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don’t shit your pants – a good flash game

eulogy for douglas adams by richard dawkins – some interesting quotes and stuff.

This next paragraph is one of Douglas’s set-pieces which will be familiar to some people here. I heard it more than once, and I thought it was more brilliant every time.

“. . . imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘This is an interesting world I find myself in’an interesting hole I find myself in’fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!’ This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it’s still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.”

fox news gets okay to misinform public, court rules – (fox news is an american news channel)

The attorneys for Fox, owned by media baron Rupert Murdoch, successfully argued the First Amendment gives broadcasters the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on the public airwaves.

that’s how i roll – a scientific analysis of dice – cheaper dice give more ones

Afterwards we calculated the results and the Chessex and GW dice averaged 29% ones. Mind you that this is an average and our high was 33 and our low was 23. We removed any statistical anomalies and came up with 29%. Game room logic, a poor source of anything, would dictate that the side with the one is heavier and would therefore be on the bottom more. Unfortunately this is just not true, take popcorn or batholiths as an example. The 6 is too light to stop the momentum of the die, the rounded corners cannot prevent the die from turning due to the weight. In the end 1s are by far the most common result. On a 6 sided die any given number should appear 16.6% of the time, the Vegas dice were dead on and the square dice with pips were pretty close, only displaying a 19% ratio for ones.

shattering fallout for students in NSW – some reasons why the new national curriculum is a step backwards for NSW. related: NSW Board of Studies slams national school curriculum

learning curve – blog of the woman who regularly churns out racist articles on selective schools. her most recent article, segregation in the school system, is neatly summed up in the 66th comment: Despite the new litigation-avoiding spin, the article still smacks of racism. i’m not sure why the herald wants to be associated with this journalist.

animal crossing – a comic

the triple j hottest 100 of all time 2009 and the dominance of the rock canon – from meanjin

could porn be good for society?

…And, reports The Scientist, it appears that there are links between sex crimes and pornography. Just not the sort of links many of us might have expected. Instead of causing sex crimes, porn might actually contribute to reducing their incidence.