April 2012 Archives

How To Live In Your Car


When I was younger my old friends and I spent a lot of nights sleeping rough - in such situations a car is a godsend. This page has some very practical tips - I wish the site had been there all those years ago cos there were some things that I never did find solutions for - and the answers are right there!



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I have now enabled comments on this blog for all users - this **should** now be working. Feel free to slag me off as much as you like - just try not to fucking swear ok :-))


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Why Sugar is Ruining Your Health


Continuing in the healthy/unhealthy food theme - read the 146 reasons why sugar is killing you slowly.


World's Healthiest Foods


Detailed info of 128 of the healthiest foodstuffs there are out there. Foods are categorized and you can get information on the various nutrients and content as well as the more negative aspects of each thing.

I would personally do well to read this site carefully because I don't think kebabs are included...


most seafood is pretty good for you

A History of Apple TV Adverts

The iPhone ads
The Get-A-Mac PC ads

The complete campaigns. If you are a regular on this site you will know that I have posted rather a lot of Apple Mac / Steve Jobs articles in the past. I just want to make it clear that I do not own a Mac or iPhone and never have despite various members of my family being big fans (of Apple products).

However I think it is true to say that when Microsoft release new versions of Windows there are always many features included that were on MAC OS years before. However I like my electronic equipment to be tried and tested before I part with my hard earned cash - that's why my own PC runs Linux..

The first iPhone ad...

Out Of Place Artifacts


"An out-of-place artefact (OOPArt) is a term coined for an object of historical, archaeological or palaeontological interest found in a very unusual or seemingly impossible context."


  • The Maine Penny, found in Blue Hill, Maine. An 11th century Norse coin found in an American Indian shell midden. Over 20,000 objects were found over a 15-year period at the Goddard site in Blue Hill. The sole non-Native artifact was the coin.[3] One hypothesis is that it may have been brought to the site from a Viking settlement in Newfoundland by seagoing Native Americans.

Funny Clothing Tags


"Whether it’s a clothing manufacturer with a sense of humor or a message that gets lost in translation, these laundry tag instructions are all worth a read…"


Effects Of Vitamin B6 on Dreams


Participants in a double-blind 2002 study demonstrated that taking 250 mg of B6 over a placebo caused a significant difference in dream content, as rated by the participants, in the following areas:

  • dream vividness
  • bizarreness
  • emotionality
  • color

Read all about it..


A Magician Reveals His Secrets


Interesting article - apparently scientists are becoming a lot more interested in the art of fooling people's perceptive senses. Teller reveals how some of his tricks are actually performed..



Bit of a belated post this one but still worth knowing about. Google collects all sorts of info on its users (this means practically anyone who has a computer basically).

Follow the steps and protect your privacy.

Pencil Tip Micro Sculptures


Must require a very steady hand and very good eyesight..


Online Jigsaws


While the time away with these - the one I did took 5 to 10 minutes - or create your own..


Hobo Signs


I don't know if the symbols are the same in the UK - there was a tramp who used to visit our house when I was a kid but I don't know if we still have 'tramps' in the original sense of the word - we do have a lot of homeless people in the UK though...



"It’s not the answers you get from others that will help you, but the questions you ask of yourself.  Here are 40 thought-provoking questions to help you refresh and refocus your thinking:"


Cute Overload


"At Cute Overload, we scour the Web for only the finest in cute imagery. Imagery that is worth your Internet browsing time. We offer an overwhelming amount of cuteness to fill your daily visual allowance"


Pictures of Maths


Graphic illustrations and video clips displaying mathematical rules and concepts.


Coloured smoke reveals the amazing vortex airflow patterns off the wings of airplanes.

YouTube Picks #171 - Super PAC Mad Libs

"The Super PACs are doing their best to educate you about the presidential candidates. From Mitt to Newt, campaign cash is leading the way in our democracy. A Mark Fiore political animation."

What's the Harm in Being Famous?


"We are all confronted with new information daily. It comes to us via newspapers, radio, television, websites, conversation, advertising and so on. Sometimes it seems like a deluge.

Not all information is created equal. Some of it is correct. Some of it is incorrect. Some of it is carefully balanced. Some of it is heavily biased. Some of it is just plain crazy."

"Well, of course there is no harm in being famous. But it doesn't protect you either. Many celebrities or otherwise well-known people have been caught up in misinformation. Here are their stories."


Bob Marley (musician)

In July 1977 he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in his right big toe. His Rastafarian religious beliefs did not allow for amputation. He sought alternative therapies as the cancer spread to the rest of his body. He died in 1981.

The Agony & The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs


Drama about the big man himself done in PDF format.


The Face Memory Game


How well can you recall facial features? Play the game..


Obsolete Skills


As technology advances old methods fall by the wayside as not needed any longer. Do you know how to adjust a clock pendulum? Calculate a square root with pencil and paper? Use a scythe?

If you find yourself in the situation that you do need to do something like that then this site will be a good reference..


Half Bakery


"The halfbakery is a community-based ideas bank used by people who wish to propose and develop (not always serious) half-baked inventions. Among many similar such sites (e.g. whynot.net, globalideasbank.org), it has distinguished itself by minimalism, irreverence, and a cast of regulars whose takes on suggested inventions are often funnier than the original submission."


Body Weight Simulator


You tell the app what your current height, weight & physical activity level is and it then works out how many calories / kilojoules you need to consume to maintain this. You can also give it a target weight and it will work out what you need to do to attain that.

You may need to install a plugin to run the app - your browser should prompt you for this.


YouTube Picks #170 - Marco Tempest

The magic of truth and lies (and iPods)..

Kate Upton Swimsuit Shots


On the Sports Illustrated site, all pictures of KU in various bathing suits - (not in her birthday suit though).


Give Better Massages


Learn how to give a proper backrub and other areas of the body - videos available on this site.


Space Weather


Sunspots / solar flares took down most of Quebec's power grid for several hours a few years ago. This kind of activity can cause problems for our power and comms as satellites in orbit can be easily damaged.

This site gives the latest information on solar activity, asteroid near-misses and things like the Northern lights effects.

What's up in space?



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