Smedley ~ Jenny was going nowhere, until she first saw a performance
by country singer Garth Brooks. She instantly recognised someone she
had known intimately in a past life and went on to describe the details
in enormous depth. She now writes, records and appears on TV herself.
It’s a remarkable story with a happy ending.
|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.
|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.
|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…
|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.
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…
|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…
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…