Monday, March 17, 2014

Change of URL

Hobby Shobbys has been my favourite blog as hobbies were part of any child of my generation. I started off with collecting stamps and then many other hobbies like pen pals, photography, and until recently blogging became my favourite.

Hobby Shobbys thus embodies all possible hobbies people of all ages around the world over adopt for entertainment and pass time. Hobby Shobbys thus provided a platform to all those hobby lovers to come and share their hobbies and see how other are hobbying. 

In view of its popularity, I had sought a separate and exclusive website after starting from the Blogger's platform, which was its initial jumping pad. However due to some unavoidable technical hitches, I am taking the Hobby Shobbys back to the Blogger platform.

And from 25 March onward, the address of the Hobby Shobbys will miss its .com extension and will be replaced by extension. Thus the present URL of will stand amended as

Any inconvenience caused to my readers is highly regretted. I hope all lovers of Hobby Shobbys will continue to enjoy all posts of Hobby Shobbys under its changed URL.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Innovative 'Green Deal' Solution to Save on Your Energy Bills

The cost of electricity and other utility services like gas for heating and cooking is on the increase every day. Some household women lament the increasing costs that eat away almost a major chunk of the budget in payment of electricity and gas bills.

While some continue to lament, many are turning towards innovative and trending solutions to considerably reduce their energy bills by adopting modern means like insulation and glazing of their houses walls and roofs. Some are even going beyond for the solar energy to reduce the cost of their energy bills through conventional means. 

In fact we must catch the Green bus now to be energy efficient by relying on Green Deals offered by companies and add to a cleaner and safe environment.  You can step into programs that offer your entire Home Insulation - needless to mention that insulation is a step towards better and efficient energy management, aimed at drastically reducing in your energy bills. 

You should also know that the previously offered and much adopted Solar Grants are now being changed with Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI) from this spring. The RHI scheme is based on installation of a renewable heating system that includes solar water heating panels, thus reducing your reliance on conventional gas and providing you warm water in winters for free.

Although the insulation of walls and roofs and warming of water through solar panels have their initial costs, but in the longer run these would become totally free. It is time now to turn your house into a Green and energy efficient house by entering into Green Deal with companies that have an innovative approach towards energy management. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Download Titanfall Beta For Free

When something comes free, one is sure to download it whether needed or not - but for lovers of Titanfall this should sound perfect  and they may instantly do so. And with lot of of next generation games currently available for both the PS4 and Xbox One, anything new is always well received.

Well it is true then and gamers and fans of Titanfall are lucky that they have an opportunity to download their favourite game Titanfall Beta for free without needing any invite code.

Needless to say that Titanfall is the most liked game and its beta version has been making headlines.

How to download Titanfall Beta on Xbox One? Just follow the following guidelines and you will have the beta version of Titanfall for free - really!!

In order to download the Titanfall beta on Xbox One, simply select “Join the Titanfall Beta" option found on the Xbox One home screen, as can also been seen in the screenshot above, courtesy of Microsoft’s Major Nelson.


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Secret of Big Mac Sauce Recipe Revelaed

It has been a while that we at Hobby Shobbys shared something juicy and yummy for those who love food and even go beyond that by cooking things themselves.  And if you are a Big Mac lover, you would be wanting to know the secret of the sauce that makes the Big Mac juicy, tasty and tempting.

I just came across the recipe of the sauce  and thought must share with my readers and foodies who would love to have this and make to make a Big Mac right in their kitchen.

So here is the secret finally being revealed. Bookmark this page for you will be tempted to make this sauce again and again:

Do let us know if you tried and found it exactly as it served at MacDonald.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Netflix to début the sixth and final unaired season of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' on March 7

Good news for gamers - specially the lovers and fans of Star Wars and Netflix games!!

It has been reported that Netflix  streaming service will exclusively début the sixth and final unaired season of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' on March 7, reports Mashable.

It may be added that the first five seasons of the Emmy-winning CGI animated television series aired on Cartoon Network starting in 2008.

