Earth Wallpapers

Earthwallpapers >> Earth Wallpapers
Longstanding listeners will know that I’m a great fan of Google Maps which is not only the easiest-to-use of all the map and route-planning sites, but also lets you switch between a regular map view and a satellite view of the same area. Earth Wallpapers is a collection of stunning satellite images of different global locations all culled from the satellite views on Google Maps. You can download any o the images to use as a background image on your computer desktop.
See also:
>> BBC Webwise: How do I save an image from the web?
>> How to change your desktop wallpaper in Windows XP
>> How to change your desktop wallpaper in Mac OSX

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Ryder Cup links

>> Ryder Cup For Beginners
>> Virtual Caddy
I know nothing about golf, so hats off to the good people at Ryder Diary for trying to explain this particular fixture in words of one syllable!
More experienced golfists (I think that’s the correct description) like my esteemed colleague Tim Smith tell me that it’s always a good idea to “walk the course” before an important match, in order to familiarise themselves with the location of bunkers, rough and perhaps even the clubhouse!
Virtual Caddy provides animated virtual tours (complete with commentary) of many of the best courses in the UK and Ireland, including The West Course at Wentworth and The K Club. Anyone can access the current Course of the Month free of charge. You’ll need to pay to access any other courses – at £5 a year for one course and £30 a year for the whole lot!
See also:
>> Official Ryder Cup
>> BBC Ryder Cup Blog

YouTube and Video Sharing

Youtube Just as last week was a busy week for developments in the legal music downloads market, this week has seen extensive news coverage of video-sharing site YouTube.

Although the site is only 18 month old, its growth has been extraordinary – It is already visited by 1 in 8 of all UK internet users and its UK user base has grown by 478 percent since January this year.

Vimeo For the people who haven’t visited YouTube, the site does for short video clips what Flickr does for photos (Read Miles’ review of Flickr) – You can upload and share video clips, leave comments about any of the videos already published, and add clips to blogs and other websites.

YouTube users can save their favourite videos and “subscribe” to automatically see all new videos uploaded by other users with similar interests

Revver The site’s massive popularity ensure that your videos will reach the widest possible audience, but many experts consider some of YouTube’s less popular rivals to offer a more flexible or efficient service.

Well-established alternatives include Google Video and Yahoo Video, but among the best-reviewed are Vimeo (praised for speed and ease of use), Revver (who share their advertising revenue with site users) and Jumpcut (who let you edit and remix your online clips)

For more details of some of YourTube’s competitors read the following roundups:
>> Digital Video Guru: Ten video sharing services compared
>> Fabric Of Folly: Top 20 video sharing sites rated

Jumpcut And here are just a few of the last week’s headlines about YouTube:
>> BBC News: Microsoft to launch YouTube rival
>> Web User: Record industry threatens YouTube
>> MediaGuardian: The rise and rise of YouTube
>> BBC News: YouTube in ‘landmark’ music deal

>> More interesting YouTube links and coverage

Talk Like A Pirate Day

Talk Like A Pirate Day>> Talk Like A Pirate – UK branch
We first picked up on this excellent annual event in 2002 as a result of a fascinating feature in the Miami Herald. Four years on we’re delighted to see that Pirate Talk is now an international phenomenon with several sites devoted to Talk Like A Pirate Day. To participate in today’s celebrations, simply add a parrot and eye-patch and pepper your conversation with words like avast and references to plank-walking!
The US site offers pirate chat-up lines, personality tests, anglo-pirate translators and even some tips on Talking Like a Pirate … in German.
Meanhile the UK site has an event history plus free pirate ringtone downloads – boasting that

"If ye be sailin’ the high seas and’ve forgotten the finer points of yer accent, be pointin’ yer WAP-enabled mobile phone at yarr.org.uk/wap, and ye can see our vocabulary guide on the go"

See also:
>> YouTube: Watch the trailer for a special Pirate edition of Wife Swap USA

Kosmix (Health Search Engine)

Kosmix >> Kosmix
This new(ish) specialist health search engine was designed to help you find the kind of useful and interesting content that wouldn’t always show up in the first page of results from Google or one of the other standard search engines.
Search for a condition like ‘Hay Fever’ and you search results will be pre-sorted into useful catgories like symptoms. treatments, support groups, blogs and pages aimed at doctors or specific groups of patients (like Children, Men’s Health and Women’s Health).

Cow Games & Stiff Records

Milkthecow >> Cow Solitaire
>> Milk The Cow
Thanks to Emma Mason for her email challenging me to find “a good cattle or livestock-related game for the weekend”.
Cow Solitaire does what it says on the tin – It’s Solitaire with cows instead of marbles. Milk the Cow challenges you to click on as many cows as possible in order to fill your virtual bucket with milk.

Also mentioned today:
>> Stiff Nights on BBC Four
>> Radio 2 Music Club: Beginners Guide to Stiff Records
>> Stiff Records (Official)

I Am Moving

Iammoving >> I Am Moving
This is a phenomenally useful timesaver if you’re about to move house. Enter your new address details online and they’ll contact your bank, building society, utility companies and all your other service providers to let them know your new address details. The service is completely free to use – It’s funded by the companies and organisations who want to ensure they don’t lose contact with their existing customers.