Lego in landfill sites

October 28, 2007 at 11:00 am (house, interesting, kids) (, , , , , )

Whilst vacuuming the other day, i heard the tell-tale clattery noise that informed me that another piece of Lego had just started its journey to our local landfill site. Lego has such a distinctive noise when you buy it in a box, when you are sorting it and yes, even when it goes up the tube!

It did get me wondering how much Lego there must be in landfills around the world … we must vacuum up the equivalent of a set every few years just in our family. Of course its always the smallest bits, which never used to be an issue when there were only handful of colours but these days with new sets including new shades and sizes of bricks sometimes you end up with a very small number of the right colour of the right brick for that favourite model …

I also wondered (it takes a while to vacuum the hall in our house) what else you would find that has accidentally found its way to the landfill. Reached for google to see if anyone had anything about interesting finds from rubbish sites, but couldn’t find anything really. Lots about effects of landfill sites on health, about the toxic substances that are dumped, about disposable nappies and so on, but nothing about people finding anything interesting. If anyone comes across anything, do let me know.

I can’t believe no one has studied the important question of how much Lego gets thrown away each year 🙂

Kevin.

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qi on dave

October 22, 2007 at 8:12 pm (house, interesting, odds) (, , , , , )

Don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but a new channel has appeared on Freeview – called Dave – from UKTV.  Its tag-line is ‘the home of witty banter’ and has stuff like Top Gear, QI, Whose Line is it Anyway (the original clive anderson series), Have I got news for you, and so on.

From their website :

“Dave is crammed with the very best in quirky quiz shows, cult comedies and cutting-edge entertainment. From the full-throttle fun of Top Gear to the worldly wisecracks of QI and the pointed barbs of Have I Got News For You – it’s like we left the witty tap running and forgot to turn it off.”

Well, weekend just gone, they had ‘QI night’ – it was QI, back-to-back from 9pm to 2 on both Sat and Sun.  We know have 8 hours of QI (less ads) to scan over when there’s nothing else on the telly.

Kevin.

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The Black Hole – Disney

October 19, 2007 at 10:41 pm (odds) (, , , , , )

Ever since finding Tron at a boot sale, I’ve been looking out for The Black Hole too.  Another one of those odd Disney films from the 80s. Well, found it (on video) and just watch it.  I was quite surprised by how much I remembered!  Especially John Barry’s music.

Not a bad film really.  Held up to what I remembered about it, but doesn’t really do much for Black Holes in general (other than associated them with Barry’s menacing music!).  Also found an interesting fan site.

Glad I found it and was able to watch it again.

Aside, as with all my blog posts, this was an excuse to read up on wikipedia about something – in this case Black Holes.  The thing that has really prompted me to add this, though, is the concept of spaghettification.  Don’t care what it is – but what a great word!

Kevin.

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xkcd

October 17, 2007 at 10:24 pm (internet, odds) (, )

Following my last post, I’ve been browsing through xkcd.com.  Not sure why I’ve not really seen this before, but its great!

Nice quote on one article – “I’m waiting for the day when, if you tell someone ‘I’m from the internet’, instead of laughing they just ask ‘oh, what part?'” (there is always a comment as a hover-over tag on the main graphic).

Here are some other favourites so far too.

Kevin.

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Geeky Computer Security Joke

October 17, 2007 at 8:45 pm (computers, security) (, , )

This is really funny (if you are into geeky computer security humour).

Kevin.

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Arabel’s Raven

October 5, 2007 at 9:40 pm (books, kids) (, , , , )

I have a recording of Arabel’s Raven, by Joan Aiken, read by Bernard Cribbins.  This really takes you back to Jackanory days!  I do like the way he reads out ‘Never more’.

So, if you want to find out more about the bird that eats stairs, the rumbaloo line and 4-year old Arabel, then find a copy and have a read.

Kevin.

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