Title: Waving at Myself

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

  Champernowne's Constant.

  A red furry hopping shark is discovered - in an aquarium.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

  According to the BBC news feed this morning, "Holmes eyes double." That must have been disturbing to watch.

  Zoom into matter with Powers of 10.

  Retrotastic site: Ephemera Now.

Retro ad

Friday, August 27, 2004

  A sobering site for anyone who uses p2p software: here is 'A Showcase of Material Found on Peer-to-Peer Networks'. Documents they wouldn't have wanted others to see.

  A Swedish BitTorrent site has replied rudely to Dreamworks lawyers.

  From the Saltwater Pizza blog, a collection of amusing 404 error pages. Here's another.

  Banana power for Australian homes.

  'Dinosaur kangaroos' spotted in Chile.

  If you've ever wondered what a core dump is, here's a concise explanation.

  A bizarre blackmail attempt against Dr Seuss's widow fails.

  If Big Brother had been a psychological experiment, it would have broken the rules.

  The Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature.

  Via Gravity Lens - the tide against transhumanism. Resistance is futile.

  Sideshow art from the Czar of Bizarre.

  Barney Smith and his toilet seat art. That's right.

  Larry Painter's unusual crafts.

  Single Japanese women are queuing to buy Boyfriend Arm Pillows, apparently.

  Cleaner turns art critic.

  Cyberterror? Didn't think so.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

  Tricks of the trade.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

  Ecotonoha. Leave your message on a tree.


  Cyberterror tomorrow? I'll be out anyway.

  A history of space suits.

  The last Meskwaki code talker has died.

  The film career of Robby the Robot. More on Robby here.

Forbidden Planet fan site.

On the subject, the special effects prop maker's journal - RACProps.

Anne Francis with Robby the Robot

  Jousting in Maryland.

  The Advertising Standards Authority have upheld a complaint against Microsoft, on the grounds of misleading advertising.

  Ray guns are now a reality.

  Scanners live in vain. The fascinating mind of Cordwainer Smith.

  Alfred Hitchcock's death mask. It would have appealed to him.

  Time to kill Microsoft Word? You could always convert your documents to text here.

  The curious discipline of hot saucing. If this doesn't work with your children, try pepper-spray reinforcement, or taser disincentives.

  The 'next blog' button can lead to some gems. Eventually. I do admire someone who dares to write "Gandhi was a super callused fragile mystic vexed by halitosis."

  How to be creative.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

  Well, my opinion of Gmail so far is that it makes Hotmail look like a geriatric tortoise crawling over a very sticky carpet of congealed treacle. Uphill. Strange that Hotmail seems automatically to put gmails in the Junk Mail folder... I've heard of problems with Yahoo Mail too...

Update: now Hotmail seems to accept them. Perhaps it was my imagination...

  More BBC news - they're planning a flashmob opera.

And an opportunity for budding authors.

  I missed this. Peter Woodthorpe, the original Gollum, died recently.

'The 72-year-old... did the voice of Gollum in the 1978 animated film of Tolkien's book, The Lord of the Rings.'

What the BBC strangely failed to mention in this news item is that he also played Gollum in their own radio production of Lord of the Rings. Have they forgotten?

  Clouds - a collaborative photo-mosaic.

  WW1 bodies found on glacier.

  A home test for parallel universes. Via Patternhunter.

  A brief guide to statistical manipulation.

  Tinker's Bubble and the Age of Entropy.


  After reading this, it occurred to me that a mobile phone's location can be traced with rough accuracy... have you behaved suspiciously lately?

  That's handy. Now your coin jar can keep count.

  Game outsourcing craziness.

  A sooty moon for Sedna?

Monday, August 23, 2004

  The illustrators Willy Pogany and Harry Rountree.
Alice in Wonderland illustrations.

Illustration of Alice by Harry Rountree

  Via Bifurcated Rivets - Bitkraft.

  Lopsided? Well, control your temper.

  Politics and the English Language, by George Orwell.

  The Postmodernism Generator.

  Oh, he's found Atlantis...

  The London beer flood of 1814. On a similar note, the Boston molasses flood of 1919. Custard flood anyone? Meatball avalanche?

  The Bubble Baba Challenge...

  Japanese 'Dalek' guards. via Geekpress.

  By visiting this site, you destroy it.

  A rain of fish in Wales.

  Viz is 25.

  How to memorize.

  The ancient rock art of Northumberland.

  David Mach's match heads.

Head sculpture made from match heads

  Underwood PC.

  Dick Van Dyke and CG.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

  Bugmenot is back.


  Soldering surprise in space.

  What a gorgeous day. What effulgent sunshine. It was a day of this sort the McGillicuddy brothers murdered their mother with an axe.

Once ... in the wilds of Afghanistan, I lost my corkscrew, and we were forced to live on nothing but food and water for days.

The random WC Fields quote page.

  How to make a paperclip launcher.

  The first Google page. Haven't they come a long way.

Here is the first Blogger.

Friday, August 20, 2004

  The most recent Waving at Myself in the Internet Archive.

  The Allais effect: could Relativity be wrong?

  WW2 wreck in the Thames could make a daisy cutter look like a banger.

  The Lord's Prayer on vellum. In Klingon.