Netflix will do so after a licensing agreement with Lucasfilm, Disney/ABC Television Group and The Galactic Republic to offer the 13-episode season six, all previous seasons with directors cut episodes as well as a related feature film to subscribers in United States and Canada.

Netflix describes the Star Wars saga in season six — "The Lost Missions" — as such:
In these eagerly anticipated episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, some of the deepest mysteries of the conflict between the light and the dark sides of the Force are revealed. An intrepid clone trooper discovers a shocking secret, Anakin Skywalker’s closest relationship is tested to its limits and what Master Yoda discovers while investigating the disappearance of a Jedi could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy.
Read more about it at Mashable

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Flappy Bird 'Flies Nomore' - the popular game taken off from App Store

Sad and bad news for those who love enjoying games on their smartphones - specially the Flappy Bird lovers !!

The much popular App sensation Flappy Bird has been removed from the App Store after its creator said he hates it for ruining his 'simple life.'

For now, the game, one of the most popular free mobile games on the Apple Inc App Store and Google Inc's Android Play store, is no longer available to download for either Apple or Google users. However, fans still can have fun with the bird if they already downloaded the game to their devices.

The decision came from Nguyen Ha Dong, a Hanoi-based game developer, who announced the grounding of the addictive game in a Tweet at 1900 GMT on Saturday in which he also apologized to Flappy Bird players.

"Twenty-two hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down," Dong said, adding "it is not anything related to legal issues.

His Tweet attracted more than 136,000 Retweets as of 0430 GMT on Monday.

The game, which involves tapping your device's screen to propel a small bird through a series of strategically placed pipes, has been a huge success in recent months.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Pocket-Sized Spy Drone that can 'Follow' Someone for You

Tiny Drone that can 'follow' for you

Drones are deadly things flying in the air - these have resulted in the killings of thousands of innocent civilians at the cost of a few generally low to medium profile terrorists. Despite the concern of collateral damage, these continue to fly unabated and kill humans.

But there are some drones that can become fun for hobbyists - these range from very small to any size imaginable. Generally these toy cum spy drones are used for fun sakes unless someone has ulterior motives.

Today, I came across a pocket-sized helicopter like drone that can send back live video coverage of the area it is flying on.

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The drone, costing mere $450, is so small that it can fit into a handbag, yet can give anyone the ability to spy from the air and it can automatically follow someone for you.

The Pocket Drone is piloted with a standard radio control unit, on a tablet with virtual sticks or by pre-defined GPS way-points. A flyer can simply drag a route for it in Google Maps, and the drone will automatically follow it.

You can also record, save and share, or download flight plans.
It even has a 'Follow Me' mode that enables the drone to follow the tablet or phone wherever it goes.

Don't believe it? See the video below:

Source (Read more details)

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Top mind-blowing cinemagraph gifs

Many of us have been taking photos for long. Although the still photos we take are part of our memory and remind us of the days with near and dear ones or at place we may never visit again, these are kind of lifeless for obvious reasons.

But now technology and advancement in field of photography and camera making allow us to take photos in gif format wherein we can have a portion of the photos showing motion - like a TV running in the background or fire in the fire place.

But even before that, there have been photographers and innovators, who have been adding life to still photos - combing cinemagraph and gif effect to add life to the photos.

Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg are among a few who has ventured into cinemagraph gifs and created some very stunning and eye catching effects. Here in under are some of Beck's artwork - see these and you will be simply dazed and amazed:

Here are some more to the amazing cinemagraph GIFs above:

Which one of the above you think is the most innovative and eye catching?

But wait - there are many more given at the link below:
Source: Cinemagraph GIFs from r/CinemaGraphsHongkiat, and Trip Wire Magazine

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

My Photography 2014

Sunset 4 January 2014 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Camera

The year 2014 has set in a almost a week ago. What lies in it for the remaining 51 weeks, only God knows. But for those with passion of photography, whether amateurs or professionals, each day has lot of things to observe and preserve the moments for life.

