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Friday on my mind

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Apologies for the curtailment of activity on this blog: I’ve been sent on a 13-week course by JobCentre Minus which means my access to WordPress is severely limited at present.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t have time to serve up your weekly dose of Friday-blues-busting trivia from the interwebs, such as:

Scaffolding around George Washington statue

The father of a nation gets a make-over: See Incredible scaffolding

10 interesting and unusual Wikipedia articles; A real-life Star Wars Imperial Walker – from 1969; 15 things you should know about sperm; Social media explained; Now why did these never catch on?; How to piss off your mates on Facebook; Deep sea aliens*; Now why can’t all flash mobs be as organised like this? Before and after photos with a difference; Kittens dressed as hot dogs eating, er, hot dogs. Um…why? Creating a football pitch on a floating village; So unlike the homelife of our own dear Daybreak;  Incredible scaffolding; Eye-opening cave photos by Phil Wolstenholme; The periodic table of Typefaces; In TV news, reality imitates art and things are just like before, only louder and even more ludicrous (and no doubt with a follow-up  DVD release soonest).

* dailymail.co.uk is fast becoming the go-to place for excellent photo-essays such as this. I also really liked this one. Oh, and this one too.

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Friday on my mind

March 18, 2011 1 comment
World's greatest movie and TV extra

You see him here, you see him there: Is this the world's greatest extra?

Weirdness and wonders from the web to get you ready for the final countdown:

What would the Daily Mail say? There’s squatting, then there’s SQUATTING11 cars that will make you cool; Wait until your kids see these; Half-chicken, half-turkey – meet the “churkey“; 15 incredible historical photos (and 10 more); The secret behind the “singing sand dunes“; The chemistry of beer (and here’s the periodic table of beer); How to drive away from a tsunami (and what you’re trying to get away from); Death scenes from 36 Hitchcock movies – synchronised to climax in unison (extra points if you can name all the movies); The lengths sharks go to in order to eat you; The least known Tube stop in London – on the third floor of an office block; Werewolf alert: get ready for a super full moon tomorrow; Strange agricultural landscapes seen from space; How to make a living earning Actors’ Equity rates for a non-speaking role – the world’s greatest extra? Tubular Bells by the Brooklyn Organ Synth Orchestra; Extreme silliness from Spike.

Friday on my mind

March 11, 2011 1 comment
UP! House hoisted by small balloons

Life imitates art etc: The UP! house sails away (Pic: National Geographic Channel)

Things to do on the interwebs while waiting for the final whistle:

Amazing fake trailer for ET sequel which doesn’t exist*; WHEEEEEEEE! How you escape a NASA space capsule pre-launch (yes, it’s genuine); Willy Wonka’s Tunnel of Hell – backwards (oddly, they all sound a bit German); One for local news reporters: Things to do while sitting on the press bench during boring council meetings; Why aliens always fail to invade Earth; insects really close-up; You gotta Taser? Well, bud, I gotta LASER!; The worst car movies EVAH; Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor – played on musical glasses; Organising the bookcase; Titan and Saturn’s incredibly thin rings; great photos of world’s rare birds; UP! up and away – in real life; Inventor, professional ice skater, magician, barrel jumper, unicyclist, fire-eater, flea circus proprietor, and the European whistling champion – a life packed with incident; In case you missed it – Mitchell & Webb: Grammar Nazi.

* Yes, I know this is a viral pitch for a movie, but I offer it to you anyway. If this movie is made, my bowels tell me all the worthwhile parts are all included in this “trailer”. So I’ve saved you about £12 (given current inflation rates) in the year 2012 when this ridiculous tosh comes out in the cinema, because you can rightly claim you’ve seen it. Of course, none of you will be thankful. Surly curs.

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Friday on my mind

March 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Ways to fill the time while clock-watching on Poets Day:

The 15 lowest grossing (in the US) Best Picture  Oscar winners; a massive solar flare; really useful graphs that are better than most uninformative infographics; Children’s books in Latin; the world’s fattest contortionist; Masterchef – though not as we know it; Why the Christchurch earthquake was so destructive, by one man and his wheelbarrow; Polish lottery draw; photos from Human Planet with audio commentary; Test your geography as a virtual pilot with Lufthansa; Scary bike ride in Chile (Tip: David Thompson); What has the space shuttle got to do with horses’ backsides? An interesting history lesson; The world’s worst observation in internet history (warning: text NSFW).

Friday on my mind

February 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Things seen and heard during my week to help you fill in those minutes till you hit the pub.

“A Terminator Cabbage Patch Doll”: Want to know more? Click on Scary robots.

Gaddafi: A life in fashion; Something for the weekend for Fido; Euclid moment: If planets orbited the Earth; Great buildings in crystal; Ena Sharples and Elsie Tanner’s catfight on the cobbles; Christchurch earthquake hits lecture on Land Law (great soundbite at end); Who owns the sun? This woman, apparently; the 10 most violent video games; For those who have everything: the pimped out Mini Cooper gaming chair; North Korea in pictures; Scary robots; Laurie Anderson should have had this for O Superman; Stunning underwater photography; World’s scariest hike.

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