29 February, 2008

Come one, come all and gasp in mock wonderment at Fink's Links!

So, to start with this week, how about a new idea to help with global recycling from a popular brewery? Yes, brick-shaped beer bottles, the idea being that you can use them to build giant transparent green (and probably not terribly straight) advertising hoardings houses (if you manage to empty enough of them without falling over first)... ;)

Watch a guy burst a water balloon with a pin at 1/80th normal speed (looks ten times cooler than it sounds)...

First ten teams (including one from "the next space superpower", yes, the Isle of Man (WTF?)) sign up for the Lunar X Prize (aim - private individuals deliver 1 (one) x home-made robotic rover to the moon, preferably without breaking it, and then drive it around a bit...bonus points for paying a visit to the relics the US left behind in the Apollo days to shut up conspiracy theorists)...

Incredible proof that Sperm whales actually sleep (although it's slightly more amazing that nobody noticed before), as some british researchers discovered when they accidentally drifted into the middle of a snoozing pod of the giant creatures (and then wondered how the hell they were going to get out without waking them up and having their boat completely wrecked and all hands lost)...(with added video goodness)...

News now that escaped Wild Boar are so successfully breeding in the UK (estimates range between 200 and 400 in the South East alone) that the Biodiversity Minister has sanctioned a cull (no paperwork required, just a big gun) local landowners licking their lips...

Fancy witnessing a totally new concept in 3D gaming? Skip forward to about 3 minutes to bypass the "how it's done" section and get straight to the juicy bit if you like - summary - it only cost £25 to build (using the guts of a Wiimote and a Bluetooth USB dongle), and the code is open source...

Now, a totally *wonderful* collection of quotes from IRC logs (where the concept of chatrooms all began) kept for the amusement of mankind (by QDB)...check especially the Top 100-200...important disclaimer though - much of the content may well be waaaaay too geeky for most human beings to comprehend (although the playing field is levelling)...

A brave storm chaser in Kansas with a decent camera shows us the climate in the UK could be rather worse... ;)

Two good pieces of evidence that modern birds evolved from dinosaurs...one is this brilliant photograph, the other is this very interesting project...

In search of the God particle, shooting more than just particles inside CERN...let's just hope they don't accidentally make us a nice earth-bound black hol... (urk!)

Only kidding, how could the universe afford to get rid of a society who managed to conceive something quite incredibly wrong, wrong and *wrong* as this...!

Someone takes a 19th centry concept for a "paddleboat plane" and actually makes it work (video)!

Now, someone with *far* too much spare time on their hands decides just the one bike isn't quite sufficient for his needs...

Meet "Crusher" the US Armies' new "veee-hickle", totally unmanned and equiped with hard points to mount remotely operated machine guns, capable of driving itself and able to gayly cross terrain that would risk giving human occupants spinal injuries...queue the start of large scale, deadly, robot-army vs Middle East conflict...

Browse (saying "ooo!" and "ahh!") what it takes to make it into the 2nd Annual Photography masters cup, nominee and winners gallery...(although I'm not entirely sure I would be prepared to stand next to a burning police car in order to join them)...!

Check out this amazing interactive graph of the ebb and flow of box office takings from 1986-2007, Titanic made one hell of a splash (har har)...cool just for how incredible it looks, but fully searchable too... ;)

And finally, please take off your hats and bow your heads for the sad aftermath of the UK earthquake... ;)

Previous entries here, more next week (assuming interesting things keep happening, of course)!

6 comments:

The Go Mann said...

Hehe... we in the Isle of Man will be laughing at you from the moon some day :)

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

Haha! Scarily enough, he probably will! ;)

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

Sorry, of course I meant He or She... ;)

Ys said...

Shit! That picture of the bird is creepy! I don't like birds at the best of times... urgh.

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

Definitely dinosaurs... ;)

Anonymous said...

That earthquake one was a classic!