Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Sunday, 25 December 2011
(I found this image while doing a websearch on a quite different matter at blackconsciousthought.blogspot - for invited readers only.)
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Thursday, 1 December 2011
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Thursday, 17 November 2011
The bartender says 'we don't serve neutrinos'.
A neutrino walks into a bar.
Friday, 11 November 2011
Not only is today's date a palindrome (in the way I have chosen to write it) but all the numbers are also the same. This, so far as I can tell, only happens once every hundred years. Something unique in most people's lifetime is surely worth noting.
Of course, today is also Armistice Day commemorating the signing at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" in 1918 of the armistice which officially brought World War I to an end.
(I am, in fact, writing this entry on 27th March 2011 and scheduling it to appear on 11th November, lest I forget. I wonder whether, when we get closer to '11-11-11', somebody will come out with some mystical significance for this date. Perhaps it will be the date for the end of the world … again.)
Monday, 7 November 2011
My guess is that the plane is one of the newer Boeing 737s belonging to Japan Airlines. Furthermore, this picture must have been taken fairly recently since this livery appears to have been adopted only this year.
(Google Maps Link)
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
That the clocks change in the middle of the night is surely to minimise confusion where possible. However, there are things that will nevertheless happen during that hour even though most people will be asleep.
While on the question of there being two of all the times between 1am and 2am of the day the clocks go back, on the day the clocks go forward there are no times between 2am and 3am. Nobody has ever been born at, say, 2.50am on such days.
Thursday, 27 October 2011
I used to be affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It's not so much of a problem these days. However, when I was working just outside Vienna a few years ago, I did feel that the sun went down a bit earlier during the summer than I would have preferred. I was then on Central European Summer Time - although I didn't know that that was what they called it at the time. The European time zone stretches a considerable distance. When the sun is going down in Vienna, it's still up in Vigo although there, it's the same time as in Vienna. What is more, Vigo is further west than London which is an hour behind.
A friend's husband is badly affected by SAD. The moment the clocks go back (to GMT), he goes into a form of depression which lasts until the moment they go forward again (to BST).
Sunday, 23 October 2011
As if it wasn't seemingly hard enough already, versions with different shapes within the cube format have been appearing in recent years. I say 'seemingly hard enough'; it has now been established that any combination of the cube's facets can be solved in 20 turns or fewer.