This blog is now rarely updated, but remains as an archive of bits and pieces I've collected from around the internet. To see what's caught my eye more recently, find me on twitter.

Monday 28 November 2011

#148; David Mitchell and Snails

David Mitchell narrates 6 lovely animated "Adventures in Thought". Entertaining and informative. Tasty:


Take a picture of the sky every 10 seconds for a year. What do you get? This awesome time-lapse grid thing.


For some visual bio-porn check out the BioScapes gallery.

And finally some shelly fun. As Marcel The Shell With Shoes On returns to our lives, I stumbled across this sweet snail advert. Heh.
Sequoia Snail - Les Andy's - WIZZprod from WIZZprod° on Vimeo.

Tuesday 15 November 2011

#147; lots of videos, & some other stuff


The Atlantic has an incredible selection of photos from the National Geographic Photo Contest 2011. Click here to take a look at all the images in their full size - it's a brilliant collection.

A tree enveloped in spiders webs, as spiders fled the floods in Pakistan.
and I love this portrait:

This is a stunning video of an epic operation by the WWF to relocate Black Rhinos in South Africa. 
Flying Rhinos from Green Renaissance on Vimeo.


Another amazing video. This super-slow-mo film shows how hummingbirds stay dry in the rain - a deceptively crucial skill when you weigh just a few grams, and the careful balance of hovering is essential to your continued survival. This video shows a hummingbird shaking water off itself like a dog, while hovering. For more detail, click here (Wired).


Take 5 minutes, click on the HD option, and go fullscreen for this incredible time-lapse view of the earth from space.
Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael K├Ânig on Vimeo.


Got even more time to waste? Watch this video, showing how the Dutch National Ballet created the awesome TedX Amsterdam poster image:

Beautifully filmed clips of skyliners. Also, if it's your kind of thing, for one of the most impressive base jumping videos I've seen in a while, click here.
I Believe I can Fly ( flight of the frenchies). Trailer from sebastien montaz-rosset on Vimeo.


And to end on some fantastic frivolity, a great collection of dweeby-sexy illustrations. "Nerdy Dirty". Fantastic:


Saturday 5 November 2011

#146; Silver lining

I'm ill. Truth be told, I don't respond well to being sick. I pretty much crumble at the first hint of a sniffle, and I'm now suffering from a full-on case of the snuffles. Bad times, I assure you, but if there's any positive news to take from my near-death condition, it's that I've finally got round to absorbing a few things on my "to-watch" list. Here are some gems that have risen out of my snot-filled misery:

First, the latest fantastic nature programme, Frozen Planet. The whole thing is brilliant, and this clip here is  the perfect example. Frozen Planet has more comedy than most sitcoms and far more drama than Eastenders - brilliant.


Next, if you have an hour to spare, watch this talk from the co-creator of GOOD, Casey Caplowe. GOOD is my absolute favourite website, and a great magazine, that fuses engaging and educational information with actionable endeavours to improve the world. This talk outlines the thinking behind the organisation. Particularly interesting is the part where he talks about profit; GOOD isn't a charity, and it is trying to make a profit. I love the philosophy that making money and doing good don't have to be enemies. Anyway, although Caplowe has that unforgivable problem of lifting his voice at the end of every sentence, making each statement a half-question, it's all interesting stuff, and the opening mantra of "love it or fix it" is brilliant.

VIA here


This video is just awesome. Watch a dam being breached, and a reservoir drained. Amazing footage:

Explosive Breach of Condit Dam from Andy Maser on Vimeo.

VIA here


A short documentary about Dreamworks animators. This fills me with admiration, inspiration, and furious jealousy.

Moonshine : Artists after dark from alexis wanneroy on Vimeo.


Finally, check out these brilliant images from the new book, Science Ink. If I was ever to get a tattoo, it might well be one of these:

Thursday 3 November 2011

The Periscope Post

Here are a few samples of writing done for online news and opinion site, The Periscope Post. I've written over 70 articles for the site, so if the selection here isn't enough for you, let me know and I'll point you at more, covering everything from football to the Occupy movement, and internet hackers to viral videos.

--UPDATE: The Periscope Post seems to have changed hands and evolved, and these links no longer work. Such is the ever-changing nature of the internet. These articles were great, though. Honest.-- 

World News
Science & Health

Wednesday 2 November 2011

#145; words, flying balls, dinosaurs

A dearth of recent posts is a sign of how busy I've been lately, but with a bit more free time comes a new post, and some morsels of interestingness and fascination for you.

First up, a clever little table reminding scientists what some of their terms mean to the public. Original paper here.

Microsoft have unveiled a little prophetic view into the future, showing the form they believe technology of the coming decades will take. I love this sort of video, although it makes me feel somewhat insecure about my feeble blackberry and iPad...


There's been a huge amount of excitement and pomp surrounding the news that there are now (or there will soon be) 7 billion people cluttering up the planet. One of the most interesting interpretations is from the Guardian's data blog. Click HERE for their nice interactive visualisation showing how the population is expected to grow in the coming years.


Next up a mesmerising visualisation of a bit of Bach. This gets even better when you check out the full website, which lets you play with the visualisation yourself. J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 1 - Prelude from Alexander Chen on Vimeo.


Now for a flying ball from Japan. This is incredibly alien-seeming (I assume it also represents a substantial achievement). ooohhh:


And finally a brilliant new Aardman short. Pythagasaurus. Watch it.