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|Monday, December 25th, 2006|
Do you cook for yourself when you are free?
Yes, whenever I have spare time.
Yes, when I feel like cooking.
Yes, when I am broke.
Yes, when the weather permits me to.
Never. I hate the idea of cooking.
No, but I would like to try someday.
No, I do not know how to cook.
No, but I have dreamed of myself cooking.
No, food delivery is fast, convenient and affordable.
Who taught you to cook?
|Saturday, February 26th, 2005|
Your help will make a difference
First of all sorry if following is offtopic. Really.
My name is Andrew Skolov and I'm from Russia. I have a wife and alittle daughter. I'll write more about myself in my LJ (which I've just started and I'll appreciate new friends greatly), so if anyone would like to know me better - check my blog.
The reason why I've decided to turn to you, people, is a bit different.
Last years I'm becoming more and more concerned about rather sad changes in society. Sometime just before the New Year I had a conversation with a friend of mine. We were talking about modern world, about human's place in it, about relations between people. And my friend said that unfortunately relations between the people are not improving despite the lessons of history, general progress, improvement of communication means and everything else. Moreover, people are loosing trust in each other, people become suspicious. He said that helping others, especially strangers (independantly of their situation and nature), is often taken as "being dum and naive", that human kind is becoming "suspicious, evil and fraudulent", that people tend to exploit each other and are using for that most sacred sides and qualities of the human nature. We talked and discussed this subject till the morning.
Such appeared and idea of my "Funds For Fun" project. It has two goals. Primarily I want to proove people who think similar to that friend of mine (who is just a great blocke, mind you) wrong. And secondly I hope to improve my own well-being and to make all kinds of nice things to my family, to my friends and to help those who are in need.
I'd really appreciate if you visit my site (its my first one BTW so please be indulgent), especially main and "About" pages and probably take part in the project. Also if you can publish link to that site everywere you can and to tell about my project to as many people as possible - that would be just great.
The "Funds For Fun" site is located here: http://www.skolov.front.ru
need your help.cross-posted er... almost everywhere Current Mood: optimistic
|Saturday, August 7th, 2004|
Okay. Not a single community I'm posting this in is appropriate, but there doesn't seem to be an appropriate place to ask this.
I'm constructing a small building (10'x14', with a 4 foot overhang on one side and a one foot overhang on the other). The ridgepole to which I'm nailing my rafters will be made out of two 2"x6"x10' boards, and I'm wondering what an appropriate length of board to use to patch these together is.
Any help would be apprectiated, sorry if this is disgustingly off-topic to your community.( Read more...Collapse )
|Thursday, December 4th, 2003|
|Wednesday, August 6th, 2003|
Im cross posting this to the Physics, Scientific Whims, Mathematics, and several other boards.. Sorry for any repeats anybody gets out there...
Incidentally, if anyone else wants to post this anywhere else, feel free.. just let me know where you post it, I want to see where the problem goes.
Theres an article in my newspaper about a mathematician named David Robbins at Princeton university trying to solve an age old problem before he dies. hes got cancer and his death is supposed to be soon. Sounds like a pity story attached to it but the problem is interesting...
The problem is simple enough-
Determine the area of a polygon given only the length and number of the sides.
Its easy on the surface, yes. Divide it up and use the law of sines and cosines and whatnot....The trick here, though, is to make it ONE equation.
Trickier than youd think..
Its been done for everything up to the heptagon.
Right now, he is working on figuring the heptagon since its the next level up.
But what he really
wants is a solution that will be one equation for any polygon with n sides, all of which have a known length.
In practical use- if you have n pieces of fence of lengths of a given X, how big an area could you enclose?
I am only 19 and have only the mathematical knowledge I have taught myself. My natural tendency toward this problem is to approach it by much the same way as deducing the law of cosines from the law of sines...
But i dont know nearly enough trig.
I think itd be a differential equation thing...
Im not sure though. Its probably approached from an angle I havent even heard of.
A mathematician Michael Somos is quoted in the article as saying the solution/problem is "very theoreticla and very difficult and you're not going to get a prize if you solve it."
|Wednesday, July 9th, 2003|
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|Wednesday, April 2nd, 2003|
|Tuesday, March 25th, 2003|
|Tuesday, February 25th, 2003|
Taking out the power
What's the best way to take out electricity on an entire block?
What's the easiest way?
The most efficient?
The longest lasting?
Any and all ideas are welcome... Current Mood: curious
|Wednesday, February 19th, 2003|
|Tuesday, January 21st, 2003|
|Thursday, January 16th, 2003|
|Wednesday, January 15th, 2003|
Alien amino acid???
From MSNBC's Cosmic Log
by Alan Boyle
Biology textbooks declare that proteins are made from only 20 naturally occurring amino acids
, but scientists report that they have modified E. coli bacteria so they can create and process an extra amino acid.
