If you are going to volunteer to disarm a landmine, it's probably wise not to use a hammer and a screwdriver.
This specially designed deep-fat fryer allows you to keep fish underneath the boiling oil without them frying. The fryer is designed to ensure that the fat is separated from the oil and you'll never have to feed the fish as they feed of the bits of food that sink from the oil. Providing they steer clear of the boiling oil they can live as long as goldfish in regular fishtanks. Click here for a video. [via]
Charlie Howarth, who got his first speeding conviction when he was 99, has been on the road since 1924. Now 101, Charlie has never passed a driving test because back in 1924 they didn't exist.
His first car, the Model T, had wooden wheels and a top speed of 30 mph. He has owned dozens of different motors over the years, and now drives a 16-year-old Rover 416 automatic.
Charlie whose licence has been renewed for three more years, said: “The roads are a lot more crowded now. But the car gives me independence.” Link
An interesting diagram showing all known objects in the solar system that are over 200 miles in diameter. [via]
The details of the petition are...
In the last couple of months I have become more paranoid after I was stopped by police in Newport town centre whilst taking photos of non-government buildings.
A couple of months back I was warned that due to the threat of terrorism I should be careful when taking photos in the town centre and I should to be surprised if the police stop me again. They also specifically warned me against taking picture of the main government building in the town (the Passport Office). That I can understand (to a degree) but after the warning I'm now worried about taking pictures of regular buildings in case I'm arrested under the Terrorism Act.
As the petition states, it's my right to take pictures in public yet I feel that right is slowly being taken away from me.
According to Nielsen research, the brand of mobile phone that you carry can reveal the type of person you are. This is what the research revealed...
Nokia : Family-minded / Middle aged managers / Balance seekers / Health conscious
Motorola : Fashion conscious / Under 24 / Fun seekers / Individualistic
Sony Ericsson : Ambitious young men / Professionals / Success driven / Individualistic
LG : Favourite of mums / Stay-at-home parents / Success driven / Harmony seekers
Samsung : Young women / Career focused / Success driven / Fun seekers
I own a Nokia and I wouldn't say any of those statements describes me. [via]
It's been a long time coming but YouTube mobile is almost due for release. According to GigaOm...
I'm hoping that they quickly migrate to the full version as it would be great being able to access any YouTube video from your phone.
Email subject lines are probably the most important part of an email - particularly to people who receive a lot of mail - but do you find it difficult composing email subject lines? I do and usually end up with a subject line that doesn't succinctly describe my email and risks being overlooked. Word Wise has some advice on composing a meaningful subject. [via]
A real-time death toll counter based on data from the World Health Organisation. The deaths are broken down into a few dozen categories so that you can identify the causes of death. I'm not sure how accurate this data is. It shows that more people are dying of AIDS than malaria which I thought was the other way around. Also, there's doesn't seem to be any mention of people dying of starvation (unless it's listed as something else).
An angry girl beats up her boyfriend in public. I surprised that after a few headbutts he didn't fight back. The no hitting women rule surely goes out of the window in cases like this. [via]
What The Font is a great free site for finding out the name of a font. I had to use it last week whilst trying to work out a font for a client. I spent a couple of hours trawling through various font sites including Identifont which tries to determine the font you want by asking a couple of dozen questions. I was almost ready to give up when I found What The Font.
You simply post an image of the font and wait for someone to identify it. It took an hour for someone to correctly identify the font! And judging by the other submissions on the site there is a good chance of having your font identified.
Here are a couple of photography links that I've come across over the last couple of days.
How do you prove photography to a blind man? - Skeptico discusses how you would go about proving photography to a blind man.
If you have seen 300 what are your opinions? I thought the film seemed more like a showcase of what can be done with CGI (btw, I hated the CGI blood) rather than building up a story to make it an epic that it is portrayed to be. The cinema photography is very impressive and but the battle scenes (and there is little else but battle scenes) are excessive.
For the European launch of the PS3, Microsoft delivered 7 crates of Fosters and an Xbox 360 to the offices of CVG magazine. The aim was to highlight the fact that with the extra money you save by buying a 360 instead of a PS3, you can invest in a ton of beer.
Unfortunately for Microsoft, they blew a good promotional opportunity by choosing a crappy beer. I think I'll take the PS3 and the bottle of Becks. [via]