Posts Tagged ‘link dump’

This Week 13 – January 10th, 2010

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment

The web gets a little quieter over the holidays so there wasn’t quite enough to justify a This Week post (especially as the holiday period also meant I spent less time on the internet finding things). Everything is back in full force now though and I have a healthy collection of links to share:


I knew that Disney liked to recycle a lot of their older stuff (from things like this collection of images), but this video highlights just to what extent:

(via Cracked)

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This Week 10: December 6th, 2009

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

It’s that time again.  Check out this weeks collection of journalism blunders, John Woo, The Sims 3, Rogue Warrior, Earth and other planets and pointless ghost hunter TV shows:


A TV station used their Twitter feed to make a live billboard that always displayed the most recent message beside a picture of their news team.  That’s all well and good until your Twitter message seems to be accusing them of something unsavoury.


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This Week 08: November 22nd, 2009

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Before the linkage kicks off, I found a subtitled version of the Golden Age of Video clip from last week’s link dump, which helps overcome the fairly loud music.

And now, link time.  This week we have balancing acts, rockets, an entire decade, more Modern Warfare 2 discussion, aeroplanes, Futurama, Star Wars, Adolf Hitler, advertising and cavemen.  I’m also trying out a new format, so check it out:


An artist named Walter Wick makes a very precarious stack of 117 items, all balanced on a single Lego brick, then sends in wind-up toys to knock it down:

(via BoingBoing)

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This Week 06: November 8th, 2009

November 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Here we are again.  Enjoy this week’s gathering of singing computers (with a connection to Arthur C. Clarke), Isaac Asimov, sperm whales, giant squid, accidents and bears.

This week I enjoyed:

(via BoingBoing)

Quoting Bell Labs:

One of the more famous moments in Bell Labs’ synthetic speech research was the sample created by John L. Kelly in 1962, using an IBM 704 computer. Kelly’s vocoder synthesizer recreated the song “Bicycle Built for Two,” with musical accompaniment from Max Mathews. Arthur C. Clarke, then visiting friend and colleague John Pierce at the Bell Labs Murray Hill facility, saw this remarkable demonstration and later used it in the climactic scene of his novel and screenplay for “2001: A Space Odyssey,”

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This Week 05: November 1st, 2009

November 2, 2009 1 comment

It’s that time again.  Or rather, it’s a day past that time again, because I sort of forgot.  Without further delay, have a mix of old stuff (like 2006 and 2003!), The Shining, Albert Einstein, CSI, Egypt, Star Wars, pants, Moscow, Everquest and chimpanzees.

This week I enjoyed:

It’s a trailer for The Shining presented as a family-friendly, heart-warming film.  It comes all the way from distant 2006, but I’d not seen it myself, which makes it sort of new, right?  It has a very slightly different atmosphere to the original trailer (at least, what I think is the original trailer, there are lots of fan-made ones on YouTube).

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This Week 04: October 24

October 26, 2009 1 comment

Here we are again with the best things I found on the web this week, linky linky linky.  This week’s selection brings together science popularisers, Nick Griffin, sleazy tabloids, LEGO, Link, Kanye West, Adolf Hitler,  lawbreakers, creepy photos, anvils and cartoon skulls.  We kick things off with more singing scientists (see This Week 01 for the first):

This week I loved:

(found via Pharyngula)

Again, there are some great quotes in there from Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye.  It’s not necessary to hear them autotuned, of course, because they stand up on their own merits, but it still makes for a great ‘song’.  There’s a very brief clip of the excellent Power of 10 too, which is always worth a watch.

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This Week 03: October 18

October 19, 2009 2 comments

This week’s round-up of cool/funny/sad/interesting things from around the web contains quite a lot of things from BoingBoing and Pharyngula, so if you follow those sites you’re already ahead of the game.  Our crazy combo this time features Anne Frank, Joss Whedon, another wacky Japanese TV show, tabloid standards, aquaria, whale sharks, the planet Mercury, chimpanzees, Sarah Silverman and The Vatican.  Let’s begin!

This week I was interested by:

(found via BoingBoing)

It’s the only existing footage of Anne Frank who, as the linked article neatly summed up, was “the inspirational 13-year-old diarist who hid from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic before finally dying in a concentration camp.”  It comes from a wedding video from some of her neighbours.

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