Archive for 2009

House of mirrors

This is a picture that Lynnette took when she was recently working in Sri Lanka. It’s a photo of a photo taken on her MacBook, which was taken in the same spot when she went to Sri Lanka a few months before (we know, it hurts our brains too, but if you read it again slowly you’ll get it).


Here’s a site we found that’s taken this to a whole new level:
Feel free to send in any similar to and if we get enough, we’ll post them to our own Flickr site.

Unusual and interesting chess set designs

Some interesting chess set designs…

Top 10 Worst Christmas Cracker Jokes

As it’s Christmas we couldn’t resist blogging some real Christmas cracker joke corkers. Here’s the top ten sent in from the Telegraph readers.

If these don’t do it for you – feel free to comment with your own crackers.

1) What’s brown and sweet and glides around an ice rink?
Bourneville and Dean

2) What’s a specimen?
An Italian astronaut

3) What do you call a short sighted dinosaur?
A do-you-think-he-saw-us!

4) What do you call a man with brown paper trousers?

5) What do you call a man with a pole through his leg?

6) Why would you invite a mushroom to a Christmas party?
He’s a fun guy to be with.

7) Why was Santa’s little helper feeling depressed?
He had low elf-esteem.

8 ) Who was England’s first chiropodist?
William the Corncurer

9) Why should husbands make the early morning tea for their wives?
Because the Bible says He Brews

10) What’s the longest word in the English language?
Smiles, because there is a “mile” between the first and the last letters.

Steve the Snowman

There may be six inches of the white stuff outside, but the Proporta team has managed to venture in and some even made a 6ft 5″ snowman on Brighton seafront during the early hours of this morning (Steve, if you’re asking). We’re supposed to be going ice skating this afternoon to kick off our Christmas party. The irony isn’t lost…


What you watched and searched for on YouTube in 2009

Cross-posted from The Official Google Blog

This year has been the biggest yet for online video, and for the first time we’re sharing our official Most Watched lists and some of the fastest-rising search terms on YouTube. Some moments were big (President Obama’s inauguration), some small (a Minnesota wedding party erupts into dance), some expected (“New Moon”), some surprising (Susan Boyle) — but all of them inspired, entertained and connected millions of people around the world via YouTube.

For these lists, we looked at view counts of YouTube’s most popular videos (in some instances we aggregated views across multiple versions of the same video):

Most Watched YouTube videos (Global):
1. Susan Boyle – Britain’s Got Talent (120+ million views)
2. David After Dentist (37+ million views)
3. JK Wedding Entrance Dance (33+ million views)
4. New Moon Movie Trailer (31+ million views)
5. Evian Roller Babies (27+ million views)

Most Watched music videos on YouTube (Global)*:
1. Pitbull – I Know You Want Me (82+ million views)
2. Miley Cyrus – The Climb (64+ million views)
3. Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A. (54+ million views)
4. The Lonely Island – I’m On A Boat (48+ million views)
5. Keri Hilson – Knock You Down (35+ million views)

Then, to determine the fastest rising search terms for each month, we examined the billions of queries that people searched for on YouTube (through December 15):

Fastest Rising YouTube search terms by month (Global):
January: inauguration
February: christian bale
March: the climb
April: susan boyle
May: pacquiao vs hatton
June: michael jackson thriller
July: michael jackson
August: usain bolt
September: kanye west
October: paranormal activity
November: bad romance
December: tiger woods

Fastest Rising YouTube search terms by month (U.S.):
January: obama inauguration
February: on a boat
March: watchmen
April: susan boyle
May: pacquiao
June: michael jackson thriller
July: wedding
August: send it on
September: kanye west
October: paranormal activity
November: adam lambert
December: tiger woods

There are a lot of interesting nuggets in here. The fastest rising U.S. search term in July was [wedding], clearly related to JK Wedding Entrance Dance, the third Most Watched YouTube video of the year. And while [michael jackson] was Google’s fastest rising search term in 2009, [michael jackson thriller] was the faster rising search on YouTube. Movie trailers (“New Moon,” “Watchmen,” “Paranormal Activity”) and inspirational moments (Susan Boyle, Usain Bolt) were popular, as were sensational celebrity scandals (Christian Bale, Kanye West, and most recently, Tiger Woods).

They hope to expand these lists in the future, so if there are any “Most Watched” categories you’d like to see in 2010, let them know by leaving a comment on the YouTube Blog.

*Note: Some music videos may be unavailable in your country due to copyright restrictions.

Christmas Rock

We reckon even the most Scrooge-like among us would end up tapping their toes to this lot… Happy Christmas everyone 🙂

Have Your Say With Sidewiki

Google has launched a new feature that potentially spells a whole new way for users to interact with the internet. This feature, called Sidewiki, lets you leave comments about any page, read other people’s thoughts, and basically means that every site will have its own Wikipedia page built in.


Access is easy – simply download the latest version of the Google Toolbar, and enable the Sidewiki button in the Toolbar Options. From there things are pretty self explanatory, with a yellow icon signalling that comments have been left, and a white icon indicating that no entries have yet been posted.

Proporta is quite intrigued to see how this will work – or indeed whether it will work at all. As always with new things like this there’s a chance that it will instantly become an integral part of the internet landscape and second nature, or that it will pass most of us by and become a strange little cul-de-sac in the ever developing web. So if you’d like to give it a go, why not download it and let us know what you think, right here? Go on, we’d love to know. At least, we think we would…

Some funny things

We came across a couple of things which we’d like to share:

Cows stampede through quiet housing estate


The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

Win an iPod with Proporta this Christmas


Proporta is running a special Christmas competition throughout December. Any order placed once the advent calendars have opened will give you the chance to enter and win yourself a 2G iPod Touch (32GB) (worth £229), USB Turbocharger 3400 World Pack or Twisted System – Portable Speakers. Winners will be announced in January.

The first iPhone band

It had to happen didn’t it really? With all the music apps for the iPhone, as well as its ever growing popularity, it was only a matter of time before the first iPhone band came into being, and here they are.

Not that inspiring so far, it has to be said – but from little acorns mighty oaks doth grow, and we think you’ll be seeing many more where this has come from. All joking aside, it’s an intriguing idea, and has the potential to create some really interesting possibilities for portable electronic music. Because someone will get beyond vaguely retro piano noodlings some time soon, and then, who knows where this new idea will take us? They laughed at the Moog when it first came out, but no one’s laughing now…