Interesting Stuff Out There
Science & Scientists
losing its domination on science (Yay! Yay? Yay. Yay? Dunnay.)
- Cambridge's new math architecture
- Nobel Prize rankings by Institution Harvard, Cambridge U, Max Planck (Munich), U London, Chicago, CalTech, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley. That's for all SCIENCE fields combined. For individual fields, partial rankings are available for physics, chemistry, medicine, and economics. "The 481 Nobel prize laureates came from institutions in 24 countries.
45.7 % of these institutions are in the United States, 15.2 % in Great
Britain and 12.7 % in Germany."
- University rankings, worldwide. Unfortunately, there are language issues here...
- Strunk and White for C
- Interview with Stroustrup :
Analysis, With Two Yards to Go
The academic paper that David Romer began writing two years ago did not
look like something that could determine the outcome of a Super
Bowl... But when his conclusion - teams punt too much - began getting
attention last summer, a reporter asked Bill Belichick, the coach of
the New England Patriots, about the paper... "I read it," he said,
according to The Boston Herald. "I don't know much of the math
involved, but I think I understand the conclusions and he has some
- Tiger Woods :
- Maria Mutola
- Gebrselassie and the 25K Great Ethiopian Run. The race itself is 10 kilometres - 25K refers to the number of runners..."A goat had entered the race a few hundred metres before the finish and fiercely resisted attempts to force him off the course, even mounting a late sprint across the line to wild cheers. It seemed to capture the mood of the day."
magic moment Within 15 minutes of the start, the game had
descended into a bloodbath... A couple of great early saves had provided both the crowd...
and the Ugandan players with conclusive evidence that the Rwandan
keeper was invoking the aid of supernatural agents. One Ugandan player
charged at Mossi and tried to tear off his gloves. Another started
digging behind the Rwandan goal line with his hands, frenetically
searching for the offending juju. That was it. Mayhem. The mother and
father of all punch-ups. Blood-spattered shirts all round... Rwanda finally qualified for the continental competition by way of an even bigger upset, beating four-times champions Ghana 1-0 in Kigali.
Incidentally, Rwanda isn't the only country that qualified for the first time - so did Zimbabwe, breaking a 23-year jinx.
Interview with the hoaxers
Ordinary people do not get their
photo taken with
Manchester United, go out to
bat in a
play on Center Court. Therefore Karl
Power is not an ordinary person...
- Radcliffe method cuts no ice
- Another Richard Williams. Born 1891, boarded Titanic 1912, won US Open 1914, Olympic gold 1924...
of the Press shalt not hit fast bowlers 4 4 For the sake of their children. Future children.
- The slim sprinter
- Homophobia in sports is alive and well -- we need more uncloseted folk like Navratilova and Louganis
- America's love affair with not relegating crappy teams a.k.a. "The advantages of a level playing field".
- On the need for major ass reduction amongst sports spectators
- Luyt's 1995 victory speech "Mr Luyt, who is to diplomacy what Jonah Lomu is to English wingers, ..."
Revisited from Stephanie
Andrews ... her blurb describes it as "a series of images and
sound extracted from DVD and digitally manipulated. The work
seamlessly combines images from 2001: A Space Odyssey with images from
popular media that reflect the events following September 11th".
Iowa Poll found that in "1989, 40 percent of tropical-fish owners wished that their pets were more affectionate"...
- Beagle 2 fails because it is British: "That rugby business confused things for a while, but now the stubbornly silent Mars probe Beagle 2 has reminded us what Britain does best: heroic failure.... That's how rubbish Britain is: even our police officers can't catch a getaway car that has a top speed of 15mph. Which, personally speaking, is why I kind of like the place."
- Ringing in 2004 with a laugh... A Liverpool grandmother had mixed fortunes when she suffered a heart attack on a plane full of cardiologists. Dorothy Fletcher, 67, was flying to her daughter's wedding in Florida when she collapsed with chest pains. A stewardess asked, "Is there a doctor on board?" and 15 heart specialists - en route to a cardiology conference in Orlando - stood up to offer help.
- Fox decides it's not going to sue itself
- UZ photos
- Kindergarten for big babies Leave your man here while you go shopping...
