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Friday, 16 February 2018

Super Chimps

Like most people I had been peddling the old trope that Chimps were five times stronger than humans. That in fact that chimpanzees are superhuman strong.

Chimp Kong, Not Quite As Strong As King ......

This idea had apparently been fuelled by a 1923 study, that claimed one chimp could pull nine times its own body weight. Later studies suggested they could only pull two to four times their weight but the idea had been planted and stayed in the public conciousness and as a fact in been a feature of pop-culture.

Bad Ideas

There are times when you seriously have to wonder what goes through some peoples minds .... I give you: A statue of St. Martin de Porres .....

St. Martin de Porres 'Handing out' Bread

Blackfriars Priory School in Adelaide Australia have since covered this up with a black cloth, and are wondering what to do with the statue they innocently commissioned.

Art For Arts Sake

In what may be another sign of a new puritanism being generated in this country, Manchester Art Gallery took the picture 'Hylas and the Nymphs' by John William Waterhouse, a pre-Raphaelite Victorian painter, down. Postcards of the painting were also removed from sale in the shop.

'Hylas and the Nymphs' by John William Waterhouse - Manchester Gallery (sometimes).

The painting features a number of pubescent, semi-naked water nymphs, tempting a handsome young man to his doom. The question raised was whether this erotic Victorian fantasy should be considered unsuitable and offensive in the current puritanical climate?

The Fake Fakirs and The Rationalists

Being a rationalist is both a lonely and dangerous role in any land of myth and legend, and where more so than India, where religion rules the lives of at least 95% of the population .... 

Indian Rationalists Face Attack Or Murder ...

For instance a number of rationalists have been assassinated in recent years .....  

Friday, 9 February 2018

Down Periscope

Virginia-class submarines costing $1.76 billion each, and starting with the USS Colorado that's expected to be commissioned in November, will be controlled via Xbox controllers to manoeuvre their periscopes. This after the heavy and clunky joystick and control panel, that Lockheed Martin developed to control these submarines periscopes, were found to be likely to cost around $38,000 each.

The Lo-tech Solution

It was also found to take hours to train a sailor to use it. The Xbox controllers on the other hand, not only did the job just as well, but sailors were able to work out controls on their own within a few minutes, and they cost around just $30 each.

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