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Wiki-Person of the Day: William Sealy Gosset

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Sorry I didn’t post yesterday. Two sick kids at home- Not fun.

Anyway, today I’ve selected William Sealy Gosset.

Wiliam Sealy Gosset

Wiliam Sealy Gosset

Why? Well, let me tell you a tale…

During my first trip to Madrid, I discovered a pretty nice fake-Irish pub (can’t remember name, I’ll have to pull out my photo album later and find the pictures I took when I was there). I say “fake”, because it was one of these “pubs in a box” that bar owners can buy from Guinness. Not quite a franchise, but, Guinness will, for a fee, come an outfit, decorate and stock your pub, with everything from the bar itself to tall the nick-knacks on the walls.

Anyway, in the middle of old Madrid, there was this stereotypical Irish pub straight from County Kilkenny. This place became my oasis for a few weeks; my traveling companions at the time were into going to dance clubs and other loud, youthful places at night. Not my cup of tea. So, I kept going back to this pub.

I managed to befriend one of the co-owners, a guy from Dublin. He was an amateur historian as well as a publican.  Over many pints, he gave me a full history of Guinness.  One of the things he told me was that was mathematics that made Guinness so good.  This came up at the end of a long night, and I never really understood it.  His explanation was a bit… well, like I said, I never understood it.

Anyway, I recently stumbled upon the bio of Mr. William Sealy Gossett.  I still can’t say I completely understand his work, but if a statistician can be the Head Brewer at St. James Gate, then I will have to agree with the statement that is is mathematics that makes Guinness so good!

Enjoy these Wiki-Links: William Sealy Gosset, Student’s t-distribution, Studentized residual, Guinness, St. James Gate, Madrid, County Kilkenny, Dublin, Irish Expats

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December 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

Wiki-Person of the Day: Theodore Hook

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Today, I am selecting Theodore Hook.

Theodore Hook

I am not selecting Mr. Hook because I find his biography all that interesting, but because he is the man responsible for the Berners Street Hoax, which is quite possibly the best bar bet of all time!  I’ve always enjoyed that story, so I’m selecting Mr. Hook as my Wiki-Person of the Day as an excuse to share it all with you.

From Wikipedia…

The Berners Street Hoax was perpetrated by Theodore Hook in the City of Westminster, London, in 1809.[1][2] Hook had made a bet with his friend, Samuel Beazley, that he could transform any house in London into the most talked-about address in a week, which he achieved by sending out thousands of letters in the name of Mrs Tottenham, who lived at 54 Berners Street, requesting deliveries, visitors, and assistance.[3]

On 27 November, at five o’clock in the morning, a sweep arrived to sweep the chimneys of Mrs Tottenham’s house. The maid who answered the door informed him that no sweep had been requested, and that his services were not required. A few moments later another sweep presented himself, then another, and another, 12 in all. After the last of the sweeps had been sent away, a fleet of carts carrying large deliveries of coal began to arrive, followed by a series of cakemakers delivering large wedding cakes, then doctors, lawyers, vicars and priests summoned to minister to someone in the house they had been told was dying. Fishmongers, shoemakers, and over a dozen pianos were among the next to appear, along with “six stout men bearing an organ”. Dignitaries, including the Governor of the Bank of England, the Duke of York, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Mayor of the City of London also arrived. The narrow streets soon became severely congested with tradesmen and onlookers. Deliveries and visits continued until the early evening, bringing a large part of London to a standstill.[4]

Hook stationed himself in the house directly opposite 54 Berners Street, from where he and his friend spent the day watching the chaos unfold.

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December 13, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Posted in Funny, History, Wiki-Person

Funny Photos

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Last year, I spent way too much time browsing the internet just looking for the lulz. It was fun, but a complete waiste of time. I’ve broken myself of that habit thankfully. (though, I still haven’t accomplished anything yet with all this new time I’m not flittering away.)

Anyway, here is a bunch of stuff I found last spring, (which is eons ago in internet time). Just wanted to share it, so I can justify this stuff clogging up my hard drive.  (this is post one of two – I’ll get to the rest of it later.)

Amberlamps

An old reference, and not a funny picture, I just really liked this piece of art.

America

But it's freedom to have these crazy beliefs that makes this nation so damn great!

Flying Baby!

Ha! Babies are funny!

George F'in Bush

Gonna let this one speak for it self.

Beatles Phone Trick

It's the simple things that amuse me the most.

Burt-Alien & Ernie-Predator

I love when pop culture icons cross pollinate.

Carlin On Religion

The illogic of religion bothers me more then the BS.

Comic Book Issues

It's because I have issues, that I had to stop collection issues. (but I still have issues, both kinds.)

Try this!

Someday, when I am feeling my jerky-est, I will try this. Someday.

Daria

No joke here, other then to introduce you the woman I married. In both appearance and demeanor.

