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Monday, December 20, 2004

  A Merry Xmas to the bored souls who read this, wherever you may be.

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  The 1914 Christmas truce.

  Dickens and Christmas. The Charles Dickens Museum. Online text of A Christmas Carol.

ghost of xmas present

Vintage Xmas cards.

On the subject of things vintage, the public urinals of Rothesay, Isle of Bute.

  Make a maze. Or hack an Etchasketch.



Friday, December 17, 2004

  What happened 5,200 years ago?

  The Reis transmitter - the first phone?



Wednesday, December 15, 2004

  Exotic guitars.

  The sound of Pi. Via J-Walk.

  Why you shouldn't put a button of iridium in your mouth.

  The international prototype of the kilogram.

  A half-mile tall building to be constructed in Saudi Arabia.

  The rule book of the League of Ovaltineys. Via I Like.

  Mayan pyramid produces sounds of nature.

  Korean scientists have created the world's first "artificial species" - a robot with genes that it can pass on to other robots.

"Dr Kim believes there is no danger that such self-reproducing robots will take over the world as portrayed in movies such as this year's blockbuster I, Robot.
'If we design the chromosomes quite safely, then we can avoid such a bad situation,' he said."


Well, that's OK then.

  About fainting goats. The International Fainting Goat Association.

IFGA

  Exploding bra crisis shock horror.



Tuesday, December 14, 2004

  Oldversion.com - because newer is not always better.

  How many men can you see?

  What's the largest number of pennies that you can pack inside a circular tray to form a carpet of non-overlapping coins? Mathematicians are still working it out.

  According to the official census, there are 400,000 Jedi in the UK.

  Dry quicksand in the lab.

  The Japanese garden.

  Abandoned places and modern ruins.

  Stuck in the seventies and the world of kitsch.

  Are there hidden backward messages in our speech? Judge for yourself at Reversespeech.com.

  Akiyoshi's anomalous motion illusions.

  John Bull and Uncle Sam: four centuries of British-American relations. British and American table manners.

  File, the magazine of unexpected photography.

  The Principality of Sealand: article; official site.

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In a similar vein, islands for sale or rent.

  Everything you'll probably ever want to know about snow crystals.

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  The story of Big Ben. Via growabrain. Also, the world's first atomic clock wristwatch.

  How the Dr Who Annual 1974 envisaged Christmas in the year 2003.

  Impressive art from child prodigy Akiane. Via Don't Make me Poke You.

  Crows are as clever as apes.
Apes are cleverer than children.
Therefore crows are cleverer than children?

  The ancient batteries of Baghdad.

  Ice-age ivory flute found.

  City official's bizarre death by brain parasite.

  Dog judo.

  Learn Russian peasant multiplication.



Monday, December 13, 2004

  The artwork of David Lanham.

  The scanner art of Maggie Taylor.

  The world's oldest board game.

  The difference between geeks, nerds and dorks explained.

  How to make your own tiny oranges.

miniature orange

  What melted the ice planet?



Friday, December 10, 2004

  A paper Enigma Machine. Via Cynical-C.

  Leading atheist changes his mind - based on the evidence.

  Something strange in the Pacific.

  China's great pyramid.



Wednesday, December 08, 2004

  Outrage at the Wax Museum.

  'Brainwave' cap can be used to control your computer.

  The most complicated sentence ever (via Cage of Monkeys). Also, the Plain English Campaign's Golden Bull Awards.

  Suiseki and gongshi, viewing stones of the Orient.

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  Making driving seem more dangerous could make it safer.

  Jurassic plant from Australia.

  Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. Via the Presurfer.

  Throw away your keyboard and mouse. Twiddle instead.

  Email illiteracy. Via Slashdot.

  "Wind catches lily
scatt'ring petals to the wind:
segmentation fault."

Computer haikus



Tuesday, December 07, 2004

  Vaseline vandal admits guilt, but gives no explanation.

  Old robots turn to art.

  Hot butter flood in Minnesota.

  A simple exercise to cure the breathlessness brought on by nerves. Via The Presurfer.

  The Antikythera Mechanism - a clockwork 'computer' from ancient Greece. "...our estimation of the science and technology of the ancient Greeks needs to be be seriously revised."

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  A seasonal repeat: make your own snowflake.

  Sit on a hand. Or maybe not.

  US aircraft nose art.

  Sand under the microscope.

  The quest for randomness.

  Webcams of the world.

  Have you ever wondered how much you would weigh if you lived on another planet? Perhaps not, but follow this link to find out.

  The photography of Leonard Nimoy.

  Fifty-eight migraine-inducing pages.

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Via Growabrain.

  A guide to travelling light.

  The Watur - a door made of water. Via funfurde.



Monday, December 06, 2004

  The works of Captain W E Johns. He not only wrote the Biggles books, but also produced such stirring stuff as Worrals of the WAAF.

WE Johns

  The Chronological History of the Christmas Tree. Via Information Junk.

  Has the Bamian sleeping Buddha been located?

  Space-age ant farm.

  See if you can distinguish between photos and computer graphics with this quiz.

  English accents and dialects.

  Underground History: a tour of disused stations on the London Underground.



Friday, December 03, 2004

  The Band Aid dilemma: giving by destroying.

  Headless bodies found at mysterious pyramid.



Wednesday, December 01, 2004

  Non-photorealistic camera takes pictures which look like line drawings.



Tuesday, November 30, 2004

  An Australian phone company is offering the chance to prevent embarrassing drunken phone calls. Those sensible Antipodeans.

  Online identikit, just for fun.

  Modern consumer electronics should look like this.

Old TV

  The Greek gods family tree.



Monday, November 29, 2004

  A 1930s "video disc."

  The SeeLinder.

  Screensaver tackles spam websites.



Wednesday, November 24, 2004

  Richmond, Virginia, blasted by vandals.

  Solemates.

  Painted hands.

  Via J-Walk: Junkyard Jewels.

  The computer-aided sculptures of Bathsheba Grossman. Via Bifurcated Rivets. More artists at the International Rapid Prototyping Sculpture Exhibition.