Snippets: 11 May 2013

America’s self inflicted wounds, consumer toxin poisoning, WoW’s gradual decline

Snippets: 11 May 2013
Snippets: 11 May 2013

Drone attacks are not just easy methods of taking out targets, it is also an easy way to create hate and animosity to those wielding it. Developed countries are going through an invisible phase of industrial poisoning. The source is from everyday items and materials you have come to know and love. World of Warcraft (WoW) is on a gradual decline but will continue to rake in record amounts of gaming cash. Landlines are great because they provide an independent source of power. Tap that up now. Lastly, watch how things come apart in a set of wonderfully taken photographs.


#1: America’s Self Inflicted Wounds

Drone attacks are easy but they are harming America. Farea Al-muslimi is a Yemeni born American. He loves his adopted country but finds his heart wrenched as drone attacks devastates his village. He explains to the Senate Committee how America is breeding hate and anger in areas that are neutral or even pro-American. This is an iconic 5 minute heartfelt testimony that will hopefully move lawmakers to take more responsible action. [via YouTube]


#2: Consumer Toxin Poisoning

A hidden epidemic is poisoning America and may be very well present in most developed countries. The toxins are in the air we breathe and the water we drink, in the walls of our homes and the furniture within them. We cannot escape it in our cars. It is in cities and suburbs. It afflicts rich and poor, young and old. And there’s a reason why you have never read about it in the newspaper or seen a report on the nightly news: it has no name – and no antidote. [via Aljazeera]


#3: Gradual Decline of WoW

Activision Blizzard has warned that its cash cow – World of Warcraft is on a gradual decline. Warcraft has been around for nine long years and has enjoyed a steady subscription of more than 10 million players. However, the game is starting to get tired and subcription figures have dipped to 8 million. While this is certainly the sound of a distant death gong, WoW at its decline remains the best performing MMORPG and Activision Blizzard will continue to earn millions in its twilight. [via BBC]


#4: Get Emergency Power from your Phone Lines

Wonder why landline telephones are still powered in a black out? This is because landlines supply power independently. Take advantage of this feature by building a converter that can draw power from these landlines to charge more relevant devices such as your handphones. This is a tip that could save lives in advent of a disaster considering we will be running around with our cellphones instead of being tethered to a landline. [via Lifehacker]


#5: Art – Things Come Apart

If you like disassembling things to find out how things fit and work together, this set of photographs will satiate some of that curiosity. Things Come Apart is an expansion of the original Disassembly Series. This new set of images explores retro to modern daily items that have, are, or will be in our everyday lives. It is wonderfully captured and is definitely worth your time. [via Todd Mclellan]