OU blog

Personal Blogs

Richard Walker

Chicken Joke

Visible to anyone in the world


Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

Yesterday

Visible to anyone in the world

Yesterday was the one day in the year when the alphabet has only 25 letters.

Noel.

Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

Narga

Visible to anyone in the world

This is all I ate.


Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

Solution to Probability Question

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 24 Dec 2023, 16:02

This is the solution to the problem posted at https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/oublog/viewpost.php?post=279732

When two dice are rolled there are 6 x 6 = 36 possible outcomes, all equally likely. However the information that at least one has come up six narrows down the number of possibilities to the 11 shown as crosses below.


1 2 3 4 5 6
1 x
2 x
3 x
4 x
5 x
6 x x x x x x

Of these both dice show 6 in only one case, so the required probability is 1/11 ~  9%.                   
Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

?!@#

Visible to anyone in the world


Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

Probability question

Visible to anyone in the world

A friend who I know to be reliable rings me up and tells me they have just rolled a pair of dice and at least one came up 6. What is the probability that the other one also showed 6?

Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

Xmas Cheer

Visible to anyone in the world
I’m dreaming a wine Christmas.
Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

Telemedicine 1925

Visible to anyone in the world

This picture is from the cover of the February 1925 edition of Science and Invention. The author of the article on page 978 was Hugo Guensback.


Guensback's prescient article foreshadows by nearly 100 years developments that are only just starting to become common. 


The 'teledactyl' sounds like a prehistoric winged reptile but is in fact a remote finger that mirrors the movement of the doctor's finger. Here is Guensberg's diagram of how the system might work.


This is all quite well thought out and even in 1925 it might have been possible to build a limited proof of concept prototype in the laboratory but of course cost and technical issues would have made mass production impractical, and without a modern communications infrastructure such as the internet it would be very hard to make it work in practice.

Here is a link to the whole article, courtesey ofl worldradiohistory.com

https://www.worldradiohistory.com/Archive-Electrical-Experimenter/SI-1925-02.pdf


Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

The Burning Bush

Visible to anyone in the world


Generated by DALL_E  from a photo of a hawthorn bush

Permalink 1 comment (latest comment by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 12 Dec 2023, 18:22)
Share post
Richard Walker

Christmas Tree Festival

Visible to anyone in the world

Yesterday we went to a Christmas Tree Festival in the village church. There were about 30 trees from various local groups and organisations. Some were actual Christmas trees but others had been put together from various materials. They filled the whole church, and the effect was rather magical.


Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

New blog post

Visible to anyone in the world

My Mother was very, cold towards me, but Father was aloofer. He was a bath sponge.

Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

Shaggy Bear Story

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 2 Dec 2023, 01:00

Once upon a time a Hare


 Challenged Sooty


To a race.

The Hare got off to a flying start and soon Sooty, being only a glove puppet, was lagging badly. When the Hare looked back Sooty was nowhere to be seen.

So the Hare lay down for a nap.

You guessed it, Sooty came up from behind, passed the Hare, and reached the finishing post first.

In the papers next day the headlines read

Slow hand-teddy wins the race



Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

Word of the day

Visible to anyone in the world
Backronym

An acronym is formed from the initial letters in a phrase, and can become a word in its own right. Scuba is a good example, derived from Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. People like acronyms; they are handy and memorable.

A backronym is the exact opposite. Starting from a word that looks as though it could be an acronym, we reverse engineer an origin, sometimes to be comical, but sometimes because an acronym is suggested that seems plausible and satisfying. And some backronyms  are for serious purpose, as explained here 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backronym

As an example of the plausible type, it’s commonly said that posh comes from Port Out Starboard Home, in the context to sea travel to India, but I don’t believe there is any reliable evidence for this explanation. It always seemed fishy* to me.

A more modern backronym is rap = Rhythm And Poetry, which seems equally unlikely to be true.

And a really funny one is 

* False Information Some Hand You.

Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

Bread Joke

Visible to anyone in the world

Erm, what's the name of that French bread? I baguette.

Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

From The Botanical Gardens

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 29 Nov 2023, 00:10

These amazing plants look like something from a Gaugin painting. They were seen in thJardín de Aclimatación de la Orotava, Tenerife which dates from 1788.


Permalink 1 comment (latest comment by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 29 Nov 2023, 19:16)
Share post
Richard Walker

In Memoriam

Visible to anyone in the world

My Aunt died today.

And I can remember her;

Running across a sunlit field 

With we three children in hilarious pursuit

Laughing at the wind in our faces.

Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

Found in the loft

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 2 Dec 2023, 01:37
Sorry this post has broken and I can't mend it sad
Permalink 1 comment (latest comment by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 18 Nov 2023, 22:02)
Share post
Richard Walker

vort fun dem tog

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 16 Nov 2023, 23:54

Yesterday i stumbled across this expressive word from Yiddish:

shmegegge

meaning baloney, nonsense, rubbish, as in "Don't give me all that shmegegge".

It's pronounced shmuhGEGee. according to the Oxford English Dictionary. 

Here's the Google ngram. It's quite a recent word it seems, and is a bit less frequent than in the past. But why those high peaks? Was the word in. a film or TV show around those times? I'd love to know.




Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

Change

Visible to anyone in the world
“Please always remember, the secret of survival is to embrace change, and to adapt.”

From A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

Visible to anyone in the world

George Orwell I think it was that said Macbeth is a play about ambition.In this famous speech near the end of the play, Macbeth, facing ruin and defeat, meditates on the ultimate folly of human ambition.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

Macbeth was here

Visible to anyone in the world


Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

Corny joke

Visible to anyone in the world

Met a woman claiming to be the Roman goddess of crops. I was like really? You can’t be Ceres.

Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

On the Night Train

Visible to anyone in the world


Permalink 2 comments (latest comment by Richard Walker, Thursday, 9 Nov 2023, 23:39)
Share post
Richard Walker

Picture Hanging

Visible to anyone in the world


Permalink
Share post
Richard Walker

Conundrum

Visible to anyone in the world


Permalink
Share post

This blog might contain posts that are only visible to logged-in users, or where only logged-in users can comment. If you have an account on the system, please log in for full access.

Total visits to this blog: 1924685