I being a novice but with a passion am always on the look out for a moment to catch - though usually it is the sun set that I am able to catch as the one above. 

I will try to catch more moments of the year and keep adding - hopefully using my Nikon Coolpix L820 instead of my cellphone - but most of the time I do not have camera by my side when my Galaxy S4 comes handy.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Top 10 Spy Gadgets that real James Bonds used in the 60s

When we watch James Bonds' movies, we are awe stricken with the secret gadgets used by the character in beating back his Russian counterparts. But we many not be surprised to know that many spy gadgets used by actual James Bonds of the secret services of Russia, USA like the KGB and CIA and other countries use almost similar gadgets which are perfectly disguised to deceive the opponents.

The technology has changed manifold, but view the following amazing gadgets with the kind of early technology of the 60s - in fact it is less to do with the technology and more to do with the innovative minds of those unknown inventors who made James Bonds' mission possible.

1. Umbrella that shot poisoned darts
2. A miniature cyanide gun
3. A transmitter hidden in the heel of a shoe
 4. CIA tool kit was designed to be concealed anally by agents in the 60s
 5. 4.5mm Gun, mounted in the chuck of lipstick by the KGB

And that is not all - here some more innovative and awe-stricken spy gadgets:
6.  A camera disguised as a watch, from the German Secret Service
 7. A system for listening radar and air defense systems discovered by KGB agents
 8. A CIA bomb disguised as a rock (the other box contains camouflage paint for the bomb)
 9. A bomb disguised as a flask
10. A concealed gun that could be hidden inside a glove 
Well these are some of the amazingly crafted spy devices of the 60s. You may watch some more given here !!

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Postage Stamps of Pakistan 2013

The year 2013 was a stamps heavy year for the Pakistan Post which issued a number of commemorative stamp - specially paying a tribute to the men / women of letter who have had a profound impact on the development of Urdu literature in Pakistan.

