Archive for March, 2010


March 31, 2010

This is quite an effective way of depicting the relative orbital periods of the planets as they circle around the sun. As a bonus, each planet makes a musical note when it completes its orbit. If nothing else, it illustrates just how long it takes the outer planets to orbit the sun (248 Earth years, in the case of Pluto).

Insurance claim forms

March 30, 2010

TOTD has insurance on the mind at the moment, having had his car pranged by a scaffolding truck last week. If you need cheering up, just read some of these hilarious insurance claim form statements.

Upside Downy Face

March 29, 2010

If you think these portraits look odd, it’s because the subjects have been strung upside down by their ankles before being photographed.  A technique you may want to bear in mind when visiting relatives this Easter, perhaps.


March 26, 2010

We hope you thoroughly enjoy your time at University and are able to make the most of your studies and social life, but of course eventually it comes to an end and it’s time for work.

Here’s a blog that’s particularly of interest to those who might be thinking of setting up a small business when they graduate – indeed the blog is currently interested in ‘student entrepreneurship’ and looking for students who’ve set up a business while studying:

You may be able to get yourself featured on the blog and promote your own success story!

Map of medicine

March 25, 2010

We love maps here at TOTD and exploring the NHS website lately (a site which is getting nifty enough to perhaps have its own TOTD entry one day), we discovered their ‘maps of medicine’.  Take, for example, asthma (the meningitis map is unavailable at present because its being updated – although the children’s one is there):

It has an intro to the infection as you might expect:

There are ‘expert views’ and ‘real stories’ for the various entries and information about medicine that might be subscribed or notes on lifestyle.  But there’s also this:

which gives you an idea of where in the ‘system’ you are and is apparently what the doctors are using when they need to work out ‘what’s next’ for a patient.

Their are warning about it only being used in a clinical setting and not by patients bypassing that – but it is helpful to know what’s on the cards as it were.  Indeed, the ‘map’ has its own web pages:

Ada Lovelace day

March 24, 2010

Don’t forget it’s Ada Lovelace day today.  Have a good one.


March 23, 2010

Ever fancied a font of your own handwriting?  Perhaps the artistic amongst our readers would like to try this – TOTD has always been hugely relieved by the advent of home computing/email/PDAs etc hiding embarrassingly awful handwriting.

Unfortunately it’s not free, but you can try it out and you just might need/want this enough to find it worth paying for.

We got that b-roll

March 22, 2010

Here’s something to cheer up a pewter coloured sky Monday:

Thanks to Patrick for finding that one.


March 19, 2010

Despite an active user community correcting(?) entries to wikipedia, you may feel you want something a little more, well, scholarly to refer to or cite.  Try:

which is like wikipedia but with peer-reviewed articles, that are written by experts, and ‘curated’ individually.

let us know what you make of it.

Duct tape – don’t leave home without it

March 18, 2010

One question: did the fisherman leave with the original pilot or the one that flew in the supplies?