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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…
Latlong.net ~ The latitude and longitude of your birthplace is vital for calculating how the sky stood for you. When I first turned professional, the world was a different place: you needed an atlas and there was scope for inaccuracy. Consider: one in six UK births are in Greater London, yet this city is bigger than some countries. Now, you can find the coordinates of your address…
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.