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    Dear Mr Barry Cox,

    If Fractals were discovered completely in 1975, how come I only learnt about them a few weeks ago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitlin
    If Fractals were discovered completely in 1975, how come I only learnt about them a few weeks ago?
    Perhaps I can answer that question with another question: what do you know about Galois theory?

    (Also did you read this post from September last year?)
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    I don't think barry is getting tested sufficiently so I have a list of questions I wish to find the answers to.

    # does nasa track my every move ?

    # is pi just a cunning ruse to keep the masses held within the rigorous bind of societal servitude?

    # how many spots are there on the average sized dalmatian (female and male)?

    is lady gaga really a dude ?

    is chihuahua better with steak sauce or mayonaise?

    can I borrow your drill (only if its makita) ?

    is karma really a bitch ? or is it sometimes male ?

    what's your favourite roxette song ?

    if its a penny for my thoughts, is the value of my mid morning reveries also calculated in pre-decimal currency ?

    thankyou in advance for answering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sotto Voce
    I don't think barry is getting tested sufficiently so I have a list of questions I wish to find the answers to.
    Let's see how I go...

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    # does nasa track my every move ?
    On their present congressional budget they would be lucky to track George Burns' every move. Someone like yourself (still in the land of the living) is well beyond their brief and sadly their resources.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sotto Voce
    # is pi just a cunning ruse to keep the masses held within the rigorous bind of societal servitude?
    Don't even get me started on pi. One of my favourity xkcd comics on the topic is here (language warning).

    Quote Originally Posted by Sotto Voce
    # how many spots are there on the average sized dalmatian (female and male)?
    Not sure if the number of spots as important as the total area of liver coloured to white coloured fur. As a ratio I'd like to see this less that 0.25.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sotto Voce
    is lady gaga really a dude ?
    Now you just sound like the people that used to tease her at school. Why are people so unkind? :'(

    Quote Originally Posted by Sotto Voce
    is chihuahua better with steak sauce or mayonaise?
    I don't buy into your false dichotomy and would go for chihuahua mignon with a Béarnaise sauce every time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sotto Voce
    can I borrow your drill (only if its makita) ?
    That drill has served me many long years now - drilling through wood, brick, concrete and pavers without missing a beat. However, I don't think it is a Makita so the question is moot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sotto Voce
    is karma really a bitch ? or is it sometimes male ?
    Boy are you going to pay for asking that question. What goes around, comes around...

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    what's your favourite roxette song ?
    Waterloo.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sotto Voce
    if its a penny for my thoughts, is the value of my mid morning reveries also calculated in pre-decimal currency ?
    In some post-decimal countries the term 'penny' still has some currency but no doubt inflation would have to be factored in.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sotto Voce
    thankyou in advance for answering.
    ...and thanks post hoc for asking. I hope it hasn't been too disappointing.
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    Hmm. Interesting,
    Re "Waterloo". Well at least Abba did come from the same country.
    God exists. Short and to the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski
    Hmm. Interesting,
    Re "Waterloo". Well at least Abba did come from the same country.
    He gets 8 answers right and you have to point out his one mistake, very, very harsh. LEAVE HIM ALONE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski
    Hmm. Interesting,
    Re "Waterloo". Well at least Abba did come from the same country.
    Oh ROXETTE. I remember them now. Sorry. In that case I change my answer to "Sweet Dreams".
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    RW, is it yesterday or today shortest day of year? Am I out again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist
    RW, is it yesterday or today shortest day of year? Am I out again?
    The June Solstice is usually on the 20th or the 21st. This year it was the 21st. (Edit: With correction for time offset it was June 22 @ 3:16 am in NSW).

    However for the purposes of measuring the shadow thrown by your slats the loss of precision in measuring today instead of yesterday is negligible.
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    Oh ROXETTE. I remember them now. Sorry. In that case I change my answer to "Sweet Dreams".
    'beautiful life' is not too bad as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    The June Solstice is usually on the 20th or the 21st. This year it was the 21st. (Edit: With correction for time offset it was June 22 @ 3:16 am in NSW).

    However for the purposes of measuring the shadow thrown by your slats the loss of precision in measuring today instead of yesterday is negligible.
    How can the shortest day occur at 3:16 am in the morning? Surely it starts in the morning and finishes in the evening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Colliver
    How can the shortest day occur at 3:16 am in the morning? Surely it starts in the morning and finishes in the evening.
    Scott
    Ok, start by imagining the plane of the earth's orbit around the sun. Now as we know the earth's axis of rotation is not perpendicular to this plane but lies at an angle of around 23.5 degrees to it. So now imagine the plane containing the axis of the earth's daily rotation and is perpendicular to the plane of orbit around the sun. That plane passes through the centre of the sun at precisely twice per year which are the exact times of the solstices. The longest/shortest day occurs on the day closest to this event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    Ok, start by imagining the plane of the earth's orbit around the sun. Now as we know the earth's axis of rotation is not perpendicular to this plane but lies at an angle of around 23.5 degrees to it. So now imagine the plane containing the axis of the earth's daily rotation and is perpendicular to the plane of orbit around the sun. That plane passes through the centre of the sun at precisely twice per year which are the exact times of the solstices. The longest/shortest day occurs on the day closest to this event.
    I misunderstood what solstice meant, I thought it meant the day as a whole not the point of time. Thanks for the explanation.
    Scott

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    I'm smarter than Scott

    so I worked it out, from 3.16am onwards the day is becoming longer, and it has nothing to do with Joshua

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    That drill has served me many long years now - drilling through wood, brick, concrete and pavers without missing a beat. However, I don't think it is a Makita so the question is moot.
    It is a Makita (HP 1501, as it turns out) but it is very dear to me so you can only borrow it on the proviso that in comes back in the same condition as when you borrowed it.
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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