Author: Shaine

In today’s modern society, with the rise of digital media platforms, increased news cycles and fast paced media consumption, we are now more exposed to media than at any point in our history. A recent report from the Reuters Institute (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 2016) concludes that just over half of the respondents surveyed now use social media as their primary source for news. Given this rise of unpaid news access, one might expect media outlets to publish the more dramatic or flamboyant aspects of news. Which leads us to question, is the nature of crime in our society accurately presented in the media? This essay will begin by looking at the influence media has on our lives. It will then cover the nature of modern media reporting on crime statistics, and outline why different crimes receive various levels of coverage. Within the examination and discussion of the question ‘Is the nature of crime in our society accurately presented in the media?’ academic research will be used to explore media bias for dramatic crimes, and how this uneven portrayal impacts society’s understanding of crime.

A View From The Top

Missed a step? Catch up on part I, part II, or part III.

Welcome to part IV of my custom Thunderhawk Gunship project. When I cut the roof pieces together, I used a Citadel Razor Saw, which didn't work.  The blade was too flimsy and it just refused to cut in a straight line, no matter what precautions I took. They've since updated their tools and replaced it with a 'Citadel Saw'. I haven't used this yet, but it couldn't possibly be worse than the Razor Saw. At any extent, the cutting job accentuated the gaps between the joins of the frame. More green stuffing would be needed to fill the holes. You can see in the image below how the ends don't match up straight between the two pieces, and how the side of the framework is warped out a tad. Clearly, there's still a lot to of minor patching work needed to complete the frame. 

Drowning in a Sea of Bitz

Missed a step? Catch up on part I, or part II.

Part III begins with an update on green stuffing the framework - the major focus at this point. I've mixed up a darker batch and started to build up the layers until it's 'even' with the existing frame. Before painting the excess putty will be sanded and filed down to make a smoother base for the paint, and improve the overall cohesive look. You can see in the image below how this is progressing, in total there's probably 3-4 separate layers. Allowing each layer to mostly set before adding the next and building it up to the roof has been a tedious and time consuming process. You can also see that while one side is making great progress, the other side is a whole other story.

Not Quite A Stormbird, More Than A Stormraven

Missed part I? Read it here

Part I of my Custom Thunderhawk Gunship project finished with the basis of the hull being completed. And what looked like the capability to lift itself off the ground, which was an important alteration in my custom build over the Forgeworld version. But while i'm happy with some parts of the new hull, other parts not so much. Due to the heavy cutting and alterations on the two separate Stormraven Gunship frames, the joins are very flimsy and easily slipped apart. I was worried that this might allow for too much bending in the final model. But alas, the butchering had already been done, so I decided to rely heavily on Green Stuff for the structural integrity I wanted. You can see this in the image below where I've began to fill in the missing framework.


The Australian Government’s Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report (AIHW, 2015) includes data from over 1,000 prison entrants from all states and territories across the country. It states 49% of the prisoners surveyed reported that they have or have been told by a qualified medical professional that they are suffering from a mental health disorder. This leads one to question, are people with mental health problems at an increased risk of violent offending? This essay will begin by looking at what constitutes a mental health problem and how these problems are categorized by different regions. It will then explore the relationship between violent offending and certain types of mental health problems from biological, behavioural, and psychological disorders. Within the examination and discussion of the question ‘Are people with mental health problems at increased risk of violent offending?’ empirical research will be used to explore what links exist between these specific mental health problem areas and violent offences being carried out. It is intended that this essay will support and clarify the link between certain types of mental health problems and the increased risk the sufferers of the problems pose to the community through heightened rates of violent offending.

In the Beginning the Emperor...

I started this project because as soon as I read about the famed gunship of the Adeptus Astartes, I knew that I wanted one. The price tag associated with buying one from Forgeworld however, is another story. Especially once you read about the mould issues, and how much additional work needs to be put in. Being no stranger to modelling, I decided to build my own. The obvious goal of this project was to have a model that resembled a Thunderhawk Gunship, but I also wanted to fix some things with the original design that began to bug me over the years.

This is a minor essay written for University of Pennsylvania's course 'Revolutionary Ideas: Utility, Justice, Equality, Freedom' on the Harm Principle

One answer to the question of why we should have a State, comes from John Stuart Mill, that the state improves human welfare by preventing us from harming each other, also known as the Harm Principle. This means that the state needs to prevent us from harming and fighting with each other, which it can do so through the implementation of laws and processes to enforce these laws. The State then allows for peaceful and productive relations to emerge and therefore creates a basic condition for peaceful coexistence.

Below is an excerpt from an internal paper I wrote in 2013 for N3V Games

How the iOS App Charts Work

The Apple iOS App Charts rankings are influenced by the following factors:

  • Rolling Download Count per 24 Hours
  • Download Figures for the Previous 72 Hours
  • Daily Active Users
  • Amount of Reviews
  • Volume of Ratings / Average Rating Score

Through a combination of these values, apps are ranked against each other overall, and on their genre specific stores. Knowing how this ranking system works, it is possible to put yourself ahead of the majority of apps available by implementing a few key measures that specifically aim to improve your numbers in the 4 major ranking areas which will increase your performance on the mobile app charts.