Disney Pr0n

Oh media, why would you lie to us?

My Dream

When I read stuff like this, I'm happy to learn that I am not alone in the world!

Portable Porn

Oh my, look how far technology has come! (no pun intended)

ESPN Fett

Once you see it, you will never unsee it!

Please Pass The Gas

Prolly fake, but it made me smirk.

Everyday Italian

I'mnot posting this because "Everyday Italian" is the greatest cooking show of all time, but because I was amazed to learn that there is a whole webste devoted to nothing but jokes about Food Network.

Forever A-Thumb

I love it when two memes intermix. Here, we have finger art and one of my personal favs, Forever Alone.

Hand Hitler

Sorry, but Hitler jokes still amuse me. Kinda appropriate that Mr Hand Hitler here is giving us the finger, since the real Hitler was such an asshole, don't you think?

Keep Moving

Old timey racism also amuses me. (We can joke about it, because bigotry is no longer an issue in America, right?) Why do sch inappropriate things make me laugh?

Jesus and Bigots

Oh wait, we still have such problems. Thanks religious right!

kitty cat

This one is so crude that I almost wasn't going to post it. Almost.

Loverchild

So wrong...

Men Who Stare

Honestly, after the first glance, you can't help but stare. Am I right!? Yes? Anyone?! Oh gawd, please don't tell me I'm alone on this one?!?

Moon

I was 6 months old at that time.

Josh Christ

:-)

Necromouse

I sooo hope this is fake!

Nervous Shirley

Another one that is just plain wrong, but it made me bust out laughing.

Onions

I'll admit, I've shed more then one tear in the kitchen.

Electric Snouts

Someday, when I have a place of my own, I'm going to do cool stuff like this!

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December 12, 2010 at 8:11 am

Wiki-Person of the Day – Pablo Fanques

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In an attempt to post more, I’ve decided to start a series of “…of the Day” posts.  I have a few ideas for themes, and the first is the Wiki-Person of the Day.  These are interesting people from history with short entries on Wikipedia.  Hey, they may be short entries, but at least they have a Wikipedia entry, which is more then I can say for myself.

(And please, if you feel the need to make a Tim McMahon Wikipedia entry, go right ahead.  I’ll be happy to help you fill the page with lies and half truth.)

So, first up is Pablo Fanques, a name I’m sure most of you have heard before, but had no clue who he was.

From Wikipedia…

Pablo Fanque (born William Darby in 1796 in Norwich – May 4, 1871 in Stockport) was the first black circus proprietor in Britain.

A famous showman in his time, he is best known today from the lyrics of the Beatles song Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!, written by John Lennon based on an antique circus poster that he had bought, in which the Henderson family is described as “late of Pablo Fanque’s fair.” Lennon pronounces the surname to rhyme with “Yankee”.

Pablo Fanque is buried in Woodhouse Cemetery, Leeds next to his first wife Susannah Darby.

In 2010, he was honoured in his birthplace of Norwich by a commemorative blue plaque.[1]

Fanque is also mentioned in the song Ritz by the band Cockney Rebel.

As a bonus, here’s Eddie Izzard, as Mr. Kite in ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, attempting to sing “Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite”. Enjoy. “Have you seen it? It’s great!”

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December 12, 2010 at 6:18 am

Posted in History, Wiki-Person

Look out, here come the f-bombs!

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Two videos I enjoyed this morning.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Look out, here come the f-bombs!, posted with vodpod

 

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December 9, 2010 at 10:53 am

Posted in Funny, Politcal, Video

Bad Music, part one – or “I miss Napster”

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I miss Napster.  I miss how easy it was to find any song you could think of in an instant.  I know that there are plenty of ways to still find music online, both legally and illegally, but in my mind, nothing will beat the simple elegance that was Napster.

When Napster was around, I took it for granted.  I would download plenty, but didn’t properly save my musical finds.  At the time, I would burn music to CD’s, so I could play my stuff in the car or at work.  Instead, I should have filled hard-drive after hard-drive with data.  (though, keep in mind just how small and expensive drives were a decade ago.)  If only Napster and the iPod had crossed paths, then maybe I would have done a better job of archiving the mp3’s and other audio files I had stolen.  (Napster peaked in usage in February of 2001.  The iPod wasn’t introduced until October of that year.)

Anyway, I mention my longing for “the olden days” of the internet because all I have left from Napster is a handful of cd’s of really bad music.  But, it’s bad music I love.  Songs, that no matter how many times I hear them, I never get sick of them.  Mostly early 80’s pop.  Many from one hit wonders.  Let me take a few moments to share some of these songs with you.  (more later)


ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK by Murray Head

This song is from Broadway, so it must be good, right? (I hope CHESS gets a US revival someday.  I would love to actually see it.)  I love the sarcasm in Head’s voice.  I love the double entendre and the Cold War imagery. (who ever thought the days of living under the threat of Mutual Assured Destruction would be considered the good old days?)  I just love this song, simple as that.


