Thursday, 30 August 2007

Shedworking

I am not entirely sure what it is about this shedworking blog that has made me spend so much time reading it and following the many links. The good folks at The Friday Project seem to share my fascination as they'll be publishing "The Shedworking Handbook" next July.






























I now "need" one of the many lovely office sheds featured in this blog in my garden. Only problem is that I will need a new garden to fit one in. The house hunting continues...

Dilbert

So glad to be out of this.

Four Seasons

No. Not the hotel. The actual four seasons of the year show in the same photos! Some are better than others but I like the idea.

Sunday, 26 August 2007

Make music online with JamStudio

Damn - it turns out that I am brilliant at "writing" music. What fun I have had playing around on the JamStudio site. All I need now are the lyrics and there'll be a hit on my hands...

Sturgeon Face

Could this be a new craze?

Thursday, 23 August 2007

13 of the worst fake accents in movies

deputydog has posted a list of the worst culprits in films when it comes to attempting a foreign accent. Examples from YouTube included when available and plenty more suggestions in the comments! Glad to see Patsy Kensit got a mention for Lethal Weapon 2. As did this lovable cockney fella.

Vista Upgrade Decision Matrix

via bbspot, this (probably old!) decision matrix to decide if it's time to upgrade or not. Click to make it BIG.

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

I Love Egg

Dammit - I love these little egg fellows. Must have first seen this song/video a good two/three years ago and even now it makes me SMILE.

Warning. This link is not for those with an aversion to cuteness. Or loud noises.

How to travel the world packing under 10 pounds

Tim Ferriss is clearly the master of packing light when embarking on his travels. He practices what he called the BIT Method (Buy It There) and allocates a settling fund for purchases rather than packing, and carrying, all those "just in case" items.

Logging Pattern

This site says that the picture is real (as in not photoshopped) - either way a poignant picture demonstrating the damage caused by logging.

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Free Games to Play

A very, very long list of "free games that don't suck" so that you can waste even more time on the intarweb. Something for everyone. Joy.

Page 2 link.
Page 3 link.

Safe Bedside Table

You have to question your own paranoia levels if you felt the need to buy this bedside table that transforms into a bat and shield designed by by James McAdam.

Monday, 20 August 2007

One for hubby

Image "kindly" provided by Son of Orac.

Friday, 17 August 2007

Fantasy games 'not for geeks'

Ha! It is official. The BBC said so. Well, actually Prof. Mark Davies from Nottingham Trent University said so and he plays World of Warcraft so he should know... The catchily-namesd "Breaking the Stereotype: The Case of Online Gaming" report findings included:

  • Fifteen percent of people play for more than 50 hours a week.
  • Over 60% of players were older than 19.
  • A quarter of those questioned as part of the survey said they played for more than 41 hours a week. This was not deemed unhealthy (w00t).
  • One in three gamers were attracted to other players.
Hrm - reminds me of the "Is this man cheating on his wife?" article I read yesterday...


Yoda Origami

Here are instructions on how to make your very own origami Yoda. For advances origami-ists (is that a word??) only.

Earth from Space

Some great picture of...ummmm... the Earth from space!

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Bourne Ultimatum

Go and see The Bourne Ultimatum. Really. Loved it. Paul Greengrass is a genius - and the handheld camera work was excellent. In other news, I have now developed a mild crush on Matt Damon (well - Jason Bourne really) and that man can most certainly kick butt with the Tangiers fight sequence being a high point.

4.75 stars - no real review as what is the point when there are already so many out there?

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Just 'cos I think it's funny.

From xkcd:

Is Science Fiction Obsolete?

via fantasyhotlist.

Well, according to Discover Magazine it is. Article here. Some interesting comments about the founding fathers of the genre (Verne, Wells) and one quote I did enjoy was "why are the science fiction shelves of bookstores glutted with brightly colored works of “fantasy” whose protagonists, judging by the covers, are shirtless bodybuilders with Thor hairstyles fighting dragons with swords?" A discussion thread about the article is on Westeros.

I do think, sometimes, that I can see Sci-Fi ideas that I read about only a few years ago turning into reality at a quite breath taking speed if you dwell on it. Roll on the Culture!

