Surveyors to get long lunch in 2011 or 2012

Engadget has a post on some research that suggests that there will be an almost 90 percent loss of GPS signals for a number of hours at the height of the next solar flare cycle in 2011-2012. While surveyors may be looking forward to a long lunch or afternoon off, you may want to avoid traveling by sea or plane that day just in case :-).

Solar flares to disrupt GPS for several hours in 2011 or 2012 – Engadget

Weblo.com – What is the point

When Sue first mentioned Weblo to me last week it seemed kind of cool. Weblo is a site that lets you buy virtual property, but unlike most games, Weblo is selling properties that exist in the real-world (and real-world celebrities, which I find creepy). The problem for me is that there isn’t a user interface that I can find outside of the webpage itseld. I set up an account I went merrily around the site looking for a link to images of places or a map interface, but nothing. I looked into buying a property and saw that YOU have to provide an image of your properties. With the amount of money they had to have put into this thing there are so many things they could have done to go beyond the underwhelming project it appears to be.

Hopefully I will figure it out and it will make sense since the concept itself is great, the implementation seems to be lacking in its first few days at least.

Weblo.com

NYC Subway By Smell

The sense with the greatest memory is said to be your sense of smell. A mere whiff of something can take you back decades. Unfortunately, there haven’t been too many technologies that have bridged the smell gap. You kinda have to smell the real deal to get the real effect. The good folks over at Gawker are trying to take a few baby steps into smell technology with their new NYC Subway Smell Map! No, you don’t get to actually smell what’s in the NYC subway (this ain’t smell-o-vision folks). But they do have a handy dandy legend where people can take certain subway stops with certain classifications of smells. So if you’re in the NYC area and have a hankerin for that effervescent combo of vomit, urine, and poo, you now know you can hit the Canal St Subway stop to get your fix!

Via Boing Boing

SoundAboutPhilly – off-the-beaten-path podcast tours of Philadelphia

SoundAboutPhilly is a project, funded in part by the Pew Charitable Trusts, to generate podcast tour guide for lesser known areas of Philadelphia, historical tours, and other special topics. According to the website, the podcast tours are given by “real” Philadelphians. The tours are available via downolad or can be streamed from the website. The tours are linked to a dynamic mapping application and other media such as photos.

There are a few projects out there like SoundAboutPhilly, and I think many more will be on the way. It really offers the chance for multiple perspectives about places, and can be really fun and informative even for people who aren’t planning to visit.

What was Churchill’s Phone Number Again?

I don’t know, but now I can find out. The UK is continuing their trend of putting old stuff up online by placing 100 years of telephone books online. The books are from 1880 through 1984 (the year of BT’s privatization). Nominally its for genealogists to be able to find their ancestors, but it would be interesting to use the data to track British citizen movements over 100 years. Right now they’re focusing on getting London up on the site, but they hope to have all of the UK up by end of next year.

I wonder if the old phone books include the colonies as well?

Royal Society journal archives free online for 2 months only

The journal archives of the Royal Society in the UK, which has been promoting scientific research for over 300 years, are now available online, and access to the archives will be free for 2 months (starting on Sept 14th). After that, it will only be available via subscription or fee-based downloads. This is an amazing and one-of-a-kind record of some of the most important scientific papers ever written.

From the website: “Spanning nearly 350 years of continuous publishing, the archive of nearly 60,000 articles includes ground-breaking research and discovery from many renowned scientists including: Bohr, Boyle, Bragg, Cajal, Cavendish, Chandrasekhar, Crick, Dalton, Darwin, Davy, Dirac, Faraday, Fermi, Fleming, Florey, Fox Talbot, Franklin, Halley, Hawking, Heisenberg, Herschel, Hodgkin, Hooke, Huxley, Joule, Kelvin, Krebs, Liebnitz, Linnaeus, Lister, Mantell, Marconi, Maxwell, Newton, Pauling, Pavlov, Pepys, Priestley, Raman, Rutherford, Schrodinger, Turing, van Leeuwenhoek, Volta, Watt, Wren, and many, many more influential science thinkers up to the present day.”

I think everyone should check it out. My only problem is where to start really.