Ninja Burger

Website of the Day: Tuesday August 31st

ninjaburger>> Ninja Burger
This most covert of fast-food franchises promises “guaranteed delivery in 30 minutes or less, or we commit Seppuku!”. Little is known about the company, but a glance at their history page reveals that Ninja Burger have played a role in many of the crucial events in late 20th century history from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the recording of the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album. In addition to the Ninja Burger itself, the menu includes “French Fries of Our Ancestors” and “Onion Death Blossom”.

Herculympics

Website of the Day: Friday August 27th

herculympics>> BBC Sport presents Herculympics
For the people who brought you Tardis Tennis, this is BBC Sport’s online game to accompany the Athens Olympics. It takes the form of an Ancient Greek pentathlon in which you play as Hercules and the points you score take you towards your goal of immortality and a place on Mount Olympus. Events include fencing (to defend against sword-wielding zombie skellingtons), archery (to take out the Cyclops … unless he’s carrying the Elgin Marbles at the time) and minotaur throwing.

Also mentioned today: >> Radio 2’s Big Wall of Sound game
In which Richard Allinson gets made over as a hippy, punk, new romantic and Pop Idol wannabe. Your job is to help Richard break down the titular Wall of Sound.

Gourmet cuisine (and student nosh)

Website of the Day: Thursday August 26th

gourmet>>The Worldwide Gourmet
This monthly online magazine looks like an essential bookmark for foodies. All the recipes are provided by world class chefs and restaurateurs, but where it could feel elitist it comes across more as a very accessible celebration of food and cooking. Other features include guides to the local cuisines and food customs from around the World, kitchen trick and tips and The Art of the Table.

cookbynosAlso mentioned today: >>Cooking by Numbers
For the creators of this site, there’s more to life than ketchup, but not much. This is student cookery taken to its logical conclusion. Type in your available ingredients and you’ll be presented with a list of possible recipes. Bacon Surprise is just one example.

How to get a bunch of strangers to buy you an expensive gadget!

>> Website of the Day: Wednesday August 25th

geofftech>> Geofftech: The 50p Quest
Here’s a site which neatly combines two online fads: Cyberbegging and pointless quests inspired by daft drunken bets. The Geoff behind Geofftech happens to work for the BBC – In late 2002 as a result of a bet, he embarked on a quest to persuade 500 strangers to donate 50p each to help him buy an mp3 jukebox. He tried to persuade me to plug his site in back in March and I was having none of it. But now that Geoff’s completed his task, I have to concede that the site tells a thoroughly entertaining story, and one that deserves a wider audience. I also have to admit that my entire family were suckered into contributing to the 50p fund!

Google, only more so…

Website of the Day: Tuesday August 24th

a9>> A9
With more and more people trying to dent Google‘s 70% share of all web searches, the latest cab off the search engine rank is online retailer Amazon. Their new A9 service uses results and adverts culled from Google, but adds extra features if you sign in using an Amazon.com user name. Advanced features include searching the text of books, automatically saving all your previous searches and searching directly from your browser’s address bar. All useful for existing Amazon.com account holders but if you’re not one of them, you may prefer to stick with Google and try out the underrated but very useful UK based web directory 1do3 for specific UK searches.

Cats and computers …

Website of the Day: Monday August 23rd

infinitecat>> The Infinite Cat Project
Thanks to listener Tracey Moulder for her email which accused me of being cat-ist because she’s never heard me mention a cat-related site. So to make up for my negligence, here’s not just one cat, but (at the time of writing) 260 cats, all looking at one another on computer screens. The end-effect is a bit being in a lift with mirrors on opposite walls, so that you see endless reflections of yourself spiralling off into the distance. I’m not really sure whether this is just an amusing diversion or a piece of conceptual art, but if you like cats and computers you’ll like the site!

Train departure boards on your desktop

Website of the Day: Friday 20th August

tubetrack>> Tubetrack
This is an invaluable free download for commuters. Once installed, it sits on your desktop, and updates its own dot matrix indicator with details of the next three trains to arrive at your chosen station on the National Rail network, London Docklands Light Railway, Dublin DART and the Bakerloo line on the tube.

Favoured fishy links

Website of the Day: Tuesday 17th August

fishyStep right up fish fans … At the suggestion of Mrs Website of the Day, today we bring you not one, but six piscine bookmarks!

>> Yahooligans What is a Fish?
Ever wanted to know what three things all fish have in common? Find out here!

>> All about Fish
“For anyone that wants to start an aquarium, or learn about different types of fish. Covers a range of topics relating to aquarium set up, maintenance, fish care and breeding.”

>> Fishy! Eat the small fish and don’t get munched by the big fish!
Because everyone needs an animated fish game in their life! Fishy! is very simple and very addictive

>> Rate My Fish!
One for the anglers; Rate My Fish invites you to vote and comment on freshwater fish, saltwater fish, pet fish and even joke fish. You’re also welcome to upload your own favourite fishy photo for rating.

sharktale>> Shark Tale
This is all set to be the animated hit of the autumn – From the studio who brought us Shrek, Shark Tale features Robert De Niro as a shark mafia boss whose son is killed by a dropped anchor. Co-stars include Will Smith, Jack Black, Aneglina Jolie and Martin Scorsesse – and the trailer is excellent!

>> Jaws in 30 seconds, re-enacted by bunnies
Staying with the cinematic shark theme…. This splendid animation tells you eveything you need to know about Jaws, but does it with more bunnies and less suspense!

STOP PRESS (19/08/04)
Many thanks to the listeners who’ve been in touch to report spyware problems with some of the fish screensavers mentioned on Tuesday’s programme. We have removed the link to the fish screensaver site, but instead here’s a safe spyware-free fish screensaver to replace it:
>> Finding Nemo
The official site for Disney and Pixar’s hugely popular fishy opus contains a number of safe virus-free downloads including a screensaver, wallpapers and e-cards.

For advice on protecting your system against Spyware, pop-ups and viruses, check the Online Security section of this site

The top 86,800 English Words in everyday usage

Website of the Day: Monday August 16th

wordcount>> Wordcount
When there’s a shortage of real news the papers like to fall back on a list or a chart (The top 17 movie car chases, 12 politicians you don’t want to get stuck in a lift with and so on). Wordcount is the mother of all charts. It catalogues the top 86,800 words in the English language (in order of how frequently they are used) and presents them in an animated scrolling timeline starting with The (#1) and going all the way to Conquistador (86,800). You can search the chart by word or by ranking, hence we learn that the 48915th most used English word is Muppet!

Olympics 2004

Website of the Day: Friday August 13th

olympics>>Official Site | >> Olympics on BBC Sport | >> Olympics on Five Live
With just hours to go until the Athens 2004 opening ceremony you’ll be wanting to get your Olympic bookmarks in order. The official site for the 2004 games is available in Greek, English and French, with a full printable schedule, and timetable, extensive news, weather and travel info for those travelling to Athens, a guide to the venues, screensaver downloads and a good section on the history of the games. Meanwhile BBC Sport have full timings for all BBC TV coverage and for the first time, UK broadband users will be able to watch live coverage of the Games from BBC One and BBC Two on the web as well as on TV as well as listen to audio commentary of the action from BBC Radio Five Live.
In particular we recommend BBC Sport’s highly entertaining guide to Spotting Opening Ceremony clichés!