Archive for May, 2011

A Google a Day

May 31, 2011

Here’s a daily quiz to test your Google search skills. It’s using something called Deja Google; a separate engine that searches the internet as it existed before the question was posed to prevent you from seeing someone’s posted answer.

Cut Maps

May 30, 2011

Our Map Library regularly gives away redundant maps for use by art and design students who have put them to a variety of imaginative uses, including clothes design. The American artist Nikki Rosato has done some amazing work by intricately cutting out all the space between the roads on a map to produce a fine paper lattice, which is then shaped into a human figure.

A Day Made of Glass

May 28, 2011

See whether you think this is an exciting or a scary vision of the future:

(NB: Yes, we know it’s advert, but worth watching for all that).

The Scale of the Universe

May 27, 2011

WARNING: Like the Total Perspective Vortex of Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame, this site might just blow your mind.  Sit down with a nice strong cup of tea, your towel and a therapy session to hand.

Thanks to J for finding this.

a history of Dalek props

May 26, 2011

We’ve long had a soft spot for Daleks – particularly since we took a life sized one to Freshers’ Fayre and launched our Facebook with it – but this site is possibly even more exhaustive (exhausting?) than really required.  A labour of love that’s worth a look:

Towel Day

May 25, 2011

And in a Thing of the Day extra for today it is, of course, Towel Day celebrating the life and works of Douglas Adams which we’ve mentioned for a couple of years running now.  This Blog posting has a cartoon BopAd would have delighted in:

Look out on Friday for a bit more Hitchhiker fun…

Earth sandwich

May 25, 2011

How have we not covered this before?

Let us know if you give it a go!

(And another thanks to A for this one as well as yesterday’s Thing.)

Duck of the Day

May 24, 2011

If Thing of the Day is a bit varied for you, you could try the narrower focus of this website:

Thanks to A for finding this.

The Plastiki Expedition

May 23, 2011
Simple really – a boat made of plastic bottles, sailing around the world.
Thanks to S for finding this.

Usability of iPad Apps and Websites

May 20, 2011

Difficult to buy an iPad 2 in Portsmouth at present, but in the meantime, read about their usability in this free report by a usability guru:

It’s focussed on iPads but most of the usability would apply to all tablets.

Thanks to E for finding this.