The Nutlog

The Nutlog Archive

15th November
'Sheep are highly adept at recognizing faces, study shows.' Via Honey Guide.
Viewing Japanese Prints. Via GMT+9.

Duct tape fashion. (A friend has become strangely fascinated with this subject lately; duct tape fashion was previously featured on Bifurcated Rivets.

Linda and Steven Around the World. Via Blogger.

It's Diwali.

The Robot Constructor. 'Your mission is to construct robots which can successfully collect the precious golden cubes scattered about a variety of hostile zones. Robots must be able to navigate their way around each zone to collect the gold cubes while at the same time, avoiding hazards and making sure they've enough energy by periodically recharging or refuelling.' Needs Shockwave.

'The brain waves of professional musicians respond to music in a way that suggests they have an intuitive sense of the notes that amateurs lack, researchers said. '

'When birds ate horses.'
'Why brazil nuts always rise to the top.'

14th November
Crop Circle Connector. News and pictures.
This formation looks a bit like a human face.
This is a formation of 400 separate circles.

Science Fiction Museum.

'Killer asteroids more scarce than thought.'
'Missing particles could signal a new force.'

The On-Line Books Page. Listings of online books, links etc.
JustBooks. Secondhand booksellers pool resources. UK-based site.

Wacky Packages.

Something funny.

The Burry Man. A worldwide community of writers. 'Freelance job links, resources for fiction and nonfiction writers, working professionals and beginners ...'

Also Not Found in Nature is another Surrey blog. I recommend it.

8th November
The Portadown News satire site from Northern Ireland has relocated.

Great news! My good friend and ex-housemate Kay, who has been unemployed for a couple of years, has now found a job, and quite a good one too...
This has brightened up a pretty depressing week.

Taking another break... probably for about a week, maybe slightly longer. If you want an email when I'm back, drop me a line here -

A few of my favourite things :-
The Fourth World Documentation Project.
The Electronic Bodhidharma.
Brass Lantern. Interactive fiction page.

7th November
Fling the Cow. Lots of fun.

'Astronomers say they have been able to determine the origin of a comet just by studying its light. '
Largest fossil cockroach found. 'Online Mall specializing in Japanese goods and services for people living outside of Japan. '

The Theban Mapping Project.

Onion - '70 percent of world's population could use all-star benefit concert.'

6th November
Closest approaches to Earth by minor planets and comets.

'Scientists have found the first evidence that a devastating meteor impact in the Middle East might have triggered the mysterious collapse of civilizations more than 4,000 years ago.'

Chatterbots links.
Bonsai Potato.
the iddividual : an Alfred Bester site.
Nicola Tesla sounds like he was an interesting fellow.
Gallery of antique corkscrews.

5th November
New Scientist has a nice collection of articles on astrobiology.

' Neutron stars may have weather systems like those on Earth. This novel idea may explain why some neutron stars emit mysterious flickering X-rays. ' Via Honey Guide.

Major religions of the world by number of adherents. Via Camworld.

CIA recruited cat to bug Russians.

It's Bonfire Night. 'On the night of November 5th, throughout Britain, bonfires are set alight, effigies are burned, and fireworks are set off. The people do this to commemorate their country's most notorious traitor...'

All kinds of good things here :-
Solar System Collisions simulator. 'Send an asteroid or comet hurtling toward your favorite planet!'
' .....Welcome to the discretely amusing Continental Drift Cam. Through the wonder of the world wide web, digital imaging, plate tectonics and quirky homemade software you can now actually watch the continents drift LIVE from the comfort of your home or office. '
Schrodinger's Cat Webcam.

' A college student wakes up to see a mysterious boy watching him. A custodian leaves a room and returns shortly to find his tools scattered about. A librarian hears books falling from their shelves in the next room, but when she enters, no one is there...'

Urban Legend Machine. Make your own urban myth.

4th November
Obsolete Computer Museum.
54 word stories.
PhoNETic 'finds words within telephone numbers. PhoNETic also converts phonetic telephone numbers into numeric digits. '
OnScreen Art Project.

Builders find Viking sword in Oslo city centre.

3rd November
An account of seeing a moonbow. Via Nimrods.

Gallery of the Absurd. 'You are about to experience a collection of weird--but real--advertisements, labels, and signs. For your own safety, please keep an ironic distance.'

' Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.'

Excerpts from Slave Narratives.
American Slave Narrative: An Online Anthology.

Sodaplay. Graphic fun.

There is an Asatru (Norse heathen) journal. What is Asatru? Find out here and here.

2nd November
Views of the Solar System. 'Views of the Solar System presents a vivid multimedia adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more.'

Loch Ness mobile monster hunting cam. Join the hunt.
The Loch Ness Project.

Map of the Internet 2001. Via MoonFarmer.

Robot Frank. 'My name is Frank. Yes, I am a robot.'

'Archaeologists have discovered a prehistoric hill fort dating back to 400BC on the North York Moors. '
Mystery of hill circle.

There's a WTO parody page at Via Ethel the Blog and Bifurcated Rivets.
Scientists locate brain's 'censor'. Via Unknown News.
'How I was politically educated by 'The Prisoner'.' Via Unknown News and Bifurcated Rivets.

Joseph Wu's Origami Page. 'Origami is the art of paper folding. The word is Japanese, literally meaning "to fold" (oru) "paper" (kami). Please feel free to explore these pages and make use of the resources you find here. Happy folding! '

Ghost Sites. 'This exhibit - The Museum of E-Failure - is an attempt to actively preserve the home pages of sites that will probably disappear in the next few months. Our goal is not to laugh at these failed enterprises, but to preserve documentary images - as many as possible - before all traces of their existence are deleted from history's view. It is my hope that these screenshots may serve as a reminder of the glory, folly, and historically unique design sensibilities of the Web's Great Gilded Age (1995-2001). May no historical revisionists ever claim that this wacky period didn't happen - these screenshots prove that it did! '

Buddhist Crosswords.

NaNoWriMo began yesterday. Good luck to everyone who's participating.

'The CNN of the Arab World'. Interesting interview with an Arab journalist on the role of Al-Jazeera.

1st November
Herd of Sheep is a good news satire site.

SheepGame. 'It's simple. All the sheep run away from your mouse cursor. So use that to steer them. ' Needs Flash. Awfully cute graphics.

'Chinese archaeologists have discovered many cultural relics in an ancient tomb dating back to the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) in Shaanxi Province. '

Centipedes living further north have fewer legs. Old news, apparently, but new to me.

Bear cured of alcoholism.

Al-Jazeera resources. Via the Web Today.