Saturday, June 07, 2014

Furoshiki: BYO Shopping Bag Japanese Style

No Tech magazine has a post about Furoshiki which is a traditional Japanese cloth that can be folded in different ways to hold bundles of various shapes and sizes.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

First Org Chart

Slate has a post about, and with a picture of, the first org chart.  It was drawn in 1855 for an American railway.

Friday, May 02, 2014

The Cafe Where Everything is Free but Time

Business Insider has an article about a new cafe in London where you pay 5 cents (3 pence) per minute to be there but you can eat or drink whatever you want while you hang out.
Next time you're in London, you could walk into the Ziferblat cafe in the fashionable Shoreditch neighborhood and grab a coffee. Perhaps you might sit down on one of the comfortable armchairs, pull out your laptop and check your emails on the Wi-Fi network. Feeling a little hungry? There's some food in the cabinet; help yourself.
How much does all this cost? Well, if you spend, say, 45 minutes there, it will cost you £1.35 (approximately $2.20).

Friday, April 25, 2014

A visualisation of how long you have left

Boing Boing has a post with an extract from an article about a fellow who keeps a jar of coloured beads on his desk.  Each bead represents a day remaining in his life and each day he removes one from the jar.  The beads are colour-coded by decade.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

New Technique for Maple Syrup Production

Apparently the new method is to cut the top off a sapling and then, essentially, suck out all the sap with a vacuum.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

US Internal Migration

Vizynary has a post with an info-graphic that shows migration within the US (ie how many people move from one state to another).  A nice way to show a huge pile of data.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Chocolate for Nothing

When I was young I was always fascinated by those puzzles where you rearrange the pieces of a picture of, say leprechauns, and you somehow end up with more leprechauns than you started with.  Boing Boing has a post with a video demonstrating the same thing with a bar of chocolate.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Your Personal Centre of Geography

Geo Mid Point will calculate the geographic mid-point of all of the places you have lived.  Mine seems to be in Labrador near Winokapaa Lake (Lat: 53.214381, Long: -63.207506).

Thursday, January 30, 2014


Boing Boing has a post with an animated GIF showing a machine making chain.

Google Street View on a Submarine

I have always like submarines and now Google Street View will let you take a tour of HMS Ocelot a submarine at the Chatham Historic Dockyard in the UK.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How Common is your Birthday?

The Daily Viz has a post with a heat map showing how common a particular birthday is (at least among people born in the US between 1973 and 1999).  July, August and September seem popular with September 16 being the most common.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Great Sahara Sea

According to this article on IO9, in the 19th century there were plans to dig a canal from the Mediterranean to flood the low lying areas of the Sahara desert and create a giant inland sea.
The London Times said that the plan "dazzles the imagination, yet it has a sufficiently substantial basis to satisfy several shrewd traders in African commerce and some distinguished engineers." The Daily News called the project "the most remarkable that has ever been devised."