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Friday, January 22, 2016

Something to Ponder

My brain is so depleted from the work week that I have no idea what to write about. I didn't even get to play any computer games until last night, which saw me play seven matches in World of Warships. There will be a video out because of it soon™. But other than that, it was just one thing or another I had to deal with.

For example, Wednesday I returned to my gaming PC with the high hopes of playing something only to discover that OneDrive had for some reason unknown to anyone created 120 gigabytes of files on my system drive. This completely filled it until the system cried Uncle sometime before I actually got to it. WTF Microsoft? Why you have to be so difficult? Anyway, it took me all night to deal with that fiasco, and to do it in such a way as to not endanger all my data files which are synchronized to OneDrive. It was just like being at work.

So here it is Friday and I've got nothing. I could throw up another video, but really, how many one paragraph posts can I expect you to accept before you wander off for more interesting pastures? But oddly enough, there is a video I want to highlight in this post.

There are several science oriented YouTube channels I watch with my personal account, which is different from my gamer account. One of them is called It's Okay To Be Smart run by Joe Hanson. The video that got my brain stuck on something I found... unlikely... is the one titled Who Shares Your Birthday. It's a video on the statistics of two or more people in a room sharing the same birthday. It's a bit heavy on math, but there are kittens at key moments to reduce the brain stress. Here's the video. You should watch it.
Did you catch that? It takes 42 folds of paper to reach the moon. 42. Douglas Adams, you cheeky so-and-so.

Well, that's it. That's how the week's gone. On Monday I learned Douglas Adams was way smarter than I ever thought, and perhaps his books were more scientific than they seemed. Or perhaps it's just that the rest of the week left me weeping for the future of humanity because nothing good ever came from stupid.

Of course, there is only one problem with the 42 folds needed to get to the moon. No matter how large the sheet of paper, or how thin it is, even if it was only a single atom thin (that would actually be worse don't you think?) you can't fold it more than a dozen times. The Myth Busters managed to fold a piece of paper 11 times! But they had to use a steam roller and a forklift. And their paper was the size of a football field. Not something easily done at home.
Speaking of the Myth Busters, this is their last season. Jamie and Adam are hanging up their goggles. This is sad in many ways, but they will always live on in my heart. And I got to see them in person a couple of years ago during the Behind the Myths Tour. That was awesome! So yeah, cool memories in that. And just last Saturday they aired an episode done in my home state! They were in Pendelton Oregon last year to find out if a train car filled with steam would actually implode. You'll have to watch it to find out though. No spoilers here.

And that's about it. Dinner is almost done and I've nothing else. There will be a highlight on Sunday named Ognevoi Carries while BBs Cower, so check in on Sunday for some exciting Ranked Battle action. And until then, have a wonderful weekend! Catch you later.

1 comment:

  1. Ok - both those videos were cool, as was the 42 bit

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