Archive for September, 2010


September 16, 2010

Something else that TOTD saw in Cambridge last week was the Corpus Chronophage or Corpus Clock, an extraordinary sculptural timepiece outside Corpus Christi College.

An article on Wikipedia states that the gold plated face was created using the technique of explosive forming. The centre droplet, which you can see in the image gallery on the above site, is certainly remarkable.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

September 15, 2010

TOTD was at a conference in Cambridge last week and visited the amazing Whipple Museum of the History of Science. The collection contains examples of scientific instruments relating to astronomy, navigation, surveying, drawing and calculating, including some magnificent globes and sundials. There were drawers full of pocket calculators and it was entertaining for everyone to spot their first calculator. This site is an excellent introduction to the collection and also contains a number of amusements, including a human body jigsaw and a simulation of early and modern microscopes.

UK SoundMap

September 14, 2010

With the aid of an appropriate mobile phone, or simply by uploading an existing recording on your computer, you can record the sound of your acoustic landscape and make it available to everyone.

[Thanks to LJ for this suggestion]


September 13, 2010

There are a number of places on the web where you can visually compare things like the size of the Gulf oil spill with some other place on the Earth. However, this is by far the best such site that TOTD has seen. It’s so useful too. After all, how else might one know that, following the removal of a few trees and the odd building, there’s just enough space on the grass outside our library to lauch a Spitfire.

[Thanks to LJ for this suggestion]

tube maps

September 10, 2010

‘subject X’ as a tube map are very popular.  Here are a couple we’ve recently come across:


The Shakespeare tube map (which adorns our map librarian’s mug!):

And one of the Milky Way:

And just in case you want details on the ‘real’ tube map (sorry, diagram) there’s this:
if the programme does get repeated, it’s worth catching.  In the meantime this slightly less elderly piece of news points to a map (diagram) which reveals the hotter parts of the Underground network:

The Apostrophe Song

September 4, 2010

Thanks to Mr S. Fry for this:

Twitter Venn

September 2, 2010

This great little app shows how combing words changes search results. You simply enter two or three search terms separated by commas and press the ‘Search’ button. A Venn diagram will then be generated  which illustrates the rate of tweets containing the search terms in the various combinations.

An excellent visual tool for anyone demonstrating effective searching.

(Thanks to LJ for this suggestion)


September 1, 2010

If you love movies, you’ll love Flixster. It’s full of the latest movie news and triva and packed full of reviews. You can rate movies, see what other people thought of a film and read what the critics are saying. Watch out for the never-ending movie quiz though – it really is never-ending!!