Tuesday, 28 December 2010

What is Your Life Path Colour?

Pinched from the inspiring azahar, I really like this quiz. I come out rather serene and intelligent, I think, which has to be a good thing. What colour is your life's path?

Your Life's Path is Jade

You seek connection and security. You want nothing else more than to love and be loved.

You believe that gratitude and appreciation are the key to a happy life. You try to thank everyone who ever helps you.

You are generous and compassionate. You have deep resources and a lot to give.

You are intelligent and love to learn. Some may say you're even addicted to learning new things.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Christmas Jollity

Now this is talent...singing and skating and working with kids...the serene Andy Williams - happy Christmas everyone!

Solstice Eclipse

The Earth is turning back to the Sun, the days (for those of us in the northern hemisphere!) are getting longer again, and a couple of days ago, on the Solstice, there was also a Lunar eclipse. Here, from the admirable APOD is a most beautiful image of the Eclipse. Stay warm, the snow will go away eventually. It was minus 10 in the middle of the day here yesterday - chilly!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Britain Under Snow

A rather gorgeous satellite photo from Dundee University, taken this morning, showing Britain almost entirely covered by snow:

And Another Thing...

...and then I saw this one, and I think I like it even more...

In Your Dreams...

The fab xkcd have done it again...

Sounds a bit like a certain internet social networking site dispute to me...

Friday, 26 November 2010

What Medieval Occupation Would You Have?

And here's another quiz - I'm quite excited about coming out as a cartographer, but who's going to be the night soil collector?

You Are a Cartographer

You have a wide range of knowledge and you're very detail oriented.

You have a photographic memory, and you remember places very well.

Like a middle ages cartographer, you're also very adventurous and curious about the world.

In modern times, you would make a good non-fiction writer or scientist.

Puss in Boots?

I am big black boots - what kind of shoes are you?

You Are Big Black Boots!

You can be best described as: attitude

You've got lots of it - and you love to give it

A guy has to be pretty gusty to hit on you

But if he's your type, you'll warm up... a little

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Stunt Biking to Skye

Thanks to my brother Roddy for finding this fab vid. The Scottish landscape looks absolutely gorgeous in it - the Scottish Tourist Board should be using it...it still drives me mad when I see these guys doing this around the town, mind you, at bus stops and in car parks, but Danny Macaskill has turned it into an art form or, dare I say, a new Olympic sport?

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

A Mote of Dust Suspended in a Sunbeam

You can never have too many funny animal videos on a blog but, even so, I have been sadly neglecting the other stuff here - the stuff to make you think rather than smile, or maybe think and smile - you be the judge.

Carl Sagan died too young in 1996 but he left us with an inspiring collection of insights. His TV work in particular, with that gentle and intelligent voice, is moving as well as informative. Have a look at this one - this is where the "pale blue dot" comes from, and I hope it makes your day better to have seen it.


Another day, another Youtube video, but this one's a beaut and guaranteed to make you smile, unless you hate Jack Russells...and if you hate Jack Russells what are you doing on my blog - go away immediately!

Pinched from the magnificent Archie

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Cat in a Box

And while we're at it, let's have one from Simon's Cat too. I don't know who Simon is but he must be a pretty wonderful kind of bloke to make these funny, witty, warm and fundamentally existentialist vids...wonder if he's married?...

Socks for November

It's a gloomy November morning, I'm really down in the dumps and wondering if life is worth a candle...time for some cheering up, I think.

If anyone needs a translation from the East coast Scottish, just ask!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

If Dogs Could Talk...

Pinched from Archie - a happy song about dogs. Made me smile, hope it does the same for you.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Slugs Are Beautiful

Thanks to PZ over at pharyngula for putting this up on his blog. Slugs get a terrible press. I was disappointed to see recently that even the BBC Wildlife magazine had an article on how to get rid of them, rather than treating them with the respect they claim for most other forms of wildlife.

Watch this and you'll never think of a slug in the same way again. It is a most beautiful and unexpected sight. It might also make you feel just a little inadequate in the bedroom...

It Can't Have Been That Long...?

Having just blogged a post, I see (but don't believe it) that I haven't blogged in the Pond for two months. I also see that the Pond had become of late a bit of an xkcd tribute page. Nothing wrong in that, of course, but maybe a sign that I have had my mind on other things. Those other things have been moving house again. Yes, twice in a year! I am now settled into a lovely new pond, back within walking distance of my old Highland place and with the firm intention of blogging with a bit greater frequency than bi-monthly.

Expletive Expression

It's Monday morning and I haven't had any caffeine yet. Time for a hit of xkcd:
I, for one, will be using "that is f***king jejune" as soon as possible...

