Sunday, 10 August 2008

Links of the week, 09/08/08

It is that time of the week again! I think this week is a good one, too.

Wooden SF sculptures
Awesome wood sculptures of several geeky gadgets. I particularly like the Ark of Covenant (close your eyes!) and the mechanical suit of Stephen Hawking.
Keyring crochet hook tutorial
Small tutorial on how to make transform a crochet hook (metal, cheap) to carry always in your keyring. I personally like to carry around many crochet hooks, so I can then spread them on the table wherever I am, and pick the best one for the job. I like having the appropriate tools, but I also love the looks I get!
Sculptural elements of crochet
I'm a bit into my made-up Tachikoma pattern, and I've been looking at crochet and amigurumi resources to help me out. I found this one particularly interesting, and I intent to use some of their form explanation on my toy.
Classic Doctor Who in 3 easy steps
Playing my foreigner card here, I only discovered Doctor Who after I moved to the UK, and I only watched any when it started again. I have been meaning to watch some of the classic Who, but there is just so much of it! This article gives an introduction to classic Who, and a selection of episodes to get a feeling for the old series. I have yet to take them up on it, though, so I can't vouch for how good it is. I should probably ask someone who knows *giggles to herself at the pun*
The Fermi Paradox
The Fermi paradox basically states that, if the universe is big and old, and there is some intelligent life that has gotten off its planet (note: the article explains it better), how come we haven't met any yet. The article explores the answers to this question that science fiction has presented throughout time. I really like the Meat one.
Wordpress themes
For those of you using Wordpress, here is a selection of custom themes that I found very nice. I plan, in my copious spare time, to contact the designer and ask her if it's ok for me to try to transform some of those into blogger themes, so I'll keep you posted on that.
Is cancer evolving?
This is an extremely interesting article looking at the evolution of cancer (and by evolution, we mean Darwinian evolution, not how it changes within one individual as it progresses). Some cancers, like a form found in Tasmanian Devils, can transfer from one individual to another, a process that has also been noted in accidental experiments in humans. Please don't panic, you still can't get cancer by sneezing, but it makes for a fascinating read.
Britain from above
This is not just plain satellite images of Britain, but they have been superimposed with information about life here. So some show the flight paths, and the phone connections, London taxis. The images are part of a new BBC documentary/series/not sure what, that starts today at 9 pm. I don't normally watch broadcast TV, but this might be worth a watch.
History of Internet Memes
If you've spent any amount of time on the internet, you'll get a bunch of these. I'm not sure what else to say, but it will certainly enlighten all of us in the knowledge and history of the Internet. Or at least the more viral sites.

In other news, my phone, which is only 1 1/2 years old, has become stupid and the battery only lasts one day. I am not impressed.


  1. I like the wooden power tools best but they are all brilliant.

    "My Doctor" (the one I started with) was Tom Baker, because I used to watch those episodes on some cable channel when I was a kid. But with the new series I know everyone seems to just love #10, unfortunately (for me) I preferred #9. I'm guessing Tennant being younger was a better match for the 19 year old Rose character! But I liked Eccleston better, and I admit that may be because he was closer to my age!

  2. Oh, and I forgot to say - if your phone is a Motorola Krazr - I've the same problem. If it isn't and you go to replace yours, now you know what NOT to choose.

  3. I love the links you post every week. Only trouble is, I lose hours on the internet following them! :D My faves this time were the wooden sculptures (I'm going to forward that to my dad, he'll love it), the crochet hook tute (but I'd probably get arrested for carrying it lol), the crochet one, and the scifi one. See what I mean? Losing too many hours here!

  4. yarndancer said "Only trouble is, I lose hours on the internet following them!"

    Just as planned :D

    Can you imagine how many hours I lost online to bring the selection? :) Somehow my bosses still think I work lots and do a good job, though, so I'm not exactly complaining. I'm glad you like the links!