Saturday, May 26, 2012

Schoolboy cracks age-old maths problem

Sigh. I could'a been a contender

 The flight of a ball is classical Newtonian dynamics —all we need (to describe the motion) is the angle at which the ball is projected and the coefficient of elasticity which describes the interaction of the ball with the wall. [Schoolboy cracks age-old maths problem]

A 16-year-old schoolboy has solved a mathematical problem which has stumped mathematicians for centuries.

Cooking Pasta and making sandwiches


helpful kitchen hints for new brides
from the RKOF&S' cookbook "See Sou Sued"

Res Ipsa Loquitur

Todd has an idea

                                                                         STFU Michelle

Todd's Brainstorm

"Can we put a his birth certificate next to the flag?"

Pool Opener Brown Outs

It's Pool Opener Saturday

I'm off to get my laps


A bodyguard of lies ...

Will the 1991 Biography Discovery Force Obama to Open the Hood?

Res Ipsa Loquitur

If you have a young boy, you've probably watched Disney's Cars 2 about a thousand times.  For those who don't know, at the movie's end (an obligatory spoiler warning here), Sir Miles Axlerod is exposed as a fraud when he's forced to open his hood by Mater, the hayseed hick.  Hold that thought.

Res Ipsa Loquitur
Three possibilities follow the bombshell discovery that Barack Obama was promoted in 1991 through 2007 by his professional agency as an author "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."  (1) Obama untruthfully presented himself as Kenya-born.  (2) Obama untruthfully presents himself as Hawaii-born.  (3) Obama had no knowledge that his bio contained the 16-year-old "error" which was corrected in April of 2007, when Obama was gearing up his campaign for the U.S. presidency.

Of the three possibilities, number three may be discarded on its face as absurd.  [...]
  Prior to the Breitbart bombshell, we had countless oddities and anomalies.  There's the African folklore: African newspapers, officials, and paternal family members have indicated that Obama was born in Mombasa.  There are no living witnesses to Obama's Hawaii birth.  There's the island state with a documented history of registering foreign births as Hawaiian. 

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Understand this.  For the bodyguards of this lie, everything's at stake; Coventry be damned.

Half the country on the government tit


49.1%: Percent of the population live in a household where at least one member received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2011.

The Treatment and Buck Howard

   At The Cinema                           

Two Movies

Res Ipsa Loquitur

The Great Buck Howard  (2008) drew my attention because ... how could I have missed even hearing about a film starring John Malkovich and Tom Hanks?  But, hell, it could have won 10 Academy Awards, and I wouldn't have known it. As it turns out, Tom appears in the movie, one must assume,  to give a boost to son Colin's first (?) major acting job; he plays the father of Buck's road manager (Colin).  Malkovich plays mentalist Buck Howard, a character loosely based on, we learn in the movie credits,  the Amazing Kreskin.  I watched in bits and starts at first, but then that's how I watch most things.  Last night I was in a mood to pay attention, and was pulled in to it.  In fact, I ended up giving it 4 NetFlix stars (I really like it). It was fun, had a fun ending, and Malkovich was Malkovich.  PG

Res Ipsa Loquitur

I'm always on the lookout for  MoSup-Flicks, aka chick-flicks.  That's so when she says let's watch a movie I'll have stuff lined up.  BTW, I like chick flicks too, much of the time.  The Treatment (2006) was one of them.  The protagonist,  Jake Singer,  is seeing a shrink who, as a deus ex machina, is  constantly  offering advice to Jake.   I see that it's NR, but I would give it a PG (some language).

Being tracked

Police State Culture

Students will be tracked via chips in IDs
.Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004)

Res Ipsa Loquitur

Northside Independent School District plans to track students next year on two of its campuses using technology implanted in their student identification cards in a trial that could eventually include all 112 of its schools and all of its nearly 100,000 students.

District officials said the Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID) tags would improve safety by allowing them to locate students — and count them more accurately at the beginning of the school day to help offset cuts in state funding, which is partly based on attendance.

[...] The school board unanimously approved the program late Tuesday but, in a rarity for Northside trustees, they hotly debated it first, with some questioning it on privacy grounds.

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And this is in Texas for chrisake.  San Antonio must be in one of those counties where Lyndon Johnson received 118% of the vote.  If I was writing a novel, members of the school board would be given rides on government drones which would be quickly shot down by Judge Napolitano's band of patriots.  It would be fiction of course, because in real life we'll go on thanking the people who strip us of all freedom in exchange for free Band-Aids. And it would be unlawful too, of course.

Front Loading Laffer

art is everywhere

I don't need no stinking art gallery

(Roll for 2)

The Amateur

The Amateur

Res Ipsa Loquitur
To Get Edward Klein's Amateur for just $4.95 — Go Here Now.

I'm on Wes Pruden's (WaTIMES) mail list,  and this deal struck my fancy.

I laughed at the $4.26 "value shipping" cost of $4.26, but it was still cheaper than Amazon.  Only problem was - your home telephone number is mandatory.  So I gave them my uber-liberal neighbor's,  and had a pleasant chuckle at the phone solicitations lists he was now on. FWIW.