So is it just me being a little slow, please don’t answer that, but now long as the BBC’s iPlayer been offering some of it’s show in HD to either watch online or download?

So at 1.3GB per hour watching shows in HD via the BBC iPlayer is really going to eat in to some peoples bandwidth caps, but downloading or streaming these shows, as long as you have at least a 2MB broadband connection, isn’t the main issue preventing some people, ie me, from watching these shows. It’s the processing power of the graphics card.

Now I have a 10Mb connection with an old’ish PC powered by a 2.66GHz Intel Celeron processor, 768Mb of Ram and a seperate NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 4000 128MB graphic card, and although the HD version of the shows downloads fine, and they sound great, I’m only getting 1, that’s ONE, frame every 3, THREE, seconds. Now don’t get me wrong, that those ONE frames lookings amazing for something that is being streamed over the internet, but I would really like to see the other 74 odd frames inbetween. (Have a look at the frames at the bottom of this post, I’m not sure if they do the HD service justice or not, try compairing the ‘Previously’ text and the Ladies Hair, click on them to see a large slideshow version.)

Looks like my cheap PC may be getting a new 512MB graphics card soon, or I could just stick to watching show via the iPlayer in standard def, but you know what they say…..

Once you’ve gone HD, you’re never want to go back.

BBC iPlayer Standard Def

is 630MB per Hour

BBC iPlayer High Def

is 1300MB or 1.3GB per Hour

Archive of links

  1. Complete HTML True Color Chart; Table of color codes for html documents –

    The background color in each cell is produced by the color code shown.

  2. Sean’s Portfolio –

    Some great art work by Sean Diediker

  3. Geek Cakes: For Geeky Wedding or Geeky Birthday –

    If you are geek, why would you have a regular cake for your wedding or birthday? if the only reason you don’t have one is because you are running out of ideas, here are some cakes that have geek written all over them.


    “FLARE units, The FLARE system consists of a number of tiltable metal flake bodies supplemented by individually controllable pneumatic cylinders.” Check out the video at the bottom of the page

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Archive of links

  1. Debunking Travel Myths – Business Travel Column – Joe Brancatelli – Seat 2B –

    Business travelers are a secretive, clannish lot, and we take perverse pride in knowing the picayune details of how life works on the road. If there’s an airline rule, we claim to know and maybe even understand it. A strange hotel policy?

  2. Why not fill each minute with joy? –

    A complex array of perforations within the pavilion’s surface allow light to pass through creating shifting patterns, which–during specific times of the year–transform into the legible text of a poem

  3. The Victorian-Era Supercomputer And The Genius Who Created It – Triviagasm –

    The London Science Museum (UK) finally completed work on the Difference Engine No. 2, 120 years after the death of inventor Charles Babbage, currently traveling to the Computer History Museum in San Francisco.

  4. Get mp3 from youtube video, flv to mp3, extract audio from youtube, youtube mp3 with is the most convenient online application for converting YouTube flash video to MP3 audio. This service is fast, free, and requires no signup. All you need is a YouTube URL

  5. Turf Houses in the Norse era –

    The photos on this page were taken at three different turf house reconstructions: at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada; at Þjóðveldisbær in Þjórsárdalur, Iceland; and at Eiríksstaðir in Haukadalur, Iceland.

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Archive of links

  1. Boycott Beiling 2008, made in China –

    So sad, and yet so true

  2. Mammatus Cloud –

    The clouds are called Mammatus clouds They do not precede a tornado, or foretell a storm, but are formed when the air is already saturated with rain droplets and/or ice crystals and begins to sink. The worst of the storm is usually over.

  3. Tibet, Land of Lithium –

    Is this to suggest that China’s interest in Tibet is lithium? No, it obviously isn’t. But with China under the world spotlight, it seems a fine time to consider again the backstory of where the stuff we consume in the West comes from — and its true c

  4. How To Find Out Who Sold Your Gmail Address To Spammers – B.E.T.A.

    1. While signing up for any new website enter your Gmail address as 2. Don’t worry, Gmail doesn’t recognize anything after the “+” sign.

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This is so true it’s sad


The ’80s are coming back, or at least the music videos are.

Andrew Sullivan from ‘The Atlantic’ is running a contest on his “The Daily Dish” blog to pick the ‘Best‘, ‘Worst‘ and ‘Best of the Worst‘ music videos from the ’80s.

