Arguing with an idiot

Arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pigeon. No matter how smart you are, or how good you are at chess, they’re still going to knock over all the pieces and poop on the board.

– Anonymous.

Arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pigeon - via pablo as jpg

 

War and Peace

“In peace prepare for war, in war prepare for peace. The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence under no circumstances can it be neglected.”

– Sun Tzu

Would you like to play a game?

All fair in love and war, but there are rules to a game of chess. Anyone for a game?

Welcome to a new Category of posts, Quote of the Day. I’m deliberately not calling this daily quotes as I may not post them every day, but I cannot think of a more appropriate quote to kick off with on Armed Forces Day. While I may not agree with the political decisions to go to war oftentimes, I have nothing but the highest respect for those who serve professionally and with distinction in any sort of military role in the UK and around the world.

Don’t panic! It’s Towel Day! 

“You sass that hoopy frood Douglas Adams? There’s a guy who really knows where his towel is.”

Today is Towel Day a celebration and tribute to Douglas Adams, author of the increasingly inaccurately named Hitch-Hiker Trilogy and other similarly mind-boggling works of fiction and non-fiction. If you’ve no idea what it’s all about the lovely folk from lemon.ly have produced this infographic.

Whatever you do today, above all make sure you know exactly where your towel is. 🙂

Less than a day left to Register to Vote in the UK

Register to vote - then go vote!

Do I really need to caption this to tell you what it is?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or have spent the last month with your fingers shoved in your ears yelling “La la la, I can’t hear you!”, you’ll probably be aware that there is a General Election looming in the UK.

The deadline for registering to vote is tonight at midnight. Theoretically, there are around 54 million people in the UK eligible to vote, of which just under 46 million were registered in 2016 according to the Office of National Statistics.

I don’t care about your politics or if you’re apolitical. I don’t care about the colour of your skin, the colour of your money, your rosettes or your heart. Just remember this – if you don’t want to engage in the democratic processes of this country (flawed as they are), then you’ll end up with far less weight to any complaints you may have resulting from such elections.

If you don’t think there’s any point voting, register anyway and then vote. Parliament gives “short money” to opposition parties as a counterbalance to the Government’s access to the entire might of the Civil Service and it is determined in part by the number of votes cast nationally.  So, once you’ve registered, don’t forget to vote on the 8th June 2017.

You can go online if you want to Register to Vote. Go on, it’ll take you less than minute. Why would you not?

A revolutionary new method of space propulsion?

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Unusual Gyroscope MGEF

I’ve just come across the intriguing concept of the “Module Generator of Entropic Forces (MGEF)” that could revolutionise space exploration. I’ll quote the last paragraph from this Facebook group post (also the final paragraph on ISAN’s articles page) that summarises the potential succinctly:

“This technology can be expanded to a meaningful scale, it could portend a revolution in the space industry. Spacecraft would no longer need hundreds of kilograms or even tons of propellant to stay in orbit or explore deep space. The International Space Station, for instance, burns through approximately 4 tons of propellant each year, and more fuel must be delivered to it regularly at a cost of about $20,000 a kilogram.”

Be warned that the language is very technical, but that is understandable given that the author studied at Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics. I got the gist of it, but I’ll have to re-read it at least a couple more times to get a decent handle on it. I didn’t study physics beyond High School, so the hard maths and science of this are rather beyond me. From my cursory reading, it seems plausible – possible even – although there will be some serious engineering hurdles to surmount.

Any hardcore Engineers or Physicists want to weigh in on the validity of this?