October 16, 2012

This video explains the whole “how does lightning know to strike the tallest thing” conundrum much better than any amount of handwaving science.

Lightning captured at 7,207 images per second (by ztresearch

(via What If? which admittedly has very good handwaving science.)

October 15, 2012

"So exactly how do you take a 100-ton space shuttle and fly it on ferry hops across the country?"  Fabulous video that explains it.

How NASA Moves Space Shuttles: A 747 Piggyback Ride | NASA Shuttle Retirement | Space.com

August 3, 2012
My new favourite thing of the day! Can’t go wrong with Lego plus Olympics anyway but these are really well done!
Brick-by-brick | Sport | The Guardian

My new favourite thing of the day! Can’t go wrong with Lego plus Olympics anyway but these are really well done!

Brick-by-brick | Sport | The Guardian

July 25, 2012
Scratch | Project | running for life
This is what my super 7 year programmer daughter made today. I am mostly reduced to the “Can you find the music of God Save The Queen?” support role. For the rest of it I just point her in the right direction as to how to get things to work how she wants. The controls are a bit quirky (she couldn’t figure out jumping so you have to switch from right arrow to space bar to get past the hurdles) - the ideas are all hers. I love the medal ceremony with 4th place crying in the corner.

Scratch | Project | running for life

This is what my super 7 year programmer daughter made today. I am mostly reduced to the “Can you find the music of God Save The Queen?” support role. For the rest of it I just point her in the right direction as to how to get things to work how she wants. The controls are a bit quirky (she couldn’t figure out jumping so you have to switch from right arrow to space bar to get past the hurdles) - the ideas are all hers. I love the medal ceremony with 4th place crying in the corner.

July 11, 2012
Skintones notable for their distinct lack of black or white.
humanæ
(via slipstream)

Skintones notable for their distinct lack of black or white.

humanæ

(via slipstream)

Lucy’s Cycling Treasure Hunt (by SustransLibrary)

Love this, even though my initial attempts to find cycling routes on Google maps are a bit haphazard. The map shows the Transpennine  trail highlighted in bright green but the cycling directions loop you through all kinds of local roads rather than along the trail!

May 6, 2011
(via angry chicken: white chocolate cardamom biscotti)
Great formula type recipe. I made some with almonds and dried apricots and they are great!

(via angry chicken: white chocolate cardamom biscotti)

Great formula type recipe. I made some with almonds and dried apricots and they are great!

November 23, 2010
not martha — Kit Kat Cheese
These would either be very good or very bad. I can’t quite decide. I’m sure the addition of Marmite would help though.

not martha — Kit Kat Cheese

These would either be very good or very bad. I can’t quite decide. I’m sure the addition of Marmite would help though.

November 5, 2010
Oh, Fransson!: Tokyo Subway Map: Finished
This is a fabulous idea for a quilt, it’s based on the Tokyo subway map. 

Oh, Fransson!: Tokyo Subway Map: Finished

This is a fabulous idea for a quilt, it’s based on the Tokyo subway map

October 22, 2010
Great chart showing the words people of different ages & sexes use to describe themselves on last.fm. The “about me” on my last.fm profile is blank… 
I officially have no clue what any of the teenagers are talking about. No surprise really.
More details (and indeed more charts) on the last.fm blog.
via cdn.last.fm

Great chart showing the words people of different ages & sexes use to describe themselves on last.fm. The “about me” on my last.fm profile is blank… 

I officially have no clue what any of the teenagers are talking about. No surprise really.

More details (and indeed more charts) on the last.fm blog.

via cdn.last.fm

August 27, 2010
BBC News - Tech Know: BBC Micros used in retro programming class
"Unforgiving interface"?! Acorn DFS. That’s the disk file system version, cassette tape was unforgiving! 
I love the clip from Micro Live - I remember the show all too well, I’d love the BBC put more of it up on iPlayer.

BBC News - Tech Know: BBC Micros used in retro programming class

"Unforgiving interface"?! Acorn DFS. That’s the disk file system version, cassette tape was unforgiving! 

I love the clip from Micro Live - I remember the show all too well, I’d love the BBC put more of it up on iPlayer.

August 11, 2010
The Most Fun a Grocery Store Ever Had: Super Mario Soda Display
Fabulous. Twenty years ago I was stacking boxes of cakes on pallets for Mr Kipling. Different size boxes had different layouts to be followed to best utilise the pallet space. Everybody else stacked the boxes up layer by layer, but my pallets usually resembled mountain ranges until I dropped the last few boxes into place. The manager who came round every hour to record how many boxes had been packed gave up trying to count my pallets herself after a while.

The Most Fun a Grocery Store Ever Had: Super Mario Soda Display

Fabulous. Twenty years ago I was stacking boxes of cakes on pallets for Mr Kipling. Different size boxes had different layouts to be followed to best utilise the pallet space. Everybody else stacked the boxes up layer by layer, but my pallets usually resembled mountain ranges until I dropped the last few boxes into place. The manager who came round every hour to record how many boxes had been packed gave up trying to count my pallets herself after a while.

July 23, 2010
Can chance make you a killer? 
Nice article explaining how difficult it is to decide whether the variance between results is down to pure chance or not, using hospital death rates as an example.

Can chance make you a killer?

Nice article explaining how difficult it is to decide whether the variance between results is down to pure chance or not, using hospital death rates as an example.

June 28, 2010
Finished: A Spring Scarf — OxfordKitchenYarns
Liberty Map Fabric! How fab is that. I need some!

Finished: A Spring Scarf — OxfordKitchenYarns

Liberty Map Fabric! How fab is that. I need some!

May 12, 2010
Door Sixteen » Lily flower rain chain.
I’ve never heard of a rain chain before. What a great alternative to a boring drainpipe! Am trying to think where we could use something like this, we aren’t short on gutters that don’t work very well at our house.

Door Sixteen » Lily flower rain chain.

I’ve never heard of a rain chain before. What a great alternative to a boring drainpipe! Am trying to think where we could use something like this, we aren’t short on gutters that don’t work very well at our house.