– BrickStreetView.com makes Google Street Views look like everything was made from Lego blocks. Type in any street address and you can see it in Lego bricks. Most of the places look alike and it’s really hard to make out what you’re looking at — but it was amusing. — Inear.se/urbanjungle Einar Oberg, the same Swedish programmer who created BrickStreetView, adds jungle growth to street views in San Francisco, New York and Stockholm. (You know: “It’s a jungle out there.” Well he decided to take it literally.)
“List of Free Science Books” from physicsdatabase.com. This site has hundreds of free books in chemistry, physics, astronomy, math, physiology, etc., all online. Click on a title and the online version pops right up. We’re intrigued by “The Wonder Book of Knowledge.” The table of contents lists topics like “Why do we Smile when we are pleased?” “How did the Dollar Sign originate?” “Why do some of us have freckles?”
NutritionFacts.org has the best videos we’ve ever seen on health topics, including heart disease and cancer. Today we learned that while pesticides are found almost universally in the blood of people eating conventional foods from grocery stores, it’s not clear whether this causes health problems. Surveys are difficult, because there are so many variables. Fruit flies are easier to study, for example, but not surprisingly, insects eating insecticides fare poorly. We also learned the most effective way to remove surface pesticides from fruit and veggies: put a little salt in the water when you wash them.
How-Old.net is a Microsoft site for guessing your age. It’s quite the rage. We just saw a post of the Mona Lisa which the site pegged as a woman of 23. Joy was fit to be tied when she uploaded a photo of herself and it said she was 87! (She’s one of those sensitive types.) The next time she took a new photo on the spot, and it guessed her age as 32. It got Barack Obama’s age exactly right.
MyTime.com lets you schedule an appointment online. It’s somewhat limited because it’s so new. We saw mostly haircuts, nails and yoga appointments. But it’s better than Yelp in one sense. Yelp, the popular business listing website, lets you send a message to a business, but there’s no appointment scheduling. MyTime also includes prices.
FormSwift.com has A 30-day free trail allowing you to download legal forms in all categories, including sub-lease agreements, invoices, vehicle bills of sale, rental applications, and so on. This is reminiscent of the old Nolo Press, which was useful and popular 30 years ago.
ZeroWasteHome.com is the site of a couple who throw away only a quart of garbage a year from their home in Mill Valley, California. When we looked at the site, Bea Johnson, author of “Zero Waste Home,” was writing about her first dumpster diving experience and the pleasures of a minimalist wardrobe. (Mill Valley, by the way, is one of the world’s hip places to live.)
HankBoughtABus.com shows how an architectural student made a mobile home out of an old school bus. He can still drive it, and frankly it looks really sharp. Unlike most people who do this and document it, he also listed his costs: $3,000 for the old bus, $6,000 for the re-do.