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.’

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‘.


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

April 29, 2007

Click here for a BBC article on this.


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.


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 🙂


Funny video about ‘polite distances’

April 17, 2007

This is just so true!….. (the video is about how close a person needs to be for you to hold the door open for them.) V funny 😀


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.


Funny cartoon of a typical internet argument

April 17, 2007

Very funny comic stip 🙂 – this is probably a familiar sight (in some form or another) to most people out there…


Funny comic strip – Bush and Nixon comparison

April 17, 2007

Check out this little funny… (not a full comic, just a little one pager)


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 😀


Want some GOOD news for a change?

April 16, 2007

Take a trip to the Good News Network and remind yourself that things are not all bad.

If you have any good news stories to share, you can submit them here (although you have to register first.)


Are UK house prices beginning to crash?

April 16, 2007

There’s a website dedicated to this topic, which has some interesting graphs and a great wiki style news blog. The BBC have also written an article on this subject which includes comments from someone from the website. In today’s news, they also report a slight fall in UK house prices.


Goat marriage (to a man!!) & two legged goat walking!

April 16, 2007

Check out this BBC story about justice, Sudan style, where a man was forced to marry a goat! And while i’m on the subject of goats, how about this video of a two-legged goat walking 🙂


Monstrous conspiracy theory/UFO (and more) site

April 15, 2007

Has been going for 10 years and boasts “a highly professional staff of 48 dedicated people” and “104,658 members” AboveTopSecret is huge!! I also like their motto which is ‘deny ignorance’ 🙂


Brain Scan that reads your INTENTIONS!

April 15, 2007

News article about scans that have already been done!


Funny house price crash video

April 14, 2007

Very funny house price crash vid. Its a UK vid so you may not get all the jokes (UK viewers should find it extra funny though 🙂 )


Quote: I am what I am because of who we all are

April 14, 2007

“Ubuntu is an African word meaning ‘Humanity to others’, or ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’.” The word is also used as the name of a free operating system.

I also love the quote so had to post it for that reason alone. 🙂

The site also gives more detail on the name.


Feed the hungry with a click

April 14, 2007

At the hunger site you click to send 1.1 cups of staple food to the hungry (click the yellow “Help Feed The Hungry” button.) The food is paid for by advertisers/sponsors.

* The site’s been going since June 1999
* They get an “average of over 220,000 individuals from around the world… each day”
* “To date, more than 200 million visitors have given more than 300 million cups of staple food.”

Check out the tabs at the top of the screen for similar schemes on breast cancer, child health and more.