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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.
List of Northernmost Items ~ Midsummer in the southern UK means only around five or six hours of proper darkness, disregarding any moonlight of course. Nevertheless, every year I find myself drawn to the twenty-four hour daylight experienced by more northerly regions and love to read about the world’s northernmost town or settlement, post office, restaurant and campsite.
List of Southernmost Items ~ Following last week’s review of northernmost extremes, it is only fair to follow on with the Southern Hemisphere. This is a less extensive list, since the Northern Hemisphere has twice as much land and around nine times as many people, but from an astrological point of view it is interesting to see, how far south people have been born for example.
Lookr ~ Suppose you want to take the tedium out of travel and you can’t afford the cost or time, but you’re still fascinated by faraway locations and wonder what goes on there really. This site collates almost 70,000 webcams worldwide and growing, with a time-lapse feature that lets you sample one day, month, year or more in a mere sixty seconds. All without straying from home…
Magical Mystical Ley Line Locator ~ A network of ley lines is said to criss-cross Britain. They link points of historical and geographical interest, often of an ancient nature and with some spiritual significance. While lots believe in a mystic network connecting man-made and natural features, others say given enough points you can put a straight line through almost anywhere…
Marxists Internet Archive ~ During June 2017 we face another General Election in the UK. Supposedly, it is about our previous vote to leave the European Union, but really after years of austerity it comes down to the few who have profited versus the vast majority who’ve paid for them. Here is your chance to learn about inequality and what happens once people can’t afford to eat.
Meet-An-Inmate.com ~ Not exactly a dating site, because some of these individuals won’t see freedom for quite a long while. Still, it is an opportunity to get to know someone incarcerated in a US jail, though it’ll have to be via snail mail since email is not allowed. Checking out why anyone who takes your fancy is there in the first place, has to be a good idea…
Mental Age Test ~ There are a number of online tests claiming to pinpoint your mental age. It is a measure you may notice being used rather disparagingly, or levelled at those considered not to be acting their age. Still, as the saying goes, you are only young once but can stay immature indefinitely. This is one of the better sites I’ve found, unlike another that put me at sixteen.
Mineralogy Database ~ Geologists have a sense of humour. There is a mineral called Cummingtonite, also: Adamsite, Aktashite, Aminoffite; Analcime, Arsenolite, Parisite, Asisite; Banalsite, Bullachite, Burpalite, Fuchsite, Taikanite; Fukalite, Holtite, Ivorite, Khanneshite, Ramsdellite, Microlite; Kunzite, Dickite, Illite, Pisolite, Sillimanite; Apatite, Overite, Taconite and Welshite.
More Words ~ When you are lost for words, this site can help you find them. From the outset it makes no claim to be a dictionary, but a handy solution to all kinds of verbal or linguistic questions and conundrums. Its webmaster has a long history, dating back to CompuServe in 1983. You might adore or detest the minimalist design, but you’ll soon appreciate: it does the job…
Multimap ~ When constructing an astrological birthchart, it’s essential to know the latitude and longitude of the birth location. This is the best online reference I’ve found, with an international database. For the UK, you can simply enter a postcode to access the exact geographic coordinates for that place. It’s great for calculating charts…
Mystic Mildred ~ Part of the urban75 ezine, and worth visiting anyway, Mystic Mildred inhabits their useless games department, all carefully designed to help you throw time away doing nothing productive at all. While probably I’m not supposed to enjoy this so much, it did make me laugh; so do take a look, because probably you will too…
Native American Full Moons ~ These lunar epithets persist in North America. They are sourced from the oral heritage of the Algonquian peoples, who lived between New England and Lake Superior when the European settlers landed. Each month is named, after its accompanying full moon. The Blackfoot, Cree and Cheyenne were just a few, who took a similar angle on our skies.
Nearest Beach ~ The UK punches above its weight internationally: when you consider the state of Michigan is 3% larger and another ten US states are bigger still. One advantage is that you are never more than 70 miles from the coast, so for the roughly six weeks each year it is warm and sunny, you can imagine life is pretty crazy. Enter your postcode for the nearest beach!
Near-Space Skydive Record ~ Alan Eustace, a 57-year-old Google executive has broken Felix Baumgartner’s record for the highest skydive from the upper stratosphere by more than 8,000 feet. And in contrast to the latter’s very public leap, this jump was kept from the media until afterwards. The previous record held for a mere two years. 135,908 feet is 25.74 miles by the way…
NewAgeStore.com ~ Jen over at NewAgeStore.com runs a tight ship and has been patient and persistent in her efforts to acquire an Astrologywizard.com recommendation. It just remains to say that this is well deserved, since while any storefront needs a commercial basis, look around for a lot of free information that is likely to catch your eye.
Nightingale Songs ~ It has been cold here for the past few days, but there was a nightingale singing every evening beforehand, keeping me company each night I was working late. This site helped me to talk with him and although I was trying out some bizarre phrases, I’d swear he was singing the louder as a consequence of what I said…