Distance from my house to Edinburgh: 220 miles
Distance achieved today before fuel pump on motorbike died: 92 miles.
Hours elapsed between calling the AA and being returned back to my house: 7.
Number of mum’s birthday dinners missed: 1.
Not one of my better days, today.
(image © Barcroft Media)
Not exactly subtle but when you look like a crocodile to start with, it probably doesn’t matter that much really…
In December 2008 an unfortunate 3‑m long, wild American crocodile Crocodylus acutus was run over by a car, in Florida. The animal sustained substantial head injuries: apparently its snout was ‘hanging limp’ and it was unable to feed. It was captured and taken to the Miami MetroZoo.
From Tetrapod Zoology.
Hackers crack Apple’s iTunes gift card algorithm:
$200 iTunes Gift Certificates are selling for less than $3 in China now that a group of local hackers has circumvented Apple’s algorithm for creating the digital vouchers and built their own gift certificate generators.
This was bound to happen sooner or later. It’ll be interesting to see how Apple are able to counter this — at the end of the day, any mechanism that’s strictly algorithm-based is going to be able to be broken.
Snowflakes as you’ve never seen them before — New Scientist:
These snowflake photos were taken by Kenneth Libbrecht of CalTech, using a specially-designed snowflake photomicroscope. They show real snow crystals that fell to earth in northern Ontario, Alaska, Vermont, the Michigan Upper Peninsula, and the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.
(Via New Scientist.)
Phil Minton: Century FC — public practice session:
“My recent experience of working with people, many of whom think they cannot sing, has strengthened my conviction that the human voice is capable of so much more than is generally understood. I encourage people to realise that anyone who can breath, is capable of producing sounds that give a positive aesthetic contribution to the human condition.”29
29Phil Minton’s opinion
Found by David Morton
An Enzyme That Gives Your Body Energy — Modeled in 900 Kilos of Glass:
Made of 30 1m x 1m glass plates, the structure of the molecule is made of nothing — it’s actually holes cut from the glass made by a water jet cutter. It doesn’t stop the model weighing 900lb though.
Morph flashmob honours Tony Hart:
A flashmob of tiny Plasticine figures have gathered on London’s Bankside to honour the memory of the late TV artist Tony Hart.
Almost 200 models in the shape of children’s TV favourite Morph were arranged in a Terracotta Army-style formation outside Tate Modern.
Hart’s daughter Carolyn Williams said she was “completely bowled over” by the gesture in memory of her father.
From BBC News