Posts Tagged ‘Random Musings’

Wow! How Precise!

March 3rd, 2005 No comments

I read an article on The Register today (Link), which describes a space object that is “burping” out radio waves at fairly regular intervals. Anyway, the following quote is available in the text The mystery object is estimated to lie between 300 and 24,000 light-years from Earth. Wow! I had no idea that humans had invented telescopes with such precision in their depth perception! 😉

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Where Did February Go?

March 1st, 2005 No comments

I’m aware that it’s the shortest month, and everything, but it’s just gone so damn quick. On a slightly more scary note, it’s now 11 months since I started with my current employer, and that appears to have flown by as well.

Where the hell does the time go?

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Wow, this is quite weird

January 15th, 2005 No comments

Apparently, according to The Times“For boys, there is a 35% increase in the likelihood of marriage for each 16-point rise in IQ. For girls, there is a 40% drop for each 16-point increase.”So intelligent men like stupid women? (I know that is a very cras and over-simplified version, but you can see where I’m coming from). Personally (although I’m single), my preference is for women who can hold their own in a conversation. Does that make me stupid?

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This is a very good point!

December 22nd, 2004 No comments

On this page: there is a question posed:The Monitor this week received a Christmas card, in a normal-sized envelope, but on which the address had been typed with an old-fashioned typewriter. The address showed evidence of a mistake having been corrected with Tipp-Ex. The postmark was too indistinct to read. The flap was not sealed, but rather tucked down inside the envelope.

The card was unremarkable, with no particular distinguishing factors. And there was no writing inside. None at all. In short there was no indication whatsoever who had sent this card.

So your challenge is to come up with a way of determining who sent it.

One guy answers with this:Unless it was one of those new self adhesive stamps, DNA may be the key. The stamp will have been licked. Recent reports suggest that DNA can be related directly to surnames – this will immediately reduce the field considerably.

And then I thought, that must be very true! They could be a very distinct link between surnames and DNA.

For those of you who don’t know, English Surnames (originally) relate to the occupation of the person (we’re talking ancient times here, and as jobs stayed in the family, so did the name). So if your surname is “Smith”, at some point in the past, an ancestor was a smith (of some description). Over the years, some occupation descriptions have been mangled, and some lost from the English language, etc.

So, if we assume that a Gene in your DNA makes you particularly good at working metal (roll with me here….), then you probable have a desire to work with metal, and so you become a smith and a Smith. And if that DNA travels successfully down the line of the descendents, then it would still be in the Genes of the modern Mr (or Mrs) Smith.

So, find the smith Gene, and find people with that Gene, you could probably guess their name. Cool!

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New Drug Driving Laws

December 19th, 2004 No comments

On my way back from rowing this morning, I heard a news report that said that the UK Police were getting powers to test people if they suspect that they are on drugs and are driving.

The RAC didn’t seem to happy about the accuracy of the tests, but hey. One of the tests is to stand on one leg.

And here is my point. What about people with only one leg? What do they stand on?

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My Friend Richard

December 17th, 2004 No comments

He’s a bit sadistic sometimes.

I received an email from him today pointing to a BBC Radio 1 page on the effects of drink and drugs on the body (

His comments on the page were as follows: Subject: Torture A Clubber
Feed him a variety of drugs and see what happens. Hilarious.

-R He’s got a lot to learn….


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Spotty Teenagers

December 11th, 2004 No comments

Are spotty, achne-faced teenagers that work in burger restaurants naturally spotty, or is it because the work around the chip fryer all day?

A bit of food for thought!

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