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.

http://agoogleaday.com

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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.

http://www.nikkirosato.com/work/cut-map/

A Day Made of Glass

May 28, 2011

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38&vq=medium

(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.

http://www.primaxstudio.com/stuff/scale_of_universe/

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:

http://www.dalek6388.co.uk/

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:

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/05/our-survey-says-geeks-ftw/

Look out on Friday for a bit more Hitchhiker fun…

Earth sandwich

May 25, 2011

How have we not covered this before?

http://www.zefrank.com/sandwich

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:

http://www.duckoftheday.co.uk

Thanks to A for finding this.

The Plastiki Expedition

May 23, 2011
http://www.theplastiki.com/
 
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:

http://www.nngroup.com/reports/mobile/ipad/

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

Thanks to E for finding this.