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Tetris art

Posted Sat 04 June 2011 14:04 (+1200)

Tidal power - in 1966

I was pleased to read that tidal turbines for power generation are finally supposed to be installed (for test only at the moment) in the Cook Strait this year – though I can't find any info on whether it's actually happening at the moment. I suspect some doubters of the scheme might be confusing tidal power with the much less proven idea of wave power, because tidal power has been working well overseas for a long time – in fact one French plant has been operating since 1966!

Posted Sun 17 April 2011 16:16 (+1200)

Marbles rolling up illusion

Janne posted this amazing video of a very carefully set up illusion where the marbles appear quite clearly to run uphill. Good work Koukichi Sugihara!

Posted Thu 01 July 2010 21:29 (+0900)

John Clarke explains the BP oil spill response

Expat John Clarke does a sterling job explaining the BP oil spill response:

Posted Tue 29 June 2010 21:26 (+0900)

Pancake excellence

Luther linked us up to an awesome set of pancake photos – not just an entire burger made out of pikelets, but a three-dimensional tower crane!

Posted Fri 14 May 2010 22:23 (+1200)

Pixels attack

Catching up on old things to blog: we love Pixels by Patrick Jean (HD version below). And it reminds us of that Royksopp video.

Posted Fri 14 May 2010 17:31 (+1200)

Moscow dogs

Two things. Firstly, a small number of the many, many strays in Moscow have learned to ride the subways. Secondly, in Moscow, it is not unheard of for a model to carry a knife and use it to calmly slaughter a stray dog in a subway station when it argues with her own dog.

Posted Thu 18 March 2010 22:20 (+1300)

Darwin beer can regatta

Remember when we were young scouting lads and ladettes, and we used to make rafts out of wooden poles, random bits of polystyrene, barrels, and a lot of rope, and row them down the Estuary? Well, in Darwin, they do it using beer cans. 2010's is 8th August :).

Posted Sun 21 February 2010 01:18 (+1300)

Windows 3.11 for the web

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but some people have far too much free time. Even supports the MS-DOS Prompt!

Posted Wed 27 January 2010 00:45 (+1300)


You can add “biweekly” to the list of words that are now unusable: in some parts of the world it has come to mean twice a week, whereas apparently it originally meant every two weeks. All a bit rubbish really. A quick googling found I'm not the only person who thinks that we should have diweekly (language NSFW) for the former and biweekly for the latter, but I don't see it happening.

Posted Sun 24 January 2010 20:57 (+1300)

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