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Red-Shirt Risk

How Likely Is It That You’ll Die?

Reporting on Matt Bailey’s Analytics According to Captain Kirk, which begins with a quantitative summary of what all Star Trek fans know: “red-shirted crewmembers died more than any other crewmembers on the original Star Trek series.” — 73% of crew deaths.

However, Bailey does not stop there. The rate of red-shirt death varies considerably, and in some shows is much less than in others. Those shows share another well-known feature of the original series, which suggests a risk mitigation strategy:

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Adam Savage on making things

From Maker Faire 2012.

This is a great talk about making things. I found it inspiring because it validated a lot of the crezy things I do my hobbies. It is about 20 minutes long.

What is ironic is that we are hearing about the importance of making things from someone generally associated with the phrase Don’t try this at home.

From discovery.com by way of mia_mcdavid.


Pentecost, May 27, 2012

Lá na Cincíse, 27ú lá Mí na Bealtaine 2012


Fadas: áéíóúÁÉÍÓÚ


This past Sunday was Pentecost. At St. Mary’s,
as I have seen elsewhere, a tradition is to read one one of the lessons in multiple languages. I volunteered to read
in Irish. We read the Gospel, after our Deacon introduced it. The Irish translation is from An Bíobla Naofa.
Léigh tuilleadh

I want to see this

In classical Greek theater, a tragic trilogy was often followed by a “satyr play” on the same subject for comic relief. Such a play accompanied the Oresteia by Aeschylus, but, alas, it has not survived.

However, when the BBC did a television version of the Oresteia in 1979, called The Serpent Son, they had two modern writers fill this gap. The result was Of Mycenae and Men.

Actually, I would also like to see The Serpent Son. Diana Rigg played Klytemnestra!

From RogueClassicism.

Math behind Mythbusters

How to Model Newtons Cradle. I read this before seeing Newton’s Crane Cradle in which the Mythbusters supersize the system. The model assumes conservation of momentum and that the collision is elastic, i.e. kinetic energy is conserved. Assume also that one steel ball cannot pass through another and the solution is determined by simple algebra.
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