Archive for January, 2012


January 31, 2012

TOTD loves LEGO! TOTD loves Lord of the Rings! Therefore how can we not love Lord of the Rings LEGO?

Happy News

January 30, 2012

Keeping up with the news is always important, but sometimes the news can be rather depressing! So if your looking for something a bit more positive and upbeat then why not check out Happy News. It’s a website that brings together news that will make you smile and in this age of global economic crisis we could all do with cheering up!

Advice to Sink in Slowly

January 27, 2012

Advice to Sink in Slowly is a great project that showcases graduate designed posters for the purpose of passing on advice to first year students. These posters offer some great words of wisdom that all freshers will find useful and the posters are both quirky and beautifully designed. Advice such as ‘Use your library… You’ll miss it when you leave” and “Debt is not your friend” will certainly make your time at university a lot easier!

First year students can also take advantage of their free poster offer!

Scott of the Antarctic

January 26, 2012

One hundred years ago this month, Captain Robert Falcon Scott led an expedition to the South Pole. These men were the first Britons to do so, arriving just after the Norwegian expedition led by Roald Amundsen. Here is something from the BBC:

Robert Burns

January 25, 2012

Today is the birthday of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Here is some information from the National Library of Scotland about him:

And if you fancy a go at making haggis and other Burns Night cuisine:

Top Predictions for the Next Hundred Years

January 24, 2012

The BBC recently asked for top predictions for the next hundred years, inspired by American Civil Engineer John Elfreth Watkins’ hypotheses in 1900:

Here are what BBC viewers have sent in. What do you think will happen?


January 24, 2012

Today marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Dragon. In China, New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. Here are some articles about Chinese New Year:

And some recipies for Chinese dishes!


January 20, 2012

Here’s an interesting way to learn the vocabulary for a variety of languages. The site uses flashcards supported by video clips, mnemonics and samples of how each word is used. Anyone can add to the site by creating flashcards, adding words or mems (anything that helps you learn a connection between a word and its meaning).

Online colour challenge

January 19, 2012

According to the NHS, about 1 in 12 men have a colour vision defficiency. The figure is about 1 in 100 for women. Here’s a site that challenges you to arrange colours in their order of  hue. This particular male contributor to TOTD scored 76 (towards the low end of colour acuity). What score do you get?

You can read more about colour vision deficiency here


Map of Reykjavic

January 18, 2012

Our Cartographer has been working on a map of the University campus that includes three-dimensional representations of key buildings. We’ve seen many examples of such maps before, but here’s one of the best of its type that was published last year. The base map appears to be hand drawn and coloured – apparently it took two years and over 3,000 hours to complete.