Archive for June, 2009

Galaxy Zoo & Douglas Adams

June 15, 2009

We’ve talked about Galaxy Zoo here before and Douglas Adams has had a look in as well.  But it’s not often we get to mention both in the same breath. 

However, the latter has been cited in a paper by the former and is certainly worth a look even if you never read another academic paper this year:

http://stevenbamford.com/sites/default/files/gz_unusual.pdf

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Field Gun Running

June 12, 2009

TOTD had the opportunity to see the Navy’s field gun competition once again last weekend.  Still one of the most astonisghingly tough team sports going despite the slight variant that’s now run in place of the old style race.

In originates as a commemoration of the relief of Ladysmith in the Boer War in 1899 and this page has information on the old style race:
http://www.royalnavalmuseum.org/info_sheets_gun_run.htm

The last of the ‘old style’ was run in 1999 and you can see a thrilling video of it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32s4qCCFnmk&feature=related

Apparently Wellington School still run that way you can find photos and a link to videos of the three parts of the run here: http://www.royaltournament.org/field%20gun%20wellington.htm  (if you only watch one ‘run’ watch the run out as they get the field gun across a 28 foot chasm).

Details of the curent Brickwoods Trophy version can be seen here amongst other places:
http://www.raf.mod.uk/dcaecosford/stationfacilities/cosfordfieldgunteam.cfm
where you can see the competition has been widened to include more than just navy teams now.

Further info can be found here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_gun_competition

And congratulations to HM Naval Base Portsmouth on their well-deserved victory over 21 other teams last Saturday.

UNHCR

June 11, 2009

It seems TOTD isn’t alone in having a thing for Lego.  The UN Refugee Agency has used Lego people in a series of posters.

http://www.unhcr.org/static/home/teaching-tools/tchhr/tchhr.htm?gclid=CJC0-JPWk5oCFQRkswodETeLMw

Anyone else spotted Lego in slightly unusual places?

Palm Pre

June 10, 2009

It’s been a while since there’s been a new palm to get excited about, but the Palm Pre is now out in the States and hopefully on its way here:

http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/palm-pre-sprint/4505-6452_7-33490473.html?tag=mncol;txt

But if you can’t wait or have slightly different needs our retiring Head of Library was showing off an HTC Touch HD:

http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/htc-touch-hd-unlocked/4505-6452_7-33270805.html?autoplay=true&tag=mncol

which certainly does have a very impressive screen beating even the iPhone for size and i-really-want-one envy.

The Pirate Party

June 9, 2009

Various news articles suggests the Swedes may be sending a member of the Pirate Party to the European parliament:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/jun/08/european-elections-spain-france-italy
http://government.zdnet.com/?p=4899
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/swedish-pirate-party-gains-votes-in-european-elections-1699670.html
http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=971125&lang=eng_news

Bing

June 8, 2009

Wolfram Alpha, Melzoo – now news comes to TOTD about another new search engine this time from Microsoft wanting to muscle in on Google’s territory:

Bing

http://www.bing.com/

Let us know what you make of it.

European Election Day

June 4, 2009

Today over 375 million people are eligible to vote in the European elections. In fact it’s the largest trans-national election in history. Recent events here in the UK has caused a deep distrust of politicians but it’s still important to go and vote. Not voting may help extremist parties, such as the BNP, to gain more seats.  Find out more about why you should vote in the Euro election here

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7819889.stm

and find out more about what the main parties would do with your vote below.

http://www.conservatives.com/Policy/European_Election_Manifesto.aspx

http://www.labour.org.uk/uploads/e0e9e2d5-1437-8734-6d4e-8084302a2346.pdf

http://europe.libdems.org.uk/

http://www.election09.ie/european-elections/manifesto

Melzoo

June 3, 2009

Melzoo initially looks like any other search engine until you enter your search term and hit return. The screen then splits in two with your search results down one side and a preview of the website on the other. As you hoover your mouse over each search result the preview pane quickly updates allowing you to scan through websites quickly. Very handy if you’re looking for a specific piece of information.

http://www.melzoo.com

Who knew anteaters were so cute?

June 2, 2009

Here at TOTD we go abit gooey over cute baby animals. Previously we’ve featured new born pandas and baby animals from Whipsnade Zoo. Toady we bring you a baby anteater born recently at a zoo in Tokyo. A perfect miniature version of it’s mother this baby anteater seems a little unsteady on his feet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycWkGnzaT2o

Find out more about anteaters here

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

Everything Handmade

June 1, 2009

Have you ever wanted to find a really unique gift for someone. Etsy is an online marketplace for talented people to sell the beautiful things that they create. It’s not just about selling, it’s also a wonderful  community of people willing to share ideas and inspiration.  You can find some truly unique items here, all beautifully made and presented. Etsy also allows people to sell vintage items too.

http://www.etsy.com/

One of our very talented library assistants sells her illustrations on etsy. She goes by the name Artquirk and her work has been described as idyllic urban as she captures the character of buildings and places which attract her artistic eye.   

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5039982