Here are my selections

Worst ’80s Video Nominee

Yes this is just an excuse for me to be able to post a music video by Olivia Newton John.

Unfortunatly her video “Physical” is Nominated for Worst video.

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Added:March 09, 2006
From: luker256

Best-Worst ’80s Video Nominee

Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”

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Added: May 07, 2007
From: blowmonkey

Best ’80s Video Nominee

Duran Duran’s “Girls on Film”, banned from TV in the ’80s

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Added: June 14, 2007
From: MaddMatt410

Don’t forget to click on these links to vote in each Category:

BestWorstBest of the Worst


Amber, One of my online friends parents have just launched a new online store, at BestofPEI.Com, for the already succesful real world store that they own and run in Charlottetown on the Prince Edward Island (PEI), that’s in the north east part of Canada.

They asked Amber for help in getting the site known to the online community, so she posted a blog about it, and now I’m doing the same.

I like the idea of this store because as the name states, everything that they sell was produced on PEI, in a world full of 24 hour Tesco’s and Walmart’s in nearly every town it’s great to see a store that still supports the local producers.

In there own words -

About bestofpei

Located on the historic Victoria Row of Canada’s most beautiful Island province, Prince Edward Island, the bestofpei store is home to a host of works by more than 100 of Prince Edward Island’s finest artisans.

We continue to seek out talented Island artists, musicians, craftspeople and specialty chefs who have reflected the great contrast of our Island’s lifestyle in their work.

The smell of salt air, the rolling red sand dunes and the crystal clear beaches that surround this unique Island echo in the work found at bestofpei.

The lifestyle of Prince Edward Island’s people, far from the stresses of city life can be the greatest attraction for those visiting the Island. We have done our best to assist you in finding that unique gift for yourself or to share, that will awaken the unforgettable memories our Island will leave you with.

We encourage you to stop by our store and see what the bestofpei has to offer.

So Please support this site in supporting it’s local artists, musicians, craftspeople and specialty chefs, and yes they do ship to most of the world.

Reposted in support of Blog Action Day

In the five minutes or so that it will take you to read this article over 400 brand new blogs posts will have been started, that’s around 120,000 per day.

If your looking for that nice Green blog to read in may take some tracking down.

Now by the law of averages you are going to come across at least one that’s about the environment or sustainability, but just in case you don’t here some for you to have a look at.other sites.

The first ten where selected by LighterFootstep.Com and where selected from a range of green based blogs that had a Google PageRank of 5 or less. PageRank scores website out of ten based on now much traffic the site gets and how influence it is (how many people link back to a page on that site). So page’s ranked 5 or less are the up and coming site’s that may have been around for sometime or a new site.

So if you are wondering why some of the main site’s are not on this list, (I have added TreeHugger.Com at the bottom)

LighterFootstep.Com has current Pagerank of PR 4

The first ten on to the list are in alphabetical order, the bottom five are just in a random order.

01 Daily Fuel Economy Tip (PR 4)

If you own a car and want to reduce your carbon footprint but can’t afford a Hybrid car

from the site - “What could be more relevant than “tips that help you increase your gas mileage and save money at the pump”? That’s the mission statement of the Daily Fuel Economy Tip, a thoughtful, sharply focused deigned to help its readers navigate today’s high fuels costs.

Blogger Brian Carr defers to the practical in his tips — most of which you’ll locate in his Categories archive. You’ll also find a steady diet of news about gas prices to help you spot future trends. Brian was among the few Green bloggers to appreciate the silliness of last month’s email-driven gasoline boycott and to suggest some effective alternatives.

Happy motoring!”

02 Eco Chick (PR 5)

from the site – “Start with Eco Chick’s self-described Raison d’Etre:

For too long environmental blogs have catered to men and moms. It was either diatribes about peak oil or recipes on how to make organic baby food. When all the rest of us want to know is: Where can I get a fair trade spanking paddle? Eco Chick can fill you in!

Eco Chick is a women’s blog — but primarily in the sense that it’s a smart, sassy Green blog which happens to be written by smart and sassy women. There’s a city vibe to the articles, and you’re as likely to find something on alternative medicine as alternative energy.

A great read, with plenty of gyrl attitude.”

