# Friday, 11 March 2011


This is one of the first pictures of an elusive Sunda clouded leopard. The cat was only discovered four years ago but up to now has proved difficult to photograph. The leopard is unusual because it has adapted to living in tree tops. It uses its long tail to balance on branches and its claws to climb tall trees.

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# Thursday, 10 March 2011

This is an interesting idea it’s the smell of the countryside in a tin. Designed for country people who have moved to the city the product “Countryside air to go” has become quite popular. The air is sucked out of an ageing wooden stable filled with gas producing cattle and packaged in a can. The can costs £5 and can be ordered from www.stallduft.de if you want one.

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# Wednesday, 09 March 2011

If you are constantly stopping your cat from clawing your furniture then you may not be surprised to find pets are responsible for around £690 of damage per year. That’s according to confused.com who say pets are responsible for some £3.3bn of damage in the UK every year. Many pet owners do no know whether their home insurance policy covers them for pet damage although a third of people would add this option if it were available on their insurance. According to the article none of the major insurance providers cover accidental damage caused by pets although some feel that there should be insurance tailor made for pet owners. We have got used to protecting our nice sofa with throws to prevent them being scratched and finding strong household cleaners for cat sick stain on the carpet. I don’t think, however, that I would expect my household insurance to cover any damage my cats create. After all, it is my choice to have pets so if they destroy my house I guess it’s my own fault.

posted on Wednesday, 09 March 2011 15:24:10 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 08 March 2011

This is an interesting idea. Called Photo in Canvas the website www.photoincanvas.co.uk allows you to do just that. Basically they will take your photo and produce a good quality finished photo print with a canvas background and a pine frame. The idea is to turn a favourite photograph into something that can be displayed as an attractive wall hanging. The photos are printed onto 100% cotton canvas up to a size of 30 x 40 inches with a square canvas starting at around £14.99 and the larger sizes costing the region of £80 to £90.

price_grid_3splitThere are a number of printing options available starting with the basic mono or colour photo prints. If you want something a little more unusual they also have finishes such as a sepia print or a colour splash image, where part of the image is printed in full colour in contrast to the main black and white image. Other options include being able to split your picture into split panels either in strips or in squares so that white space appears between them. This is particularly effective with pictures of landscapes and creates three of four unique pictures depending on the options shown, (see left example of a split landscape). They also offer a number of other effects such as printing your picture with an Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein effect, Posterisation or even creating a hand drawn portrait. They offer the facility to create your canvas online by uploading your picture and going through the printing and framing options. Alternatively you can also send them a picture which they will scan and post back to you or contact them directly by phone with your requirements. The canvas prints do make quite an unusual gift, if you are interested in one you can visit website here.

posted on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 22:36:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article drinking a glass of wine or a pint of beer a day can cut your chances of developing dementia. Research has shown that people who drink between two and three units of alcohol a day were 29% less likely to develop dementia than those who were teetotal. Drinkers were also 42% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. The results led the researchers to the conclusion that moderate alcohol consumption can actually have a protective effect against dementia. They believe it works by lowering cholesterol levels, stopping blood from clotting too much and improving insulin sensitivity to blood sugar levels. However, prolonged heavy drinking can have the opposite effect and is thought to be responsible for one in ten cases of dementia.

posted on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 10:02:49 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 07 March 2011

_51376091_brown_grey_tawniesThat’s according to this article which suggests the owls are evolving to deal with increasing temperatures. Feather colour in owls is hereditary with grey plumage being more common than brown. Scientists in Finland have studied the owl and found that as the winters become milder the grey owls are more likely to disappear. It seems when the winter weather is more severe there is a greater mortality rate in the brown owl population possibly because they are more visible to predators when there is thick snow cover. The brown owls although they have  other disadvantages such as a weaker immune system have greatly increased as the winters have become warmer whilst the grey owls have declined. If the decline continues and the grey owl becomes removed from the gene pool then eventually only the one colour variation could remain.

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# Sunday, 06 March 2011

This is interesting, its a shop window that allows customer to purchase items by pointing at them. The interactive window registers the movements of a persons hand and transmits them to a screen in the shop window. You can then complete the purchase by placing a mobile phone against the glass. It’s an interesting idea and I can see how it might be useful to gain more passing trade at times when the shop is closed.

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# Saturday, 05 March 2011

This is interesting its a car that can be driven by thinking. It requires the driver to wear a headset which is linked to the car’s electronics via wireless technology. All the driver has to do is think that they want to go left or right and the car will respond. It has been developed by a team of German scientists who are currently testing a prototype to see if it could be used for everyday driving. The technology called BrainDriver uses video cameras, radars and laser sensors to build up a 3D picture of its surroundings. The driver wears a cap with 16 sensors which pick up the brain’s electromagnetic signals. These signals are then interpreted by a computer which can understand what the specific patterns mean.

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# Friday, 04 March 2011

I was alerted to this scam when my mother received a phone call. The call was from what sounded like an Indian call centre and was someone claiming they worked for Microsoft. They told my mother that they were calling because they were aware she was having problems with her computer and that she had downloaded some malicious software. They wanted her to start up her computer so that they could look at it remotely. Luckily my mother was suspicious and told the caller she didn’t have time to deal with it. She then called me and to find out if it was genuine. Naturally my first point of call was to ask the mighty Google whether it was known scam and I quickly came across several articles relating to it including this one.

It seems the scam is to take control of a persons machine and install various software under the guise of removing some malicious software from the computer. They then take your credit card details and charge you for the remote support. I was surprised that this was the first time I have come across scam particularly as it appears to have targeted so many people. It seems many people are fooled by it because the caller often has details such as their address and sometimes even their account number from their broadband provider. There are also suspicions that this information is often being passed on from employees of some of these organisations. Its a scam that I don’t think would fool those such as myself that are fairly well informed but I would imagine people who don’t work in the IT industry could easily be caught out.

posted on Friday, 04 March 2011 10:16:59 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback