for those mathematically inclined

28 February, 2003

(well, those with a calculator and too much free time, anyway 🙂

Just noticed something

have a look at the multiples of 125²/7² (15625/49), especially 10x, 20x, 30x… as the phenomenon is a little more noticeable.

Except for the first two, each two digits (allowing for 100’s carryovers on occasion) is a double of the previous.

How cool is that? Found it while trying to figure out how far bullets fired into the air can travel, after reading an oddball news report.

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13 February, 2003

7/1/03
http://www.abc.net.au/news/offbeat/default.htm – ABC’s offbeat news section. Well worth a read.

5/2/03
http://www.sedos.org/english/mcvey_2.htm – A US person who’s lived in Pakistan for many years writes one of the most interesting articles I’ve seen in a while with a unique insight into both mindsets, coming out with a plea for peace, love and tolerance under the banner of God instead of the diatribe being released by the US government.
http://www.atimes.com/global-econ/DB07Dj01.html – A more general article which was also interesting 🙂

7/2/03
All these AFIO newsletters are good reading, but this one in particular grabbed my attention:
http://www.afio.com/sections/wins/2002/2002-28.html#Arabic_Names

Memorable quote:

A listing of some two dozen alleged al-Qaeda operatives and financiers’ names compiled by Justice and Treasury officials was passed to Saudi Arabian authorities with a request that the bank accounts of the individuals be frozen. The Saudis, when they stopped laughing, told the US the list amounted to a bunch of nicknames, Arabic versions of mobster handles such as “Vinny the Chin.”

7/2/03
re – Emergency calls (in particular people phoning 000 after the Waterfall train crash near Sydney) (ABC)

11/2/03
news article re: falsity of Iraq dossier (http://www.channel4.com/news/home/z/stories/20030206/dossier.html) Only a matter of time before we find out about the Powell one, I guess.

(update) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2741003.stm as well.

13/2/03
The Mt Stromlo Observatory, a critical component of our national science program, was destroyed in the Canberra fires recently. The admin buildings survived as did most of the data – but they need our help to rebuild the rest.