Archive for September, 2008

Search and research

September 30, 2008

I don’t think we’ve covered this blog/cartoon strip before – so now would be a good time to mention it:

http://search-and-research.blogspot.com/2008/09/search-and-research-104.html

Cats or catz or …. something

September 29, 2008

Thanks (I think) to our contributor who offers the following:

This one is about illiterate cats [cats that can’t spell, that is]
Some of the best ones are not on the front page so look through…..
http://icanhascheezburger.com/

Rocket Man

September 26, 2008

Swiss pilot Yves Rossy has successfully become the first person to fly across the English Channel using a jet-powered fixed wing.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7637905.stm

 

To infinity and beyond!

Giant Makeover

September 25, 2008

The Cerne Abbas Giant isn’t exactly known for his modesty, but lately he’s been fading into the background. Thankfully a team of volunteers have been helping the old giant out buy giving him a major makeover. This timelapse video shows how the 180ft figure was returned to his full glory.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7630518.stm
 

 

 

For more on the history of this ancient fertility symbol check out

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerne_Abbas_giant

 

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-chl/w-countryside_environment/w-archaeology/w-archaeology-places_to_visit/w-archaeology-cerne_abbas_giant.htm

Man in the Moon

September 24, 2008

Yesterday we recommended an application that put the whole universe on your computer. Today we’re focusing are virtual telescope at our Moon.

http://www.google.com/moon/

Here you’ll find a collection of lunar maps and charts that tell the story of the Apollo moon landings. This site really brings the moon landings to life.

Worldwide Telescope

September 23, 2008

TOTD has always had a secret desire to own a telescope. Unfortunately cost has always prevented it. Now, however, you can have a virtual telescope on your computer.

Microsoft’s Worldwide Telescope uses imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes to allow you to seemlessly explore the universe.

This truly is a fascinating application, it’s easy to get lost in time and space.

http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/

Trendy Laces

September 22, 2008

Ever wanted to know the coolest way to lace up and tie your shoe laces? Here you can show that your down with the kids by lacing your converses in the trendest new ways.

http://www.shoe-lacing.com/shoelace/index.htm

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 19, 2008

TOTD started last year just too late to cover this, but don’t miss it:

http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

and well done to Brighton University who appear to be celebrating in style although not publically it would appear:
http://community.brighton.ac.uk/kh32/weblog/30153.html

reverse graffitti

September 18, 2008

 

 

http://www.reversegraffitiproject.com/

 

sleep deprivation

September 17, 2008

Stratford, of course, is only just a day trip from Portsmouth, so the early hours return to the city reminded TOTD of Professor Russell Foster and his work on body rhythms and cycles.

Probably best to start with his book:
Rhythms of life : the biological clocks that control the daily lives of every living thing.  London: Profile, 2004- which you can find on the Ground Floor of the Library at: 574.191/FOS

But if we’re not local you could also try:

Weekend lie-in fails to make up for long hours in the week:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1556463/Weekend-lie-in-fails-to-make-up-for-long-hours-in-the-week.html

Teenagers aren’t lazy… they’re simply saving their energy for later in the day
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/features/Teenagers-aren39t-lazy-they39re-simply.1975742.jp

and perhaps most worryingly:
The Time of Your Life
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2004/jul/01/research.highereducation4