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Eunoia, who is a grumpy, overeducated, facetious, multilingual ex-pat Scot, blatantly opinionated, old (1944-vintage), amateur cryptologist, computer consultant, atheist, flying instructor, bulldog-lover, Beetle-driver, textbook-writer, long-distance biker, geocacher 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 he also has a neat English Bulldog called 'Kosmo'.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Write a Halloween Joke

So the challenge down at the pub at the weekend was to come up with a new joke for Halloween which should be based on a TV series. You have the rest of this month. If you blogreaders want to join in, mail me your joke and I'll put it in the comments here and submit it for you on Halloween.

Here's my try, based on TBBT, my favourite TV series.

Sheldon: Knock, knock, knock.
Penny: who's there?
Sheldon: Zombie!
Penny: Zombie who?
Sheldon: Zombie who loves String Theory!
Leonard: OK, I'll bite: WHY does the zombie love String Theory?
Sheldon: Because String Theory has Branes ;-)
Comments (5)
John (UK) wrote " Extending your joke : String Theory has Brains? I thought that was Boltzmann ;-)" Very geeky ;-)
Cop Car wrote " Conservatives don't like string theory and want to ban branes. They believe that homological mirror symmetry is immoral, so shouldn't be studied." Also very geeky ;-)
Petra (A) wrote "Based on any Sports News program : There will be a soccer match on Halloween; winner will be the team with the most ghouls ;-)" Groan!!!
Ed (USA) wrote "From the Jimmy Kimmel show : Q: What are Trump's options come the end of the month? A: Trick or Tweet ;-)" Bigly groan!
Hattie (Hawaii) has a Trump poem instead :-
"Fall leaves are red
Fall skies are blue
Pumpkins are orange
And so are you!"

Did you know that there are at least two other words which rhyme with Orange? ;-)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sputnik turns 60 today

Exactly sixty years ago today the Soviet Union won the race into space when they launched Sputnik 1 into a highly elliptical orbit around the Earth, mankind's first artificial satellite, what an achievement!

Piep! Piep! Piep! - and your's truly - a geek just turned 13 that year - was listening to that piep on a radio I'd built myself (two pentodes and a triode). What a thrill! Dad and I went out into the back yard - skies were dark back then - and watched as it was scheduled to pass over, a ceremony we would repeat for Juri Gagarin etc etc and which I still repeat every time the ISS comes over :-)

Sputnik 1 was a 2 foot aluminium sphere, weighing just under 84 kilos, with 4 antennae broadcasting on the medium wave (if I remember correctly). It survived just 3 months (~1400 orbits) before the orbit decayed to a fiery re-entry , when it burned up. R I Piep.

It sure scared the hell out of the USA at the time, implying that the Soviet Union could put an ICBM warhead anywhere in the US. The US didn't achieve an orbit until 1st February 1958, with Explorer 1. But by this time the USSR had made a second strike, launching kamikaze dog Laika on november 3, 1957 (the 40th anniversary of the October revolution) in Sputnik 2 (1300 kilos) into orbit. No barks on the radio though; Russia didn't tell us until the collapse of the USSR that Laika had died on launch, due to overheating :-(

Belated congratulations to Sergej Koroljow, chief constructor, who built Sputnik's R-7 rocket, forerunner of the Sojuz launch vehicle still in use today.

Comments (2)
John (UK) notes "I remember it as being on short wave." Could be, it was a long time ago and my memory is deteriorating (age takes bytes out of it ;-)
Cop Car wrote " Hunky Husband (then, my fiancé) and I heard Sputnik's signal using equipment belonging to a local amateur radio club, in which we were members. It was an exciting time for scientists/engineers." Thanks for sharing the NASA audio link :-)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Autumn leaves arrives

This is the time of year when the leaves change colour, Indian Summer to some, Autumn Leaves to others. So I thought I'd show you some of the colours in our village. Mouse over pix for texts.

Comments (1)
Cop Car wrote " Thank you for sharing with us your beautiful trees. Autumnal glory!" De nada :-)

Recent Writings
Write a Halloween Joke
Sputnik turns 60
Autumn arrives
TBBT viewing tip
Reforestation numbers
Patchwork Quilt Expo
Thankyou, Cassini
Sweden changed sides.
Bat-shit crazy signs :-)
3 Neat Eclipse Photos :-)
Great American Darkness
Rare SG41 found!
Hollywood Humour
Thin Man Fail
Visit to Venice
Lake Garda Mountains
LBGT marriages legal
Stagger McFly
Aircraft Museum
ecce libri : Hobbitus ille
The HP warehouse
Bode River scenery :-)
On turning 73
Time to die :-(

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Cop Car
Earth-Bound Misfit
Fail Blog
Finding life hard?
Hattie (Hawaii)
Mostly Cajun
Not Always Right
Observing Hermann
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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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