Wednesday, December 17, 2014

One of the most famous speeches ever. (Shakespeare)

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

What is our obsession with bubble wrap?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fwd: Steffen in the news again

Jason Steffen is a P.H.D in Physics who used to sit in the cube next to me when I worked at L-3 Communications,  but he later took a job with NASA.  He has gained some minor fame for coming up with a better way to board passengers on airplanes.  This method was tested on a NOVA TV program, and I saw him on this program recently.

'I'm currently a research professor at the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) at Northwestern University. My research includes exoplanets, experimental searches for axion-like particles, dark energy, gravitation, and some other odds and ends. I obtained my B.S. in physics and mathematics from Weber State University (Ogden, UT) and my Ph.D. in physics from the University of Washington (Seattle).'


Tuesday, November 11, 2014


When Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, Winston Churchill, a vehement anti-communist, famously stated "If Hitler invaded Hell, I would at least make a favourable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons," regarding his policy toward Stalin.[186] Soon, British supplies and tanks were flowing to help the Soviet Union

Very interesting.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

How did the NSA hack our emails?

Top scientists react to the game "2048"

One of my favorite games ...


Merry-go-rounds, i.e "carousels", owe their origins to Medieval jousting. Jousting was gradually replaced by "carousels", meaning "little battles", where horse riders would play games of skill while riding in a circle. The first pretend carousel was created for children in France in the early 18nth century.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Paris in the Twentieth Century

because "the engines of war" have become so efficient that war is inconceivable and all countries are at a perpetual stalemate.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mel Tormé - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In a scene in the 1988 Warner Bros. cartoon Night of the Living DuckDaffy Duck has to sing in front of several monsters, but lacks a good singing voice. So, he inhales a substance called "Eau de Tormé" and sings like Mel Tormé (who in fact provided the voice during this one scene, while Mel Blanc provided Daffy's voice during most of the cartoon).[4]:p. 176

Sunday, March 30, 2014

2048 is a remarkably simple and addictive game

As complex as Rubik's cube but as simple as the Number 15 Puzzle.

Wish I had thought of it first.

On the PC you press one of the arrow keys to move all the tiles in one
of four directions. On my smart phone I was simply swiping instead.
The object is to combine numbers that have the same value You win
the game by getting one of the numbers to 2048, which seems nearly
impossible before the board fills up with new numbers and you run out
of moves.

The game seems really addicting. BTW, I have had the powers of 2
memorized since like 5th grade , so this game was especially appealing
to me.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Steve Jobs Insult Response

In 1997 Steve Jobs saved a near bankrupt Apple by canceling many of their projects in order to focus on just a few things. His response to an angry engineer was measured and thoughtful...

He often said that success is saying no to a thousand things.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A lozenge

Candies to soothe the throat date back to 1000 BC in Egypt's Twentieth Dynasty, when they were made from honey flavored with citrus, herbs, and spices. In the 19th century, physicians discovered morphine and heroin, which suppress coughing at its source—the brain. Popular formulations of that era included Smith Brothers Cough Drops, first advertised in 1852, and Luden's, created in 1879. Concern over the risk of opioid dependence led to the development of alternative medications


A lozenge (◊), often referred to as a diamond, is a form of rhombus. The definition of lozenge is not strictly fixed, and it is sometimes used simply as a synonym (from the French losange) for rhombus. Most often, though, lozenge refers to a thin rhombus—a rhombus with acute angles of 45°.[1] The lozenge shape is often used in parquetry and as decoration on ceramics, silverware and textiles. It also features in heraldry and playing cards.


The lozenge motif dates as far back as the Neolithic and Paleolithic period in Eastern Europe and represents a sown field and female fertility.[2] The ancient lozenge pattern often shows up in Diamond vault architecture, in traditional dress patterns of Slavic peoples, and in traditional Ukrainian embroidery. The lozenge pattern also appears extensively in Celtic art, art from the Ottoman Empire, and ancient Phrygian art.[3]


The lozenge symbolism is one of the main female symbols in Berber carpets.[4] Common Berber jewelry from the Aurès Mountains or Kabylie in Algeria also uses this pattern as a female fertility sign.


In 1658, the English philosopher Sir Thomas Browne published The Garden of Cyrus subtitled The Quincunciall Lozenge, or Network Plantations of the Ancients where he outlined the mystical interconnection of art, nature and the Universe. He suggested that ancient plantations used the quincunx pattern that revealed the "mystical mathematics of the city of Heaven"[5] and proof of the wisdom of God.


Lozenges appear as symbols in ancient classic element systems, in amulets, and in religious symbolism. In a suit of playing cards, diamonds is in the shape of a lozenge.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Space's 10 Most Stunning Wonders

25 Strangest Prehistoric Creatures To Roam The Earth

25 Health Myths That Need To Be Debunked Once and For All

25 Biggest Rip Offs That You've Probably Been Tricked Into Buying

Everything You Know About Penises Is Wrong :-)

Fwd: 3 cylinder

Nissan has a new small  1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine.


‘Holding the lightweight engine (at right) is Nismo president Shoichi Miyatani, and he's likely smiling because that 40-kilogram (88-pound) engine packs quite a punch with 400 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Nissan would like to take a moment to point out this engine's power-to-weight is better than the engines currently used in Formula One racecars.’