and weapons during the mission, so do that if you have the money and space

  • watch out for those buldozers, as they can destroy your train

  • if you finish playing those 10 levels you can also create your own map


Rails of War also has a paid version (the above one is free), but I'm not that big of a fan to pay for a flash game.

Feb 2, 2007

Google tests pink ads

Seems like Google is doing some color changes, as I've seen today that the first ad changed the background color to pink (from light blue). See these images:


[first google ad is pink - recent image]



[first google ad is light blue - old image]



So why doing this? Either they hired more girls or they're doing tests on click-through rates for different backgrounds.