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I can’t believe that this has been sat in my inbox for six years. That speaks a lot to the simplicity and strength of the sentiment.

“The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.”

This came from the Chief of the Australian Army, Lt Gen David Morrison, as a publicly released address to the Australian Armed Forces. This address was prompted by the findings of investigations into allegations of unacceptable behaviour by Army members.


Via: Skepchick and Brisbane Times

Glass-Bottomed Hot Air Balloon

The world’s first glass-floored hot air balloon [^] was launched at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. And designer, Lindstrand Balloons, have plans to launch more in the near future.

Glass-Bottomed Hot Air Balloon Now I will readily admit to being amazed by hot air balloons, even getting married in one. But the thought of looking straight down between your feet at the ground doesn’t exactly thrill me. Then again, you can’t say that you don’t like something until you’ve tried it, and you do have to face your fears. Looks like I’ve just found an excuse for my next flight.

Via: Nothing To Do With Arbroath


Dropbox is a free online backup [^] or file storage service  that automatically saves versions of your files as you update them. An added advantage is that the Dropbox application only uploads the changed part of the file, meaning that it’s fairly fast, and you can get access to your files from anywhere via the web.

The free account comes with 2Gb, and you get a free upgrade of 250Mb for every person that you refer – so help me to boost my storage limit [^].


Fractal Teddy Bear

Meet Mandlebrot the Fractal Bear [^], designed by Mouse Reeve at Buttons for Mouse. I want one.

mandelbrot teddy bear

Fractals [^] are amazing things that appear the similar at any level of magnification, just like Mandlebrot’s hands.

Internet Cables

Trans-Atlantic Cable

The Daily Mail has an interesting feature on the latest fibre optic cable [^] linking the UK and the USA.

The cable travels 3,800 miles underwater, carries 10,000 volts and is capable of covering the internet needs of 20 million people transmitting 3.2terabits of data per second! The article also has a look at the anatomy of an undersea cable, the business of repairing undersea cables and the predicted UK internet crisis of 2014. It helps you to realise how fragile and flexible the internet really is.

Image: MailOnline