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The Wolpertinger

September 30, 2009

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The Wolpertinger (Crisensus bavaricus) (also called “Wolperdinger“, “Poontinger” or “Woiperdinger“) is a fictional animal said to inhabit the alpine forests of Bavaria in Germany. It has a body comprised from various animal parts — generally wings, antlers, and fangs, all attached to the body of a small mammal. The most widespread description is that of a horned rabbit or a horned squirrel.

Bish Bash Bosch

March 2, 2009

Google Earth now has ultra-high resolution versions (as in 14,000 million pixels) of 14 of the masterpieces from the Museo del Prado in Spain, including one of my all-time favourite works of art – Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (where by all-time favourite I mean I love it though it also freaks the hell out of me).

They’ve also got a self-portrait of one of my heroes, Albrecht Dürer.

I have to admit I quickly lost interest with Google Earth when I first installed it but if they start getting more content like this then I think it could be a bit of a winner.

Talking of Google this is also quite cool:

We’ve found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional systems