March 14, 2010

Star Wars as Icelandic saga - There is also an Old High German palimpsest known to scholars, later overwritten by a Latin choral and only partly legible to us today, which contains fragments of a version wherein “Veitare” survives to old age after slaying “Lûc” out of loyalty to the emperor, but is naturally still conflicted about the deed when the son of his daughter Leia avenges the killing on him.

March 13, 2010

Tree shrew lavatory in Borneo - the pitcher plant has evolved to capture tree shrew poo as a much needed source of nitrogen.

March 12, 2010

So anyway, this website I visit reckons that I suck (well, not me personally, we've never met, but in a Venn Diagram I would be in the "suck" balloon...) because I block their ads. They've now written a detailed guide to not blocking their ads. more inside

March 11, 2010


March 10, 2010

A regular dose of lemon juice , that's all it took to prevent scurvy. The Royal Navy knew that in the 18th century. So why was scurvy back at the start of the 20th?

March 09, 2010

Building better teachers - or rather, preparing teachers better. (via, which includes this singularly *ahem* illuminating comment on why one is not prime. anyway.)

March 01, 2010

A temple complex in Turkey that apparently pre-dates the Pyramids of Egypt. Could this be the site of the worst mistake in human history? (agriculture or religion, take your pick...)

February 27, 2010

An 8.8 earthquake has occurred in Chile. Australia and other pacific regions are on tsunami watch.

February 18, 2010

Wooden clock plans. Beautiful. (via)

February 07, 2010

Wind farm wakes

February 05, 2010

Flying 101 - new livery from Kulula. This makes me happy.

January 25, 2010

Classic photos in lego more inside

January 24, 2010

Crayola colours 1903 to 2010.

January 08, 2010

Fish and Chips!

January 05, 2010

Authors talk about their big idea.

January 03, 2010

Frame 10,525 - opening photo to Edge of the World by Jim Richardson. more inside

December 31, 2009

Pb outperforms Au in 2009.

November 18, 2009

I'll see your complex plane and raise you an imaginary dimension.

November 13, 2009

Pelican 1 : Bugatti Veyron owner 0

November 04, 2009

Camera left on mountain top with instructions for climbers to photograph themselves gets returned.
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