Archive for May, 2010

No Tobacco Day

May 31, 2010

Today is World No Tobacco Day, an initiative from the World Health Organisation, encouraging smokers to give up their cigarettes and cigars just for one day:

http://www.who.int/tobacco/en/

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Top 140 Twitter influencers

May 28, 2010

Following on from last week’s posts about Twitter, the Information Architects have produced a big bang visualisation that shows the 140 most influential people on Twitter. It shows statistics such as when they started tweeting, what they first said and follower volume.

http://informationarchitects.jp/c140/

You can view the full pdf version here:

http://informationarchitects.jp/c140_0_9.pdf

Love Your Bike Portsmouth

May 27, 2010

This is BIG Green Commuter Challenge Week, when many commuters will hopefully be exploring more sustainable ways of getting to work. Sunday 30th May also happens to be a day to celebrate bike culture during the Love Your Bike Portsmouth event, which is sponsored by The University of Portsmouth Creative Campus Initiative and Portsmouth City Council’s Health Town’s Initiative.

http://www.loveyourbikeportsmouth.co.uk/

TOTD was particularly intrigued by the Gocycle, which forms part of a display in a shop window in Southsea. There’s a lovely animation of how it works on the Gocycle site.

http://www.gocycle.com/

Wenlock Olympian Society

May 26, 2010

Wenlock and Mandeville, the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascots were unveiled last week (does anyone else think they look like Gogo’s Crazy Bones, the collectible figurines?).

http://www.london2012.com/mascots

Wenlock is named after the town of Much Wenlock in Shropshire, home to the first ever Olympian Games that were held here in 1850. There’s more about the Wenlock Olympian Society here:

http://www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk/index.shtml

Towel Day

May 25, 2010

As a bonus Thing of the Day today, don’t forget it’s Towel Day:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel_Day

we marked this last year:
https://reden.wordpress.com/2009/05/25/world-towel-day/
and encourage everyone to make sure they know where their towels are!

Glum Councillors

May 25, 2010

Pot-holes got a mention back in March when we looked at Fix My Steet. Well here’s a site where you can see pictures of councillors posing by various holes in the road, among other things.

http://glumcouncillors.tumblr.com/

[Thanks to LB for this suggestion]

MISSION:EXPLORE book launch

May 24, 2010

MISSION:EXPLORE is a book created by The Geography Collective that is full of exciting adventures designed to encourage young people to get out and about and explore the social and physical environment around them.

This video demonstrates just how literally you can interpret the concept of a book launch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j71WI_m168g

You can visit the MISSION:EXPLORE site here http://www.missionexplore.co.uk/

Lord of the Libraries

May 23, 2010

I can’t believe TOTD hasn’t come across this excellence before!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdTAv4dCZMg

Creative Technologies showcase

May 22, 2010

Great to see just a glimpse of what some of University of Portsmouth students are up to:

http://www.port.ac.uk/showcase/cci/

more please!

The Pomodoro Technique

May 21, 2010

If you’re struggling to fit everything in then this time management technique looks a little different:

http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/

There’s even a free PDF version of the book on the site here:

http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/resources.html