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0 to 255 ~ The RGB colour model is often used in computing. Each colour is assigned a triplet describing how much red, green and blue it contains, usually on the scale of zero to 255. Often translated on the Internet as a hexidecimal you can type in here, this site helps you figure out a range of harmonising colours with lighter and darker shades.
11% Think HTML Is a Disease ~ Back in the day you either learned to code or didn’t have a website. Now, a survey shows that 11% of respondents believe HTML is a sexually-transmitted disease. Also, 15% thought software was comfortable clothing, 27% said a gigabyte was a South American insect and 42% believed a motherboard to be the deck of a cruise liner…
12.1 Trillion Digits Of Pi ~ Following the revelation that 39 digits of the mathematical constant π, would be sufficient to figure out the volume of the known universe to within one atom, here is a massive update from a graduate student of the University of Illinois, who has comfortably pushed this envelope to 12.1 trillion places. Any gamers reading, do take a gander at his rig…
24TimeZones.com ~ Much as we are told the use of Flash is dying, particularly by users of Apple’s mobile platforms that at the time of writing staunchly remain unable to support it, here’s another site you won’t be able to view on your iPad, iPhone or iOSAnythingElse. Global time maps we have seen before, interactive ones with options not so often…
900 Club ~ Jupiter is in Sagittarius for most of 2007, so expansion is a big issue. With expansionist foreign policies and ballooning levels of obesity both headline news, this really made me think. 900 pounds is 64 stone plus, or 409 kg. First place weighs in at 1600 pounds, so calculations apart, that’s around three quarters of a ton…
AccuWeather.com ~ This is the UK section of AccuWeather, but there are easy to follow links for those in North America and for just about everywhere else. UK residents simply type in their postcode to get a fifteen day forecast, that can even be studied hour by hour. It’s invaluable when planning your observing and works just as well anywhere.
Acronyms and Abbreviations ~ Okay, here’s a new method of divination you are free to rip off and use as your own. If you’re into astrology you’re used to thinking in symbols, so just bash your initials into this search box and see what that means to you. Mine comes up with Pressurised Heavy Water, Public Health Warning or Pump, Hot Water. How true!
Alison Day’s Lotus Tarot ~ User-friendly tarot site that offers great interactive free readings, plus a selection of more extensive paid options. In addition there is an informative discussion on the symbolism of each card, a good selection of articles and even formal education opportunities for those wishing to take their interest further…
All About 2012 ~ Apparently, 2012 marks the end of the world. The astrological criteria rest on an “exact” conjunction of the Sun at the winter solstice with the centre of our galaxy. However, doing the maths this isn’t really exact until 2226. Allowing a small orb of five degrees these points have been conjunct every year since 1867. Hmmn…
Ancient Calendars ~ With reference to the leap year of 2016 and the reasons why such contortions are required to keep us all in line with the seasons, here is a detailed and erudite article that describes the cycles of the Sun and Moon, covering modern calendars and their ancient precursors, with particular reference to Mesoamerica and of course, the Mayan Long Count.
Animals in Space ~ Along with making life on Earth a misery, mankind has a nasty habit of blasting animals into space. Laika the dog has been mentioned here before, so this is a shout for all the other dogs, cats, chimps, monkeys, rats, mice, guinea pigs, tortoises, turtles, frogs, fish and more, some that survived and many that did not…
Antarctica’s First Citizen ~ When it comes to your birthchart, where you were born is critical. So far, Emilio Marcos Palma holds the record as both the first person to be born in Antarctica and the most southerly birth. He arrived on January 7, 1978 via the Esperanza Base and the Antarctic Penisula, where his father was stationed with the Argentine army at 63°24’S.
Antipodes Map ~ This site speedily and effectively deals with the vexing question of what lies on the opposite side of the world to you. Only an estimated 15% of terrestrial locations, have a point directly equivalent that isn’t underwater. The antipode of London is 136 miles from the Antipodes Islands, an inviting 8.5 square miles of pristine tundra nestling in the subantarctic.
ARISE: The SubGenius Video ~ Billed as the recruitment video for the Church of the SubGenius, this is perhaps the best introduction for this so-called parody religion, with more than one sideways reference to another unashamedly for-profit organisation, that is anxious to secure a certain tax position for itself. After watching all eighty-six minutes, I was totally sold!
Arctic Thule ~ This website concerns the efforts and expeditions of those seeking the northernmost point of land anywhere on earth. While Antarctica is a solid land mass, the North Pole sits on top of the frozen Arctic Ocean. How far north land extends is debatable, but attention focuses off the northern coast of Peary Land in the uninhabited Northeast Greenland National Park.