Thursday, April 30, 2009
But maybe using a mobile phone while driving is safer than what a Norwegian man and his girlfriend were doing - as well as 133km an hour in a 100km zone on Easter Sunday. The report I read said the man faces a "heavy fine and driving ban" after police caught him "having sex" while driving. No further details were provided.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
* Betty and Barney Hill rose to fame after they claimed to have been abducted by aliens in September 1961 - it is an amazing account. The exhibit features “Junior,” the leader of the aliens depicted in a sculpture and drawings, the dress Betty wore the night of the abduction, and documents about the abduction.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Other confusing language use - the report, also in The Daily Telegraph, of riot police at a Sydney university after they were called in response to a "disturbing" letter. They were at the campus yesterday "following last week's discovery of a letter in the student administration centre". Hmmm ... "a" letter, as opposed to "the" letter. All (or both) very confusing language.
Another piece of information gleaned from reading about this, John Stuart Mill, who first used the Black Swan narrative to discuss falsification, was greatly influenced in his studies by his wife, and then daughter, who were instrumental in his work in human (and women's) rights. He and his wife, who was already married when the met, shared what Wikipedia described as a close but chaste friendship for 21 years - before her first husband died and she and Mill married.
* "The Darwin Awards salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally remove themselves from it." (Visit www.darwinawards.com for past winners)
Charles Darwin: It is worthy of remark that a belief constantly inculcated during the early years of life, while the brian is impressible, appears to acquire almost the nature of an instinct; and the very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason. (The Descent of Man)
Vladimir Lenin: Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.
Seems there's absolutely nothing new in show business.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Also something I didn't know, rather than just being an "outlaw" there are suggestions that Jesse and his brother, Frank, were Confederate guerrillas in the American Civil War - before going on to be what Wikipedia calls a "regional insurgent" post-War.
There's research findings ... and then there are research findings. Latest news from some American dentists is that white wine stains your teeth. Well, actually, their tests were carried out on cow teeth because the surface of cow teeth closely match those of humans. They immersed the teeth for an hour in white wine - to simulate drinking wine with a meal - or water. Then they immersed the teeth in black tea for an hour. The teeth soaked in the wine turned darker than the teeth soaked in the water. So it's probably more accurate to say that exposure to white wine allows chemicals from other food and beverages to penetrate the teeth. Whether it's a fair test to immerse the teeth for an hour in each substance and suggest this replicates drinking substances, and using cow teeth rather than human teeth, to reach their conclusions is open to conjecture.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
I've also heard about something else like this, is paying for a service that was previously free, but I seem to have blocked it out completely.