03 ecorazzi (PR 5)

from the site – “ecorazzi describes itself as “the latest in green gossip,” and that’s just what you get.

Who are the celebrity environmental heroes? Who are the villains? Track every stray pronouncement on the environment by the likes of Leo DiCaprio, Daryl Hannah, Ed Begley, Jr., and Al Gore. Fawn over George Clooney’s newest all-electric vehicle. Cringe as John Travolta lectures average families about green living while he logs 30,000 hours a year in his personal fleet of private jets. It’s all on ecorazzi.

It’s People magazine for the Green set — without all the wasted trees. A guilty pleasure you needn’t feel too guilty about.”

04 Frugal for Life (PR 4)

from the site – “Of the Three Rs — reduce, reuse, and recycle — it’s probably “reduce” that gets the least attention.

Enter Frugal for Life, your guide to simpler living. You’ll find helpful hints on everything from cooking cheaply to tracking down free entertainment. Here at Lighter Footstep, we really appreciate Frugal for Life’s emphasis on the practical.

Squash your junk mail. Make better brownies. Fix your cracked dishes. Drop Frugal for Life into your daily reading list — and simplify, simplify, simplify.”

05 Green Options (PR 5)

from the site – “Green Options is a well-written, well-run “big box” green site that tries to cover all the bases.

With veteran Treehugger/Sustainablog blogger Jeff McIntire-Strasburg at the editorial helm, Green Options is a good place to keep track of what’s going on in the Green community. With assignment writers covering beats such as biofuels, green transportation, sustainable building practices, and alternative energy, you won’t be missing important stories.”

06 Jetson Green (PR 4)

from the site – “Jetson Green is the best Green building blog on the planet.

Preston Koerner was tracking eco-friendly, energy saving construction techniques long before the mainstream press discovered green roofs and LEED certification. If you’re interested in how homes and businesses are going to look five years from now, start following Jetson Green.

Preston’s site is bursting with great resources: links, feature articles, videos, and news. Whether you’re interested in green skyscrapers or finding some way of trimming a little off your home energy bills, Jetson Green is a good place to start. Always informed, freshly updated, and well-written.”

07 Maria Energia (PR 5)

from the site – “If you follow Green Options, you’re probably already acquainted with Maria Surma Manka.

She’s GO’s energy guru. From the hydrogen economy to solar power, Maria follows the path to clean, renewable power while demonstrating ample energy of her own.

You’ll find more of Maria’s work on Maria Energia, her personal site. Maria Energia highlights companies and innovations are moving us to a more secure energy future. In the best blogging tradition, Maria’s writing is informed and concise. If you’re interested in energy issues, you owe yourself a visit.”

08 No Impact Man (PR 5)

from the site – “He’s the guy who gave up toilet paper.

Ah — now you know him. Colin Beavan and his family live in the heart of New York City. Last February, they began a year-long quest to radically reduce their net environmental impact. Trying to live “off the grid” as much as possible — right in the middle of the city — Colin and family began to scale back their lives in stages. One of those stages jettisoned disposable paper products, including … well, you know.

And that’s what eventually caught the media’s interest. Being the no-toilet paper guy is probably frustrating for Colin, but it draws eyeballs to his site, No Impact Man. The Beavan family is actually pushing the sustainability envelope pretty hard, and their successes and failures can help guide our own experiments.”

09 The Sietch Blog (PR 4)

from the site – “First, a refresher on the vocabulary of Frank Herbert’s Dune books: a sietch is a settlement on the desert planet Arrakis. Water is wealth there, and the communities are self-sufficient havens in a hostile world. A naib is a leader of the sietch. There — we’ve explained the title of the Sietch Blog and the pen name of its primary author.

Here’s what is different about the Sietch Blog: the writing is substantial. Articles are really articles, not blog-length blurbs. There’s thought and depth. The Naib conducts some great interviews with people who actually have something to say. There are very few fluffy pieces, product reviews, or one-liners.The Sietch is quality stuff, even if you never managed to wade through the Dune trilogy.”

10 Vegetarian Meal Plans (PR 3)

I’m not a vegetarian but I do like a good Mediterranean Quiche for lunch on a hot summer’s day, so a website with loads of great recipes has to be in one of my bookmarks

from the site – “Want to see why Vegetarian Meal Plans is different from the hundreds of veggie sites on the Internet these days? Click here.