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Tidy Out Your Bookshelves!

Lifehacker ran an article (here) on organising your bookshelves that I thought might help me out. However, as I have literally thousands of books I think I need to move house before I can even *put* them all on bookshelves, let along organise them. I digress. One of the comments led me to the Sorted Books project from Nina Katchadourian. In her words:

"The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom."

Love it - some examples are very witty and I just wish I'd thought of it!

Monday, 13 August 2007

Cover-up plan for UK energy target

From The Guardian today:

"Government officials have secretly briefed ministers that Britain has no hope of getting remotely near the new European Union renewable energy target that Tony Blair signed up to in the spring - and have suggested that they find ways of wriggling out of it...under current policies Britain would miss the EU's 2020 target of 20% energy from renewables by a long way"

Based on the current policy, renewables would account for only 5% of Britain's energy mix by 2020, the document says. The EU average is 7%; Germany is at 13%. Some suggestions to "blag" their way out of it are the inclusion of nuclear energy in the "green" calculation or investing in solar power in Africa....

Pathetic.

Read the leaked internal briefing paper here and the Guardian's leader here.

Saturday, 11 August 2007

Lion Reunion

No idea why I can't find a video with sound on it but I thought that the footage was pretty impressive. Christian the Lion (read about him here) was released into the wild and this is him coming across his old "owners", Tony and John, a year later. Note that he does not maul them and neither does his new pride (who are totally wild). Not sure I'd be too keen to trust in the lion remembering me but it is quite touching.

Great Balls of Fire!










The 2007 Perseid meteor shower is due to be the "greatest" in years.
The meteors will be visible on clear nights from about August 10 to August 15, peaking on August 13 between midnight and 4am (UK time) and should be visible from much of the Northern Hemisphere as long as you can get away from light pollution. The reason they'll be so good this year is because their arrival will coincide with a new moon. "Usually, moonlight makes it difficult for the human eye to pick out most of the individual meteors, but against a velvety-black sky the display will be mind-blowing."

Nasa and The Times can tell you more. I think I need to dig out my binoculars, a blanket and some coffee!

Friday, 10 August 2007

The Gashlycrumb Tinies

First published in 1963, The Gashlycrumb Tinies by author and illustrator Edward Gorey tells the tale of 26 children who (in alphabetical order and rhyming couplets) meet their maker before their time. Dark stuff and I love the title.

View the whole book here.

Thursday, 9 August 2007

Go Fug Yourself






Oh dear - another guilty pleasure discovered today. Go Fug Yourself - tagline "fugly is the new pretty" - is a quite dreadful place where they showcase "celebrity" fashion faux pas. I detest the genre however found myself browsing the recent articles and gasping in gleeful horror.

...and now I've blogged about it to. Damn.

The 10 Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts

From the Dropa Stones to impossible fossils - ten puzzling ancient artifacts - also known as Out of Place Artifacts (OOPArt). A pinch of salt may need to be applied when reading and cross-referral to google.

Bugs and Turtles

Today, via an internet journey that was long and winding, I found myself on Martha Stewart's website. Worse - I found myself looking at her ideas and thinking some were good... I may become a domestic goddess yet but don't hold your breath.

While I was there, I found instructions for these bug cupcakes and this sea turtle ice cream. All I need now is an excuse to make them...

Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Seedy People






"We all know seeds are expensive and there is always a surplus after planting what we need.

This site is for those of you who would like to make use of the surplus to either swap for a variety you have been longing to grow, a variety you have never heard of or send on to someone who you know will get great pleasure in growing.

For the price of a stamp we can make use of all those millions of seeds that go to waste and also save ourselves money in the process."

So grow it. Swap it. Easy!

147 Tiny Tips to Live Healthier, Happier, Greener and Better

From The Frugalist comes these tips to live healthier, happier, greener and better. The tips come under the categories of Job, Around the House, Finance, Goals & Beliefs, Romance, Socialising and Health & Diet.

Of course, rather then feeling happier and better about myself I now feel slightly guilty that I have so many tips to pay attention to - especially from the around the house section...

