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January, 2009:

Dr Who Figurines

I have just found out about these stylised Dr Who figurines [^], standing at 2” tall.

doctor who figurines

The pieces come in various sets and include The Doctor, various Daleks and Davros, a Sontaran, a Cyberman, and Other Dave (a Vashta Nerada astronaut).

Screws: Slots, Phillips and Exotics.

Screws are something that everyone uses or relies on in one way or another everyday. Yet most people never think about the humble fastener.

screw types

ArcticPenguin goes beyond the ordinary, and has created an Instructable about screws [^]. In the Instructable is some of the history, and pros and cons, behind the different screw heads and their associated tools.

Now, why do I loose so much time on the net?

Arise Sir Terry

Happy New Year everyone!  The good news for the New Year is that Terry Pratchett has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List with a knighthood.

Terry Pratchett at "The Colour of Magic" launch

"There are times when phrases such as ‘totally astonished’ just don’t do the job.

"I am of course delighted and honoured and, needless to say, flabbergasted."

Sir Terry is best known as the author of the popular Discworld series of comic fantasy novels.  Early in 2008 Terry was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and has since campaigned to increase awareness and understanding about the disease.  The award is for services to literature and complements the OBE that Sir Terry already holds.

Via: BBC [^], The Independent [^].