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September 15, 2005

Moon Landing

I was bored so I've just been looking at pretty pictures on Encarta, and I decided to look for a video of the moon landing (I'd never managed to find one) but it didn't have it.
However I managed, this time, to find a nice high–quality video online (here if you want to see). I, personally, believe the moon landing was real; I can think of too many ways to pooh–pooh the Against arguments.
Anyway, watching it I found probably the most conclusive evidence for the landing; when he steps out of the pod thing, he says:

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

He was supposed to say (and this is also the most logical thing to say):

That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind

If billions of dollars were being spent to fake the moon landing, then they'd have damn well made sure the actors got their lines right…

Update: Here is an MP3 I recorded from the video I downloaded with "for man" repeated 9 times after the first to give you a chance to listen carefully to see that there is no "a".

August 23, 2005

I didn't do nuffin', and anyone what says I did is a liar…

Follow-up to The chicken or the egg from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

I've just found an article on Wikipedia on the Chicken or the Egg that predates mine by quite some time and is basically identical to my argument, but a lot better written.
I'm pretty certain that, in this case, theirs came first, and I promise I didn't copy…

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 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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