Just what every small island would hope to get for Christmas - a Dark Skies status award. Now Hebridean Coll can play among the world of dark sky islands, as it joins Sark, smallest of the four Channel Islands, which won its status in January 2011. Neat strategy would organise a trip that encompassed both with a stop off for Northumberland and Galloway Forest.
The Guardian, The Independent and The Mirror were the three respective top ranking media in Google search for Google's Doodle on Commander Grace Hooper. It celebrated the life of one of the great computer age pioneers, a great STEM example and who is widely credited as being the "mother" of the Cobol computer language.
As the BBC catches the quiet exercise of an actual Edinburgh tram on the city's streets at dead of night and with not much in the way of an audience, Gaberlunzie wonders where the word came from and how it has evolved.
Google did indeed indulge in two doodles recently. But Gaberlunzie had such a busy St Andrews Day, that trying to find the Doodle retrospectively made him notice that Google via Chrome does not welcome you into its archive collection of Doodles and prefers to hurl you at whatever is the favoured media! And being Gaberlunzie, he's lost the that serendipitous link to the archive collection!
Definitely for the clutteratti and chatteratti Aghhh! a brand new surf engine is home page of choice for Britain’s internet users following its launch this autumn. Gaberlunzie took one look at it and has fled back to processing press releases even if they are work.
Gaberlunzie finds chess satisfying, as world Chess Champion 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian who has been the most dominant chess player since 2010 and finally wins win the world championship.
Hen Harriers ‘Red Listed Bird of Conservation Concern’ in the UK with its population closely observed and subject to frequent national surveys. But where previous surveys showed increasing Hen Harrier pairs in 2010 show the Scottish numbers dropped 10% on 2004. Only Welsh populations rose by 33%
Gaberlunzie is breathlessly awaiting the smart navel gazing app, which will inevitably appear like a star from the far east some time in 2014. It may rejoice in a name such as 'Omphaloskepsis' as an aid to meditation
Print your own calendar, peruse Scottish lighthouses, have a look at a standard Infographic and then see if an interactive one on data storage takes your interest. Meantime the kids have moved from Facebook. Time for new social pastures perhaps?
Gaberlunzie is unsure about quite how happy he is with this one!! After all Google has abandoned its "I feel lucky" approach and subjects you to the 129th birthday of Freudian psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach his famous inkblot test.
Fiction reading can have a dramatically positive effect on the rehabilitation of sick-listed individuals concludes an interdisciplinary study at Gothemburg University on sick-listed women’s experience with fiction reading to improve their health (bibliotherapy) Video game use increases the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning and new autism video therapy is also available.
Gaberlunzie, who thinks Copenhagen is one of a dozen divine world cities, has been watching Edinburgh city lights burning at midday around the town and notes tenement building lights on well after wintertime daylight, so he's intrigued by the fact that Copenhagen is to adopt a citywide intelligent street lights project.
A top app developer is laying its trade secrets bare with the publication of a new digital white paper packed full of strategy and implementation tips. Gaberlunzie thinks its such a win:win situation, getting to read what an iPad developer thinks, while also contributing to database building!
VisitScotland, The Highland Council and Activision Publishing, Inc, part of Activision Blizzard, Inc. has announced that Isle of Skye, Scotland has been 'virtually' twinned with Skylands, the home of the upcoming game, Skylanders SWAP Force.
(Love the penguins) iAs exemplified by Google's animated Doodle, filled with clouds, birds, penguins and a top hatted balloonist as well as safe landings. Alas, no link for it and searching for a link has Google denying the animation's existence!
Gaberlunzie was pondering the speeds of the Northern broadband that has been announced by BT but he can only find that the BT investment will make available download speeds of up to 20Mbps – more than double the speed previously available from BT. There seems to be no mention of the trickier upload speeds either.
But Gaberlunzie offers you the e-book link to The Project Gutenberg EBook "Beyond Good and Evil" by Friedrich Nietzsche as your weekend reading. He is still occupied with Jose Saramago's "Blindness" which is awesome.
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