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Eunoia, who is a grumpy, overeducated, facetious, multilingual naturalised German, blatantly opinionated, old (1944-vintage), amateur cryptologist, computer consultant, atheist, flying instructor, bulldog-lover, Porsche-driver, textbook-writer and blogger living in the foothills south of the northern German plains. Not too shy to reveal his true name or even whereabouts, he blogs his opinions, and humour and rants irregularly. Stubbornly he clings to his beliefs, e.g. that Faith does not give answers, it only prevents you doing any goddamn questioning. You are as atheist as he is. When you understand why you don't believe in all the other gods, you will know why he does not believe in yours.

Oh, and after the death of his old bulldog, Kosmo, he also has a new bulldog, Clara, since September 2018 :-)

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Sunday, March 31

Put the clocks forward

Although the EU resolved to stop moving the clocks around twice every year, they have not implemented it yet. So early this morning we were supposed to move our clocks forward onto central european summer time. Unless your clocks were synchronised to the atomic clock in Braunschweig, e.g. via the 77kHz long wave radio signal, you have to adjust them mechanically. By definition the second after 01:59:59 CET is 03:00:00 CEST. So SWMBO is going around the house doing this job, maybe 10 or 12 clocks, so not so hard.

But we do have sympathy with this guy shown below; Werner Stechbarth is a pensioner from Munich, aged 76, who collects clocks from around the world. 366 of them, one for each day of this leap year. It takes him 3 or 4 days he claims, to reset them. Bet he hates TikTok too ;-)

So here we have it, Summertime, courtesy of Janis Joplin :-)

Billions of Versions... wrote " I'm down to 7 clocks to manually move forward including the microwave and the stove." Most folks forget their heating system and their cars.

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God Friday, March 29

The Book of Kills

You would probably think, that with a title like "The Book of Kills", that this is some kind of lesser known grimoire like the one shown below. Some of the better known grimoires are shown in this short YouTube video. I own none of them, but I do own a copy of The Book of Kills, albeit disguised under a different name.

It is more commonly known as the bible, of which there are many different versions, mine is a KJV. Many Xians object that the bible says "Thou shalt not kill!", but that is only in one place. There are about 20 other places in the bible in which you are ordered to kill and told who to kill and why to kill them. Here is a list :-

And that is why the bible is the Book of Kills ;-) Now back to reading the Codex giga.

Maybe this is why Trump, in his inner fury, is now selling The Book of Kills bibles???

Comments (1)
Anon sent me this picture. Thanks!

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Friday, March 22

Bikers' workshop open days

Last weekend saw the annual start-of-season bikers' workshop open days, so Frank and I and several hundred other fans popped along to this traditional meet. So here are a few photos. Mostly the workshop does customisations and restorations of old Harleys besides repairs of other makes.

This first photo shows Hubi and a couple of his bikes, in the foreground a customised rigid WW2 Harley, look how low it is. Behind him, the orange Harley, is a more recent restoration he did. Nice workmanship, even if I am not a Harley fan.

This guy, whose name I missed, restored his 1929 model J Harley, 1000cc, manual gear shift, left side throttle, all the inconveniences of the days back in the 1920s. He wants 26,000 Teuros for it. The restoration is about 10 years old but quite well done too.

Moving on to where Dirk and David sell new (and some used) machines we saw this Honda Monkey, 125 cc, 11 HP, ridiculously customised with El Cheapo stickers on the theme of the Bud Spencer movie "Banana Joe". NOT my cup of tea! Over 6,000 € asked.

So what IS to my taste you might ask? This 1970s MV Augusta America, seen elsewhere, 750cc, transverse four, shaft drive, 2LS drum brake, beautifully restored. Drool!!!

Neither Frank nor I bought any thing; his wife is buying a young second-hand 6-cylinder 1600 cc, 160 HP, BMW cruiser, all mod cons, this year I am told.

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Tuesday, March 19

Remembering Pi

About sixty years ago, back in my student days, I took part in a challenge/exercise to improve my memory. This was to remember and recite aloud and error-free the digits of Pi as far as possible. If you could recite the first 100 digits of Pi, you were awarded a certificate. I still have it somewhere in the attic. I remember it took a week of practice to commit those 100 digits to memory, which I did by memorising a poem and counting the letters in each word therof. Now I can only remember the first verse.

Sir, I bear a rhyme excelling
in mystic force and magic spelling
celestial sprites elucidate
all my own tellings can´t relate . . .

