Archive for the ‘web’ Category

in news we trust

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

An interesting online poll from Time magazine on who the most trusted news broadcaster is:

Bear in mind it’s an online poll so not scientific or anything, but still, it shows the power of what Stewart has done, and the fact that he is seen to call people out when they’re clearly not telling the truth.

(Story from here)

america’s place in the world

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

To celebrate Independence Day (Emma’s and my first one as real American citizens (it doesn’t feel much different from before to be honest, but great to have a day off and we’re having a great day with the kids)) here’s a lecture Stephen Fry gave recently, on America’s Place in the World. Enjoy!

cooking and evolution

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Obviously I believe that humans were created exactly as they are now, almost exactly 6000 years – 2 days ago, but if hypothetically evolution of the human species was true, this is a fascinating article about human development and its interaction with cooking.

I think there are a small number of things which set humans apart from the rest of the animal kingdom – possibly music (although birds, whales etc make music too), possibly self-awareness (although anyone who has owned a cat or dog will know that they are self-aware, and elephants can identify themselves in mirrors) and possibly language (etc), but I think that preparing and cooking food is a pretty clear difference.

gmail autopilot

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

It’s an incredible 5 years since Gmail was announced by Google. A lot of people thought it was an April Fool’s joke, but it has since turned out to be an amazing resource for millions of people – I know that I would hate not to have it.

Today, however, they do have a pretty decent joke, in part because it sounds almost plausible: Gmail Autopilot.

worst game ever?

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Probably not, but tetris in HD just isn’t as much fun as the real thing. It’s kind of hypnotic though.

youtube music

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

My brother David sent me this a couple of days ago, and it’s fantastic. It’s by someone (who I would guess has plenty time on his hands) who took samples from YouTube videos and mashed them up into really decent songs. The whole collection can be found at, and there’s some background info at I just think it’s a wonderful testament to the creativity of humans – the people in the videos, the guy who did the mixing, and the technology behind it. Here’s one of the songs – enjoy:

sexy people

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

I’m not sure I’m 100% comfortable with the ethics of the sexy people blog – it’s a list of portraits which probably seemed like a good idea at the time. I think that a lot of them were sent in by the subjects of the photos, but some of them are just plain strange. Scrolling through the archives, I think that this page gave me the most laughs.

the ‘news’

Monday, March 9th, 2009

I tend to take a look at the BBC news pages every day or so, but over the last few months they’ve been getting really annoying, mostly because of the extreme over-use of quotation marks. Here’s an ‘example’ from today:

Quotation marks on the BBC

Quotation marks on the BBC

See what I mean? And most of the time, there’s absolutely no need for them – it’s not like they’re direct quotes. Anyone have any ideas why they seem to feel the ‘need’ to do this? If you read the ‘blog’ of ‘unnecessary’ quotation marks, you’ll see their idea that unnecessary quotes often make words look really sarcastic, and if you read the BBC’s ‘headlines’ that way, it does sound a bit more amusing.

not so elegant

Friday, March 6th, 2009

A great page on Wired today – 12 elegant examples of evolution. Some totally cool stuff, until you scroll down the page and read the completely non-evolved comments of the ridiculous and ignorant evolution deniers who seem to feel the need to trumpet their nonsense without any kind of knowledge or humility. I was all inspired by wonders of nature and of science and of human ingenuity, and now I’m feeling a bit deflated. Oh well. It’s worth a look, just don’t read as far as the comments.

best headline ever

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

“Cop makes arrest in bathroom after smelling crack”

Actually, it’s not what you think.