Friday, 26 October 2007

Lego Pathfinder

...and I thought the Star Wars space port was good!

This Lego Pathfinder was made by Grey Fang and comes complete with bridge, engines, escape pids, various suits, and crew quarters. I can't imagine how long it took to design and build but the attention to detail is impressive.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Thorax Cake

With total disregard for the risk of appearing cake-obsessed today, I thought that Barbara Jo's cake inspired by the thorax deserve a post. Each organ is a different type of cake and secreted different colours and flavours of liquid when cut. Nice. I might have to go and bake myself now!

Wal-Mart Farewell Cake

link via Livejournal. So you might not be able to see it!

Suzanne's supervisor ordered this cake (from Wal-Mart) for her with the instruction to write on it "Best Wishes Suzanne" and underneath that, "We will miss you". The added special touch for me is the spelling. :)


Two videos for your viewing pleasure. Both stolen shamelessly from Son of Orac.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Steampunk PC

This water cooled steampunk PC tower is just gorgeous. I gather that most of (all of?) the pipes, dials and guages actually work too.

For the Polish site and more photos go here and do check out stronas 2 & 3. English info at Brass Goggles.

Manipulated Photos

A collection of 15 altered photos and a bit of back story on each.

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Monster Font

What fun and just in time for Halloween if I cared.. You too can create your own monster sticker words here.

Friday, 19 October 2007


A screenshot from HMV today. No more 60GB PS3? Is a new (better?) one on the way even after the price drop? I need to know more at once!

History of Religion

How has the geography of religion evolved over the centuries, and where has it sparked wars? This map gives us a brief history of the world's most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Selected periods of inter-religious bloodshed are also highlighted. Want to see 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds? Ready, Set, Go!

Six Sentences

A very simple concept - what can be said in six sentences? Some sentences can be longer than others but contributors don't seem to have gone mad with the lengths and there are some interesting stories/snippets in there. Not contributed one myself (of course) but will have a think.

Oh dear. Only three sentences in the above. Must try harder.


10 Strange Things in Space

I've just read James Blish's Cities in Flight series so am "into" the idea of travelling in Space at the moment. If my spindizzy-enabled city came across some of these strange things in space, I suspect I'd be a little nervous... Although mini black holes are quite pretty!

Monday, 15 October 2007

Too addictive...

Oh dear. I started playing MySims yesterday morning. It is addictive but I am not entirely sure why as all you do is build houses/shops for people and then they order you about telling you to make them stuff. Oh - and you also have to collect essences to fulfil their very specific requirements. 17 hours of effort and I now have a 4 star town but no life. I'll get the fifth star tomorrow... unless my Wii gets confiscated, which looks fairly likely.

Friday, 12 October 2007

Chore Wars!

Introducing Chore Wars - a site that helps you to earn xp for completing household chores! You can also create quests if there is a particularly onerous task that needs completing as well as level up and earn items/treasure. Genius.

Edit: I am now a Level 1 Shaman. Just wait until I start completing the tasks and quests... I'll power up in no time.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing was announced as the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature today (which also carries a $1.5 million pot - time to get out my quill!) She was out shopping when she found out as her publisher couldn't get hold of her so she was told by a reporter. I just love her response (from Reuters)

"I've won all the prizes in Europe, every bloody one. I'm delighted to win them all, the whole lot," she told reporters outside her London home. "It's a royal flush."

EDIT: Doris is growing on me! From the BBC this time:

"I've won it. I'm very pleased and now we're going to have a lot of speeches and flowers and it will be very nice."

Largest 3D Street Painting

via Fun Forver, a collection of photos of the largest ever 3D street painting at 280 square metres.

25 Incredible Houses

A collection of 25 incredible houses with a bit of info on each. Features some seriously clever architecture with some quite odd, but fun, results.

Sunday, 7 October 2007

A consummate TV professional

Swedish hostess Eva Nazemson accidentally vomiting in the middle of the live-tv game show 'Nattliv' on national television.

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Narrowest Houses.

Cor - some of these narrow houses are pretty damn narrow indeed. The house I've pictured is in Glasgow and is just 47 inches wide at its narrowest.

Green Metropolis

I do like Green Metropolis. You sell your old books and someone else buys them. Set price of £3.75 per book, including postage, and they donate 5p to the Woodland Trust for every book sold! They've just had a re-vamp (hence my tenuous excuse for a post about them) and I've just realised that audio books are also sold for £3.75. What a bargain!

Wi-Fi Detector Shirt

For a mere $30, you can buy this Wi-Fi Detector Shirt from Think Geek. "The glowing bars on the front of the shirt dynamically change as the surrounding wi-fi signal strength fluctuates." The site also says " geeky chicks swoon at your presence". Not so sure myself...

Pencil Art

Jennifer Maestre creates amazing sculptures from pencils. Sounds weird but looks great!

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Lend a Little.

I've just "discovered" Kiva - a non-profit organisation that facilitates micro-financing for developing world entrepreneurs in as little as $25 dollar chunks made via PayPal. Or I could use their wording (which sounds so much better):

"Choose an entrepreneur. Loan as little as $25. Receive updates. Get repaid as the business succeeds."

Their first loans were made in March 2005 and since then they've arranged over $12 million dollars worth of finance to third world entrepreneurs - with an average loan size of just $650 and an incredible default rate of 0.34% (a rate that the loan market in the UK could only fantasize about!!)

Clearly (as usual) I am behind the times as even Oprah has talked about it but don't let that deter you from supporting a start up business now!

EDIT: I should point out that you may not get your money back if the business you select does not succeed.

Monday, 1 October 2007

Walk to Rivendell

The Walk to Rivendell is an interesting exercise idea - measure your progress against the distances walked in Lord of the Rings. It's 458 miles from Hobbiton to Rivendell - and that's just the start... The site is based on the distances in The Atlas of Middle-Earth by Karen W. Fonstad and includes a map that you can print off and mark your progress against and some terrifyingly detailed information on exact progress against the book.

I'm almost tempted...

You wouldn't steal a handbag...

From Channel Four's The IT Crowd. Season Two, Episode Three to be specific...