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Old 09-11-2019, 11:21 AM   #25531
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Oh man, I totally found myself in the latest XKCD
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:50 AM   #25532
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 Oh man, I totally found myself in the latest XKCD
Luckily, I learned the trick from my great C++ sensei to prevent it...

"Divide by cucumber error. Please reinstall universe and reboot."

When ever I want to write my self-doubts and bad mood into a defensive log message for filling some never executed catch block, I remember this wisdom.

When ever you see this in my software, you are really screwed if you have thrown away your universe installation media after 13.9 billion years of operation.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:29 AM   #25533
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The feat of subtle propaganda JFK pulled off with his "We chose to go to the moon" speech never ceases to amaze me:

"But why, some say, the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?"

Applause.

"We choose to go to the Moon!"

Applause gets louder.

"We choose to go to the Moon..."

Audience realizes that JFK has moved on from pandering to the local sports team, applause dies down enough that JFK is able to continue.

"We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things..."

Meanwhile, the TV audience outside of Texas thinks everyone was really enthusiastic about choosing to go to the moon.

Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy, remind me never to play poker with you...
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Old 09-13-2019, 05:57 PM   #25534
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Some good reading here, the German zoological society has published the declaration of Jena on its 112th birthday, argumenting strongly against the use of the term "race" in any scientific context.

https://www.uni-jena.de/unijenamedia...laerung_EN.pdf

It starts with the not so famous history of how Germans had been responsible in creating the idea of humans being divided into arbitrary defined races. Which anybody interest in the scientific method might want to read because it is also a good example of how bad science is getting turned into the standard by lack of critical thinking.
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Old 09-13-2019, 06:37 PM   #25535
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 The feat of subtle propaganda JFK pulled off with his "We chose to go to the moon" speech never ceases to amaze me:

"But why, some say, the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?"

Applause.

"We choose to go to the Moon!"

Applause gets louder.

"We choose to go to the Moon..."

Audience realizes that JFK has moved on from pandering to the local sports team, applause dies down enough that JFK is able to continue.

"We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things..."

Meanwhile, the TV audience outside of Texas thinks everyone was really enthusiastic about choosing to go to the moon.

Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy, remind me never to play poker with you...
This was the best part of that speech: ...return it safely to earth, re-entering the atmosphere at speeds of over 25,000 miles per hour, causing heat about half that of the temperature of the sun--almost as hot as it is here today...
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:49 PM   #25536
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Note the context of that statement:

"But if I were to say, my fellow citizens, that we shall send to the moon, 240 thousand miles away from the control station in Houston, a giant rocket...

...and then return it safely to earth, re-entering the atmosphere at speeds of over 25 thousand miles per hour, causing heat about half that of the temperature of the sun—almost as hot as it is here today—and do all this, and do it right, and do it first before this decade is out—then we must be bold."

There is scattered laughter, then growing applause, all throughout the bolded part.

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Old 09-13-2019, 09:36 PM   #25537
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Yak loose in Virginia after escaping transport to the butchers
Yaks in Virginia?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-...eporting-story
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Old 09-14-2019, 08:32 AM   #25538
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A couple of pics I took a week ago in Kabelvag, Norway:





This was just one of the weaker intensity Aurorae, but still!
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Old 09-16-2019, 09:38 PM   #25539
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Well, fancy that:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-49433347

Rutland, nearly home to The Rutles:
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Old 09-17-2019, 12:21 AM   #25540
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How to wash your hands:

1) Say "Hallo Hans!"
2) Say "Hans, du stinkst, nimm bitte ein Bad".
3) Hans will take a bath. You have washed your Hans.
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Old 09-17-2019, 06:29 AM   #25541
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*groan*
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Old 09-17-2019, 07:59 AM   #25542
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Four Candles?
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Old 09-17-2019, 12:51 PM   #25543
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Today exactly 75 years ago, the first of 41,000 Allied paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division under Field Marshal Montgomery were dropped into the Netherlands as part of the ill-fated Operation Market Garden.

The goal of the operation was to circumvent the Siegfried Line and invade Germany. The operation famously ground to a halt at the city of Arnhem but did lead to the liberation of southern parts of the Netherlands.

'Market' was the air assault to conquer 9 bridges including the famous 'A Bridge Too Far'. 'Garden' the associated ground offensive from Belgium into the Netherlands.

Edward R. Murrow reported the landings at Nijmegen from inside a Dakota:
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Old 09-19-2019, 02:54 PM   #25544
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Took me a while to notice (and ERB) that Tolkien really died in a symbolical year....

1973 or:

1 ring for the dark lords hand, sitting on his throne...
9 to the mortal, which cry...
7 rings to the gnomes in their halls made of stone
3 for the kings of the elves high in light


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 Took me a while to notice (and ERB) that Tolkien really died in a symbolical year....

1973 or:

1 ring for the dark lords hand, sitting on his throne...
9 to the mortal, which cry...
7 rings to the gnomes in their halls made of stone
3 for the kings of the elves high in light


I take it that's a back-translation of the German? How does the German version itself run?

The original English (modulo the reordering to match the year 1973) is:

1 for the dark lord on his dark throne
9 for mortal men, doomed to die
7 for the dwarf lords in their halls of stone
3 rings for eleven kings, under the sky

Actually, if you write the year little-endian (3791), the original ordering of the lines is recovered.
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