General updates 2011: February

As usual, a little about what I’ve been doing lately, and some interesting links.

Cricket T-shirt design

A recent project at the graphic design place where I work was to design T-shirts for a small, rural cricket team based in Nelson, Victoria. Our instructions were: white on red, with “Nelson Cricket Team” across the back, and “NCT” on the front (left breast area). My design was selected, and it is reproduced below.

nelson_front nelson_back

Do you like it? Personally I care very little about cricket, but I still hope my design brings them good luck. (Incidentally, the only photograph I can find of the Nelson Cricket Team online is dated 1929, so I think it’s about time for another one.)

Interesting links

I sent my friend Elsha a music CD (among other things) for Christmas, and now she’s written about a couple of the songs on her blog. Here’s the first installment and here’s the second. I left a comment on the first one.

I learned this month about a major research project collecting data on the Australian accent. It’s called AusTalk, and I eagerly filled in the online form letting them know I wish to volunteer.

Babel’s Dawn: The Book is on my list of presents to buy for myself next Christmas. (At this stage there’s no description or anything, but I follow the blog it’s based on so I hardly need one.)

At some point, you’ve probably taken part in a conversation where you and your friends/siblings/parents/whatever speculated about things that would be invented in the future. I remember one such conversation from my childhood in which Dad rather facetiously suggested spray-on clothing. Well, guess what? It’s here. In my opinion, a lovely idea for a novelty product, but not really very practical. You couldn’t spray your own without eyes in the back of your head, and the stuff would get all over the far wall.

Brian Switek wrote a very interesting article about the dodo and the artists responsible for its biologically inaccurate popular image.

Phil Plait posted a special Valentine’s Day blog post about hearts in space. I knew about two of them. Also includes one amazing heart in a mathematical equation.

Fruit flies can smell the difference between hydrogen and deuterium.

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