Mobile phones and Petrol Stations

December 27, 2007 at 11:04 pm (interesting, odds) (, , , )

Ever since watching Brainiacs one day, where they tried to blow up a caravan full of Petrol with a mobile, I wondered about the truth of the real risk of using mobile phones (or, if you believe the signs, just having them switched on) at a Petrol station.

Well, maybe this helps?

Kevin.

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Ball pit

December 18, 2007 at 10:31 pm (interesting, kids, odds) (, )

Is I’ve posted before, I really like reading xkcd.  Well, so does this guy. In fact he followed up one of the comics and created a ball pit in his living room.

Weird.  Looks like fun though.

Kevin.

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Monopoly with real money

December 17, 2007 at 9:02 pm (interesting, kids) (, , , )

How about this for a cracking idea?  Apparently they built some monopoly sets for sending to prisoners of war in the second World War that contained real money, silk maps and files and things.  These were sent as part of red cross packages to POWs in Germany.

Kevin.

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Falling Sands games

December 10, 2007 at 7:50 pm (interesting, kids) ()

When I was small, I remembered having a toy that consisted of two glass plates, with coloured sand and water between them.  When you tipped it up, the sand would slowly fall down (it would get temporarily trapped by air bubbles in the water) and you’d get interesting patterns forming as the sand fell.

Well, this has been bought up to date with a computer version, but it has evolved.  Fallingsandgame.com contains versions of this game, where the sand is a continuous stream from the top of the screen and falls.  You can put obstacles in its way, like plants, walls, etc and there will also be oil and water and salt falling too.  Things get interesting as the elements interact – plants grow when they encounter water for example.  There are many variants too – the pyro ones are quite spectacular!

Anyway, there is an on-line version you can play.  Go and have a look.  Hours of fun.

There must be a computer version of the original ‘two plates of glass’ game somewhere too, but I’ve not found one (although I’ve not really tried to look!).

Kevin.

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Advent Calendars

December 3, 2007 at 8:53 pm (kids, moan) (, )

What ever happened to glittery, re-usable advent calenders – you know, with small doors, intricate pictures, lots of glitter and no door on the 25th?

The kids calenders today have naff pictures, blobby chocolate shapes and are really just an excuse for a chocolate a day, rather than a countdown to the 25th.

With the amount of sweets kids seem to have, they are a bit of a waste of time these days.

Kevin.

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