[Edit: Having browsed other tips from the site, I feel quite frivolous :( ]

The Worlds Most Dangerous Roads

Some of theses "most dangerous roads" look pretty grim indeed. I will use the photos from Part 1 and Part 2 to plan my Road Trips to Avoid schedule...

The Golden Compass

I am actually pretty excited about this film as I really enjoyed the books. Based on the Comic Con preview it looks very pretty indeed. Nicole Kidman as Mrs Coulter is an inspired casting choice too.

Of course I had to take the daemon test - and I got a lion! I was very pleased with myself for being matched with such a noble creature until Rowan got a snow leopard :(

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Cat Rubs Face - It Is Filmed...

Dear me. What is this blog coming to when I feel the need to post a cat video? It is exceptionally cute though.

Win complete set of Vintage Classic Twins

Not elderly twins in matching outfits. Books! Over on the Man Booker website is a competition to win the complete set of all ten Vintage Classic Twins.

The challenge is to send in your suggestion for the best pre-twentieth-century classic novel to twin with Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, and your reasons for this choice.

Hrmm. I shall put my thinking cap on. I could always do with 20 new books...

Sunday, 5 August 2007

Wine Bottle Folly

via Treehugger.

Richard Pim has built a 11 foot high dome folly with four concrete arches, out of 3,000 wine bottles, each cemented with the bottom facing out.

"One day I was sat in the garden drinking a glass of wine and as I held the bottle up to the sun it made an amazing sparkly effect. I thought 'that's it, I will make it out of wine bottles'." he said archly. "I had no problems getting hold of bottles. Most of Herefordshire knew what I was doing so I have had lots of donations. I have also drunk a good few myself."

Little People

It's quite clear now that I have a "thing" for the use of tiny models of people in art... That acknowledged, here's some more!

"Little People" is a street art project in which "Little handpainted people, left in London to fend for themselves."

Typewriter Art

via Boing Boing. A sucker for anything faintly Star Wars + admiration of the effort it must take to perfectly type out an image (no delete key!) = this post.

Andrew Macrae is the artist. More images here.

Saturday, 4 August 2007

Poems as Limericks

A handful of poems turned into limericks (not by me!).

I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud
There once was a poet named Will
Who tramped his way over a hill
And was speechless for hours
Over some stupid flowers
This was years before TV, but still.

Jessica the Hippo

Ministry of Defense Logos

Inspired by Japan's recent Defense Ministry logo competition (winner below), Who Sucks have collated seventeen other Defense Ministry logos from around the world. Swords and animals seem popular.

Shed Spot Competition

Yes. I really am blogging about garden sheds... Oh dear.

The Spot Brief is running a competition (deadline yesterday) "to produce an imaginative design for the perfect garden shed." Designs to have a floor layout of no more than
3.5m x 1.2m and a height restriction of 2m. Some of the entries are really impressive - I wish I had the space for a home office/shed in the garden! Well I do but then I'd have no garden...

The Gallery of entries is here.

Friday, 3 August 2007

Longleat Babies

There's been a baby boom at Longleat Safari Park and I've been able to awww over the images here. Longleat has a history of higher than average captive breeding success so they must be getting something right for their animals.

Macro Photographs

Brian Valentine's gallery of macro images is enough to turn me green with envy and includes a fabulous series of shots of flowers reflected in droplets of water on other plants. He says that most of his photos were taken in his garden. So jealous.

Life Beneath Antarctic Ice

From Time Magazine, this stunning series of photos taken by Norbert Wu (you've guessed it) beneath the Antarctic Ice.

Optimus Prime Cake

This Optimus Prime birthday cake was ordered by Morgan Valentine for her husband's 30th Birthday. From the size of his grin, it looks like he appreciated it! The cake was made by Nashville's The French Connection.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow...

I didn't intend to abandon my blog for this long. In fact - didn't realise it had been so long! Doesn't time fly when the sun starts shining?

Anyway - first post of August will be via Fun Forever and it features more little people in photos. I don't know who the artist is but I am a big fan! Lots more examples via the FF link.