MR. ROBOTO by Styx

So bad, yet so good.  My fifth grade music teacher used this song to teach us musical theory.  (I wonder if this is why I didn’t grow up to develop any musical talent.)   But as annoying as this song is , it is pretty ahead of it’s time.  Not musically, but scientifically.  It predicted the tech-infused world we all live in now.  You may not want to admit it, but I know many of you are secretly Kilroy.


PAC-MAN FEVER by Buckner & Garcia

This song screams Fourth Grade to me.  Whenever I hear it, I can’t help think of that year and my friends from Saxtons River Elementary School.  Fourth Grade  was the year that I discovered “popular music”.  (Casey Kasem’s Americas Top 40 was required listening to each weekend back then!) And this song was a big hit that year.  At least in my mind it was.  (Sadly, I never heard the full album of arcade inspire music by B&G until much later in life.)  All these years later, my love of the Top 40 may have faded, but I still loves me some video game fun!


MANEATER by Hall & Oates

Another Fourth Grade song.  This was the first song I ever bought with my own money.  I still have the 45, even though I don’t have a working record player.  This is another song that I think can’t be considered a bad song, simply because it’s from H&O’s.  They are the best selling musical duo of all time (take that Simon and Garfunkel!), so they must have been doing something right all those years ago in the recording studio, right?  You see my logic here, don’t you?  Anyway, songs like this make me miss the days of saxophone solos.  Other then Springsteen, does any one use the sax anymore?  Anyone new?


SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE by Thomas Dolby

Along with PAC-MAN FEVER and MR ROBOTO, I’m seeing a nerdy trend here.  No wonder I’m into MC Frontalot and other nerd-core artists these days.  I could be wrong, but I think this may have been the first video I saw on Mtv.  (I just want to note, I never had Mtv as a kid.  We didn’t have cable.  I had to watch it at friends houses.  I used to get my music video’s from Friday Night Videos, once a week, and sometimes at the end of Entertainment Tonight, as the credits rolled at the end.  -Do they still do that?)  Anyway, this song is a classic, and one I know I will never tire of.  I can’t pay it a hire tribute then that.


ROCK ME AMADEUS by Falcom

It still saddens me whenever I remember that Falco is dead.  But he will always be alive in my memory thanks to this song (and thanks to DER KOMMISAR and VIENNA CALLING).  Twenty plus years later and I still sing along in the same faux German gibberish.  I’m not including the original music video here, but rather the longer Salieri Edition.  Because this version brings to mind junior high friends in Grafton Vermont.  You see, before the terms “mash-up” and “re-mixes” had been coined, we used to use two tape recorders and a microphone (pre-Beck, mind you) to craft our own versions of songs.  There was a version of this song made by some pals who changed “Amadeus” with “Tim McMahon” (same amount of syllables), and who made the opening time-line lyrics about the girl I had a crush on at that time.  When I’m alone, I’ll sometimes sing my own song to this tune.  Sad, i know, but hey, there ya go.

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December 4, 2010 at 11:16 am

Posted in Me, Music

VYou

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Here is my new online addiction-   VYou.com

The premise of the site is that you ask questions of people, and they give you a video response.  Also, people will ask you questions, and you need to reply with a video of your own.  That’s it for the most part.  Very simple!

Like all of the social world of web 2.0, there are followers and following, but you can ask questions of people you are not following.  You can ask questions anonymously, or with your name on them.  And, you do not need to answer every question you receive.

I signed up a few weeks ago, but only began playing with the site this week.  I’ve asked a many many questions, received some answers, and even had someone ask me a question.  The site can be a real ego stroke, because who doesn’t like talking about themselves?  But on the downside, is that it’s a real blow to the ego when people don’t ask you a question.  It seems that minor celebrities and pretty girls get more questions then schmucks like me, but then, that’s how the internet works these days.

That said, it’s still a fun site.  I spent time jumping form random person to random person, asking stupid questions.  It was a time killer for sure, but a fun one as I challenged myself to come up with wittier and wittier questions.

VYou is in beta right now, and it shows technically: the audio and video quality is low.  A large part of that must be due to hardware that users are using (webcams and built in microphones).  However, I fond that tmy video and audio cut out when I record an answer, something that does not happen when I use the same webcam on other sites.  I found other people with answers that had laggy video and silent spots in their audio as well.  So, I’m going to blame VYou for this problem.  (However, I’m not an expert, so don’t hold me to that.) Hopefully these problems will be cleaned up down the road.

So, my recommendation to you is go out there, sign up, try it out, be social, and ask me some questions!  Thanks.

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December 3, 2010 at 11:08 am

Posted in Intelligent, Link