- Pachyderms like Bach ...playing Mozart and Beethoven makes the animals better behaved...and heap big shit on the hi-fi if they don't like what it's playing.
joins list of NZ exports Dockworkers at a NZ port are desperate to
have their cat back after it mistakenly ended up on a ship bound for
South Korea, for reasons that are not altogether clear. Their
spokesman said "She's a big part of all the people here, spends a lot
of time wandering around the terminal, mostly chasing, and not
catching, mice and birds and sitting around eating a lot," Meanwhile,
another celebrity cat dies after
failing to survive 11 000 volts a second time. (Okay, I'm reading into that.)
- Mysterious South African hospital deaths solved
asteroid that almost hit Ancient Rome
- Life of Brian and how it got past the censors.
- The liberal spirit in America, by Peter Berkowitz.
finally start to make profits on the net Some quotes :
- "it is mostly
conventional newspaper companies that have the editorial, advertising
and marketing resources to take advantage of the 'Net, not the
- "the New York Times went from a $7.5 million loss on its
Internet site in 2001 to an $8 million profit in 2002"
- "the average"
(print) newspaper reader in the United States is now about 46 years
- "one survey found that 46 percent of all trade title
journalists believe their publication will be available only online
within the next 15 years"
- Ari Fleisher's evasive maneuvers. Catalogued
- ooh, look, pretty!
Humans as Individuals
creators of Google + their business
plan, circa 2000.
with Sharks, Really. Couple spends $130K and three years on
movie. Screenplay written in six days. Can't afford artificial sharks,
so they use real ones.
"They started with the shark scenes. The filmmakers hired dive experts
and shark wranglers, outfitted the actors with protective chain mail
under their wetsuits, then motored 10 miles offshore in an old lobster
boat... And then the wranglers tossed chunks of bloody tuna into the
"There were 40, 50 sharks, gray fins as far as the eye can see,"
Ms. Ryan said. "And Chris said, `O.K., get in.' And we basically had
to climb in the water right on top of the sharks, because they don't
exactly get out of your way..."
- Loic Wacquant:
The UChicago grad student who learnt boxing
When French sociologist Loic Wacquant signed up at a boxing
gym in a black neighborhood of Chicagošs South Side, he had never
contemplated getting close to a ring, let alone climbing into it. Yet
for three years he immersed himself among local fighters, amateur and
professional. He learned the sweet science of bruising, participating
in all phases of the pugilistšs strenuous preparation, from
shadow-boxing drills to sparring... (from a Seminary Coop review)
Dick and Dyke Show ... Ellen Warren (Chicago Tribune) has an
excellent story about gay-rights activist Deborah Mell and her dad,
Chicago Alderman Richard Mell.
Mell, 65, is holding forth on these most intimate of subjects with his
customary, unvarnished vocabulary... On legalizing gay marriage: "Jesus Christ. I mean, give me a break! I
mean what is the big thing here? I mean, is this going to be Sodom and
Gomorrah? Jesus Christ. Half the marriages end up in divorce right
now. Half the . . . people who are beating the hell out of their wives
are good heterosexual married people. I mean give me a break!"
- Project Innocence
- Letters home from Guantanamo Bay "...Boredom here is extreme. I have not seen the sun for over seven months except once, for around two minutes. ...
I have done a lot of reading in the past few months (45 books or so), just having read about the United States' war of independence and Civil War. I had a discussion recently with someone about the US's major contribution to civilisation... I pondered for many hours and then came up with the answer - peanut butter (both smooth and crunchy)..." also see this.
- Andy Bichel
- Michael Crichton
- Hamilton Naki One of the doctors who performed the first heart transplant operation with Christiaan Barnard in 1967 was considered to be the most technically gifted surgeon at Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town. But being a black in apartheid South Africa, not to mention having no medical training, everyone had to pretend he was a gardener.
Moussaoui, the ethnically-Moroccan Frenchman commonly known as
'the 20th hijacker'. His older brother describes how a really nice guy,
who could have become a professional handballer, slid down the murky slopes
of diasporan life.
Humans in Groups