All entries for July 2005

July 31, 2005

The glass is half full, or is it?

I've always thought that the answer to this question depended very much on context; that if the glass is being emptied, the glass is half empty, and if the glass is being filled, the glass is half full.

So if, to get the Half Glass, you fill it from the tap, then the glass is half full. On the other hand, if you drink the contents to leave half, then the glass is half empty.

If you don't know whether the glass was being filled or emptied, the easiest thing to do is to drink or pour out the contents and declare it completely empty…


July 29, 2005

Our Survey Says…

Follow-up to A quick question… from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

Here are the results of the poll so far, assuming I counted correctly. I’ll keep updating them if I receive more comments:

Last updated: 10:34am 27th August 2005

A
75%
9
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B
8%
1
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C
17%
2
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A quick question…

How do you have your toilet roll on the holder?

Diagram
A – The right way
B – The wrong way
C – The lazy way

A – Away from the wall
B – Towards the wall
C – On top of the holder

Answers on a postcard, or alternatively in a comment…


Third time lucky

Follow-up to Oh #&$%! from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

I finally managed to pass my driving practical yesterday.

Yay!


July 15, 2005

Scotland isn't Scottish

I came across an interesting morsel the other day, and thought I'd share it with you…

The kilt was invented in Ireland. So was Scotland, which is named after the Scoti who were Irish. Scottish is a dialect of Irish. The bagpipes were invented in Asia. Porridge was invented in Ancient China, as was whisky, which was also independently discovered by the Italians. Haggis was invented in Ancient Rome. Hogmanay is a French invention and a French word, and clan tartans were invented by the English.

I found it somewhat amusing that all the typical Scottish stereotypes aren't strictly Scottish…


July 12, 2005

Quick! To the Air–Con Showroom!

England should not be this hot; it's just not natural. England is wet and rainy, that's what makes it British…

I hate the Summer; I loathe and despise it with a vengeance. In fact if it had an anthropomorphic personification, I would kick it when it was down…


July 06, 2005

Shpadoinkle

The sky is blue and all the leaves are green. The sun's as warm as a baked pota… no, wait *looks out the window* it's not; it's raining.

Ah, Summer…


July 03, 2005

The chicken or the egg

I was just thinking, the other day, about the old question of which came first, and I decided that the egg undoubtedly came first; even dinosaurs laid eggs, but chickens I think are relatively recent.
Then I decided that, to be at all relevant, the question should really be, "Which came first: the Chicken or the Chicken–Egg?" Now the discussion is concerned with what makes it a Chicken–Egg; is it an egg a chicken lays, or is it an egg from which a chicken hatches?
Both of these, to my mind, are equally valid but if I had to choose, I'd say it was an egg the chicken laid because "Chickens lay Chicken–Eggs" seems more concrete to me than "Chickens hatch from Chicken–Eggs".
Things start to get complicated when you consider more than one generation of chicken; Chickens lay Chicken–Eggs from which Chickens hatch, thus implying that the laying and the hatching are linked which, arguably, they are. Following this backwards you get a chicken that hatched from an egg that was laid by a chicken that hatched from and egg that was… and so on. This suggests that chickens and eggs have always existed, which is nonsense.
The problem is that the chicken and the egg did not suddenly appear; they evolved over a substantial amount of time. Some animal, ultimately a bird though not necessarily having been one all the time, has evolved over millions of years to become the Chicken of today.
Therefore the Chicken and the Chicken–Egg have developed side by side; a Proto–Chicken laid a Proto–Chicken–Egg which hatched into a Proto–Chicken which laid a Proto–Chicken–Egg…
So, neither the Chicken nor the Chicken–Egg came first; they evolved side–by–side and arrived together.

On a similar note, don't forget that the world is flat and it's turtles all the way down


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