The study is reported in the Jan. 29 edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and was posted to the journal�s Web site
on Jan. 4. Lead author is Peter Schultz, a chemistry professor at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.
Why create an alien bacterium? The research team says the organism could be used as a research tool.
"Why did life settle on 20 amino acids?" said Ryan Mehl, a Scripps researcher who is now on the faculty of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. "Would more amino acids give you a better organism one that could more effectively adapt if placed under selective pressure?"
The research team manipulated a chunk of genetic code known as a stop codon
to incorporate the 21st amino acid, known as p-aminophenylalanine or pAF.
"This bug is self-sufficient; it can make, load and incorporate the new amino acid in the emerging protein all on its own," Mehl said. "It's a bona fide unnatural organism now. Essentially, this bacterium can be added to a minimal media (salts and a basic carbon source) and it�s able to do the rest."
In the future, organisms could be modified to process synthetic amino acids that have therapeutic value. But what about the prospects for mutants wreaking havoc in the wild? Not to worry, the researchers say: The bacteria�s ability to synthesize the amino acid leucine has been crippled "to avoid any risk that the organism could propagate outside a controlled lab setting," said Scripps' Christopher Anderson.
Hmm... That sounds eerily like the fail-safe
strategy that went awry in "Jurassic Park." Take a look at the news release
, delve into the technical background
if you�re so inclined, and let me know what you think
. Current Mood: pensive
|Tuesday, January 7th, 2003|
New Calculated Age of the Universe
Anyone heard the new age theory for the Universe?
Astronomers and astrophysicists are 95% certain the Universe is 11.2 - 20 billion years old now thanks to Hubble observations. Current Mood: anxious
|Friday, January 3rd, 2003|
|Thursday, January 2nd, 2003|
what the ...?
In reading this article
on quintessence, I was shocked to read this: "recently, big-bang cosmologists assumed that almost all of the energy in the universe today consists of the mass energy (E = mc2) of the matter contained within." I had always figured that there was much more energy in existence than was stored in matter. After all, so much of the matter of the universe is releasing energy; I presumed that this process of releasing of energy had been going on since the birth of each astronomical entity [e.g.: stars, nebulae, galaxies, superclusters, "black holes," et. al.] and that there was logically more energy released in this state of transferrance (from one stored state into another) than there was currently in said storage.
While concluding that the design and structure of the universe points unwaveringly to a Maker of some immense intelligence, I had always considered the Big Bang as being quite simply the act of creation of the universe. Also, I have in the past few years prescribed to a logarithmic scale determining the sequence of events, whether that be in the development of a foetus into an adult in animal development, or in the development of the structure of the universe itself. It is a scientific phenomenon; I have read that the earliest developments of universal laws and elementary particles that make up all matter all came into existence within a matter of femtoseconds. While being miniscule, such seemingly small events are the most fundamental building blocks of physical existence. Extending away from that instant in timespace is a logarithmically scaled sequence of events that are part of the growth and development of our universe.
Where does all that energy go? When the sun emits energy, for example, our tiny planet absorbs a barely negligible amount of it. Where does the rest go? The planets are too small to absorb the energy, and only the Oort cloud
(if it exists) could absorb any significant measure. (The fact that the inner solar system is not bombarded more frequently by comets suggests that the Oort cloud is not that dense -- unless the mysterious Planet X
or solar companoin Nemesis
swings back into the picture and kills us all.). Really, most of the sun's energy is wasted. It surely must get absorbed by something else eventually, but in the meantime there floats this uncontained energy. ... brain hurting, must return later.
|Friday, December 27th, 2002|
Broken Symmetry Solution for the Existence of Dark Energy?
In the model of a super hot expanding universe directly following the big bang the cosmic forces (electromagnetic forces, gravitational forces, strong/weak nuclear forces) were all symmetrical, or acting as one force. In the big crunch model the universe would normally lose its momentum and gravitational forces would overcome all the other forces and pull all the matter back in towards itself. Well, in an inflationary expansion the symmetry of the forces would eventually be broken as the universe cools over its expansion. In an expanding universe matter would eventually cool, losing energy that gives it momentum. This would explain our current situation as of 1996, prior to the '97 supernova sealing us into an accelerating Universe. When the universe would reach a certain temperature closer to absolute zero or just below the symmetry is broken. Once the symmetry is broken, or possibly during the breaking, all the energy left from the unbroken symmetry would be released rapidly, causing the universe to heat once again and continue to expand and then cool. This would explain why the universe is always expanding at that critical rate above the Hubble constant to prevent gravity from slowing matter down. This could also explain why we observe irregular temperatures in the Cosmic Microwave Background. The unbroken symmetrical energy released from breaking symmetry is our dark energy. This is merely speculation on my part, but it makes a lot more sense than just saying it's a mysterious form of energy we know nothing about.
A primitive theory, yet decent in content.