January 6th, 2004


lara's science corner:

Einstein is said to have explained relativity thus:

"When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute, and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity."

Another example of relativity: In Seattle, this is enough snow to close libraries and schools:

Snow Picture behind the cut (worksafe, just big)
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lara's guide to snow depth, as learned in the midwest:

1) severe snow: you can't even see the garage from your back door.
2) moderately severe snow: you can't enter the garage unless you shovelled first, especially if the door opens outwards
3) a lot of snow: the demarcation between the sidewalk and the deck is invisible
4) snow: see photo.

In Buffalo, what we have now is probably known as "Spring".

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I'm not driving in it, and I'm more than happy to be home today for a full day's pay in the interest of public safety. But come on people, this is not stock up on a week's worth of groceries level snow. This is "try not to drive in it" snow.

It is pretty, though.


I dreamt last night that I was in a restaurant that presented the bill to us in Scientific notation, ie: $6.321 x 10^1, or maybe $1.2139 x 10^2 ...I can't remember how many people were in our party and if the bill was over $100 or not.

In the dream, I had to pay the bill because no one else wanted to deal with the math.