May 2011 Archives

Powerpoint

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Do you use powerpoint?  Many of you do and so I bet you've seen some terrible presentations.  This site has a wonderful gallery of terrible slides...

http://www.infocus.com/labs/all/visual-communication-%2526-collaboration/worst-ppt-slide-contest-winners

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Supernova

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A couple of our favourite things here - music and space.  From ScientificAmerican comes a new way of listening to one of nature's greatest shows:


Supernova Sonata from Alex Parker on Vimeo.

Domino

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Check out this attempt at the world's largest domino pyramid.  So close!!!


New Species

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We love the discovery of new species on QI.  Check out this list of ones found in 2010, including the wonderful dracula minnow...

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http://webecoist.com/2010/07/18/surprise-finds-10-strange-yet-exciting-new-species/

Dead skin can help clean the air:

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-05/dead-human-skin-helps-clean-air

Do no-smoking signs make you want to smoke?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1383962/Why-No-smoking-signs-actually-ENCOURAGE-smokers-light-up.html

How much is the UK austerity government spending on wine?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13386948

The Library of Congress has opened up its audio vaults:

http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/
Folding your arms relieves pain:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13452457

These people supposedly have no concept of time...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13452711

While these 8 people are the only that speak Busuu:

http://save.busuu.com/

These Russian undertakers are in cahoots with paramedics:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13424707

And while in Russia - is Vladimir Putin Paul the Apostle?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/8509670/All-female-sect-worships-Vladimir-Putin-as-Paul-the-Apostle.html

Brands

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What if modern brands had posters in the olden days?  This gallery, that's what...

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Dust

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There's a great book called The Secret Life of Dust which you can buy here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Life-Dust-Kitchen-Consequences/dp/0471377430

Dust is much more interesting than you might imagine - check out these dust storms for instance...

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Music Time

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Sit back and admire these guys creating a masterpiece from nothing more than a piano and a cello. 


Guardian

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The Guardian is 190 years old.  To honour a rather unusual anniversary, it has a rather nice gallery.  Check it out here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/gallery/2011/may/05/the-guardian-190th-anniversary-pictures#/?picture=374249358&index=0

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Drops

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Check out this gallery - which could begin a new feature: "Flickr gallery of the week".  Amazing photography of drops by "maianer"

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/maianer/sets/72157623895392262/

Textbooks

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Why did I not have textbooks like this?  A great surreal gallery here:

http://50watts.com/#1104784/An-artist-s-interpretation-of-a-teenager-s-head-exploding-in-science

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And while we're looking at more modern art, check out this gallery - making use of "negative space"

http://tangyauhoong.com/negative-space/


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Sky

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Great image of the sky here, it's fully navigable as well.  Amazing stuff...

http://media.skysurvey.org/interactive360/index.html

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(image from NASA)

Flooring

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This is more QI though.  An ingenious solution to the problem of humans beings walking into each other...


Pets

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This is a bit silly really, but if you've got a pet it's a good way to spend 10 minutes or so...

http://www.cartoonizemypet.com/shop/cats/

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More Video Games

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What if we were attacked by real-life Space Invaders?  It will be ok if this guy is around with his magic joystick...


QI on Ice

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Ever wondered what makes some ice cloudy? It's tiny, trapped air bubbles which refract the light. This is particularly true in home-made ice cubes, because the water used is generally from the tap, which becomes aerated as it pours.

Much more from the QI Telegraph Column here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/qi/8523006/QI-Quite-interesting-facts-about-ice.html

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Video Games

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Have you heard of a movie called "king of kong"?  It was about the race to become the best video game player in the world.  It was brilliant.

There's a new one coming out about tetris, looks good...


Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters Full Trailer from Adam Cornelius on Vimeo.

Octopodes

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Octopodes are so beautiful.  Dancing.  Amazing...


Hitchhiking

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Good luck with this - I lasted around half an hour, got 40 points and gave up.  If you do any better please let us know....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/game_nolan.shtml

Design

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I always wanted a secret passage in my house - here's a gallery:

http://www.oddee.com/item_97712.aspx

And some really cool USB sticks!

http://funpremium.com/100-weirdinteresting-and-creative-usb-drives/

Look it up...

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A couple of great sites here - a backwards dictionary and an atlas that searched for your name...

Oh, and a great site that allows you to look at the history of weather in your city of choice...

http://www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml

http://www.datapointed.net/2011/02/maps-of-streets-places-first-names/

...

http://weatherspark.com/

Pendula

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These pendulums have been doing the internet rounds this week, and with good reason, so hypnotic...


Aeroplanes

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Some great pictures here: long-exposure shots of takeoffs and landings.

http://www.amusingplanet.com/2011/05/long-exposure-shots-of-airline-takeoffs.html

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Inductance

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Magnets and balls.  Great stuff and similar to some "ingenious interludes" that we'll be showing on this year's season of QI.


F5 2011 RE:PLAY Film Festival. Inductance from Physalia Studio on Vimeo.

Banana

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Art made from bananas?  Only on the internet...

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Future Me

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Want to freak yourself out?  Get drunk and fill in this form.  It's a way of sending yourself an e-mail in the future...

http://futureme.org/

Inception

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Did you watch it?  Great movie.  But what would it look like if it was a desktop?

Geeky?  You bet.  But when's that ever stopped us?


INCEPTION_FOLDER from chris baker on Vimeo.

Mariachi

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Photos

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Check out the winners of the 2011 World Photography Awards from National Geographic:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/05/pictures/110511-best-pictures-sony-world-photography-awards/

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Facial Hair

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Smithsonian Magazine has a page where you can vote on the best facial hair in the Civil War.  Who will you vote for?

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Who-Had-the-Best-Civil-War-Facial-Hair.html

I think this guy...

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Facebook Roulette

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A great idea from a Russian Vodka company....


Mario

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Great idea for an ice-skating routine - beats Bolero in my book!  From the 2011 World Championships.


Paper

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More paper art - from Simon Schubert who creases, rather than folds.  Excellent stuff:

http://www.simonschubert.de/papierarbeiten.html

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Bee and Balloons

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This ad for Jack Daniel's is nicely made. 




As is this one from MTV Brazil - clever people these advertisers...


Last Supper

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Fun site here with various interpretations of the Da Vinci painting:

http://ifitshipitshere.blogspot.com/2011/04/20-more-interpretations-of-last-supper.html

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Do It Yourself

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Bored?  Why not make a crossbow, or even a Plane Detector?

http://www.popsci.com/node/53737

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Top 10s - or maybe Bottom 10s

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A couple of world top 10s here that are a little depressing, firstly 10 natural wonders that may soon disappear:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42723289/ns/travel-destination_travel/

and then the 10 most polluted cities in the world...

http://www.weirdlyodd.com/10-most-polluted-cities-in-the-world/

Universe as your Plaything

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This is a great bit of software that allows you to control the universe.  Download here, or if that's too much trouble, just check out the beautiful embedded video after the jump...

http://universesandbox.com/

That's How I Roll

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Great fun this - make your own Roller Coaster, thanks to the Discover Channel.

http://dsc.discovery.com/games/coasters/interactive.html

Beurocracy

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Photographer Jan Banning travelled the world photographing beurocracy wherever he went.  The results tell a lot about the modern world.

http://www.janbanning.com/gallery/bureaucratics/


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Coyote

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I'm not one for management-speak normally, but I definitely am one for Road Runner cartoons - this site is a great explanation of what Wile E. Coyote can teach us about creativity.

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1663604/frog-design-3-things-wile-e-coyote-teaches-us-about-creative-intelligence

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