“There is a theory which states that people who respond to Pollock are subconsciously drawn to the fractal complexity hidden in his paintings color contrast. But then there is also a theory which states that fractal analysis of a rhino’s droppings discloses an amazing measure of self-similarity of its components. You may draw your own inferences.” ~ Christopher
Category Archives: Humor
As Tiger Woods recovers from a car accident and contends with reports of philandering, Slate V imagines what the golfing great might be typing into that familiar white search bar (with apologies to Google’s new ad campaign).
On February 4th, Bill O’Reilly boasted on his show “The O’Reilly Factor” that his edit of their 42-minute interview for broadcast was "a fair cut" and invited viewers to have a look at the unedited version online to judge for themselves:
"Some of these idiots in the press who hate us, ‘O’Reilly cut the interview to make Stewart look’—OK, all of that is bull. It’s a fair cut. And then when you watch the cut and watch the whole interview you’ll see it."
Charlie Brooker, a British journalist and comic, has always been known in England for his satire. Well now he’s gone global. This hilarious video skewering British news (which looks exactly like American news) gets into every annoying crevice television reporting has and exploits it for laughs. With this handy guide you too can waste people’s time with inane images of pedestrians and graphs designed to keep you from falling asleep!
Peter Backus, a native of Seattle, PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick – near London, has taken a mathematical equation that predicts the possibility of alien life in the universe and used it to explain why he can’t find a girlfriend.
In his paper, “Why I don’t have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake Equation to love in the UK,” Backus used The Drake Equation to estimate the number of potential girlfriends in the UK. His equation looked at the total number of women in the country, and then narrowed it down using relevant factors including the number of women in London, the number of “age-appropriate” women (those aged between 24-34), women with a college degree, and those who Backus would find physically attractive.
As such Backus has calculated that he has a 0.0000034% chance of meeting his special woman in London using the equation, yielding essentially a paltry 26 women that fit his criteria. But I contend [albeit jokingly] that Peter neglected to account for one last variable:
ƒoffended or ƒo = the number of women who would feel offended that he just reduced the beauty of chance encounters and love and to a cold and sterile equation.
Since his equation returned a result of 26 potential women – who are all assumed to be relatively intelligent [see his college educational requirements] – one could make an educated assumption that most – if not all – of these remaining women would in fact be insulted.
If then we multiply his final result of 26 women by the inverse of ƒo (1/26=0.0384615385) we find a final answer is 0.0384615385*26 = 1. Yes, accounting for all his criteria – and adding the one extra – there should be 1 woman in the general London area who would fit his search for a soul mate.
And it seems he has found her: reports on the internet suggest he has been seeing someone now for the last six months. “She’s from London,” he says. “And she meets all my criteria.”
Well done Peter. Now what are the odds of that? But I wouldn’t blow this Peter: mathematically she’s the only one you’ve got left.
The rumored Apple tablet, rumored to be called the iSlate, is rumored to be released sometime in January 2010. The rumored tablet is also rumored to be a 7 inch or 10 inch screen device with multi-touch capabilities and is rumored to be priced shockingly low.
So what exactly is the rumored Apple tablets ultimate role or purpose in the Apple line up? It is rumored that the rumored Apple Tablet will replace the low end of Apple’s portable computer market which is currently held by the MacBook and instead focus on some core functionality and do it well.
Why buy the rumored Apple Tablet if you already have an iPhone and a MacBook? The best guess is that ultimately, the rumored Tablet is something you’ll buy instead of a MacBook.
It is rumored that the rumored Apple Tablet will do less than we expect, but the things it does do, it will do insanely well.
It is rumored that it will offer a fraction of the functionality of a MacBook — but that fraction will be way more fun.
Apple is rumored to be launching their rumored tablet in 2010 and Steve Jobs has been rumored to be extremely happy with the rumored upcoming device.