Archive for February, 2007

Sigh.

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Yesterday

Bring Bring…

[click]

Me: “Good morning Network Team, Owen speaking”

Caller: “Hi, I’m wondering if i’m talking to the right person about DNS”

Me: “yes, what is the problem”

Caller: “I work for a company which develops a network appliance which…” [click]

Today:

Bring Bring…

[click]

Me: “Good afternoon Network Team, Owen speaking”

Caller: “Hi, I’m wondering if I’m talking to the right person about email”.

Me: “Yes, what is the problem”.

Caller: “I work for a company which sells a network appliance which…” [click]

Tuesday of the shroves

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

went to the coop to buy eggs in case there was room for pancakes after dinner. i confess i paused for a moment and smiled at the irony of going out to buy ingredients for a culinary tradition which stems from a religious festival (for a religion i don’t care about) which is supposed to finish off, or symbolize the finishing off all of the ingredients you have lying around before a period of abstinence,  only to find that coop had run out of all pancake ingredients. obviously everybody else is being particularly post-futurely ironic.

there was no room for pancakes after dinner.

Sigh

Monday, February 19th, 2007

A couple of weeks ago the BBC ran an article about the James Webb Space Telescope.

In the article they include this image:

and state that : “JWST’s primary mirror will be 6.6m (22ft) in diameter, compared with Hubble’s 2.4m (7.9ft) mirror.” later they say that “Although the completed primary mirror’s diameter will be 2.75 times larger than that of Hubble, it will weigh roughly half as much.”.

Any one with 1/2 a brain, 1/3 of an eye (looking at their own picture) or an F in GCSE maths will know that the size of a circle is related to the square of it’s diameter and that this has something to do with pies, but aparrently the anonymous BBC journo has none of these.

When I pointed out their aparrently simple errror through newswatch, I eventually got a reply (at least the beeb still reply):

Dear Owen,

Thanks for your email. The comparison was simply to convey the fact that
the fact that the mirror was large but weighed very little compared to
Hubble's mirror. Diameter is a measurement that everyone can understand,
but I think surface area is a little bit less intuitive. So in the
specific context of that sentence, I don't think it would have been as
appropriate. But, if I understand your point correctly, it is surface
area that is crucial because it defines the collecting area of the
mirror. This is, of course, a very important figure and we will
endeavour to use it in future stories we write about the telescope.

Best regards,

Science/Nature team


Aparrently “Diameter is a measurement that everyone can understand, but I think surface area is a little bit less intuitive”, less intuitive to whom? those of us unfortunate enough to still be living in two dimensions?

Morons.

Preston & stuff.

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

Bugger that. . Good game though.

*update*
In other news I appear to have accidentally bought a Wii, 561 has said that under no circumstances am I allowed to open the box until my corrections are finished….

This is fun. I’ve found a recipe for making ferrofluid; not sure how well messing around with ferric chloride and kerosine will go down though.