Stolen from Low Grade Panic who stole it from Wired News
Geek humor: If you take a close look at the form Google filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the exact value of its planned offering is $2,718,281,828 dollars, which some would immediately recognize as the mathematical constant e.
E, for those not blessed with a PhD and a job at Google, is Euler’s number, which is used as the base for natural logarithms.
Actually it’s eE9 (e X 109) but that would be geeky to point out. Also, a techwriter obviously edited the second paragraph, because switching e to E [a capitol letter] changes its meaning. But I won’t point that out either.
I guess since Missouri is a swing state in the upcoming presidential election, and St. Louis is the largest city in Missouri, we will not aloud to view the tribute to the 533 (and counting) soldiers killed in Iraq. Is it possible that this show is politically motivated? Certainly. But don’t the soldiers who have died in action deserve more than anonymity for their sacrifice?
In truth, I wasn’t planning on watching Nightline tonight anyway.
Submitted by Diana at 4/30/2004 4:11:16 PM
Ok, I’ll be the bad guy.
For God’s sake, don’t you have anything better to do on a Friday night than sit and watch the litany of the killed in action? What makes me sick is that this would be aired anywhere. Try going to church and praying for these kids who have died and their families who are grieving. Why make their deaths the newest reality tv show?
- John: Did you hear they found that missing diver?
- Me: I didn’t know one was missing.
- John: [tells story of missing diver]
- Me: I think I would have ditched my dive weights and emptied my tank to use as a floatation device*.
- Guy In Adjacent Cube (GIAC): You think an empty tank floats better than a full one?
- Me: Yes
- GIAC: It just has air in it.
- John: Yes, compressed air.
- GIAC: Air doesn’t weigh anything, or at least wouldn’t make that much of a difference.
- Me: Have you ever felt the difference between a full and empty propane tank?
- John: The weight of the air is the only thing that keeps us stuck to the ground.
- Me: That’s actually kind of true. If air weighed more than us, we would float to the top. If we were the same density as air, we could fly like superman,… well sort of.
- Me: Do you want me to look up the full versus empty weights of SCUBA tanks?
- GIAC: No, I’ll mostly believe you.
- Me: OK, I’ll look it up anyway*.
* If the tank was an aluminum tank, it provides 4 lbs of buoyancy (you would need an additional 4 lbs of dive weights to compensate). If a steal tank is used, it is near neutral buoyancy when empty.
John and Ben are both on some kind of diet kick, which means that I was on my own again for lunch today.
I couldn’t think of anything I really wanted, so I grabbed Taco Bell and went to the park. I sat in the car listening to NPR. On the show, they had a Rabbi, a Buddhist, and a Presbyterian Minister talking about the environment (sounds like the lead in to a joke). The interview started at a reasonable place, saying that it’s hard to claim that you are a religious/spiritual person if you are not actively making decisions to protect God’s creations [from the Rabbi and the Minister] or realizing that you affect your surroundings and be mindful of your decisions [from the Buddhist]. The basics were covered (recycling, getting an energy efficient car, using mass transit whenever possible, etc.). Then, like most conversations that start on reasonable footing, the extremist started piping in. The Amish became a topic of conversation, saying that they are the ultimate religious environmentalist. Soon they were talking about dropping cars altogether, in favor of bicycling.
At this point I started driving back to work. I did not listen to the entire interview, but my guess is, by the end they will have lost the moderates who will forget the original message of simple things you can do, and write the whole thing off as a bunch of wacco environmentalists.
Jim’s environmental tip for the day:
- Plant a tree (but not an Oak, as they give off some greenhouse gas or something — I don’t remember, I just heard it on the radio last summer, they were talking about why St. Louis air quality is so bad.)
- I’ve heard that trees are very good at cleaning the air. If everyone plants a tree, it will compensate for a lot of harm that they are going to do to the air quality through everyday living.
- Trees near your house will lower your heating and cooling cost and energy consumption.
- If you don’t own a place to plant a tree, or your yard is already covered by trees, send me the money you would have spent on the tree. Once I have enough money, I will buy some land and plant more trees on it (really, I promise).