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Hi there

Apologies for the lack of posts this week. We’ve been away on holiday in Yorkshire and had no internet access :-((

I suppose I probably could have found a way of getting online, but hey, it was a holiday right?

Anyway there’ll be a new link every day from now as usual. Thanks for bearing with us!

The Darwin Awards

http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/

If you spend any time at all surfing the ‘Net you will already have come across this site, or, at least, some reference to it.

“The Darwin Awards salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally remove themselves from it…”

The Darwin Awards have been with us since 1995 and I’m sure will still be going strong in several years time.

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the great man himself

Who Calls Me?

http://whocallsme.com/

“This is a user supplied database of phone numbers of telemarketers, non-profit organizations,
charities, political surveyors, SCAM artists, and other companies that don’t leave messages,
disconnect once you answer, ignore the Do-Not-Call List regulations, and simply interrupt your day

If you received a strange call, most likely you are not the only one. Search for this phone number to see the reports of others. If there are no reports yet, leave your comment to start a conversation.”

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The Complete Starfleet Library

http://www.well.com/user/sjroby/lcars/

“Welcome to the source for information on all Star Trek books published
in English: fiction and nonfiction, authorized and unauthorized. The Complete Starfleet Library has been online since 1999 and currently describes well over a thousand books and ebooks.”

The original Star Trek and The Next Generation are good stuff – I never could get into the subsequent spin-offs though. Anyway you can read all about all the episodes ever made on this page – could be a good source for your Trekkie trivia.

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64 Things Geeks Should Know

http://snipurl.com/n5bgz

“The term ‘geek’, once used to label a circus freak, has morphed in meaning over the years. What was once an unusual profession transferred into a word indicating social awkwardness. As time has gone on, then word has yet again morphed to indicate a new type of individual:
someone who is obsessive over one (or more) particular subjects, whether it be science, photography, electronics, computers, media, or any other field. A geek is one who isn’t satisfied knowing only the surface facts, but instead has a visceral desire to learn everything
possible about a particular subject.”

Loads of interesting links to articles on cracking operating system passwords, how to defeat keystroke loggers, how to hide files within JPEG image files and other semi-techie stuff.

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Evelien Lohbeck

http://www.evelienlohbeck.com/

The first thing I noticed about this site was that the style is eye-catching because of the (I presume) hand-drawn picture icons and hand-writing. I guess we have come to expect typeface and ‘perfect’ images created on computers as being the norm on the internet.

I first came across this kind of effect on the video clip that I featured on this site a month or so ago and you know what? Handwriting rules!

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Zoo Borns

http://www.zooborns.com/

Lots of cuddly pictures and comment on baby animals of various species born in captivity. Many people would say that it is not right to keep animals locked up so that we can go and ogle them on a whim –  and I do see their point actually, but others may say that some of these creatures would actually go extinct if we were not breeding them in cages in zoos. So I guess you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t.

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baby Cape Porcupine born on June 6th in Basel Zoo in Switzerland

17 Very Calorific Foods

http://snipurl.com/m8a6m

17 foods with the most calorific bang for your buck. And, of course, it will be bucks that you use to buy these because, what d’ya know?, most of these are from the USA.

However I feel I should add that I’m getting a bit on the overweight side myself, so I’m not one to talk here but have to say that I would probably have to draw the line at some of these recipes – gross! (But they probably all smell nice when you’re cooking them).

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Outback Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries!

Your Birthday Star

This link was first posted on this blog on November 29th 2007

http://snipurl.com/lrkmc

Work out what your own birthday star is and find out all about that star – this is what the site said about mine:

“”Your birthday star is in the constellation Pegasus. It has the name ╬╣ (Iota) Pegasi in Johann Bayer’s Uranometria star catalog. It is also called 24 Pegasi in the Historia C┼ôlestis Britannica of John Flamsteed and Edmund Halley. It is called NS 2207+2520 A in the NStars database.

It has visual magnitude 3.77 meaning that you could see this star with the naked eye in good viewing conditions. It is marked in the center of this star chart, at celestial coordinates (J2000 equinox):
Right ascension         22:7:0.7
Declination        25:20:42.4

This
star is 38.3 light years away, which means that the light we see from it today set off on its journey at about the same time that you were born. Come back in a month or two and your birthday star may change, as
the light from more distant stars reaches Earth.”

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Oobject

http://www.oobject.com/

“Oobject is a design blog all about technology. We create hundreds of lists of unusual or interesting gadgets which are ranked by user votes,
much like music charts.

We also round up all the best technology design news and display it in a picture gallery”

There’s video clips to watch from most of the categories – if you’re interested in technology or just the more interesting side of life this site makes interesting browsing material.

<edit>the ‘video clips’ actually turn out to be pictures, but hey, you can look at a picture for a second but if it was a VDO you’d be there for hours so maybe that’s a good thing…</edit>

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