31 August 2009

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I, originally uploaded by kcm76.

August self-portrait for Flickr 12 Months group.

Collapsing Sign Syndrome

Could it be that some signs are quantumly determined, collapsing to a state of true or false when you observe them? Based on his observations, Neill Jones thinks that it could.

He gives the example of a sign outside his house saying "No dog fouling". Every time he has looked at it, he says, it has been true. This is also the case with another "No dog fouling" sign on a building a couple of streets away.

On the other hand, on Salisbury Plain in the south of England, where there are regular military manoeuvres, there is a sign by the road saying "Tank crossing". This, says Neill, has collapsed to false every time he has looked at it.

There are, however, further complexities to this phenomenon. Some signs avoid a quantum collapse altogether, Neill notes. Take the "Gap ahead closed" sign he saw recently while driving up a dual carriageway (divided highway). If there was a gap ahead, he reasons, then it wasn't closed. If it was closed, then there wasn't a gap ahead. So the sign failed to be either true or false and was merely self-cancelling.

"Maybe I should get out more," Neill suggests. "But then I'll only find more signs. So maybe I should stay in more."

[New Scientist; 22 August 2009]

30 August 2009

Quote: Types of People

There are 10 types of people in the world:
those who understand binary, and those who don't.

27 August 2009

Garden Meme


Garden Meme, originally uploaded by kcm76.

This week's Flickr meme is to find 12 things you would plant in your garden. As usual here's my rather liberal interpretation of the theme:

1. Old Roses
2. Woodland Glade
3. Herb Garden
4. Big Koi Pond
5. Blackberries & other soft fruit
6. Chillies
7. Scented Geraniums
8. Bamboo
9. Fruit Trees
10. Flowering Currant (Ribes)
11. Walled Vegetable Garden
12. Pine Trees

Except for #1 and #10 which are mine, as always the photographs are not mine so please click on individual links below to see each artist/photostream. This mosaic is for a group called My Meme, where each week there is a different theme and normally 12 questions to send you out on a hunt to discover photos to fit your meme. It gives you a chance to see and admire other great photographers' work out there on Flickr.

1. Apothecary's Rose, 2. Spring arrives in the woods, 3. Herb garden, 4. Koi Pond, 5. September Blackberries, 6. Chilli plants, 7. Scented Geranium, Walsall 13/09/2008, 8. Kyoto bamboo, 9. magic fruit tree, 10. Flowering_Currant, 11. The Vegetable Patch, 12. Buttermere

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

23 August 2009

Dinner Party Meme


Dinner Party Meme, originally uploaded by kcm76.

This week's Flickr meme is to imagine your ideal dinner party. Which 12 famous people / people from history would you invite? Here is my rather curious set of bedfellows:

1. Anthony Powell; English novelist and man of letters has to be my first choice!
2. William Byrd; Tudor composer and recusant
3. Samuel Pepys; Restoration diarist
4. Richard Feynman; hugely influential physicist
5. Galileo Galilei; another hugely influential and brave scientist
6. Dalai Lama; always calm, always measured and always laughing!
7. Terry Jones; formerly of Monty Python but also a first rate medieval historian
8. Mick Aston; archaeologist and eccentric
9. Alice Roberts; incredibly bright, multi-talented medic, and very sexy
10. Susanna Reid; another incredibly bright and attractive young lady who's a BBC TV newscaster
11. Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll); Victorian mathematician and writer of Alice in Wonderland
12. Leonardo da Vinci; another hugely influential artist and scientist

Why so few girlies? I don't know. I'm sure there must be more in my brain!

As always the photographs are not mine so please click on individual links below to see each artist/photostream. This mosaic is for a group called My Meme, where each week there is a different theme and normally 12 questions to send you out on a hunt to discover photos to fit your meme. It gives you a chance to see and admire other great photographers' work out there on Flickr.

1. ANTHONY POWELL, NOVELIST, AT HOME IN SOMERSET, 28 DECEMBER 1983., 2. William Byrd (c. 1540 – 1623), 3. Samuel Pepys memorial, St Olave's Church, London, 4. Richard_Feynman, 5. Galileo, 6. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, 7. terry jones, 8. Time Team in Salisbury, 9. alice roberts, 10. susanna 15, 11. lewis carroll was kind of cute, 12. vitruvian man leonardo da Vinci

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

14 August 2009

Pizza Meme


My creation, originally uploaded by kcm76.

This week's Flickr meme ... we're each finding 12 slices of glorious pizza! Here are my 12, in order: Green, Cat, Sweets, Knitted, Onna Stick, Mouse, Black, Catnip, Nude, Fruit, Bento, Purple. And for a wonder not a pretty girl in sight this week. :-)

As always the photographs are not mine so please click on individual links below to see each artist/photostream. This mosaic is for a group called My Meme, where each week there is a different theme and normally 12 questions to send you out on a hunt to discover photos to fit your meme. It gives you a chance to see and admire other great photographers' work out there on Flickr.

1. Green & White Pizza, 2. Bad Cat Got to the Pizza First, 3. Who ordered pizza?, 4. knit pizza, 5. Pepperoni Pizza on a Stick, 6. mouse pizzas in detail, 7. Black Bean Pizza, 8. mouse pizza, 9. Pizza Man!, 10. Fruit pizza, 11. Pizza Boy, 12. purple pizza

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

04 August 2009

Sox Meme


Sox Meme, originally uploaded by kcm76.

This week's Flickr meme ... It's laundry day here so it would be fun to check out other people's laundry on Flickr! So this week's meme is to find 12 pairs of fun socks! Here are the contents of my washing machine ...

As always the photographs are not mine so please click on individual links below to see each artist/photostream. This mosaic is for a group called My Meme, where each week there is a different theme and normally 12 questions to send you out on a hunt to discover photos to fit your meme. It gives you a chance to see and admire other great photographers' work out there on Flickr.

1. Curiouser and Curiouser!, 2. Smileyface toesocks, 3. thigh high socks, 4. 6252 Stripe Thigh High W/Strawberry And Bow, 5. Japanese School Girl, 6. 133/365 - Rainy days and holey socks...., 7. Odd Sock, 8. Rainbow of Christmas Stockings, 9. marigold knee socks, 10. sock and roll sushi, 11. Pink toe's in stockings, 12. fairy girl in tutu and legwarmers

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

01 August 2009

Graduates to get gap-year money

This is the headline on a BBC News item this morning.

The [UK] government is to pay for graduates struggling to get a job to go on trips abroad [...] It will pay for 500 young people under the age of 24 to travel to places such as Costa Rica and India to take part in projects such as building schools [...] A government spokesman said he would not go into details about funding ahead of the launch.

OK this keeps them off the unemployed register. However, I have just one question. With what are the government going to pay for this? Cork buttons and rubber cheques?

Sounds to me like another NuLaba initiative which will turn out to be just empty promises. Let's hope so anyway; the country can't afford to pay kids to go jollying round the world.