April 2011 Archives

What We Learned From The Interweb This Week

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In this part of Pakistan, they employ the transgenedered to collect tax:

http://arbroath.blogspot.com/2011/04/pakistans-transgender-tribe-of-tax.html

Did the Universe once only have one dimension??

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110420152059.htm

Right-handedness was once a lot more common:

http://rss.sciam.com/click.phdo?i=7cfb4bf3688b815df0f34cf610993441

What do two bullets look like if they hit each other head-on?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1157582/Bang-target-Crimea-War-bullets-collided-billion-chance.html

Monopoly

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...the movie of the game.  Good idea and nicely done, I think:


End of the World

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How will you know if the world's about to end?  It's a real problem, but not any more thanks to this site which takes all the predicted apocalypses and sends you an e-mail when one of them is about to happen!

http://www.rowdydow.co.uk/eotw/

Tetris

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This game has been around for a while - it's tetris, but you're given the very worst block every time...

http://qntm.org/files/hatetris/hatetris.html

but if that's too much for today, here's nice tetris where you get the very best one!

http://www.gudmagazine.com/games/heaven/

Drums

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Wow - check out this guy.  Skilz...


Wedding

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It's that time of the year again when it's time to dust off the old suit, or hat.

The average length of a British marriage is 11 years and six months, which is about the same as it was for 12th century peasants (though their marriages tended to end through the death of one of the partners rather than divorce).

More here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/qi/8466023/QI-Quite-interesting-facts-about-weddings.html

Words

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Interesting article here for etymology fans:

Anatoly Liberman is a linguist, a lover of words. But numbers have become far more important as he labors on his masterwork, a multi-volume dictionary on the history of common English words.

His age, for instance: 74.

Or the number of years he estimates he has left on the project: 10.

And then there's the most daunting figure of all: 1,000, or the number of words he intends to include in his dictionary. Each word must be painstakingly researched, analyzed, written up and polished. On the origin of the word "dwarf," for instance, he has already written 16 double-columned, single-spaced pages.


More on this huge task here:

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/119943134.html?page=1&c=y


Dot

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This is an animation of a famous Carl Sagan reflection - great stuff but it will make you feel quite small!


Pale Blue Dot - Animation from Ehdubya on Vimeo.

Decoration

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Check out these wall and floor decorations by artist Heike Weber.  Think you could live in a house like this?

http://www.triangulationblog.com/2010/04/heike-weber.html

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What We Learned From The Interweb This Week

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Golf

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Golf in Mumbai is a lot different to what you see on TV:


Mumbai Golf - ESPN E:60 from Evolve IMG Films Ltd. on Vimeo.

Ancestors

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Your last common ancestor with an armadillo was 981.2 million years ago:



Lots of fun to be had here.

Old

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Want to feel old?  Who doesn't?!  Well now you can thanks to this old-person-simulation-suit from Japan. 

http://www.kokenmpc.co.jp/english/products/life_simulation_models/nursing_education/lm-060/index.html

It's the latest in a long-line of rather odd scientific inventions:

http://www.popsci.com/node/53430

Travel

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All the fun of travelling from San Francisco to Paris, without any of the hassel.  Oh, and you don't end up in Paris at the end, as well.  :/


Architecture

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...of the odd kind.

Clement Valla takes pictures of wobbly bridges from Google Earth - they're great:

http://clementvalla.com/index.php?/work/bridges/

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Google Art

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Not much to add, apart from if you don't know about the Google Art project already, then you really should.  You can lose hours here...

http://www.googleartproject.com/

Princess

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As a term for addressing female royalty, "princess" is a relative newcomer: it first appears in 1385 in Chaucer's The Knight's Tale. Until that time, female royals were simply know as "Lady".

It is a feminised version of prince, which came from the Latin princeps, one of the titles adopted by the first Roman emperor Augustus, and it means "he/she who takes first" (primus "first" plus capere "to take"). This is usually translated as "first citizen".


