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Greg’s Cable Map ~ Greg Mahlknecht from South Africa is a software developer, but he works diligently on this website in his spare time. In an era of almost trouble-free global telecommunication, it is humbling to realise so much comes down to cables laid on and beneath the ocean floor that are typically just 69 mm in diameter, connecting everywhere except Antarctica so far.
Hermitary ~ Resources and reflections on hermits and solitude is the subtitle and I couldn’t put it better myself. It’s a very informative and worthy site, but the funniest thing (if that’s the right word) is the hermit’s forum with a record so far of 169 users online at once. I guess in these days of the Internet even a self-imposed isolation isn’t what it used to be…
Hippie Name Generator ~ In our street we have a bunch of fake hippies. They have an old bus they leave outside other people’s houses for weeks and sometimes, they walk about in their bare feet with their naked children and sit in it. Mainly though they use a selection of pristine SUVs and have the smartest home around, since spending their parent’s money is a full-time job…
HitBTC ~ For some, I am rather late to the table. Writing in the closing months of 2016 with many still struggling to get their heads around the convoluted principles of Bitcoin, there are already 127 cryptocurrencies in all, according to reliable sources. And folk are trading theses things too in altcoin exchanges, including this one you can run in demo mode just to try your hand.
HM Nautical Almanac Office ~ Don’t be put off by the name, this agency catalogues astronomical data for a wide range of purposes. Be sure to check out the online data and miscellanea sections both with a UK focus, as well as the eclipse portal and the fascinating Websurf project, that enables the precise calculation of Islamic prayer times for instance…
I Ching Online ~ Recently I noted that a certain British media astrologer, is now offering automated I Ching sessions for a few pounds or dollars each, depending on your preference. But why would anybody want to pay at all, when you can access interpretations of this quality completely free, or take the option to register and save a record of your readings for just $18 a year?
Importance Of Religion By Country ~ A worldwide poll posed the simple question, “Is religion important in your daily life?”. Just three countries raised a wholly positive response to this, with every answer in the affirmative. These were Bangladesh, Niger and Somalia; though Africa and Asia dominate this list, with the Americas absent until 51st place and Europe till 83rd…
Insecam Project ~ You’re no fool; you have a surveillance camera. It’s wireless, since plugging in a cable is way too tough. You have some great app on your cell phone, to see nothing occurring in the ass-end of space, like usual. Now, you can share your borderline psychosis with small-minded folk all over the world. Let’s just simply hope, you can persuade your camera to cooperate.
Internet Live Stats ~ This website uses an algorithm to generate statistics concerning Internet usage and uptake. For example in 2015, the online population has increased by one billion over the past four years. Yet 75% of all users are in the twenty countries with the greatest Internet penetration. The other 178 nations, are each home to less than 1% of this worldwide total.
INUIT ~ People of the Arctic ~ A fascinating glimpse into the life of the Inuit: an indigenous people living in Alaska, Arctic Canada and Greenland. Amid the comparative warmth of a belated spring here in the UK, the community of Taloyoak, bordering the seventieth parallel in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, can expect temperatures to reach a maximum of -11°C (12°F) later today…
Irreligion By Country ~ Writing from the UK at Christmas, this annual festival seems remote from its original meaning. In fact, a Wikipedia article based on a global Gallup poll, named the UK as the sixth least religious country in the world. Sweden heads up a list, that features four Nordic nations in the top ten, along with: China, Estonia, France, the Czech Republic and Japan.
I Write Like ~ This site might be of interest if you author lengthy emails, write for your living or wish that you could. It takes a few paragraphs of prose and tells you which famous author your style most resembles. I used my annual forecasts for three different signs and had contrasting results, but at least these were consistent across further repetitions…
James Randi ~ James Randi has built a reputation on debunking the paranormal. He offers $1,000,000 to anyone who can convince him of such ability and this includes astrology too. Those anxious to prove themselves be warned, so far nobody has even survived his unspecified test conditions. There have been over 1,000 applicants…
Laika, the Space Dog ~ Laika the dog was the first animal in orbit and also, the first orbital fatality. A stray from the streets of Moscow chosen for her hardiness and calm temperament, she was placed aboard Sputnik 2 on October 31, 1957 and blasted off three days later. She died hours into the mission, but never was intended to return home safely…
Latitude & Longitude Finder ~ There is so much nerdy goodness on this site, it was hard tying myself down to just one section. Mainly for a UK audience although useful for other parts of the world, Chris “Doogal” Bell explores the link between British postcodes, latitude and longitude with a little help from Google Maps. Locate the geographic coordinates of anywhere you want…
Leap Years & Leap Seconds ~ In late February 2016 we’re heading towards the extra day, that characterises every leap year. The Royal Observatory, part of Royal Museums Greenwich has produced a helpful guide to why this is necessary and the reasons for the adjustment. Happily, following a polite prompt from yours truly, the error in this piece has been quietly rectified…
List of Common Emoticons ~ You’ve no doubt seen these in your email, :) or similar for happy, :( for sad, even more unusual combinations like :O for surprised, or :*) for blushing. To extend your vocabulary take a look at this feature, where you’ll find \(^o^)/ for very excited, (o_#) for bruised or (._.) meaning disappointed, among many creative examples.