Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
There was a group protesting outside the capitol building...about not circumcising babies. Apparently its torture and not yours (as a parent) to mess with. The previous sentence was off of their signs. I am o.k. with people feeling strongly enough about something to try and make a difference; but seriously people, couldn't you find something more meaningful to complain about? Like world hunger, proper schooling, or anything other than something that is actually beneficial to males?
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
I went on the chase team to recover the balloon. They apparently put WAY to much helium in the balloon because it popped at 70,000 feet instead of 90,000 and fell a lot early than it should.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Found this on Wikipedia!
According to The Rebel Angels, a novel by Robertson Davies, this system was invented by Cambridge mathematician W.A.H. Rushton. However, the term was possibly first suggested by Isaac Asimov. The obvious reference is Marlowe's line from the play The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, "Was this the face that launched a thousand ships...?" 
Negative values have also been observed—these, of course, are measured by the number of ships sunk or the number of clocks stopped. An alternative interpretation of 1 negative Helen is the amount of negative beauty (i.e. ugliness) that can launch one thousand ships the other way.
Since the original quotation was "Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships and burnt the topless towers of Ilium", a more accurate definition of the millihelen might be the amount of beauty required to launch a single ship and ignite a wastebasket.
David Lance Goines has written a humorous article describing various Helen-units. It has a chart with the fire-lighting and ship-launching capability for different powers of "Helens". For example, a Picohelen (ph) (10^-12 helens) indicates the amount of beauty that can "Barbecue a couple of Steaks & Toss an Inner Tube Into the Pool".
Thomas Fink, in The Man's Book defines beauty both in terms of ships launched, but also in terms of the number of women one women will, on average, be more beautiful. One Helen (H) is the quantity of beauty to be more beautiful than 50 million women, the number of women estimated to have been alive in the 12th century BC. Ten Helena (Ha) is the beauty sufficient for one oarsmen (of which 50 are on a ship) to risk his life, or be the most beautiful of a thousand women. Beauty is logarithmic on a base of 2. For beauty to increase by 1 Ha, a woman must be the most beautiful of twice as many women. One Helen is 25.6 Ha. The most beautiful woman which ever lived would score 34.2 Ha, and 1.34 H, the pick of a dozen women would be 3.6 Ha, and 0.14 H.