Monday, 11 February 2013

Monday muster

So what's all this, then?  I'm trying out a 'natty stuff I've seen lately' roundup, an idea stolen from The Bloggess' elegantly titled regular feature Shit I did when I wasn't here.  It's partially to share some of the snazzy things I've spotted around the web, and partially to share Aspergers-related news and opinion pieces.

This is not a bunch of flowers:

Crossaster papposus 2

It's a close-up photo of a starfish, from the lens of Russian biologist and photographer Alexander Semenov.  Read more on This Is Colossal, or visit Semenov on Flickr.  

For more aquatic awesomeness, check out this story of the goldfish owner who made a little bouyant harness for his disabled goldfish to give it more freedom of movement, and even feeds the little fellow by hand.

You've heard the old line about property being theft, but it turns out the game of Monopoly is theft in a more literal way than you might imagine.  In other Monopoly news Hasbro is binning the iron token which nobody ever wants to use anyway because who wants to be reminded of housework while they're playing boardgames?  They're replacing it with a cat, because kittehs.

This is not a Steampunk cosplayer:

Portrait of Felix Nadar (1820-1910), Photographer and Aeronautical Scientist
This is photographer and scientist Felix Nadar (1820-1910).  The photo's from the Smithsonian Insititution's collection on the Flickr Commons - click the image to visit the original.

Which country's flag features an AK-47?  Which country has the world's only non-rectangular flag?  Find out with this guide to obscure flags.

In the spirit of The Incredible Machine and Rube Goldberg, check out this cute animation.  No idea what it's spruiking, but it appears to be a Dutch homewares sale.  Never mind that, it's really clever.

And finally, I think it's time I got my Marx Brothers obsession rocking again.  I love these guys:

And I can't embed it, but here's a clip of Harpo I'd not seen before, in full glorious 1950s colour, from The Story Of Mankind: Isaac Newton feuds with an apple tree.