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What could have been a gigantic disposal problem becomes, instead, the birth of a wildlife reserve. ^_^ The RSPB's coodinating the construction of an artificial wetland reserve off Wallasee Island, near Southend, using some five million tons of soil excavated from the Crossrail project to raise the site from its current 7' below sea level.

ysengrin spotted a rather spiffy entry in David Brin's weblog, on funding citizen science, with a veritable plethora of resources to look if you're wanting to back a scientific project, or indeed, have such a project in need of funding. You might be surprised at just how many options there are!

Salon has an excerpt from David Byrne's new book "How Music Works" up, under the title of "My love affair with sound".

Whilst it does, admittedly, toot its own horn somewhat (with fair cause), this account from CloudFlare, on how they stopped a 65Gbps (yes, 65 gigabits) attack from reaching their client, is a geekily good read.

Wanting to find out what the origin of the name "Ritter Sport" was, I not only found out, but also that they operate a museum, which showcases contemporary art, all in square format. ^_^ (And why? "In 1932, Clara Ritter had an idea for a new kind of chocolate bar: a chocolate square. Her idea was to have a square of chocolate that fit neatly in the pocket of a gentleman's sports jacket.")

Wired took a look at Corning, particularly the surprisingly long genesis of Gorilla Glass, originally one of those curiosities that solved a problem nobody actually had at the time, as cellphones were still but a twinkle in a few researchers' eyes.

New Scientist takes a look at a new book, The Dawn of the Deed: "While you've no doubt heard of homosexual penguins and fellating bats, there's plenty here to amuse even the best-read sex-crazed science lover. From male guinea pigs that deposit copulatory plugs to hinder competitors, to dust mites which inseminate their partners by stabbing their abdomens, it's impossible to read The Dawn of the Deed without a wry smile or raised eyebrow.


The real goal isn't to shock, though. In leaping merrily from copulating crustaceans to romping rodents, Long all the while draws together these titillating tales to plot the evolution of sexual acts. Through a wonderful series of case studies, Long deftly traces a line which joins his ancient placoderms to modern-day human sex, intercepting all manner of historic data points along the way. In particular, his chapter on dinosaur sex - describing the 2-metre penis of T. rex and how long sauropod necks had to be kept horizontal to prevent fainting - is utterly compelling."

Mathics looks like a potentially interesting project: a free, lightweight alternative to Mathematica. It's written in Python, and the installation is minorly geeky, but nothing that'll pose an issue to anyone reading this.

And, in case your eyes haven't glazed over yet, here's a bun of rather high cuteness, by Snofu, an artist I'm completely unfamiliar with.

Doctor Who "The Power of Three" - not bad, particularly for a Chibnall episode, although the plot turned out to be a bit limp, for all that build-up. Why did the cubes need to do what they did, when the action taken was fairly run-of-the-mill invasion stuff? (Admittedly, more novel than trying to target every human individually, as the Daleks and Cybermen still must) What was the purpose of Creepy RoboGirl? Was there any particular reason behind it all? Hey ho. UNIT's return was good to see (but why the dramatic entrance?), and I was particularly pleased to see who's now in charge - a very welcome homage to the Brigadier indeed.

Speaking of which, the show's producer has confirmed she's willing to negotiate with Peter Jackson, who's apparently interested in directing an episode. The expected sticking points, of course, are his fee (BBC jobs tend not to be a route to riches) and the practicalities of filming an episode that distance from HQ. Still - who knows?

It's not been officially confirmed as yet, but Al-Jazeera's reporting that North Korea's planning on liberalising agriculture somewhat, with the significant step of permitting farmers to keep 30-50% of their harvest, for selling in the markets. (Themselves, I recall, not being officially sanctioned, but thriving, seemingly deliberately ignored by the authorities) They also have a peek at its ongoing International Film Festival - nothing startling, but not quite as rigidly orthodox as previously, either.

A minor note nobody'll be interested in, but WTH - Dandelion's getting an SSD. ^_^ I received approval for the expense, so the order went straight in, for a Crucial M4 256GB, and the requisite mounting caddy, so it sits snugly where the DVD-R currently resides. D only has a 3Gbps interface, but that still ought to see 250MB/s+, versus the current 15-30MB/s off the HD. The SSD, of course, will host the OSs, applications, project, current Aperture library, and uncompressed video, leaving the HD for music, pictures, a nd other video. Definitely looking forward to it. ^_^

Of geek interest only, but still: it seems Luxology (modo) and The Foundry (Nuke) have merged.

foofers, as you know, is also Scabrous. It seems his adventures haven't gone unnoticed, going by this letter he found taped to a post by the front door, when he returned from a gig the other evening..

 
 
 
 
 
 
Whilst it does, admittedly, toot its own horn somewhat (with fair cause), this account from CloudFlare, on how they stopped a 65Gbps (yes, 65 gigabits) attack from reaching their client, is a geekily good read.

I wish they'd shared a bit more about either the attack or how they dealt with it. As it is, the blog entry is basically just "attackers use botnets [who'da thunk], open DNS resolvers are bad, we stopped this". In fact, it seems more about advocacy against open DNS resolvers than anything else.

Mathics looks like a potentially interesting project: a free, lightweight alternative to Mathematica. It's written in Python, and the installation is minorly geeky, but nothing that'll pose an issue to anyone reading this.

Sounds interesting; I may have to look into this.

foofers, as you know, is also Scabrous. It seems his adventures haven't gone unnoticed, going by this letter he found taped to a post by the front door, when he returned from a gig the other evening..

One presumes that he already knows these two... in that case, neat. :)