Guilty as charged. The best part is that both sides of any given debate will think this.
No joke, this is an actual advertisement. I can think of no better way to soften the image of atheists :P
Living up to that conservative persona well.
(Source: , via sneakingferocity)
Always look on the bright side of things!
Tumblr is rising! Funny enough, I just made my account only a few weeks ago. Looks like after holding off for sometime, I made the right choice.
Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Cops beware: scientists will make your jobs a lot harder.
In his paper “The Proof of Innocence” Dmitri Krioukov, a physicist at the University of California in San Diego, outlined for a judge the mathematical reasons why he was not guilty of running a stop sign. It may seem like a lot of effort for one ticket, but Krioukov is no longer on the hook for the $400 he owed.
In making his case, Krioukov wrote that a police officer can perceive a car as not having stopped — even though it really did stop — if three different criteria are met:
“(1) the observer measures not the linear but angular speed of the car; (2) the car decelerates and subsequently accelerates relatively fast; and (3) there is a short-time obstruction of the observer’s view of the car by an external object, e.g., another car, at the moment when both cars are near the stop sign.”
For those who’d like a simpler explanation, the blog Physics Central broke down Krioukov’s argument in layman’s terms with an illuminating analogy about trains:“When Krioukov drove toward the stop sign the police officer was approximating Krioukov’s angular velocity instead of his linear velocity. This happens when we try to estimate the speed of a passing object, and the effect is more pronounced for faster objects.
Trains, for instance, appear to be moving very slowly when they are far away, but they speed past when closer. Despite these two different observations at different distances, the train maintains a roughly constant velocity throughout its trip.”
In addition to including colorful diagrams, Krioukov was thorough with his details of the events that transpired: he wrote of having a cold on the day of the supposed violation and expounded on the impact a single sneeze had.
This is definitely the most creative and sophisticated way I’ve ever heard anyone beat a ticket. I wonder how many others will try to emulate his argument.
The paradox of the information age: we’re as interconnected as ever, but in many ways we’re more distant. Then again, and no other point in human history have so many strangers been able to interact and befriend each other, whatever the form. I think that this is overall a positive development, if we learn not to get carried away. What do you all think?
Now this is good, though very expensive, marketing.
In school they told me ‘Practice makes perfect.’ And then they told me ‘Nobody’s perfect,’ so then I stopped practicing.
Not all scientific names for animals are based off stuffy and technical Latin terms. Click the link to see 17 odd and creative names for various species, Han solo and Ytu brutus. It’s pretty amusing.