Thursday, 30 August 2007
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...
Sunday, 26 August 2007
Thursday, 23 August 2007
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
Monday, 20 August 2007
Friday, 17 August 2007
- 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.
Thursday, 16 August 2007
4.75 stars - no real review as what is the point when there are already so many out there?
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
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
"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
"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....
Read the leaked internal briefing paper here and the Guardian's leader here.
Saturday, 11 August 2007
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
View the whole book here.
Thursday, 9 August 2007
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.
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
"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!
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 :( ]
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
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
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" is a street art project in which "Little handpainted people, left in London to fend for themselves."
Saturday, 4 August 2007
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
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.