Online Insights on fiveAA, Sunday, August 26, 2007

August 26, 2007

International Ice Cream
With summer here in the middle of winter, I thought this site was worth visiting. While the invention of “Iced Cream” can be traced to the mid-1700s, it was during the 20th Century that the frozen delicacy assumed its place amongst the world’s most popular desserts.  While most of tend to stick with a relatively simple flavour, the cold reality is that ice cream is now available in a multitude of flavours. This fun article,  presents “101 Frightening Ice Cream Flavors From Around the World”.  Scroll the international list of eccentric ice creams and to find unique flavours such as “Octopus” (Japan), “Spaghetti Bolognaise” (Venezuela), “Peanuts and Wine” (Taiwan), “Stilton Cheese” (UK), and the inimitable “Chunky Bacon” (USA).  Yum!!!

Nuclear Power Reactors
With Nuclear power in and out of the news and likely to be part of the upcoming federal election, I thought this site might be informative. I had no idea just how many nuclear power reactors there were in the world and how many I have lived and worked near. Europe is full of them. – USA, Hungary, Bradwell near Basildon. This site has been created by the International Nuclear Safety Center, part of the US Department of Energy. For some reason, Lucas Heights doesn’t make it onto the list, which only suggests there are even more out there than this map contains. Click on the map of the world – the red points are nuclear power reactors – Europe looks like a red paint blotch!

Map My Ride
Still on maps – this is a ripper thanks to Google Earth. MapMyRide has you covered if you want to plot a course, and work out the distance. You can get quite details, being able to add places where you can stop for a break. The site uses Google Maps to plot your hiking, biking or swimming outing. Create your own, or look for other suggestions. This could be brilliant for tour operators or B&B operators – create some walks, save them and make them available to other Google Earth users, including future and current customers!

Myers-Briggs and Jungian Personality Test
Would you like to find out about your personality type or maybe a loved ones? Simply answer a series of 41 queries to get the results based on Myers-Briggs/Jung typology, which is a personality test designed to assist a person in identifying some significant personal preferences. Katharine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Myers developed the indicator during World War II, and its criteria follow from Carl Jung’s theories in his work ‘Psychological Types’. It’s used by HR people today. This site finishes with a description of your personality type, and suggests some careers that might suit you. Could be useful if you feel in a rut and are wondering about a career change.

Stick Football
Warning: This is a dangerously addictive site. For anyone who loves soccer, this is an easy-to-play, free online soccer game with crowd noise, red and yellow cards, league tables, real players’ names, etc.
A friend of mine who is a scriptwriter for television told me about this site – he visits it to cure writer’s block. If you register you can set up your own team and league. If you just want a quick distraction, then you just need to go to the site and start playing.