Archive for December, 2005

Thursday, December 29th, 2005


I genuinely don't understand how my spelling thing works. I read text, and words with unexpected spelling just have the wrong "shape" to them — they're too long or fat or bumpy or something and they almost leap off the page at me. I can tell you where in a word the error lies long […]

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Thursday, December 29th, 2005

Test your spelling

These are hard. And they’re all wrong. Protactinum Equinamity Flocinacinihillipillificaition Nidephugus Dymethytriptamin Lypopolisacharide Quivote Valatudenarian Maquacque Picalili Cerpusucule Aporcphyal Any takers?

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Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Intelligent Design defeated in Court

Not everyone is aware that an attempt to force creationism in the guise of Intelligent Design to be taught as science in a US public school has been soundly defeated in the US Courts.The judge was in no doubt, and he was scathing.Quote: "To briefly reiterate, we first note that since ID is not science, […]

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

An open mind

I found this link: I have a completely open mind on this kind of stuff. I will immediately start believing in alien visitations, ghosts, telepathy and other paranormal phenomena some time right after I see my very first piece of direct, primary, incontrovertible, objective evidence.Each of the items described here sounds like it's trying to […]

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

No-one can see an event horizon

No-one can or ever will observe an event horizon. It's a theoretical mathematical construct with no physical reality. It's also in a region permanently hidden by view. It's also (in my submission m'lord) not formed yet.What we see is the radiation emitted by matter that has come under the influence of a gravitational field so […]

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Black holes cannot form

Assume you have a collapsing star of around 10 solar masses. It cannot form a neutron star (too big) so it collapses down to thousands, then hundreds, then tens of Km in diameter. The Schwarzschild radius is maybe 50 Km. [I don't have an exact figure, but the formula is r=2*G*m/c^2. ]As matter is rushing […]

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

Climate control

My car has have climate control, and I'm certain it routinely mixes hot and cold air. I almost never touch the controls, so it's a bit hard to tell.Prior to climate control, I ran the A/C 365 days a year, as well as the heater when needed. Heating is free, and the A/C adds an […]

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Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Some people are so sensitive

In Sweden, your social security number on everything from bank accounts to payroll slip is your date of birth plus a 2 digit tie breaker, odds and evens to distinguish male and female.In some Asian countries, a person you meet for the first time will helpfully tell you their name, occupation and age.Not everyone is […]

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