an altogether higher class of gibbonindex
posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday June 2 2013
Good news! This blog has been going for an entire year, and I haven't missed a single Sunday Things.
Bad news! My laptop's hard disk has just died, taking with it numerous bookmarks I'd been collating for this week's edition. I've got full backups of everything up to about a week ago; email and suchlike is unaffected. But still, there's the annoyance factor. Curse you, Seagate! The disk's just over a month old, too...
So instead, have a somewhat curtailed, text-only antiquated British technology edition:
- The Letter of Last Resort - radio drama about the hand-written letters from an incoming prime minister to the captains of the UK's nuclear submarines - instructing them on what they should do should the UK government be obliterated. My orders would be for them to nuke the poo out of Milton Keynes, just to make sure it was gone.
- Radio 4's long wave goodbye - one of the means of determining whether Blighty has fallen is whether BBC Radio 4 still exists. Unfortunately, Radio 4 Long Wave's transmitter is on its last legs, requiring huge, antiquated valves to operate. And they're steadily running out, with no way to obtain new ones... via UA
- Low-level Vulcan bomber flypast - the last of Britain's Avro Vulcan bombers being VERY LOUD. I've learned my lesson after a speaker-wrecking Soyuz launch. Also, have some non-British Polish MiG 29 'Fulcrum' photography via phuzz.
Bonus Sunday Things anniversary corner:
- Comic Sans edition - miscellaneous linkage and some horrifying biology, with a coded-specially-to-celebrate-the-Higgs-boson Comic Sans ability.
- Urbex edition - seemingly just a couple of photos, but then you realise each photographer has vast archives of rusty stuff to look at. Also: Flickr is horrible now!
- Historical edition - in which I retype some auroral sarcasm from 1859.
- Demoscene edition - hackers making stuff do what it can't, in the complete opposite of 'programmer art'.
- What the heck, just go look at the archives edition - so many things...
Please feel free to post prior (and new) interesting things in the comments. I'll be busy attacking my laptop with a screwdriver.
Various ruins, caves, bunkers and abandoned cities for this week's edition of ... the Sunday Things!
Bonus Flatulent HTML corner:
- fartscroll.js - I've somehow managed to resist adding The Onion's venture into web frameworks to this blog. But I don't know how much longer I can hold this in...
Yet more space? Indeedy. This time with post-communist leanings.
Bonus 2001: A Children's Odyssey corner:
- 2001: A Space Odyssey - Howard Johnsons Children's Menu - gloriously confused retelling of the film, from 1968. One of my first memories is of watching 2001 on telly. Given how much I remembered of it, from ape-men to EVA pods to space-baby, I must have seen all of it. Aged four. This probably explains a lot.
Commander Chris Hadfield? Already people's hero. Now? In his last video from the International Space Station before returning to Earth he's something much, much more.
Links! In spaaaaaaace!
Bonus Where-in-the-world-are-you? corner:
- GeoGuessr - fun exploration game involving Google's Street View. You are placed in a random location. Can you place yourself on a map? I occasionally get the right continent. Even more occasionally the right street.