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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
North Korea tests short-range missile ;-)
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Crap Abble :-(he rot is setting in :-(
First problem for Abble was that their watch would lock up and refuse to restart (Crash-reboot-loop). I quote the Abble support website "If you see the Apple logo or a red exclamation mark during startup, and your Apple Watch appears to restart or never fully starts up, contact Apple Support." But there was a bunch (maybe a dozen) other problems too for which you needed to access online help.
Oh and FBI-investigators have broken into the dead San Bernardino gunman's iPhone, albeit with the help of a 3rd party (my guess : Mossad). So we now know that the US government has knowledge of a security vulnerability that weakens Apple devices around the world. And of course they're not revealing it. Apple has said it did not know how to gain access, and said it hoped that the government would share with them any vulnerabilities of the iPhone that might come to light. Fat hope!
So not only does your Watch brick, but your updated iPhone no longer works, and their encryption is known to be not secure.
Summary : iPhoney Crap abble :-(
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
A four line proof without any formulae ;-)ne of the local agricultural workers down at the pub was complaining that his daughter (aged 10?) had been given homework to do over the Easter school holidays. He asked me for help with one "Prove that the internal angles of a plane triangle add up to 180°". He opined that it probably needed "pages and pages" of formulae. Not so, I told him, I can show you a four line proof that doesn't use a single formula! And here it is :-
Just draw any triangle extending one side at the apex. That's 3 lines, right? Add the fourth line from the apex parallel to the base. That's it, a 4-line proof using no formulae. If you want to make it more obvious, just label the angles as I have done here. Go Euclid!
Monday, March 21, 2016
Bags of Fun :-)ust bought myself some new luggage for my motorcycle. Bags of fun expected :-)
It used to be that I just threw my seaman's sack across the pillion and strapped it down with a couple of rubber expanders. Then 2 years ago, I found that as I was getting older, after a week's vacation, I was having problems heaving my right leg over it. So for last year's biking vacation I bought a cheap large (and thus heavy when full) backpack which - most of the time - rested its base on the pillion seat so my poor back didn't have to support it. However, it turned out that the roads in parts of e.g. Slovakia and the Ukraine were so bumpy and bad that the heavy backpack was hammering/compressing my spine every time we hit a bump. And Slovakian potholes have to be felt to be believed. Small city cars could be swallowed up by some of them :-(
So I've bought these Givi cases for the sides of the bike which can be locked onto a subframe that fits this specific model of bike. That way there is no load hammering my old back AND I can swing my leg over the pillion seat easily because the rear seat is empty. I also bought a rear-end adapter plate for the huge old topcase I've owned for about two decades; also solid Givi workmanship and durable :-)
The old topcase takes 35 liters, i.e. I can put TWO helmets into it. The new side cases are smaller but expandable. Closed up, they are hard plastic. But I can unzip them around the perimeter whereupon a (canvas?) expansion lets the bags become about 6 inches wider :-) I'll be doing some packing experiments to see what should go where in them and take a ride on a rather rainy day to see just how waterproof they are when expanded. This year we're off to Ireland where it often rains I'm told :-(
Of course, carrying luggage may change the aerodynamics and balance of the bike, so on thursday I went for a test ride. Normally the bike is very agile, weight being concentrated more on the steering head. With the luggage, the centre of gravity is moved back and the aerodynamic drag causes the rear wheel to squat down more, making the bike a little less agile when flicking through the Esses. So, come vacation time, I'll just change the pre-load on the rear suspension to raise the rear a couple of millimeters. The other things to look out for are aerodynamic changes which cause the bike to weave at high speed. So I took it out on the autobahn too and took it up to 185 kph (=115mph) without any signs of weave, so that's OK too :-) Now I just need to adapt in tight traffic because the widest part of the bike is no longer the handlebar :-(
It's nice though that the sidebags are small enough that SWMBO can ride pillion with luggage on the bike, which she couldn't with the previous solutions :-)
Really looking forward to the longer trips this summer :-)
Thursday, March 17, 2016
St.Patrick's day, begorrah :-)his video - of the world's longest Riverdance line - is now 3 years old, but worth seeing anyway, and today is the most suitable day for doing so :-)
That doesn't look too difficult to do; I bet almost anybody can learn it :-)
Monday, March 14, 2016
PI day, USAhereas we Yurpeens celebrate PI day on 22/7 because we write the day before the month when writing dates, American geeks celebrate PI day today, march 14th, because they write it month then day, i.e. 3.14 :-) Presumably they celebrate at just before 2 am, 3.14 1:59:26 exactly :-)
So, it is for you US geeks that I present this little poem sketch today :-
Geddit? No? Just count the number of letters in each word of the poem :-)
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Round the corner!hanks to a tip from Bodo, I've just been shown how to put round corners on my blog-photos which have - until now - been rectangular.
