Archive for January, 2010

How to feel small and insignificant….

January 28, 2010

Have you ever wonder what it would be like to travel across the known Universe? Check out the amazing video below and prepare to feel like a very small cog in an enormous wheel.

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap100120.html

(Thanks to CL for this suggestion)

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I Will Knot

January 27, 2010

Would you like to know how to tie knots. Not just a simple double knot but a bowline or a two half-hitches. This website has step by step instructions for 12 types of knots, so we can now all confidently proclaim “I will knot!”.

http://www.iwillknot.com/

Once you’ve mastered these you can find even more knots at

http://www.animatedknots.com/

Sarcasm, Inc.

January 26, 2010

Here is the problem. You send someone a really sarcastic email or text and they take you literally. Without the ability to convey your sarcasm through your tone of voice, your cutting wit has been totally wasted. Perhaps your recipient is simply too stupid to see that you meant the exact opposite of what you said.

Don’t worry a solution has been found – The Sarcmark. This new punctuation mark was created by the US based company Sarcasm Inc and will soon be arriving in your inbox. For a small fee you can download the Sarcmark as a font for your own personal use. It’s been a roaring success , they’ve already sold thousands.

I can’t imagine how we’ve managed so long without one (insert SarcMark)

If you want to express sarcasm, you can buy the SarcMark here

http://02d9656.netsoljsp.com/SarcMark/modules/user/commonfiles/loadhome.do

Articles on the subject can be found here

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/jan/20/rise-of-the-sarcmark

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/7035351/SarcMark-inventors-make-thousands-from-sarcasm-punctuation-mark-in-first-week.html

Tatties and Neeps

January 25, 2010

Whip out the Haggis, prepare your tatties and neeps and raise a glass of whisky to Robert Burns for tonight is Burns night. Tonight Scotland (and the rest of the world) celebrates the life and works of their national poet.

You can find out more about Robert Burns here

http://www.bbc.co.uk/robertburns/

and what you need for an essential Burns Night supper here

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/news_and_events/events_burnsnight.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/robertburns/burnsnight/running_order.shtml

Protecting reputations

January 22, 2010

You may have encountered our ‘Dark side of the web’ workshop.

This commoncraft film covers some of that ground:

http://www.commoncraft.com/protecting-reputations-video

What if the earth had rings?

January 21, 2010

In an alternate universe somewhere, perhaps this is the view:

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/11/mental-health-break-19.html

(as it says, the really cool part  begins about a minute in).

10 weirdest lego models

January 20, 2010

It’s been pointed out by a regular contributor (thank you!) that we’ve not featured any Lego recently.  We can rectify that right now:

http://www.asylum.co.uk/gallery/10-weirdest-lego-models-1/794896/

Music from a missal

January 19, 2010

Just in case you think we prefer videos to books, here’s a video *of* a book!

http://www.vimeo.com/7792739

A rather lovely book admittedly.

Telly Savalas looks at Portsmouth

January 18, 2010

Possibly of only local interest (or for Kojak fans), this is blast from the past:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EmrGSqteGo

Neanderthal Make-Up

January 14, 2010

Recent research has found that Neanderthal Man used make up, either as body paint or face paint. These artefacts may have been used as either mixing boxes, warpaint or foundation:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8448660.stm

So, who knows, there may be a range of beauty treatments based on Neanderthal methods coming to a shop near you