The 5th of November, The Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot. Yes, in the UK today it is Guy Fawkes Night, otherwise known as Bonfire Night, Fireworks Night, or by its original name Gunpowder Treason Day. I learned about the history of Guy, or Guido Fawkes, as he was also
known, when I was a youngster. A man born in the North of England, who after a military career fighting for Spain in the Eighty Years War, went on to become involved in a plot to blow up the House of Lords, and King James I of England and Scotland, in what was known as The Gunpowder Plot of 1605. I was in fact completely incorrect, and according to an American friend of mine all you need to know about Guy Fawkes Night can be learned from a fantastic piece of informative journalism from UK reality show “The Only Way is Essex”. In my reluctance to encourage anyone to watch the show, I am told I owe it to everyone to straighten up all of the facts of 5th November, as illustrated in this clip:
As a special halloween treat (or trick, depending on how you look at it) I would like to share with you some disgustingly amazing confectionery, as seen at “Eat Your Heart Out 2012″ in London viagra for raynaud’s recently. The event, hosted free viagra sample pack at St. Bart’s Pathology Museum showcases the best in UK based cake baking talent. “Fiendishly fun”, “Ghoolishly good”, “Gory goodies”, and other such halloween based treat puns just don’t do these confectionery items justice. Decorated to look like infected body parts and medical procedures, these are riteaid pharmacy epically detailed natural herbal viagra and lifelike, and [apparently] delicious…….although strangely freeviagrasample-norx.com I’m not feeling too hungry anymore!!
C215′s creations during his most recent trip to London. C215 often hailed as “France’s answer to Banksy”, really has developed a very distinctive style that deserves recognition away from such comparisons.
“, or the all-time great “FBI Surveillance Van“! Well according to a report by the BBC wifi names are increasingly being used to communicate passive-aggressive sentiments to neighbours anonymously. Taunts are also coming back, as can be seen in this exchange; “You’re music is annoying!” is followed by “Your grammar is more annoying!”. However the all time classic exchange has to be this one posted on Reddit:
An Alan Turing Edition Monopoly set has now been officially launched by Bletchley Park, the place where Turing worked for the Government Code and Cypher School (GCCS) at Bletchley Park, Britain’s code breaking centre, during World War II.
In this special edition of Monopoly, the squares around the board and revised Chance and Community Chest cards tell the story of Alan Turing’s life along with key elements of the original hand-drawn board, which the great mathematician played on with a young William in the early 1950s – and lost.
Turing is perhaps best known for his part in breaking the Nazis’ Enigma code with the team at Bletchley Park, but as you well know his other largest legacy is having created the mathematical models during his time at King’s College, Cambridge, that went on to become one of the cornerstones of computer science. As a small tribute to this fact Google have kindly bought the first 1,000 units as a donation to the Bletchley Park Trust.
Hopefully a little something to make you smile as you read this blog post on your Turing machine!
FOLLOWING ON FROM THE FIRST CLIP I POSTED FROM “WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE” IN WHICH PROFESSOR BRIAN COX EXPLAINED HOW ALL OF THE DIFFERENT ELEMENTS ARE MADE, IN THIS CLIP FROM THE SERIES, BRIAN EXPLAINS EXACTLY HOW WE ARE ABLE TO DEDUCE WHAT ANY STAR IS MADE OF JUST BY ANALYZING THEIR LIGHT. REAL THOUGHT PROVOKING STUFF!
Child’s Own Studio is possibly the coolest concept I have ever seen! Seeing these toys will make you want to immediately go out and have kids, impatiently wait for them grow to an age when you can encourage them to scribble their wildest ideas straight from their imagination, just so you can send their drawings away to get them turned in to reality at Child’s Own Studio. And oh yeah, the kids will probably love it too! Check out some of their bestest creations below.
I quote lots of unusual facts to my friends (much to their annoyance), and I often end up having to find books, articles, internet videos to back up my claims. I have found very little use for my fact collections until now, however interesting blog posts may be the outlet for my obsessions. One of the subjects I am obsessed with is dogs, their domestication, intelligence, and their interaction with humans. The following is a clip from a British documentary “The Secret Life of the Dog”, presenting an Austrian Border Collie with some amazing abilities. ‘Betsy’ can distinguish objects by name, has a vocabulary of over 340 words, and most amazingly of all, can demonstrate abstract thinking by relating physical symbols, such as scale models, to represent a larger object. I have a soft spot for Border Collies, and German Shepherds, after being around them both a lot when I was a kid, so this dog really captures my interest. Contact me for many more ‘interesting’ dog facts.
Ever wondered what it would be like to be an alien with a 360 degree swiveling head? Well imagine no more, and enjoy the experience thanks to 360 Cities user Andrew Bodrov. Having stitched together the images Curiosity has sent back to earth you can now take control of a panoramic view of the Gale crater here: http://www.360cities.net/image/curiosity-rover-martian-solar-day-2#84.94,15.04,109.6
Although judging by the strange hue of the images it appears as though even NASA is using Instagram filters these days!