News highlights at one of the most popular sites on the web

April 29, 2007
  • The ‘Drudge Report’ highlights some of the top stories from around the world in a basic & quick to read format
  • Its got a HUGE readership: over 15 million hits in the past 24 hours!!! and over 4.5 BILLION hits in the past year

BBC’s ‘ten things we didn’t know last week’

April 29, 2007
  • The BBC do a weekly magazine item listing ’10 things we didn’t know last week – you can see the archive here
  • Some examples… ‘Scouting for Boys by Lord Baden-Powell is the fourth bestselling book of the 20th Century, after the Bible, the Koran and Mao’s Little Red Book’
  • ‘We each get a completely new skeleton every 10 years, because of cell renewal’
  • ‘Spiralling obesity rates are forcing councils to upgrade their crematoria, to take wider coffins.’
  • ‘It is cheaper to ship waste from London to Shenzen in China than it is to send it by road from London to Manchester.’

New Tolkien novel goes on sale – The Children of Hurin

April 29, 2007
  • Tolkien’s son has completed a book from some of his dad(JRR Tolkien)’s manuscripts – see more at the BBC
  • The book is on sale now

The rich getting richer on the back of the poor – sculpture pic

April 29, 2007

Picture of a sculpture in Ringkobing (picture/sculpture says it all)

– BBC have a very relevant article about the richer getting even richer!?!?!

– There are lots of other cool/funny sculpture pics at the site e.g. Man at Work


Laughter quotes

April 29, 2007

– 10 or so ‘Laughter quotes’ at Sugar Shock
– e.g. ‘He who laughs, lasts!’ 🙂


People sharing their secrets anonymously by post card…

April 29, 2007

VERY cool site where people send in postcards with their secrets written on the back
– Some are quite intense/adult in nature (you have been warned!)
– Cards are usually done in quite an arty way
– Site claims it is ‘the largest advertisement-free Blog on the Web’ (hit counter shows 74 million + visitors)


Artificial people… the way forward???

April 29, 2007

ScienceAhead have a list of the ‘Top 10 Artificial Technologies Ready to Create a Real Human Being‘.


House price crash in Spain?

April 29, 2007

The BBC have an article on this.


Uk’s richest get 20% richer in a year!

April 29, 2007

Click here for a BBC article on this.


Concert Tickets… peer-to-peer style

April 28, 2007

*Click here for concert tickets site (StubHub)*
StubHub is a site that lets you buy and sell concert tickets (and sports/theatre tickets) online. Its a peer-to-peer style system a bit like e-bay (in fact was bought by E-Bay in Jan this year,) so you also get the security of a big company being involved in the buying/selling.


How Tos and Instructions

April 28, 2007

Click here for general how tos and here for instructions on making things
Two fun and useful how tos/instructions sites are Instructables & WikiHow. Both have loads of articles on different topics. Instructables focuses on making things while WikiHow covers a broader range of how tos. WikiHow has over 18,000 articles.


Planet Earth 2?… habitable planet found! (article + video)

April 28, 2007

*New planet earth article here & video here*
A team of scientits have found the first potentially habitable planet outside our solar system! The BBC have an article and video clip with lots of info.


Multiple Intelligences… BBC article/program

April 28, 2007

*Click here for multiple intelligences article*
I like the way people are starting to think of intelligence in different ways. Instead of just the traditional IQ style intelligence, people are now talking about emotional & bodily intelligence etc.


Becoming/being self-employed… hints and tips

April 28, 2007

*Becoming/being self-employed article here*
Especially aimed at web-workers, a nice little summary of ‘best practices’ for the self-employed is available at WebWorkerDaily (lots of other interesting posts here as well.)


Low calorie food pics… what 200 calories looks like :)

April 27, 2007

*Low calorie food pics here*
Someone’s put together a collection of pictures that show what 200 calories of food looks like. They start off with a picture of loads of celery and work all the way down to a tiny bit of oil in the bottom of a glass. The pictures were taken with the same camera and using the same setup, so the portion sizes can be easily compared. V cool!


Free traffic! Increase web site traffic for free.

April 26, 2007

Get some free traffic to your blog / web site (through a site called ‘ipings’.) All you do is fill in 4 boxes on a form (name, URL etc), and click submit. When you do, a bunch of sites get notified that you have new content for them to come and index. Its a dead easy way to increase traffic to your web site / blog.

**WARNING! – you should only use the service when you add new content to your site. Pinging without having new content “probably will get you banned or ignored”!!

If you want to know about how the site works and what happens when you ‘ping’, check out the ‘about‘ and ‘to ping or not to ping‘ pages. Well worth reading IMHO – there are good explanations of how web spiders work and how pinging can help you get listed on major search engines!


Do you Digg?… Digg this post at Digg.com

April 25, 2007

Digg is a GREAT place to go to find out what cool/interesting/fun sites people have come across. Its a major (ranked 88th most popular site in the world! at Alexa.com) ‘social bookmarking’ site, where members submit ‘content’ (weblog posts, news articles, etc.) Other users then check out the content themselves and if they like it they ‘Digg’ it.

**To Digg this article, click here 🙂 **


Mortgage refinancing. Get the best mortgage rate!

April 25, 2007

Mortgage refinancing can “substantially slash mortgage repayments” – this article details five easy to follow steps to help you get the best mortgage rate you can, and to pay your mortgage off early.


Robots in our future

April 25, 2007

Scientists are predicting that in the very near future (within 5 years) we’ll have robots for things like child-minding, care-home work, and prison monitoring! This is according to an article in the Daily Mail, a large UK national daily paper… “Are we safe from robots that can think for themselves?

The BBC also have some interseting articles on this subject. An article written yesterday talks about future robots being autonomous, decision making machines. It also talks about ‘robot rights’! amongst other things. There are some other good robot articles in the right hand column as well.


Blog marketing – get your blog known

April 24, 2007

If you want to do a bit of ‘blog marketing’ and get your blog known, there’re a whole bunch of blog directory sites where you can get your blog listed. There’s a good list of them at Google, and another list here from IsPopularOnline. The IsPopularOnline site also has a big list of sites (on the same page) where you can submit the RSS feeds from your blog.

(a few of the links seem to be down, but most of them are good)


Kryptonite is REAL!

April 24, 2007

The BBC have reported on the discovery of a new mineral which was described in the film Superman Returns as Kryptonite! See for yourself here. Does this mean the real Superman is out there as well?!?!? lol


Its a small world – video

April 24, 2007

Very cool video about how small the world is. Not your normal kind of ‘its a small world’ – this video shows how small the earth is in comparison to other planets and stars (almost 100,000 views and 4 star rated at YouTube.)


Car Insurance

April 23, 2007

Car Insurance is a big area these days with loads of companies to choose from. There’s a site called reviewcentre.com that lets users rate companies on different criteria, then shows them all in a list. If you’re looking for car insurance it may be worth having a look here. The AA look to be one of the best rated – if you scroll down the list, they’re the first company with more than 10 reviews and they manage a decent rating of 7.7 (at the time of writing this.)

The site also has reviews for a ton of other stuff 🙂


Reiki healing for free

April 22, 2007

Free Reiki healing is available at The Reiki Experiment. All you need to do is leave a comment on the ‘Request a healing’ Page and someone will ‘send’ you a healing. There’s a Wikipedia entry on Reiki if you want more info about this type of healing.


The pleasure of finding things out

April 18, 2007

You can see this and other snippets from a Richard Feynman interview on the BBC Horizon Webiste. You can also see the full interview (in 6 parts) at YouTube. The sound’s out of sync with the picture, but the interview is still very good.