Monthly Archives: June 2009

Caroline Flyn | 19 June 2009

What We're Reading

1. Data vis: Murder in NYC

2. Ouch. "Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is the Book of British Birds, and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Richard Dawkins on theology."

3.  "Listeners to a national radio station were shocked to learn that the
normally peaceful county of North Yorkshire had launched a programme of
illegal underground nuclear tests.
"

4. This is one of the prettiest things I have seen in a long time.

5. Small selection of health and safety gone mad miscellany: clown shoes banned, goggles to be worn during Blu-Tac use, clip-on ties adopted to reduce risk of strangulation, grandmother banned from dishwashing, schools 'too safe' claim teachers – harming children's development.

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Caroline Flyn – 17 June 2009

What We're Reading

1. The Architect's Journal chooses its top ten Star Wars structures. "Bright Tree Village is an exemplar of sustainable, low-tech development. This Ewok settlement
on the forest moon of Endor follows the traditional pattern:
thatched-roof huts are arranged on the main branches of a tree around
the chief’s hut on the trunk." Via Kottke.

2. Gold to be available from vending machines in Germany.

3. Plotting the salary of politicians against their effectiveness.

4. Rats play the odds in Russian Roulette.

5. Gift ideas for nerds 19: tablecloths. Touch-sensitive 'history' cloth, crossword cloth (click through projects), automatic colour co-ordinating cloth, keyboard tablecloth.

Caroline Flyn – 14 June 2009

What We're Reading

1. Lord Tebbit: the BNP is not a far-right party.

2. Gift ideas for nerds 18: crockery. Plate/blood-test visualisation, html mug, ctrl-alt-del cups, pipette tableware.

3. "There's more to do here at the Creationist Museum than you could fit into one literal day."

4. Open Source Embroidery: Needlework brings together programmers, crafters.

5. Nano-ink tattoo 'could monitor diabetes'

Caroline Flyn | 12 June 2009

What We're Reading

1. Before I posted yesterday, I didn't really know that dressing up as gaming and manga characters was, you know, A Thing. But apparently it is, and here is how not to do it.

2. Where have you been all my life? 2: the only vodka with a savoury bacon flavour.

3. London continues to grind to a messy and annoying halt.

4.The 'iPod of e-book readers'.

5. More inappropriate fandom: monkey-digested coffee, monkey-picked tea, $25,000 artwork by chimp.

Caroline Flyn – 11 June 2009

What We're Reading

1. Scientists create a form of pre-life

2. The clock is ticking: name wanted for element 112

3. More improbable pastimes: Make Me a Manga Character

4. Immigration officials refuse to believe Patagonian woman visiting Wales 'to learn Welsh', deport her

5. Mysterious tadpole rain in Japan.

Caroline Flyn – 9 June 2009

What We're Reading

1. Armando Iannucci –  "This for ten bonus points: which Scottish hill has the most sides?" You laugh, but my parents have a remarkably similar  boardgame from Historic Scotland…

2. Martin Wainwright meets BNP voters in Barnsley: "Do you know who you're voting for? Do you know anything about the candidate?" "No."

3. Ex-MP to sell infamous duck-house for charity

4. Arnie's plan to swap textbooks for ebooks: philistine or visionary?

5. Things I re-read occasionally to remind me that there are other good people in the world: one, two and three.

 

Caroline Flyn | 7 June 2009

What We're Reading

1. CNN broadcast from Tiananmen blocked by plain-clothed officers brandishing umbrellas

2. More improbable pastimes: Lego Guggenheim, Taj Mahal, motorised walking AT-AT

3. HOW TO: Start a massive dance party. The rhythm will finally get you.

4. Wikipedia 'guardian of truth' forced to resign

5. Farmer finds nest egg under chicken.

Caroline Flyn | 5 June 2009

What We're Reading

1. "Only two MPs allowed in at any one time" and other classics.

2. Kevin Kelly's internet mapping project is wonderful.

3. Home decoration on a $10 budget.

4. UKIP may challege EU election results after 'fold outrage'

5. Gift ideas for nerds 16: musical instruments. Arduino trumpet, the iPhone Ocarina, roll-up USB piano, Wiiolin a virtual violin.

Caroline Flyn | 3 June 2009 B

What We're Reading

I'm sorry but this simply can't wait for my next post: the LOLcat bible translation project.

"Blessinz of teh Ceiling Cat be apwn yu, srsly."