Sunday, December 25, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
My beginner solution to the Rubik's Cube has just reached 100,000 hits!
When I posted this page early last year I never expect it to be so popular. I'm glad it has been and I'm very happy to have been helping new cubers around the world. Thanks to everyone who has visited my cube page and especially those who've sent me emails.
Monday, December 19, 2005
How cool is this!! Go to spell with flickr and type in your name or your favourite word and watch what happens.
The images above are not full-size. I had to take a screenshot and reduce them down so they'd fit within the width of one blog entry column. To see the full image and the links for the location of each letter, click on each word above.
Posted by Jasmine at 10:35 pm
Friday, December 16, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
Scientists at the University of British Columbia in Canada have investigated the physics of cow tipping and concluded that the force required to actually tip a cow means it's pretty unlikely that anyone could ever really do this.
Here's the maths...
m = mass of the cow = 682 kgs
g = gravitational force = 9.81 m/s^2
θ = angle of the lever = 66 degrees
a = length of the lever above the centre of mass = 0.79m
b = length of the lever below the centre of mass = 0.79m
1360 newtons of force requires 2.07 people to exert it, if you assume that each person weighs 67kgs and can push their own bodyweight.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Thursday, December 08, 2005
I was browsing the website of a speedcubing friend, Joël van Noort, and saw this awesome arty photo of a Rubik's Cube. I thought to myself "that arty cube photo is so cool, I want to put it on my site too!"
So, I went to the source of the Rubik's Cube photo (Toni Blay) and asked permission to use it (which was granted). The photo is so cool that I wanted to use it in more than just one blog entry, so I've purpled it and used it as the new main image in my banner graphic. Pretty cool hey?
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
I saw news reports today about the discovery of a possible new mammal species. If true, this is quite remarkable.
New species are discovered all the time, but they are generally tiny little creepy crawlies or microbes that are of little interest to anyone other than the scientists who discover them. The discovery of a new furry mammal, on the other hand, is a whole different story.
As soon as I saw a picture of this as yet unclassified mammal, the obvious question which comes to mind is: Are you sure it isn't a Bornean Bay Cat (Catopuma badia) or an undiscovered subspecies of the Bornean Bay Cat? My reasons for asking this question are due to the following similarities between the two creatures:
- both found in Borneo
- both are mammals
- both are similar sizes
- both have reddish-brown fur
- the new creature has been described as 'probably a carnivore'
- both have small ears, pointed snout, long tail (compare this picture of the Bay Cat and this picture of the 'new' species)
- the new creature looks like a cat
- both are extremely rare
Update 7/12/2005: Here are some links to news stories about the new discovery: World Wildlife Fund, Cryptomundo and Cryptomundo again.
Monday, December 05, 2005
Yesterday I got a new best single solve time on the 5x5x5, and a new best average.
My new best single solve time (5 mins 30.55 seconds) was the fastest solve of my first 5x5x5 average yesterday. As my times seemed to be going well I decided to do a few more solves and watch the rolling average. A couple of solves later and my average had dropped to 6 mins 28.87 seconds!
Here are the details:
Average: 388.87 (6 mins 28.87 seconds)
Fastest: 330.55s (5 mins 30.55 seconds)
Slowest: 444.17s (7 mins 24.17 seconds)
Individual times: 399.24, 436.53, 367.04, 372.11, 419.25, 361.76, 403.20, (330.55), 402.38, 350.91, (444.17), 376.27.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
I've first solved the 5x5x5 cube about 2.5 years ago and, believe it or not, today is the first time I've ever done an average! Here are the details...
Average: 392.73s (6 mins 32.73 seconds)
Fastest: 330.55s (5 mins 30.55 seconds)
Slowest: 488.44s (8 mins 8.44 seconds)
Individual times: (488.44), 414.89, 399.24, 436.53, 367.04, 372.11, 419.25, 361.76, 403.20, (330.55), 402.38, 350.91