The Sun has done its historical front page joke before, in a series of print books released several years ago. Now it's recycling the content online, in a supposedly "educational website" for the culturally unaware. And children.
While I'm busy beavering away on Commenting FAO Mk. II (no joke -- that's what my Word .doc is called), here's a quickie for anyone puzzling over how to add a picture to their commenting accounts:
The informative and often inadvertently amusing iPhone BBFC app is now on Android, if you need specific knowledge of the strength of swearing a film contains. Shame it still doesn't give timecodes for when nudity occurs, though.
The government is talking up plans to raise the British motorway speed limit to 80mph, which means we could soon all cruise along at at least 84mph without the worry of getting done for it.
Quora, the excellent Q&A site, just released an iPhone app that makes it dead easy to get your questions answered and learn new things. If you ever used Quora, you know how smart their community can get.
Unless companies are suing each other over patents, you can expect a level of disconnected PR speak when companies talk on the record about each other. Unless you disrespect Oracle, then it's on.
Cyclists travelling the car-filled streets of a city have one more hazard to worry about - black carbon from air pollution.
The Encyclopaedia Britannica, which is the most "scholarly of encyclopaedias" according to Wikipedia (heh), is about to release a new iPad app. It costs about £1.30 a month to subscribe to their knowledge base, which is cheaper than the £750 odd for the print set but far, far more expensive than Wikipedia's freeeeeee.
China has successfully launched the Tiangong-1, its first space lab. It's the first of a series of small test stations, and the first step towards the Country's goal of having a 60-ton space station in orbit by 2020.
We're going to put someone on an asteroid by 2025. Crazy. But the gravity on asteroids is so weak that we won't stick to it. NASA plans to harpoon an asteroid like a giant space-whale. Now that's my kinda crazy!
I'm not gonna name names, but someone just mentioned paying for weed with a Square account. It'd be equally easy to use Paypal, Venmo, Bitcoin (RIP) or any of the myriad mobile payment systems that allow you to send money from your phone.
Time-lapse videos are can be pretty sweet—if you have the patience to make them. And if you're not tech savvy enough to build your own camera and timer setup, the Brinno GardenWatchCam (all one word, ughhh) delivers a completely self-contained rig to do just that.
It's like mountaineering but in reverse—canyoning mixes aspects of hiking, rappelling and spelunking as you make way through deep crags and crevasses. But down in a canyon, a boulder on your arm is just one of the many things that can go wrong.