- How close to your own reality would another dimension need to be for you to stay? Reference Homer Simpson's world without donuts - but perfect otherwise - and Mallory Quinn's where everything looked okayn except that in this reality his father was still alive.
- If you lost your pressurised suit in space, apparently you wouldn't explode - yes, you may bloat a bit, but besides that you'd be preserved forever. Well, that's what they say, but, really, how do they know?
- I'm not sure if the ultime leap of faith would be letting someone else pack your parachute - or rolling your own.
- What moment in your life has been the "most cinematic"?
Friday, April 27, 2007
Initial media coverage of the event: was it the "girl who sparked a massacre" or the "victim - 18 year old country girl"? (Police now report that there was no apparent link between the gunman and his first female victim.)
The death toll from Virginia Tech - 32 or 33. The number varies depending on whether that particular media outlet is counting the gunman's death in the total.
NOTE: this is not the first time there have been rumours of Superman in Siberia. Way back in August 2005, Ananova carried reports of a Serbian Superman.
Friday, April 20, 2007
"A good photograph is knowing where to stand": Ansel
Easton Adams, American prolific black and white photographer, 1980.
So what ever happened to breaking up by text message?
I have thought about buying a Nintendo DS for a while - it's a handheld computer game - because it has a "brain training" program so when I received a promotional email from PalmGear earlier tbhis week with an for Mobile Brain Trainer - I thought it was worth a look. But talk about frustrating! It has 3 modules when you start - and the choice of two coaches - each with different styles. (But if it's working ....)
Miami - Sharon Touchton, 50, canoeist was found injured face-down in the water in Florida's Suwannee River recently. When asked what had happened she simply said "big fish". Chalk up another one - bringing their total to 11 - for the local sturgeon, which jump out of the river, hitting people. Sturgeon can grow to 2.5m long and weigh 91kg - so you know when you've been hit in the face by one!
London - Omar Abdel-Gowd, 26, has amassed an impressive shoe collection - unfortunately some of it from robbing women of shoes they were wearing. Apparently Omar, a footwear fetishist, turned to robbery after moving to London and finding more "fashionable" women there. He walked free from court yesterday with a suspended sentence despite having a wardrobe "crammed with hundreds of shoes" when he was arrested.
Somewhere on the net: It's been said that the problem with global warming will be water - too much of it (flooding) or too little of it (drought). But the answer could be as simple as "look to the skies". Water has been detected for the first time in the atmosphere of a planet outside our Solar System. Now we just have to work out how to get it back here.
The $421,200 paid for the lot at a Christie's auction was a new world record.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Details are sketchy, and mildly confusing, but it's good to know that Mr Peepers (the duck) came out of it all okay, despite being thrown in front of the getaway car. It all started in Seattle when Kenneth Blaine Quinlan and his girlfriend went to a Lynnwood shopping center, taking her duck with them. She went to one store (with her duck), he went to another - and apparently shoplifted an iPod speaker system. A guard chased Quinlan to where his girlfriend was - with the car keys, although it appears she was not aware of the circumstances when she handed them over. When she exited the store, she found Quinlan driving off and as she tried to stop him from driving away - still not aware of what was happening - she was knocked by an open car door, she dropped the duck. A store employee saw what was happening, that Mr Peepers was in danger of being run over, and ran to save him - only to have the car run over her instead, inflicting serious injuries including broken bones in her foot and ankle. The girlfriend and the guard fared better, and were not seriously injured. Mr. Peepers was OK. Quinlan was charger with two counts of third-degree assault and one count each of vehicular assault and hit-and-run. (More details here.)
Monday, April 16, 2007