Monday, September 29, 2008

Read the Writings of 5th Graders from 1931

They have transcribed a book of 5th grade writings on the web. Read a few, and think that some of those boys may have been dying a decade later in France. Sobering.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

I've got a bracelet's from..uh...uh

What an orator!

In other news...nah I'll post it separate from this.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Well, just Wii.

I gave the spouse clearance to buy a new bedspread and sheet combo thing and she gave me clearance to spend my Wii fund! Yeah! So we went out and found...nothing. Her bed set was not anywhere and Gamestop, Circuit City, Target, and Walmart did not have any Wiis. Not one. Not a single Wii in Central PA. Except for Best Buy, they had about 8. Thanks Best Buy, you guys rock!

So I start hooking this thing up and The Spouse watches her movie flick and I head over to my buddy Dwayne's place to check out his new PS3. Man is that thing a beast! Sweet.

I get home around 12am and decide to try out my Wii. It is now 2:16 and I can totally say, I would not trade that Wii for a PS3 or 360 any day of the week. It is the perfect system for the family.

Going to have to pick up a second controller though. One won't cut it. I'll blog further about it later, oh and I love Wiiware!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Goodbye CERN...Hello Master Chief

17 September 2008

After massive, worldwide public response, with its media office deluged by thousands of entries, the RSC has chosen the winner of its competition to suggest a new, inspiring name for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Fed up with the contrived acronyms that plague the world of science, the RSC picked a suggestion which is simple, memorable, and brings to mind the deserved grandeur of perhaps the most important experiment ever built.

Halo conjures visions of radiant beauty, power and wisdom. The circle of light reflects the collider's form; it is a crowning achievement of science and engineering. It also gives more than a nod to the experiment's importance to religious debate.

It was by far the most popular entry, with hundreds of people suggesting the name. The winner of the competition was chosen at random from those who suggested Halo; this was Aaron Borges of Rhode Island, USA, who wins $892 (£500).

The RSC will be formally suggesting the new name to CERN and the Institute of Physics.

Some reports say that the RSC is suffering from "professional jealousy"; far from it. The RSC congratulates the physics community with nothing but admiration for their amazing project - it just has a very boring name.

Several other entries to the competition were popular. Colliderscope garnered many votes, with members of the public revelling in the pun on "kaleidoscope" - and some apparently oblivious to it.

Black Mesa, the name of an ill-fated research facility in the computer game franchise Half-life, was particularly well represented by gamers who Dugg media coverage of the competition on the social bookmarking site Digg.

Lots suggested that to find the answer to life, the universe, and everything, we should name the experiment after the computer designed to do just that in Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Deep Thought.

Other favourites were The Particrasher, E=M25, The Big Banger and Big Bang Two Point Oh.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

It's nearly 1 am and I am immune to the gag inducing affects of vomit.

Yup, picking vomit chunks out of my hair. and boxers, and bathroom rugs. Wiping it up off the floor and washing the crib sheets and washed Seven of Three twice. I have never seen so much vomit come out of a kid. Ever. The day The Spouse of Proteinstar is off with the ladies I'm cleaning the second major vomit episode the family has ever seen. Coincidence? I think not.

It probably was the brownie and ice cream he had for dessert, and 102 temp. Well looks like my trip to EA is kaput. back to cleaning the floors, and then hopefully I'll have time for a long long shower. I'd show pics but man do I look nasty. Seriously, I have a blanched burger king french fry chunk wedged between my left ring finger and my left middle finger. I'm leaving it there to help me feel more miserable.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Do Do do Do DO do Do Do DO do DO...nevermind

A humdinger of an answer

Yesterday in class we did a simple experiment to look at surface tension and cohesion in order to further grasp the practicalities of the scientific method. The students were comparing the cohesion of water to the cohesion of water mixed with soap. I then asked the following question:

1. Explain your results from both parts of the experiment in terms of cohesion and surface tension.

Her answer? It was liquid

(smack! palm slapping forehead)

We don't need no water let the your mouth!

Well today was an interesting day. Security runs out of the girl's loo yelling fire. I yell fire to the assistant principal and grab the fire extinquisher. Seconds later a cloud of yellow powder snuffs out the fire in the paper towel dispenser.

The fire company shows up but mission accomplished already by PROTEINSTAR!

I hear there will be a parade in my honor down Front St next week.