All entries for August 2007

August 31, 2007

Well, it was certainly pretty wet…

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6971370.stm

The UK's had massive flooding that some have called a humanitarian disaster (which I think is a bit excessive; surely that lumps it together with Darfur...) and, according to the Met Office, this only might be the wettest summer since 1914.

If this could turn out to only be the second wettest summer, I'd hate to have experienced the summer of '59...


August 27, 2007

The pain! The pain of it all!

What would you say is the worst pain imaginable?

I'm thinking mainly accidental, and you are not allowed to suggest anything to do with pregnancy and childbirth! They're too easy...

My top four, off the top of my head, in no particular order are:

  • Nocturnal leg cramp
  • Stubbing your little toe on an immovable object
  • Hitting your thumb/finger with a hammer whilst nailing
  • Paper cuts (judging by what other people say; fortunately I seem to be immune)

August 23, 2007

Vital reports to prove the blindingly obvious

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6959049.stm

According to a report by Ofcom, people are starting to use mobile phones more than landlines.

This was, of course, of vital importance and impossible to figure out without in-depth statistical analysis...

I also heard that their next reports are going to be looking into what colour the sky is, investigating the price of fish, seeing whether or not computers do what they're supposed to 100% of the time, testing whether time heals all wounds, and calculating exactly how much a stitch in time actually saves.


August 20, 2007

Humanoid

It always annoys me when "humanoid" is used to mean "human". It doesn't; it means roughly "human shaped".

Humans are humanoid; in Star Trek Vulcans, Klingons, Bajorans, Cardassians, etc. are humanoid; in Stargate the Asgard, the Nox, the pre-ascended Ancients, the Wraith, etc. are humanoid; the Doctor is humanoid; in fact probably 99% of all aliens in sci-fi are humanoid, because the make-up is easy.

The one that really irritated me was the later episodes of Star Trek Enterprise with the Xindi. The reptilian fifth of the planet habitually distinguished themselves from humans and the primate fifth by calling them both "humanoid", when all the Xindi (except the aquatics) were humanoid.

It's not a particularly important point, but who said it had to be...


August 19, 2007

The toilet is the cleanest place in the house

A lot of people say it, and I've seen a couple of tests demonstrate it, but I'm always amazed when people are suprised by it.

I've always assumed that the toilet would be cleaner than anything else precisely because it's dirtier than anything else; surely anything you poop in is going to be cleaned more regularly and more thoroughly than anything else...

Since nothing else gets defecated on, it surely isn't seen as dirtier than a toilet. Therefore, while one might bleach a toilet, one might only use soap and water on everything else - which I'm guessing isn't as powerful as bleach. So at any given moment there should be fewer bacteria in the toilet. 


August 04, 2007

Oh, the irony!

I can't for the life of me remember what it was I was watching, but it was discussing the fact that prosthetic limbs can be tailored to specific situations - such as a more springy Running Leg.

This led to the delicious irony of athletes with two biological legs complaining about competing against athletes with one or more prosthetic legs because the "disabled" athletes were too good!

That amused me no end...


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