Archive for April, 2008

April 24th 2008

* Device by Segway that goes in any direction

Using very special, huh, weels?

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That does not look like you can use it on a car very soon… they look a bit too fragile for that!

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April 24th 2008

How much is a million?

A million seconds is 13 days.
A billion seconds is 31 years.
A trillion seconds is 31,688 years.

A million minutes ago was – 1 year, 329 days, 10 hours and 40 minutes ago.
A billion minutes ago was just after the time of Christ.

A million hours ago was in 1885.
A billion hours ago man had not yet walked on earth.

A million dollars ago was five (5) seconds ago at the U.S. Treasury.
A billion dollars ago was late yesterday afternoon at the U.S. Treasury.

A trillion dollars is so large a number that only politicians
can use the term in conversation… probably because they
seldom think about what they are really saying. I’ve read that
mathematicians do not even use the term trillion!
Here is some perspective on TRILLION:

Trillion = 1,000,000,000,000.
The country has not existed for a trillion seconds.
Western civilization has not been around a trillion seconds.
One trillion seconds ago – 31,688 years – Neanderthals stalked the plains of Europe.

Million: 1,000,000
Billion: 1,000,000,000
Trillion: 1,000,000,000,000
Quintillion: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000
Sextillion: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
Nonillion: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
Centillion: 1 followed by 303 zeros

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April 23rd 2008

About the movie Expelled

This is a part of what Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss where talking about.

There are two creationists talking to one another… It is interesting to hear how they think. But it is also somewhat unnerving. These people are not stupid, that much is clear. And still, they stack error on error. For instance the part about chance is very, very wrong. The whole point of modern science is about not being able to measure everything exact enough to predict how the coint would fall…. so why are these smart people so very, very wrong?…

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April 23rd 2008

Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss talking

As people reading the DD often know I love Richard Dawkins. I’ve read most of his books, and I love the way he uses the english language to make his points clear. In this discussion he is not talking to an opponent but ‘just’ discussing science and education:

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a quote:

Science does not make it impossible to believe in god –
it makes it possible not to believe in god.

This is the one thing I don’t mind wasting bandwith on :-)

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April 23rd 2008

No anaesthetic for hypnotist

This is one brave hypnotist:

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And, I think, he has made his point, being operated on without anaesthesia…wow!

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April 23rd 2008

What did that plane hit?

This being a japanese blog, it is hard to make out what the hell happened to this plane:

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I’m just very glad I wasn’t on it!

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April 23rd 2008

Oprah Launches Own Reality

The word not missing in the title is ’show’:

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Of course, this is the Onion. Brilliant piece!

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April 23rd 2008

Very efficient looking vehicle

This looks very efficient vehicle:

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But it only a design, at this stage…. when can we expect those kinds of vehicles in any shop?

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April 23rd 2008

Biofuels starving our people

Leaders of Southern America are turning agains biofuels?

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Somehow, I think this is more the case of leaders pointing at an easy target than a real issue….

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April 23rd 2008

Permissible torture described in graphic detail

This is outrageous:

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These people should just be brought to justice!

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