Links (7 Nov 2007)

November 6th, 2007

Because of the new site design, I have more room for the slowly increasing collection of links. Recent noteworthy additions include the art of pencil sharpening, the museum of scientifically accurate fabric brain art and – my current favourite – anatomically correct and ethnically diverse dolls.

If you prefer something less twisted (not that there’s anything particularly bent about sharpening pencils), you may like Martindale’s reference desk, or perhaps freely useable images from Wikimedia, Clusty the clustering search engine or the information rich Internet resources for Australian journos.


March 30th, 2007

Those people at West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers (Somerset, UK) are seriously loopy in the nicest way. I’ve blogged about them before. Back then they made news claiming their cows moo with a distinct Somerset accent and you may remember they relax the cows by playing them classical music during milking. Well, now they bring us Cheddarvision: a 24/7 live webcam feed of a cheddar cheese ageing and ripening.

Click here for CHEDDARVISION

If watching mould grow in real time doesn’t quite do it for you (although I find it hard to believe there are people out there who would find this less than riveting) they also have a YouTube clip of the first 3 months in time-lapse.

Thanks to K for bringing this slice of lunacy to my attention and shame on me for not being on top of it earlier. I pride myself on being the Big Cheese of internet quirkiness, so today I am somewhat humbled.

The World’s Hardest Sudoku

November 7th, 2006

As reported today in the Sydney Morning Herald (thanks KJ) the world’s hardest Sudoku has been uploaded to a players’ forum on

The puzzle — known as “AI Escargot” or “AI Etana (Snail)” — was created by Arto Inkala and it looks a little something like this:

Here’s a blank Sudoku grid you can copy the puzzle onto if you’re inclined to have a go at it.


A quick game

November 4th, 2006

If you still have time to waste after perusing the pussies, you may want to accept the hand-eye coordination challenge posed by this simple but highly addictive game (Click on the Union Jack in the lower left corner to see the instructions in English). Be warned: if you are someone who spends hours playing Solitaire or Minesweeper, Double Jeu is pretty much guaranteed to wipe out out whole chunks of your day, even though most games won’t last longer than 20 seconds.

At first.