The details of the stamps as per the date of issue is as under:
1. The first stamp of the year was issued on 2 March on the eve of death anniversary of famous Urdu language poet Syed Nasir Raza Kazmi. The Rs. 15 valued stamp carried the portrait of the poet in an oval frame in dominating green colour.
2. The second stamp of the year also pertained to the series of Men of Letters and issued on 23 March in respect of famous Urdu language writer Qudrat Ullah Shahab. He was an eminent Urdu writer and civil servant from Pakistan and is famous for his autobiography 'Shahab Nama.' This Rs. 15 valued stamp carried the portrait of the writer in an oval frame in dominating crimson colour.
3. The third stamp of the year was issued on 23 March in the honour of much less known man for his background - Allama Muhammad Asad. It would be unfair not to introduce the Allama and his long back ground and his contributions to literature and Islam.
Muhammad Asad was born Leopold Weiss on 2 July 1900 and was an Austro-Hungarian born journalist, traveller, writer, linguist, thinker, political theorist, diplomat and Islamic scholar. After travelling across the Arab World as a journalist, he converted to Islam and chose for himself the Muslim name "Muhammad Asad"—Asad being the Arabic rendition of his root name Leo (Lion).
During his stay in Saudi Arabia, he spent time with Bedouins and enjoyed close company of Ibn Saud—the founder of modern Saudi Arabia. He also carried out a secret mission for Ibn Saud to trace the sources of funding for Ikhwan Revolt. Due to these activities, he was dubbed in a Haaretz articles as "Leopold of Arabia"—hinting similarity of his activities to those of Lawrence of Arabia.
On his visit to India, Asad became friends with Muslim poet-philosopher Muhammad Iqbal who persuaded him to abandon his eastward travels and "help elucidate the intellectual premises of the future Islamic state". On 14th August 1947, Asad got Pakistani citizenship and later served at several bureaucratic and diplomatic positions including the Director of Department of Islamic Reconstruction, Deputy Secretary (Middle East Division) in the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan and Pakistan's Envoy to the United Nations.
In the West, Asad rose to prominence as a writer with his best-selling autobiography, The Road to Mecca. Later, after seventeen years of scholarly research, he published his magnum opus: The Message of the Qur'an—an English translation and commentary of the Quran. The book, along with the translations of Pickthall and Yusuf Ali, is regarded as one of the most influential translations of the modern era
In 2008, the entrance square to the UN Office in Vienna was named Muhammad Asad Platz in commemoration of his work as a "religious bridge-builder". Asad has been described by his biographers as "Europe's gift to Islam" and "A Mediator between Islam and the West"  
Read more about Allama Muhammad Asad at Wikipedia
4. The fourth stamp of the year of Rs. 15 face value was issued on the eve of the centenary celebrations of the Kinnaird College for Women. The girls exclusive college located  in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan was founded by American missionaries under the British Raj, the school turned college is now a semi-government institute recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and is one of the oldest institution for the education of girls in the region.
5. The fifth stamp of the year of Rs. 15 face value was issued on 21 April on the eve of the 75th death anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal - the national poet of Pakistan, a philosopher, social reformer and a politician instrumental in dreaming for a separated Muslim country to be carved out of the British India. A dream which came true but about a decade later than his death in 1938.
6. Continuing with the series of Men of Letter,  the sixth stamp of the year of Rs. 15 face value was issued on 27 April to commemorate the life of sufi saint Sufi Barkat Ali.
7. On the eve of the inauguration of Army Museum at Rawalpindi, Pakistan on 30 April a Rs. 15 valued commemorative stamp was issued showing the Army Museum building in the background and a life sized bronze statue of Subedar Khuda Dad Khan who became the first South Asian as a 26 years old sepoy to be awarded the Victoria Cross during the WW-I for an act of gallantry on 31 October 1914, at Hollebeke, Belgium.
8. A set of three stamps to honour the recipients of Nishan-e-Haider and Hilal-i-Kashmir was issued by Pakistan post on 30 April 2013, each with a face value of Rs.8. The stamps showed the portraits of the recipients along with their dates of birth and martyrdom. The stamps on the sides are Havildar Lalak Jan (left) and captain Kernal Sher Khan (right) who were awarded the highest military honour of Pakistan - the Nishan-e-Haider. The stamp in the centre shows portrait of Nail Saif Ullah Janjua who was awarded with the Hilal-i-Kashmir for his bravery during the Kashmir War of 1948.
9. A Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued on 11 May 2013 on the eve of general elections after a successful tenure of five years by an elected government.
10. A Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan Post on 24 May 2013 as part of the Pioneers of Freedom series in the honour of  Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan Abbasi V, GCSI, GCIE, KCVO, LLD, Nishan-e-Quaid-e-Azam, who was the Nawab, and later Amir, of Bahawalpur State from 1907 to 1966 and played an important role in supporting the creation of Pakistan.

The Nawab was born 29 September 1904, in the famous Derawar Fort and died 24 May 1966, in London. His death, ended his  59 years as Nawab and Ameer of Bahawalpur; his body was brought back to Bahawalpur and was buried in his family's ancestral graveyard at Derawer Fort. His eldest son Haji Muhammad Abbas Khan Abbasi Bahadur succeeded to his father's title of Nawab of Bahawalpur, but with no administrative power. His grandson Nawab Salah-ud-din Ahmed Abbasi currently holds the title of Nawab.
11. The eleventh stamp of the year waa part of the Men Letters series - honouring Syed Zamir Jafri, a hallmark in the development of Urdu language literature in Pakistan. The Rs 8 commemorative stamp bearing portrait of Syed Zamir Jafri was issued by Pakistan Post on 29 May 2013.
12. The twelfth stamp of the year was issued on the 100 Years of famous Islamia College of Peshawar. Islamia College is a renowned educational institution located in the city of Peshawar in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It was founded in October 1913 by regional leader Nawab Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum and then Chief Commissioner of the province Sir George Roos-Keppel in an effort to provide quality education to the region's youth. The college has now been converted into a university. The Rs 8 commemorative stamp issued on 30 May 2013 shows the building of the Islamia College.

