Friday, October 23, 2009

Weird Building Friday

As my cousin Jack remarked on the weekend when I showed him this photo...

It’s no mean feat to begin with a nice, clean sheet of paper and wind up drafting something like this.

Amsterdam, January 1981
imarge by jarcob
transferred from original kodachrome

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I don't want to grow up!

By Postulant Caitlin

I don't want to grow up
I wanna stay small
And I want a new pup
I'm havin' a ball

My life is great
I want to stay this way
It's growth that I hate
If I have to I'll pray

No matter what you say
I'm gonna stay like this
I want to do it my way
It's you I will miss

It's time to go
I won't lie
I can't say no
And so goodbye


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

How to avoid being blown out of the sky

Maybe this has been around for a while and I’ve missed it, but here’s a neat variation on the ‘false causality’ conundrum:

I asked a statistician about the odds of travelling on a plane where someone had brought a bomb on board.

He said about a million to one. Not good odds.

When asked about the odds of two people bringing a bomb on the same plane, the odds were significantly different: 1.6 billion to one.

So now, whenever I travel by air, I carry a bomb.