Find out more about princesses from this week's QI Column in the Daily Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/8451317/QI-Quite-interesting-facts-about-princesses.html

Awesome Reading Tool

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Spreeder helps you to read text much quicker than usual.  Try it out here:

http://www.spreeder.com/app.php

It's awesome, but I say that word waaay too much.  Thankfully this site tells me how to make an "awesome button" which will help me to vary my vocabulary....  Awesome!!!!1!!one!!

http://laughingsquid.com/reduce-use-of-the-word-awesome-by-making-an-awesome-button/

Zoos

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Ooh, ooh, Edinburgh Zoo has a penguin cam!  You can see baby penguins...

http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/EZPenguinCam.html

Cologne Zoo on the other hand has a somewhat less savoury exhibit:


Particles

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Move them around with your mouse.  That is all.

http://spielzeugz.de/html5/liquid-particles.html

And while we're talking about completely pointless websites, may I introduce you to charcuterie-roulette...

http://charcuteroulette.com/

Oh, and mustn't forget "things to do with a paperclip when you're bored"

http://www.kuriositas.com/2011/04/things-to-do-with-paper-clips-when.html

Animals

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A couple of under-appreciated animals here, firstly the Armadillo: environmentalgrafitti has a great article telling you all you need to know:

http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/animals/news-what-you-dont-know-about-armadillos-will-shock-you

And then crayfish.  I bet you never wondered how they decide which way to go:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=consider-the-crayfish-how-a-claw-fu-2011-04-14

And finally the human - the oddest creature of all!


Россия

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I think these illustrations are from Soviet science publications, but I'm not sure.  The Russian lessons have not quite kicked in yet.  It's a great gallery anyway, that could easily have come from the pages of a boys-own science-fiction annual.

http://scienceillustration.mypage.ru/

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It's the kind of thing that makes people ask "where's my jetpack?"  Well maybe it's not as far away as you think!

http://martinjetpack.com/

Maps

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Great site here, track the routes of all your favourite explorers, both real and fictional.

http://awesome.good.is/features/011/Wanderlust/index.html

Laaaa

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I went to watch these guys in London last week.  A capella at its best...


Jigsaw

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Want to do a jigsaw?  Where better than jigsaw planet?

http://www.jigsawplanet.com/

Minchin

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Tim Minchin has been on our sister Radio Show "The Museum of Curiosity" - here is his great video explaining his anger as a skeptic.


Miniature

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Alan Wolfson makes tiny sculpures that are amazingly lifelike.  Check out his site:

http://www.alanwolfson.net/sculptures.htm

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Meanwhile, this video looks like a sculpture, but is actually real...

A Tiny Day in the Jackson Hole Backcountry from Tristan Greszko on Vimeo.

Flapper

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Are you a Cellar Smeller - A young man who always turns up where liquor is to be had without cost?  Or maybe a Lens Louise - A person given to monopolizing conversation.

Impress your friends today by talking exclusively like a 1920s flapper.

http://bookflaps.blogspot.com/2011/04/flappers-dictionary.html#

Wonderful

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Perfect for a Monday morning.  Put a smile on your face.  :)


What a wonderful world The Painting from Dan Berglund on Vimeo.

What We Learned From The Interweb This Week

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Cakes

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Here's a new music video by Autoerotique.  The music is unashamedly French, but the video is great fun...


Words

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A great little video which shows the power that words have...


Buildings Shaped Like What They Sell

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Normal Day

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These can't be real.  Can they?


Spacewalk

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Lots of image galleries this week, but I make no excuse for including this amazing group of images of Spacewalks, or should I say "Extra-vehicular Activities".

http://triggerpit.com/2011/03/10/spacewalks-blue-sky-32-pics/

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Cosmology

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Wonderful video here, showing all the effects from the BBC Series "Wonders of the Universe".


A Cosmological Fantasia from BDH - Burrell Durrant Hifle on Vimeo.

