Saturday, June 28, 2008

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Revealed after 50 years: The secret of the greatest-ever student prank

Laura Clark
Last updated at 11:37 PM on 27th June 2008

It was probably the most ingenious student prank of all time.

In June 1958, Cambridge awoke to see a car perched at the apex of an inaccessible rooftop, looking as if it were driving across the skyline.

The spectacle made headlines around the world and left police, firefighters and civil defence units battling for nearly a week to hoist the vehicle back down before giving in and taking it to pieces with blowtorches.

Anywhere for a parking space: The students perched the Austin Seven on the top of the Senate House roof

The then Dean of Caius, the late Rev Hugh Montefiore, had an inkling who was responsible and sent a congratulatory case of champagne to their staircase, while maintaining in public he knew nothing of the culprits. Unsurprisingly given their inventiveness, many of the group went on to enjoy illustrious careers - and Caius officials said the ' renegades' had turned into generous benefactors of the college.

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I have been trying to figure out how this is done.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Good Advise

"There are two rules for success," says Raymond Smullyan.
"Rule number one: Never tell all you know."

Sunday, June 22, 2008

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Friday, June 20, 2008

"M.C. Escher Car"

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Scientists believe Mars lander exposed ice crumbs

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This color image released by NASA and acquired by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Surface Stereo Imager on Friday, June 13, 2008, shows one trench informally called 'Dodo-Goldilocks' after two digs on June 12, by Phoenix's Robotic Arm. Shallow trenches excavated by the lander's backhoe-like robotic arm have turned up specks and at times even stripes of mysterious white material mixed in with the clumpy, reddish dirt.  (AP Photo/NASA/JPL/CalTech)

By JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES - Scientists believe NASA's Phoenix Mars lander exposed bits of ice while recently digging a trench in the soil of the Martian arctic, the mission's principal investigator said Thursday.

Crumbs of bright material initially photographed in the trench later vanished, meaning they must have been frozen water that vaporized after being exposed, Peter Smith of the University of Arizona, Tucson, said in a statement.

"These little clumps completely disappearing over the course of a few days, that is perfect evidence that it's ice," Smith said. "There had been some question whether the bright material was salt. Salt can't do that."

Phoenix Mars is studying whether the arctic region of the Red Planet could be habitable. The probe is using its robotic arm to dig up soil samples, and scientists hope it will find frozen water.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

More pics from Ian and I camping

Marshmallow in mouth, wet and dirty.
What more would a boy want!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

See! told you so!

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Coffee: Good for the Heart?
Reported by: Nichelle Sullivan
Monday, Jun 16, 2008 @05:45pm CST
Researchers found people who drank more coffee, reduced their risk of dying from heart disease.
The study followed 125,000 people for more than two decades and controlled for diet, exercise and other factors that can affect health.
Researcher Dr. Harold Cox says coffee contains certain antioxidants which prevent the oxidation of cholesterol to a more dangerous form of cholesterol.
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Firefox 3 Download Day Announced: Tuesday, June 17

firefoxlogo.jpgIt’s official: Firefox 3 will arrive Tuesday, June 17. The Mozilla Developer News blog posted the announcement this morning, saying that “after more than 34 months of active development, and with the contributions of thousands, we’re proud to announce that we’re ready.”

Of course there’s always the chance a show-stopping bug will be discovered before then, which could cause a delay. Already a major bug was found in the Mac version which necessitated a third release candidate for Mac users.

But barring the unforeseeable, Firefox 3 should be available to the public early next week. As part of the release Mozilla is pushing for a “Firefox Download Day” when millions of users will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the most software downloads in 24 hours.

If you were planning a great Firefox nerd party, you have your date.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Everyone else had gas stoves and other high tech equipment.
Nott for me! cooking on a wood fire is the best and easiest way to cook.
Some, with all there gizmos ended up having hot dogs for every meal.
I an and I ate like kings!Notice that the coffee was on at all times.

The ring of fire, We help our Pack meeting, song songs, gave awards and acted out skits.

We retire some old flags and Ian got to be one of those who got to do it.

Friday, June 13, 2008


Scorsese does Hitchcock

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A Forgotten Anniversary

Tom, a loving husband, was in trouble. He had forgotten his wedding anniversary and his wife was really ticked off at him. She told him, "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in under six seconds, AND IT BETTER BE THERE."

The next morning, Tom got up really early. When his wife woke up a couple of hours later, she looked out the window, and there was a small gift-wrapped box sitting in the middle of the driveway.

Confused, the wife put on her robe, ran out to the driveway, and took the box into the house. She opened it, and found a brand new bathroom scale.

Tom is not yet well enough to have visitors.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Some old pics of mine

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Reality is merely an illusion,
albeit a very persistent one.

Albert Einstein

Alot of people believe this.

A lot of people thought the Earth was flat.
A lot of people still think we are causing global warming.

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The machine that brings the end


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Idiot of the day

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Before his students arrived for a graduate course in logic, Raymond Smullyan wrote on the blackboard:


Friday, June 06, 2008

Physicist: Einstein Would Approve of Moving the Island on Lost

How did Ben make the island "disappear" in last night's season finale? It's all relativity, argues a top professor who even uses Lost in his classes. Wormholes, 305-degree bearings, the Casimir effect—it all checks out with quantum mechanics, and could explain a lot for next season.

Last night on Lost, Ben moved the island—presumably thousands of miles. Could he actually do that, without huge accelerations that would obliterate all structures and kill all the people on the island? The surprising answer, in physics, is yes ... sort of. The trick is that you don't really move the island. Rather, you change its space-time connection to the rest of the Earth.

Space and time in relativity theory are quite flexible. Gravity is one manifestation of that. According to Einstein's discovery, the presence of mass-energy warps space-time; what we perceive as gravity is just the curvature of space-time.
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Tuesday, June 03, 2008


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Monday, June 02, 2008

Translation by Eli Siegel

We go to the woods no more, the laurels are cut down.
Figures of Love in low places, the group of Naiads
See shining again in the sun as cut out crystals,
The silent waters which flowed from where they were.
The laurels are cut down, and the stag, quiet in fear,
Trembles at the sound of the horn; we go no more to the woods,
Where playing children laughed, gathered in abandon—
Among the lilies of silver moistened by the sky's tears.
Here is the grass which is reaped and the laurels which are cut down.
We go to the woods no more, the laurels are cut down.

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