Archive for March, 2009

Happy Birthday Eiffel Tower

March 31, 2009

Bonjour tout le monde et bienvenue à l’édition de mardi Thing of the Day! Today is the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Eiffel Tower and here is the official website (in Anglais):

http://www.tour-eiffel.fr/teiffel/uk/

For those of you in the North, however, here’s a similar sort of structure that is probably easier to get to:

http://www.theblackpooltower.co.uk/

And not forgetting our own offering down here in Portsmouth:

http://www.spinnakertower.co.uk/

Happy Birthday Vincent Van Gogh

March 30, 2009

Today is the 156th Birthday of the Dutch artist, Vincent Van Gogh. Here is a website with biographical details, sections on paintings, drawings, sketches and stories about him:

http://www.vangoghgallery.com/

And here is the website on the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam:

http://www3.vangoghmuseum.nl/vgm/index.jsp

Earth Hour… The Movie

March 29, 2009

Major cities and global landmarks were plunged into darkness yesterday as millions of people switched off their lights for one hour, to protest against climate change.

To see the Syndey Harbour Bridge, the Eiffel Tower and the lights of Big Ben – plus many more – go out, click on the link below

: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/7969515.stm

It’s All Happening on the 28th March…

March 28, 2009

PUT PEOPLE FIRST… and … EARTH HOUR

On 28th March thousands will march through London as part of a global campaign to challenge G20. Put People First are a coalition of development charities, trade unions, faith groups, environmentalists and other organisations, formed to call for a fair, sustainable route out of recession. To find out more about the march see the link below: http://www.putpeoplefirst.org.uk/

And those of you who can’t make it up to London but would like to make your mark, why not VOTE EARTH! On Saturday 28th March, at 8.30 pm local time wherever you live on planet Earth, you can switch off your lights for one hour in a vote AGAINST global warming. Over 1858 cities, towns and municipalities in 81 countries have already committed to vote for the planet. To find out more, go to http://www.earthhour.org/home

Extreem Sheep LED Art

March 27, 2009

What do you get if you wrap some gregarious woolly ruminants in blankets of light emitting diodes? Well Samsung teamed up with digital media and marketing company The Viral Factory to produce this excellent video that currently tops several viral video charts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2FX9rviEhw

World’s weirdest keyboards

March 26, 2009

And to continue yesterday’s theme of engineering design…

TOTD is typing this on a very conventional computer keyboard, the so-called IBM Enhanced AT Keyboard.  However, this site demonstrates just how varied keyboard design can be.

http://www.pcworld.com/printable/article/id,161402/printable.html

Transparent gadgets

March 25, 2009

TOTD has always enjoyed taking things to bits to see how they work (and occasionally they work when put back together again).

Here are some great gadgets that allow you to see the inner workings through their transparent casings.  There are some other rather lovely see-through designs too.

http://www.toxel.com/tech/2009/01/12/transparent-gadgets-and-creative-designs/

Google Street View

March 24, 2009

Google launched its Street View service in the UK last week. Portsmouth has yet to be covered, but Users of Google Earth can at least have a close look at Southampton.

You can listen to a BBC report about Street View here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7951873.stm

Street View has raised all sorts of privacy issues. Since the launch, several images have been removed following complaints, including one of the entrance to Downing Street. The Telegraph is just one of many sites that has posted some of the ‘funny’ images captured by Google’s customised camera cars:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/google/5017329/Google-Street-View-funny-images.html

Breathing Earth

March 23, 2009

This intriguing real-time simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world.

http://www.breathingearth.net/

Its dynamic appearance also highlights quite nicely the global inequality of birth and death rates. Apparently over 1,00,000 tons of CO2 were emitted while TOTD pondered what to add to this blog.

Climate change and air pollution will be addressed today at a ceremony to mark World Meteorological Day.

Mother’s Day

March 22, 2009

Today is Mother’s Day… and while some Mothers are at home being spoiled with chocolates and flowers, other Mothers find themselves at work, writing about Mother’s Day…

For those of you who are interested, here is the complete history of Mother’s Day, from BC to Modern Day Celebrations.

http://www.mothersdaycentral.com/about-mothersday/history/