November 2007 Archives

Your Birthday Star

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Work out what your birthday star is - this is what it said about mine...

"Your birthday star is in the constellation Pegasus. It has the name ι (Iota) Pegasi in Johann Bayer's Uranometria star catalog. It is also called 24 Pegasi in the Historia Cœlestis Britannica of John Flamsteed and Edmund Halley. It is called NS 2207+2520 A in the NStars database.

It has visual magnitude 3.77 meaning that you could see this star with the naked eye in good viewing conditions. It is marked in the center of this star chart, at celestial coordinates (J2000 equinox):
Right ascension         22:7:0.7
Declination        25:20:42.4

This star is 38.3 light years away, which means that the light we see from it today set off on its journey at about the same time that you were born. Come back in a month or two and your birthday star may change, as the light from more distant stars reaches Earth."

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Freecycle

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Freecycle.org is a place where people can exchange unwanted goods totally for free...there is currently an independent site for  4,180 different places around the world and you can monitor people's posts for items that you think you might want, contact the donator and then go and pick up the item for free - much more economical than EBay!

Membership is free - just search for your locality and sign up for the newsletters.
 

Food for Thought

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Do these brain exercises to improve your mental reflexes and concentration - gets a little bit addictive after a while but good stuff...

when you've finished that check out these word illusions. These are a kind of optical illusion but all involving words.

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Classic Console Games

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Play all the old favourites - console games that is  - games downloadable to your PC and work with the aid of free emulator software. Defender, Pac-Man, Frogger etc etc. I think are probably included - you can choose games by virtue of platform.

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One Red Paperclip

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Brilliant blog from a guy who started an unbelievable sequence of straight trades by starting with a paperclip and ending up with a house! Read about how he accomplished this enviable feat.

"I started with one red paperclip on July 12 2005 and 14 trades later, on July 12, 2006 I traded with the Town of Kipling Saskatchewan for a house located at 503 Main Street."


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Consumption Junction

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www.consumptionjunction.com

Another one courtesy of Merlin (formerly of BKK fame - now somewhere no-one can be bothered to go to be sure)

Site contains weird and wonderful adult humour - you definitely need to be a certain kind of person to enjoy this one...what's your dysfunction??

PhotoJoJo

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This is a twice-weekly newsletter on which you can learn all sorts of things that you can do with digital photography...

"Turn a photo into a mural at home in 5 minutes, print your friends' faces onto cupcakes, or get a bottlecap that turns any soda bottle into a tripod... "


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The Urban Etiquette Handbook

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An interesting read written in the New York Guide site - fairly in-depth dissemination of categories like 'Getting along', 'Love and Sex', 'Cell Phones and IPods' and other stuff

Many of the principles occur in all major population centres in the West so it's not just about NY City.

If you're an adult this is definitely worth a read...

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Nice day on Manhatten Island

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

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http://www.venganza.org/

Don't ask - just check it out - courtesy of Merlin in LoS (Thailand) - thanks man...cracking link


Card tricks...it's magic!

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http://www.cardtrick.ca/
 
Visit this site to learn how to do card tricks and other kinds of magic tricks as well like rope and coin tricks and other things...

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P.S. latest news - new baby has been born and we now have another boy - more on this in the next couple of days maybe.

Make your own Kaleidoscope

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Copy and paste the URL of any image on the Net and load it up into the kaleidoscope maker. Then click and drag your mouse on the kaleidoscope to make it work...Cool as f**k!!
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Stargazing...

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There is no need to be deterred by cloudy skies when you can go stargazing from the comfort of your own computer. Welcome to Stellarium - a 3-dimensional planetarium that displays real-time photo-realistic skies that you can view from your PC. Download the free software, set your co-ordinates, engage :-)) and watch as the galaxy unfolds. Armchair astronomers will see stars, atmospheres, nebulas, planets, constellations and loads of other star stuff...

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The Sun.