French comics.

Via Incoming Signals.

  Tesselating alphabet. Via J-Walk.

  Science toys you can make with your kids. Or by yourself for that matter. 'Fun with high voltage' and 'a ten minute railgun' sound especially appealing.

  When 64 = 65.

  Dungeons and Dragons is thirty this year.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

  So what happened to Bugmenot?

Update: it is no more.

  Funfurde: funky furniture and design.

  Ancient walled city found in Peru.

  Someone please tell me this is satirical.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

  The Black Hole of the Web.

  New moons.

  Teleportation goes long distance - well, 600m.

  Ancient 'plant matter' recovered from deep ice cores.

  Was Mrs Pauline Aguss struck by a meteorite?

  The saga of lubricious referrals continues: someone reached this page by typing:

olympic swimming seethru

You know who you are. Now get on with your homework.

  Via Bifurcated Rivets - Yiddish in comics. Also, a succinct diagram representing the history and influences of Cubism and abstract art.

  The world of model languages.

  Have fun with video feedback. Some examples and articles here. If I remember rightly, this is how the first Dr Who opening credits were produced in the sixties.

  Escheresque animations.

  Find serenity with this interactive Zen garden.

  Cornish sun pillar.

  Have your pet mummified. No, don't. Just toilet-train your cat instead.


  Hamlet, the text adventure. Via Incoming Signals.

Via the same blog, Soviet children's picture books.

  Oh, what a shame this link is dead.

  A speedier internet with optical switches.

  Howard Rheingold's thoughts on the emergence of a new economic system. Via Slashdot.

  Papernapkin.net: 'a service to help passive-agressive cowards avoid people who would like to date them.'

  Frato, cu vi havas deyon?

  Trouble brewing for German language reform.

  Another search engine: i-une.

  Miles of mules. That's right.

  Screen online, a site about British cinema.

  The Premier Issue Project - first covers of various magazines.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

  At what scale does the concept of temperature break down?

  Speaking of exhortatory tales, don't throw rocks at a bee's nest. It may be bigger than you think.

  Unleash the artist within you with Mr Picassohead.

  Before you consider drinking liquid nitrogen - no, wait! - read this exhortatory tale.

  If this university was based in the north east of England, its name would be very encouraging.

  The artwork of Jim Woodring.

  gold star Ah, the kudos... Waving at Myself is today's Guardian Weblog Top Blog.

  Nine rules of email etiquette: How to be a Boor (links to a pdf, I'm afraid).

  The ultimate game challenge: can you make a cup of tea?

  A eudaimonic life is better for you than a hedonic one. Trust me.

  Ernie 4 is unveiled. The first Ernie was the size of a van. How it works.

  Waste your friends' time and patience with the world's longest email address.

  Well well, I'm a Gmailer. I hadn't realised I'd been invited to try it out.

Gmail logo

We'll see how it goes...

  I just received this email; not the first of its kind:

Hello Dear,

My name is Mr Otto Simon Jimmy, and I work in the
International operation department in a Local Bank
here in South Africa.

Etc etc.

Well, I don't know about you, but I find "Hello Dear" a little alarming to start with. Is this the beginning of a new trend in fraud, camp scamming?

Send your gayest answers to:


  It doesn't matter if he wears glasses. Go on, pummel the little chap.

Monday, August 16, 2004

  Was it Superman?

  Shades of Roswell: metal rubber.

  Via Bifurcated Rivets - some pulp fiction covers (takes a while to load).

  Buy a useful genetically-engineered household appliance at GenieCorp. An advert for the novel 'Eve'.

  Vedic mathematics in a modern world.

Friday, August 13, 2004

  One of life's burdens lifted from our shoulders - sockscriptions.

  Via Geekpress - can you really - as we've been led to believe - ruin a car engine by pouring sugar in the petrol tank?

  Will supercapacitors replace batteries?

Thursday, August 12, 2004

  Amuse yourself with Particle Painter. Via Xlab. And muse over the Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle, something I've often wondered about myself.

  Go gaga with this optical illusion.

  I hope she didn't really look like this.

  A thought-provoking essay on the subject of public self-revelation at the expense of true individuality: the Naked Crowd by Jeffrey Rosen.

  Shifty tiles make virtual walking possible.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

  World's deepest hole found.

  Debris of 'alien spaceship' found in Siberia...

  No words. Just pictures.

  Some fascinating tricks and illusions on Mindbluff.com. For instance, you can produce the sensation of a phantom limb.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

  typoGenerator produces randomly-composed 'posters' from entered text, using Google Image Search to find background elements.

image created by typoGenerator

  Wonderful aerial photographs.

  Get a noodle reading by mobile phone...

  A new search engine - perhaps one to rival Google one day? Icerocket.

  Via J-Walk Blog - Steven Noyes' lightning strike gallery.

  The Twisted Copper Art Gallery.

Monday, August 09, 2004

  I wish I knew the story behind the search requests which lead people here. This one's especially poignant:

'Help me find myself'

Friday, August 06, 2004

  Via Bifurcated Rivets - unwrap a virtual mummy. Or virtually unwrap a mummy. Anyway, it's quite neat.

  Making art out of messiness - stamp cups.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

  The Fool's World Map.