June 26, 2016 in Editorial
Spoilers for Season 6 of Game of Thrones.
We never thought that a character could be quite so unlovable as Joffrey; but then along came Ramsay, with his torturing, twisted sense of humour, and dubious family dynamics. To the modern viewer Ramsay is the epitome of the worst of medieval times. But what would a medieval Englishman have thought?
If you had to list reasons to hate Ramsay, then reason #1 is that Ramsay tortures people. His house’s banner is the flayed man, and where Ramsay goes suffe Read the rest of this entry →
April 22, 2016 in Editorial
Like many pets, Daenerys’ dragons looked really cute when they were young, sitting on Khaleesi’s shoulder and immolating slavemasters. But the dragons have grown up; in fact this season Drogon is rumoured to be 80 feet in length. Which got us thinking, how much would it cost to feed that thing?
As in, assuming you don’t want to just feed it shepherds’ kids. Read the rest of this entry →
December 16, 2015 in Daily Bulletin, Editorial
From Leia’s gold bikini to Stormtrooper gear, Star Wars has had some fairly iconic costumes. None more so than Darth Vader’s. How much would it cost to truly take on the Sith Lord’s mantle? Centives decided to find out.
Let’s start with the base suit. The cockpits of imperial space fighters d Read the rest of this entry →
March 23, 2015 in Editorial
This week is the Walking Dead finale, which means that a whole load of people are reviewing their zombie defense plans. We tried to make ours a little simpler, by saying that instead of buying things now (e.g. silencers, which look a little suspicious) we could just trade for them with other survivors when the dead are walking. But this got us wondering; how does pricing work in the apocalypse? Read the rest of this entry →
December 14, 2014 in Editorial
Peter Jackson has received a fair amount of criticism for stretching the 333 page The Hobbit into a trilogy of three hour movies. Which got Centives wondering: how long are other movies compared to the books they’re based on? And how does the amount of time spent per page affect the rating of the movie?
We took a look at books that have been turned into major mov Read the rest of this entry →
July 4, 2014 in Editorial
We decided to commemorate America’s Independence Day by watching Independence Day a movie where President Thomas J. Whitmore leads an squadron of fighter jets against an alien attack. Which got us wondering – what does Hollywood think a President should look like? We went throug Read the rest of this entry →
June 23, 2014 in Editorial
Dragons are cool, but you’d probably prefer their diet was something other than 3 year olds. While sheep make for a good substitute, the question is how many would you need? Well, the easiest way to calculate food requirements is to scale up a komodo dragon to fiery dragon size. A komodo dragon (10 foot long) requires about 816 kg of food per year, which is around 18 sheep. Read the rest of this entry →
March 23, 2014 in Editorial
“As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler or Nazi’s approaches 1”
One of the surest ways to show that someone is bad is to liken them to a Nazi, thus ensuring that everyone listening knows that they gas minority groups and are definitely The Bad Guy. It’s also cheap, overdone and makes the offender look about as broad minded as the Naz- erm…the…uh… Read the rest of this entry →
December 23, 2013 in Editorial
Everyone knows Father Christmas is magical and can travel at impossible speeds with lots of presents on board… but what if his magic stopped there and he had to have all his gifts made the old fashioned way? How much would it cost to ‘run’ the North Pole?
We’ve assumed that Father Christmas would deliver to every child in the world. Also, he would presumably give presents of equal value to each kid regardless of nationality…but not, of course, regardless of behaviour. Assuming an even distribution of ‘goodness’, and that the best kids get an American style Christmas while the worst kids get coal, then we can estim Read the rest of this entry →
July 10, 2013 in Editorial
It’s a Thursday morning, about 10am. Richard has just made another comment about your clothes. Mary ‘didn’t have time’ to type up the report. And the boss made comments suggesting overtime is inevitable.
The little voices start talking about lighters, crowbars and an alternative use for a stapler.
Only you don’t go through with any of it. Because for most people, most of the time, there is too much to lose by going evil. And so after careful consideration, you decide that defaulting on the mortgage isn’t worth the satisfaction of putting naughty pictures on the CEO’s PowerPoint.
If the good guys don’t go bad because it costs too much, presumably the bad guys don’t go good because it costs too much. What we’re asking today is, what exactly would bad guys hav Read the rest of this entry →