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I might be some time [toybox journal]

Thanks to everyone
For everything you've done
But now it's
Time to go

You know it's hard
We've had some fun
But now the moment's come it's
Time to go

Who could ask for more?

smiley - dolphin

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Latest reply: Aug 20, 2012

From Shakespeare to Dan Brown [toybox journal]

The game is to go from one wikipedia page to another just by following wiki links.

I have just played this, starting with Shakespeare intending to reach Dan Brown. Why these two Entries? Well, because it looked easy enough to do and I didn't have too much time to spend. (And easy it was: I got to the second page in only five links!)

In any case, that was an entertaining way to pass time with the internet.

Next time I'll try to go backwards -- from Dan Brown to Shakespeare. Or from Coffee to Theorem. Or from Puffin to Muffin. Possibilities are infinite smiley - biggrin

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Latest reply: Apr 17, 2012

Shall I invoke a cabaret singer again? [toybox journal]

French scientist Fred Monsonnec has carried out an experiment in his bathtub, in order to confirm the theorem of Kutta-Jukowski. (Never mind what the theorem is, this has no bearing on today's journal.)

So he made a short video about it (1:18) and posted it on youtube. Here it is, if you are interested:

Actually, even if you aren't interested, please do visit it.

Didn't work? Chances are you are living in Germany then.

Thank you GEMA for protecting the interests of the Isley Brothers smiley - applause Also thank you for supporting my scientific curiosity smiley - smooch

So I will rush out and buy a CD now eh, will I? Scratch it, I'm not even supposed to know whose music was used as a soundtrack. At least I do know what experiment was being carried out smiley - rolleyes

I will sleep well tonight, with the knowledge that the world is a safe and happy place.

smiley - steam

The video was linked from Dr Goulu's post on why things can fly: [fr]

And the cabaret singer from the journal title is Sid der Liedermacher: [de]

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Latest reply: Mar 12, 2012

The Voice of Gender Bias [toybox journal]

Do you know the TV show The Voice? It's a variation of a Dutch reality singing competition, which was adapted in several countries over the world. Contestants try and convince four "coaches", themselves popular performing artists, to train them (contestants) in their (coaches) group. Talents are selected in blind auditions, where the coaches cannot see, but only hear the singers.

So far so good.

I did notice an intriguing pattern though. In most of the international versions, female coaches are outnumbered by male ones*. And this puzzles me. I mean, it's not like there is any shortage of women pop singers, or is there? smiley - raisedeyebrow

I'm quite aware that we cannot get a representative cross-section of pop singers condensed in just 4 people. Still, isn't it revealing of a general gender bias in the media? (The same sort which is brought to light by the Bechdel test A44922486, which cropped up again recently along with the Academy Awards.)

smiley - musicalnote

* Unless I have made a mistake:

1 woman / 3** men: Australia, Flanders, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, UK, Ukraine, US.

2 women / 2 men: Albania, Denmark, Poland, Wallonia.

Thailand and Vietnam are planning to air the show, but haven't announced the cast yet.

** or four, like in Germany where one coach is actually a team of two.

smiley - pggb

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Latest reply: Mar 5, 2012

Jump into hyperspace [toybox journal]

I feel like Arthur Dent must have felt when he woke up in that vogon ship.

Except the place around here look familiar, that is.

Welcome back! Help yourself to the electron buffet:

smiley - bubblysmiley - pggbsmiley - stoutsmiley - teasmiley - coffeesmiley - cappuccinosmiley - redwine

smiley - cakesmiley - cheesecakesmiley - cupcakesmiley - toffeeapplesmiley - cheesesmiley - porkpiesmiley - strawberries

And a big round of smiley - hug and smiley - applause to everyone who made the move possible, and in the smoothest fashion too! smiley - smooch

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Latest reply: Oct 17, 2011

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