Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Map: Ontario 2011 Election Poll by Poll Results

Global TV have an article with a Google Map showing the results for each poll in the 2011 Ontario Election.  My riding is a see of Liberal red except for a few little tiny Conservative blue boxes.  These seem to be the polls located in retirement homes.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Japanese Multiplication

Kottke.org has a post with a video demonstrating the way that Japanese people do multiplication.  I'm not quite sure how it works but it seems easier than the method taught in western schools.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Comic: History Repeats

A web comic.

Same Ship, Fewer People

According to the New York Times, the US Coast Guard is raising the average human weight used to calculate the passenger capacity of ships.  This means that many ships can now carry fewer passengers.  The old average was 160 lbs the new one is 185.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Video: Last US Troops Leave Iraq

Wired Dangerroom has a post with a video, taken by a Predator drone showing the last convoy of US troops leaving Iraq.  Not gripping footage but certainly of historical interest.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Infographic: Mass Killings

The New York Times has an info-graphic ranking various mass killings/killers in history.  I was a bit surprised that Genghis Khan tied with Mao for second place (after the Second World War).

Monday, January 09, 2012

The History of the Bendy Straw

The Atlantic has an article detailing the history of that most modern of products, the bendy straw.

via Make

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Video: Cannonball into Tub of Mercury

Make has a blog post with a very short video showing what happens if you drop a cannonball into a tub of mercury.  I must say I did not see that coming.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Spiders in the Trees

National Geographic Photo of the Day has a weird picture of a bunch of trees in Pakistan that are covered in spider webs.  This isn't a normal thing, apparently during recent floods the spiders ran up into the trees.