# Monday, April 16, 2007

I came across this article showing a variety of server down pages from some of the more well known companies. I quite like the following example from YouTube although the others are well worth a look too.

posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 8:58:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I came across this interesting website thegreatturtlerace.com. It charts the progress of 11 turtles, each of which has been fitted with a transmitter on their journey from Costa Rica to the Galapagos Islands. Every day the site shows how far the turtles have travelled and which turtle is in the lead. The aim of the project is too raise awareness about how few of these turtles there are left in the wild.

posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 2:41:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I read this interesting article on The Daily Mail website. A British amateur inventor working in his garden has invented a flying saucer. The contraption is actually a cross between a helicopter and a hovercraft and although it is not large enough to carry people, it has already been brought by the US army who are considering adapting it to be used as a search and rescue device.

posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 10:35:36 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, April 15, 2007

I found this article about a solar powered bikini. Apparently it provides enough energy to charge your mobile phone, ipod and camera and even comes with a USB drinks cooler. How Bizarre.

posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 2:12:53 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

I found this interesting collection of cloud photos. It’s hard to tell whether they are all genuine. Still genuine or Photoshopped it’s a nice collection of photos.

posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 12:01:46 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, April 14, 2007

I constantly come across articles about creatures I never knew existed. These cow nosed rays live at Scarborough Sea Life centre. Apparently they create so much waste that their tank needs to mucked out on a daily basis. A bit messier than your average fish.

posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 12:49:11 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Do you have problems using chopsticks? Then you need the chork. Basically it’s a meant to be a cross between a pair of chopsticks and a fork. Personally I can’t see why its hailed as a new idea, its really a large pair of tweezers.

 

posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 12:42:13 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, April 13, 2007

I saw this article on The Independents website about packaging on food. The article suggests that consumers are annoyed about the amount of packaging used by supermarkets and that if the supermarkets were to cut down on packaging it would increase customer loyalty and satisfaction. Personally I find excess packaging really irritating. Everything you buy in the supermarket seems to include plastic wrapping and as there is no way of recycling this, it all goes straight in the bin. We remove from our waste all the items to be recycled and all the waste that can be composted. The remaining waste is made up almost entirely of plastic packaging from the Supermarket.

posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 1:46:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

An interesting article on Quasi Fictional about the word "geek". The article looks at the origins of the word and asks why we use the term "geek girl" but not "geek boy". On reading the article I have concluded that sadly I must be a geek.

posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 1:32:51 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

An illustrated guide to shopping trolleys has won the booker international prize for oddest title of the year. Unfortunately the guide currently only covers trolleys in North America, so won’t be much help to those keen trolley spotters out there. Perhaps someone will release a UK version soon.

posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 1:13:16 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

An illegal beaver has finally been apprehended in Perthshire. He was tracked down after trees began disappearing in the nearby area. It is not known whether there are more beavers still on the loose.

posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 11:06:10 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Driving a lorry can be tricky at the best of times but driving a lorry whilst three times over the legal alcohol limit and cooking sausages, well that’s a challenge. One German lorry driver did just that and managed to set fire to his lorry when the gas hob he was using fell over. 

posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 10:40:45 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Have you ever wondered what a Tyrannosaurus Rex would taste like? Well the chance is it would taste like chicken. Scientific analysis of a fossilised T Rex thigh bone showed that it was very similar to chicken protein suggesting a T Rex would have a similar taste. That’s a whole lot of meat.

posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 10:35:32 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, April 12, 2007

Want to make a shiny ball out of mud? Well now you can, a Professor has come up with a way to make the perfect shiny mud ball such as the one below. It involves a long process of packing the mud into a ball shape and polishing it for several hours. You can see the full instructions here and before long you too could have a mud ball of your own.

posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 5:02:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Orangutans at a zoo in Atlanta have a touch screen monitor on which they can draw pictures and play games. The games are part of a study to see how they process information and could help scientists to better understand them, so they can do more to conserve the dwindling numbers of orangutans left in the wild.

posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 4:55:11 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Pierrepoint the cat had a lucky escape after she crept into a vans engine. She was spotted after the van had travelled 15 miles and although she was suffering from shock had no other injuries.

posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 10:00:06 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I found this humorous article entitled 8 important lessons learnt from 80's cartoons. It includes such gems as "communism works" learnt from The Smurfs and "trust no one" as we all learnt from watching Scooby Doo.

posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 3:33:34 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Pippa the cockatoo has been trying to hatch a bowl of Cadbury's cream eggs. After two weeks there is still no sign of any chicks.

posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 11:18:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, April 10, 2007

This underwater restaurant is in the Maldives. I'm not sure why it makes me think of Jaws, something to do with all that glass maybe.

posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 4:44:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

Why put penguins on a treadmill? To monitor their heart rate of course. As part of an experiment to see how much energy penguins use to find food a group of scientists first monitored ten penguins progress on a treadmill, so that their heart rates could be calculated. The penguins were then released complete with monitors so they could be studied in the wild. I feel sorry for the penguins, they don't look very happy.

posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 11:56:45 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

How many Post-It Notes does it take to recreate a scene from Donkey Kong? 6400 apparently as these students found out.

posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 11:47:09 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

An interesting article here about why George Bush is actually a genius. Among the reasons are that he has contributed more new words to the English language then anyone since William Shakespeare. We really shouldn't "misunderestimate" him.

posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 11:41:30 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I came across this interesting article where a guy tries using Wii Sports as part of a fitness programme. After 6 weeks of using the Wii as his only form of exercise he has now managed to lose 16 pounds. This seems like a good excuse to play more computer games.

posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 11:35:11 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, April 09, 2007

I found this article on The Daily Mail website about a cat that has learnt how to use a bus. The cat waits for the 331 bus a couple of times a week and uses it to travel to the next stop before jumping off. Very Cute.

As yet no one knows the cats name. He looks a lot like my cat Ollie.

posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 4:06:59 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

We all know that science is really useful; after all without science so many important things would never have been discovered. With this in mind a group of innovative scientists have spent more than 1,000 hours researching how to create the perfect bacon butty. After trying out different types of oil, various cooking techniques and different cuts of bacon the scientists discovered that the bacon should be cooked under a preheated grill for seven minutes at 240C and should then be placed between two slices of bread each of which should be 1 to 2cm thick. Well it’s good to know that in a world that still hasn’t discovered the cure for so many life threatening diseases we can at least enjoy the perfect bacon sandwich.

posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 1:55:16 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Want to turn your Wii Remote into a gun? You need the Wii Sharp Shooter. Basically it’s a device that connects your Wii Remote and Nunchuck to make them into a gun. I don’t have one of these for my Wii yet but it certainly looks really cool.

posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 12:42:12 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I found this funny post listing 27 things computers are able to do in movies. My favourite is “All computers are connected. You can access the information on a villain’s desktop computer even if it’s turned off."

posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 12:18:43 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback