The Good Country Index is one of a series of projects Simon Anholt will be launching over the coming months and years to start a global debate about what countries are really for. Do they exist purely to serve the interests of their own politicians, businesses and citizens, or are they actively working for all of humanity and the whole planet? The debate is a critical one, because if the first answer is the correct one, we’re all in deep trouble.
Gaberlunzie has had a quick prowl among his varied resources and for those in west of Scotland, he reckons the Loch Fyne Viking festival is a must. For those not in that location, no worries. Chill out with some games like Bejewelled and Cut the Rope and improve your skills.
Just as Gaberlunzie expected, trust the kids to have a new game for that increasingly versatile tool, the 3D printer. Currently working in food, bio/skin/organs/ not to mention, engineering, textiles and all things additive, it hjas now has been put to a new use - that of the tattoo machine!
Gaberlunzie ponders the dilemma of the software house named after Palantir, the vision stones in Lord of the Rings. Partially funded by the CIA, the company makes extraordinarily insightful software and is also intriguingly an attempt to introduce altruistic ethics with world saving applications, against a corrosive real world of wealth and corruption.
Team a scientist and a poet in Sheffield and the result has been a 10m by 20m giant poster poem in praise of air, that is coated in microscopic, pollution- absorbing titanium dioxide nano particles that absorbs the poisonous compounds from around 20 cars each day if placed by a busy road.
"It's very simple: if you work in communications, the media or related professions in Edinburgh, just turn up, grab a drink and catch up with some old contacts or meet new ones," said Stewart Argo. "The idea is just to get folk out from behind their desks / mobile screens, and spend a bit more time face-to-face.
Gaberlunzie loved playing Rock Paper Scissors as a kid, and can always be lured into a game by anyone, so he was totally enchanted to see that its now got hotly technical and scientific over the issue of strategy and the most likely way to win the game. In the "attachable counts as wearable" outlook, he sees that Uiee is bidding to be way up there with the current smart glasses, watches and bracelets. Cleaning up he thought you might like to consider lemmings
As Easter ended, there was nothing quite like the idea of hummingbirds to brighten everything up, both exquisite, outrageously brave and very territorial; chameleon's have such a sense of humour, while the dung beetle is related to the more exotic scarab with rebirth potential. There were pouty puffer fish, intelligent looking macaque's, alas alive in zoos unless you are in Japan, but the mild sting, four ring moon jellyfish does indeed lurk in UK waters.
The D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum at the University of Dundee celebrates Easter by introducing the public to its recently rediscovered emperor penguin. This took pride of place in the original museum; survived the museum demolition in 1950; got misplaced, but by 1970 was the Biology Society's unofficial mascot, often propping up the bar at the students' regular drinking dens. Amazingly, it has remained nameless.
As Maria Miller resigns in the wake of the damaging expenses furore, Scotland's public spending watchdog is being urge to investigate the First Minister's trip to the Ryder Cup, two years ago, if he fails to file the details about the full costs.
Gaberlunzie who loves search engines was sent a press release that declares the launch of the world’s first 3D search engine Squify.com that aims to usher in a new era of search, powered by people, not by corporations! And he's been having fun with carousels ever since.
Pondering the Grand National and whether to bet on gray's or find a horse name, or the biggest outsider, Gaberlunzie found that "Sports Engineering" journal has take a study from Dundee University Institute of Motion Analysis & Research into saddle material affects of pressure on humans and animals.
Gaberlunzie, almost back from his holiday where some work has been undertaken, ponders Android pole position although iPhone has some real research pull with Dream On. He then gets distracted by the idea of sand (don't they mean water?) wars both of which are underway! To relax he introduces you to Mash Machine and its tense quest for £1,500,000 by May 10. Pu your boots on and go for a relaxing climb!
Gaberlunzie on holiday is never the most communicative, but an email to the office from his backup mobile, says he has currently 'mislaid' his mainstream iPhone and so living on his back-up Android and he really, really wants that Lupo device!!
Happy Clock changing this week. Gaberlunzie about to escape for a blissful break in Berlin, has found an outdoor ploy for people to find geo-sites if the weather holds up and some indoor jazz if it rains.
Gaberlunzie is pondering his routing if he is to be cavalier enough to want to drive from the east of Edinburgh city to its exclusive west end shops and friends. Quicker perhaps to take the bus to Glasgow as
Gaberlunzie, who got his hands on the latest Liza Cody book "Lady Bag" found himself as usual, quite unable to put it down. But he has to confess, that, though thank heaven all the hero-heroines of Natalie, Smister and Electra successfully survive safely to the end, this is one extremely haunting book.
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