Scaffoldage

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The internet caters for all tastes.  Example number one is this, for anyone who loves the sight of a good piece of scaffolding:

Did you know that nearly all the scaffolding used in Hong Kong is bamboo?

http://www.scaffoldage.com/

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Sheep

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Nice bit of sheep herding here, real or fake?  You decide.


QI Goes Nuts

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"Because walnuts resemble the brain, they were believed in medieval times to be able to cure headaches. More recently, Nasa has used pulverised walnut shells as thermal insulation in the nose cones of its rockets."

This, and more nutty facts, can be found in this week's QI Telegraph Column:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/qi/8434868/QI-Quite-interesting-facts-about-nuts.html

Hyperphotos

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Jean-François Rauzier's hyperphotos are something to behold.  Lose yourself for a little while on his website:

http://www.rauzier-hyperphoto.com/category/portfolio/?lang=en

Muppets

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Before Jim Henson made the muppet show, he made these rather macabre advertisements for a certain brand of coffee.  Enjoy:


Rainbow

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Who doesn't like a rainbow?  Fill your morning with a bit of serenity with these seven-coloured spectacles.  And remember, a rainbow is unique to you - each of us sees the rainbow formed by only the drops that are in the correct angular direction to send light into our eyes.

http://www.travelklix.com/wonderful-rainbow/

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Androids

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And if you thought the art in the previous post was scary; check out these three androids conversing (of sorts) with the humans who they were based on.  Something rather disconcerting about this:


When Art Goes Bad

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We include a lot of art works on QTube, but rarely any as dangerous as those in this MentalFloss article.  Some familiar, some less so.  Here's an interesting factoid for instance:

"The Tate Modern, is the most popular modern art gallery in the world, with 4.7 million people passing through the repurposed abandoned power plant every year. Of those millions, a surprisingly high number are injured by the experimental, interactive art pieces, costing the gallery nearly £27,000 in medical claims since 2000. "

http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/83771

Dots

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Quite simply, it's a way of making dot-to-dot puzzles from the comfort of your own laptop - find a fairly simple image on your hard-drive and dot-to-dot yourself silly:

http://www.picturedots.com/make/makePuzzle.html

Ball

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You may have seen this when it went viral last week: if not, it's great, and if so, you'll probably want to see it again.  It's an ad for a mobile phone in which a wooden ball plays Bach's Cantata 147, "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."


Quilling

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According to this article, the art of quilling has been around since the Renaissance - some great examples here:

http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/quilling-the-art-of-turning-paper-strips-into-intricate-artworks.html

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Things we learned from the Interweb this week

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Heat

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Amazing video from the BBC show "Bang Goes the Theory" - he gets a little bit close to that beam for my liking!


Sculpture

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Some wonderful sculptures here, made from Phone Books - seeing as no-one seems to need them any more.

http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/2011/03/27/phone-book-sculptures/


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Spider

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Or space, really.  It's the tarantula nebula as you've never seen it before (though perhaps you've never seen it at all?)

http://www.spacetelescope.org/videos/heic1105a/

Illusion

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From New Scientist.  Rather nice, this one.  I think it's the same effect that makes the second hand of a clock seem to linger when you glance towards it...


Ali

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Great art project here, Mohammed Ali made from punch-bags. 

http://www.good.is/post/this-sculpture-of-muhammad-ali-is-the-greatest/

And a short promotional video:




Nudity

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..but don't worry, it's safe for work.  Wonderful art from Cecelia Webber.

http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-flowers-and-butterflies-made-human-body

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1911

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It's Youtube, but 100 years ago.  Excellently done:


Clay

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Who doesn't like those web programs where you can make an avatar of yourself?

This one was a viral campaign, but it's still available for you to make a clay-you...

http://www.clayyourself.com/

Cute!

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Here it is, the sweetest thing on the web.  Livescience.com goes through the 500 cutest animals in the world...

http://www.livescience.com/13524-500-cutest-animals-list.html

Signs

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Some silly signs here, not sure whether or not they're all real, but they're all amusing...

http://theazon.com/2011/04/23-strange-and-funny-signs/

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