Yeah, that’s a five-day meal plan. With a shopping list. Talk about making it easy.

If you’re thinking about trying vegetarianism and are looking for some help getting started — or if you’re already a vegetarian and are looking for convenient, balanced entree ideas — Vegetarian Meal Plans is a great stop before you plan your weekly shopping. Browse tempting recipes like DIY Sushi Cones and Edamame or Tempeh and Pepper Fajitas, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Green Salad with Mango-Chili Vinaigrette.”

Ok Now thats the ten best sites according to the article on LighterFootstep.Com but the main ones that I like where not included, so I have added then below

11 Centre for Alternative Technology – Wales, UK

from the site – “As Isaac Newton discovered, every action causes a reaction. Everything we do has a consequence, good or bad.

Scientists who look at chaos theory often talk about the ‘butterfly effect.’ The theory is named after the image that is often used to explain it: the movement of air caused by the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in Tokyo could eventually cause a tornado in California. Everything is connected, and it is very difficult to predict the reactions caused by our actions.

This is why it is so important to think about our effect on the planet. It has been scientifically proven that by using up resources and polluting the environment we are causing rising sea levels, shifting climates and extreme weather systems. But nobody can be sure what the eventual outcomes of these massive changes will be. One thing is certain: they will have serious consequences for the human race.

The Centre for Alternative Technology exists to promote another way of living, which looks at the outcomes of our actions. If we want to survive in the future without a huge environmental and humanitarian crisis, our best hope lies with understanding and working with natural processes, rather than trying to conquer nature.

We show people the impact they have on our environment, and help them take steps to reduce that impact. We offer a wealth of practical experience gathered over three decades by experimenting with alternative ways”

12 Lime.Com (PR 6)

A great blog site for heathly living, it’s not only about the technology but about the person too. Loads of helpful ideas and other peoples opinions as the Lime community can post on the site.

from the site – “LIME, we built a place where you can find all the ideas, information and resources to inspire you to live healthier and help make our planet greener – and have some fun while you’re at it.

We’re all about simplicity and community. We thrive on the explosive opportunities we all have to connect our lives, ideas, thoughts and inspirations in today’s new online and mobile world. From a network of bloggers expressing their opinions and interests to our LIME community members and staff of editors…our content is a living, breathing thing where all views are welcome and information is shared.”

13 off-Grid.Net (PR 5)

Have you ever wondered how you can life without having to own or rent a place thats connected to all the main utilities like gas, electric, water, sewage. Then still site will help you work out how to life in the cabin in the mountains of hut by the beach. It also has some great gadget’s even for people who are on-grid.

from the site – “off-grid is for those who want to unplug, relax and feel at home anywhere on the planet, whether they are in an office, the back of a camper van, walking through a forest or meditating in a city park.

Strictly speaking, “off-grid” means places or buildings or gizmos that work without mains water or power. Shepherds huts in the mountain, canal-boats or camper vans may have power and water – but not piped in by the big utility companies.

It’s about making better use of what’s available for free.”

14 Hugg.Com (PR 6)

If you know what Digg.Com is then your understand when I say this is a Green version of Digg

from the site – “Hugg is a new project by TreeHugger, a source for user-generated green news. What does this mean? It’s simple ”how many times have you found an article, a video or a website that you’ve wanted to share with all your green friends? Well, Hugg lets you to share this stuff with everyone. Plus, it lets other users rate shared stories by Hugging them. All posts start out in the queue. Each time a story is Hugged, it climbs the ranks. If a story gets enough Huggs, it jumps up to the front page where it can be seen by everyone who visits. Step by step instructions on how to add your news is found on the Submit page. Hugg is a place to post and harvest the latest on green architecture, transportation, fashion, alternative energy, politics, products and technology. It’s green media, by you, for you!”

Oh, and last but not least, it’s actually one of the first site’s a look at after Hugg.Com (no13)

15 Treehugger (PR 7)

It’s on here just because it’s TreeHugger…

from the site – “TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information. At TreeHugger we know that variety is the spice of life, so you can find all you need to go green in our up to the minute blog, weekly and daily newsletters, weekly video segments, weekly radio show and our user-generated blog, Hugg. We also extend our expertise to companies looking for a little green guidance. Past clients include Domino, Sundance Channel and House & Garden.”

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