Probably the worst mnemonic for Pi is given in the Bible (KJV) where 1 Kings 23 says “And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.” which implies Pi=3, accurate to a single digit :-(

All this so far is merely by way of an introduction to tell you about a new world record in remembering Pi. Last week saw Pi day (3.14= March 14th). In Emden, a coastal town in Germany, the aforementioned recital competition was held. Winner was policewoman Susanne Hippauf who managed to recite 18,026 digits of Pi error-free, taking 3 hours and 5 minutes to do so. This was over 2500 digits more than the previous record, which she also held.

BTW: now for something even more gross: The first 144 digits of Pi add up to 666 ;-)

Billions of Versions... wrote " I would have to remember the numbers to come up with the mnemonic " Not Numbers, Kings ;-)
Cop Car wrote " The only gross thing about your [last] statement is the pun, Stu. *groaning*" Happy coincidence isn't it?
Brian (UK) wrote "18,026 digits of Pi ? Is that normal?" That's a better pun than mine, Brian! Normal, in mathematician speak, means that all the digits appear with the same statistical frequency, regardless of the base used to count, whether in binary, decimal, hex, or whatever. And yes Pi is normal, but Susanne's memory is abnormally good. Well done, lass!
Jenny (Ibiza) sent a gif link showing how HER memory works ;-)

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Sunday, March 17

St. Paddy's Day ;-)

Today being St.Patrick's day, I hope you are all enjoying a pint of shamrock-green Guinness or three, as I am :-)

And as you can see below, they have left me feeling rather sleepy!

Here is a staircase notice like the one we saw on a trip to Ireland; very Irish eh?

Billions of Versions... wrote " I'm stuck on some stairs because this guy won't move! I'm following the rule. He says he is too." Both take steps to avoid the situation ;-)

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Friday, March 15

The Ides of March

On this day (in the Julian calender) Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by a number of Roman senators including Cassius and Brutus, particularly well described by Shakespeare in his play Julius Caesar which I recommend you read.

I also recommend you read the blog article I wrote about it ten years ago today paying particular attention to the words of the haruspex ;-)

Billions of Versions... asked " How do you pronounce haruspex? This is the third word I've had to look up in the last hour!" ha-RUS-pex.
Ed (USA) asks "WTF does haruspex mean?" Someone who predicts the future by divining entrails.

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Sunday, March 3

Silent letters

Remember back in pre-school, when you had one of those little books to teach you the alphabet? A is for Apple, B is for Bee, C is for Cherry, D is for Dog etc etc?

Well now there is a misleading variant thereof, focussing on words which begin with silent letters which are not pronounced ;-) Hence the title of this thin book "P is for Pterodactyl" ;-)

A is for Aisle, C is for Czar, E is for Ewe, H is for Heir etc etc.
Unfortunately, there is not always a leading silent letter, so the authors got around this by using counterexamples :- I is not for Eye, N is not for Knot, and R is not for Are, etc etc

An amusing book, it cost me €15 via Amazon. ISBN 978-1-4926-7431-3.
Get yourself a copy, a coffee table book for your guests to browse through.

After they have read it, let them try reading this :-


Cop Car wrote " Nice, exercise, Stu, illustrating the adaptability of the human mind. The alternate spelling adds hardly any extra time to the reading. It makes one wonder why we get in such a palaver over misspellings." Did you know that there are 6 signatures by Shakespeare, all 6 spelled differently ;-) Cop Car replied " Just checked your response to my comment and can, for once, say “Why, yes, I did know that.“ Usually I cannot say that to you. ;-)"
Billions of Versions... expanded the theme :-
"What English word has the most silent letters?
Woolfardisworthy. It is pronounced as “wulzry”.
Cholmondeley (Chumley)
Gloucester (Gloster)
Featherstonehaugh (Fanshaw)
Leominster (Lemster)
Worcester (Wuster)
Leicester (Lester)
Godmanchester (Gomster)
Newark (Nork)
Sailors know that “forecastle” is pronounced as “foxl” and “boatswain” as “bosun”.

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Put the clocks forward
The Book of Kills
Bikers' shop open days
Remembering Pi
St. Paddy's Day ;-)
The Ides of March
Silent letters
Leap Day '24
Favourite Flyers
Valentine's Day
How big is a Megaton?
Almost, but not quite...
Trash TV
Holocaust Memorial Day
Tetrating Pi
Ferris Wheel Fun
A new puzzler record
Dire prediction for 2024
Xmas floods in Germany
Wright Flyer @120
Is Rudolph trans?
Not just Pearl Harbour

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All hat no cattle
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Billions of Versions...
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Earth-Bound Misfit
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Finding life hard?
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Observing Hermann
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