This little piece of CSS3 needs to be declared in the STYLE block in the HEAD of the CSS file. You will need at least version 5 of Chrome, or 9 of IE, or 4 of Firefox, or 5 of Safari, or 10.5 of Opera to get this CSS3 feature supported.
I find that a 10% rounding gives aesthetically pleasing corners to the photos. But by raising that number to 50% I can get circular photos, or - by changing the height and width sizes - I can get elliptical photos, either with the long axis vertical (e.g. for faces) or horizontal (e.g. for yo momma photos).
My photo in the sidebar on the left has been easter-egged using this idea :-)
Thanks Bodo, for the optical candy; however, content still rules ;-)
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Typewriter irrelevancyontent! Content! Content! Famous writers - Einstein, Tolstoy, Brecht, Ringelnatz, und Sean O'Casey, to name five diverse ones always gain their fame from the content of the stuff they write, NOT from the paper they write on. Thus possibly the LEAST relevant question to ask of them is "What make of typewriter did they use?". And yet this is the sort of quasi-irrelevant question that amateur historians ask and indeed the HNF collects their typewriters.
Einstein, for example, hand-wrote his papers and sent them handwritten to his publishers for them to worry about typesetting etc. So NO typewriter, inter alia because a typewriter couldn't cope with the maths he wrote.
This is my photo of Tolstoi's typewriter. Well, not quite, because he didn't type himself. He had a lady type it all up for him.
This is my photo of Brecht's typewriter.
This is my photo of Ringelnatz's typewriter. His real name was Hans Bötticher.
And last of all, this is my photo of Sean O'Casey's typewriter.
And now you've seen the typewriters they used, go read some of their great works to see that CONTENT is the only important thing! :-)
FWIW - should historians ever want to know - the book I'm writing this year is written on an Akoya laptop using Office Word 2007 for formatting , the results of which will get poured into a PDF file which gets sent to the publisher. Like I said : irrelevant details :-(
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Super Choose Dayeriously, America, seriously? With over 130 million naturally-born Americans over 35 who are thus qualified to run for POTUS this is the best you could come up with on your super-choose day???
It seems that any idiot can run for the GOP nomination and many have :-( So you chose Fascist-in-spe KKK-sympathiser Drumpf to run against the dubious Clitnone as your probable POTUS candidates? Seriously?
The bog mindles! MaKKKing America grate (sic!) again?
North Korean SSM ;-)
Crap Abble :-(
A 4 line proof :-)
Bags of Fun :-)
St.Patrick's day :-)
PI day, USA
Round the corner!
Super Choose Day :-(
Ticket avoided ;-)
Unlikely 590 nm limerick
The photocopier fiasco
Valentine's day Photo :-)
A precursor to BMI ;-)
R.I.P. Bob Snell
Clinton vs. Sanders
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FWIW, 153 is a triangular number, meaning that you can arrange 153 items into an equilateral triangle (with 17 items on a side). It is also one of the six known truncated triangular numbers, because 1 and 15 are triangular numbers as well. It is a hexagonal number, meaning that you can distribute 153 points evenly at the corners and along the sides of a hexagon. It is the smallest 3-narcissistic number. This means it’s the sum of the cubes of its digits. It is the sum of the first five positive factorials. Yup, this is a 153-type blog. QED ;-)
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