The Sun – The Big Picture

The Sun is now in the quietest phase of its 11-year activity cycle, the solar minimum – in fact, it has been unusually quiet this year – with over 200 days so far with no observed sunspots. The solar wind has also dropped to its lowest levels in 50 years. Scientists are unsure of the significance of this unusual calm, but are continually monitoring our closest star with an array of telescopes and satellites.”

 See site for some recent images of the Sun in more active times.


A view of a sunspot and granules on the Sun’s surface seen through the H-Alpha wavelength in August 2003

Google – Things To Do With Yourself

“You can do a lot more than search the web with Google nowadays, from reading newspapers in languages you don’t speak to seeing the natural habitat of Komodo dragons.

Discover something new to do with Google today by clicking on a title below to watch a how-to video and try it for yourself.”

Well worth a browse if you have some time to kill.


Museum Of Retro Technology

This link was first posted on this blog on October 19th 2007

Browse a large list of inventions that we may well have been using today if things had been different. There are steam-powered aeroplanes, jet-propelled paddle boats and analogue computers amongst the entries…it’s worth it for a laugh but bear in mind that a lot of this stuff was actually made.


This is an early motorcycle

Album Covers From Around The World

Site uses Google maps API to chart the location of where the pictures on different album covers were taken. Click on the markers to see which album and the story behind the covers.


This was taken on a disused railway line on Phetchaburi Rd in Bangkok – I know it well and I have to say that it doesn’t look much like this now

Fat Fingers

Continuing in the eBay-inspired sites…

“Thousands of items on eBay are listed with descriptions containing spelling mistakes. These items often expire with no bids on them as no-one can find them.”

Type in your keyword – can be correct spelling or not – and this site will pull all the items with alternative spellings that people have not been able to find due to them being spelled wrongly.


Fat finger

Anti-Theft Lunch Bag

Stealing your co-worker’s lunch is a downright contemptible act, that is, if it’s perpetrated by someone other than you. But, if you’ve ever had your lunch stolen, you know the the frustration and anger it causes. You know the revenge and ill-will it inspires. And you know that no matter how well you try to hide your lunch bag at the back of the refrigerator, something’s gonna be missing when you open it. Well, lament no more. The Anti-Theft Lunch Bag to the rescue . . .