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Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Chocolate Quiz Answers:

Here are the answers to the Chocolate Quiz I posted the other day:
ANSchocolate.xlsx

If you haven't yet completed the quiz then resist the temptation to cheat! :)



Saturday, 20 December 2008

6000+ paintings put together to make 5 minute animated film:

What if you watch a film and whenever you pause it, you face a painting? Over 6000 paintings were painstakingly produced during two years to create a five minutes film. Khoda is a psychological thriller; a student project which was seen as a ‘mission impossible’ by many people but eventually proved possible!



Thursday, 18 December 2008

Chocolate Quiz:

Here is a cool little quiz I found the other day (Excel format):
chocolate.xls.

The aim is to work out the chocolate bar names using the clues provided. For example, the first clue is 'Sly giggles' and the answer is 'Snickers'. I haven't quite completed it yet but as soon as I do I'll post the answers. If you aren't from the UK the quiz will probably be lost on you because its manily based on UK confectionery but you might still enjoy it and Google should be able to help you out!

Edit (23/12/08): Answers: ...ence.co.uk/2008/12/chocolate-quiz-answers.html.



2,000-year-old 'computer' rebuilt:

A new working model of the mysterious 2,100-year-old astronomical calculator/computer, known as the Antikythera Device, has been unveiled.

The device, pieces of which were found in a shipwreck a century ago, is often described as the world's first computer, although it is seen by many experts as the first calculator because while it can add, subtract and multiply, it cannot program.

The new Antikythera Device has been demonstrated by creator Michael Wright, who had previously demonstrated an earlier version of the device (video below).

The updated details and precision of the new model are based on ongoing research by the The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project. This is a joint effort by researchers from Greece and the UK.



Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Merry Christmas!:



Monday, 15 December 2008

Stig’s Morse Code Messages Translated:

If you watch the current series of Top Gear on BBC2 , you will have heard the morse-code messages that the Stig is listening to.

Inevitably some Morse code boffins have translated the messages that were broadcast and here they are:

Episode 1:
Message 1: “STRICTLY COME DANCING IS CRAP”
Message 2: “I LOVE CHEESE”

Episode 2:
Message 1: “I VOTED ROSS PEROT”
(In reference to an American politician who fell out of the recent presidential race at an early stage.)
Message 2: “ME SMELL CATS”

Episode 5:
Message 1: "TOO MANY GEARS"
(In reference to the Lexus IS-F’s ridiculous 8-speed gearbox.)
Message 2: "I LIKE MR SULU"
(A message of support to George Takei the Star Trek actor, who played Mr Sulu in the original series, who [at the time] was on ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’ in an Australian jungle with a bunch of E-list celebrities.)

Episode 7:
Message 1: "I LIKE GARY NEWMAN”
(Could it be that the Stig can’t spell? Is he talking of Gary Numan, the singer and musician who wrote popular 1979 track Cars?)
Message 2: "THAT PORK TASTED FUNNY"
(Surely the Stig wouldn’t have sampled James’ pork sword *snigger*.)



Thursday, 4 December 2008

Twitter in Plain English:


Another great video from the guys over at Common Craft. The video describes Twitter 1000 times better than I ever could!



Wednesday, 3 December 2008

How to create your own Twitter Widget. (like the one on this page!):

Basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and FTP is assumed.

Step 1:
Download the source files: twitterwidget.zip
Don't modify any files inside the 'tweet' folder.

Step 2:
In the head section of your page add:
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
<link rel="stylesheet" href="tweet/demo.css" type="text/css" media="all">
<link rel="stylesheet" href="tweet/jquery.twitter.css" type="text/css" media="all">

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.2.6/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="tweet/jquery.twitter.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript">
<!--//--><![CDATA[//><!--
$(document).ready(function() {
$("#twitter").getTwitter({
userName: "PUT YOUR TWITTER USERNAME HERE",
numTweets: 5,
loaderText: "Loading tweets...",
slideIn: true,
showHeading: true,
headingText: "Latest Tweets",
showProfileLink: true
});
});
//--><!]]>
</script>
</head>

Note:
<link rel="stylesheet" href="tweet/demo.css" type="text/css" media="all">
Is included for demonstration - you should include your own style sheet.
numTweets 5, sets the number of twitter posts to 5, modify it to add more or less posts.


Step 3:
Modify the width of the widget to suit your page.
Open the 'tweet' file and open jquery.twitter.css.
Change the 'width: 20em;' attribute at the top of the file to suit your needs. 12em is small and 40em is big.


Step 4:
To change the colour of the widget:
Open the 'tweet' file and open jquery.twitter.css.
Change:
div#twitter {
width: 20em;
margin-bottom: 2em;
border: 1px solid #473624; <------- CHANGE THIS HTML COLOUR CODE (#4473624;) to your chosen colour.
}

div#twitter h2 {
margin: 0;
padding: 0.4em 1em;
font-size: 1.1em;
color: #fff;
background-color: #473624; <------- CHANGE THIS HTML COLOUR CODE (#4473624;) to your chosen colour.
}

a#profileLink {
display: block;
padding: 0.3em 1em;
color: #fff;
background-color: #473624; <------- CHANGE THIS HTML COLOUR CODE (#4473624;) to your chosen colour.
}

You're done!


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