13. The thirteenth stamp was also part of the Men of Letters series - this time honouring Shafiq-ur-Rahman, a Pakistani humorist and a short-story writer of Urdu language. He was one of the most illustrious writers of the Urdu speaking world. Like western Mark Twain and Stephen Leacock, he has given enduring pleasure to his readers. He was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz for his military and civilian services after his death.

The Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan Post on 6 June 2013 was to honour the great service rendered by Shafiq-ur-Rehman for the Urdu literature.

14. The fourteenth stamp of the year was also part of the Men Letter series - this time honouring Mumtaz Mufti, a prominent name in the development of Urdu language literature in Pakistan. In the beginning of his literary career, he was had a non-conformist approach towards his literary work. However, later impressed by Qudrat Ullah Shahab, he changed over to Sufism. The two phases of his life are witnessed by his autobiographies, Ali Pur Ka Aeeli and Alakh Nagri. Ali Pur Ka Aeeli is an account of a lover who challenged the social taboos of his times, and Alakh Nagri is an account of an acolyte who greatly influenced by the mysticism of Qudrat Ullah Shahab.

The Rs 8 commemorative stamp bearing portrait of Mumtaz Mufti was issued by Pakistan Post on 12 June 2013.
15. The fifteenth stamp of the year was also part of the Men of Letters series. Whenever Urdu literature is talked of, the name of Ashfaq Ahmed is never missing. This Rs 8 commemorative stamp issued by Pakistan Post on 12 June 2013 is to honour the great services rendered by Ashfaq Ahmed for giving a new dimension to the Urdu literature.
16. Like Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Ibne-e-Insha too is a humorist travelogue writer, columnist and leftist Urdu poet.. A Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan Post on 15 June 2013 to commemorate the services rendered by Insha for the development of Urdu literature in Pakistan.
17. On the 60th year of creation of All Pakistan News Papers Society (APNS) a Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan Post on 20 June  2013.
18. A Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan Post on 30 July 2013 in the honour of Pir Meher Ali Shah, who was a Sufi scholar, and known to his followers as a saint, and revered as the Pir of Golra Sharif..
19. A Rs 108 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan Post on 3 September 2013 on the eve of the launching ceremony of PNS Aslaf of Pakistan - the first indigenously built F-22P frigate.
20. Noor Jahan was a legendary singer and actress in British India and Pakistan. She was renowned as one of the greatest and most influential singers of her time in South Asia and was given the honorific title of Malika-e-Tarannum - the queen of melody. For her illustrious career spread over decades she is sometimes also referred to the like of Ume-e-Kulsoom of Egypt.

A Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan post on 21 September 2013 to honour Noor Jahan's services to the music.
21. Jon Elia was a notable Pakistani Urdu-language poet, philosopher, biographer, and scholar. He acquired knowledge of philosophy, logic, Islamic history, the Muslim Sufi tradition, Muslim religious sciences, Western literature, and Kabbala. His synthesis of this knowledge into his poetry differentiates him from his modern contemporaries.

A Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan post on 9 November 2013 in his honour as part of the Men of Letter series.
22. A Rs 25 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan Post on 11 May 2013 on the eve of Two Decades of Extended Cooperation Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).
23. Pakistan Post issued a commemorative postage stamp of Rs 10 denomination in the ‘Poets of Pakistan’ series, in tribute of legendary poetess Perveen Shakir, on 26 December - the 19th death anniversary of this versatile accomplished poet. Her first and the most popular book, “Khushboo” (Fragrance) was published in 1976. Later, Shakir, who was also a civil servant, published four more books. She also published a collection of her poetry by the title “Mah-e Tammam” (The Full Moon).

Perveen Shakir died in a car accident in Islamabad in 1994, aged 42.
24. The last postage stamp of the year 2013 by Pakistan Post was issued on 28 December on the eve of 150 Years of Faithful Service Pakistan Bible Society. 

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