Monday, November 5, 2012
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hints over a long period of time so that people get used to the idea.
(And the speculation would have been good publicity. ) Instead it
feels like they are trying to force an agenda. It seems completely
unnecessary and I don't like the lack of continuity with the decades
of character history.
Not that what happens in a comic book is that important, but I like
the movie version of Green Lantern that is clearly heterosexual.
I don't think that the comic book pages are the place to promote
unresolved controversial social agendas.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
The Devil is in the details, but so is salvation.
Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.
Though Rickover quoted this, he did not claim to be the author of the statement. Using it in "The World of the Uneducated" in The Saturday Evening Post (28 November 1959), he prefaces it with "As the unknown sage puts it..." — It has sometimes been attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, but without definite citation.
You have to learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself.
Variations of this quote have been attributed to a number of people, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Samuel Levenson, and Lao Tzu; there is no solid support for any such attribution.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Force (Star Wars)
The Force is a binding, metaphysical, and ubiquitous power in the fictional universe of the Star Wars galaxy created by George Lucas. Mentioned in the first film in the series, it is integral to all subsequent incarnations of Star Wars, including the expanded universe of comic books, novels, and video games. Within the franchise, it is the object of the Jedi and Sith monastic orders.
Lucas has attributed the origins of "The Force" to a 1963 abstract film by Arthur Lipsett, which sampled from many sources.
One of the audio sources Lipsett sampled for 21-87 was a conversation between artificial intelligence pioneer Warren S. McCulloch and Roman Kroitor, a cinematographer who went on to develop IMAX. In the face of McCulloch's arguments that living beings are nothing but highly complex machines, Kroitor insists that there is something more: "Many people feel that in the contemplation of nature and in communication with other living things, they become aware of some kind of force, or something, behind this apparent mask which we see in front of us, and they call it God." When asked if this was the source of "the Force," Lucas confirms that his use of the term in Star Wars was "an echo of that phrase in 21-87." The idea behind it, however, was universal: "Similar phrases have been used extensively by many different people for the last 13,000 years to describe the 'life force,'" he says.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
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Friday, March 9, 2012
get to the 9-11 coverage. 20 seconds from the end we see the second
Check out this video on YouTube:
to see this again, but I am blown away by the quality of the impromptu
Check out this video on YouTube:
I think that Bobby Kennedy would have gotten my vote because he was
someone who could deal with racial strife.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
'What is a Billion?
Since coming to America in 1990, I've never been unable to understand this insistence on redefining what a "billion" is, unless it's to make the national debt seem even bigger.
In England, a million is (or at least it was) a thousand squared. A billion is a million squared. A trillion is a million cubed. It's all very logical. The prefix "mono" means "one", "bi" means "two", and "tri" means "three":
one million = 1,000,000 = one million ^ 1
one billion = a million million = a million squared = one million ^ 2
one trillion = a million million million = a million cubed = one million ^ 3
In the USA, the prefix "bi" seems to be used to mean 1.5, and "tri" means 2:
one million = 1,000,000
one billion = one million ^ 1.5
one trillion = one million ^ 2
Can anyone explain the logic in this? A biplane is not an aeroplane with one and a half wings. A tricycle doesn't have two wheels. In fact it has three. And a bicycle has two wheels, not one and a half. This must be the "new math" everyone keeps talking about.
Here's one reply I got:
Oh, you English people are just silly. Since when does "tri" mean
"cubed" and "bi" mean "squared"? They mean "three of" and "two of,"
respectively, of course. By your system, a bicycle would have only one
wheel (1^2), and a tricycle would have only one wheel (1^3). It's your
English system that's all screwed up.
(I'm naturally neglecting an explanation of why a "billion" doesn't mean
"two of a million.")
So what name do you give to 1,000,000,000, if it's not a billion?
Barry E. Brown Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacramento Network Access
System Administrator/Technical Support/Engineering
Home page: http://www.sna.com/bbrown/
I know this is in good humour, but here's my semi-serious reply:
What name do you give to 1,000,000? Answer: A million
What name do you give to 7 Answer: Seven
What name do you give to 7,000,000? Answer: Seven million
What name do you give to 10 Answer: Ten
What name do you give to 10,000,000 Answer: Ten million
What name do you give to 100 Answer: A hundred
What name do you give to 100,000,000? Answer: A hundred million
What name do you give to 1,000 Answer: A thousand
What name do you give to 1,000,000,000? Answer: A thousand million
Does that answer your question? 1,000,000,000 is a thousand million.
Finally, what name do you give to 1,000,000,000,000?
Answer: A million million, which is clumsy, hence "billion" as an abbreviation for "million twice".
I still stand by my logic, although I'm told that since I left England, even the BBC has given up its standards. Oh well, that's progress, I suppose.
At least the BBC hasn't compromised yet on the fact that the third millennium begins on 1st January 2001, not on 1st January 2000 like the rest of the uneducated masses think... (Don't make me explain it :-)
Another attentive reader sent me the following excerpt from the Oxford English Dictionary:
I checked my copy of the Oxford English Dictionary, and according to their
explanation, the problem was caused by the French. Of course, we should have
Billion [a. F. billion, purposely formed in 16th c. to denote the
second power of a MILLION. (by substituting BI- prefix for the
initial letters), trillion and quadrillion being similarly formed to
denote its 3rd and 4th powers. The name appears not to have been
adopted in England before the end of the 17th c. Subsequently the
application of the word was changed by French arithmeticians,
figures being divided in numeration into groups of threes, instead
of sixes, so that F. billion, trillion now denote not the second and
third powers of a million, but a thousand millions and a thousand
thousand millions. Eng. retains the original and etymological use.]'