Rather than revert to the "on this day" format, I thought I'd try this out. I'll do an image of the day and a quote of the day -- not related, unless by serendipity. I can go back to the old format if people prefer. Today's image is a Hong Kong night scene from National Geographic.
Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
469 comments - what an epic UT day, harsh words, misunderstandings, baseless insults, great tunes, new faces, old faces, what more could you need?
"So long as I remain alive and well I shall continue to feel strongly about prose style, to love the surface of the Earth, and to take pleasure in solid objects and scraps of useless information."
If its good enough for Georgey...
England game today, too, I know Duke's ordered himself a Rooney shirt and a couple of St George's flags for the car.
"England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality. In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution, from horse racing to suet puddings. It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of standing to attention during God save the King than of stealing from a poor box."
That photo, thats you old folk reeling in shock at the new colour scheme, thats what that is. I was considering volunteering to help out at those "silver surfer" courses teaching old people to use the net but I think I've got my hands full with you lot ;)
I changed it back, then few said "no i like it, easier to read", then others said "harder to read, dont like it". But this is the UT after all so to be expected...
Anyway, perhaps we give it till Monday, so we get a bit used to it, and can make an informed choice. I prefer it because its less obvious when boss walks by, the white that is, and the old colour scheme felt a bit drab to me at times. But we'll have it for a couple of days and then have a vote maybe.
Madison and the financial crisis:
"In fact, our current crisis and power structure were summed up with stunning accuracy by the Founding Fathers themselves. What James Madison called, “the daring depravity of the times.” As he described, “The stock-jobbers will become the praetorian band of the government, at once its tools and its tyrants, bribed by its largesse, and overawing it by clamors and combinations. Substituting the motive of private interest in place of public duty, leading to a real domination of the few under an apparent domination of the many.”
Leave it to Madison, the Father of the Constitution, to give us one of the most prescient quotes on modern-day America you can find. For those of you who have never heard the term “stock-jobbers,” here’s the definition from a dictionary written in 1811:
“Stock Jobbers -
Persons who gamble in Exchange Alley, by pretending to buy and sell the public funds, but in reality only betting that they will be at a certain price, at a particular time; possessing neither the stock pretended to be sold, nor money sufficient to make good the payments for which they contract: these gentlemen are known under the different appellations of bulls, bears, and lame ducks.”
Only joking, no more number puzzles today... Though it is mildly amusing...
Anyway, I thought we'd start today with a quote from an unlikely source. I like this, it has an amusing cynicism...
"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
Ok, i couldnt resist another puzzle because this is an interesting one in a lot of ways (no more puzzles tomorrow I promise):
You are on a game show and there are three doors. The presenter tells you that behind one of doors there is a car and behind the other two are goats. If you pick the car you win it. After you have picked a door the presenter opens a different door with a goat behind it, he then gives you the chance to change what door you open. What should you do? Stick with your door, or change?
I remember this puzzle from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, about the boy with aspergers. In case anyone isnt familiar with it, i wont say what the answer is. But in the book, apparently this question was put to some Indian woman with an absurdly high IQ, she may have been a professor or something, i cant remember. Anyway, she got the answer right.
But because its quite an unintuitive answer, she received shedloads of angry emails, some from other professors I believe, saying she was talking bollocks and they couldnt believe she'd made such an error.
You've got 27 coin, each of them is 10 g, except for 1. The 1 different coin is 9 g or 11 g (heavier, or lighter by 1 g). You should use balance scale that compares what's in the two pans. You can get the answer by just comparing groups of coins. What is the minimum number weighings that can always guarantee to determine the different coin?
1959 - Buddy Holly killed in air crash 1963 - The Rolling Stones' first record, "Come On," was released 1968 -Musical Hair opens in UK as censors withdraw 1969 - Blind Faith made its British debut with a free concert at London's Hyde Park. 1969- Woodstock music festival ends 1970: Rock legend Hendrix dies after party 1980: John Lennon shot dead 1971: Doors' singer Jim Morrison found dead 1977: EMI fires Sex Pistols 1985: Live Aid makes millions for Africa 1994: Rock musician Kurt Cobain 'shoots himself'
God its all DEATHS!
Born today (not all musicians!) Beau Brummel 1778 - Paul Gauguin) 1848 - Dean Martin 1917 Virginia McKenna 1931 - Tom Jones 1940 - Liam Neeson 1952 - Prince 1958 -
Henry III became Holy Roman Emperor in 1039. Sir Walter Raleigh established the first English colony on Roanoke Island in 1584. Suffragette Emily Davison was killed by the king's horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby. The Battle of Midway began in 1942.
Birthdays: King George III (1738); Geoffrey Palmer (1927); Dr Ruth Westheimer (1928); John Barrymore (1932); Michelle Phillips (1944); Val McDermid (1955); Cecilia Bartoli (1966); Angelina Jolie (1975).
Biden: ...Well, we had made it clear, the President of the United States has spoken three times, yesterday with Bibi, or the day before yesterday, he's spoken once yesterday with a guy that I have spent a fair amount of time with, with Prime Minister Erdogan in Turkey; the Turks, we passed a resolution in the UN saying we need a transparent and open investigation of what happened. It looks like things are...
Rose: International investigation?
Biden: Well, an investigation run by the Israelis,