Silent 3's medicated musings
Yet another blog that will take up gigs of space, be accessable to anyone on the face of the earth, and will be read by (maybe) three people... If I'm lucky.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
“With God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly”
Friday, November 21, 2014
What British people say vs. what they really mean
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Just fun: Your Silicon Valley job title is...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Grand mountain ranges stretched across the printed page
English doesn't hesitate to borrow words from another language even if it makes it look fat. From German we have borrowed one-syllable putsch and kitsch, as well as Scrabble-defying gotterdammerung and sprachgefuhl.
"I would do away with those great long compounded words; or require the speaker to deliver them in sections, with intermissions for refreshments."
~ Mark Twain
"... these long things are hardly legitimate words, but are rather combinations of words, and the inventor of them ought to have been killed."
~ Mark Twain
RE: Geography gaffe
A friend commented:There's a trick. The temperature reading below 32 degrees F in Hawaii was at the peak of Mauna Kea, 13,800 feet above sea level.
OK, so technically they're correct.But I refute it using a technique employed by Al Sleet, the Hippy-Dippy Weatherman:"The temperature at the peak of Mauna Kea is below 32 degrees... which is stupid, man, cause I don't know anyone who lives on a mountain peak."
Friday, November 14, 2014
scientific exchange from the movie "Awakenings"
Dr. #1: "I'm sorry?"
Dr. Sayer: "It was an immense project. I was to extract 1 decigram of myelin from 4 tons of earthworms."
Dr. Sayer: "Yes! I was on that project for 5 years. I was the only one who believed in it. Everyone else said it couldn't be done."
Dr. #2: "It can't."
Dr. Sayer: "I know that now. I *proved* it."
Thursday, November 13, 2014
C'est WHAT ?
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The story of the 'most complicated' watch in the world
A "complication" is a technical term referring to any feature on a watch which is in addition to simply telling the time - and Henry Graves Jr wanted more than anyone else.
The Supercomplication, made by Patek Philippe in 1932, has 24 of them including Westminster chimes, a perpetual calendar, sunrise and sunset times, and a celestial map of New York as seen from Graves's apartment on Fifth Avenue.
It was commissioned in 1925 but was not delivered to [Graves] until 1933. It has 900 parts and remains the most complicated watch built without the assistance of computers, according to Sotheby's. One of its functions shows sidereal time, which is based on the amount of time it takes the Earth to make two consecutive transitions of a meridian by a fixed start. A sidereal day is approximately 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.1 seconds.
It was last wound in 1969. And it's still working.
John Stewart on Clickbait
It's Everywhere, the Clickbait
Monday, November 10, 2014
MIT’s Crazy Materials Could Make for Self-Assembling Ikea Furniture
Friday, November 07, 2014
Don't Eat That !!!
San Diego Hosts Convention of People Who Shot Bin Laden
I've torn out my alarm system & resigned from Neighborhood Watch.
I've got two Pakistani flags flying in my front garden and the black flag of ISIS on the front lawn.
The local police and other intelligence services are all watching my house 24/7.
I've never felt safer.