Human Anatomy

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InnerBody.com is a low bandwidth, interactive tour of the many different and complex systems of one of nature's most astonishing creations...the human body.

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The Free Information Society

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You could end up spending a long time at this site which provides MP3 downloads of historical sounds, speeches, interviews and other significant moments in audio history i.e. obviously only as far back as humans have had some kind of sound recording technology!


Sacred Destinations

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http://www.sacred-destinations.com/

"Here you will find articles, photo galleries, maps and illustrations of churches, cathedrals, sacred mountains, sacred rivers, mosques, synagogues, temples, biblical sites, Marian shrines, abbeys, places of pilgrimage, Roman ruins, stone circles, earth vortexes, Zen monasteries, Shinto shrines, Protestant historical sites, Jewish museums, religious artifacts, mysterious places... simply any "site or sight" considered sacred, holy, religious or spiritual...."


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Pandora

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http://www.pandora.com

One of my all-time favourite sites, Pandora is kind of like internet radio tailored to whatever music you are in the mood for. It asks you for a genre/artist/song and then proceeds to work out a playlist of stuff it thinks you're gonna like...It's got an immense database these days - you can find some pretty obscure stuff on this amazing site created by the founders of the Music Genome project.

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...even the one and only is featured ;-))

Make your own Thai food

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http://www.thaitable.com/

Thai table tells you how to make a lot of the classic Thai dishes, all about the ingredients, what sort of equipment you need and has articles like 'The truth about peanut sauce' - I swear there's no such thing in Thailand - how the hell did it come to be associated?

Also where to find suppliers for the ingredients etc. in places besides the US (for a change) - if you like Thai grub then check this site out!

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A typical sight of a street vendor in Bangkok.

Flip

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Flip is a ship with the ability to float both horizontally and vertically. It was built as a scientific research station to measure things like how storm waves are generated and also how sound moves underwater and stuff...Find out how it works, who works there, what they do and there's pictures and video clips as well.


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Best ads on TV

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http://www.bestadsontv.com/main.php

Commercials usually feel like a few minutes of invasive advertising sandwiched in between our favourite programmes. But occasionally advertising agencies go the extra mile that turns advertising into brilliant entertainment and and even art.

Top 100 beers

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You can learn a helluva lot about beers at this site - need I say more?

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cor this looks good right now...

Cosmic Evolution

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Cosmic evolution is a mind-bending and fascinating field of scientific study. It focuses on the various changes in energy, matter and life that have occurred over the infinite evolutionary course of the Universe.Read articles and watch movies to learn more about the many epochs in the history of our mysterious universe...

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NB/ this is just the Milky Way - our part of the universe :-))

Strange New Products

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http://www.strangenewproducts.com/

This is a blog about all the more unusual products out there on the market with entries like 'Wedgie-proof underwear' and 'Stainless steel lollipops' (really these are real mass-produced products!) Furthermore the site also links to the home pages of these products and to places where you can actually buy this weird stuff.

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These are caffeinated sunflower seeds!

Science of Music

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Making your own music could not be simpler than by using the tools on this site. Good for several minutes / hours of entertainment especially the "Dot Mixer" and that kitchen thing...

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Tons of Quotes

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 Browse through lots and lots of quotes by subject or by author - there's literally a quote on anything you can think of here...

'Nobody stopped thinking about those psychedelic experiences. Once you've been to some of those places, you think, "How can I get back there again but make it a little easier on myself?"'

(Jerry Garcia)

Kung-Fu Science

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http://www.kungfuscience.org/

Visitors to this nicely done flash site can learn about how the laws of physics are exploited to the full in Kung-Fu moves. Also learn a bit of Kung-Fu yourself while you're at it...

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Simply Fired

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SimplyFired.com is another blog-based site with many hilarious and some quite unbelievable stories submitted by people about why they were fired from their jobs or simply had to leave for some ridiculous reason. Some good videos up here as well. Read, watch and submit your own story on this site.

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