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Your Name In Gallifreyan

Posted: February 6, 2013 in General, tv shows
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For those who have watched Doctor Who, you have no doubt noted the strange language on display in the TARDIS, comprised of various circles interlocked together, the language of Gallifrey and the Time Lords.

The language was never actually formalised by the BBC.  Instead it has been nutted out by a teenager from the US by name of Loren Sherman.  Not only does he have a guide to it but also a site where you can download a translator app to take a lot of the hardship out for you.

Of course, if you want to try for yourself, you could go to the wiki entry and work your way through that.  After looking at it, it is amazing the Time Lords ever wrote anything done.

My name turns out looking like this.

Gallifreyan Name

For something a little more complex, here is the opening sentence of The Hobbit.

Hobbit

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Pride & Prejudice, 200 Years On

Posted: January 30, 2013 in General

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s classic novel, is 200 years old.

When you consider it, that is a long time. older than a lot of countries.  It is also a testament to the story itself.

Each year, piles upon piles of books are written.  The vast majority are soon forgotten.  Others linger for a while before fading away.  And then there are those, for whatever reason, that go on to be classics, read for generation after generation. Pride and Prejudice falls into that category.

It’d be nice to think that in 200 yers something of mine has survived and is still being read.

Now This Is A Library

Posted: January 7, 2013 in General
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It would probably require a lot of work to maintain, but this is a library that I think I could be quite happy with at my place – I’d need a much bigger place though for it to fit.

Then and Now: Ghosts of History

Posted: October 31, 2012 in General
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This is a rather cool thing – a bunch of old black and white photos from WWII were taken and blended with modern day photos taken of the exact same spot.

There is a facebook page for it, with photo albums of more of the composite photos.

Now this is rather awesome.

The Grand Final of the Aussie rules footy season is almost upon us, one of the oldest sporting competitions in the world. As a reminder of just how old it is, recently footage has been discovered of it being played – from 1911. And it is actually only the fifth oldest footage known to exist.

One thing of interest is to see what the people in the crowd are wearing – women in their big hats and men in their three piece suits. It was a different time indeed.

Embrace your Geekness

Posted: July 13, 2012 in General

Today, July 13th, is International Embrace your Geekness day.

Technically that is everyday for me, but for everyone else it is a day to embrace that inner geek.

Earthquake Map

Posted: July 11, 2012 in General
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Here is an interesting map put together that shows the location and intensity of every earthquake that has hit Earth since 1898 – makes for an impressive picture.