Have you caught the latest bug?

April 18, 2007

‘Who is sick?’ is a site where users record their illnesses. The data gets plotted on a Google map so, for example, you can see if you’re the victim of the latest bug going around. There’s a bar chart showing whether reports of different types of sickness are growing or falling, various search functions and a discussion forum. The site’s still in its infancy but this could well be an interesting site to come back to once its been going for a while. Remember to ‘Digg’ it up if you like it 🙂

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Online ‘Peer to peer’ style loans

April 17, 2007

There are at least 2 websites on the go at the moment that facilitate a ‘peer to peer’ style lending & borrowing system. The UK site is called Zopa, and the US site, Propser. ‘Prosper’ has had a whole host of positive press coverage, and Zopa also looks to have been highly rated, e.g. ‘What Investment’ magazine rated it product of the month in Aug ’06.

Does anyone have any experience of these sites?.. This seems like a great idea to me.


What makes us happy in the long-term?

April 17, 2007

The BBC has an interesting acticle on this subject, which follows on from a recent European survey. The summarised answer is “To be well off, have a better work-life balance and good public services, and, possibly, to lower our expectations” The comments are quite interesting as well.


Great consumerism pics/art

April 17, 2007

**60,000 plastic bags**, the number used in the US every **five seconds**
106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds
These and more pics here


UK pound goes through $2 barrier

April 17, 2007

Looks like UK interest rates are going up again. Check out the full article here.


Don’t Buy Stuff You Can’t Afford!

April 17, 2007

V funny comedy advice video from Steve Martin and friends 😀


Freeware recommendations from those in the know

April 16, 2007

Majorgeeks.com have a list of ‘must have’ freeware for a whole bunch of uses. They highlight their picks based on whether they’re suitable novices, intermediates, or ‘Majorgeeks’ – very helpful 🙂