Unst Bust ShelterThe official site for Unst bus shelter. It's hard not to sound sarcastic when talking about this site but I really love it. It reminds me of the 'my home page' days, but in a really good way. And I'll tell you for nothing if I ever get to Unst I am definitely making a pilgrimage to the bus shelter. The only thing that could make this site more perfect would be a web cam combined with a timetable posting.

BTW if you don't think waiting for buses is entertainment you've obviously never played Shenmue. If there are any more bus shelters out there with sites mail me the addy's :o)

Entry 31, Sunday, November 24th 2002, Filed In Stuff

The Coffee ExperimentThe acute fatal dose of caffine is purported to be 4000mg, or roughly 40 cups of coffee. As much as I love coffee I personally can't spare the time for all the toilet breaks required to prove this, not to mention the fact that it sounds kind of dangerous, so it's just as well that someone, 'Benito von Bitter Ragazzo', has set out to test the theory on behalf of us all. Some would say of course that with a name like that he was born to the job.

Entry 30, Saturday, November 23rd 2002, Filed In Stuff

General ZodWhat ever happened to….(number #3249 in a series)…General Zod. After featuring as supreme bad guy in the Superman film series you would have thought that General Zod would have slipped into some quiet lifestyle, like tending chickens in rural Hampshire, but no he's plotting total world domination from his *neat* web site. How is Superman going to combat this new threat? For a start I suggest he takes legal action against DC Comics who appear to be cyber-sqatting on his domain name, or alternatively go back in time by flying round the earth counter-clockwise to just before they bought the domain name so that he can get in first and avoid a messy legal suit. Mind you on the up side I think he would have a good case, I mean they've blatently stolen his name, although it would probably help if he had it copyrighted. I've recently taken the precaution of renewing my registration just in case.

Entry 29, Saturday, November 23rd 2002, Filed In Stuff

How do I swear in foreign languages? All you need to know about swearing in languages other than English. Also incorporates a random insult generator if you feel the need to be insulted by your web browser. 'Mine vittu' as they say in Estonian.

Entry 28, Friday, November 22nd 2002, Filed In Stuff

If you regularly need to translate text into binary this is the site for you. Send this link to the geek in your life to make their 01100100 01100001 01111001 00000000 (day).

Entry 27, Thursday, November 21st 2002, Filed In Stuff

PavlovThe work that made Pavlov a household name in psychology actually began as a study in digestion. He was looking at the digestive process in dogs, especially the interaction between salivation and the action of the stomach. He realized they were closely linked by reflexes in the autonomic nervous system. Without salivation, the stomach didn't get the message to start digesting. Pavlov wanted to see if external stimuli could affect this process, so he rang a bell at the same time he gave the experimental dogs food. After a while, the dogs -- which before only salivated when they saw and ate their food -- would begin to salivate when the bell rang, even if no food were present. In 1903 Pavlov published his results calling this a "conditioned reflex," different from an innate reflex, such as yanking a hand back from a flame, in that it had to be learned. Pavlov called this learning process (in which the dog's nervous system comes to associate the bell with the food, for example) "conditioning." He also found that the conditioned reflex will be repressed if the stimulus proves "wrong" too often. If the bell rings repeatedly and no food appears, eventually the dog stops salivating at the bell.

All this makes for a great Flash animation, although I can't help but feel that the treatment of the real Pavlov's dogs wouldn't be so comicly entertaining. Anyway, that aside, this is a great animation, and the spaces in the site navigation suggest there is plenty more to come.

Entry 26, Thursday, November 21st 2002, Filed In Stuff

Available Temping ManAble to create impressive looking spreadsheets with a single click of his mouse it's…..The Available Temping Man (and his side kick : Sticky Note Boy). Our super-hero has his work cut out when Gary at Disposable Personell gives a temp job at a Law firm to one of his failed actor friends. Warning: watch out for the language at the law firm if you're easily offended, or if you can't bare to see a badly presented pie-chart.

Entry 24, Tuesday, November 19th 2002, Filed In Stuff

SazaeI couldn't even tell you what the Sazae Flash is about - possibly a tale of the dangers of being badly drawn. Anyway for some reason I keep going back to this flash again and again, I think it's the bizarrely catchy, but completely imcomprehensible, soundtrack that does it. 'Mr T goes for a drive' on the other hand is totally understandable, if more than a little mad, but the music is hyper-annoying (good to see Mr T finally confessing he wants to be a hippy though). Of course it's not the most annoying song in the world which has recently been established as this, although feel free to mail me any likely contenders you have.

Entry 22, Sunday, November 17th 2002, Filed In Stuff

BMW FilmsA series of films sponsored by BMW. Excellent but with major-league product-placement, but hey, if you're going to be shown a product it may as well be one that looks good. Also at least the tactics are not as sneaky as Merecedes-Benz who really tricked me with the whole Lucky Star stunt.

Follow the fast paced thrills as 'The Driver', Clive Owen, puts BMW's range of motors through their paces in these short films. The latest release, with perhaps the best driving clips, feature the new Z4 which looks class. Still love my Mini though.

PS. Beware the large download sizes ~60Mb.

Entry 21, Saturday, November 16th 2002, Filed In Stuff

Wondering what that music is in the background of your favourite advert? Find it here, along with some sound clips and links to buy the songs. You can search by advert, artist and song title. Fab. The content for this site really is top notch and I've used it in earnest a few times, the only thing that lets it down is the design which is well ropey and doesn't work with Opera at all well.

Entry 20, Saturday, November 16th 2002, Filed In Stuff

NinjaiThe epic tale of Ninjai, the little ninja. Turn up the volume and feast your eyes. Quite simply awsome flash animation, and the music is lushious. Start at the trailer and work your way along to chapter 10, then you can join everybody else in eagerly awaiting chapter 11.

Update: Ninjai has now moved to Atom Films after being off-line for ages. Good that he's back. Bad that we have start right back at Chapter 2. All of which means I'm still eagerly awaiting chapter 11.

Entry 19, Friday, November 15th 2002, Filed In Stuff

Short of parking a 747 in your spare room this must be the ultimate in flight simulators.

Entry 18, Friday, November 15th 2002, Filed In Stuff

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