Re: Deus ex Machina ??
Not Hari Seldon, then?
597 posts • joined 7 Jul 2008
Not Hari Seldon, then?
An upvote from me for the reference to one of my favourite (short) sf stories.
Actually, the human centre of mass is in the pelvis.
"Seriously, is there no limit to human daftness?"
cf Einstein's well known dictum: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity.; and I have reservations about the universe."
I just wonder what the "small" electrode is made of if it can be placed over a single atom? A quark whisker?
And you wouldn't need to check the cat!
And at least one of us lives in Crete!
The photo on that page is from "The Seventh Seal" written and directed by Ingmar Bergman with Max von Sydow as Antonius Block, the knight who plays Death at chess.
And in Greece, the TV license is included in the Electricity Bill, as is the council tax.
Everyone with an electric meter has to pay the TV license.
The council tax amounts to some 6 - 7+ Euros per month in Crete, with bins emptied almost every day!
In the same way as you know when you've run out of invisible ink!
Interestingly, the "poll" in poll tax is not connectrd with polls as in voting, but a reuse of the old phrase "poll tax" where "poll" meant "head."
Who names these things?
Often wondered that; some quite thoughtless!
ALMA - Atacama Large Millimetre Array; What is a large millimetre, and what would an array of them be like?
Plenty of people actually like to go for a run or walk first thing in the morning, before breakfast, to "wake up" the fat-burning mechanism within the body before they consume any carbs.
Interesting to notice the body shapes of those, in travel -type films, found doing Tai Chi in various Chinese parks early in the mornings; very few of them seem to be obese.
Great believer in resveratrol myself!
(Obviouslu can.t use the beer icon!)
The Diet Delusion would be a good start - very thick and a bit turgid, with a huge bibliography. Paper-back edition available from Amazon, and presumably other booksellers.
It apopears that the villain is insulin; a good high protein/high fat diet with low sugar tends to kep then insulin in equibrilium, and it is the large swings in insulin levels that lead on to multiple diseases.
"In the beginning, God said the four-dimensional divergence of an antisymmetric,
second rank tensor equals zero, and there was Light, and it was good."
(Can't remember where I snitched this from - apologies to originator)
I was an avid reader of Len Deighton's works when they first came out, and on later seeing many of them transferred to the screen was surprised to note that the central character had acquired a name. My hazy memory informs me that the only times he was ever addressed by a name in the canon was as "English" by Colonel Stok.; am I wrong?
Remember Emo Phillips's one liner?
"A computer beat me at chess; but it was no match for me at kickboxing."
The "est" is superfluous - perhaps you haven't read much Tacitus?
Worked on testing these - hydraulic head actuators!.
Went on to EDS60s with voice-coil head movements, and with "New Range" we had 100Mb drives with bthe platters running in sealed containers with pessurised Helium; the unit was the size of a fridge-freezer.
I saw that as "manmade walrus" - gave me pause for thought!
You wrote: "Any quantity of virgins over 3 is unlikely going to be *heaven* anyway. Anyone who has a few sisters knows that the recipient is not going to enjoy himself very much.."
And think of 46 mothers-in-law!
For most of my life, the "witty" answer has been "For some fowl purpose." Which led to my making up the following: Why did the dolphin cross the river? For some foul porpoise.
As to wor4king in Data Mines - remember PICK?
¨Ad astra tabernamque¨
I aḿ not happy about that ´que´; it implies an equality between the two things named by the nouns. Remember the great schism, the split between Rome and the Eastern church, was prompted in part by by the inclusion of the word ´Filioque´ in the Nicene Creed.
Etonian graduates, not to forget Fettes, Harrow, Charterhouse, Westminster..... graduates!
Why are we eginning to use th American phrase: ¨high-school graduate¨?
The quote was _inverse_ femtobarns; could be pretty large!
An upvote for the Franziskaner Dunkel!
Tacitus, and most classical Latinists, would not have needed the ¨est.¨
Don´t forget, also, that you _MUST NOT_ silence the ads on TV, nor FF over them on recordings!
¨You could call her Newt for short.¨ And if sheś very small, you could call her ´My Newt.´
You get my upvote for that "unless", a point I have repeatedly had to make to commentards who say "until."
And don't forget the "Lessons have been learnt" mantra
" I'll be buggered if I know how to use a slide rule either." Poor chap! I got my first one at age 11 - celluloid glued to paper glued to wood. Necessary for School Certificate Physics and Chemistry.
Plastic eventually took over, and I've still got a Faber Castell I used much later.: folded dual scale (so 10" was effectvely 20") with reciprocal scale in the centre of the slide, sin, cos, tan scales on the back (not to mention the bibulous shin, cosh, and tanh), and a little KW to HP coversion offset on he cursor..
Who needs a calclator?
Yes, I know, some Japanese whizz-kid with a soroban (abacus) can do it faster!
"Urine from farm animals ..." My first job after leaving school in 1950 was as a technician in a pharmaceutical company development research lab.After settling i, I was given the task of synthesising a number of androgens. Considerable literature research was necessary to find suitable methods. I was amazed at the fact that in those days a major source of steroids and hormones entering aademic and industrial laboratories for investigation was pregnant mares' urine.
Must say I'm a devotee of the Keith Floyd school of cooing myself!
I remember this book well; read in early '50's. Also remember the furore it caused and the accusations that boffins had closed minds.
What happened to Adamski?
And then, later, we had the Von Daenniken oeuvre.
The enforced dismissals is the clincher; responsibility doesn't stop at the clerk/office worker actually making the mistake, they have supervisors and setters of security policy.
A local authority justt laughs at a fine: therre are plenty of taxpayers! Start sacking officers and managers, and you could 'concentrate their minds.'
It's when they issue official denials of official denials it gets interesting.
And get the explosion on the word "Light" in Haydn's Creation!
"The Dail Mail, Fox News etc tend to report on trick-cyclists as if they were actual boffins." Or even homeopaths!
"The positrons would be the anti-matter bits." From the positron's point of view surely the electron is the anti bit!
"QFT people tend to dislike "virtual particles" as confusing." QFT people wouidn't be half as confused by VP's as ordinary folk like me!
"A cab cabal" Love it!
WS3.3? How effete! I remember in WS 1 having to hex-edit a few bytes near the end of the program to determine which (dot-matrix) printer it would output to.
An ant, or a stream of ants, crawling up a table leg to get to some spilled sugar, is unaware of the table, or even the concept of a table, or indeed of the concept of a universe in which tables, makers of tables and spillers of sugar do or could exist.
Physicists being somewhat more sophisticated than ants can measure and speculate about the universe as so far revealed to their understanding, but are still very much in the 'dark.'
Postulating a 'missing' 90 odd percent of the mass of our universe for which they are unable to account they come up with the 'dark matter' idea.
Could not this matter actually be the hardware on which the current simulacrum of a physical universe is running?
Dum bibo spero.
"but won't the stars be the other way up in Australia?" And, no doubt, swirling counterclockwise!
"Of course, per the Cartesian Evil Genius argument, even with mathematics we can never be sure that our thought processes haven't been deranged by some outside influence, and so what we believe follows from a series of formal propositions may in fact be illogical."
Rember Russel's quote: "Mathmatics is the subject in which we neither know what we are talking about no whether what e say is true."
This after completion of Pribcipia Mathematica with Whitehead.
"Wasn't it recently established that you get better government by randomly picking names from a phone book than from ANY of the diluted flavours of democracy currently practiced?"
You've read Chesterton's "The Napoleon of Notting Hill"?
mmmmm Talisker or Laphrog Quarter-cask!!