Monday, July 24, 2006

Money making opportunity

This article in the Telegraph describes how thieves in the UK stole some satellite phones from the British Foreign Office and ran up a bill of over 600,000 pounds.

I don't know how much it costs to set up one of these pay per minute phone numbers but if you did have one that paid $10 per minute you could make a bit of money by calling the number from any unattended phone you encounter. This would be very handy if you visit a lot of different offices.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Where are the planets today?

This site lets you see the positions of the various planets in the solar system at any given time.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Orbital self-portrait

Astronomy Picture of the Day has a photo of an astronaut during a spacewalk reflected in the helmet of his colleague.

How statisticians won the war

This article in the Guardian describes how statisticians used the serial numbers of captured / destroyed German tanks managed to estimate the number of tanks that the Germans had.

I am assuming that today serial numbers are a bit more random.

The bookman

A very cool looking bookcase. Unfortunately it doesn't seem very practical, nor very efficient in terms of wall space. It looks like it would be fairly easy to make if you wanted to.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bastille day parade

This picture from the National Geographic Photo of the Day is of the Bastille day parade in Paris on July 14 1988. It fits in with this blog's title because I was there that day (though you can't see me in the picture).

Saturday, July 15, 2006

A twice a year sunset

Every year on May 28 and July 12 when the sun sets it lines up exactly with the streets on Manhattan. Astronomy picture of the day has a picture from a few years ago.

This is also referred to as a Manhattan Solstice.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Don't hide on the dance floor

According to the BBC, British police are taking advantage of the blacklights in dance clubs to find burglars who have been sprayed with marker dye. They have been using special dye that is coded differently for each potential crime scene so that the burglars can be tied to specific crimes.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Robot climbs Pikes Peak

An autonomous vehicle, which had previously competed in the DARPA grand challenge, has successfully driven to the top of Pikes Peak. This was the day after the 90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb which this year was won in a time of 10 minutes and 4.6 seconds. The robot made the 12.42 mile trip in 47 minutes and 10.3 seconds.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Tuk-tuks in the UK

According to the BBC, the British seaside town of Brighton has started using tuk-tuks on its streets. Tuk-tuks, named for the sound they make, are very common in parts of Asia but are not usually found in Europe.

via Jen

Canada in the EU

An interesting, not entirely serious, article in the Guardian about Canada joining the European Union.

via reddit

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

World subway maps in scale

An interesting comparision of the size of various subway systems around the world.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


A list of words that are their own antonyms. That is they mean the opposite of themselves. An example being custom which can mean usual or normal but can also mean special or unique.

via rebecca's pocket and Robot Wisdom

New Somme photos

The Times has the story of a set of recently discovered photographic plates with pictures of the Battle of the Somme. The plates were found in an attic that had been a German photographer's wartime workshop. Unfortunately they only show one of the photos.

An asteroid hits the moom

Nasa has an article with a video of an asteroid hitting the moon. It's not the greatest video but is still kind of cool.