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August 1st, 2009

Rare piccies... [Aug. 1st, 2009|07:44 am]


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Reflections - mind game. [Aug. 1st, 2009|09:17 am]
You know how looking into the bowl of a spoon makes you bigger and upside down?

You know how looking at two reflecting mirrors makes an infinite set of reflections...

What would you see in a mirror sphere, if you sat in there with a light source above you?

Jodi and me talked about it for 20 minutes - I thought I had a good idea until I remembered what happens in a spoon reflection when everything goes upside down.

Jodi at one point thought you'd get a mosaic of different sized reflections, in different orientations.

We both pondered it for awhile, and then watched this amazing experiment.
I was a bit disappointed - the mirrored sphere is plastic, so the reflective surface is a little rough spoiling the effects slightly. =(

What do you think will happen?

Why not leave it a couple of days, and just think of it as a thought exercise - pondering the scenario without worrying about the "right answer". See what ideas you come up with.

We were more impatient and watched it... it was fascinating, but as we don't speak the language we could only infer some of what they were seeing from the head-cam and sphere cam in there...

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Planes! [Aug. 1st, 2009|09:53 am]
If a plane's on a very big conveyor belt, which can match the planes speed - but in the opposite direction...

Can the plane take off...

It needs to be a longer conveyor belt than this one...
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Aunt jailed for inheritance theft [Aug. 1st, 2009|10:15 am]
Det Con Richard Armstrong, of Greater Manchester Police, said:
Speaking after the hearing, Det Con Richard Armstrong, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Without word of a lie, this is one of the most horrendous breaches of trust I have had the misfortune to investigate in my 30-year career.

From my own experience, and finding out of other people who have had money nicked after a parents death by their auntie...

I'd say it's bloody common - just impossible to prove or fight.
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Study: Redheads' extra pain may cause fear of dentists [Aug. 1st, 2009|12:13 pm]
I thought going to the dentist was supposed to hurt a lot!

My gingers fading...

But my terror of dentists isn't.


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