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Wizards Have a Sense of Humour

This makes me giggle every time I see it - silly xkcd

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Being Human

Pinched from Pharyngula, this is a beautiful, measured and inspiring account of what it is to be human. From the late-lamented Carl Sagan.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Smile of the Day

This is ridiculously sweet - what an amazing dog.

Monday, 17 May 2010

How to Save a Bee

The wonderful and incredibly talented Gretel over at Middle of Nowhere has put up a video on her blog that I think you, gentle reader, will find both uplifting and useful. Anything we can do to help nature in its losing battle against the dominance of man has got to be a good thing. Mind you, I'm not sure I'd have been brave enough to pick it up - a jar and a bit of card would have had to do... Enjoy the sounds of a Spring day in sunny Oxfordshire as well.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Hello Possums!

Here's a fun quiz for a grey (well it's grey here in Scotland anyway) Thursday morning. Are you an emu or a koala?

You Are a Koala Bear

You are living proof that appearances can be deceiving. You are not as cute and cuddly as you look.

You have endless compassion for those you love, but you also don't like to be messed with!

You may move a bit slowly, but you make up for your slowness by being clever.

You've lived long enough to know that you should do your best to stay out of harm's way.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

I am now Officially an Elder

Well, fellow bloggers, a new milestone has just been reached here in the Pond. I now join the ranks of people older than the Prime Minister.

As he is 43 and I am a little bit older than that, I will now be grumbling a lot about the good old days, complaining about the price of beer and cinema tickets and shaking my head at the things young people wear.

Best of luck David - I think you are going to need it...

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Politics Turns Out to Be Quite Exciting After All

Well, only a week to go until the general election here in the UK and, boy, has it been exciting. Much to everyone's surprise, the leaders' debates have been a fantastic success, with viewing figures that only the soaps can routinely expect to get. Some critics have suggested that the debates mark the descent into X Factor territory, with the emphasis being placed on style, good looks and charm - obviously an area where one of the leaders does less well than the others...

But I think these people have got it wrong. The moment I sat up and began to take notice in the first debate, instead of just tuning in out of duty, was when the POLICIES of each of the parties began to be laid out side by side by the leaders of the parties. For the first time, without the cynical and unhelpful barracking of clever-clogs political hacks, voters could hear each case made, hear each party explain where they differed from the other, all argued clearly and passionately. It was a revelation. I literally sat up when I heard the answers to the first question, on immigration, and felt, for the first time, that I understood each party's policy on that subject, and the differences between them. I even got to hear, from the horse's mouth, where each leader thought the holes were in the others' policies. It was thrilling and brainy.

It is true that Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, did well in the first debate (and in the second), but I think politics was the winner in the end. After the first debate, application to the voters' register soared, with an incredible 128,000 forms being downloaded off the Electoral Commission website in the weekend after the debate - a fantastic result for democracy.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

One Man and his Mountain

I just love this - found it over on the talented too many tribbles. It's clever and funny - it probably helps if you are a William Shatner freak like me too...

Friday, 19 March 2010

Thursday, 18 March 2010

I am a Song...

Pinched from the kitten-loving Azahar, this is the coolest quiz I've done since...well, since the last one, actually. I am very chuffed to be the uber-cool Let It Be. Which Beatles song are you?

You are "Let It Be"

You are philosophical, balanced, and wise. You try not to worry about things you can't change.

You can let go and find peace in troubling times. You believe in controlling what's on the inside.

You know that you can't create or predict the future. You just have to let it unfold.

The answer will eventually come to you. All you have to do is wait.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

How Star Trek Should Have Ended

Found this over on too many tribbles. Really good animation and some sci-fi in-jokes - gotta love it on a cold Saturday mornng. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

I am a Hippo - It's Official

Are you a hippo or an elephant - go on, try it - you know you want to know...

You Are a Hippo

You are sensitive and deep. You have a spiritual side to you that's hard to deny.

You naturally bring out the best in people. You are a true healer.

You have a strong power over others. You've learned to harness this power to make their lives better.

You tend to have intense dreams where important things are revealed to you.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Smile For Saturday

Guaranteed to make you smile:

Pinched from the wonderful Jamie Ridler

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Snow, Glorious Snow

As regular visitors to the Pond will know, I moved recently from the chilly Highlands to the balmy West of Scotland...and just in time. Although we have had snow and ice here, and it's the coldest winter people can remember in many years, we have got off lightly compared to many parts of Britain and, in particular, with my old stamping ground.

I've been talking to a good friend and neighbour to see how things are up there and she sent me some photographs of the countryside round her home (and where I used to live). The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and makes me wish I was back up there (sniff).

I think this picture is my favourite. It looks so wild, so pristine and yet it's a short(ish), steepish walk from my old house.

And here is the view across the Beauly Firth to the Black Isle and beyond - your reward for the steep climb!

I hope you all enjoy the pictures as much as I did - stay warm and safe everyone!