Friday, June 30, 2006


The absurd type is the type that is a subtype of every other type in the type hierarchy. Nothing is lower than "Absurdity" in the type hierarchy, and nothing exists which is an instance of "Absurdity".
For example, the following conceptual graph is a concept whose type is not a type label:
[ [PartyLight: ?x]->(Attr)->[Blue] : Blinky ]
"Blinky, the blue partylight"

From [an] > Online Course in Knowledge Representation using Conceptual Graphs

Perceived recently

Jhudsy (*under his breath*):

Teapot, black, kettle
(reference The Pot Calling The Kettle Black ...)

The stuff good emails are made of:
Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?
(had to google this one...)

And something else unequivocally nonsensical but for now nonetheless forgotten...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

more exam answers...

Taken from here:
The examination problem was: "Show how it is possible to determine the height of a tall building with the aid of a barometer."

The student's answer was, "Take the barometer to the top of the building, attach a long rope to it, and lower the barometer to the ground. Then, bring it back up, measuring the length of the rope and barometer. The lengths of the two together is the height of the building."

I, as arbiter, pointed out that the student really had a strong case for full credit since he had answered the problem completely and correctly. On the other hand, of course, full credit would contribute to a high grade for the student in his physics course, and a high grade is supposed to certify that the student knows some physics, a fact that his answer had not confirmed. So it was suggested that the student have another try at answering the problem.

He was given six minutes to answer it, with the warning this time that the answer should indicate some knowledge of physics. At the end of five minutes, he had not written anything. Asked if he wished to give up, he said no, that he had several answers and he was just trying to think which would be the best. In the next minute he dashed off this answer. "Take the barometer to the top of the building. Lean over the edge of the roof, drop the barometer, timing its fall with a stopwatch. Then, using the formula S=½at2, calculate the height of the building. At this point, I asked my colleague if he gave up and he conceded. The student got nearly full credit.

Recalling that the student had said he had other answers, I asked him what they were. "Well," he said, "you could take the barometer out on a sunny day and measure the height of the barometer, the length of its shadow, and length of the building's shadow, then use simple proportion to determine the height of the building. And there is a very basic measurement method you might like. You take the barometer and begin to walk up the stairs. As you climb, you mark off lengths of the barometer along the wall. You then count the number of marks to get the height of the building in barometer units.

"Of course, if you want a more sophisticated method, you can tie the barometer to the end of a string, swing it as a pendulum, and determine the value of 'g.' The height of the building can, in principle, be calculated from this.

"And," he concluded, "if you don't limit me to physics solutions, you can take the barometer to the basement and knock on the superintendent's door. When he answers, you say, 'Mr. Superintendent, I have here a fine barometer. If you will tell me the height of this building, I will give you this barometer.'"

Finally, he admitted that he even knew the correct textbook answer -- measuring the air pressure at the bottom and top of the building and applying the appropriate formula illustrating that pressure reduces as height increases -- but that he was so fed up with college instructors trying to teach him how to think instead of showing the structure of the subject matter, that he had decided to rebel.

At 28.6.06, Blogger Jimmyroq said...

Yet another of those stories I wish was for real :-)


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Movie -> music recommendation!

At 28.6.06, Blogger onespring said...

Movie to Music to ... Anything! My first two tries didn't come up with anything, but when I finally did get something to work... wow, it was kind of cool!


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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

between the numbers 1 and 9
people cannot be deducted
like a Su-Doku
inbetween rain-drops on
the dublin airlink

At 27.6.06, Blogger onespring said...

Thought provoking.


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Friday, June 16, 2006

At 25.6.06, Blogger Jimmyroq said...

Glad midsommar på dig. Jag är tillbaks i Sverige, du vet :-) ( =======> )


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Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas.
Paula Poundstone

need inspiration?

It is not the critic that counts. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best, knows in the end the triumphs of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. (Theodore Roosevelt - Sorbonne - 23 April 1910)

Hypnosis, diet pepsi and mentos


Mentos and pepsi:

What happens if you drink pepsi and eat mentos...

At 16.6.06, Blogger onespring said...

So, would the game player have to read some kind of waver upon entering the pub or upon starting the game? What if he turns into a real killer one day? Could he blame the hympotmist? ... Diffinally a good example of how games these days affect people.


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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Pay It Forward (2000)

Thanks for the reminder... it is one of my favorite movies. :)

At 16.6.06, Blogger onespring said...

One of mine also. =)


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Saturday, June 10, 2006


Wednesday, June 07, 2006


took a snapshot
cut the moment out with my clumsy fingers
the blunt paper scissors in one hand
and the glue stick in the next
cut it out
treasure it
because from one bleeting moment to the next
trying to find something tangible and real
it doesn't matter because someday was today
in no grand sense
simply that i wasn't waiting for tomorrow anymore


Tuesday, June 06, 2006


(curteosy of M)
A little help for learning new guitar pieces...

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Squirrels galore

on flickr

At 5.6.06, Anonymous Tanja said...

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Pirat bay story continues...