Archive for August, 2010

Ravelry

August 31, 2010

Ravelry is a fantastic site for knitters and crocheters. Sign up for free to be a member and you’ll have access to a fantastic resource containing hundreds of patterns, instructional videos and a very friendly forum.

You’ll also find information on hundreds of different types of wool – essential if you looking for a yarn substitution for your project. You can also find patterns for a specific yarn you might have in your stash. One of the best knitting and crochet sites on the web.

www.ravelry.com

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Can You YoYo?

August 30, 2010

When TOTD was a child there was a bit of a craze for YoYos. Everyone in the playground had one and we all learnt a few tricks but nothing to compare to Canadian  Jensen Kimmitt who blow away the competition with this impressive routine at the World YoYo Championships

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knYCilujrFM&feature=player_embedded

(Thanks to LJ for the suggestion)

Pinball

August 27, 2010

Here’s something from BBC Scotland that gives you the chance to be very creative with your ides:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/pinball/

(Thanks to LJ for suggesting).

Photos from Space

August 26, 2010

Here is a site that was recommended to Thing of the Day with a range of photographs from Space from NASA:

http://richworks.in/2010/08/40-spectacular-images-of-the-stellar-universe-and-beyond-from-nasa/

Thanks to LJ for suggesting.

Starting University this Year?

August 25, 2010

Thing of the Day would like to congratulate everyone who got their A-Level results last week. You should all be proud of your fantastic achievements! For those of you who are planning to come to University, here are some handy hints from the Guardian to help you:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/aug/19/student-internet-university

Those who are coming to the University of Portsmouth that are on Facebook can also get ahead with Library news by joining our page:

http://www.facebook.com/uoplibrary

The English Channel

August 24, 2010

On this day in 1875, Matthew Webb became the first man to successfully swim the English Channel. Since then many others have managed to swim from England to France or vice-versa. Here is more information:

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

And here is a more recent success for Sport Relief:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tv_and_radio/sport_relief/7282858.stm

Battle of Britain

August 23, 2010

This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain when the RAF destroyed Hitler’s plans to invade the British Isles. Here are a few sites with information and archive footage about the battle, including the RAF Roll of Honour for the Few:

http://http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/in_depth/uk/2000/battle_of_britain/default.stm

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/churchill-this-was-their-finest-hour-audio/6981.html

http://www.raf.mod.uk/bob1940/roll.html

Air Traffic Control Simulator

August 19, 2010

TOTD has been thinking a lot about flying recently since the trip to the RAF Museum at Hendon. Aircraft enthusiasts also have the Bournemouth Air Festival and the American Air Day at Duxford to look forward to this week.

Budding air traffic controllers can have a go at this simulator. It has the combined attributes of being both the slowest and the hardest online ‘game’ that TOTD has tried.

http://www.atc-sim.com/atc.php

Caving

August 18, 2010

TOTD did a little potholing in the early 1980s and regrets not being able to pursue the hobby now. Apparently a scheme to link a labyrinth of tunnels between Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire is nearly complete.

You can learn more about British caving here

http://www.trycaving.co.uk/

There is also a British Caving Library for anyone with an academic interest in caving and cave science.

http://caving-library.org.uk/