June 2009 Archives

Basic Instructions


"Your all-inclusive guide to a life well-lived."

Often tongue-in-cheek blog with entries on various of life's little problems.


Unnecessary Quotes


The "blog" of "unnecesary" quotes.

If you read this (my) blog regularly you will probably know that I am also guilty of this -  but probably not to the extent that it would warrant an entry on the above blog though!


here's a topical one

Auschwitz Through The Lens Of The SS


Microsite of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

"In January 2007, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received a donation of a photograph album. The inscription "Auschwitz 21.6.1944" on its first page signaled the uniqueness of the album—there are very few wartime photographs of the Auschwitz concentration camp complex, which included Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi killing center.

Though his name does not appear anywhere in the album, the dates of the photographs and various decorations including adjutant cords on the uniform of the album's owner, indicate that the album almost certainly belonged to and was created by SS-Obersturmführer Karl Höcker, the adjutant to the commandant of Auschwitz, SS-Sturmbannführer Richard Baer. Höcker was stationed at Auschwitz from May 1944 until the evacuation of the camp in January 1945."


This link was first posted on this blog on November 29th 2007


Freecycle is a place where people can exchange unwanted goods totally for free...there is currently an independent site for  4,770 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.




This is a place where you can buy all things hand-made. There's some weird and wonderful stuff for sale here but be warned - it's not cheap!


a "Daisy table"

YouTube Picks #45 - Subliminals

Madonna first:

Queen second:

Strange Maps


Fascinating site centered around unusual and (sometimes, frankly weird) maps from both near and distant past.

There's almost 400 different maps and I absolutely intend on reading about them all!

ancient map of Atlantis - yes, that's right, it's upside down for some reason...

The Homicide Report


Read all about the murders in LA on one of the Los Angeles Times blogs. There's certainly no shortage of them...


60 Seconds


Collection of 60 second video clips all entitled "60 seconds in the life of..."

Here's one example - '60 seconds in the life of commuters'

The Ex-Girlfriend Project


"One ordinary Man's journey back through his past to try and find out where along the line he screwed up."


Food For Thought

These links were first posted on this blog on November 27th 2007


Do these brain exercises to improve your mental reflexes and concentration.


When you've finished that check out these word illusions. These are all optical illusions involving words.


Long Awkward Pose


With traditional photography it's all over in a fraction of a second. But with the advent of video cameras people now need to strike their pose for a little while longer.

This site has some video clips of people getting rather uncomfortable...


this pic is not on the site but is instead a random picture taken from the internet

Russian Road


Pictures of the Russian Federal Highway between Moscow and Yakutsk.

"Everytime it rains the road gets paralyzed, these shots are made a few days before the traffic jam for 600 cars got stuck there. Hunger and lack of the fuel followed, according to the witnesses. One woman gave a birth to a child right in the public bus she was riding."



News Timeline


See what the headlines were on your birthday or search for events to find their dates. Brought to us by Google Labs.


Circoripopolo Goes Airtastic


Mime routine made just for the internet.

WARNING: your browser window will constantly resize and change position during this video - don't worry about it!

OS X Secrets


If you are a Mac user (and I can see from my stats that some of you are) then this site is a database of hidden OS X settings.

Looking at what's up there I would be willing to bet that you'll find at least one tweak that will improve your experience...


Classic Console Games

This link was first posted on this blog on November 26th 2007


Play all your 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.


TV Guides


Every TV Guide cover ever.


remember Woody from Cheers?

Death And Taxes


A visual guide to where your tax dollars go.

It's all billions here and billions there and guess what? According to this the USA national debt is $10.15 TRILLION!


don't think this would go very far

"Hearing all rumors about what McDonalds puts inside their meat, like worms and cow eye, where they get it from, I decided to investigate. It turns out, for the past 25 years, McDonalds buys the majority of its beef from Lopez Foods, located in the USA (although, they import some beef from Australia). The facility is very clean, USDA inspected, and their procedures for handling the meat seem very sanitary. Lopez Foods buys beef from other slaughter houses, and processes it to the Hamburgers. Thats it."


Flea Circus


Use the drop-down box in the top right hand corner to select and start the trick.


just in case you were thinking that fleas were tiny wee cute things - this is what they actually look like..

One For The Techies


I work in technical support these days and, as such, I hear some funny misconceptions that people have about computers and how they actually work.

This is a collection of pictures with captions demonstrating this.


"Wadd'ya mean 'out of memory?' I still have some room on my screen!"

Political Photoshops


Photoshopped pictures with a political twist. Some of these are quite astute observations...


One Red Paperclip

This link was first posted on this blog on November 25th 2007


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."


Art For A Dollar


"Critically acclaimed tattoo artist, Scott Campbell, recently showed his work at the O.H.W.O.W. gallery in Miami, FL. The highlight of the evening was a series of laser-cut etchings, each on a stack of $1 bills."


I could think of better uses for a stack of money than this..

Company Sign Quiz


Choose between slightly altered and the real signs that you see at the roadside. In many cases this is harder than you would think, but I managed 14/20 which I don't think is too bad for a moron like me...


YouTube Picks #42 - Notebook

Simulated animation of a laptop drawn into a jotter - this is actually pretty damn cool...

Clouds That Look Like Things


As seen on the Cloud Appreciation Society's website. I'm not sure what many of the featured clouds are supposed to look like, but they all definitely look like they should look like something!

cloud over llandudno.jpg

Cloud over Llandudno, North Wales



"Our twittastic robots scan the Twitter public timeline for new twits to tweet. A few times a day, we calculate individual statistics for each twittering twit in our database."

So anyway basically this site can show you who the currently most followed 'Twitts' are, where they're from and other stuff.

Barack and Britney are both up there with the top rankers - I'm not actually listed myself although I've only ever 'twittered' the one time so it's hardly surprising eh.



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