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31 August 2009

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Recently Learned or Remembered

So far August has been hot, humid and hectic…and my writing has been brief at best. This past week can be summed up in an equation resembling

J(a)+H(k)=RFP

J is springing off the ground or other base by a muscular effort of the legs and feet,with (a) being associated with a requesting number of times. H represents the number of Hoops, k is the temperature of the flame in Kelvin. RFP represents your average Architectural Request for Proposal.

Below are things that have passed my radar and merit more of a comment, but frankly I’d like to engage others. So, peruse the list below, come back and leave a comment about what you think. Let’s make some magic happen.

– via ecovelo:

The bicycle requires the equivalent energy of approximately 0.4 liters of gasoline to travel 100 kilometers, and the freight train requires the equivalent energy of approximately 0.6 liters of gasoline to travel 100 kilometers (per ton). That’s darned good gas mileage. As a comparison, a modern hybrid automobile requires approximately 5.0-5.5 liters of gasoline to travel 100 kilometers.

– which brings me to this point via: How we Drive:

Steve Jones, professor of genetics at University College London (UCL), has pointed out that if one’s ancestors came from the same village they may well have been related, but this is much less likely if they were born hundreds of miles apart. In 19th-century Oxfordshire, the average distance between birthplaces of marriage partners was less than ten miles. Now it is more than 50, and in the US it is several hundred. A consequence of this increasing mobility is that the world’s populations are beginning to merge genetically. Steve Jones suggests that the most important event in recent human evolution has been the invention of the bicycle.

– via John Maeda:

If I were a computer, I would be happy to crash once in a while, because if it were not for the occasional crash, the computer’s human user would waste all of his or her life huddled over a pile of metal and plastic. If the computer truly loved its human, it would want the human to take a break once in a while. to crash is a noble act of sacrifice by the computer.

– via Google Sightseeing:

Legend tells us that near the city of Xi’an, China, there lies a gigantic white pyramid that has remained undiscovered for millennia. The story goes that this pyramid is encased in “pure shimmering stone” and “capped with an enormous jewel”…

In the New York Times on March 28, 1947 under the headline “U.S. Flier Reports Huge Chinese Pyramid in Isolated Mountains Southwest of Sian” [Si'an]. The report says:

From the air, Colonel Sheahan said, the pyramid seems to dwarf those of Egypt. He estimated its height at 1,000 ft and its width at the base at 1,500 feet. The pyramid, he said, is at the foot of the Tsinling Mountains about 40 miles southewest of Sian, capital of the province. A second pyramid, he continued, appears much smaller. the pyramid, Colonel Sheahan went on, is at the far end of a long valley, in an inaccessible part. At the near end, he said, are hundreds of burial mounds. These can be seen, he said, from the Lung-Hai railroad.

Despite decades of denial, the surprising truth is that whilst no white pyramid has so far been found – there are pyramids in China! Info here and here at Google Sightseeing.

And that’s all I got. Something new coming soon, I promise.


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