Sunday, 29 June 2008

Links of the week, 29/06/08

First, a little announcement. I'm starting to use some of the features from Blogger in Draft, so there might be a couple of bumps. The most important one is that now the comment form is embedded with the post, rather than on its separate page or as a pop-up. I hope you enjoy the feature, and let me know if it isn't working!

And now, finally, the links of the week!

The Smithsonian Institute flickr photostream
It has some amazing pictures, mostly old, and that is only the tip of the iceberg. I really want to go there once, especially to their Aeronautics section. IIRC, the curator of the aerospace museum section is Anderson, who wrote some of the books that got me through my degree. I plan to bring at least one to see if I can get it signed.
Lego secret vault
Forget about those vaults with seeds for when Armageddon happens. This is the real vault that will keep us alive. Without Lego toys to keep us entertained, we'd end up murdering each other while waiting for the first set of crops. I want to break into this vault.
Moving sky-scrapers
I can't decide whether this is madness, and will make the building collapse horribly, or sheer genius. It's not only the spinning bit I am concerned about, but how every floor will pretty much be carved out and then assembled together, much like stacking blocks. I guess we'll see. But if it does turn out well, I want top floor.
xkcd loves the Discovery Channel
I don't know how old this Discovery Channel advert is, but I only discovered yesterday via xkcd. I played the video twice, one to hear the original song, and another to sing the xkcd lyrics with it.
A study in Emerald, by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)
Some people might know I am a bit of a Neil Gaiman's fan girl. Reading his blog, I noticed that the audio book of "A study in emerald" (a Sherlock Holmes - Lovecraft mix) was available read by him, for free. It is a short story I had read before, but I really enjoyed having Neil read it to me!

This is all for now. See you soon!


  1. On the moving skyscrapers, while I don't doubt that this can be done I do have a bit of an issue with the comment he made, "This building never looks the same, not once in a lifetime,". Okay, any math whizzes want to weigh in on that?

    I love the Discovery Channel ad - that was great. And it was quite helpful as I had a very annoying song stuck in my head and am now happily Boom De Yah-ing around!

    I've never read any Neil Gaiman though - guess I should give that a whirl and see if I like it too?

  2. I really like Gaiman, although maybe that story is not the best place to start. It depends, though: if you like Sherlock Holmes and/or the Cthulhu mythos, it is awesome!
    Actually, saying that I really like Gaiman is a bit of an understatement. It was all I could to do refrain myself to jump on him when I saw him at EasterCon. I am a fangirl like that!

    American Gods is really good, and so is the Sandman graphic novels, and Neverwhere. The good thing about him is that, no matter what you like, he's probably done it!

    /end fangirl squees