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Fermi Paradox ~ Where is everyone? Physicist Enrico Fermi (1901-54) gave his name to the awkward contrast that exists, between the vastness of space and the probability large numbers of Earth-like planets must exist elsewhere, especially when you consider life could be far more evolved on a proportion of these, yet nobody has indisputably been in touch with us…
Flying Spaghetti Monster ~ Deity of the Pastafarians, members of the parody (or maybe not?) religion, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Created in 2005 by Bobby Henderson, this all began as a satirical protest against the decision by the Kansas State Board of Education to permit the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution…
FML: Your Everyday Life Stories ~ This is a family-friendly site, so I am not going to spell out what FML stands for, but suffice it to say the ML bit is ‘My Life’, while the F component has four letters and ends in ‘K’. Some of the contributions are genuinely hilarious. FML, you say when something really awkward happens, highlighting your relationship to the human condition.
French Words & Phrases Used In English ~ Over a quarter of modern English has origins in French initially, mainly coming from the Anglo-Norman spoken by the upper classes in England after the Norman Conquest. Since then much more has become incorporated into everyday usage, think for instance of ballet, bric-à-brac, bouquet, brunette, bureau, café, chaffeur…
Full English Brexit ~ These are turbulent times in the UK. Great Britain is an island and we’ve never appreciated other folk telling us what to do. We voted to leave the European Union by a majority of 1.3 million, only to be told we didn’t get the answer right. No offence; but we have always traded most closely with North America, the Indian subcontinent, Antipodes and Far East…
Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature ~ A catchily entitled offering, maintained by the USGS Astrogeology Science Center, developed in cooperation with the International Astronomical Union and officially supported by NASA. It takes the names of the planets, satellites, asteroids and their features, explaining their origins in a straightforward manner that you can surely trust…
Get The Data ~ Personally, I have always looked far beyond my homeland. So it is rare, I will recommend a website relevant to the UK alone. The inconsequential size of this country, accompanied by an alphanumeric system of postal codes, makes our nation’s inhabitants some of the most watched and tracked globally. Bash in a British postcode, to see the data at your fingertips…
Glastonbury Archive ~ If you’ve never downloaded an ebook, waste no further time in adding another skill to your online repertoire. The Glastonbury Archive has an excellent and completely free selection, with Palden Jenkins’ Living in Time and remarkable Historical Ephemeris both pertaining directly to astrological study.
Goddess Flight Divination ~ Described as “your source for all divination needs” this site provides a selection of reasonably priced astrological, tarot, numerology and biorhythm readings for your perusal. Also on offer are a number of freebies, including daily Sun sign forecasts and some amusing games.
Gold - Visualized in Bullion Bars ~ You might think with Jupiter’s impending return to Leo that gold prices will witness an upsurge, since it is the metal traditionally connected with the Lion. This week’s recommended site has a few facts and figures about one of mankind’s obsessions, such as how all the gold in the world combined equals a cube just 68 feet (20.73m) across.
Good Country Index ~ This index of countries attempts to measure what each one contributes to the good of humanity and also to this planet. Every nation is assessed according to what it gives and takes back from the rest of the world, relative to its size and population. Europe excels and the UK is eighth overall. Canada holds the highest ranking elsewhere, with fourteenth place.
Google Feud ~ Google Feud is a web game based on the Google API. You choose questions from one of four categories and try to guess how Google is most likely to autocomplete your query. It’s a bit like the US game show Family Feud, or Family Fortunes in the UK. But instead of guessing what the public said, the results are pulled directly from the search engine itself…
Google Translate ~ For webmasters not so long ago, reaching the largest audience you could meant several lengthy translations of your entire website. Huge swathes of the Web were beyond the average surfer, but that is not true anymore, with this fantastic service from Google bringing so many languages within the comprehension of everybody.
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…